As the season comes full circle, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, is back at Firebird International Raceway for the final weekend of the 2011 season. Only one regular season round was left to determine the 2011 champions of ten out of our eleven classes, so the drivers in those points battles had it all to do today. All the other drivers had their own motivation as well, as any driver worth anything would want to bring home a win in the last race of the regular season, and there was no denying the tension in the air or the ferocity of competition here today. This is a great track, with a couple of unique features that we don’t see anywhere else, like the challenging step-up jump into turn four (for the adult classes only), and the multi-line “either/or” section, where drivers have two lines to choose from, between turns four and five. The stands were packed and the weather was great, as was the racing, so if you couldn’t be here, you really missed out.
First out onto the full-length track were the UTVs, and on the opening lap, a scary moment led to what must have been a heart-in-her-throat race for SR1 points leader Corry Weller. While battling for the lead with Doug Mittag, Weller tried to make the step-up jump, caught her rear tires on the lip of the landing, and came down hard, bending her chassis and pushing her right front a-arm back. This made steering very difficult, and sent her straight towards the outside barrier at turn four. With a point gap of 19 points over John Dempsey coming into today’s finale, there weren’t enough starters to make a big enough points gap to allow Dempsey to catch Weller, but she continued to limp her wounded ride along, just to be safe. Up front, Mittag was leading in his #848 Monster Energy/Gear One Kawasaki, with Robert Vanbeekum second (and the leading Unlimited UTV) in his #664 Monster Energy/Muzzys Kawasaki. Dan Kelly ran third in the #824 OffRoadMagnet.com/Maxxis Kawasaki, followed by Tyler Winbury in the #894 4130 Clothing/Black Rhino Yamaha, and Ryan Beat in the #851 Hart and Huntington/Black Rhino Kawasaki. On lap four, Kelly bicycled in turn three and dropped back to fifth, and on lap seven, Winbury lost a front wheel, ending his first run in the SR1 class. At the Competition Yellow, Mittag was still out front, with Beat now second, Vanbeekum third, Kelly fourth, and John Dempsey fifth in the #855 Custom Off Road Design/Dempsey Construction Kawasaki. On the restart lap, Beat went for it over the step-up, a move that ended even worse for him than it did for Weller, as he clipped his rear tires on the landing lip and went for an ugly tumble, ending his race. Mittag maintained his lead, despite running at a reduced pace with a broken shock, as Vanbeekum, Chad George, Kelly, and Code Rahders were all in hot pursuit. Rahders fell away on lap eleven, but up front, with his spotters telling him to drive his machine for everything it was worth, George had now gotten around Vanbeekum and moved into second in his #1 Monster Energy/Funco Kawasaki. George and Vanbeekum were now closing on Mittag for the overall lead, and just short of the white flag, both drivers moved by and into the top two spots. Unfortunately for Vanbeekum, a heating issue dropped him out on the final lap, but up front, George came home the big winner in Unlimited UTV, and was the first Unlimited UTV driver to win the UTV race overall this season! Second overall and first in SR1 was Mittag, with Kelly taking third overall, second in SR1. Dempsey finished third in SR1, fourth overall after driving the entire race without power steering, while Vanbeekum and RJ Anderson rounded out the Unlimited UTV podium. In the championship chases, Weller’s incident wasn’t enough to deny her the title, as she improved on her runner-up spot last year to take the SR1 UTV championship this year- congratulations Corry! Anderson had a tough day today, but came in with enough of a cushion that the title couldn’t go to anyone else. Anderson managed a pretty tough feat, as he knocked off perennial Unlimited UTV champion Chad George to take the Unlimited UTV title this year- way to go RJ!
As far as championships go, Weller and Anderson were the big winners in their respective classes. Behind Weller in SR1, it was teammates Mittag and Dempsey (separated by just one point) in second and third, Rahders in fourth, and Bryan Osborn in fifth. In Unlimited UTV, Vanbeekum finished second, George third, Winbury fourth, and Hans Waage fifth.
