Corona, CA – Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series is pleased to welcome Bosch Power Tools, as the “Official Power Tool” of the Southern California Region into their family of racing partners.

“Bosch has long been known as the top choice for professional Tradesmen and experienced Do-It-Yourselfers,” stated Lee Perfect, Race Director for Regional Lucas Oil Off Road. “We utilize the Bosch Power Tools in the actual construction of the race tracks as well as maintaining the race and support vehicles during the events. They have proven their reliability time and time again”

The growing Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series is a developmental Series designed for drivers to gain experience towards competing on the professional level and for the recreational racer to be able to affordably experience competition on national level race tracks. The Series is split into three different regions: Southern California, Arizona and Utah. The season ending “Regional Shootout” pits all of the top drivers from the different regions against each other on a neutral territory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series released the 2012 regional schedule today for both Arizona and Southern California with Utah dates TBA.   The Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series   Arizona will be hosting a 7 race series on 3 different tracks across Arizona while the Southern California series schedule will see the addition of the new and improved Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park to join Glen Helen Raceway on its 6 race schedule.  Both series will finish out the points season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first ever Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Shootout bringing together racers from all over the west to battle it out.

“We are excited by the growth that all of our Lucas Oil Regional Series have seen this year,” said Southern California series director Lee Perfect.  “We have seen that with sponsor, racer and spectator support it is definitely possible to put on affordable, fun grassroots events that provide a place for racers to do some good racing, get some practice for the professional series and come out and just have a good time with a limited budget and time commitment.  We are excited to offer a new venue in Southern California and are certain that the end of the year shootout is going to be a great addition to the schedule for everyone.  The overall focus of all of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series has been to keep everything affordable, fun and family friendly and we look forward to working together to continue to do that in 2012.”

2012 Lucas Oil Regional Series Schedule:

Southern California
February 18 – Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
March 10 – Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA
June 9 – Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
July 21 – Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
September 29 – Lake Elsinore Raceway, Lake Elsinore, CA
November 10 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Arizona
February 18 – Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
March 18 – Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ
May 5 – Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
June 9 – Kingman Fairgrounds, Kingman, AZ
September 15 – Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
October 14 – Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ
November 10 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Utah
TBD
November 10 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

For more information on the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series Arizona please see www.arizonashortcourse.com.  For a complete schedule and more information on the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series, please see www.lucasoilregional.com

Chaplain Steve Hanson offered a somber prayer for Rick and Jeff Huseman to open the ceremonies for the latest Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend.  The Husemans and their friend Danny Hicks died in a plane crash just three weeks prior to the race, taking away one of LeDuc Racing’s closest competitors on the track.  Kevin Huseman led the Pro4 Unlimited field around the parade lap in the No. 36 truck to pay the final respect to his lost brothers.

When the racing started, Todd LeDuc was on the front row in the No. 4 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools Ford with his brother Kyle on the second row.  Kyle had qualified first in the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools F-150 and was on the outside of row two after the inversion, while their father Curt was right behind them on the third row in his No. 43 Makita Power Tools / Truxxx Ford.  Kyle and Todd ran 3-4 for the first half of the race, moving up to 2-3 in the field when Josh Merrell rolled his truck.  Unfortunately Josh was not the only one who rolled, and Curt was also on his lid half way through the race.  Fortunately his Pro Power racing engine never skipped a beat and Curt went on to finish the race once his truck was righted.

Up front Kyle and Todd remained 2-3 in their ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools trucks until the last lap, when all the competitors upped the ante fighting for position.  Kyle dove under Carl Renezeder on the second to last turn of the race to take his third straight Pro4 Unlimited win in front of a full house.  Lady Luck was not as kind to Todd , who broke a tie rod and ended up back in seventh after hard contact from Greg Adler in Travis Coyne’s truck.

From the top of the podium Kyle jumped straight into his No. 99 Pro Lite Unlimited truck with a fresh Esslinger Engineering engine that helped him qualify second.  The wildest race of the day saw Kyle bicycle the truck several times, with the Toyo Tires managing to save him on most occasions.  Kyle did end up on his lid once; putting his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Toyo Tires truck at the back of the pack.  Never one to give up, Kyle worked his way through the 19 truck field to finish sixth, passing two trucks on the final corner and setting the fast lap along the way.  Makita tools were buzzing in the chilly pits on Saturday night to get all four LeDuc trucks ready for the next round of racing.  Kyle got off to a fast start in Pro Lite Unlimited on Sunday, but a faulty fuel pump ended his day early.

