MacCachren in Pro Buggy, Freeman in Single Buggy claim wins at Saturday's Round 5 of 2008 CORR Series in Pomona, Calif. MacCachren 4th in Pro-2, Bruce Fraley 5th & Bryce Menzies 9th in Pro-Lite, Larry Job 4th in Pro Buggy, Brock Krahenbuhl 2nd...
MacCachren in Pro Buggy, Freeman in Single Buggy claim wins at Saturday's Round 5 of 2008 CORR Series in Pomona, Calif.
MacCachren 4th in Pro-2, Bruce Fraley 5th & Bryce Menzies 9th in Pro-Lite, Larry Job 4th in Pro Buggy, Brock Krahenbuhl 2nd in Single Buggy for Menzies Motorsports at short-course series event at Los Angeles County Fairplex
POMONA, Calif.--Menzie's Motorsports pulled in a pair of class wins Saturday, courtesy of Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman, during Saturday's Round 5 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. MacCachren won the Pro Buggy race while Freeman remained undefeated in 2008 by winning his fifth straight in Single Buggy.
Round 6 of 2008 CORR Series will be held Sunday at the 9,000-seat dirt raceway located adjacent to the famed Fairplex dragstrip that includes a .74-mile purpose-built dirt race course. Gates open at 9 a.m. and following practice sessions and qualifying, racing begins at Noon.
After qualifying first in Pro Buggy on Friday, MacCachren started 10th in Saturday's 15-Lap main event because of the inverted start format used, moved up to third at the end of Lap 1, then to second on Lap 3. From there, he dueled until Lap 12 with then race-leader Larry Foddrill. MacCachren got by Foddrill on Turn 4 just before the start/finish line and pulled away for his fourth win in five races this season in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car. He finished with a 1.573 victory margin over runner-up Greg George.
MacCachren, leading the six-driver, seven-vehicle Menzie's Motorsports team from Las Vegas, qualified first in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 but ended up a very respectable fourth despite being spun out twice during the 18-Lap race. MacCachren, whose crew had to replace a blown motor after qualifying, started sixth in the inverted start and maintained second or third in the highly-competitive race but had to recover from being spun out both on Lap 14 and Lap 17.
"We really had our hands full in the Pro Buggy race and it took much longer than I would have normally liked to get out front, but the bottom line is where we were at the checkered flag," said MacCachren, who now has 67 career CORR race wins. "We a little disappointed with our finish in Pro-2, but it could have been considerably worse, but fortunately we were able to recover quickly both times we got hit. This is the first time this season we've had to change the motor before a main event, but the Menzies Motorsports crew did a magnificent job and the motor never missed a beat during the race."
Freeman, a desert-racing veteran, continued to make his rookie season of short-course racing something almost phenomenal as he qualified first for the fifth consecutive race in Single Buggy on Friday and then captured his fifth straight checkered, winning Saturday's 13-Lap Main Event in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW. Starting 10th because of the inverted start he was second to Menzies Motorsports teammate Brock Krahenbuhl for the first two laps, but passed Krahenbuhl in Turn 1 on Lap 3 and never looked back, almost making his 5.72 second victory margin look easy.
Krahenbuhl ran strong for second place, his highest finish of the season after two third place finishes, in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW. His two laps led was also a season high for Krahenbuhl, who is also a CORR rookie driver.
The Menzies Motorsports lineup also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley and Larry Job. Menzies and Fraley both race in the Pro Lite division and Job in Pro Buggy.
Larry Job who had carburetor problems but still qualified ninth in the Pro Buggy division on Friday, tied his best finish of the year on Saturday with a fourth place finish in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda.
Menzies, at 20 the youngest driver on the team and son of team owner Steve Menzies, qualified fifth and finished ninth in the No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger, one lap down in the 15-Lap race. In his first race back since missing Round 4 because of minor injuries sustained in a practice crash. Starting second in the inverted start, he held his position until Lap 10 of the 15-Lap race when another competitor spun him out on the final turn before the end of the lap.
Fraley, also a noted race car builder, drove the No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger to his best finish of the year, starting 14th and patiently working his way up to fifth place at the checkered flag.
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.