Geoffrey Cooley left no question that he will be a contender for race wins and a championship in the Pro-Buggy Class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Cooley piloted the #22 Alumi Craft / Competitive Metals Pro Buggy to a 5th place finish on Saturday’s Round-3 and then drove to the podium finishing 3rd for Sunday’s round-4. But Cooley’s top finishes didn’t come without some early event adversity.
Cooley was poised to grab the top qualifying time after being the fastest car on the track during Friday’s practice sessions. But he never got a chance to make the qualifying run after getting caught up in an incident that left heavy damage to the right front side of his race car. The Team Competitive crew loaded up the race car and drove it back to the Alumi Craft race shop for repairs.
They tirelessly worked through the night returning Saturday morning with the car ready to race. Cooley had to start at the rear of the field due to not getting a qualifying time. He worked his way from the back to finish in the 5th position. Cooley was even faster on Sunday for round-4. He qualified up front starting 4th and drove to the podium finishing 3rd. It was Cooley’s second podium finish in four races and he hasn’t finished outside the top-five yet this season.