CHANDLER, Ariz. – Carl Renezeder and Brian Deegan were among the class winners during the opening round of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Sunday at Firebird Int’l Raceway.
The first race on the full-length track was Pro 4 Unlimited. Defending class champion Kyle LeDuc drew a rare zero-position inversion after qualifying on the pole, and thus would begin his title defense from the inside of the front row.
LeDuc battled past Renezeder on the opening lap, with Eric Barron third, Greg Adler fourth and Josh Merrell fifth. This race was the first race in series history to be run without a competition yellow, which meant that barring any on-track incidents, drivers would face more of an endurance test, without the chance to re-group and rest their vehicles for a lap at the halfway point in the race.
LeDuc opened up a handful of seconds lead over Renezeder in the early going, with Barron, Adler, and Merrell each dropping back a bit further back as the field began to stretch out.
Through the first several laps, that running order remained the same, until Merrell became the first frontrunner to lose some pace, allowing local Chandler driver Corry Weller to move by and up to fifth.