LAS VEGAS – Night racing is back in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, which finds itself in one of the world’s brightest cities this weekend: Las Vegas.
Rounds 15-16 of the championship were on the agenda at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Trevor Briska and Nathan Barry started on the front row, and at the end of lap one, Briska led the way in his No. 559 JH Sims Trucking Co., Inc./Prolong Super Lubricants entry, ahead of Barry, Trey Gibbs, Christopher Polvoorde, and Ryan Carey in the top five. Gibbs got by Barry on the inside at turn two to take over second on lap two, and shortly afterwards, Hailie Deegan got past Carey to move into fifth place in her No. 538 Dirt Princess/4 Wheel Parts kart.
The top five then settled in, somewhat, for a few laps, but late on lap five, Polvoorde moved up and got all over the back of Barry’s machine as he put in a challenge for third spot. Polvoorde made the pass coming out of turn one on the next lap to move his No. 594 The Palms River Resort/Horizon Solar Power Racing truck up one spot, just before the Competition Yellow.
As the field re-grouped during the one-lap competition yellow, it was now Briska, Gibbs, Polvoorde, Barry, and Deegan in the top five, with Briska then seeming to slide a bit wide at turn one on the restart lap, which allowed Gibbs to move by on the inside for the lead. Coming out of the next corner, Briska then spun out, and as those behind scrambled to get by cleanly, the running order was shuffled noticeably. Barry was caught out on Briska’s back bumper, and at the end of the lap, it was now Gibbs, Deegan, Carey, Polvoorde, and Daely Pentico in the top five. Polvoorde passed Carey for third going into turn one on the next lap, while further back, points leader Travis PeCoy was up to sixth after dropping to last on the opening lap thanks to what looked like a possible stall coming out of turn two.
PeCoy’s charge then ended with what looked like a more serious mechanical issue, which slowed his pace dramatically, and dropped him right back to the final spot in the running order. Meanwhile, Polvoorde, PeCoy’s nearest points challenger, was now right on Deegan for second on lap 10, but the young lady was very quick, and able to hold Polvoorde off as the laps wound down. On the penultimate lap, Ronnie Anderson suffered broken rear suspension in turn two, which brought out a full course yellow, and once his kart was cleared, it would now be a one-lap dash to the checkers after the restart. On that restart,
Pentico got a great jump, moving past both Carey and Polvoorde, with Carey also getting past Polvoorde in the process. From there, the top five raced hard but were unable to make any impression on one another over the remaining distance, and at the stripe, it was Gibbs who grabbed the big win in his No. 515 KB Engineering/Bilstein Shock Absorbers machine. Deegan finished second, Pentico third in the No. 518 Big O Tires machine, Carey fourth in the No. 522 Lawrence Equipment kart, and Polvoorde fifth.