Coverage: Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Rounds 5-6

May. 21, 2012 By By Art Eugenio, Photos by GETSOMEphoto
Kyle LeDuc leading the Pro 4 pack en route to another weekend of victories.

Surprise! Its hot in Arizona! But so was the racing of Rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Temperatures ran well into the 100s over the weekend but that didnt stop the racers from turning up the heat with some of the best action seen to date.

The big question coming into the weekend was who can stop Kyle LeDuc in Pro 4? The answer: No one! LeDuc continued his winning streak with another pair of dominating wins, upping his win streak to six in a row.

Check out other Lucas Oil Off-Road Races from 2012:
Round 4: Lake Elsinore Wrapup

Round 3: So Cal Short-Course

Rounds 1-2 Recap from Firebird

It was fun out there, said LeDuc. We started back on the sixth row and made it through the pack pretty quick. It was good seeing my dad up there in the lead but I can only take getting roosted by him so long, so I had to turn it up and get this truck out front. Were just so happy to keep this streak going and were going to do our best to stretch it out as far as we can!

Kyle LeDuc has swept the competition all season in Pro 4.

Behind LeDuc was total chaos with every driver pushing the limits trying to close the distance. Carl Renezeder was the only one close enough to strike but got bit trying to make a move in turn three on Saturday. Sunday was no different for the field, as the non-competition dropped like flies in the heat.

Carl Renezeder crashed trying to chase down Pro 4s Kyle LeDuc in Surprise but ended up pushing too hard and crashed. 

Pro 2 was entertaining as always, with a field stacked with talent. The weekend produced two different winners at each round. Saturday Rob MacCachren took the win with his ever-so-smooth style of driving around the competition.

Rob MacCachren earned a victory in Pro 2 at Surprise, AZ.

We qualified first so that helped a bit, said MacCachren, The inversion put us back a few rows and I thought wed move up pretty quick but it ended up being a huge battle, probably one of the toughest races Ive had in a long time.

Josh Merrel had a tough weekend in Surprise at rounds 5 and 6.

Sunday had Marty Hart returning to the top podium spot followed closely by MacCachren. Greg Adler pulled a second and third over the weekend in the class.

We did our homework the other day as we ran around the in back of the pack, said Hart. It was a rough day yesterday so I just played with the track a bit to see what was best, and we worked on the truck overnight and most of today to get it to do what we want and it worked out for us. I wanted to get up there and run with Deegan but he ended up pulling out. Ill get em in Utah.

RJ Anderson is really pressuring the filed in Pro Lite this year.

It was back-to-back wins for the weekend for RJ Anderson. It was clear that no one had anything for RJs Dodge-powered Pro Lite as he drove through the field over drivers like they were standing still.

The guys have given me a solid truck to work with all weekend, said Anderson. They were working in the heat all day and night to get this thing ready. Honestly, Im just having some fun out there this truck is a blast to drive! I cant thank my crew enough.

Casey Currie finally had some luck avoiding the carnage that has taken him out in the past few races with a pair of podium finishes over the weekend in the Pro Lite class.

Here at rounds five and six we finally got a chance to shine, and my crew has done an excellent job of getting this truck to go fast, said Currie. I feel were only running at 80 percent right now and Im excited to get to Utah!

Casey Currie finished with two podiums in the Pro Lite class at Surprise.

Rounds 7 & 8 take the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series to Toole, Utah, and the scenic backdrops of Miller Motortsports Park. Look for ORC to bring you the action!

Doug Fortin found himself on the podium again in Surprise.

Check out other Lucas Oil Off-Road Races from 2012:
Round 4: Lake Elsinore Wrapup

Round 3: So Cal Short-Course

Rounds 1-2 Recap from Firebird

Off-Road.com Newsletter
Join our Weekly Newsletter to get the latest off-road news, reviews, events, and alerts!