Short-Course Race Fans had it great for the season opener in Primm. Fridays qualifying was brutally winding causing some of the racers to ease of the skinny pedal when hitting the table-top at the end of the track.
Luckily Mother Nature turned the tides on Saturday with a gentle breeze, and plenty of sunshine. Race fans filled the stands to watch some of the most exciting off-road racing on the planet.
This rounded out the action for Saturday. Here are some shots of the action from Fridays Practice, Saturdays race and Sundays Race.
|The day opened with the Unlimited 2 class taking the stage. 12 trucks raced for the finish with Carl Renezeder taking the win. It turned out to be a prosperous weekend for Renezeder taking home two impressive wins, helping himself to the largest part of a $60,000 purse which was put up by K&N Filters. Renezeder snagged both $15,000 checks for each of his wins in the Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 divisions.
In Unlimited 4 LOORS decided to mix it up a little by having the 5 Unlimited 4 trucks race with 5 Unlimited 2 trucks. When the green flagged dropped Jerry Daughtry led the pack until the 5th lap when Renezeder took the lead in turn 2, and held that spot until the competition yellow appeared.
If you are unfamiliar with this practice, with every race the field of racers are regrouped, following behind the pace truck. One lap is completed, the pace truck exits the track and the racers are back on the gas to finish the race. Some say this is unfair to the leaders, but it sure makes for some exciting racing.
Renezeder continued to lead taking the checkered flag once again. Travis Coyne finished second with Alan Pflueger holding onto third place.
Unlimited Lite saw 18 trucks take the start after a first 2 row inversion. This gave 4th place qualifier Robert Naughton the pole when the green flag dropped.
Naughton held his lead for the entire race with Brandt finishing second after a dramatic pass in lap 11. Currie finished 3rd for the day.
|The new Bully Dog Super Lite series debuted here, and the #77 Reyes Racing of David Reyes led the field of Mazda rotary motor-powered trucks at the start. Dempsey made a decisive pass in the final turn of the race to re-take the lead, and the win. Leising finished second, and the #13 of series idea man John Harrah was third.
|Unlimited Buggy had the largest amount of racers of the day with 21 starters. Larry Job took the top spot on the podium that day with Cheek in second and Larry Foddrill in 3rd.
|In Limited Buggy #392 Curt Geer led the field at the start, and battled hard throughout the race with #313 Reno Navera. Navera led much of the middle of the race as Geer made several unsuccessful attempts to re-take the lead. On the final lap, Geer made a pass stick, and held on for the win, ahead of Navera and #382 LJ Kennedy.
Karts saw #522 Sheldon Creed was the first race winner in the new Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, taking the win in the Modified Kart Division, ahead of #507 Trenton Briley and #504 Bradley Morris. Creed also took second in the Junior 1 Kart race, behind winner Jack Grabowski (#272) and ahead of third place Jerett Brooks (#277). Another Grabowski, Dustin, picked up the win in the Junior 2 Kart race in his #472 machine, and of Trent Williams and Maxwell Ries.