Lucas Off Road Racing Series Rounds 11 & 12
November 14-15 Primm Valley Motorsports Complex, Primm, NV
Unlimited 4 - Round 11
After a disappointing run in Unlimited 2, Carl Renezeder started alongside Adrian Cenni in the Unlimited 4 race. Renezeder led the field past the start-finish line at the end of the first lap, followed by Kyle LeDuc in the #99 GoPro/Toyo Tires Ford, Cenni in the #11 Atrium Staffing Services/King Shocks Chevrolet, Curt LeDuc (Kyle and Todd’s dad) in the #43 Rockstar/Kal Gard Ford, and Tim Herbst in the #18 Terrible Herbst/Miller Lite Chevrolet. Curt LeDuc went over the outside barriers in turn two, grinding along the top of them for long enough to put him out of commission shortly afterwards. Up front, his son Kyle made a nice outside-inside pass on Renezeder to take the lead. LeDuc (Kyle) pulled a small gap on Renezeder’s #1 Lucas Oil/General Tires Ford, but Renezeder came charging back, and he and Cenni were lying in a close second and third behind LeDuc as the competition yellow came out. Brothers Tim and Troy Herbst ran fourth and fifth at this point, but after green flag racing had resumed, Alan Pflueger had brought his #71 K&N/Alpinestars up to fifth after passing Troy Herbst. Renezeder was really pressuring LeDuc at the sharp end of the field, and after getting a little out of shape in turn two, LeDuc got a small “nudge” from Renezeder as Renezeder moved to the lead. LeDuc’s throttle was now starting to stick, yet he hung close behind Renezeder, with Cenni and Tim Herbst also close behind in third and fourth. Renezeder was too strong, however, and he brought home the fastest lap of the race and took yet another win, followed by LeDuc, Cenni, Tim Herbst, and Pflueger. Renezeder’s pole yesterday and win today have helped him open his points lead to 17 points over Pflueger, who must finish well ahead of teammate Renezeder to take the title. Renezeder dedicated his win today to a seven-year-old Leukemia patient named Derek, to whom he gave a ride in a two seat race truck yesterday, saying that “this was all for you.”
Super Lite - Round 11
The Bully Dog Super Lites were next out on track, and pole winner Chad George started alongside Ricky James, who’s had three wins and a second place in his four Super Lite starts so far. As racing got underway, George and James pulled clear early, ahead of points battlers John Harrah and Chad Leising in third and fourth, and Dawson Kirchner in fifth. Leising soon slowed, however, and pulled off the track and out of the race. George was consistently quicker through the rhythm section in his #42 Independent/Blanco Basura truck, allowing him to pull away from James’ #24 SoCal SuperTrucks/Icon machine. However, those same jumps then caught George out, and he had the first big crash of his career. George was ok, though he went to have x-rays taken later in the day after complaining of neck pain. A full course yellow was brought out following George’s crash, which also served as the mandatory competition yellow. As green flag racing resumed, James now led over Harrah, Joey Granatelli in the #20 Granatelli Motorsports/Verve! truck, Kirchner, and Brandon Ward. Granatelli allowed Kirchner to get by as he got up on two wheels in turn 1, and on the last lap, Harrah used a good run through the rhythm section to nearly take the lead from James. James held on, however, taking his fourth win in five LOORRS starts, and setting the fastest lap of the race as well. Harrah came home second, with Kirchner third in the #16 NOS Energy truck, Granatelli fourth, and Ward fifth in the #92 Fox Racing Shox truck. Harrah’s second place has helped him widen his lead in the championship, and Leising is the only other driver in with a shot of taking the title.
Unlimited 4 - Round 12
Having just won the Unlimited 2 championship, Carl Renezeder had to re-focus and set his sights on holding off teammate Alan Pflueger for the Unlimited 4 title. The two would start side-by-side on row three, while up front, it was the father-son duo of Curt and Kyle LeDuc starting from the front row. After a roll by Pflueger in turn one, a full restart of the race was called for, and with Pflueger’s #71 K&N/KMC Wheels Chevrolet still intact enough to run hard, the green flag dropped again. Adrian Cenni nosed out to the lead in the first two turns, but the LeDucs managed to get on either side of him and squeeze him back to fourth place by the end of the first lap. Curt LeDuc held the lead early, but son Kyle took over the position in his #99 Rockstar/Go Pro Ford soon afterwards. Cenni moved up to second in his #11 Atrium Staffing Services/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet, and set his sights on the leading LeDuc. Further back, the two title chasers were further back than usual, and the early roll by Pflueger must’ve done some damage, because he pulled off the track and out of the race before the halfway point. As the competition yellow came out, it was still Kyle LeDuc and Cenni in the top two spots, followed by Curt LeDuc in the #43 Skyjacker Suspensions/Kal-Gard, and the two Herbst brothers, Troy and Tim, in fourth and fifth. On the restart lap, Troy Herbst pushed Curt LeDuc wide in turn two, causing LeDuc to fall back in the field. Meanwhile Renezeder, who’d been thinking his suspension might be damaged, was now finding the truck to be driving fine, which allowed him to move from seventh to third in one lap. Travis Coyne was also on the move, climbing up to fourth as Troy Herbst pulled off the track, before Herbst’s brother Tim got back around Coyne to re-take fourth. Up front, Kyle LeDuc now had some breathing room thanks to a near-spin by Cenni, and he went on to take a convincing win. Cenni came in second, with Renezeder third in the #1 Lucas Oil/Team Associated Ford. Tim Herbst took fourth in the #18 Terrible Herbst/Lucas Oil Chevrolet, and Coyne wound up fifth in the #5 ProComp/Team Associated Ford. Renezeder made it a clean sweep in his two championship chases, taking the Unlimited 4 title to match his Unlimited 2 title from the race before. Renezeder once again dedicated his success to 7-year-old leukemia patient Derek, who he was able to drive around the racetrack in a two seat race truck earlier this weekend.
Super Lite - Round 12
The Bully Dog Super Lite class was up next, and the title fight had come down to a two-way battle between John Harrah and Chad Leising. With Harrah flying off the track on the opening lap, Leising’s chances were looking up, and he sat second behind Dawson Kirchner in the early going. Ricky James ran third in his #24 So Cal Super Trucks/Icon Vehicle Dynamics machine, followed by Joe Granatelli in the #40 XDP/Skin truck in fourth and Brandon Bailey in the #72 Lamb Energy machine in fifth. James soon assumed the lead, and quickly pulled out a big gap over the competition. Behind him, Kirchner spun his #16 NOS Energy Drink machine and dropped out of the top five, allowing Joey Granatelli to move up to fifth in his #20 Granatelli Motorsports/Verve! truck. At the drop of the competition yellow, James still led, with Leising second in the #17 Lucas Oil/Hart and Huntington machine, Joe Granatelli third, Bailey fourth, and Joey Granatelli fifth. After the restart, Harrah re-emerged in the #13 Speed Technologies truck, and a big crash by Joe Granatelli brought out a brief full course caution. On the restart, lots of shuffling occurred behind the leader James, leaving Kirchner second, Leising third, Bailey fourth and Joey Granatelli fifth with one lap to go. Leising and Kirchner had a good battle for second on the final lap, with the position going to Leising in the end. Up front, James took his fifth win in six career LOORRS starts. Joey Granatelli wound up fourth, and Bailey rounded out the top five. Despite missing several laps, Harrah had enough of a points cushion to take the championship, and said that as his first championship in any form of racing, “this is very very special.”