The final race before Opening Ceremonies was Limited Buggy, and there was a pretty close points gap, 18 points to be exact, between leader Curt Geer and second-placed Dave Mason as the two entered the final round. Quentin Tucker was also in the running at 43 points back, but would have to hope for major issues for Geer and Mason if he wanted a shot at the title. Tucker did everything he could from the drop of the green flag, grabbing the early lead in his #377 General Tire/McKenzies buggy, with John Fitzgerald, Kevin McCullough, Bradley Morris, and Geoffrey Cooley in tow. Morris used the low line at the either/or to get by McCullough for third on lap three, and on the next lap, Fitzgerald got the lead away from Tucker, while McCullough dropped back to sixth. Morris then moved inside of Tucker and made the pass stick at turn three to take over second on lap five, with Tucker then losing two more spots to Cooley and Geer before the Competition Yellow. Fitzgerald still led in his #314 BFGoodrich Tires/Wiks Racing Engines buggy at this point, and was followed by the #304 Lucas Oil/K&N AlumiCraft of Morris, Cooley in the #322 Competitive Metals/MasterCraft Safety AlumiCraft, Geer in the #385 Green Army/Bowden Development, Inc. Lothringer, and Tucker. Geer had a slower getaway on the restart, and was passed by both Tucker and McCullough as he dropped to sixth. Geer’s closest championship rival, Mason, was still mired back around seventh or eighth after starting at the back due to an engine change, so Geer was just trying to keep clear of any incidents as the laps wound down. Meanwhile, Cooley re-took third from Tucker after losing that spot on the restart lap, and Geer got back into the top five after getting around McCullough. On the penultimate lap, Geer then moved past Tucker to take over fourth, and from there on in, the top five drivers held their positions, with the big win going to Fitzgerald. Second place was Morris, Cooley finished third, with Geer taking fourth and Tucker fifth; Mason wound up seventh. Geer’s fourth place was easily enough to garner him the championship, and a solid season that included three wins, three second places, one third place, and three poles means that he is the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Limited Buggy Champion- congratulations Curt! Behind Geer, Mason was the championship runner-up, with Tucker taking third, Fitzgerald fourth, and Morris fifth.
Pro 4 UnlimitedFollowing a resounding edition of Opening Ceremonies, during which young Kids Rock Free singer Ariana Nieto absolutely knocked it out of the park as she sang the National Anthem, it was time for Pro 4 Unlimited. The crowd was stunned by the performance of the young lady, and the cheers only grew louder as the drivers were given the command to “start your engines.”
Adrian Cenni, making his return after missing the last two rounds, grabbed the top spot early in his #11 Atrium Payroll/Maxxis truck, and had his mirrors full of Kyle LeDuc in the #99 Rockstar/Makita Ford. Kyle’s brother Todd LeDuc ran third in the #4 Rockstar/Makita Ford, with Johnny Greaves fourth in the #12 Monster Energy/ReadyLift Toyota, and Carl Renezeder fifth in the #17 Lucas Oil/Team Associated Ford. The top two drivers quickly began to pull away from the pack, and after Todd LeDuc, Greaves, and Renezeder collected in turn one on lap five, that gap only grew bigger. Greaves then slowed dramatically a few corner later, and pulled off the track and out of the race. Meanwhile, Kyle LeDuc made a pass on Cenni to take the lead, with Josh Merrell, Renezeder, and Todd LeDuc now running in third, fourth, and fifth. In the battle for third, Renezeder chased down Merrell over the course of several laps, and finally got by on lap eight. At the Competition Yellow, it was Kyle LeDuc out front, followed by Cenni, Renezeder, Merrell in the #22 Hart and Huntington/MavTV Ford, and Todd LeDuc in the top five. On the restart lap, Renezeder muscled his way by Cenni and into second place, and was looking like he might have something for the leading LeDuc. However, LeDuc quickly opened up a good gap, seemingly at will, to maintain the lead. Cenni then looped it in turn two on lap 14, dropping him back to ninth, and the running order up front was now Kyle LeDuc, Renezeder, Merrell, Liam Doran (X Games Rally Gold Medalist) in the #3 Stronghold Engineering/Toyo Tires Chevrolet, and Todd LeDuc. In the closing laps, the battle to watch was between Doran and Todd LeDuc, as the two raced fiercely over fourth place, with Doran nearly jumping OVER LeDuc at one point. In the end, the position went to LeDuc, whose brother picked up the race win. Kyle LeDuc got his sixth win of the season, his fourth in the last five races, and looks like he has the momentum heading into tomorrow to defend his Challenge Cup crown.
Second went to Renezeder, third to Merrell, fourth to Todd LeDuc, and fifth to Doran.
Points wise, Renezeder had it wrapped up already, as mentioned before, but second goes to Kyle LeDuc, third to Todd LeDuc, fourth to Kent Brascho, and fifth to Jerry Daugherty. Congratulations Carl on your eighth championship in short course off-road racing, the most of any driver in the history of the sport!
