Rounds 7 and 8 of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing (LOORRS) took place up to Tooele, Utah after spending the last couple rounds in Southern California. With most of the classes points leads determined by under ten points, teams looked to catch up or pull away in Utah.
The top three drivers in the Pro 2 class coming into the weekend were only separated by 8 points, keeping the points lead up for the taking. Bryce Menzies has been dominating this class, winning half the previous rounds as well as being on the podium in all but Round 3.
RJ Anderson took an early lead and looked to be on his way to his first win in the Pro 2 class, but an over-rotation on lap 17 dropped him back. During a restart in the race, Jeremy McGrath got into Rob MacCachren a bit, but had to back out to avoid taking him out. MacCachren had to pull into the pits during a full course caution to change out a flat tire.
Creed and Renezeder went back and forth on the last lap exchanging second place, with Renezeder ultimately taking second. Menzies won the race for the fourth time this season while Renezeder and Creed finished off the podium.
The Pro 4 class has been dominated this year by Kyle Leduc. Coming off the championship win in the class last year, he came in with a new truck and had to prove to everyone he could do it again. Leduc led the pole lead and took the hole shot from the green flag. Leduc maintained the lead with MacCachren, Menzies, Deegan and Doug Fortin rounding out the top five halfway through the race.
With an unchallenged race, Leduc took the checkered flag ahead of Bryce Menzies and Brian Deegan. Brian Deegan made it to the podium for the first time since entering into the Pro 4 class at the beginning of the year. Leduc has now won the last six rounds of racing.
Round 7 was in the books and it was on to Round 8 to finish off race weekend on Father’s Day. Pro 4 was no challenge for Kyle Leduc as he went on to win Round 8 and swept the race weekend once again. It is hard to get better than winning both rounds, qualifying first for both rounds, as well as continuing to stretch his points lead out even further.
On lap eleven, MacCachren and Deegan were able to get past Menzies, pushing him to fourth. On the last lap, Menzies made an amazing pass on Deegan, pushing himself back into a podium finish but Deegan must’ve not liked that idea, as he went hard into the final corner and hit Menzies hard, pushing him all the way over to the outside wall.
Menzies was unable to finish the race and Deegan drew the immediate black flag. With tempers cooling, Carl Renezeder was able to get atop the podium along with MacCachren in second and Leduc in first.
Closing out this week’s action was the Pro 2 race, with yet again one driver leading the race: Jeremy McGrath. The race did have some full course cautions allowing drivers like MacCachren and Renezeder to try to take the lead, but McGrath did not allow it to happen.
With plenty of battles and changing positions during the race, McGrath held on for his second career win in the class. MacCachren finished in second and Renezeder in third. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next in July, as rounds nine and ten kick off at Glen Helen Raceway, July 18th and 19th.