Kyle LeDuc Stays Hot In Nevada
SPARKS, Nev. – Kyle LeDuc held off all challengers to claim the Lucas Oil Off Racing Series Pro 4 Unlimited class victory Friday night at Wild West Motorsports Park.
Greg Adler held the lead at the end of lap one. Behind Adler, Todd LeDuc ran second, with Carl Renezeder third, Kyle LeDuc fourth and Rob MacCachren fifth. On lap two Renezeder pulled a beautiful pass down the inside on Todd LeDuc at turn two, moving himself up to second. Kyle LeDuc then passed Todd LeDuc going up the hill out of turn three. MacCachren got by Todd in turn four, dropping Todd back to fifth.
On the next lap Ricky Johnson got by Todd at turn one to take over fifth. Meanwhile, Renezeder got around Adler to take over the lead early on the same lap. In turn three Kyle LeDuc got by Adler as well and moved up to challenge Renezeder for the lead. At turn one on the next lap Kyle LeDuc made a surprisingly easy pass on Renezeder for the lead, but once ahead, didn’t really pull away from Renezeder.
On lap six Adler started to lose control coming into turn two and when MacCachren bumped him while trying to brake and get into the corner, Adler stalled out and dropped back to seventh. This promoted Johnson to fourth and Brandon Bailey to fifth, with Todd LeDuc hot on Bailey’s heels. Bailey and LeDuc had a good little scrap, with LeDuc edging ahead by half a nose at the end of lap seven to move back up to fifth. Adler then rolled in turn one and landed partly atop the outside k rail, and that brought out a lengthy full course caution on lap eight.
Racing resumed on lap 12, but the caution came right back out when Bailey ended up rolling over after trying to avoid hitting Doug Fortin down in turn two. The field was allowed to race back to the yellow and as the field re-grouped behind the pace truck, it was now Kyle LeDuc, Renezeder, MacCachren, Johnson, and Todd LeDuc in the top five.
Another long full course caution followed, with racing finally picking back up on lap 17. On that restart lap MacCachren bicycled at turn one and dropped back to fifth, but moved back to fourth before the end of the lap, after he passed Todd LeDuc coming down the long hill out of turn four. MacCachren then started making ground on Johnson, and was really closing him down by lap 20.
On lap 21 MacCachren got by Johnson on the inside at turn three. Johnson got back alongside going up the hill to turn four, but MacCachren edged ahead into the corner and re-took third for good. Up front, Kyle LeDuc drove another strong race to take his fourth win of the season, as well as his third in a row. Renezeder had his best showing of the season so far and finished close behind in second, with MacCachren rounding out the podium in third. Fourth went to Johnson and fifth was Todd LeDuc.
Other class winners Friday included R.J. Anderson (Pro Lite Unlimited), Chad George (Pro Buggy Unlimited), Brian Deegan (Pro 2 Unlimited) and Brock Heger (Modified Kart).