Pro Buggy Unlimited
Today’s Pro Buggy Unlimited race was a weird and wild one, with major carnage and some strange goings on making this one of the most unique season finales of all-time. Doug Fortin was the early leader in his #96 Fortin Racing, Inc./Fox Racing Shox Racer, with Garrett George (driving his dad Greg’s ’09 Pro Lite Unlimited vs. Pro Buggy Unlimited Challenge Cup-winning buggy) second in the #71 Beard Seats/King Off Road Racing Shocks Funco. Justin “Bean” Smith ran third in the #19 Competitive Metals/Metal Mulisha AlumiCraft, with Eddie Tafoya fourth in the #51 Specialty Fasteners/VP Racing Fuels Lothringer, and Steven Greinke fifth in the #23 SC Fuels/Concourse Racer. A flat tire dropped Tafoya back in the running order, and the same issue cost Fortin his lead, as he fell to second behind Smith. Meanwhile, points leader Mike Porter was now up to fifth in the #8 Redline Performance/Mickey Thompson AlumiCraft, and really looked to try and keep his nose clean to lock up the title. Up front, Greinke got by Fortin in turn two on lap seven, taking over second place and setting his sights on the leader Smith. Porter then moved up to fourth after passing George into turn four, but tipped onto his side while trying to pass Fortin for third on the following lap- not exactly what he was hoping for in a potentially champion-clinching race. The Competition Yellow then came out, and in the top five, it was Smith, Greinke, Fortin, George, and Wade Wyman in the #56 Gear One/Racer X Motorsports buggy. Fortin ducked into the hot pits for a tire change under the yellow, and on the restart lap, a drivetrain issue left George was parked in turn five. The top two drivers were still the same, but it was now Cameron Steele, filling in for Stronghold Motorsports teammate Brandon Bailey, who ran third in the #17 RSC Equipment Rental/Lucas Oil AlumiCraft, with Wyman fourth in Jerry Whelchel fifth in the #5 Select Glass/BFGoodrich Tires Foddrill. Steele pulled off on lap 13, which moved Wyman, Whelchel, and Rich Ronco into third, fourth, and fifth, and with only eight cars left running, this was becoming a real race of attrition. Up front, Smith and Greinke were racing hard for the lead, but it was Smith who held off a great charge by Greinke to get the win. Greinke finished second, with Wyman taking third, Ronco fourth in the #99 Yokohama/FK Rod Ends Tatum, and Whelchel fifth.
Despite his woes in this race, Porter had a good cushion over his championship rivals coming into today, and simply needed to start the race and not get disqualified in order to wrap up the title. Porter lost the battle in the race today, but he did win the war, as he picks up the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Buggy Unlimited Championship- congratulations Mike! Second in points was Smith, who was tied with Whelchel but noses ahead by virtue of having one more win than Whelchel (four vs. three). Whelchel took third, Greinke fourth, and Fortin fifth.
Pro Lite Unlimited
Putting his front row starting position to good use, Rodrigo Ampudia grabbed the early lead of the Pro Lite Unlimited race in his #36 Papas & Beer/Lucas Oil Ford. Behind Ampudia, it was Brian Deegan in the #38 Metal Mulisha/Gibson Performance Exhaust Ford, Chris Brandt in the #82 BFGoodrich Tires/KarTek Toyota, Kyle LeDuc in the #99 Rockstar/Makita Ford, and Casey Currie in the #2 Monster Energy/Magnaflow Performance Exhaust Nissan. Deegan grabbed the lead coming out of turn three on lap two, with Currie also moving up one spot to fourth on the same lap. Brandt then got by Ampudia on lap three, and looked like he’d have a straight fight to try and chase down Deegan, and the championship, as the top two drivers in points now ran one-two. Brandt wasn’t counting on Currie, though, who moved up to third on the same lap, then passed Brandt on lap four to move into second. Brandt was desperate to get by Currie, as he needed to finish two spots ahead of Deegan to even have a chance at the championship, but Currie wasn’t going to give it to Brandt by any means. As Currie and Brandt fought over second place, Deegan was pulling away up front, until Ampudia lost a right rear wheel coming out of turn one, leaving him in a very vulnerable spot, which forced a full-course caution. This yellow flag also served as the Competition Yellow, and as the field circled behind the Toyota Tundra pace truck, it was Deegan, Currie, Brandt, LeDuc, and Austin Kimbrell in the #88 Toyo Tires/Kroyer Racing Engines Ford in the top five. On the restart lap, the top five drivers held their positions, but on the next lap, both Brandt and LeDuc got around Currie using the either/or section of the track, but Brandt’s new problem was LeDuc, who then took over second place on lap eleven. Brandt was again left struggling to get by second place, now LeDuc, while Deegan was clear up front, and it was Deegan who got the win, his series-leading tenth of the season, ahead of LeDuc, Brandt, Currie, and Kimbrell.
