CORR: Chula Vista II: Menzies Motorsports preview

MacCachren leading points in 2 classes Menzies Motorsports brings 7 drivers, 8 vehicles to San Diego for Rounds 11 & 12 of 2008 CORR Series at 'The Quarry' Bryce Menzies & Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite, Larry Job in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman & Brock...

MacCachren leading points in 2 classes
Menzies Motorsports brings 7 drivers, 8 vehicles to San Diego for Rounds 11 & 12 of 2008 CORR Series at 'The Quarry'

Bryce Menzies & Bruce Fraley in Pro Lite, Larry Job in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman & Brock Krahenbuhl in Single Buggy join MacCachren in Pro-2 & Pro Buggy and new driver Cameron Steele to Chula Vista International Raceway

LAS VEGAS--Following eight podium placements in four classes during the last visit to 'the Quarry', in July, Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports has added a new race truck, a new driver and a new tractor/trailer for Rounds 11 and 12 of the 16-race 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) at the Chula Vista International Raceway near San Diego.

For this weekend's CORR races, Menzies Motorsports will bring their new Dave Clark-Built Pro 2 Ford F-150, a new Feathlerlite team hauler and new backup driver in desert-racing veteran Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., to augment the existing six-driver team that currently leads the point standings in three of the four classes it races in this season.

As a team, Menzies Motorsports' 'Big Red Machine' now has 18 individual race wins and 23 total podium finishes through the first 10 races of the 2008 CORR Series season.

The active quarry is owned by the Baldwin family that owns CORR and has designed and developed a fan-friendly 9,000-seat purpose-built three-quarter mile dirt track that is as breathtaking in its beauty as it is challenging in its design of jumps, bumps, turns and whoops. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.

Rounds 11 and 12 of the CORR Series will both be televised nationally. A two-hour show from Round 11 is scheduled to air LIVE at 2:30 p.m. (PDT) Saturday on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour show from Round 12 is set to air at 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, Oct. 5 on NBC.

The one and one-half hour Round 10 show from Pomona (held on Aug. 17) will air at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, on NBC.

Led by veteran Rob MacCachren, who like the teams' other five drivers is from Las Vegas, leads the points in both the Pro 2 and Pro Buggy divisions of CORR after 10 races. Menzies Motorsports will have an additional entry in Pro 2 and Pro Buggy, two in Pro Lite and two in the Single Buggy class in San Diego.

Steele, who is also a noted ESPN action sports announcer, will be a backup driver this weekend and a confirmed driver for the 2009 CORR Series for Menzies Motorsports. This weekend he will be available to replace Menzies' driver Brock Krahenbuhl in Single Buggy if Krahenbuhl, who is Menzies son-in-law, needs to stay in Las Vegas because his wife Heather is expected to give birth to the couple's third child any day.

Menzies' Bryan Freeman leads the points in Single Buggy. With the season moving into its 'fourth quarter' Menzies Motorsports is preparing for even greater challenges in every class while seeking to solidify their season point leads in Pro 2, Pro Buggy and Single Buggy while improving their standings in

the Pro Lite class.

MacCachren, 43, the three-time AARWBA All-America Motorsports driver who has 69 career short-course race wins (42 in CORR), will drive in two classes to lead the six Las Vegas drivers into the popular short-course series.

He has five race wins, one second and one third in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 and four wins and two seconds 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 Krahenbuhl in Chula Vista.

Qualifying for Saturday for all classes will be held Friday afternoon. Qualifying for Sunday's racing will be held Sunday morning.

"For our Pro 2 and Pro Buggy vehicles, we had an extremely positive test session in Chula Vista on August 27 and the team identified some significant things to work on in the Pro Lite trucks ," said MacCachren, who also is the second driver for the No. 1 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck in the SCORE Desert Series. "In Pro 2 we ran about 70 test laps and around 50 more in Pro Buggy and everything was very solid. We are leading the points in both Pro 2 and Pro Buggy so we obviously don't want to go too outside of the box with changes on the vehicles, but we know we need to make some adjustments to stay ahead of the field in both classes. We had flats in four straight races in Pro Buggy that tightened up the points' race a lot, but I think we figured what was causing them and I can assure you it wasn't the tire. The BFG Tires we use at Menzies Motorsports are the best tires around."

Bryce Menzies, 21, is the son of team owner Steve Menzies. The 2007 CORR Rookie of the Year in Single Buggy (and season point champ), has moved up in class this year to Pro Lite and the younger Menzies had his best weekend of the year in July's visit to Chula Vista, finishing second in Round 7 and first in Round 8 in his No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. He is currently 14th in points despite missing two races with minor injuries. In Round 9 in Pomona, Calif., Menzies made a strong Pro 2 debut in his No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 with a solid ninth-place finish. He will be racing in both Pro 2 and Pro Lite this weekend in Chula Vista.

"Our Menzies Motorsports team is preparing me as good as anyone could and now I need to apply the lessons I've been learning," said Menzies, "I really don't feel like a rookie anymore when it comes to driving a truck, but I know I am. Now, I am learning how to adjust between driving the Pro Lite and the Pro 2 in the same race. The Pro Lite is much lighter, less powerful and handles much different than the Pro 2 and I have to concentrate to remember which one I'm in at the first turn."

Fraley, 42, 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.

Job, 47, another veteran Southern Nevada desert racer, races in the Pro Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda. With one second place (Round 9) and one third place (Round 7), Job is currently seventh in the Pro Buggy point standings.

Both Freeman and Krahenbuhl race in the Single Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports where Freeman, 28, has won eight races this year and qualified first in nine of 10 races in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW to lead the points in his class.

Krahenbuhl, 27, continues to improve with each race and has two second places and three third places so far to stand in third place in the Single Buggy points in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.


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Series Offroad
Drivers Rob MacCachren , Bryce Menzies