Rows of Trophy Trucks and other SCORE off-road race vehicles invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2014 SEMA Show.

Rows of Trophy Trucks and other SCORE off-road race vehicles invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2014 SEMA Show.

In another departure from the status quo in major league off-road racing, SCORE has invaded the 2014 SEMA Show in a big way, creating hype for its crowning event, the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which gets underway 413 miles away, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, next weekend.

Renezeder-Championship-Lucas-oil-9-26-13LAKE FOREST, CA (September 26, 2013) – Nine championships. Nine. That’s an impressive number, even more so when you consider they were earned in just 15 seasons of racing. Carl Renezeder won just one race in his first season of short-course competition in 1999 and has since built a record book that’s truly legendary. His 114 career short-course wins have garnered nine national championship titles, the latest of which was secured this past Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in round 14 of the 15-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season. He’s one of the most prolific drivers this sport has ever seen, and he’s still at the top of his game.

“This Championship is the best one because it’s the last one, but it won’t be as great as the next on, ” joked Renezeder in victory lane when asked how this title ranked.  Then on a more serious note, he went on to describe what an honor it was to be standing there accepting the trophy amongst his family, his sponsors, his team and all the fans.  It was a perfect way to wrap up a weekend of two wins, a second and a third.  But the weekend didn’t pass by without is’ fair share of struggles.

Casey-Currie-Lucas-Oil-Vegas-9-20-13CORONA, Calif. (September 20, 2013) – After a great start to the second-to-last weekend of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) competition, Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team will carry a pair of top five qualifying efforts into the 13th and 14th rounds of the Pro Lite season. The action from the series’ second to visit Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013 kicks off Friday night, followed by a second showing under the lights on Saturday.

Since the arrival of the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK, Currie and his team have continued to step up their performance every time they take to the track. After logging laps for the first time on Thursday morning for practice, Currie and his team fine-tuned the truck for an all-out assault of the track in qualifying. At the end of two sessions, the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK will line up fourth during each night of action.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11CORONA, California – The late Vince Lombardi supposedly once told reporters after a Green Bay Packers defeat that “we didn’t lose the game, we just ran out of time.”

Several drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO may be saying the same thing on September 21, when two nights of racing are over and the dust has settled on the series’ second visit of the season to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, because a few of the class championships could have been decided.

There will be just one round of points racing and a maximum of 52 points available during the final event of the season, at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in southern California in late October. That means any driver who leaves Las Vegas with a 53-point lead in their class can start clearing space for a championship trophy.

Carl-Renezeder-Lucas-Oil-8-29-13LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder has been in this position before. In fact, as an eight-time champion with 112 career short-course wins, he’s seen and done just about all there is in the sport. That in no way means he’s become complacent. He wants championships nine and ten just as badly as he wanted the first one, and as the 2013 season winds down, he’s in a position to win them both. But there’s still a lot of work to do to accomplish that amazing feat.

“It’s hard to believe we only have three points races left this season,” reflected Renezeder at the end of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event at the Wild West Motorsports Park this past weekend near Reno, Nevada.  “These Pro-4 and Pro-2 championships are both within reach, but it’s going to be a fight to the very end.”

Renezeder had another fantastic weekend in his Lucas Oil Pro-4, earning a pole and finishing second in both races.  His Lucas Oil Pro-2 struggled to find the right combination to battle with the leaders (he finished 5th both days), but he felt they’re on the right track with their overall setup.

Noah-Fouch-Lucas-Oil-5-8-13San Diego, CA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted Rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series under a warm April Sun. The ProLite division was once again stacked with 26 competitors. Noah Fouch came out blazing hot and burned through the field to provide great racing action.

Noah Fouch Racing came into the weekend feeling very positive about their chances to do well. The team is on point and the gear is dialed with some of the very best equipment in the ProLite class. “After coming so close to the podium in the opening rounds at Firebird, I know I that have what it takes to get on the box,” stated Noah early on before Friday’s practice. “Our goal is to stay consistent, not make mistakes and finish in the top 5 while working our way up to the podium. If we do that every race, we will be in contention for a championship.”

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.

Carl-Renezeder-Lucas-Oil-5-2-13LAKE FOREST, CA (May 2, 2013) – Not only has eight-time champion, Carl Renezeder, swept the first four rounds of races in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro-4 division in 2013, if you go back to the end of 2012, you’ll find that he’s on a six-race winning streak and has won eight out of the last nine races.  That’s a pretty serious stat.  It’s all business when the he straps the helmet on and pulls the belts tight, but there’s a lighter side to Renezeder that friends, family, crew and fans also find endearing.

For instance, before he climbed into the race truck on Saturday afternoon, he arrived in staging whistling the tune to the Andy Griffith Show.  It’s good to know that while he takes the racing very seriously, he doesn’t take himself all that serious.  Even his chatter over the radio to his spotter is comprised of goofy moments, like the lap before the green flag in Sunday’s Pro-2 race when his request was to “please keep me apprised of all the inside line craziness.”  Perhaps that kind of lightheartedness is what’s need to balance out the intensity of four races in two days, and all the demands that go along with it.

Currie-Pro-Lite-Lucas-5-1-13CORONA, Calif. (May 1, 2013) – This past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team built on the solid foundation it established at the opening rounds of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) season last month. Currie was the most consistent driver on the track all weekend long in Las Vegas, posting back-to-back runner-up finishes in the third and fourth rounds of the championship to take over the Pro Lite points lead.

On Friday afternoon, Currie spent the day dialing his Monster Energy/General Tire truck over the course of two sessions. Currie positioned himself with the seventh and sixth-fastest times within each session. The following morning in qualifying, Currie put his truck in 6th place on the grid for Round 3 on Saturday afternoon.

As the green flag waved on the first Pro Lite Main of the weekend, Currie quickly made moves towards the front, picking up two positions on the opening lap. He continued his forward progress throughout the remainder of the first half of the 12-lap race and sat in sixth at the time of the full-course caution at the halfway mark. When racing resumed, Currie was on the charge yet again, grabbing two more spots and beginning a hotly contested battle for fourth. On the final lap, Currie refused to let up and grabbed two more spots before taking the checkered flag in second.

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.

Pro 2 Unlimited
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.