As far as the championship goes, Deegan has finally wrapped it up after spending nearly the entire season battling back against an extremely-consistent Brandt after a poor performance early in the year. Congratulations Brian, what a season! Brandt was a very close second place, just nine points back, with Cameron Steele third, Ampudia fourth, and Currie fifth.
Pro Buggy Unlimited was a really strange race, and so was Super Lite, as drivers diced and swapped places nearly nonstop throughout the race. Ryan Hagy grabbed the early lead in his #0X General Tire/Valli Construction truck, ahead of Austin Kimbrell in the #88 Xtreme Machine and Fabrication/Method Race Wheels entry, Kyle Lucas in the #11 Lucas Oil/Howard Packaging machine, Chad George in the #42 Kawasaki/Bull Outdoor Products, Inc. truck, and Jessie Johnson in the #15 MasterCraft Safety/A.M. Ortega machine. These top five drivers, as well as Drew Britt in the #7 Source Refrigeration and HVAC, Inc./San Tan Ford truck, were all trading places in the top five throughout the opening laps, and by lap four, it was Lucas out front, with Hagy second, Britt third, George fourth, and Kimbrell fifth. Several wrecks were scattered around the track, and in the confusion, gaps opened up as some drivers went by the crash sights more quickly than others. A full-course caution was thrown to allow officials to straighten out the running order, and when racing resumed, it was RJ Anderson who moved up to fourth on the restart lap, and was making a great charge after starting in last in his #37 Walker Evans Racing/Dethrone Racing machine. Kimbrell got by Anderson on lap nine, while up front, the battle for the lead got a little scary on lap ten, as Lucas and Hagy touched side-to-side in mid-air as they sailed off the big ski jump after turn two. The two went wide at turn three, opening the door for George to get by on the inside and take the lead. Kimbrell also got by before the end of the next lap, and it was now George, Kimbrell, Hagy, Anderson, and Lucas in the top five. Kimbrell got underneath George to take the lead at turn three on lap 12, with Anderson also moving up a spot to third. Lucas then charged forward, and managed to get by Anderson for third and then George for second, but didn’t have enough to catch the leader. Up front, Kimbrell got the big win, his first of the season and his first in Super Lite- way to go Austin! Second went to Lucas, third to Anderson, fourth to George, and fifth to Bubba Gray in the #22 Bull Outdoor Products, Inc./General Tire truck.
In the points race, George locked up the title with his fourth place today, as his closest championship rival, Patrick Clark, had what appeared to be a broken axle on the parade lap, and was never really in the fight today. Congratulations on your championship Chad, well done! Anderson’s strong finish, combined with Clark’s woes, nearly allowed him to take second for the season, but he wound up a close third. Fourth went to Kimbrell, and fifth to Brent Fouch.
