San Clemente, CA – Casey Currie tore in to Cycle Ranch in Texas, ready to charge in his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, and ready to defend his 2010 title in the PRO Light class. After a high-energy weekend of top PRO Light drivers chomping at the bit for the Championship, Casey takes 4th in Saturday’s race, and ends an intense battle for the 2nd place podium spot on Sunday. Casey Currie proudly takes home 3rd place overall in the 2011 Championship and 7th in the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race.

Saturday and Sunday’s leaders were neck and neck; giving the fans the intense short-course action they came to see. Casey would move up to cross the finish line in 3rd place on Saturday, but after reviewing the lap counter, CJ was given the 3rd place position, putting Casey in 4th for the day.

“We had a great race truck all day, and starting on the 3rd row made it tough to get through traffic,” noted Casey, “but we have a great starting position for tomorrow’s race.”

Sunday’s race was an all-out fight, with Casey, RJ Anderson, and CJ Greaves battling in the top three. After a second full-course yellow regroups the field, Casey makes a huge acceleration on the back straight, and brings himself right on top of CJ and RJ battling for the lead. RJ Anderson is holding the lead with some bite in the turns, but CJ and Casey are out-braking him, keeping close behind. After taking the inside on Turn 5, and a little fender rubbing with CJ Greaves, Casey moves into 2nd. The two continue head to head, Casey taking turns on two wheels and hanging on to 2nd for the podium finish.

“That was a battle!” says Casey. “CJ and I battled the last couple of laps and I ended up in front of him. My truck was working well and I’m glad to finish 2nd today. We also wrapped up a podium spot on the year-end points which is a bonus for us.”

In the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race on Sunday, Casey was on fire! Starting off on the inside, Casey took the lead leaving CJ Greaves and RJ Anderson going at it for 3rd. Losing body panels, Casey remained well out front, at times by 12-15 car lengths. With only 2 laps remaining, Casey rides the outter burm of the sharp infield turn, and suffers a right rear flat—CJ Greaves jumping into the lead. Casey continues to push the Monster Energy General Tire Nissan but the flat will force him to pit. Casey gets back on track with a fresh right rear to finish 7th in the PRO Light Traxxas Cup.

“Starting on the front row I got a great start and had a great race going,” Casey explains. “I had a big lead ’till lap 14 where I hit a burm wrong, giving me a flat tire. I tried to keep racing but there was nothing I could do. Two laps short—but next year we are coming for the money!!”

Always charging hard and moving forward fast, Casey is also finishing up his 2011 season in the Lucas Oil Off-Road series, where he currently holds 6th place in the Championship. For Rounds 13-14, Casey hits Sin City, to put all cards on the table and see who comes out on the top of the heap. Catch him November 5-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

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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.