In Pro4 Unlimited, Curt started on the pole on Sunday with Todd on the outside of row two and Kyle right behind him.  Curt LeDuc maintained the lead for the first few laps in the No. 43 Makita Power Tools / Truxxx Ford until a spectacular crash by Josh Merrell brought out the yellow flag and bunched up the field.  Curt let Kyle by but left the door open for Carl Renezeder to pass as well.  Curt remodeled the rear of Carl’s truck shortly before rolling on turn two, ending his day.  This brought out the yellow flag and put Carl in a ROCKSTAR sandwich between Kyle and Todd.  On the last lap, Carl got his revenge for Kyle stealing the win on Saturday by putting Kyle on two wheels in turn two.  The truck stalled and Kyle lost ground, but in less than a lap he managed to get back to second, narrowly beating his own brother by rubbing and banging through the l ast turn in front of a roaring crowd and adding even more hardware to the LeDuc’s crowded mantle.

Check your check your local listings for door-to-door LOORRS action on CBS, the Speed Channel , Versus, and MavTV.  There is only one round of racing left in the 2011 season and then the exciting, big money ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, where Kyle LeDuc took home $45,000 in one day of racing last year.  The final race of the year is on December 10th at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, and the Cup race is the following day.  If you are in the Phoenix metro area this is one race you will absolutely not want to miss, as ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools LeDuc Racing Team pulls out all of the stops.  You can get the latest information on Team LeDuc on their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002206672633

Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie was all-in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in his No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, contending for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship. With some intense racing, and a couple of set backs, Casey drove hard and pushed through to finish the weekend strong, with one race remaining in the season—his final chance to put it all on the table.

Qualifying 10th after some steering issues on Friday, Casey was down, but not out. Saturday’s race would again challenge the team with some set backs and thus yield a less than stellar finish, only to turn up the team’s focus and motivation to push even harder for the win on Sunday.

“We had a great truck today,” noted Casey of Saturday’s race. “I started 10th and quickly made my way through the field. We got all the way up to 4th and lost brakes when a rock broke a brake line—very disappointing, but out of our hands.”

Game-face on for Sunday, Casey knew he had to break through traffic and move through the pack to prevent the front-runners from gaining too much ground. Casey succeeded, moving from 13th to 3rd before the competition yellow tightened the pack back up. Once in the number 3 position, Casey managed to hold off fellow Monster Energy driver Cameron Steele until Steele made a pass at turn one after battling door-to-door with Casey on the front stretch. Casey would stay on him but cross the finish in 4th.

“Starting from 13th we had our work cut out for us,” Casey reflects. “We made our way through the field as fast as possible getting up to 3rd. We had some great battles and we have the truck working very well. There is some homework to do, but come time for Firebird, we will be ready.”

Off-track and back in the pits, fans stopped in to get a picture with Casey and the No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, many admiring the full-sized “Huseman #36” signage on the hood in memory of fellow Monster Energy driver Rick Huseman. Miss Magnaflow Exhaust’s presence also brightened up the pit area as she signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Casey’s hard driving and skill overcame the weekend’s obstacles and advanced him to 5th in championship points in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series. He will make his last stop of the season at Firebird Raceway for the final round of the Lucas Oil Championship and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup. Catch him December 10-11 for the action at Firebird Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Team Toyo Off-Road drivers, Kyle LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath (right), both scored victories this past weekend during Round 13 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Both drivers relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to help them win the top spot in their class, Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited respectively.

During Friday’s qualifying session, Kyle LeDuc once again showed his remarkable speed by qualifying in the number one spot with his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 in the Pro 4 Unlimited class.  He immediately jumped into his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Toyo Open Country M/T® tires to qualify second fastest in the Pro Lite Unlimited class.

Pro 4 Unlimited was the first pro main event during Saturday’s Round 13.  Kyle LeDuc defeated 10 trucks on the 1.1-mile dirt course for the race win.  On Sunday in Round 14, Kyle finished second while his brother, Todd LeDuc, placed third with his #4 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150.

The latest Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) short course action took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend as the race community paid their final respects to Pro4 Unlimited competitor Rick Huseman.  Huseman’s life was cut short three weeks ago in a small plane crash that also took his brother Jeff and friend Danny Hicks.  Many teams were running No. 36 stickers on their trucks to honor Huseman, including reigning Pro2 Unlimited champion Rob MacCachren.

Seventeen Pro2 Unlimited trucks entered the track on Saturday as the sun set on a beautiful day in Las Vegas.  Rob Mac started on the second row in the ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, putting him in the thick of the action on the longest LOORRS track in the series.  Rob battled Robby Woods and fellow ROCKSTAR Energy athlete Brian Deegan for second place throughout the race, eventually besting both adversaries.  MacCachren even moved up to dive inside of the race leader on the final turn but bicycled in a rut; only his considerable skill and some help from the BFGoodrich tires keeping him from turning turtle and giving up a podium position.  Rob ended up in second on Saturday, closing Deegan’s series points lead and building a cushion ahead of Carl Renezeder in third place.

