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.

Corona, Ca – With the indefinite closure of Speedworld Raceway Park in Surprise, Arizona, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is moving Rounds 3 and 4 of the series to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“While it’s unfortunate that Speedworld is closing, we are pleased to announce that we’re returning to one of our drivers’ favorite tracks, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” said Ritchie Lewis, the new Series Director of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  “The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has always been an exciting destination for our events, with a great track that’s been the site of many epic battles.”

In addition to moving the venue to Las Vegas, Lucas Oil will also move the race date back one week, from April 20 and 21 to Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2013.

January 14, 2013 – The Lucas Off-Road Racing Series – the pinnacle of off road short course racing is rapidly climbing up the leader board of televised motor sports and is now ranked second only to NASCAR in cumulative on-air hours. The 15 race series plus the season ending *”Challenge Cup” will air a total of 110 hours of original first run programming. These include 8 one hour shows on CBS; 32 one hour shows on CBS Sport Network, (64 hours with re-airs); 8 one hour shows on NBC Sports Network (16 hours with re-airs); 30 one hour shows on SPEED (60 hours with re-airs) and 32 one hour shows on MAVTV (64 hours with re-airs).

According to Joyce Julius and Associates – the independent sports and special event evaluator of corporate sponsorships, the 2012 Lucas Off Road Racing Series – generated over $65 million in value for series sponsors with an additional $48.4 million in value for team sponsors.Live race attendance was also up a substantial 13% in 2012..

Fort Mill, SC – Team GT member Carl Renezeder is arguably one of the most revered drivers in short course racing.  And at last weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he hit the century mark in the win column adding to his long list of racing achievements.  It was a moment that had been years in the making through thousands of hours of hard work and the kind of determination, tenacity and dedication it takes to make champions.

“To see Carl win his 100th career short course race was something special,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “And to do it on General tires…that was a proud moment.  I’ve known Carl for a long time and I know the level of work he puts not only into his racing, but into every aspect of his life.  He’s a champion in every sense of the word and everyone at General Tire is proud to call him a member of our team.  We congratulate Carl and his entire team on win number 100!”

Following a very successful first edition of night racing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, it was time to do it all again tonight. After a somewhat hot afternoon turned into a terrific balmy autumn night yesterday, today’s weather was off to an even better start, with a nice cover of clouds keeping the heat at bay, and in response to the improved conditions, fans packed the stands early to come out and see the top drivers in the sport of short course off-road racing. Tonight marked Round 14 of the 2012 championship, and for some drivers, there was the very real possibility of wrapping up a championship title with a full round of competition left down at Firebird next month. For others, the evening’s events would play a pivotal role in keeping them in the thick of one of a few different close championship chases, and for everyone, there was the prospect of having a strong showing in front of a great crowd. In case you missed the evening’s proceedings, read on and find out what happened.

Junior 2 Kart
Junior 2 Kart got things started in a great way, with Hailie Deegan grabbing the early lead in her #438 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil kart, followed closely by Dylan Winbury, Darren Hardesty, Parker Steele, and Jeremy Davis. On lap two, Parker Porter moved his #461 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats machine up to fifth in turn one, with Steele then making a nice inside pass on Hardesty at turn six to take over third in his #449 Racer X Motorsports/Martori Farms kart. Early on lap three, points leader Winbury then grabbed the lead from Deegan in his #469 Famous Stars and Straps/Black Rhino entry, with the top three then beginning to pull away from those behind as the race approached the Competition Yellow. As the field bunched up behind the Pace UTV, it was Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty, and Porter in the top five, with Travis PeCoy then moving his #411 Fox Racing Shox/Hoosier kart past Porter for fifth on the restart lap. On lap eight, Porter got back by PeCoy, just before the two touched side to side coming out of turn two. The two were sent into half spins to either side of the track, as Broc Dickerson came through to take over fifth in his #423 Black Rhino/Racer X Motorsports truck. At the white flag, it was now Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty in the #456 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Kar Tek Off Road kart, and Dickerson in the top five, and the top three once again had a gap over those behind. In a cruel twist, Winbury then slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, victimized by a mechanical failure within only a handful of corners of the finish line. Deegan took the lead, and after hounding Winbury throughout the race, her consistency paid off as she picked up her first-ever win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Hailie! Second place went to Steele, with Hardesty taking third, Dickerson fourth, and after an early race collision, it was Jeremy Davis who came back through the field to finish fifth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine.

