Lucas Off Road Racing Series Superlite Rounds 5 & 6

Event Date/Location

June 27 & 28, 2009 Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex, Lake Elsinore, CA

Event Details

Unlimited 4 -Saturday
Carl Renezeder has laid claim to the #1 plate on the side of his Lucas Oil/General Tires Ford in the Unlimited 4 division for one reason: he’s an incredible driver! As the green flag dropped in today’s Unlimited 4 race, Renezeder hac his work cut out for him after falling victim to a six position inversion which made him start from the outside of row three. The #8 XDP Chevrolet of Kent Brascho took the early lead, followed by Jerry Daugherty in the #23 Racin’ Dirty Chevrolet, Tim Herbst in the #18 Terrible Herbst Chevrolet, Alan Pflueger in the #71 K&N Chevrolet, and Renezeder. Pflueger quickly fell by the wayside as he slowed significantly, and Brascho broke something in his rear suspension, thus relinquishing his lead to Renezeder, who’d already worked his way through the rest of the field. By the time the competition yellow came out, Renezeder was still up front,  followed by the #5 ProComp Ford of Travis Coyne, Daugherty, Herbst, and #19 Scott Schovajsa, who was the best of the Unlimited 2s. Herbst made a nice jump on the restart and moved into third, which was the only change inside the top three for the rest of the race. In the end Renezeder collected his 83rd career victory, and was followed home by Coyne, Herbst, Daugherty, and Robby Woods, who moved ahead of Schovajsa to finish best of the Unlimited 2s.
Unlimited 4 - Sunday
The final race of the day was that of the Unlimited 4s. With a six-row inversion, Kent Brascho and Alan Pflueger were on the front row for the start, and Brascho took full advantage of his good starting spot, jumping out in front of Jerry Daugherty, Travis Coyne, Tim Herbst, and Carl Renezeder. The top five held their places for several laps, until Renezeder’s Lucas Oil/General Tires Ford made its move on Herbst. Renezeder passed Herbst and Coyne in less than a lap, taking over third just ahead of the competition yellow. Brascho still led ahead of Daugherty, and all the starters were still running, a rare treat in such a rough and tumble sport. After the restart, Herbst moved his Terrible Herbst Chevrolet past Coyne’s ProComp/Toyo Tires Ford for third place, and Renezeder made a great pass on Daugherty for second over the table top jump that leads into turn 4. Renezeder then moved alongside Brascho’s R&L Carriers Chevrolet in turn 1, where Daugherty got his Racin’ Dirty Chevrolet into the side of Renezeder who had no choice but to get into Brascho. Brascho and Daugherty both rolled over, and although Brascho was able to continue, Daugherty’s truck was done for the day. Daugherty himself was ok, and Herbst, Pflueger, and Coyne came away from the chaos in first through third as a full-course yellow was brought out. Carey Hart’s Rockstar/Hart and Huntington truck was now fourth and the best of the Unlimited 2s in the field as a green-white-checkers finish was called for. After the restart, Renezeder moved up to second, while Brascho went up in smoke and out of the race. On the final lap, Renezeder jumped past Herbst and into the lead in turn 4, and went on to take the 84th win of his career. Herbst was the runner-up, ahead of Pflueger’s K&N Chevrolet, Hart, and the other Hart and Huntington Unlimited 2 of Josh Merrell.

SuperLite - Saturday
The drivers in the Mazda rotary engine-powered trucks of the Bully Dog SuperLite series took a while to get their start right, but once they’d done so, the action was off and running. Joey Granatelli jumped out to an early lead, ahead of John Harrah, Chad Leising, Brandon Bailey, and David Reyes. Leising, who’s quickly becoming the hot shoe of this division, quickly moved into second position, which he maintained as a full-course yellow was brought out thanks to Kris Hansen’s rollover in turn 4. On the restart, Leising and Harrah both made jumps to get by Granatelli, and Bailey soon made his way by Granatelli as well, moving up to third position. David Reyes also briefly got by Granatelli, only to fall by the wayside with unknown issues. Up front, Leising and Harrah made it a close race for first, with Leising’s Rockstar/Hart & Huntington truck holding on take top honors ahead of Harrah’s Speed Technologies machine. Third went to Bailey, who was followed by Granatelli and #18 Jason Patison in fourth and fifth, respectively.
About an hour before the race Jason Ellis's XDP Superlite was started in the pit and the engine seized forcing Ellis to sit out the race.
SuperLite - Sunday
The Bully Dog SuperLite division was one of the only classes to field more entries today than it did yesterday, and Brandon Bailey led the expanded field in his Lamb Energy truck at the drop of the green flag. Slotting in behind Bailey were John Harrah in his Speed Technologies machine, Chad Leising in the Hart and Huntington truck, Dawson Kirchner in another Speed Technologies truck, and Jason Patison in his Geico machine. After several laps, Leising overtook Harrah for second, and set his sights quite literally on Bailey. Just before the competition yellow, Leising got heavily into Bailey in turn 6. Leising and Harrah both got by Bailey, but Leising was punished for his actions by getting sent to the back of the field. Green flew again with Harrah leading the way, ahead of Joey Granatelli, Kirchner, and Bailey. Harrah pulled well clear of the field as former frontrunners Bailey and Leising were struggling to see the track thanks to extensive body damage that occurred during their run-in. Both drivers were able to sneak by third place Kirchner, but Harrah and Granatelli were too far in front, and those two ended up taking first and second. Leising got by Bailey in a drag race down the final straightaway to the finish to take third, with Bailey taking fourth and Kirchner rounding out the top five.
Plagued by more engine trouble the #14 XDP truck of Ellis pulled off the track half way through with smoke coming out, Ellis was unable to continue the race.