CORR: Pomona III: Menzies Motorsports Friday summary

MacCachren in Pro Buggy, Freeman in Single Buggy qualify first for Saturday's Round 9 of 2008 CORR Series in Pomona, Calif. Larry Job qualifed 5th in Pro Buggy, Brock Krahenbuhl 6th in Single Buggy, MacCachren and Bryce Menzies in Pro-2,...

MacCachren in Pro Buggy, Freeman in Single Buggy qualify first for Saturday's Round 9 of 2008 CORR Series in Pomona, Calif.

Larry Job qualifed 5th in Pro Buggy, Brock Krahenbuhl 6th in Single Buggy, MacCachren and Bryce Menzies in Pro-2, Menzies and Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite all qualify Saturday morning for short-course series event at Los Angeles County Fairplex

POMONA, Calif.--Like they did in the two previous race weekend's here, Menzies Motorsports' Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman qualified first in the two classes that qualified on Friday for Saturday's Round 9 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

Capacity crowds are once again expected as Round 9 of 2008 CORR Series will be held Saturday and Round 10 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, racing begins at Noon. Qualifying for the remaining classes will be held Saturday morning and qualifying for all classes in Sunday's Round 10 will be held on Sunday morning.

Continuing to lead the point standings in three classes where they race have combined for 15 individual race wins and 20 total podium placements in eight races so far this year, Menzies Motorsports has brought its 'Big Red Machine' to Pomona with hopes of maintaining its momentum as well as make improvements where needed to challenge for championships during the second half of the 2008 CORR season.

Team leader Rob MacCachren, qualified first in Pro Buggy with a fast lap of 52.927 seconds, averaging 51.69 miles per hour in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car. Winning four rounds so far with two second-places, MacCachren leads the CORR Series points in Pro Buggy. His fast lap Friday was on the second of three qualifying laps.

"Our Pro Buggy is about 95 percent where we want to be, which is good enough for qualifying," said MacCachren. "Now, we'll see what happens between now and when we race tomorrow. Being able to practice and qualify today gave me some track time to see what the track changes from last time we were here. It helps me mentally get ready for running in Pro 2 tomorrow as well as Pro Buggy."

MacCachren, leading the six-driver, eight-vehicle Menzie's Motorsports team from Las Vegas, will qualify Saturday morning in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150. MacCachren has also won three of races this year and has one second and one third in that two-wheel drive truck class as well as leading the season points midway through the season.

Led by the veteran MacCachren, who like the teams' five other drivers is from Las Vegas, leads the points in both the Pro-2 and Pro Buggy divisions of CORR after eight races. Menzies Motorsports has an additional entry in both Pro 2 and Pro Buggy, two in Pro Lite and two in the Single Buggy class in Pomona.

Freeman, a desert-racing veteran, continues to make his rookie season of short-course a magical tour as he qualified first for the eighth time in nine races in Single Buggy with a fast lap of 59.266 seconds at an average speed of 46.17 mph in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW. Freeman has won seven of eight races this year and leads the Single Buggy season point standings.

Menzies Motorsports, based in Las Vegas, had two other racers qualify on Friday.

Larry Job, 6th in class points, qualified fifth in the Pro Buggy division in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda in 54.186 seconds.

Brock Krahenbuhl, currently third in Single Buggy points, qualified sixth with a time of 1 minute, 01.062 seconds in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.

The Menzies Motorsports lineup also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, and Bruce Fraley. Both race in the Pro Lite division and Menzies will make his Pro 2 racing debut.

Menzies, who will be 21 next Thursday, is the son of team owner Steve Menzies. The 2007 CORR Rookie of the Year in Single Buggy (and season point champ), Menzies has moved up in class this year to Pro Lite and appears to have found his grove with a second and a first in Rounds 7 and 8 in Chula Vista (July 26-27) in his No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. He has jumped to 11th in Pro Lite points from 22nd despite having missed one race with an injury.

Menzies will be the driver of the new No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 in Pro 2 which he tested for 70 laps on Monday at the team's Las Vegas test track. The truck is a sister truck to MacCachren's No. 21 Rock Star Ford F-150, built by MacCachren's crew chief, Dave Clark, at Clark's race shop in Banning, Calif.

Fraley, a veteran desert racer and noted chassis builder, also races in Pro Lite, where he is ninth in points with a best finish of fifth in Round 5 in Pomona in the No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger. Like Bryce Menzies, Fraley is a rookie when it comes to competing in a race truck.

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.

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 southeast of Las Vegas which is laid out nearly identical to the course at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway in Primm, Nev.

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.

Prominent 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.

The chassis for the two Pro Buggy race cars were built by John Cooley's AlumiCraft of Santee, Calif. while the chassis for the two Single Buggy race cars were built in Las Vegas by Menzies Motorsports' driver Bruce Fraley.

While the AlumiCraft vehicles, somewhat similar to Class 10 cars in the desert, are new this season, the Fraley cars, somewhat similar to Class 1-2/1600 cars in the desert, were built for last season and finished 1-2 in the season class point standings with Menzies and Fraley driving.

With five Pro classes and several sportsman divisions for cars and trucks, the nationally-televised CORR Series features the top short-course desert racers in the world.

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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