Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Team LeDuc Racing Goes All In At LOORS Rounds 13 & 14 In Las Vegas
Fans packed the bleachers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as perfect weather greeted the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) for Rounds 13 and 14 of racing action. In Pro4 Unlimited, Kyle LeDuc qualified 4th while his father Curt was right behind him, qualifying fifth in his Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford. Kyle started on the front row and jumped out to an early lead for the first half of the race, battling with Rick Huseman. During the competition yellow at the mid-point of the race Kyle pulled his No. 99 into the hot pits to address a tire that was damaged during contact with Huseman.
Curt LeDuc was in third place at the competition yellow, but rear suspension failure after a particularly hard landing put him out of the race, resulting in a disappointing 10th place finish. Kyle was working his way back to the front of the Pro4 Unlimited field with a new Toyo tire, but ran out of time before reeling in all of the competition. Kyle finished just 11 seconds behind the winner, putting him in fifth place for the day and accumulating more season points, where he currently sits in third place in Pro4 Unlimited.
Never one to turn down an opportunity to race anything, Kyle LeDuc also made an appearance in Super Lite, a spec class that really let his driving talent shine. Kyle started on the first row in the SoCal Super Trucks / Bully Dog truck and when the green flag dropped he never looked back. In what was quite possibly the most exciting racing of the day, Kyle battled with Dawson Kirchner for the win the entire race. Kyle set the fast lap, but narrowly lost to Kirchner in a photo finish, coming in second by five hundredths of a second!
In the premier Pro2 Unlimited class, Todd LeDuc qualified fourth out of a field of 17 trucks in the No. 8 Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford F-150. Sitting in fifth in series points coming into the race, Todd had high expectations, but a broken trailing arm ended his day early, resulting in a disappointing 13th place finish.
Sunday's Pro4 Unlimited race saw Kyle back on the front row, with his father, Curt, starting at the back of the field. Kyle jumped out to a quick lead, but gave it all back when he spun out early in the race. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Kyle worked his way back up to fifth place before hard contact from John Harrah spun Kyle's No. 99 Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford and flattened a rear tire. Attrition was heavy for the rest of the field as well, including family patriarch, Curt LeDuc, who broke an upper A-arm during contact with Josh Merrell. Curt eventually finished in 12th place on Sunday, while his son Kyle ended in 7th place.
Sunday's Super Lite race looked like a repeat of Saturday's performance, where Kyle battled with the leaders and was in the lead on the final lap. Unfortunately, Kyle bicycled the truck and was able to recover, only to have his Super Lite roll the other direction, resulting in a disappointing 14th place finish.
Round 14 of racing was no kinder to Todd LeDuc in Pro2 Unlimited, as suspension failure once again conspired against him, resulting in a 12th place finish. "We are just trying to keep everything together for the last few races of the season, but sometimes that is not so easy", a disappointed Todd explained following the race.
If you missed the action in Vegas, you can still catch the LeDucs on CBS and the Speed Channel 's coverage of LOORS Round 13. The next stop on the LOORS circuit for the Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools LeDuc Racing Team will be the season finale at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix on December 11-12, where the LeDucs hope to bring home the Lucas Oil Off Road Challenge Cup to put on the mantle next to their Borg-Warner Cup trophies.
-source: team leduc