When the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) brought world-class short course racing to Utah last season, Team LeDuc Racing earned three podium finishes for ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Matika Tools. Coming back to Miller Motorsports Park for 2011, the LeDucs would settle for nothing less than a win at the all new one-mile track. The mammoth table top jump and long straight aways at Miller Motorsports Park are perfectly suited for the natural talent of Kyle, Todd, and Curt LeDuc. To illustrate the point, on Friday Kyle qualified first in Pro Lite Unlimited and he qualified second in Pro4 Unlimited, while he father Curt qualified 5th and his brother Todd qualified 6th for Saturday’s racing.
When the green flag dropped for Saturday’s LOORRS Pro4 Unlimited race, the packed stands were on their feet to watch Kyle get the hole shot in the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Matika Tools Ford F-150. Curt was close behind in fourth place in the No. 43 Makita Tools / Truxxx Lift and Level and Todd was right behind his father in the No. 4 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Matika Tools truck. At the mandatory caution Kyle was in second place and Curt was in third, with Todd sitting in the 5th spot. With the green flag back out the action was intense and contact between Curt and another driver allowed Todd to move up to the third position, and with just a few laps remaining his brother Kyle took the lead from Carl Renezeder. With only one lap remaining the transfer case in Curt’s truck let go with a bang so loud it could be heard all the way back in the pits, where the crew pulled out their Makita cordless tools in preparation of the work to come. Curt was unable to continue, but he did get to see his son Kyle with the race, as well as set the fast lap for the day. Todd finished in fourth place, just missing the podium by a fraction of a second.
Kyle qualified first in Pro4 again on Sunday, hitting speeds over 75 mph on the long straight in front of the covered bleachers. Curt LeDuc qualified sixth in the Makita Tools / Truxxx Lift and Level Ford and Todd qualified seventh. The race started rough for Kyle, who got forced into a K rail by Josh Merrell early on. Kyle was able to recover though and pilot the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools F-150 to a second place finish, putting him on the podium for the third straight race in a row and setting the fast lap for the second time in as many days. The LeDucs’ strong finishes at Miller Motorsports Park moved Kyle up to third place in points and Todd in sixth in Pro4 Unlimited, keeping them both in the thick of the series championship with the season half over.
Kyle LeDuc debuted his all new No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Pro Lite Unlimited truck this weekend in Utah. After qualifying first on Friday, he knew that the truck had plenty of potential. Kyle was running in second during Saturday’s race when he lost an engine and rolled the truck on the passenger side. “I guess it is not new anymore!” lighthearted Kyle joked after the race. Fueled by ROCKSTAR Energy Drink, the LeDuc crew grabbed their Makita tools to get Kyle’s truck ready for Sunday’s race. The truck was not completed in time for qualifying, forcing Kyle to start in the back of the 13 truck field. Kyle methodically picked off the competition and had moved up to third place and was headed to the podium when a front Toyo Tire and Method wheel parted ways from the truck in the last corner of the track, leaving Kyle sitting in frustration on the K rail. “We are having the new truck blues,” Kyle explained after the race. “Our team will have everything sorted out for the next race at Glen Helen though, so look out.”
The next stop for the ‘Duc boys is back at Glen Helen Raceway on August 6th and 7thfor more LOORRS racing. This track is considered “homefield advantage” due to its close proximity to LeDuc headquarters, and has already played host to a Team LeDuc ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools win earlier this season. If you missed Kyle’s win at Miller Motorsports Park, check your local listings for LOORRS coverage on CBS, the Speed Channel , Versus, and MavTV.
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