Led by MacCachren, Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports earns Pro-2 pole for Saturday's Round 7 of 2008 CORR Series
MacCachren qualifies first in Pro-2, Bryan Freeman second in Single Buggy; Bryce Menzies and Bruce Fraley 3rd & 19th in Pro Lite, Larry Job and MacCachren 9th10th in Pro Buggy and Brock Krahenbuhl 14th in Single Buggy For short-course series event at Chula Vista International Off-Road Raceway; LIVE on SPEED Channel, 3 p.m. PT
CHULA VISTA, Calif.--As he has for the first six races this season, Las Vegas' Rob MacCachren led his hometown Menzies Motorsports' team of six drivers in qualifying Friday for Saturday's Round 7 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) at the Chula Vista International Off-Road Raceway in Chula Vista, Calif., just south of San Diego.
Round 7 of 2008 CORR Series will be held Saturday and Round 8 will be held Sunday at the 9,000-seat dirt raceway, hewn out of rock quarry that includes a one-mile purpose-built dirt race course. Gates open at 9 a.m. and following practice sessions, racing begins at Noon. Qualifying for Sunday's Round 8 will be held on Sunday morning.
Rounds 7 and 8 of the CORR Series will both be televised live nationally-the first live telecasts of the series. A two-hour show from Round 7 is scheduled to air at 3 p.m. (PDT) Saturday on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour show from Round 8 is set to air at Noon (PDT) on Sunday on NBC. Both will be broadcast in high-definition
Team leader Rob MacCachren, who has seven of the 12 race wins Menzies Motorsports has so far this year, qualified first in Pro-2 and 10th in Pro Buggy. His fastest lap in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 was 55.859 seconds to lead a CORR-record 26 Pro-2 trucks that qualified on Friday.
In Pro Buggy, MacCachren ran a fast lap of 1 minute, 5.253 seconds for 10th out of 31 qualifiers in his No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car.
The Menzies Motorsports lineup also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley, Larry Job, Bryan Freeman and Brock Krahenbuhl in Chula Vista.
Menzies, at 20 the youngest driver on the team and son of team owner Steve Menzies, qualified an impressive third in Pro Lite out of a total group of 26 qualifiers in the No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger with a fast time of 1:01.285.
Fraley struggled in his qualifying attempt, ending up in the 19th starting spot in the No. 12 MSD Ford Rangers with a fast lap of 1:04.815.
Job qualified ninth in the Pro Buggy division in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda with a fast lap time of 1:05.178.
Freeman, who has won five of six races in Single Buggy so far this year, saw his six-race top qualifier streak end on Friday, earning second in 1:06.857in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW, over two seconds behind top qualifier Jeff Knupp. The class had a total of 27 qualifiers.
Krahenbuhl, who is third in season points, had some unspecified mechanical issues and qualified 14th in Single Buggy with a fast lap of 1:09.34No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.
"The track is very fast and technical and the truck right out of the box was really good," said MacCachren, who has 67 career CORR race wins. "Dave Clarke and the crew did a great job on the set up and we're hoping to put the Rockstar Pro-2 in the winner's circle twice this weekend."