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Lucas Oil Series makes local stop
by Dan McGee - Special to the Tribune
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 division not only had the largest field of truck but also had the most mayhem of any division racing this weekend at the Wild West Motorsports Park. Here, during Saturday's race Kyle Hart goes end-over-end after exiting Turn 3.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - The Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 division not only had the largest field of truck but also had the most mayhem of any division racing this weekend at the Wild West Motorsports Park. Here, during Saturday's race Kyle Hart goes end-over-end after exiting Turn 3.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During a restart in Sunday's Pro 2 race leader and eventual winner Bryce Menzies (70) takes off with Brian Deegan (99) in hot pursuit. They would finish in the order a few laps later.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - During a restart in Sunday's Pro 2 race leader and eventual winner Bryce Menzies (70) takes off with Brian Deegan (99) in hot pursuit. They would finish in the order a few laps later.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Getting big air is just part of any Lucas Oil Off Road event and here Sunday's Pro Lite winner Bradley Morris goes flying down the front straight.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Getting big air is just part of any Lucas Oil Off Road event and here Sunday's Pro Lite winner Bradley Morris goes flying down the front straight.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - After getting a good run off the Turn 1 ski jump, Pro 4 winner Kyle LeDuc (99) is about to fly past early leader Carl Renezeder (17) as they battle for the lead during Sunday's Pro 4 event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - After getting a good run off the Turn 1 ski jump, Pro 4 winner Kyle LeDuc (99) is about to fly past early leader Carl Renezeder (17) as they battle for the lead during Sunday's Pro 4 event.
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MUSTANG — Once again, the Lucas Oil Off Road series visited Wild West Motorsports Park east of Sparks. And fans were treated to high-speed competition as competitors faced challenges on the technical course.

Friday was for practice as everyone worked to get their trucks, buggies and trophy karts set up. Then it was two days of fierce action as drivers competed in Rounds 11 and 12 of the series.

Sunday's Pro 2 race was a dominating performance by Bryce Menzies, who ended up third in Saturday's race.

"Our crew was amazing, we went back to the drawing board," Menzies said, alluding to his team's efforts Saturday night. "We led flag to flag (Sunday) and I've been under the weather but this makes all up for it.

"Hearing my spotter, I knew that (Brian) Deegan was faster in Turns 1 and 2, so I knew if I could get him off 3 I was faster to the finish. And if I could hold him off in 1 and 2, we were good. Today was my day."

It took a pair of starts to get the race rolling but both times Menzies led Deegan as they came down the ski jump turn. Only one caution for debris slowed things down.

There were so many Pro Lite trucks that an LCQ had to be run both days to set the final two positions in the field. This many trucks on the sometimes-tight course led to a lot of contact and some mayhem during their races.

On Sunday, one truck rolled over, was righted but had to drop out. Then Kyle Hart took a wild ride over one of the K rails on the center part of the course. He too was unhurt although it ended his day.

Four cautions, including one right after the race began, slowed things down but up front Bradley Morris was able to keep a determined Deegan at bay and claim the victory.

After exiting the track, Morris, who scored his third victory of the season, said, "I pushed it way harder. We got the truck last night, changed some stuff, came out here, got clean air out of the gun and ran away with it. That was such a fun race and it felt really good to get back up on top."

When the Pro Buggy main began, John Fitzgerald was on point with eventual winner Steven Greinke not far behind. After some close and side-by-side racing, Greinke took the point on lap 8 and was never caught, although runner-up Eric Fitch, who started fourth, wasn't far behind.

"John (Fitzgerald) was running really, really strong, he was definitely stronger on the front. Then I had to catch him on the back half. It was a fun battle, nice clean racing. We weren't out here to win but to get points and podiums," Greinke said after the race.

Greinke, the division points leader, swept both buggy races and extended his lead in the championship.

When the Pro 4 race began, Carl Renezeder led with Todd Leduc, Rob MacCachren and Kyle LeDuc giving chase. An early caution erased Renezeder's advantage and set up the chase that followed.

On the green, Todd LeDuc mounted a challenge but soon had to battle his brother Kyle. A tangle between brothers left Todd stranded at the top of Turn 1 but put Kyle in second place.

Once the track as cleared, Kyle LeDuc took off after Renezeder and made the winning pass as they flew through the air before Turn 3. A late caution bunched the trucks again but in the end LeDuc was able to claim the victory after holding off Renezeder.

"That was freaking awesome, one of the coolest races," LeDuc said, during the victory ceremony. "All those guys were good, I was flying, Cark was flying, it was so fun and the dirt today was so unbelievable."

It was LeDuc's second Pro 4 victory of the weekend, giving him a sweep while Renezeder wound up second in both races.

Saturday also featured a full round of racing.

When the Pro 2 trucks started their race, Deegan led the charge with Menzies and Robby Woods on his back bumper. Soon it became a five-way battle for second between Woods, Menzies, Renezeder, Marty Hart and Rob MacCachren.

Two cautions slowed the pace, but after the last restart, Deegan took off and claimed the victory. Behind him a two-way battle for second ended when Robby Woods claimed the runner-up spot ahead of Menzies.

Just like on Sunday, the largest field of the day was for the Pro Lite division. Once again, Deegan was on point when the race began with Noah Fouch and Sheldon Creed giving chase.

The race came to an abrupt halt after Chris Lawrence did an end-over-end crash that collected Trenton Briley. While their day was over, the safety equipment worked and both drivers emerged uninjured.

When the green waved, Deegan took off with Creed in hot pursuit. Later, there was another end-over-end crash that put Hart out of the race.

Up front, Creed was able to take the lead and hold off both Deegan and Morris for the victory.

The Modified Trophy Karts, that look like miniature trucks, helped round out the show. This division is where youngsters earn their racing spurs for this type of competition.

Due to the division's rules, the competition is close, and up fromt, a leader usually has to work for the victory.

On Sunday, Cole Mamer was able to take the win after holding off Miles Cheek and Jeff Hoffman. In Saturday's race, Mamer had to settle for second after he could not overcome Gavin Harlien, the race winner.

Despite the smoky air, which cleared out Sunday afternoon, both grandstands were almost completely full. In fact, it appeared the spectator count was ahead of last year. Sunday, it was announced that the Lucas Oil Off Road series would return next year for another weekend of high-speed, close racing.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•Most oval tracks will be dark this Labor Day weekend with one exception; the Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts are racing on the small track inside Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon.

The action begins at 6 p.m. Saturday then resumes at noon on Sunday. Admission is $5 and several karts from out of town are expected.

•The annual round of the Old Timer's Nationals will be at the Fernley Lion's Motocross Track as the riders face off for three motos on Saturday followed by two on Sunday.

•VORRA has moved its annual U.S.A. 500 race to Yerington this year. The event ends the series' desert racing and an extension of the usual course has been designed.

Pre-running will be on Saturday while the race itself begins at 6 a.m. Sunday with a 20-hour time limit for the slowest competitors. It's estimated the fastest entries should finish the 500 miles in about nine to 10 hours.

The start is at the south end of the tailing piles located on the highway east of downtown.

•Motocross riders who want to enhance their skills and sharpen up for the coming Arenocross event in November, have a chance to do so. Pro rider Tyler Pfeifer is hosting a school at his track in Lemmon Valley with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Those wishing further information can e-mail him at. dirtshark91@aol.com.

•Lovelock Speedway ended its season Saturday night as the track's board decided not to run in late September. The results and 2013 track champions are listed below.

• Last week Rattlesnake Raceway hosted one of its rare Friday night races. One highlight was Chris Neal dominating the Sport Mod main while Mike Olsen was the class of the Hobby Stock division.

• NASCAR'S Las Vegas Trio spent the weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway, the World's Fastest Half Mile.

On Wednesday, Kyle Busch started 10th and won the Camping World Truck Race with Brendan Gaughan ended up 16th. Then on Friday, Kyle started on the pole and won the Nationwide event with Gaughan ending up 15th.

Things didn't start too well for Kyle in Saturday night's Sprint Cup race as he started 43rd, worked his way to second and then fell back to 11th at the end. Older brother Kurt started second but problems dropped him back to 31st.

RESULTS

Wild West Motorsports Park - Silver State Showdown

• Lucas Oil Off Road, Round 12, August 25, 20

Modified Kart (12-Laps) - 1. Cole Mamer, 2. Myles Cheek, 3. Jeff Hoffman, 4. Rock Heger, 5. Parker Steele. Pro Buggy (12-Laps) - 1. Steve Greinke, 2. Eric Fitch, 3. Bradley Morris, 4. Larry Job, 5. Geoffrey Cooley. Pro 4 (14-Laps) - 1. Kyle LeDuc, 2. Carl Renezeder, 3. Greg Adler, 4. Jerry Daugherty, 5. Brandon Bailey. Pro Lite Main (12-Laps) - 1. Bradley Morris, 2. Brian Deegan, 3. R.J. Anderson, 4. Chris Brandt, 5. Ryan Beat. Pro 2 Main (14-Laps) 1- Bryce Menzies, 2. Brian Deegan, 3. Rob MacCachren, 4. Kyle LeDuc, 5. Carl Renezeder.

•Lucas Oil Off Road, Round 11, August 24

Modified Kart (15-Laps) - 1. Gavin Harlien, 2. Cole Mamer, 3. Preston Roben, 4. Shelby Anderson, 5. Conner McMullen. Pro Buggy (12-Laps)- 1. Steven Greinke, 2. Eric Fitch, 3. Dave Mason, 4. Larry Job, 5. Bradley Morris. Pro 4 (15-Laps) - 1. Kyle Leduc, 2. Carl Renezeder, 3. Corry Weller, 4. Ryan Beat, 5. Todd Leduc. Pro Lite (12-Laps)- 1. Sheldon Creed, 2. Brian Deegan, 3. Bradley Morris, 4. R.J. Anderson, 5. Chris Brandt. Pro 2 (14-Laps)- 1. Brian Deegan, 2. Robby Woods, 3. Bryce Menzies, 4. Kyle LeDuc, 5. Cadrl Renezeder

• Rattlesnake Raceway - Friday, Aug. 23

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winner - Missy Natenstedt. Main - 1. Missy Natenstedt, 2. K.C. Kubichek, 3. Vincent Evenson. IMCA Sport Mods: Heat Winners - #1 David S., #2 Zach Cail. Main - 1. Chris Neal, 2. Zach Cail, 3. Duncan Lee, 4. Jeff Tuttle, 5. Pete Olsen. Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Royce Goetz, #2 Tony Taylor, #3 Aaron Benham. Main - 1. Mike Olsen, 2. Royce Goetz, 3. Travis White, 4. Aaron Benham, 5. Jana Neal. Gen-X: Heat Winners - #1 Dave Raber, #2 Al Bishop Main - 1. Al Bishop, 2. Shawn Hartzell, 3. Kali Pope, 4. Christy Rasmussen, 5. Steve Eisele. Northern Nevada Outlaw Karts: Beginner Stock: Heat Winner - Jensen Ternora. Main - 1. Ryan McGee, 2. Jensen Ternora, 3. Piper Crook. Box Stock: Heat Winner - Shansen Ternora. Main - 1. Shansen Ternora, 2. Kolbie Mace, 3. McKenna Krshul, 4. Sarah Anderson, 5. Grasen Ternora. 250cc:

Heat Winner - Katelynn Robertson. Main - 1. Katelynn Robertson, 2. Dominique Mace. 500cc: Heat Winner - Shayna Robertson. Main - 1. Shaun Ternora, 2. Willard Whisler, 3. Shayna Robertson, 4. Jazay Robertson, 5. Steve McGee

• Lovelock Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 24

IMCA Modifieds: Heat Winner - J.D. Jurad. Main (15-Laps) - 1. Jeff Elerick Jr., 2. J.D. Jurad, 3. Chris Garretson. IMCA Northern Sports Mods: Heat Winners - #1 Zach Cail, #2 Jeff Tuttle. Main (25-Laps) - 1. Zach Cail, 2. Jeff Tuttle, 3. Chris Neal, 4. Pete Olsen, 5. Keith Michaelsen. 360 Sprints: Heat Winner - Bob Cooney. Main (20-Laps) - 1. Robert Cooney, 2. Loren Cooney, 3. Bob Cooney, 4. Jeffrey Macedo, 5. Don Massey. Hobby Stocks: Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Bryce Phillips, #3 Mike Olsen. Main - 1. Mike Olsen, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Michael Ellison, 4. Loren Bianchi, 5. Joe Gandiaga

Lovelock 2013 Track Champions:

IMCA Modifieds - Jeff Elerick Jr.

IMCA Northern Sport Mods - Zach Cail

360 Sprints - Jeffrey Macedo

Hobby Stocks - Michael Ellison
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