Big Action at the LOORS Series in Vegas with Two Championships Decided
In the best off-road fashion, last weekend's Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event in Las Vegas was full of carnage and hard-fought battles With Rounds 13 and 14 wrapped up, the championships are anything but certain.
Round 13 kicked off Saturday with a number of feeder series' before the Pro 4 Unlimited class took the field. Kyle LeDuc and Mike Johnson lined up in the front row trailed by defending points champion Carl Renezeder in third position. After a yellow flag halfway through the race, it was Rick Huseman who took the checker first after battling all the way up from the very back of the pack following a crash in qualifying. His ninth win of the year was followed by Renezeder in second and Travis Coyne in third. The win puts Huseman some 77 points ahead of his closest competition, Renezeder and LeDuc, in the championship.
Next on the track was Pro Buggy Unlimited with Cody Freeman on the pole followed by Mike Porter. A caution mid-way through found Porter with a commanding lead, but let Freeman close the gap after being overtaken earlier in the race. Things didn't change much after racing resumed as Porter easily took the win followed by Freeman in second and Bobby PeCoy in third. Despite the finishing order, Larry Job still leads in points thanks to his fourth-place finish.
Pro Lite Unlimited saw Adam Wik and Matt Loiodice lined up at the front of the pack. A restart from yellow would see a big wreck and many positions exchanged, putting race leader Brian Deegan well out in front and taking Loiodice out after a roll. Another rollover by Jacob Person stopped the race again, followed by another from Aaron Daugherty and the race finally ended under yellow with Deegan taking the win. Marty Hart took second followed by Jimmie Stephenson in third. Brandt still leads in points after a fifth-place finish, but now Hart's closing in.
Over in Super Lite, Dawson Kirchner started next to Kyle LeDuc, followed by Chad George, Jeremy Stenberg and Jacob Person, putting all the points leaders right up front. Person ended up stranded just over the crest of a jump and was broadsided by Brandon Ward which brought out the red flag but no injuries. With the wreck cleared, it was a drag race to the end between Kirchner and LeDuc with Kirchner taking the checkered. Pat Clark finished third and Stenberg continues to lead the points race.
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The crown of day one was, of course, Pro 2 Unlimited. Robby Woods lined up next to Rodrigo Ampudia to take the green, but Ampudia was quickly overtaken by Carl Renezeder. A yellow later on would find the top three still in the same positions with Todd LeDuc and Robert Naughton challenging for the podium, but both were knocked out of contention by damage. There wasn't much action at the front of the pack until the last lap when Renezeder was able to push past Woods to take the win with Ampudia in third. Fifth-place finisher Rob MacCachren still leads the championship by some 74 points followed by Bryce Menzies and Renezeder.
Round 14 opened Sunday with Pro 4 Unlimited again after the feeder series'. Daugherty was up front, lined up with LeDuc. A number of incidents mixed things up on the first lap and it was long before Daugherty was in the pits and shortly thereafter Mike Johnson's truck caught fire, bringing the race to a halt. With the track cleaned up, a broken rear driveshaft left race leader Huseman with only FWD and let Renezeder, Cenni and Coyne get around him on the penultimate lap. The action wasn't over yet, though. Renezeder's truck caught fire, taking the champ out of the race and letting Adrian Cenni take the win followed by Coyne and Huseman, which was half of the trucks that actually finished the race. Third place points were more than enough to lock in Huseman's first LOORS championship in Pro 4.
In Pro Buggy, Steven Greinke started first next to Cameron Steele, but it wouldn't last. Steele quickly took the lead, then Job got past Greinke. By the restart after a yellow, Steele was still up front followed by Job and Myan Spaccarelli, who ran most of the race without third gear. This would be the order for the rest of the race with Steele taking the win.
Pro Lite Unlimited was much more competitive with the points race so close after Saturday's results. Corey Sisler and Chris Brandt started up front, but Deegan was quickly on them and quickly snatched the lead. Championship leader Brandt was soon out with a dead truck while a restart from yellow saw Deegan still comfortably in the lead. He'd go on to take back-to-back class wins in the weekend followed by Hart and Sisler. The second-place finish moved Hart ahead of Brandt in the points race with just one race to go.
It was a similar story over in Super Lite. RJ Anderson and CJ Greaves lined up in front, but Stenberg made quick work of both of them after starting third. LeDuc and Kirchner also quickly moved up to second and fifth before a yellow. It wouldn't last, though, as LeDuc rolled on the last lap. Stenberg took an easy win followed by Kirchner and Greaves, vaulting Stenberg into the points lead before the final race of the season.
That brought out the final race of the weekend, Pro 2 Unlimited. Things got off to hectic start with Naughton jumping the start and being sent to the back of the pack. On the restart, Rob MacCachren took the lead followed by Deegan and Renezeder. The top three, followed by Woods and Ampudia, came out of the competition yellow in the same positions, but a mistake by Deegan would drop him to fourth. MacCachren, though, was infallible and took a flag-to-flag victory followed by Renezeder and Woods. The win secured MacCachren his first LOORS championship.
With only two series' decided, there's going to be plenty of action at the season finale on December 11 and 12 in Chandler, Arizona, following the Baja 1000.