Lucas Oil Off Road Drivers Visit Reno
RENO, Nev. – The high-speed track at Wild West Motorsports Park was the perfect venue for action-packed Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events on Sunday.
Among the highlights:
The Modified Kart race was a tumultuous one to say the least, as no fewer than 22 trips around the track were needed for the young drivers to get in the full, 12-lap distance. Saturday night’s winner Cole Mamer got out to the lead early, with Chris Nunes second. A pile-up that slowed many of the frontrunners at the end of lap one meant that Mamer pulled out a good lead early on, but behind him, the race was on as the rest of the field was dicing it out.
Heger got by Nunes to take over second at turn seven on lap two, while just behind, Deegan dropped several spots in the same corner, allowing Brooke Kawell to take over fifth. The next lap saw a full course caution come out after Conner McMullen got rolled while exiting turn two, and as the field raced back to the yellow flag, Broc Dickerson passed Kawell to move into fifth.
The Competition Yellow then flew at the end of the next lap, and as the field re-grouped, it was now Heger, Mamer, Nunes, Dickerson, and Kawell in the top five. These five held their positions on the restart lap, but on lap 13, Nunes was spun by Dickerson at turn six, ending what was easily the strongest run Nunes has had so far.
Once underway again, Naughton also managed to get back by Kawell for fourth, while out front, Heger held off a hard-charging Mamer to take his fifth win of the season. Mamer was just behind in second, with Anderson scoring his first national series podium in third in the No. 520 Walker Evans Racing/South Point kart, Naughton in fourth, and Kawell in fifth.
After transmission issues helped end Kyle LeDuc’s eight-race winning streak in Round 11, everyone was looking to see how he would bounce back in Round 12. Doug Fortin shot out to the early lead, ahead of Ricky Johnson, LeDuc, Greg Adler and Rob MacCachren.
On lap two, LeDuc out-pulled Johnson up the long hill to turn four, and moved himself up to second in the process. With Fortin now the only driver left in front of him, LeDuc seemed to pick up the pace, but despite making ground between turns one and two, Fortin seemed to be able to get away just a bit everywhere else, especially out of turn three. LeDuc closed in more on lap four, but again, Fortin held the lead.