SPARKS, Nev. – Rob MacCachren led the list of winners during Friday’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event Saturday afternoon at Wild West Motorsports Park, capturing the checkered flag in the Pro 4 division.
Kyle LeDuc jumped into the lead at the end of lap one, but he was followed closely by MacCachren, Ricky Johnson, Doug Fortin and Carl Renezeder. Johnson got by MacCachren out of turn one to move into second on lap two and on the same lap Renezeder got by Fortin on the long pull up to turn four to move into fourth.
On the next lap, Johnson then got alongside LeDuc going up the hill to turn four and, with a very impressive pull, he moved ahead as they reached the top, giving Johnson the lead. On lap four Renezeder got by MacCachren on the inside at turn one, moving himself up to third, and later in the lap, Greg Adler took over fifth after passing Fortin going into turn four.
Two laps later, an impressive Adler was right on MacCachren’s tail. On lap seven LeDuc over-rotated and shot to the inside of turn two, which cut off the path that Renezeder had picked. Renezeder tagged the inside barrier as a result, causing him to damage his right front suspension and in the melee both MacCachren and Adler got past.
At the end of the lap Fortin got by Renezeder as well, and it was now Johnson, LeDuc, MacCachren, Adler and Fortin in the top five. On lap nine, Johnson tried to take turn two a bit too tight and he nosed into the inside barrier. The mistake caused no real damage, but both LeDuc and MacCachren got by.
On the next lap Johnson somehow made the same mistake a second time, and though he only glanced the barrier this time, both Adler and Fortin got by him, with Fortin getting by Adler in the process. Out front, LeDuc wasn’t quite looking like his dominant self and on lap 15 he suddenly slowed coming out of turn two, allowing both MacCachren and Fortin to get by and into first and second.
LeDuc’s truck suddenly lurched back to life again, but it was now obvious that he didn’t have anything for the leading two drivers. With about a lap and a half to go, Fortin had begun closing somewhat on MacCachren, and up to the final lap, he continued to tighten the gap. However, a cooling issue struck near the end of the penultimate lap, forcing him to back out of the gas a little.
MacCachren was clear out front as he took the win, ending LeDuc’s hugely-impressive win streak at eight. Fortin took second, his best result yet since joining the class with his all-new truck this season, and third went to Johnson, who got by LeDuc in the closing moments. LeDuc finished fourth, and fifth went to Adler.
Other race winners Saturday included Brian Deegan (Pro 2 and Pro Lite), Eric Fitch (Pro Buggy) and Cole Mamer (Modified Kart).