Sunday brought cooler temperatures as Las Vegas race fans cheered on hometown favorite MacCachren in the day’s main event.  Rockstar Rob started on the first row and jumped out to an early lead that he never relinquished.  MacCachren’s ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck was perfectly intact at the end of the race, something that is unheard of in the rough and tumble world of short course racing.  Slick track conditions were giving other competitors fits in the myriad corners on the course, allowing Rob Mac’s superior driving skills to shine.

The weekend’s results mirror the last stop in Arizona, where MacCachren came in second on Saturday and was victorious on Sunday.  Only one race remains in the season, and in order for Rockstar Rob to win his fourth straight championship he needs not only to win, but for first place competitor Brian Deegan to falter.  Short course is not the only place that Rob Mac is looking to win a championship though.  This week he heads south to Mexico to begin prerunning the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race course in his quest for a SCORE season championship in the elite Trophy Truck class.  MacCachren is currently second in points in SCORE International in his No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy / MasterCraft Safety / BFGoodrich Tires Jimco Trophy Truck.  This year’s Baja 1000 course uses much of the terrain that Rob has already been victorious on early thi s season, so overall victory is not improbable.  For the latest Rob MacCachren updates follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is bringing its short-course off-road racing show to the motorsports Mecca of Las Vegas this Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th.

For several days now the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series advance team has been busy turning the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dirt track into a challenging short-course off-road racing venue complete with multiple high banked turns and jumps that are guaranteed to push the drivers and their vehicles to the limit.

Rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2011 season will again feature their 11 racing divisions, ranging from youngsters in custom built karts to full sized trucks churning out 800-plus horsepower.

With the conclusion of the current season a little over one month away, championship points are more important than ever and the drivers are expected to push a little harder to collect podium points for finish positions one through three. Many of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series divisions are currently featuring championship battles that are still too close to call.

Starting Friday, November 4th, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host rounds 13 & 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  The
event guide gives you all the information needed to enjoy the event to the fullest including parking procedures, credentials being used and how to use them, track map, entry & exit points, media information, Race-day & Broadcast schedules, contact information and FanZone high lights.

Please find the event outline available for download here:
http://lucasoiloffroadracing.com/eventguide.pdf

We hope every one has a great time at the race track and enjoys the thrilling excitement of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

Also do not forget about the Lucas Oil Off Road Xperience Event being held at the track on Wednesday November the 2nd starting at 6:00PM. This event is free to all to attend and there is a free shuttle service available all evening to and from the track. Please go to http://lucasoiloffroadracing.com/xperience/ for more information.

 

At last year’s Best in the Desert Bilek Racing Silver State “300” only 94 seconds separated the winner from 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap among the top 7 finishers.  This year will be a new challenge on a new course, only run in the opposite direction!

Late April is a perfect time of year for racing in the Eastern Nevada desert. The average temperature is 82 degrees during the day and 58 at night, so race vehicles and personnel are comfortable, and the average rainfall is just .014”.  Not too hot, not too cold, and it’s dry…except for a few new water crossings!  Come experience the Bilek Racing Silver State “300”, set for April 29-30, 2011!

With many pit locations once again being next to major roads you can literally “chase” the race and see some incredible action from the easy to access pit areas with dedicated spectator viewing areas – and it’s all FREE.  For those racers in the chase for points, this is the second race of the Best in the Desert race season for cars and trucks; but all classes are welcome including cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs.

Race headquarters will be in the exciting city of Las Vegas, at the incredible Aliante Station Hotel & Casino, close to US-95 and I-15,  just minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Boasting the best of all worlds for hotels in Las Vegas, the sleek and modern accommodations provide a quiet retreat from the world outside.

What can be more exciting than to race on some of the most scenic desert land in our country? The Bilek Racing Silver State “300” offers not only scenic value, but a tremendous race course, with a mixture of high-desert mountains, sand-washes, and some of the most awesome panoramic views.

With locales rich in American history, the race will start in the Alamo area, a town established in 1901 and was an important area for cattle ranching, and still is today. Cattle ranching is alive and well in the deep green pastures of Pahranagat Valley. You will travel through Caliente, a town where in 1901 the Union Pacific Railroad and the Oregon Short Line claimed the same territory and the same set of tracks. The course also takes you to the Caselton area where silver was discovered in 1868 at the Prince Mine. The entire area is rich in history and the Bilek Racing Silver State “300” will give you an opportunity to go back in time and experience what it must have been like to live as a cattle rancher, a miner or a railroad man. This is not only a great race but a great event to bring your entire family to; remember Best In The Desert is about creating memories and the Bilek Racing Silver State “300” will definitely live up to your expectations. The Bilek Racing Silver State “300” is an experience, not just another race!

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, April 29, at the Aliante Station, and the race will take place on Saturday, April 30. The start line is in Alamo and the finish line will be south of the Alamo area. The race is a one approximately 300-mile loop. Remember, life is short, you need to live your life to the fullest each day and grasp all of the excitement and the challenges live has to offer. Don’t miss out racing and experiencing a great course and seeing what this part of Nevada has to offer.