CORR: Pomona II: Menzies Motorsports preview

Leading points in 3 classes MacCachren-led Menzies Motorsports poised for next two 2008 CORR Series events this weekend in Pomona, Calif. Bryce Menzies & Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite, Larry Job in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman & Brock Krahenbuhl in...

Leading points in 3 classes MacCachren-led Menzies Motorsports poised for next two 2008 CORR Series events this weekend in Pomona, Calif.

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 Los Angeles Country Fairplex site

LAS VEGAS--Sitting on top of the points in three classes where they have combined for 10 individual race wins in four races this year, Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports will field its stellar six-driver, seven-vehicle team when the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) returns to the Los Angeles Country Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. this weekend for Rounds 5 & 6 of the 16-race 2008 CORR Series.

Menzies Motorsports will return to the site of April's season-opening two rounds where the team won six races by going undefeated with two race wins each in the Pro-2, Pro Buggy and Single Buggy classes. The Las Vegas racers are preparing themselves for significantly increased challenges in every class while seeking to solidify their season point leads in those three classes and improve their standings in the Pro Lite class where they also have two entries.

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 second of three weekends of racing at the facility which has a purpose-built .74-mile track located adjacent to the Pomona dragstrip.

MacCachren, 43, opened the season going undefeated with four race wins April 26-27 in Pomona, Calif., and two wins, one second and a sixth in Primm, Nev. on May 17-18 to give him 66 race wins in his CORR career. Leading the points in both classes, MacCachren races 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 also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley, Larry Job, Bryan Freeman and Brock Krahenbuhl in Pomona.

With gates opening at 9 a.m. each day with morning practice and qualifying sessions and racing starting at noon both Saturday and Sunday.

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.

"I wouldn't say we surprised anybody at the season-opener in Pomona, but we were definitely well prepared to race and that gave us a slight edge over some of the competition," said MacCachren, who just returned from Mexico where he finished second by just seven seconds with team owner Mark Post in the No. 1 Rockstar/Makita Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck last Saturday in the 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. "I seem to always start fast out of the gate in CORR races, but the rest of the field is catching up. We'll make a few adjustments in the BFG Tire compound we use in Pomona because of the texture of the track with both pavement and dirt being part of the course, but the vehicles should be set-up just the same as we had in April."

Bryce Menzies, 20, is the son of team owner Steve Menzies. The 2007 CORR Rookie of the Year in Single Buggy (and season point champ), will return to action after sitting out Round 4 in Primm because of the effects of the lingering muscular trauma endured in his neck and shoulders from a serious media-day rollover on Friday, May 16. Having moved up in class this year to Pro Lite, the younger Menzies started the year with a pair of sixth-place finishes in Pomona and a 'heroic' ninth in Round 3 in Primm in his No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. He is 24th in the season points in Pro Lite.

"I really got whacked hard in Primm, but I am prepared to get back behind the wheel," said Menzies, "I'm still a real rookie when it comes to driving a truck, but my Ford is a great race vehicle and Rob (MacCachren) is patiently working with me to fit the pieces of the puzzle all together. We're way down in points, but we're looking at the long haul in racing so we may be disappointed by missing a round but we aren't discouraged. We are intent on getting our first Pro Lite podium finish sooner rather than later."

Fraley, 42, a veteran desert racer and noted chassis builder, also races in Pro Lite, finishing 16th and 11th out of 28 starters in Pomona to start the season and was seventh and 20th in Primm in the No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger. He enters this weekend 11th in Pro Lite points.

Job, 47, another veteran Southern Nevada desert racer, races in the Pro Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda. In Rounds 1 and 2 in Pomona, he finished fourth and 10th out of 31 starters, was 22nd and seventh in Primm and currently is sixth in the season point standings.

Both Freeman and Krahenbuhl race in the Single Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports where Freeman, 28, won both his races in Pomona and again won both races in Primm in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW to lead the points in his class.

Krahenbuhl, 27, finished third and 17th out of 27 starters in Pomona and 14th and third in Primm 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 course at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway. Owned by Las Vegas contractor Steve Menzies, the team is making a major impact despite being only in its second season overall and first year with more than two drivers.

Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas builds the Ford truck engines and the Honda Pro Buggy motors for Menzies Motorsports while Southern California's FAT Performance builds the VW Single Buggy engines.

This weekend's races will air both on the Speed Channel and NBC TV on a delayed basis. A two-hour show from Round 7 is scheduled to air at 2 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, June 22 on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour show from Round 8 is set to air at noon (PT) on Sunday, July 6 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.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series OFFROAD