Pro 2 Unlimited
The final race of the day was Pro 2 Unlimited, and with the warm Arizona sun now low in the sky, the drivers lined up for a real barn burner of a race. Jeremy McGrath took the early lead in his #2 Monster Energy/ReadyLift Ford, ahead of Rob MacCachren in the #1 Rockstar/MasterCraft Safety Ford, Rob Naughton in the #54 ReadyLift/LAMB Energy Ford, Greg Adler in the #10 4 Wheel Parts/Airaid Ford, and Carl Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford. MacCachren picked off McGrath to take the lead on lap two, while Renezeder got by Adler to move into fourth on the same lap. On lap four, a rollover and brief fire onboard the Scott Martenson machine led to a full-course caution, and when racing finally resumed, McGrath, Adler, and Renezeder all fell victim to a stack-up in turn one, which moved Brian Deegan into third, Robby Woods to fourth, and Rodrigo Ampudia to fifth. Two laps later, Deegan got inside Naughton at turn three to move into second, and at the Competition Yellow, the running order was MacCachren, Deegan in the #38 Rockstar/Makita Ford, Naughton, Woods in the #99 Lucas Slick Mist/SuperChips Chevrolet, and Ampudia in the #36 Tecate/BFGoodrich Tires Ford. On the restart, Naughton and Ampudia collected in turn one, dropping both drivers well back, and moving Woods, Adler, and Jeff Geiser into third, fourth, and fifth. Woods then rolled in turn three, which brought Adler up to third, Geiser to fourth in the #44 Canidae/BulletProofDiesel.com Chevrolet, and Nick Tyree to fifth in the #91 Competitive Metals/VP Racing Fuels Ford. The field was again under a full-course yellow due to Woods’ wreck, and on the restart lap, things didn’t get much better, as Deegan rear-ended MacCachren coming into turn three, then drove through him and rolled him. Deegan was black flagged for his actions, and MacCachren’s battered truck was able to continue, albeit at a reduced pace. The field went through yet another restart from a full course yellow, and this time it was Tyree and Phil Bollman who caught each other out in turn one, which led to yellow once again. A green-white-checkers finish was then called for, with Adler now leading Geiser, Evan Evans, Deegan, and Myan Spaccarelli in the top five. Adler had had many shots at his first win, but no race seemed as unlikely as this one for it to happen, as his battle-weathered truck now raced away from the field in the closing laps, fiberglass flapping and dangling, to pick up the win, his first ever in the class. A more deserving winner could not be found; Greg, you’ve paid your dues, and you deserve this one- way to go! Second went to Geiser, who also had a career-best finish, with Deegan taking third, Evans fourth in the hand-controlled #5 Evans Premium Lager/General Tire Chevrolet (in his first race of the season in this series no less), and Naughton fifth.
In the title fight, Deegan had enough cushion coming into today’s race that he simply needed to start the race in order to take the championship, and a third place was more than enough to secure the championship in Pro 2 Unlimited- congratulations Brian! Second went to defending champion MacCachren, third to Renezeder, fourth to Jeremy McGrath, and fifth to Adler.
The weekend’s racing kicked off with the little monsters of Modified Kart, and the championship finale could hardly have been scripted more dramatically. Brock Heger started up front in his #511 Driscoll’s Surf N Skate/Signpros kart, and led the field after lap one, with Kyle Hart second, Mitch Guthrie Jr. third, Jeff Hoffman fourth, and Scotty Steele fifth. On lap two, defending champion Mitchell DeJong moved into fifth in his #1 Traxxas/Red Bull machine, while further up the order, Hart moved into the lead in his #523 GearUp2Go.com/Duncan Racing truck on the next lap. Guthrie Jr. and DeJong each picked up a spot on lap three, and after Heger put his truck on its side in turn four on the next lap, the two championship contenders, Guthrie Jr. and DeJong, were running second and third. DeJong then passed Guthrie Jr. on lap six, just ahead of the Competition Yellow, at which time the running order was Hart, DeJong, Guthrie Jr. in the #555 Losi/Pro Armor machine, Hoffman in the #547 KarTek Off Road/BRT Signs kart, and Blake Lenk in the #521 DASA/Revolt Metal Works Inc. truck. The field ran several laps under yellow while track officials cleared some stalled or crashed karts, and after the green flag waved again, it was Bradley Morris in the #504 Lucas Oil/K&N kart who moved up into the top five. On the final lap, Morris got up to fourth by turn two, and as the field barreled into turn four and the entrance to the either or, he came into the corner too hot and took out the championship leader, Guthrie Jr., who had had the championship in his grasp with just two corners to go. Several drivers sped by before Guthrie Jr. could get going again, and as Guthrie Jr. fell back to tenth, it was defending champion DeJong who now had enough drivers between himself and Guthrie Jr. to pick up the points he needed to grab the title. Hart picked up the race win, with DeJong second, Hoffman third, Jerett Brooks fourth in the #527 Synergy Electric Racing/Maxima Racing Oils kart, and Lenk fifth. For his rough driving, Morris was dropped to the last position on the lead lap by officials. Guthrie Jr. finished tenth.
In the championship, DeJong grabbed the title by a scant four points over Guthrie Jr., and although Guthrie Jr. would’ve been a deserving champion, DeJong’s six wins, four second places, one third place, and five pole positions don’t make for too shabby of championship credentials, either, and he is now the first-ever back-to-back championship winner in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series history- congratulations Mitchell! Guthrie Jr. finished the season in second, with Morris third, Hart fourth, and Brooks fifth.
