What looked like it could have been a rainout, the team at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) had more than the weather on their side in Sparks, Nevada. The one-day event saw puddles lining the track, but the crew was able to get the track ready just in time for opening ceremonies.
The race schedule did get switched around and let the UTVs break in the course before the Pro 4s jumped to the first spot. In Pro 4 Kyle LeDuc looked to break his skid and his recent truck troubles, but less than halfway in suffered what appeared to be a hole in the cooling system. His truck had water spraying out the back. With LeDuc’s misfortune, RJ Anderson was able to come back, from the rear of the field after suffering a flat tire, to take home the win and points lead.
In Pro Buggy, Darren Hardesty Jr. suffered front suspension damage early in the race. The other drivers saw it as an opportunity to move forward and grab some points, the race finished with Eliott Watson on the top of the box, Bud Ward in second, and Chris Nunes in third.
Ryan Beat has been dominating Pro Lite and it continued in Sparks. Ryan beat took the lead early and never looked back, even with all the mud Beat’s white Bilstein, General Tire, KMC Wheels, and Competitive Metals truck had hardly any dirt on it. Mickey Thomas came in second while Brock Heger rounded out the podium.
Finishing up the night was Pro 2. In a class where the points championship is far from over drivers came out swinging. RJ Anderson had engine troubles during practice on Friday and saw the gremlins return come race day. Past class champion Brian Deegan took an early lead and battled with Bradley Morris for most of the race until Morris took the lead and the win. Deegan finished in second while Jerett Brooks came in third.
The LOORRS series heads to Tooele, Utah and Utah Motorsports Campus for rounds 7 and 8, August 24-25. Who do you think will win each class this year? Tell us in the comments below!
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