Loanmart-TORC-Crandon-9-5-13Crandon, WI – LoanMart racing headed to Crandon, Wisconsin for the World Championship with anticipation. Crandon is a unique event that kicks off with a parade down Lake Ave in the heart of the usually peaceful town. The clash of small town USA with state of the art unlimited race vehicles is a sight to see. Of course, any Crandon regular looks forward to watching the classix and limited truck classes that are a living testament on how the sport originated as well.

For LoanMart Racing it would be a chance to take in the Crandon experience and do battle with the Midwest’s finest. The LoanMart contingent consisted of Pro-2 racers Austin Kimbrell and Robby Woods and Prolite competitors RJ Anderson and Andrew Caddell.

RJ-Anderson-Crandon-Loanmart-8-30-13Crandon, WI - The “Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin is considered by many to be the birthplace of shortcourse racing. Fall Crandon’s hallowed traditions, enormous crowds and iconic high-speed track make it a must attend event. Come Labor Day weekend, LoanMart Racing will be making the trek east to throw down with the best of the Midwest racers.

The LoanMart team will be represented by Andrew Caddell and RJ Anderson in the Prolite class. RJ is looking forward to some wide-open action on the Crandon track. “Crandon is the heart of short course racing,” says RJ, “The fans love what we do and it’s awesome to put on a show for them! I’ve always wanted to win a Crandon world championship, now is my chance.”

loanmart-racing-lucas-oil-8-28-13Reno, NV – Despite many unknowns, the LoanMart racing team was eager to hit the track at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The Wild West track is unlike any other on the circuit. It takes track time and a good baseline set-up to be successful; Most of the team had neither.

New to their respective classes, Austin Kimbrell and Corry Weller are building their databases on track set-ups for their Pro-2 and Pro-4 trucks as they go this season. Since the Wild West track is so different, the data they have from other tracks is not very useful. “There is more to it than most people think,” says Austin, “We need to come up with the proper gearing, the right torque converter, the suspension settings, shock valving, tire pressures and grooving. Teams who have raced here before have a baseline they know works. They can do minor tweaks to get it dialed in. We had to roll the dice and honestly, we were chasing our tails a little.” Austin was consistently in the top ten with ninth place finishes in both rounds but anytime you can go to a new track and run solid both days without tearing up the truck; it’s a victory.

loanmart-racing-lucas-oil-8-23-13Reno, NV – LoanMart Racing is ready to fire away at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The Wild West track is cut into a hillside which provides a unique view for the fans and hair raising elevation changes for the racers.

New for this race is the addition of Pro Buggy racer Dave Mason to the LoanMart Racing roster.

Now sporting a new paint scheme the young Mason began the season with 8 straight podium finishes. His consistency has put him in the championship points lead in the Pro Buggy class. “I am very excited to have LoanMart’s support for the rest of the season,” says Dave, “I will be looking to bring them success in Reno. The competition is tough in the Pro Buggy class but I’ll be on my game.

Lucas-Oil-Loanmart-Glen-Helen-7-25-13San Bernardino, CA – LoanMart Racing heads to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca. July 26-28 for rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In order to beat the summer heat, the races are run after the sun goes down. The darkness and cooler temps can cause a challenge for some drivers but it falls right into the wheelhouse of LoanMart Racing’s Oscar Rodriguez.

Oscar got his start racing dirt track ovals under the lights, he knows a lot about dirt. “A couple weeks ago I ran a Lucas Oil Regional Series race after dark at Glen Helen and I loved it,” says Oscar, “The track was like cake, nice and moist. The dirt had great traction; my BFGoodrich tires were really hooking up. We have my Prolite truck right where I want it; the suspension, the power, I’m looking to be aggressive this weekend. The cooler temperatures after dark make it much better for the driver, that’s another reason I like it. I’m much more comfortable and able to focus everything on driving.”

RJ-Anderson-Loanmart-Off-Road-6-28-13Tooele, UT – The LoanMart Racing Team came to Tooele, Utah for rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series prepared to give no quarter to the competition. The race marks the midpoint of the season. Opportunities to bank points towards the championship and to stand on the podium get fewer with every round. The fans were well aware of the stakes; they packed the grandstands both days to witness the action.

