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Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Round 5 and 6

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Round 5 and 6

Native Las Vegan Rob MacCachren brought home the win for the second time on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series in the Pro 2 Unlimited class. Saturday’s weather was fine, but Sunday’s weather was not race friendly, clouds and high winds and a little rain, made the tall table top jumps a bit more hairy.

 

The weather didn’t hold Rob Mac back. Friday’s qualifying run, MacCachren had the fastest lap time of only 1:11:558, and fastest speed of 55.340 mph. Carl Renezeder qualified 2nd and Ricky Johnson rounded up our top 3.

Come race day on Saturday, MacCachren held off the pack to win by a whole 5 seconds. Rodrigo Ampudia placed second and Todd LeDuc rounded out the podium.

Todd LeDuc and Ricky Johnson started out front with MacCachren in third place. Quickly MacCachren moved to second chasing leader LeDuc. Carl Renezeder had moved from 5th to 4th by lap two, but just before the competition yellow Renezeder spun out moving him all the way back to 10th place.

Ampudia went from 5th place to 3rd after he spun out in turn 3. Ampudia was driving well considering he was only using one foot after wrenching his knee in Round 4 just a month earlier.

When the competition yellow came out it was MacCachren, LeDuc, Ampudia, Mike Johnson, and Greg Adler in the top 5. Bryce Menzies then moved up to 4th place but that was short lived after he lost it in turn 1 and this dropped him to 9th place.

On the final lap Adler tried to pass Ampudia in turn 3, but he bobbled after Ampudia got out of shape ahead of him, and Adler half-spun and dropped to 5th. Ampudia put the hammer down and went after 2nd place held currently by LeDuc. Leduc’s truck was suffering from transmission problems and in the last minute Ampudia pasted Leduc to take second place by only 54 thousandths of a second. While all this was happening MacCachren held a sizeable lead and also took the fastest lap. Fourth went to Ward, and Adler took fifth.

Round 6 on Sunday saw MacCachren on the top spot on the podium once again. Only this time young Pro2 race Bryce Menzies held second place the entire rest of the race while under pressure from Mike Johnson and Ricky Johnson. Mike Johnson was in 3rd before an unsavory pass by Ricky Johnson that held some words while on the podium. Greg Adler took 4th and Rob Naughton rounded out the top 5.

Pro 4 Unlimited

The starting of Round 5 in Pro 4 Unlimited saw nothing but Toyotas, #36 Rick Huseman and the #16 truck of Johnny Greaves. After the first lap Huseman held the lead followed by Greaves, Kyle LeDuc, Travis Coyne and Adrian Cenni.

Mike Johnson driving a new-to-him truck got caught up on a barrier and signaled a mandatory restart. When the flag dropped Cenni out jumped Huseman on the large table top jump after turn one and overtook the lead.

Renezeder had started in the back after heading to the hot pits before the restart. He quickly made it back to 3rd place in his new #1 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford truck. Johnson ended up breaking his rear suspension was left to watch the race from off the track.

Cenni and Huseman got tangled up after turn 2 and Renezeder took advantage of this and grabbed the first place spot.

When the white flag waved it was Renezeder, Huseman, Cenni, Greaves, and Coyne in the top five spots. The drivers held these spots for the rest of the race. Huseman fought for first even scoring the fastest lap time, but could not catch Renezeder who took the win.

Round 6 on Sunday was almost a carbon copy of Round 5 with the exception of Huseman taking the lead from being in third place after Cenni and Renezeder got tangled up late in the race. Renezeder driving a new truck for these 2 rounds started noticing fuel and ignition problems that finally caught up with him to give Huseman the opportunity to pass and take the win.

I bet you’re wondering what is going through Kyle LeDuc’s head right now.

Unlimited Lite

Drivers Adam Wik and Marty Hart were lucky enough to start the race in the front, but after a roll-over in turn one Wik’s lead was short lived. He did however flip back on to his tires and quickly fired up the motor so a re-start was not needed. Hart held first after the first lap with Jacob Pearson, Brian Deegan, Chris Brandt and Matt Loindice coming up behind him. Deegan took second place then had to drop out as smoke began to come out of his truck. Hart led the race until the end with Wik taking second, and Jimmy Stephensen taking third.

Working through the night to fix Brian Deegan’s truck paid off as he held off the pack including Saturday’s winner Marty Hart.

Other Highlights of the Race

Pro 2 Unlimited

Pro 4 Unlimited

Unlimited Lite

Superlite

Pro Buggy

Limited Buggy

Results

Pro 4 Unlimited
Sat.

1. Carl Renezeder
2. Rick Huseman
3. Adrian Cenni
4. Johnny Greaves
5. Travis Coyne

Sun.

1. Rick Huseman
2. Carl Renezeder
3. Adrian Cenni
4. Curt LeDuc
5. Kyle LeDuc

Pro 2 Unlimited
Sat.

1. Rob MacCachren
2. Rodrigo Ampudia
3. Todd LeDuc
4. Jeff Ward
5. Greg Adler

Sun.

1. Rob MacCachren
2. Bryce Menzies
3. Ricky Johnson
4. Greg Adler
5. Rob Naughton

 

Pro Lite Unlimited
Sat.

1. Mart Hart
2. Adam Wik
3. Jimmy Stephensen
4. Matt Loiodice
5. Jacob Person

Sun.

1. Brian Deegan
2. Marty Hart
3. Chris Brandt
4. Matt Loiodice
5. Adam Wik

 

Super Lite
Sat.

1. Chad George
2. Dawson Kirchner
3. Jeremy Stenberg
4. Chuck Dempsey
5. Brent Fouch

Sun.

1. Jeremy Stenberg
2. Chad George
3. Chad Leising
4. Jacob Person
5. Chuck Dempsey

 

Pro Buggy
Sat.

1. Jerry Whelchel
2. Bobby Pecoy
3. Justin Davis
4. Larry Job
5. Chuck Cheek

Sun.

1. Doug Fortin
2. Jerry Whelchel
3. Rich Ronco
4. Cameron Steele
5. Cody Freeman

Limited Buggy
Sat.

1. John Fitzgerald
2. Kyle Quinn
3. Curt Geer
4. Quentin Tucker
5. Justin Smith

Sun.

1. John Fitzgerald
2. Quentin Tucker
3. Dave Mason
4. Kevin McCullough
5. Kenny Freeman

Round 5 & 6 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing from Las Vegas

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