As the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series moves into the second half of the season, it returns this weekend to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif., where only a year ago a new short course off-road track sprung up in one corner of the famed motocross facility.
When the series last visited in May, Carl Renezeder (LEFT) came as close to a perfect weekend as possible, winning both Pro 2 races, the Saturday Pro 4 race and finishing second in Sunday's Pro 4 contest to Kyle LeDuc. With that string of victories and several others in the first half of the season, Renezeder leads the points in both classes.
“We did really well here in May, so we're looking for another strong weekend,” says Renezeder. “We've gone back into R-and-D mode and we've done some more testing with both trucks in hopes of getting more out of them.”
In May, Renezeder seemed to be losing out to LeDuc flying over the front straight tabletops, and that's one area the team has been working on.
Brian Deegan had a great weekend last time out at Glen Helen as well, taking both Pro Lite victories. If he can do that again, he can put a serious dent in Chris Brandt's points lead in the class. Deegan is still working on his first Pro 2 win, and it could definitely happen here.
One thing that will be different from May is the conditions that the drivers will race under. This time around, as it was last August, it's a night race. The drivers will practice and qualify on Friday, then not run again until Saturday night, and then again on Sunday evening.
The gates open at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Last year's race was a sellout on Saturday, although there is more parking and more grandstand seating than last year.
Lucas Oil Off Road racer at the X Games
The motocross world has delivered many drivers to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and the ESPN X Games is where they often return to their roots. This year was no different, and LOORRS racers left the event with a couple of gold medals.
Brian Deegan (RIGHT) scored the first medal of the event, tossing his bike 35.5 feet in the air to score a bronze in the Moto X Step Up competition. But he wasn't done.
For the past couple of years, Deegan has been competing in the Rally racing and RallyCross portions of the event, and last year scored a pair of Silver medals. This year he came back with his eye on gold.
“I need to win this rally thing,” he said before Saturday's Rally Car Racing event. “If I can do that, I can stamp my foot down and say, ‘Hey, I'm a real driver.' I've proven it this last year, but for me to go out and beat the best drivers in the world, if I can win, that says something.”
He missed the medal rounds of the Rally Car Racing, but was out front after the first corner of the RallyCross final after his teammate Tanner Foust and Rally Car Racing winner Liam Doran came together. He never looked back, cruising to gold ahead of Foust and two-time World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm. He said it was the highlight of his career.
“X Games is a once-a-year big show, probably the biggest single show I do. This is where I started, action sports, and I will always be here, I'll represent. No matter what other sport I do, I will always be here.”
Deegan is the 2009 Pro Lite champion in LOORRS and is currently second in both the Pro 2 and Pro Lite points.
After Deegan's Step Up contest, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg took to the Staples Center for the Best Whip contest. Conducted in a 10-minute jam session format, contestants try to show their skill throwing their bikes sideways. It's a fan-judged contest, with the votes coming in over text message, and when they were counted, Stenberg was declared the winner with 27 percent of the vote.
Stenberg fell short in both the Freestyle and Speed and Style contests.
LOORRS on YouTube
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