Sitting in fourth place in Pro-4 points coming into the weekend it was no time to take it easy for Corry Weller. “We were trying something new during practice on Saturday,” says Corry, “We were still making adjustments to the carb when we qualified; the truck still wasn’t working like we wanted.” Corry pushed the truck as hard as possible qualifying in the 8th spot. Ready to make her move early in the race on Saturday, the left front stub axle broke on the first lap leaving her with only three wheels pulling. She kept right on digging despite the unbalanced truck; fighting against the wheel for 15 laps until the checkered flag. The effort gave a 9th place finish and some valuable points.

Loanmart-Elsinore-Lucas-5-15-13Lake Elsinore, CA – Every track in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series has its own unique character. The Track in Lake Elsinore, California is dominated by a very steep take off ramp that leads to a huge table-top jump that dominates the center of the track. When the wind blows across the lake, it can get downright scary. Get it right and you become a fan favorite. Misjudge the take-off and you have a long time to think about it before you come down.

Speaking of coming down, If you have not had a chance to meet the LoanMart team in person, they will be attending the LoanMart pre-race party at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery at 26520 Ynez road in nearby Temecula on Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 p.m. The team will have tons of swag and be on hand to sign autographs and meet the fans. Corry Weller will raffle off a full door from her Pro4 race truck. “I’m really looking forward to the pre-party, especially since LoanMart is putting so much into it… AND it’s at the Tilted Kilt,” says Corry, “I am really looking forward to Elsinore. We made some changes to the truck, I can’t wait to see how we do out there!” The Tilted Kilt will have plenty of great food and drinks. In addition to all the fun, Master Splinter and the Shredders will be playing live music.

Lucas-Oil-Loanmart-5-2-13Las Vegas, NV – The LoanMart Racing Team underwent a major expansion in 2013 adding Austin Kimbrell’s Pro2, Corry Weller in Pro4 and Oscar Rodriguez, RJ Anderson and Ryan Beat in the Prolite class. The entire driver line-up has years of racing experience but it is also a season of firsts for the team. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Rounds 3 and 4 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed what they are capable of when they are firing on all cylinders.

After qualifying eighth for round 3, Corry Weller took her first Pro4 podium of the season by holding off a hard charging Eric Barron for the third spot. While Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder were fighting for the lead, Corry was in a tense battle; banging doors for two laps with Barron. The poise and determination she has demonstrated throughout her racing career was once again on display and her truck was hooked up despite the punishment. The crowd went crazy when she beat Barron to the line.

For Austin Kimbrell the first rounds of the series have been filled with frustration. In pre-season testing, he was very fast in his LoanMart Pro2 but ill-timed driveline issues have taken him out of the running on raceday. In round 3, he lost a motor causing his crew to work through the night to prepare for round 4 qualifying. The hard work paid off when Austin took the truck out and qualified third for Sunday’s race.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11It was another hot one here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. After one trying day in the Nevada desert, the drivers and crews of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, were back for more punishment here in Round 4 of the 2013 campaign. Yesterday, the newly-revised track helped many of those who had found success in the opening weekend at Firebird to continue their good fortune. Today, however, several drivers who stumbled at some point this weekend came roaring back this afternoon, earning a measure of redemption after one bad circumstance or another. With temperatures climbing even higher than yesterday, nobody had it easy out here, and anyone who met with success truly earned it.

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The final race of the weekend was Pro 2 Unlimited, and once again, the drivers seemed to save the best for last. Brian Deegan had the early lead in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford, and while it is usually the case that once he’s out front, he’s almost impossible to beat, local driver Patrick Clark shot that theory full of holes.

Loanmart-Lucas-Oil-4-26-13Las Vegas, NV - LoanMart racing rolls into the Las Vegas Motor speedway for rounds three and four of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Rounds one and two were a mixed bag of results for the team, Austin Kimbrell was sorting out his new Pro 2 in competition. He ran fast but had teething problems that held him back in both rounds. In Pro 4, Corry Weller had only rear drive in round one and then was limited to front drive only in round two but persevered to finish both races.

In Prolite, RJ Anderson put the team on the board with a victory in round two. Ryan Beat had a dnf in round one but bounced back to post a solid finish in round two.

For Oscar Rodriguez it was his debut in the Lucas Oil series.  He posted a solid top ten in round two against a huge field of competitors.