Casey-Currie-Lucas-Oil-8-1-13CORONA, Calif. – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team were at the top of their game this past weekend in San Bernardino, Calif., as Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) were raced under the lights at Glen Helen Raceway. Currie’s Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK was a force to be reckoned with during both nights of Pro Lite action and ended the weekend with one of his best outings of the season, highlighted by a runner-up effort on Sunday. The performance vaulted Currie back into the Pro Lite title hunt with five rounds of racing remaining.

Due to the special nature of the first of two weekends of night racing this season the format for track time was altered, resulting in a loaded day of action on Friday. Currie began the weekend with practice on Friday morning and set up his truck for the pair of qualifying sessions scheduled for later that afternoon. Friday’s first qualifying session set the grid for Round 9 on Saturday evening and Currie got the weekend off to a strong start by qualifying fourth. Just a few hours later, Currie returned to the track to earn his starting spot for Round 10 on Sunday night, getting even more out of the Jeep JK to post the third-fastest time.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-4-8-11CORONA, California – There’s a rumor going around that when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO opens the second half of its season July 26-28 with night racing at Glen Helen Raceway Park the trophies for the Pro Lite race winners will be shaped like brooms.

That’s because clean sweeps have been the rule for that class during the series previous visits to the multi-purpose motor sports facility in Devore, California, a few miles north of San Bernardino.

The world’s best short course off road drivers have raced on the 0.8-mile, 5-turn course at Glen Helen four times since 2010 and on three occasions there has been just one winner in the Pro Lite class.

Sheldon Creed at LOORRS UtahSheldon Creed and the OCCR crew made their way to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah for Rounds 7&8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where “The Prodigy” would once again prove that he has what it takes to win.

Heading into Rounds 7&8 “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed was sitting third overall in the championship points standings, right behind seasoned Pro Lite drivers Brian Deegan and Casey Currie.  Creed did all he could in order to gain valuable championship points in Utah knowing that the 2013 season is at its tipping point.

Round 7 was yet again another huge test for “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed.  Mayhem ensued from green to checkered, and it was Sheldon’s job to make sure the AM Ortega Pro Lite #74 made it to the finish.  Qualifying 2nd, Sheldon started in the third position after the invert and it looked as though he would start far enough to the front of the filed to avoid any kind of unwanted contact.

Casey-Currie-Off-Road-5-23-13CORONA, Calif. – Despite its toughest weekend to date in the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) season, the Monster Energy/General Tire squad led by Casey Currie overcame adversity during both days of competition from Lake Elsinore, Calif., to leave his hometown race second in the Pro Lite championship.

The speed was definitely there for Currie and it showed immediately with impressive lap times during Friday practice on the 1.1-mile circuit. Currie piloted his Monster Energy/General Tire truck to top three times in each of his two group sessions. On Saturday morning, Currie laid down a hot lap in qualifying that landed him inside the top five on the starting grid for the first race of the weekend.

As the green flag waved to get Round 5 underway on Saturday afternoon, Currie put himself in position to battle at the front of the field until his first encounter with bad luck occurred early on. After the pole sitter spun just after the finish, Currie was collected in the ensuing chaos and fell to 16th in the running order, forcing him to battle his way back through the field. Currie’s exceptional abilities behind the wheel were on display through to the caution flag at the halfway point, passing seven trucks in just a handful of laps. After restarting in ninth, Currie kept the charge going through the finish. The speed was there in the Monster Energy/General Tire machine, but Currie simply ran out of laps and ultimately claimed eighth spot at the checkered flag.

Casey-Currie-Lucas-Oil-3-19-13CORONA, Calif. (March 19, 2013) – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan team started the season off on a high note this weekend, leaving Phoenix’s Firebird International Raceway second in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite standings. Despite having to pass nearly the entire field on both Saturday and Sunday, Currie brought home finishes of third and fifth, respectively.

After dialing in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan during Friday’s practice, Currie was excited to get the season started. A small change before qualifying didn’t work as well as he hoped, resulting in the 10th fastest time. Despite the mid-pack start, Currie worked his way to the front of the field and into the top five. Near the halfway point of the race, Currie was t-boned in a corner, cutting down a tire and forcing him into the hot pit during the full-course yellow. After the restart, he methodically carved his way up from 29th all the way to podium where he finished third.

Fort Mill, SC –  As the 2012 Best In The Desert (BITD) season came to a close at Henderson, Nevada, General Tire celebrated three class championships with members of Team GT.  For the second straight year, Jim Riley topped the points in the 6100 Class with his Azunia Tequila Ford.  Riley battled the rugged deserts of the southwest to post three wins in 2012, including a win at the coveted General Tire Mint 400.  Through it all, it was the “team” mentality that helped Riley to the class championship.

“BITD puts together a variety of tough races throughout the year, the only way to win a championship is to be consistent and never give up,” said Riley.  “As a team we focus on structure, discipline, perseverance, persistence, luck, and the TEAM.

“This was the first full year of racing in the TrophyLite R8.”  Riley continued, “As a whole we learned a lot about the new truck and its capabilities. We worked with a number of manufactures to fine tune the equipment and have been especially happy with our Currie and General Tire products.  We have also seen consistent performance from our Culhane Transmission, Mastercraft Safety products, and PCI Race radio support. I am happy that we showed up to every race and gave 100% regardless if we were able to finish or not.”

