More Podium Time For Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Team
Todd LeDuc adds another trophy to his impressive resume.
The first family of short course racing secured yet another podium finish for the Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Tools Team LeDuc Racing at the latest Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). After qualifying fourth for Round 5 of LOORS Pro 2 Unlimited racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Todd LeDuc started on the front row next to Ricky Johnson. It wasn't long before LeDuc had his No. 8 Ford F-150 at the front of the pack. When the dust cleared, Todd had finished third, narrowly edged out at the finish line by Rodrigo Ampudia in what was arguably the most dramatic moment of the weekend. LeDuc and Ampudia crossed the finish line in mid-air, with Todd getting edged out by 54 thousandths of a second. "The transmission was completely shot by the end of race, I was lucky to even finish," the always humble Todd commented after the race. "Most of all I was excited to get a podium finish for my new sponsor Jagermeister."
Saturday's battle in Pro 4 Unlimited was even tougher for Todd's brother Kyle, who also suffered from transmission woes. After qualifying 7th in the 15 truck field, the input shaft broke on Kyle's Rockstar / Makita Ford on lap five, taking him out of the race. Lady Luck was not any kinder to family patriarch Curt LeDuc, who lost his engine in Round 6 and ended in 9th place on the tight, technical track.
Those who have been part of the short course circuit for any period of time know the LeDucs' reputation for never quitting. And those who are new to the sport got an education in perseverance, LeDuc-style, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After thrashing to change two transmissions and an engine on Saturday evening, Kyle came out for Round 6 on Sunday and qualified 4th in Pro 4 Unlimited in his Rockstar / Makita Ford. Kyle then managed to back up the qualifying time with a 5th place finish in the race, right behind his father's No. 43 Rockstar / Makita Ford. "I hooked a rut on Turn 2 and bicycled the truck for what felt like a mile," Kyle explained, "I was able to save it ended up at the back of the pack. After the mandatory caution I was working my way back up in the pack, but some contact with Steve Barlow's truck bent a front A-arm and I had to work my way up through all of the traffic again."
While his father and brother saw their fortune improve on Sunday, Todd LeDuc's Vegas luck ran out in Round 6. Todd qualified 9th in his 800 horsepower Ford F-150 and worked his way up to third place by the middle of the race, but transmission woes reared their ugly head yet again. "The truck is set up so well," Todd noted. "The engine and suspension are dialed in, and we made some grooving changes to the Toyo Open Country M/Ts that worked great, but the transmission temperature was up to 300 degrees during the race. Dad said to just run it until it died… which unfortunately wasn't long enough to finish the race."
The next stop on the LOORS circuit for the Rockstar / Makita LeDuc Racing Team will be at Miller Motosports Park on June 26-27. Located just outside Salt Lake City, Miller Motorsports Park is the latest facility to design and build a course specifically tailored to short course racing.
-source: team leduc racing