Lucas Off Road Racing Series Superlite Rounds 3 & 4

Event Date/Location

May 2-3, 2009 Speedworld Motorsports Park, Wittmann, AZ

Event Details

It was a great weekend to be at Rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas off road series at Speedworld in Arizona. Our XDP SuperLite truck looked great and performed well, finishing 4th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday. Unfortunately, Jason Ellis could not make it to the event so Corry Weller jumped behind the wheel for us. Corry races in the UTV class and is very well known within the sport, she did a great job driving this truck for the very first time.
- Thanks Corry from all of us at XDP!
Saturday SuperLite Recap from
The Bully Dog Super Lite race was also an action-packed battle, with pole winner John Harrah jumping up from sixth to second on the first lap after the three row inverted start. Pole starter Corry Weller held Harrah off for the first lap in her #61 XDP-sponsored machine, but relinquished the lead shortly after, as Harrah, then Harrah’s son Johnny, Chuck Dempsey, Brandon Bailey, and Chad Leising all gradually got around her. A father-son battle developed as the hard-charging Johnny Harrah tried to move past his more consistent dad. By the competition yellow, dad still held the lead after a spin had cost Johnny the lead. Leising was third in his Geico Powersports truck, ahead of Dempsey and Bailey. After the re-start, the #20 of Joey Granatelli did a nosedive at the end of the mogul section, which brought out a full-course yellow. Granatelli was taken away in an ambulance, but gave the crowd a big thumbs up as he was wheeled away. Racing resumed, and Johnny Harrah’s aggression finally paid off as he took the lead back from his dad. The younger Harrah held on to beat his dad to first place in their twin, Speed Technologies trucks. Bailey’s Lamb Energy machine rounded out the podium, while Weller and Leising finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Sunday SuperLite Recap from
The Mazda rotary motor-powered Bully Dog Super Lites were next on track, and a two row inversion put #77 David Reyes and #13 John Harrah on the front row for the start. Harrah moved to the lead at the start, with the #17 Geico Powersports/Rockstar of Chad Leising tucking in behind. These two moved clear of the field, exchanging the lead several times. Behind, Chuck Dempsey, Brandon Bailey, Corry Weller, and Reyes all had various issues, and #9 Johnny Harrah pulled off the track temporarily to move him to the back of the field. Weller looped her #61 XDP/Weller Racing machine in turn six to bring out a full-course/competition yellow, and when action resumed, Chuck Dempsey slowly moved his #50 E3 Spark Plugs/Lucas Oil truck steadily towards the battle for the lead. It was to be Leising’s day, however, as he held off charges from Harrah and Dempsey to take the win. Harrah was second in his Speed Technologies truck, Dempsey took third, while Brandon Bailey was fourth in his Lamb Energy #72. Weller rounded out the top five after an eventful first weekend in the Super Lite ranks.
A post from Corry Weller on
"As some of you know, I was given an incredible opportunity this past weekend at the Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series, held in Surprise, AZ. After talking with Mike DeFord at BullyDog Technologies off and on since last year, I was offered a last minute, opportunity of a lifetime to not only drive, but RACE one of the coolest little short course race trucks out there - the Full Potential Superlite that is available through Speed Technologies. These little trucks are pretty light, have great suspension, and are powered by a 200HP Mazda rotary engine, which gives them a very unique powerband, similar to a two-stroke motor.

My race weekend began early Friday morning, as I headed out to Speedworld with our race rig while Jason (my hubby!) stayed at the shop to take care of the days work load. He would be heading out Friday night, leaving me to practice and qualify on my own (which is what we did most of last year, as well.)

The final decision to put me in a Superlite was done at the last minute, so even drivng out there I wasn't sure if it would happen or not. When I saw Mike heading over to me after my UTV practice, I knew that this was the weekend! We quickly got registered for the Superlite class, but would not get to practice before qualifiers due to time restraints with the truck.

So, the very first time I sat my rear end into that cool little black and yellow Xtreme Diesel Performance sponsored truck was when I was strapping in for qualifying on Friday afternoon!"  Read More