Lucas Oil Off Road Racing heads west to Lake Elsinore, California for Rounds 3 and 4 on April 23-24, after a successful season opener at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
With the popularity of short course racing growing each season, we are seeing new sponsors and manufacturers getting involved wanting to be included in the wraps on race vehicles. From the thousands of fans on site to the live Internet stream on Lucas Oil TV to the produced tv shows shown a few weeks later, there is a lot of exposure to be had. This influx of sponsors has allowed more racers to get involved and even created multi-vehicle teams.
Most racers are happy to have moved past the first rounds and ready to move on to the next event, any gremlins or new truck blues will usually present themselves early in the season, so as the season moves forward, so will the confidence in the equipment.
Nobody would have guessed that Kyle Leduc would have started off the season with two DNFs after his dominating 2015 season. Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren split the top spot for Rounds 1 and 2 with MacCachren taking the opener on Saturday. Eric Baron was able to grab a third place on Saturday with Greg Adler taking third on Sunday. The top qualifier was Leduc, so for him to redeem himself in Lake Elsinore.
Bryce Menzies picked up where he left off last year with a win in the opening round but missed the podium in Round 2. MacCachren got a pair of second places in Arizona, and although those are great results for the start of the season, the veteran racer will be looking for the top step in the next rounds. Brian Deegan closed out the podium with a pair of thirds on the weekend even leading a bunch of laps, a great result for Deegan. As a side note, Menzies spent two weeks of March and April in Abu Dhabi racing a Rally Raid race for Red Bull Mini, maybe in preparation for a possible future Dakar Rally.
Brandon Arthur landed in the top spot on the podium for both Rounds 1 and 2, showing he has not lost any speed in the off-season and that he’s the one to beat moving forward in 2016. Ryan Beat and Jerret Brooks split second places on the weekend and Brad Deberti showed consistency taking third place in both rounds.
Pro Buggy is going to be the class to watch this year. The class had two different winners, Kevin McCullough and Elliot Watson in the first two rounds with five different drivers on the podium. The only driver to be up on the box both rounds was Sterling Cling with a pair of third place finishes. Garret George and Darren Hardesty each grab second place finishes on the weekend. This class has fresh young drivers hungry for wins this season and to prove themselves worthy of moving up to the truck classes in the coming years.
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