The second weekend (Rounds 5 and 6) of the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season held at Lake Elsinore Raceway this year was just as lively as its first visit back in April. This one was a day racing event, as opposed to the nighttime, under-the-lights laps of the spring event. Racing under the sun made it a very different experience for drivers and spectators, but some things went unchanged. Once again a group of fast-rising and youthful stars showed that they are here to stay (and win), while a veteran proved he is capable of continuing to kick ass and take names.
With lots of fender banging action, the first round of the weekend was held on Saturday, May 30. By the halfway mark of the 16-lap race, Kyle LeDuc had passed Carl Renezeder and was leading by car lengths. Some door-to-door contact between Rob MacCachren and Renezeder ended with them swapping positions, and Saturday’s Pro 4 climaxed with LeDuc, MacCachren, and Renezeder taking the checkered flag in that order.
RJ Anderson led from start to finish during the Pro Lite race, and even though his engine was smoking for the last half of the race, he never lifted. At one point Brandon Arthur passed Brad DeBerti, and was giving Anderson a run for his money, but after a spin Arthur was back to running third. After Arthur recovered, the two battled hard again, even smacking each other in mid-air over one of the big jumps. In the end, it was Anderson, DeBerti, and Arthur, 1, 2, 3 across the finish line.
Friday’s Pro 2 action was hotter than July in Palm Springs with Robby Woods running strong in the top six until his truck caught fire. Bryce Menzies led from green to checkered, but not without working hard to keep MacCachren from passing him. Jeremy McGrath, Patrick Clark, and Brian Deegan all tussled for an advantage throughout the event, with McGrath finally taking command. MacCachren and McGrath followed Menzies’ lead across the finish line after 16 laps of great racing.
Sunday’s Pro 4 event began with LeDuc up front, and Deegan, Adler, MacCachren, and Doug Fortin following in that order. Soon, MacCachren and Adler had moved up, and by the halfway mark, Deegan was in the hot pits and done for the day. Nothing changed much for the three leaders as the race continued, except that Renezeder got past Fortin and Adrian Cenni after the two came to blows. At the stripe, it was LeDuc, MacCachren, and Renezeder in a line.
The Pro Lite race was an exercise in trading places, as at one time or another Sheldon Creed, Casey Currie, Ryan Beat, DeBerti, Jerret Brooks, and Cole Mamer all tangled with one another moving up and down the ranks. All the while, RJ Anderson stayed clean and ahead of the pack. Throughout a dozen or so position changes in the group behind him, and despite a minor challenge or two, Anderson led the parade across the finish line, with Creed and Currie right behind him.
The final race of the weekend was not without its own drama. Finishing up an engine change just ahead of the green flag, Anderson was leading the Pro 2 race for the first nine laps, when Deegan finally got past him. Behind were Menzies and MacCachren, having their own race for third. Menzies finally got a break and passed MacCachren. Then in a move that had the crowd on their feet, Menzies came wide outside of Anderson in the last corner before the finish line and then drag raced him to the flag, taking the second place position away from Anderson by 0.204 seconds!
Who Can Beat LeDuc?
Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season left us wondering if anybody can beat Kyle LeDuc right now. He has an amazing new truck and the keen ability to drive it into the lead. He now has five straight wins this season, and LeDuc very well may eclipse record holder (with nine in a season) Renezeder. Just as exciting as seeing LeDuc dominate the sport is watching young guns like Arthur, DeBerti, Menzies, and Anderson (who swept the weekend with two Pro Lite wins) continue to be on the podium with regularity. Stay tuned. The action this season should only get hotter.