There were a number of things to be determined at Lake Elsinore Motorsports, California, heading into the final weekend of racing for the 2014 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series season. Due to weather, round 14 from Las Vegas a month ago was postponed until this past weekend adding to an already packed schedule of racing consisting of Round 15 and the highly anticipated big-money Lucas Oil Challenge Cup races.
Round 15 – Friday, October 24th 2014
In Round 15 on Friday night, Jerett Brooks made his second appearance of the year in the LOORRS series and, after a win in round 13, he dominated round 15 running away with the win in Pro-lite. With fellow Torture Team competitors RJ Anderson, Ryan Beat, and Casey Currie finishing in 3rd, 4th, and 5th, it was another dominating performance by the Torture Team in Pro-Lite.
In Pro 2, Torture Team member and Menzies Motorsports driver Bryce Menzies was on fire and led the entire race only to suffer from a blown engine with only a couple of laps to go ending his night early. Also with a solid run in Pro 2 Friday night, Rigid Industries driver Rodrigo Ampudia finished with a top 5 after holding off a strong charge of Pro 2 competitors.
In one of the deepest Pro 4 fields in the history of the class, the anticipation was building for what was sure to be a slugfest. With Johnny Greaves and CJ Greaves making an appearance out west for the first time this season. But only one would prevail victorious and that was Kyle LeDuc.
Not only was it Kyle’s 10th win of the season, but it put him in place to lock up the championship by simply taking the green flag in the round 14 make-up race on Saturday. Although the Greaves boys, and the rest of the field applied pressure, nobody really had anything for #99.
Round 14 – Saturday, October 25th 2014
In the Round 14 make-up races on Saturday morning, it was like déjà vu all over again. Jerett Brooks put the #77 Pro Lite on the track and then put it in the winner’s circle. He battled up front with the other racers once again and diced it out with one of his best friends and newly crowned Pro-Lite champion, Sheldon Creed all the way to the finish line and to be able to hold off arguably two of the top Pro-Lite racers in the world, was pretty impressive after spending most of the year racing back East in the TORC series. Following the top 2 of Brooks and Creed, Ryan Beat was able to finish off the season with another 4th place finish securing himself a top-5 finish in the LOORRS points standings.
After the devastating misfortune of engine issues that took Bryce out of Friday night’s Pro 2 race, Bryce redeemed himself by battling with the heavy hitters of the Pro 2 class. There was so much bumping and banging that, at one point, Bryce couldn’t even see through the body panels flying off his truck. But he held on for the win and ending the season on the top box.
For Pro 4, as the green flag waved, Kyle LeDuc, earned his second Pro 4 championship in three years by simply starting the race. And what better way to go out on top than to finish the final race of the season on top. Not only did the #99 gap the field within only a few laps, but he never lost the lead for the remainder of the race and capped off the season with his 11th win of the Pro 4 season.
Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Races – Saturday, October 25th 2014
The Pro Lite Challenge Cup may have been the most exciting Pro Lite race of the season, which isn’t surprising given that the winner would eventually take home a cool $10,000! After already winning the final two Pro Lite rounds of the year earlier in the weekend, Jerett Brooks worked his way through the pack after starting in the back due to the points inversion.
Fellow Torture Team members RJ Anderson, Kyle Hart, Casey Currie, Brandon Arthur, and Ryan Beat all had super-fast trucks and ran up front in the lead pack while Brooks battled his way up to join them.
After multiple late race position changes between Casey Currie, Sheldon Creed, RJ Anderson and Brooks, Jerett was able to make a pass on leader Gavin Harlien with only a couple of laps to go. He’d never give up the lead claiming his third victory of the weekend, his 4th in a row in the LOORRS series, and the $10,000 check to cap it off.
27 trucks made up the field in the Lucas Oil Pro 2/Pro 4 Challenge Cup on Saturday night. Like the Pro Lite race, there would be a 10 position inversion based on season points for both classes that were starting on opposite sides of the track, giving the Pro 2 class the advantage a half-lap ahead of the Pro 4 class. As the green flag dropped, the gloves came off.
Torture Team member Marty Hart lead the Pro 2’s across the starting line and looked to establish an early lead. RJ Anderson, Rodrigo Ampudia, Robby Woods and the other Pro 2’s all battled to establish position to hold off the Pro 4’s until a mid-race caution eliminated any gap they had on the rest of the pack.
With the Pro 4’s now caught up, Kyle LeDuc, Menzies Motorsports’ Ricky Johnson, and the rest of the Pro 4’s began picking of the Pro 2’s one at a time.
With a few laps to go, and only a couple Pro 2’s still running, Kyle LeDuc stole the show once again winning the Challenge Cup convincingly with Eric Barron coming in 2nd and Ricky Johnson finishing in 3rd place with an all-Pro 4 podium.
Fellow Torture Team member RJ Anderson finished as the lead Pro 2 and joined in on the celebration ending an incredible 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
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