Completing one of the most successful seasons in the history of short course racing, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is preparing for two final curtain-call performances next weekend at Chandler, Arizona’s famed Firebird International Raceway. Scheduled for October 27-28, the weekend’s packed schedule of racing in a variety of classes will be defined by two entirely different agendas – championships and money.

After the champions have been crowned, Sunday’s races will be all-out warfare to collect a piece of the massive $107,200 Lucas Oil Challenge Cup presented by MAVTV-American Real cash purse. This amount represents the largest single day cash prize award in the sport’s history, and is separate from the series championship and posted contingency awards.

Following a very successful first edition of night racing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, it was time to do it all again tonight. After a somewhat hot afternoon turned into a terrific balmy autumn night yesterday, today’s weather was off to an even better start, with a nice cover of clouds keeping the heat at bay, and in response to the improved conditions, fans packed the stands early to come out and see the top drivers in the sport of short course off-road racing. Tonight marked Round 14 of the 2012 championship, and for some drivers, there was the very real possibility of wrapping up a championship title with a full round of competition left down at Firebird next month. For others, the evening’s events would play a pivotal role in keeping them in the thick of one of a few different close championship chases, and for everyone, there was the prospect of having a strong showing in front of a great crowd. In case you missed the evening’s proceedings, read on and find out what happened.

Junior 2 Kart
Junior 2 Kart got things started in a great way, with Hailie Deegan grabbing the early lead in her #438 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil kart, followed closely by Dylan Winbury, Darren Hardesty, Parker Steele, and Jeremy Davis. On lap two, Parker Porter moved his #461 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats machine up to fifth in turn one, with Steele then making a nice inside pass on Hardesty at turn six to take over third in his #449 Racer X Motorsports/Martori Farms kart. Early on lap three, points leader Winbury then grabbed the lead from Deegan in his #469 Famous Stars and Straps/Black Rhino entry, with the top three then beginning to pull away from those behind as the race approached the Competition Yellow. As the field bunched up behind the Pace UTV, it was Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty, and Porter in the top five, with Travis PeCoy then moving his #411 Fox Racing Shox/Hoosier kart past Porter for fifth on the restart lap. On lap eight, Porter got back by PeCoy, just before the two touched side to side coming out of turn two. The two were sent into half spins to either side of the track, as Broc Dickerson came through to take over fifth in his #423 Black Rhino/Racer X Motorsports truck. At the white flag, it was now Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty in the #456 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Kar Tek Off Road kart, and Dickerson in the top five, and the top three once again had a gap over those behind. In a cruel twist, Winbury then slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, victimized by a mechanical failure within only a handful of corners of the finish line. Deegan took the lead, and after hounding Winbury throughout the race, her consistency paid off as she picked up her first-ever win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Hailie! Second place went to Steele, with Hardesty taking third, Dickerson fourth, and after an early race collision, it was Jeremy Davis who came back through the field to finish fifth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine.

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!

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.

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

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.

SURPRISE, ARIZONA – Kyle LeDuc of Team Toyo® Off-Road, swept the Pro 4 Unlimited class this past weekend during rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.  In addition to winning first place during both Saturday and Sunday, he also set the fastest lap times both days.  This brings his Pro 4 Unlimited wins to four this year with his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 running on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

During qualifying on Friday, Kyle LeDuc was nearly a full second faster than the second place truck.  That dominance lasted throughout the Pro 4 Unlimited race on Saturday, resulting in the overall race win.  During Sunday’s Pro 4 race, brother, Todd LeDuc started on the pole with his #4 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  Todd LeDuc immediately took the lead at the green flag, leading the race until the mandatory competition yellow flag.  Shortly after the restart, Todd LeDuc’s truck stood up on two-wheels in a turn, handing the lead over to his brother Kyle to win the race.  At the end, both LeDuc brothers stood on the podium, Kyle in first and Todd in third place.

“We went there to deliver a win for our sponsors and we went away with two wins, two fastest laps of the race and a top qualifier — now that’s how you have a good weekend,” said Kyle LeDuc.  “At Surprise, nobody went around that track faster at any point in any class than I did on my Toyo tires, now that’s making a statement!”

Also capturing a third place podium finish on Saturday was Jeremy McGrath driving his #2 Monster Energy / Ready LIFT / Toyo Tires Pro 2 Unlimited Ford truck running Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  McGrath fought a hard battle to ultimately move from the top five to capture his podium spot late in the race.

“Congratulations to Kyle LeDuc on scoring his sweep this weekend at Surprise, and to Todd LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath for their podium finishes,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “Our Team Toyo drivers once again had a great weekend, being ‘driven to the podium’ with their Open Country M/T-R tires.”

Be sure to watch Sunday’s Round 12 Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited class races October 15 at 2pm EST/11am PST on CBS Sports.

To learn more about Kyle and Todd LeDuc, Jeremy McGrath and the Open Country line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.

The new season brought many changes for the hardworking LeDuc family as they returned to Firebird International Raceway for the first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing (LOORS) short course event of the season.  This is the same track where Kyle LeDuc won the $30,000 Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Off Road Challenge Cup in his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford just three months prior, so expectations were high coming into the new season.

The elder LeDuc added a new title sponsor in Truxxx Lift and Level, Curt’s son Kyle LeDuc committed to running both Pro4 Unlimited and Pro Lite for the entire season in search of dual championships, and Kyle’s brother Todd LeDuc unveiled a new truck.  No, Todd wasn’t behind the wheel of the Blue Thunder monster truck that he has been piloting in Monster Jam, at Firebird Todd debuted a brand new Pro4 Unlimited truck to join the rest of the family in short course racing’s fastest class.

“ROCKSTAR Energy Drink is well represented in Pro2 Unlimited with Rob MacCachren and Brian Deegan,” Todd explained.  “I love to race regardless of the class or venue, and Pro4 suits me really well.”  Backing up those words, Todd qualified sixth for Saturday’s race, which put him on the front row next to Carl Renezeder when the green flag dropped.  At the half way mark of the race the three LeDucs were sitting in third, fourth, and fifth place and ready to pounce on the drivers in front of them.