CORR: Menzies Motorsports update 2008-07-31

MacCachren leads two, Freeman one Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports leading point standings in 3 classes Midway through 16-race 2008 CORR Series Rounds 9 & 10 to be held August 16-17 at Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. LAS ...

MacCachren leads two, Freeman one
Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports leading point standings in 3 classes Midway through 16-race 2008 CORR Series

Rounds 9 & 10 to be held August 16-17 at Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

LAS VEGAS--Menzies Motorsports of Las Vegas, quickly becoming known as the 'Big Red Machine', continues to lead the point standings in three of the four classes it competes in this year midway through the 16-race 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) short-course series.

Rob MacCachren, who leads the all-Las Vegas six-driver, seven-vehicle team with 67 career CORR class race wins, is at the top of the leaderboard in both the Pro-2 and the Pro Buggy divisions while teammate Bryan Freeman has been nearly untouchable in leading the Single Buggy class so far in 2008.

Rounds 7 and 8 were held July 26-27 in front of over 25,000 at the 10,000-seat purpose-built facility on the grounds of "The Quarry" in Chula Vista Calif.

As a team, Menzies Motorsports now has 15 individual race wins and 20 total podium finishes. through the first eight races of the 2008 CORR Series season.

Winning three of the eight races so far in 2008 and finishing second and third in two others, MacCachren has 747 points to lead Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rock Star Ford F-150 while in Pro Buggy, where he has four wins and two seconds, he has 783 points in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open wheel desert race car. MacCachren, a three-time AARWBA All-America motorsports team selection, has finished fourth, sixth and 18th in the other three Pro-2 races so far this season and 10th and sixth in the two other Pro Buggy races.

Freeman, a third-generation desert racer, has won seven of eight races in Single Buggy, with 845 points after sweeping both races in Chula Vista in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW. He has also been the fastest qualifier in seven of eight races so far in 2008.

MacCachren and Freeman's Menzies Motorsports teammates, who are also all from Las Vegas, and their current positions in the 2008 CORR points are: Bruce Fraley (9th, Pro Lite, No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger), Bryce Menzies, team owner Steve Menzies' son who sat out Round 4 with a neck injury (11th, Pro Lite, No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger), Larry Job (6th, Pro Buggy, No. 907 MasterCraft AlumiCraft-Honda) and Brock Krahenbuhl, Steve Menzies' son-in-law who has three third place and two second-place finishes so far this year (3rd, Single Buggy, No. 312 KMC Fraley).

Menzies Motorsports class wins the first half of 2008 have come from MacCachren (7--3 in Pro 2, 4 in Pro Buggy), Menzies (1 in Pro Lite) and Freeman (7 in Single Buggy).

While Freeman won both of his Single Buggy races in Chula Vista last weekend, Menzies had a break-through weekend with a second and his first victory in Pro Lite. His best finish in six previous races had been two sixths during the opening weekend in Pomona.

In all, 'The Big Red Machine' was impressive in its first Chula Vista visit of the season with three race wins, two seconds and two thirds for seven total podium placements in the two races.

While MacCachren has more than 20 years of short-course or stadium-style off-road racing experience the rest of the group are either total rookies or close to it in this form of the sport. Bryce Menzies and Fraley finished one-two in Single Buggy last year, but this is the first year that either of them has driven a race truck and this is the first full season for Job, Freeman and Krahenbuhl in this type of racing.

"Menzies Motorsports has produced an incredible report card for its first semester, but the school year is only half over and this is our first year together in the school of CORR," said MacCachren, who also splits driving in the No. 1 Rockstar/Makita Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck in the SCORE Desert Series. "We aren't surprising people any more, and last weekend's performance by Bryce Menzies was nothing short of incredible, considering he is a rookie in a glass of grizzled veterans and yet he finished second Saturday and then won on Sunday."

"We are half way through an extremely challenging series and it is imperative for us as a team to keep our focus and never look in the rear-view mirror unless it is to remind ourselves that we can win any race we are in."

Next up for Menzies Motorsports will be Rounds 9 and 20 of the 2008 CORR Series, to be held Aug. 16-17 at the Los Angele County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

Rounds 9 and 10 of the CORR Series will both be televised nationally. A two-hour show from Round 9 is scheduled to air LIVE at 2 p.m. (PDT) Saturday, Aug. 16 on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour show from Round 10 is set to air at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, Sept. 14 on NBC.

-credit: mm

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rob MacCachren , Bryce Menzies