Junior 1 Kart
After the drama of Modified Kart, the Junior 1 Kart race was much more relaxed, if racing could ever be called that. Starting from the front row, Preston Roben took the early lead in his #210 Duggins Construction/Hoosier kart, followed by Gavin Harlien in the #232 Full Tilt Trophy Karts/Simpson machine, Broc Dickerson in the #223 Dickerson Motorsports/Eibach Springs truck, Darren Hardesty in the #231 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/AlumiCraft entry, and Travis PeCoy in the #211 K&N/King Off Road Racing Shocks truck. Though all the drivers in the top five were trying both lines in the either/or section of the track, the differences in speed and momentum became great equalizers, and while the running order would shuffle as the drivers converged onto the front straight, the order ended up the same by the time the drivers came by the start/finish line. The order remained unchanged for four laps, but just before the competition yellow, championship leader Dickerson finally used the slower, shorter low line to good effect, and remained just ahead of Roben as they crossed the start/finish line. As the young drivers lined up behind the Sanderson Tomcar pace vehicle, it was now Dickerson, Roben, Hardesty, Harlien, and PeCoy in the top five. On the restart lap, Hardesty got around Roben using the split line section, but Roben managed to re-take the position on the next lap. PeCoy had gotten by Harlien for fourth, but Harlien took the spot back on the final lap, while up front, it was Dickerson who stamped his authority on the championship by taking the win, his sixth of the season. Dickerson also got the pole yesterday, as well as the halfway point today; indeed Dickerson had the field well and truly covered today- congratulations on your championship, Broc! Second place went to Roben, with Hardesty third, Harlien fourth, and PeCoy fifth. Eliott Watson, the only other driver who came into today with a shot at the title, finished seventh.
In the championship, Dickerson was the big winner by 59 points over Watson, with Roben third, Wolfgang Ries fourth, and PeCoy fifth.
Junior 2 Kart
In the final kid’s race of the day, it was Shelby Anderson who took the early lead of the Junior 2 Kart fray in her #405 Walker Evans Racing/Anderson’s Nu Power truck. Championship leader Myles Cheek ran second in the #457 CMI/Streight Edje Custom Painting kart, followed by Weston Schuck in the #404 Fiberwerx/Foddrill Motorsports machine, championship challenger Chad Graham in the #410 MavTV/Hart and Huntington entry, and Brock Heger in the #411 Driscoll’s Surf N Skate/Hoosier truck. Heger moved up to fourth on lap two, and after a couple more laps, moved ahead again to take over third, just ahead of the Competition Yellow. As the field was “re-racked and re-stacked” under yellow, the top five drivers were Anderson, Cheek, Heger, Schuck, and Graham, and as the field circled under yellow for a few laps while crews worked to clear broken and stalled vehicles, the lap count wound down enough that as the officials prepared to drop the green flag, a green-white-checkered finish was called for. Anderson got a solid getaway and held her lead on the restart, as did all the top five drivers, but on the final lap, Cheek made a great move as he dove inside Anderson at turn four to take the lead in the best-looking pass of the day thus far. Cheek held on from there to get the win, his sixth of the season. Anderson finished the race in second place, with Heger taking third, Schuck fourth, and Graham fifth. Graham came into today with a decent chance at snagging the title from championship leader Cheek, but with Cheek taking the win and another eight points over Graham today, added to his previous lead of 21 points, the was no doubt that Cheek was a deserving Junior 2 Kart Champion here in 2011- congratulations Myles! Cheek has also made his family the first-ever multi-generation championship-winning family in the history of Lucas Oil Off Road, joining his dad Chuck Cheek, 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Buggy Unlimited Champion, in the family’s championship-winning ways.
Championship-wise, Cheek picked up the title, with Graham taking second, Heger third, Roben fourth, and Paige Porter fifth.
With that, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ 2011 regular season has come to an end. Join us again for the final day of the 2011 Season, as money and other prizes, along with a whole lot of bragging rights, will all be on the line for the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup. Gates open to the public at 9:00am, with the first race getting underway at 11:30am. Included in tomorrow’s festivities will be the two once-a-year races, the thrilling Pro Lite Unlimited vs. Pro Buggy Unlimited race, and the highly-touted Pro 4 Unlimited vs. Pro 2 Unlimited. Trust me, these are two races you won’t want to miss!
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Written by Scott Neth for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series