CORR: Las Vegas: Menzies Motorsports preview

This Saturday and Sunday, Led by Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports Primed for Rounds 3 & 4 of 2008 CORR Series in Primm, Nev. Bryce Menzies & Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite, Larry Job in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman & Brock Krahenbuhl in ...

This Saturday and Sunday, Led by Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports Primed for Rounds 3 & 4 of 2008 CORR Series in Primm, Nev.

Bryce Menzies & Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite, Larry Job in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman & Brock Krahenbuhl in Single Buggy And MacCachren in Pro 2 and Pro Buggy part of 7-vehicle short-course lineup at Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway

LAS VEGAS--High hopes of enjoying the benefits of racing on their home dirt are motivating Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports who will field its massive six-driver, seven-vehicle team for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) this weekend at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway in Primm, Nev.

Rob MacCachren, the three-time AARWBA All-America Motorsports driver, will drive in two classes to lead six Las Vegas drivers into the popular short-course series for the first of two weekends of racing at the new facility which has a purpose-built one-mile track located behind Terrible's Buffalo Bills Resort.

MacCachren, 43, opened the season going undefeated with four race wins April 26-27 in Pomona, Calif., will again race in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 and in Pro Buggy in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car.

The Menzies Motorsports lineup will also include fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley, Larry Job, Bryan Freeman and Brock Krahenbull in Primm.

With gates opening at 9 a.m. each day with morning practice and qualifying sessions, opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. and racing starting at 2 p.m.

With five Pro classes and several sportsman divisions, the nationally-televised CORR Series features many of the top short-course desert racers in the world. Menzies Motorsports, owned by prominent Las Vegas contractor Steve Menzies, is making a major impact despite being only in its second season and first year with more than two drivers.

"Steve Menzies is building a skyscraper in triple-time and its amazing to watch it all unfold," said MacCachren, who also races in the SCORE Desert Series with Mark Post in the No. 1 Rockstar/Makita Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck. "Steve has assembled a very credible team, both behind the wheel and under the hood, and it is a distinct honor for me to race for Menzies Motorsports and to mentor Bryce. We started strong in Pomona and that was a road trip. This weekend, it's a home game and that gives us even more confidence going into the weekend."

Last year in the season-ending CORR race that marked the debut of the new Primm facility, MacCachren won both Pro 2 and both Pro Buggy races while racing for a different team.

Bryce Menzies, 20, is the son of team owner Steve Menzies. The 2007 CORR Rookie of the Year in Single Buggy, the younger Menzies finished sixth in both of his first two Pro Lite races in Pomona to open the season in his No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. He is tied for fifth in the season points in Pro Lite.

"I'm learning so much, so fast that my head is literally spinning," said Menzies, who finished fourth and second in the two Single Buggy races in Primm last November. "I'm a rookie when it comes to driving a truck, but my Ford is a great race vehicle and I'm learning quickly from Rob (MacCachren) how to maximize my abilities with the truck's capabilities."

Fraley, 42, a veteran desert racer and noted chassis builder, also races in Pro Lite, finishing 15th and 11th out of 28 starters in Pomona in the No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger. He enters this weekend 12th in Pro Lite points.

Job, 47, another veteran Southern Nevada desert racer, will race in the Pro Buggy division in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda. In Pomona, he finished fourth and 10th out of 31 starters and currently is fourth in the season point standings.

Both race in the Single Buggy division where Freeman, 28, won both his races in Pomona in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW to lead the points in his class, while Krahenbuhl, 27, finished third and 17th out of 27 starters and stands sixth in points in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.

Menzies Motorsports is based out of a state-of-the-art 31,000-square foot race shop in southwest Las Vegas and the new team also has a test facility with a one-mile track south of Las Vegas which is laid out nearly identically to the course at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway.

Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas builds the Ford truck engines for Menzies Motorsports while Southern California's FAT Performance builds the VW and Honda engines for the team's open-wheel desert race cars.

This weekend's races will air both on the Speed Channel and NBC TV on a delayed basis. A two-hour show is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. (PDT) next Saturday (May 24) on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour version is set to air at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, June 15 on NBC.

For ticket information and more information on the CORR Series and this weekend's races, visit www.corracing.com/.

-credit: www.menziesmotorsports.com/.

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