Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series brings us to Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park which is one of the local tracks just in our backyard. California is known for its fantastic weather and we had every bit of it, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures hovering in the low 70s both Saturday and Sunday. Coming into this race we didn’t have much time to shake down the new motor and carburetor setup giving us a slight disadvantage over the rest of the field. Practice we had a small issue with response times and made a few adjustments before qualifying. Unsuccessful adjustments to the carb put us down on time and we ended up in the LCQ. With limited options we went to our old carb and fought our way to a first place finish in the last chance qualifier. Although, winning the LCQ we still had to fight our way from the back of the pack. We fought hard in the race with a few cautions along with getting caught behind a spun out truck putting us even further back. But with relentless driving and Sprint Car racer Ricky Gaunt as my spotter, we managed a top 10 finish on Friday night.
Friday night we got a lot of rain and wind. Thankfully it was after all the racing and let up early Saturday morning so the track crew with Lucas Oil managed to get the track into great shape prior to racing. The truck now seeming to run better, we knew we had the chance to do a lot better and secure a better finish on Saturday’s race. During qualifying the motor felt a little underpowered, making me struggle a little out of the corners. No excuses I pushed hard and managed to qualify 11th. After some small tinkering with timing and adjusting the idol of the truck we had our head held high going into the night race. Starting mid pack meant we had a little catching up to do. Having Curt Leduc as my spotter gave me an advantage over some of the other drivers with all his racing experience. It was a hard fought night, only one caution and getting stuck behind one spun out driver we had to push. The return spring on the throttle gave out mid race, preventing me from letting up on the throttle and actually having to pull the throttle. In turn, made it harder for me to slow down into corners and off jumps while still on the gas. After a few hard flat lands and going up high on the corners I managed to secure a 7th place finish on Saturday night. I have to thank all my team members for sticking with me, fans, and family. Most of all, my sponsors for making all this happen: General Tire, KC HiLites, Camburg, King Shocks, Jamar Brakes, McKenzie’s, Patrick’s Signs, Neo Synthetics, Rancho Performance Transaxles, and Hostyle.
Photos: Jeffries Productions