Fort Mill, SC – September 20, 2012.  Casey Currie and Team GT will lay all their cards on the table this weekend as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) visits Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 & 14.  With six Pro Lite podiums under his belt in 2012, and a Round 11 win, Currie is looking to roll the dice and score big on his General’s when he takes to the dirt under the neon lights of Vegas.

With championships on the line and pride at stake, the drama is sure to be high as Currie and his Team GT teammates fight for their spot on top of the podium this Friday and Saturday night.  We talked to Currie this week and asked about the upcoming race, preparations for 2013 and memories of 2012.  Here’s what he had to say:

Bradley Morris put in a dominating performance at rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Shortcourse Series held under the lights at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, California. Morris, who competes in three classes including Modified Kart, Limited Buggy and Prolite, took three wins on the weekend and lead every lap of Prolite racing.

His victory in the Limited Buggy class was just a bonus when compared to his back-to-back wins in Prolite. Bradley held off a huge field of talented Prolite drivers who did everything they could to catch him. “There were so many yellows in round nine I had to fight hard to stay ahead of Casey Currie and Brian Deegan the entire race,” said Bradley, “I would pull out a slight lead and then someone would cause a yellow and they would be right back on my bumper. Having Danny (Ebberts) on the radio was a huge help. He let me know where everyone was and what they were doing behind me.” Bradley ran his own lines paying no heed to the pressure put on by Currie, to take his first win in the Prolite class. Currie, also on King shocks, finished second.

Fort Mill, SC – May 22, 2012. With temperatures pushing triple-digits, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) descended upon Surprise, Arizona and Speedworld Park for rounds five and six this past weekend. Team GT member Ryan Hagy posted back-to-back podiums finishing second and third in his No. 5 Valli Construction/Rockstar truck while Dawson Kirchner also posted a podium in Super Lite. Sporting a special G.I. Joe: Retaliation paint scheme, Carl Renezeder ran up front and posted one podium on the weekend while Casey Currie put his No. 2 Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan on the podium twice in Pro Lite Unlimited.

During round five action on Saturday, Hagy came from fourth to second to post his first podium of the weekend in Super Lite competition. Kirchner followed Hagy in a close third in the No. 18 General Tire/Method Racing Wheels truck. Hagy was hot on the heels of the leader during Sunday’s showdown but some close competition and a few cautions forced Hagy to settle for third giving him back-to-back podiums on the weekend.

“The competition was tough as a few of the top driver’s raced in multiple classes giving them more track time,” said Hagy following this weekend’s event. As for his championship hopes, Hagy said, “Well the first few rounds were tough for me as I had major mechanical issues which left me with bad finishes but after this weekend its put me back in the top three for points. So if I can continue to be consistent than I feel that I am a contender.”

Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie and his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan would make their final stop of the Lucas Oil Off-Road season this weekend at Arizona’s Firebird Speedway. Entering this final round 5th in Championship points, Casey set out to end this season with a bang. Casey drove with full head and heart in the game finishing Saturday’s race in 4th place, and landing a coveted 3rd place podium finish in Sunday’s Pro Lite/Buggy Cup.

Casey would face the challenge of starting toward the back of the pack due to some issues in qualifying, but nothing a driver of his skill couldn’t recover from, and recover he did. Casey tapped into that Monster Energy and advanced himself to 5th place by only turn three of the first lap, and by lap three Casey had torn through the pack to take 2nd place from Chris Brandt in turn four. It was an all-out battle for 2nd with Brandt for the better part of the first half, yet Casey stood his ground until the competition yellow tightened up the pack. Once the pack had regrouped, the pressure was on to maintain his ground. Positions one through four remained tight, and Casey was taking turns three-trucks wide fighting to keep that 2nd place position. Rounding turn four of the course, Casey was pushed out wide and over the berm, setting him back two positions to 4th place where he would fight to gain ground in the remaining laps. With little time left in the race, his competing drivers held their ground and Casey crossed the finish line in 4th—a respectable finish, earning him 5th place in Championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road series.

“Our finish today proved that the V8s can run up front,” said Casey of Saturday’s race. “We started in the back row and worked our way to 2nd, until I got a little help over a berm and two guys managed to get by; little changes for tomorrow and we will be good.”

Sunday’s Cup race combining the Pro Lite and Pro Buggy classes was an all-out, no-holds barred race, going for checkers or wreckers. With a solid three months before another race, and a $20,000 first place prize on the line, the drivers would bring out extra measures of aggression to let nothing get in the way of the win. Casey’s position varied throughout the race as he battled to gain positions, gaining and losing ground back and forth as the laps went on. Battling door-to-door with Rodrigo Ampudia throughout the race, Casey would ultimately pass Ampudia and take the 3rd place position with less than two laps remaining. Defending his 3rd place position, Casey’s hood flipped up and back over his windshield, leaving him with zero visibility. Yet Casey continued to charge the remainder of the lap to finish in 3rd place, later stating on the podium that he had only the wall to use as a guide.

“Sunday was awesome!! It was a battlefield,” exclaimed Casey. “I went to the back a couple times but to end up on the podium is awesome. The team deserves this and the truck is awesome. We had the hood blow up and land on my window so I ran the last lap blind.”

Wrapping up the season 5th in championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, Casey Currie is already strategizing his plan of attack for 2012.

“We have the momentum going now,” commented Casey on where they stand in Pro Lite. “The truck is working good and pieces are coming together. I’m excited for the future of V8 Pro Lites and I feel our team is on point for next year’s season.”

Next up, Casey Currie will be switching hats and driving in Ultra 4 Racing’s part rock, part desert race, King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA on February 10-11th of 2012. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie