SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – official series release — Lucas Oil Off Road photo —
After a deluge of rain hit Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, officials from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO had no choice but to postpone round nine of the championship for Sunday morning.
Junior 2 Kart
Starting on the front row were the top two in points: Cole Keatts and Mia Chapman.
Keatts grabbed the lead early, and held it through the end of lap one, where he had Connor Barry, Chapman, Mason Prater, and Bronsen Chiaramonte in tow. Debris on the front straight forced a full course yellow on lap two, but with track crews getting the debris cleared quickly, racing resumed at the end of the same lap.
On the restart, Prater got into Chapman at turn one, causing the two to hook together for a couple of seconds. The rest of the field slowed quickly to try and avoid hitting these two, but a crash ended up happening further back, as Niko Lopez had a big rollover just at the landing for the big jump coming out of turn one. The race immediately went full-course yellow, and even went red flag for a few moments.
Fortunately, though, Lopez was ok, and while his kart wasn’t in any shape to continue, the race did.
On lap eight, Chapman got by Barry for second. At this point, it was Keatts, Chapman, Barry, Prater, and Chiaramonte in the top five, and on the restart lap, Chapman made a beautiful charge around the outside of Keatts at turn two to move up to the top spot. Unfortunately, Chapman then bicycled at turn six and rolled, bringing out another full course yellow.
Under yellow, Chapman was righted by track crews, before she quickly hit the pits to have a flat tire changed. Chapman re-joined the fray one lap down, with racing having resumed on lap 12, and up front, Keatts was now starting to get a small gap over the rest of the pack. Chiaramonte then got by Prater for third spot, before moving up to challenge Barry for second on lap 14.
Chiaramonte continued to hound Barry over the final lap, but couldn’t make a pass, and at the finish, it was Keatts who got the win in his No. 403 Action Sports Canopies/K&N kart, ahead of Barry in the No. 428 CBR Performance Products/Walker Evans Racing machine, Chiaramonte in the No. 474 Ultra Custom Boats/Tragen entry, Prater in the No. 405 BRT Signs/Racer X Motorsports truck, and Madix Bailey in the No. 472 MavTV/Solar World kart.
Junior 1 Kart
Kali Kinsman again shot straight into the lead in her No. 236 Pink Motorsports/MTX Audio machine.
Luke Knupp ran second in the No. 254 Hostyle/Active Screenprinting kart, with Megan Mitchell third in the No. 244 MD Energy/Ultra Chiller truck, Bryan Morris fourth in the No. 224 Kicker/K&N entry, and Madix Bailey fifth in the No. 217 MavTV/Solar World kart. Kinsman and Knupp quickly moved clear of the field in a very close race of their own, while Mitchell sat in something of a No Man’s Land, with a gap ahead and a gap behind back to another close race between Morris and Bailey.
On lap eight, a rollover by Braden Chiaramonte in turn one forced a full course yellow, but the running order in the top five was unaffected.
On the restart lap, though, Mitchell got by Knupp out of turn two to grab second spot. Knupp got back past, though, just after the two had passed the start-finish line to begin the final lap.
Mitchell then ran wide at turn one, and gave up another position to Morris in the process. Morris then spun at turn three, with some help from Mitchell, and before the next corner, Bailey had spun as well.
Mitchell moved back up to third, but was black flagged for rough driving on the final lap, and with all drivers finishing every lap of the race, this put her down to last place in the final race results.
At the stripe, Kinsman was still the winner, for the sixth time this season, and Knupp was still second, also for the sixth time this season. Landen Coombs, filling in for his brother Caden (who has a broken leg), picked up third in his No. 227 Slime/Kevin McMullen Fabrication & Transaxles kart after Mitchell’s black flag, while Raygen Wilkins picked up fourth in the No. 264 Blues Plumbing/Precision Blasting Services, Inc. machine, and Riley Hoffman was fifth in the No. 234 Ultra Chiller entry.
Travis PeCoy ran in the top spot early in the Modified Kart race in his No. 573 Adidas/Oakley machine, with Christopher Polvoorde second in the No. 594 Horizon Solar Power Racing/The Palms River Resort truck, Broc Dickerson third in the No. 523 X-15/Black Rhino kart, Hailie Deegan fourth in the No. 538 4 Wheel Parts/Dirt Princess entry, and Ronnie Anderson fifth in the No. 520 Walker Evans Racing/ITP machine.
Anderson nearly spun at turn two on the second lap, allowing Ryan Carey to briefly pass him for fifth; Anderson then got Carey back coming out of turn four on the same lap to re-gain the position.
A rollover by Trevor Briska in turn three then brought out a full course yellow at the end of the lap, and under yellow, Deegan managed to get over to the Hot Pits, get her kart checked out, and get sent back out into the fray; unfortunately, an issue that apparently turned out to be nothing cost her a shot at a solid finish this morning. After the return to green flag racing, the top five drivers held their positions through the end of lap seven, when the Competition Yellow then came out. On the restart lap, contact between Carey’s kart and another kart resulted in a broken right broken front suspension for Carey, sending him to the sidelines early, and promoting Trey Gibbs to fifth.
Up front, the PeCoy, Polvoorde, and Dickerson were having a great scrap for the lead, until lap 11, when it was interrupted by another full course yellow. This time, the cause of the yellow was Nathan Barry’s being stopped in turn three. Barry managed to get going again, if only just after the yellow had been thrown, and when racing got going again on lap 13, it was still PeCoy, Polvoorde, Dickerson, Anderson, and Gibbs in the top five.
A two-kart crash in turn three on the restart lap forced yet another full course yellow, and when the green flag came back out, it was to be a green/white-checkered dash. It was PeCoy who got his fifth win of the season, ahead of Polvoorde, Dickerson, Anderson, and Gibbs.
Pro 4 Unlimited
In a thrilling Pro 4 Unlimited race, it was points leader and class dominator Kyle LeDuc who once again led the way at the end of the opening lap in his No. 99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford.
Bryce Menzies ran in second, with Rob MacCachren third, Carl Renezeder fourth, and Greg Adler fifth. By lap three, LeDuc had already moved convincingly clear of his competition, while further back, Doug Fortin moved up to get by Adler at turn three to take over fifth spot.
Jerry Daugherty then came to a stop in the same corner on the next lap, forcing a full course yellow at the end of the lap. LeDuc had been leaving the field behind before the yellow, while the next four runners were nose-to-tail, and when the green flag dropped again on lap six, Fortin got by Renezeder on the outside at turn three to move up to fourth in the No. 96 Fortin Racing, Inc./General Tire Toyota.
On lap eight, MacCachren got by Menzies coming out of turn four to take over second, and in fairly short order, Fortin, Renezeder, and Brian Deegan all made their way past Menzies as well (Menzies must have had some kind of issue to lose so many spots so quickly).
On lap 10, another full course yellow fell when Adler came to a stop in turn five, and when racing resumed on lap 12, it was now LeDuc, MacCachren in the No. 21 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford, Fortin, Deegan in the No. 38 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford, and Renezeder in the No. 17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford in the top five.
Deegan got by Fortin on the inside at turn three to take over third on the restart lap, and soon afterwards, Renezeder was all over the back of Fortin as well. Deegan continued to move forward, and was now putting big pressure on MacCachren in the race for second.
Deegan then got by MacCachren coming into turn three on lap 15 but he didn’t have enough time to get to the lead, and although he did set the fast lap and get within 0.861 seconds of LeDuc at the stripe, it was still LeDuc who got there first, taking his eighth straight win in nearly flawless style. Deegan finished second, with MacCachren third, Renezeder fourth, and Fortin fifth.
Pro Lite Unlimited
With the closest points race of the series, as well as all the drivers starting in championship order, the Pro Lite Unlimited race had the potential to be a pivotal chance for the front-running drivers to gain ground in the battle for the title.
Points leader Jerett Brooks ran first at the end of lap one, ahead of RJ Anderson, Brandon Arthur, Sheldon Creed, and Brad DeBerti. At the end of lap two, a full course yellow came out after Mark Patridge came to a stop in turn three, and when racing resumed on lap four, Casey Currie got by DeBerti coming out of turn three to take over fifth spot. Currie then got by Creed coming out of turn five, moving up another spot to fourth before the end of the lap. A rollover by Justin Smith then forced a full course caution at the end of the next lap, and after the restart, another rollover, this one by DJ Noerr, brought the yellow back out at the end of lap eight.
