Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11Sunday is often the day when the action really unfolds here in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, and today, that was certainly true. Here at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, just east of Reno, the skies were clearing after a couple of days of substantially smoky skies thanks to nearby wildfires, and the passionate local fans again packed the stands to watch a festival of horsepower.

Points battles are really heating up in all the classes, and while some of the frontrunners found continued good fortune this weekend, others hit major pitfalls, and had to fight hard to make up lost ground.

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.

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.

Fans packed into the grandstands at Glen Helen Raceway last weekend for the latest rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) where veteran off-road racer Rob MacCachren was looking for an unprecedented 200th career victory.

The weekend started with qualifying of Friday, which was used for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s night races.  MacCachren has an uncanny knack for qualifying exactly where he needs to be to put his  ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS truck at the front of the Pro2 Unlimited field.  At the last round of LOORRS racing in Utah MacCachren started on the front row and led from flag to flag.

Ten victories.  That is how many wins Rob MacCachren has this season alone.  While some off-road race careers have come and gone with less success than this, it is just a single season for the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools’ driver.  Those ten victories give Rob Mac an astounding 199 total career victories coming in to this weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) event at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.  The venue is fitting for MacCachren to reach this unrivaled milestone in off-road motorsports.  “Last season I broke my left collar bone racing at Glen Helen,” MacCachren recalls.  “Instead of bagging the season though I put my MasterCraft race suit back on and drove through the pain.”  Rob Mac went on to win the San Felipe Challenge of Champions and two more Lucas races, finishing second in series points in both the SCORE International desert race series and LOORRS short course racing.

MacCachren has piloted his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS truck to three victories in LOORRS this season; more than any other driver in the premier Pro2 Unlimited class.   He has accumulated another four  victories in the TRAXXAS TORC short course series as well, including back to back victories at the recent Chicagoland races in front of packed grandstands and he even held off the powerful Pro 4′s to claim the victory at Crandon’s prestigious Chairman’s Cup Challenge Race in June.  Rob MacCachren’s skills aren’t limited to short course though, the Las Vegas native brings his never-give-up attitude to the desert as well.  This year he has wheeled the No. 20 Jimco-built Trophy Truck to victories in SCORE International’s Laughlin Desert Challenge and the MasterCraft Safety Tecate San Felipe 250, which he won for the second year in a row.  In Best in the Desert, Rob won the iconic Mint 400 and came in second at the Silver State 300 by a mere 14 seconds (both with Steve Sourapas as driver of record).

There was standing room only at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park last weekend as people from all over Southern California poured in to watch the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) battle on the all new short course track.  The newly constructed track was well-received by fans and racers alike with features such as a high elevation change, table-tops, tight hair pin turns and an infield mogul section. Unfortunately practice was canceled on Saturday, which meant that fan favorite Rob MacCachren and his talented crew were not able to dial in the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires truck for the track and conditions.

The combination of a new truck and a new track meant that the team didn’t have much to go on when setting up the truck, and when the green flag dropped on Saturday it was immediately obvious they didn’t have the winning recipe.  Rob Mac’s natural talent is unmatched, but it can only take him so far when he is outgunned.  MacCachren still managed a sixth place finish among 18 competitors in the marquee Pro2 Unlimited class and kept the truck clean for Sunday’s race.  The team broke out the Makita Power Tools and worked well into night making minor tweaks to gain a leg up on the competition.  With an all new track and limited practice time, the playing field was leveled out and it was anyone’s guess what combination and set-up would w ork.  It was decided that dramatic changes to the valving of the Fox Shox and a different ratio set-up to the Motive Gear ring and pinion was necessary to be competitive in Sunday’s race.

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

Team LeDuc started the weekend at historic Glen Helen Raceway by tipping off their Facebook followers to the available discount tickets for the weekend’s short course racing.  This resulted in grandstands packed with LeDuc Racing fans for Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

A dark cloud fell over Glen Helen Raceway early on when Kyle LeDuc lost a transmission in the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Pro2 Unlimited F-150 during practice.  Not able to qualify, this put Kyle at the back of the pack for the Pro 4 race Saturday evening.  His brother, Todd, qualified 4th and his father, Curt, qualified 6th but there was little time to celebrate as the sound of Makita Power Tools was humming through the LeDuc pits in an effort to change Kyle’s transmission before Saturday’s race.

With the inversion, Curt LeDuc started in the pole position on Saturday in the No. 43 Makita Tools / Truxxx Lift and Level Ford with Todd right behind him in the No. 4 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Matika Tools Ford.  Curt held steady in second with Todd in fifth the first half of the race, while Kyle worked his way up from the back of the field to sixth place by the fourth lap. Unfortunately it was Curt’s turn to have transmission woes and he bowed out of the race before the checkers were waved.

Just before Saturday’s mandatory caution, Kyle suffered a cut tire and had to go into the hot pits for a fresh Toyo Open Country M/T.  After working his way up to third place during the first half of the race he found himself at the back of the pack again.  Meanwhile, Todd kept running his own race, pushing hard into corners with his brake rotors glowing under the night sky.  Todd consistently kept pace with the front runners, and was rewarded with a 4th place finish, just  outside of the podium.

Sunday’s Pro4 Unlimited competition was reminiscent of the LeDucs’ earlier appearance at Glen Helen Raceway in May for Rounds 5 & 6 of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing action.  Kyle LeDuc and Carl Renezeder waged an all out battle that brought the crowd to their feet in some of the most action-packed racing witnessed all season long.   Sunday’s wild main event also saw Curt LeDuc’s No. 43 Makita Tools / Truxxx Lift and Level Ford pushed over the K rail and off the track, while Todd LeDuc rolled the No. 4 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Matika Tools Ford and started an impromptu  pyrotechnics show for the fans.  In the end, Kyle bested Carl Renezeder to take second place in the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools F-150 and retain his 3rd place seaso n standing with five rounds of LOORRS racing remaining.

In Pro Lite Unlimited, Kyle qualified 4th for Saturday’s race in his new Toyo Tires truck.  The first lap was not even completed before Kyle was spun out, resulting in a red flag restart.  Kyle was running a good pace and fighting for the lead when hard contact from a competitor cost him several positions.  Never one to give up, Kyle continued picking off other drivers, but when he was spun late in the race Kyle was only able to work his way back to 5th place by the end of the race.  On Sunday Kyle started on the third row his No. 99 Toyo Tires truck and took off like a shot, but unfortunately loose track conditions caused Kyle to spin out and end up at the back of the pack.    If the fans at Glen Helen learned one thing this weekend though, it is never to count out Kyle LeDuc.  He immediately went to work picking off com petitors until hard contact with Austin Kimbrell damaged a tie rod, making right turns nearly impossible and ending his hopes for another victory.  Still, Kyle was pleased with the speed of his all new LeDuc-built Pro Lite Unlimited and confident that with some fine tuning this truck will soon be winning races.

The LeDucs now prepare for the next rounds of LOORRS racing at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona on September 24th and 25th.  Kyle LeDuc already had a podium finish at Speedworld earlier this season, and ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Team LeDuc Racing plans to continue their three-truck assault on the competition in Pro4 Unlimited. Check your local listings for door-to-door LOORRS action on CBS, the Speed Channel , Versus, and MavTV.  You can get the latest information on Team LeDuc on their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002206672633