January 14, 2013 – The Lucas Off-Road Racing Series – the pinnacle of off road short course racing is rapidly climbing up the leader board of televised motor sports and is now ranked second only to NASCAR in cumulative on-air hours. The 15 race series plus the season ending *”Challenge Cup” will air a total of 110 hours of original first run programming. These include 8 one hour shows on CBS; 32 one hour shows on CBS Sport Network, (64 hours with re-airs); 8 one hour shows on NBC Sports Network (16 hours with re-airs); 30 one hour shows on SPEED (60 hours with re-airs) and 32 one hour shows on MAVTV (64 hours with re-airs).

According to Joyce Julius and Associates – the independent sports and special event evaluator of corporate sponsorships, the 2012 Lucas Off Road Racing Series – generated over $65 million in value for series sponsors with an additional $48.4 million in value for team sponsors.Live race attendance was also up a substantial 13% in 2012..

LAS VEGAS, NV – Ryan Hagy, charges the podium and takes home his first win in the #27 SuperLite class at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) round 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.  Hagy traditionally known as a Freestyle MX rider is proving that the Ox brand truck has a winning spirit and a vivacious focus for staying on the podium this season.

“Finally got the monkey off my back,” said Ryan Hagy. “This win is for Ox!

I have been very focused on getting a win in my rookie season and I guess Vegas is my lucky track.  With one more race in the season, there is still more to come. ”

Hagy is currently in 3rd place in points and is in contention for the championship race. Hagy started the season off right with a solid performance during the LOORRS season opener with a 3rd place podium and back it up at Firestone in Arizona with a 2nd place finish during round 5 and a 3rd place in round 6. During his desert racing debut this season at the BITD Mint 400 he took home a strong 2nd place finish in the 7200 class. Firebird Raceway in Chandler, AZ is up next and Hagy is focused on another win to finish the season out right!

Fort Mill, SC – Team GT member Carl Renezeder is arguably one of the most revered drivers in short course racing.  And at last weekend’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he hit the century mark in the win column adding to his long list of racing achievements.  It was a moment that had been years in the making through thousands of hours of hard work and the kind of determination, tenacity and dedication it takes to make champions.

“To see Carl win his 100th career short course race was something special,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “And to do it on General tires…that was a proud moment.  I’ve known Carl for a long time and I know the level of work he puts not only into his racing, but into every aspect of his life.  He’s a champion in every sense of the word and everyone at General Tire is proud to call him a member of our team.  We congratulate Carl and his entire team on win number 100!”

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.

CORONA, CALIF. – Arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 13 & 14 of LOORRS (Lucas Oil Off-Road Series), the young Sheldon Creed is focused on a double victory atop the SuperLite podium at this weekend’s night race. In his debut LOORRS race weekend last year, it was 14-year-old Creed who climbed to the top of the SuperLite podium during Round 14. Since then, Sheldon Creed has been dominating the SuperLite class and currently leads the 2012 SuperLite Championship by 13 points.

The #74 SuperLite driver will battle it out among a class of experienced racers just north of the Las Vegas strip and Fremont Street this Friday, September 21st & Saturday, September 22nd – gates open to the public at 4pm, racing starts at 6pm. Well-versed for his age, Sheldon has centered his attention on strengthening his points lead. At Creed’s advantage, this race destination is one that he favors and knows that he is able to win at. The track offers a mixture of fast and technical sections, which is just what Creed would have ordered up for his driving style if he had designed it himself.

Fort Mill, SC – September 20, 2012.  Casey Currie and Team GT will lay all their cards on the table this weekend as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) visits Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 & 14.  With six Pro Lite podiums under his belt in 2012, and a Round 11 win, Currie is looking to roll the dice and score big on his General’s when he takes to the dirt under the neon lights of Vegas.

With championships on the line and pride at stake, the drama is sure to be high as Currie and his Team GT teammates fight for their spot on top of the podium this Friday and Saturday night.  We talked to Currie this week and asked about the upcoming race, preparations for 2013 and memories of 2012.  Here’s what he had to say:

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.

Austin Kimbrell is heading to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series / LoanMart “Fight under the Lights” being held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway September 21-22 with a new sponsor and a new strategy. LoanMart, a leading provider of auto title loans, is sponsoring Kimbrell Racing’s FiberwerX Ford Raptor bodied, Toyo Tires, Method Race Wheels, Rusty’s Off-Road Products, Hughes Performance Pro Lite for the remainder of this season and through 2013.

They are also a LOORRS series sponsor and title sponsor for the Las Vegas race. LoanMart currently sponsors Lucas Oil’s Modified series and is excited to become a big part of the off-road series as well.

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!

Corona, CA – Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series is pleased to welcome Bosch Power Tools, as the “Official Power Tool” of the Southern California Region into their family of racing partners.

“Bosch has long been known as the top choice for professional Tradesmen and experienced Do-It-Yourselfers,” stated Lee Perfect, Race Director for Regional Lucas Oil Off Road. “We utilize the Bosch Power Tools in the actual construction of the race tracks as well as maintaining the race and support vehicles during the events. They have proven their reliability time and time again”

The growing Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series is a developmental Series designed for drivers to gain experience towards competing on the professional level and for the recreational racer to be able to affordably experience competition on national level race tracks. The Series is split into three different regions: Southern California, Arizona and Utah. The season ending “Regional Shootout” pits all of the top drivers from the different regions against each other on a neutral territory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.