loanmart-racing-lucas-oil-8-23-13Reno, NV – LoanMart Racing is ready to fire away at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The Wild West track is cut into a hillside which provides a unique view for the fans and hair raising elevation changes for the racers.

New for this race is the addition of Pro Buggy racer Dave Mason to the LoanMart Racing roster.

Now sporting a new paint scheme the young Mason began the season with 8 straight podium finishes. His consistency has put him in the championship points lead in the Pro Buggy class. “I am very excited to have LoanMart’s support for the rest of the season,” says Dave, “I will be looking to bring them success in Reno. The competition is tough in the Pro Buggy class but I’ll be on my game.

Radar-Tire-Off-Road-5-16-13Following a rough start to the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season, Mike Johnson, driver of the No. 31 Bronson Motorsports Toyota Tacoma sponsored by Radar Tires, took a vacation to Costa Rica following the Las Vegas races in April.  Johnson’s goal – rid himself of the monkey on his back.

Sans the monkey, Johnson returned to California, refreshed, refocused and determined to finish on the Pro Lite Unlimited class podium for Rounds Five and Six of LOORRS at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Southern California.

Since luck was not on Johnson’s side in Las Vegas, the team’s secret weapon this weekend will be friends and family.  The Bronson Motorsports race shop in Murietta, California, is approximately 15 miles from Lake Elsinore.  Home dirt advantage should prove beneficial to the team, due to the local ties and April test session.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11LAKE ELSINORE, California – This weekend (May 17-19) the largest crowd in the history of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by Geico is expected to pack Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for the fifth and sixth rounds of this year’s 15-round series.

That doesn’t surprise the drivers at all.

“Elsinore is built on the concept of showing what a short-course race truck can really do,” reigning Pro 4 Unlimited class champion Kyle LeDuc said. “These trucks are made to fly, to do unbelievable things, and I think the Elsinore track really shows it.
“We’ll be 18 or 20 feet off the ground and in the air for 150 feet or so. Distance-wise, it depends on how much testosterone you’ve got. It’s up to the driver. And you’re doing it six inches from the guy next to you who’s doing the same thing.”

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – Oakley, Inc. today announced a new one-year partnership with Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, a premier facility for MX racing and a family destination with a recreational park for riders of all skill levels.

“We are very excited about the partnership, particularly because it comes at a time when Oakley is revolutionizing motocross with milestone products like Airbrake™ MX goggles,” said Oakley CEO Colin Baden. “Innovation is synonymous with our icon, and the innovative approach of Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park makes this a perfect match. They have reinvented possibility for pros, enthusiasts and fans, and we are honored to be selected as their official and exclusive optics sponsor.”

A company with a 38-year heritage in motocross, Oakley partnered with Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park to inspire racers and fans, and to enlighten them on the breakthroughs in performance and protection it has achieved for the sport. Oakley will be allowed to display branding at sites including the facility tunnel and water truck. Additional promotional opportunities will be granted, and Oakley is planning promotional events and giveaways at the track. In addition, company representatives will serve as onsite booth workers, flaggers and operators.

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday with its return to Southern California. After 12 weekends of competition spanning all over the country, the inaugural round from Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park served as a fitting season finale, crowing a pair of National Champions at day’s end.

While Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., closed out the season with his 10th consecutive victory in the 450 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., took center stage by winning his fifth 250 Class race of the season and securing his first career professional title. In the Women’s Motocross Championship, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., overcame a five-point deficit coming into the weekend to claim her fourth title in five years.

With a track that had never been raced on prior to Saturday, there was an even playing field for the riders as the gate dropped on the first 450 Class moto. As the competitors rounded the first turn, MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., grabbed the holeshot and proceeded to open up an early lead. Dungey slotted himself in third, but made quick work of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray, of South Africa, to set his sights on the lead.

Irvine, Calif. – In the mecca of motocross, Southern California’s own Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett secured the 2012 AMA Pro 250 Motocross Championship, Saturday at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Baggett took the final checkered flag on his KX™250F in style, taking his fifth overall win of the season with a 1-2 moto score. In the 450 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished the season out strong going 3-3 for third overall and finished sixth overall in the championship. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer came out on top of a tight points battle and secured third overall in the championship and fifth overall on the day. Teammate Tyla Rattray quietly finished fourth overall and climbed to 10th in the championship standings.

After finishing off of the podium the past two rounds, Baggett came into the season finale ready to show everyone why he has held the red-plate for all 12 rounds. The first moto saw Baggett ride a near perfect moto. He started amongst the top-three and immediately headed to the front, taking the lead on lap five and never looking back. In 100-degree heat, Baggett won by 14-seconds and while the other top finishers couldn’t even make it to the podium due to heat issues, Baggett high-fived the fans that lined the fence surrounding the podium. He only needed to finish 13th or better in the second moto to clinch the title, but Baggett prefers nothing but to win. Nearly last place off the start of Moto 2, Baggett charged to the front and was catching the leader until a tip-over forced him to settle for second. Baggett claimed his fifth overall win of the season and his first professional title.

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!

His rookie season in the pro-buggy class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series started out like many rookie’s in sports…with trials and hardships.  But Dave Mason Jr. and his team have been working hard to improve.  Race by race they have been changing and adjusting on the #65 Competitive Metals/JAMAR Alumi Craft Pro Buggy.  Those efforts shinned at an all new track, where Dave Mason Jr. performed like a seasoned veteran. He started the event by beating out the field and posting the fast qualifying time on Friday.  After the inversion he started 6th for Saturday’s round-11 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the newly built Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada.  Mason wasted no time getting to the front and was a contender for the race win.  He was shuffled to a hard fought fourth place finish.  Starting 5th for Sunday’s round-12 Mason again was contending for the race win.  He battled wheel to wheel lap after lap with many of the series most veteran drivers.  In the final lap it was a pass around one of those veterans [Jerry Whelchel] to gain his first podium finish in the pro-buggy class.

Under the sunshine of a brilliant northern Nevada afternoon, the drivers of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, took to the track for Round 11 of the 2012 championship. In this all-new venue, the Wild West Motorsports Park, some drivers have found success quite quickly, while others have been, shall we say, less fortunate.

The high speeds and large amounts of elevation change have been presenting a unique set of challenges for the drivers, but everyone has risen to the occasion to the best of their ability, and the local Reno-area fans, many of whom are seeing short course off-road racing for the first time, have been cheering loudly and smiling widely all afternoon long. To find out what went on here this afternoon, read on and see what all our new off-road fans will be talking about.

FULLERTON, CA. – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Cameron Steele won his first Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event of the year, taking first in the Pro Buggy class at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, April 21-22.  Steele claimed victory riding on off-the-shelf Geolandar A/T-S+ tires.

“It was a tough race,” said Steele, the 2010 Pro Buggy champ, “but the Yokohama Geolandars did their job and helped secure the win for the Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy/Yokohama Pro Buggy. They really handled the course well. Thanks to the team and Yokohama tires for all the help.”

“Great to see Cameron get his first win of the season,” said Duane Sampson, Yokohama’s motorsports manager. “He’s a seasoned veteran, ran a smart race and our Geolandar A/T-S tires never let him down.”The next Lucas Oil race in the eight-event series, which combines the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing with a West Coast influence, is May 19-20 at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.

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