With two rounds at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in the books, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series heads to Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for its first set of night races, and the first night race since the facility was revived as a LOORRS venue in 2012.
The season is only just beginning, and several drivers that had a tough weekend in Arizona will be looking to bounce back. Lake Elsinore is a very different track, though, and running under the lights adds another dimension. The night owls who do better in the dark, though, will have an edge throughout the season with the new schedule that has most of the races in the evenings.
The night owls will reveal themselves as the season progresses. Ricky Johnson (pictured, ABOVE) hopes he is, as he left Wild Horse Pass in good shape and with the Pro 4 lead. Menzies Motorsports return to the series hit a rough patch in Pro 2, but it’s unlikely to repeat that misfortune as Bryce Menzies finds his stride. Carl Renezeder sits outside the top three in Pro 4, but sits second in Pro 2.
Brian Deegan had a great first weekend in both Pro 2 and Pro Lite. It was a solid start to the season for the Pro Lite defending champ. Speaking of Pro Lite champs, 2012 titlist RJ Anderson also had a great weekend in the class as he adds a Pro 2 effort; but both he and Deegan are chasing Sheldon Creed (pictured, BELOW) at this point.
In Pro Buggy, the Georges had a great weekend with Chad leading Garrett at 2-3 in the standings, but Bradley Morris leads them both. See the full standings below.
Rally Stars in Short Course
Lake Elsinore will feature a couple of guest appearances in Pro 2 by rally and X Games stars Tanner Foust and Travis Pastrana. Foust will be driving Rob MacCachren’s backup Pro 2, while Pastrana is joining Menzies Motorsports as part of a three-race effort that also includes last month’s Best in the Desert Mint 400 and November’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Of the two, Foust has more experience in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, having made an outing in a Super Lite truck at Speedworld a couple of years ago. However, he’s probably hoping for a better result this time around.
The gates at Lake Elsinore open up at noon on both Friday and Saturday. The Pro classes are schedule to begin racing at 7:45 p.m., but there will be a full complement of practice, qualifying and kart racing beginning at 12:45 on Saturday and 1:30 on Sunday.
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Standings after Rounds 1 and 2
1. Ricky Johnson, 96
2. Greg Adler, 90
3. Kyle LeDuc, 88
1. Brian Deegan, 97
2. Carl Renezeder, 92
3. Rob MacCachren, 89
1. Sheldon Creed, 97
2. RJ Anderson, 90
3. Brian Deegan, 89
1. Bradley Morris, 96
2. Chad George, 96
3. Garrett George, 87