A brief fire under Noerr’s hood extended the yellow flag period for an extra lap, but racing finally resumed on lap 11, with Brooks, Anderson, Arthur, Currie, and Creed still holding down the top five.
The top five remained the same until lap 16, when DeBerti got by Griffith coming out of turn four to get back into the top five. At the head of the field, a small mistake by Brooks allowed Anderson to close right in, and after hounding the leader from late lap 16 into early lap 17, Anderson finally charged alongside coming into turn three, before pulling ahead coming off of the corner to move into the top spot. Just seconds later, Arthur got by Brooks as well, between turns four and five, to move up to second spot.
DeBerti got by Creed at turn three to move into fourth place, and Creed then had an uncharacteristic rollover in turn four, dropping him out of contention for a solid finish with only seconds to go.
At the stripe, Anderson got the win in his No. 37 Loan Mart/Walker Evans Racing Nissan, his fourth of the season and his fourth in the last five races. Arthur was second in the No. 6 Competitive Metals/Toyo Tires Chevrolet, Brooks was third in the No. 77 General Tire/Maxima Racing Oils Nissan, DeBerti was fourth in the No. 70 Mickey Thompson/Method Race Wheels Ford, and Jeremy Stenberg was fifth in the No. 88 Toyo Tires/Ethika Ford.
Pro Buggy Unlimited
Garret George grabbed the early lead in his No. 71 AlarmCo/Anenberg Funco, ahead of Mike Valentine in the No. 78 Del Taco Barstow/LAT Racing Oils Alumi Craft, Chad George in the No. 42 AlarmCo/ASL Builders, Inc. Funco, Dave Mason Jr. in the No. 65 Racepro Tech/Loan Mart Alumi Craft, and Darren Hardesty Jr. in the No. 99 Bilstein/Competitive Metals Alumi Craft.
On lap 10, Valentine then closed right in on Garret George to start putting some pressure on the leader. On the next lap, Hardesty Jr. also moved closer to the man ahead, Mason Jr. in his case, and by early on the final lap, Hardesty Jr. made a pass happen.
From there, the top five maintained their positions, and at the checkers, it was Garret George who got the win to help extend his championship lead, with Valentine taking second, Chad George third, Hardesty Jr. fourth, and Mason Jr. fifth.
Pro 2 Unlimited
Bryce Menzies shot out to the early lead in his No. 7 Red Bull/KMC Wheels Ford, ahead of Rob MacCachren, Rodrigo Ampudia, Carl Renezeder, and Brian Deegan.
Menzies’ lead was short-lived, though, as he suddenly slowed coming out of turn four on lap two, and while he was able to limp on for a short while, he soon pulled off track, race over. MacCachren assumed the lead in his No. 21 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford, and behind him, Ampudia was closing right in from second at the end of lap four.
However, Ampudia then slowed coming out of turn three on the next lap, and between turns four and five, he pulled off, race over. As the field completed the lap, MacCachren still led the way, but it was now Renezeder running second in the No. 17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford, Deegan third in the No. 38 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford, Patrick Clark fourth in the No. 25 Budweiser/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet, and Sheldon Creed fifth in the No. 74 Traxxas/Maxxis Ford. By lap seven, Deegan was really hounding Renezeder for second, and on the following lap, Creed got by Clark to take over fourth spot.
A few corners later, RJ Anderson then passed Clark for fifth spot, and both he and Clark then moved up to fourth and fifth, respectively, when Creed hit the Hot Pits to change a flat rear tire on lap 10. On the next lap, Renezeder suddenly closed right in on MacCachren, who may have been settling into a pace that was a touch too comfortable. Whatever the reason for the close-up, MacCachren upped the pace accordingly, and held off Renezeder’s charge to pick up the win. Renezeder finished up in second, Deegan in third, Anderson fourth in the No. 37 Polaris RZR/South Point Ford, and Clark fifth.
CREDIT: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series