Despite high winds and warm temperatures, fans turned out in record numbers to watch the latest rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend.  Located just outside of Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park is a state of the art facility with paved pits, a kart track, an auto museum, and several other amenities not seen at any other facility that LOORRS visits.  Just beyond the edge of the 1 mile short course track, the first pit belonged to Rob MacCachren and his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS team.  A constant stream of fans surrounded the pits to enjoy a cool ROCKSTAR Energy Drink, get an autograph from Rob Mac, or just get a look at his fire breathing Pro2 Unlimited truck.  Want to see more of this state of the art truck by Jim Blackmore and Dave Farruggia?  Pick up the latest issue of Dirt Sports magazine, where the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / M akita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS Pro2 is featured as their Masterpiece in Metal.

Rob Mac qualified third for Saturday’s Round 7 of racing, which put him on the outside of the first row after the inversion of the top four qualifiers.  The ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS team made changes to the gearing in the Rancho Drivetrain Engineering transmission and Motive Gears in the rear end.  They also grooved the BFGoodrich tires specifically for the track conditions, which varied from slick after the track was watered down to bone dry as the wind sapped away any moisture.  When the driver next to Rob lost control on the first corner Rob spun to avoid him instead of causing a collision and as a result watched all fourteen competitors pass him by.  While the track at Miller Motorsports Park is notoriously tough for passing, Rob Mac was not deterred.  He harnessed all 800 horsepower from the Patton Racing Engine as air rushed through the K&N filter and started after the pack.

Simi Valley, CA – Coming off of a second place finish at the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers Tony Pellegrino and the GenRight team were ready to get back in the seat and go racing again.  As race day grew closer the anticipation continued to grow.  It all started with the results from the starting position draw where Tony drew the first starting position.  This was great way to start the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 considering how far in the back of the pack they had started at the King of the Hammers.

When the green flag dropped on race day there were 32 Ultra 4 cars that started the race.  Being the first Ultra 4 car off of the line was a huge advantage for the GenRight team, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition and not have to worry about passing in the dust.  The team was able to run a flawless day with no issues on the car and only having to stop in the pits for fuel and a cold drink of water.  Tony Pellegrino and co-driver Tony Fiori navigated the GenRight Ultra 4 car through a variety of terrain on race day that included high speed desert sections, tight mountain roads, water crossings, power line roads, washes, fresh cut trails and miles and miles of the infamous Nevada silt beds.

Tony Pellegrino in the 4485 GenRight Off-Road Buggy finishes the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers in the second position!

Starting from the 41st position at the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers Tony Pellegrino and co-driver Bryan Lyttle had their work cut out for them to get to the front of the pack.  The strategy was simple for race day, keep the car together and run our own race.  After the green flag dropped, the guys were able to make quick work of moving to the front of the pack!