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.

Ken-Block-THUMB-Rally-America-New-England-7-30-13Newry, ME -- Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino won their first New England Forest Rally (NEFR), round 5 of the Rally America National Championship, on July 26-27th headquartered in Newry, Maine after a closely fought battle with Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew. The margins between the two teams were incredibly thin and either could have snatched victory. Subaru Rally Team USA drove a nearly flawless event and pushed the Hoonigan camp hard all weekend, but Block and Gelsomino persevered with a 6.5 second buffer at the end.

Block and Gelsomino’s NEFR nearly came to an end when their Ford Fiesta H.F.H.V. experienced electrical problems on stage 11. They had no intercom communications for nearly 13 miles before the alternator quit on the transit back to service. Open Class rivals Rifat Sungkar and Steve Lancaster, who were in fourth place overall at the time, graciously towed the Hoonigan Racing Team back to the service area so Hoonigan Racing Team could complete repairs and continue their race.

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.

San Felipe, Baja California – In case nobody noticed, Rob MacCachren has been dominating the SCORE Desert Series races held in San Felipe, Mexico. He won both the 250 and the Challenge of Champions races in 2011 and then went Back-to-Back winning the Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 again in 2012. With three overall victories in as many races, it would appear that Rob and his team would be hard to beat when they return March 8-10 for this year’s race but things have changed. Rob is racing his own brand new Geiser SCORE Trophy Truck and this year’s course has a new layout that has fewer miles of punishing, high speed whoops like in years past.

“We are just doing our homework like we always do,” said Rob MacCachren, “We are running a new Geiser Brother’s SCORE Trophy Truck out of our own shop this year. Jim Blackmore is the crew chief; he and I go all the way back to the Mickey Thompson shortcourse days. Our BFG tires are hooking up and the FOX shocks on our new Rockstar Energy Drink, SCORE Trophy Truck are dialed in; we’re ready to go.

“Every mile of every race there are situations that can end your day,” Rob MacCachren reflects from La Paz.  “Crashes, fires, booby traps… Baja demonstrates this every year.”  With 1121 treacherous miles to cover in the 45th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 and three dozen Trophy Trucks fighting to etch their names into history, there is little margin for error.  Unfortunately for MacCachren and his teammates campaigning the No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, luck was not on their side.

Despite weeks of preparation the team lost first gear and reverse in their transmission early in the race.  The transmission was swapped at Viscaino by the dedicated chase crew, but the setback would erase the fresh air MacCachren enjoyed by starting third off the line in Ensenada.  “This race encompasses so many elements: Man versus man, man versus nature, and in our case man versus machine.” Robbie Pierce reflected.  Pierce drove the middle leg of the race through the cold darkness of the desert night.  “That is the siren song of Baja though.  I am thoroughly exhausted right now; there is nothing left in the tank.  Overcoming all of those elements will call me back here though.”

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.

Reno residents got their first taste of world class short course racing when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) came to the all-new Wild West Motorsports Park this past weekend, and the facility lived up to its “wild” name.   The virgin track surface, massive elevation changes, and widely spaced jumps required a different truck setup than the tighter courses found at most LOORRS venues, but Rob MacCachren and his team performed fine tuning that resulted in a second place qualifying time for Saturday’s Round 11 event.  The top four qualifying positions were inverted to keep the Pro2 Unlimited race interesting, which put MacCachren’s ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS truck on the inside of the second row in front of a packed house of cheering motorsports fanatics.

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).

Williston, VT — Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won their second straight Rally America National Championship title at the New England Forest Rally on July 13-14th with an event left on the Championship calendar. Needing just sixth place or better the team battled though blinding dust and hot humid weather to take the national title with a second place overall podium finish.

“It feels great winning my fourth Championship in America,” exclaimed Higgins, “It was a team effort and we had a big job to do here. It’s a big relief to put this Championship in the bag.”

The Championship came just in time as Higgins closest rival, the Rockstar Energy Drink Team of Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard, began massing a string of Rally America event wins and staging a mathematically possible come from behind victory.