2016 LOORRS Opening Round - Wild Horse

    Racing is Fierce at the First Races of the Season

    Russell JohnstonPhotographer, Writer

    Wild Horse Motorsports Park is home to many different types of racing, but on the weekend of March 25, it was home to the season opener of the 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Actually, it was host to the first two rounds, as technically Saturday was Round 1 and Sunday’s races were Round 2.

    The crowds began to fill up the grandstands at 1:45pm for the main events, as the Lucas Oil track team was finishing touching up the track. The first opening ceremonies of the season got under way as the pro 4 racers lined up, ready to go.

    The Battle of the weekend was going on in the Pro 4 as Bryce Menzines and Kyle Luduc battled it out in Round 1 for 9 hard laps before Kyle suffered blown power steering. Bryce pulled away under the impression that he was going to take the win, but just one lap later Bryce would also DNF as his truck also ran into problems. On Sunday fans were ready to see round 2 of this exciting battle, but that race was short lived as Kyle and Bryce got into each other’s way in turn two on lap 1 and Kyle was forced out of the race while Bryce would limp his way around to get finish points.

    Pro 4 would not be without some more excitement as Rob Mac put on a show in Round 1 as he came from the back to take the win in just 4 laps, though he was beat in round 2 by a great run from the number 17 Pro 4 of Carl Renezeder as he took the win.

    Pro Lite racing is once again a class stacked with some amazing talent and a deep field but Brandon Arthur would have the weekend on lock as he took the win both days, kicking off his season in great fashion. Followed closely by the likes of Ryan Beat, Brad DeBerti and Jerett Brooks throughout both races, the Pro Lite class looks to be off to a great start of exciting racing this season.

    Pro Buggy saw young gun Elliot Watson take his first win and fastest lap in Round 1 of racing after starting on the pole and running with it. Round 2 would see Kevin McCullough take the win as Watson had problems that would put him in the back of the field.

    To finish off the end of both days, the Pro 2 Trucks took to the stage and put on the show that all the fans were there to see: lots of bumping, back and forth racing, but at the end of the day, Bryce Menzies would take the win after a rough Pro 4 start earlier in the day and day two was Carl Renezeders, with a win in both Pro 4 and Pro 2.

    Lucas Oil will be at Lake Elsinore for the next two rounds of racing in April followed up by a trip to Utah in May for rounds 5 and 6, make sure to check out lucasoiloffroad.com to purchase tickets and keep up with the exciting rivalries and racing going on!

    The first LOORRS race of the season brought out the crowds, and they were in for great racing action.

    The Perfect way to start off the racing season.

    Bryce Menzies took home the first Pro2 win of the year.

    Round 1 had plenty of Pro 4 racing action thanks to Kyle Luduc and Bryce Menzies battling it out for most of the race, till trouble ended the race for both.

    Greg Adler starting the season off rough with crash that put him out of Round 1.

    The Trophy Karts were back to racing and had plenty of action for race fans and is shaping up to be a great season.

    Round 2 proved to be a great day for Carl Renezeder as he took both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 wins.

    Elliot Watson starting his season off on the right foot with a win at Round 1.

    Rob Mac held off Carl Renezeder to take the first Pro4 race of the season.

    Even though it happened at the first race of the season, this has to be up for Roost of the Year.

    Pro 2 driver, RJ Anderson came to Candler sporting a whole new look with Rockstar Energy coming on board as a title sponsor.

    There was tight, side by side action all weekend long to start off the season!