CORONA, CALIF. – Arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 13 & 14 of LOORRS (Lucas Oil Off-Road Series), the young Sheldon Creed is focused on a double victory atop the SuperLite podium at this weekend’s night race. In his debut LOORRS race weekend last year, it was 14-year-old Creed who climbed to the top of the SuperLite podium during Round 14. Since then, Sheldon Creed has been dominating the SuperLite class and currently leads the 2012 SuperLite Championship by 13 points.

The #74 SuperLite driver will battle it out among a class of experienced racers just north of the Las Vegas strip and Fremont Street this Friday, September 21st & Saturday, September 22nd – gates open to the public at 4pm, racing starts at 6pm. Well-versed for his age, Sheldon has centered his attention on strengthening his points lead. At Creed’s advantage, this race destination is one that he favors and knows that he is able to win at. The track offers a mixture of fast and technical sections, which is just what Creed would have ordered up for his driving style if he had designed it himself.

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:

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) returns to Rob MacCachren’s hometown of Las Vegas this weekend for more door-to-door action.  Unlike past events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the races will be held on Friday and Saturday nights under the lights of the speedway.  With only three rounds of competition remaining, every point counts for MacCachren as he fights for the Pro2 Unlimited season championship.  MacCachren is currently tied for season points with fellow ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools driver Brian Deegan.  In addition to being his in home town, Las Vegas is also where MacCachren earned a first place and second place finish last season.

MacCachren suffered a devastating crash last month in Reno, but his crew drove all night from Hemet to get Rob Mac his old championship winning truck to compete on Sunday.    “How lucky am I,” MacCachren asked rhetorically, “to have my title sponsors be an energy drink and a power tool company when me and my team have to work all night long.  We literally could not have raced on Sunday without plenty of ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and the Makita Power Tools in our hands.” Jim Blackmore and Dave Farrugia are now working feverishly to get the damaged truck ready for this weekend’s race in Las Vegas.  Will they make it in time?  No one knows! The only way to find out is to come out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and see for yourself.

Corona, CA – September 12, 2012: Lucas Oil Racing announced today that Competition Director Tony Vanillo has decided to resign his position effective immediately. Vanillo has served in that role since the series was created by Lucas Oil and Forrest Lucas in 2009.

The series also announced that Administrative Director Sherry Vanillo also has resigned effective immediately.

“Tony Vanillo’s contribution to our series and the sport of short-course off-road racing have been both impactful and long lasting,” said Lucas Oil Executive Vice-President Bob Patison. “Certainly the same can be said for Tony’s wife Sherry as well. On behalf of our racers, sponsors and fans, we wish them well in their future business endeavors and thank them for helping make our short-course series the growing form of motorsports it is today.”

Lucas Oil’s executive management will explore a full range of options as it considers the Vanillo’s successors. The series has two more race weekends left on its 2012 racing season, including the LoanMart “Fight Under the Lights” presented by Las Vegas Events on Sept. 21-22 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The staff at Lucas Oil is looking forward to executing next weekend’s big Las Vegas weekend with all the professionalism and experience that comes from putting on more than 300 races a year around the country,” added Patison. “While today’s news comes as a disappointment, the Lucas shows will always go on.”

The first race weekend at this terrific new facility is now in the books, and more improvements being planned for the future of Wild West Motorsports Park, this is sure to be a track that will host big things in the world of short course off-road for years to come. Right now, though, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series drivers are coming down to crunch time in the 2012 championship, and with just three regular season rounds left to run, everyone will be looking for every last valuable point as the season winds rapidly down. In just four weeks’ time, the battle will be on once again, as we return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 and 14, September 21 and 22. Tickets are on sale now, so get online and get yours today, because you won’t want to miss a minute!