MacCachren & Freeman earn Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports class wins during Saturday's Round 3 of 2008 CORR Series MacCachren wins Pro Buggy, 6th in Pro-2, Bryan Freeman captures Single Buggy; Bruce Fraley and Bryce Menzies 7th & 9th in Pro Lite,...
MacCachren & Freeman earn Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports class wins during Saturday's Round 3 of 2008 CORR Series
MacCachren wins Pro Buggy, 6th in Pro-2, Bryan Freeman captures Single Buggy; Bruce Fraley and Bryce Menzies 7th & 9th in Pro Lite, Larry Job a dnf in Pro Buggy and Brock Krahenbuhl 14th in Single Buggy at short-course series event at Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway
PRIMM, Nev.--Las Vegans Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman both captured class wins to lead Las Vegas' Menzies Motorsports six-driver team during Round 3 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) Saturday before a near-capacity crowd at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway in Primm, Nev.
Round 4 of 2008 CORR Series will be held Sunday at the 9,000-seat dirt raceway located behind Terrible's Buffalo Bills Resort and Casino that includes a one-mile purpose-built race course. Gates open at 9 a.m. and following practice and qualifying sessions, racing begins at Noon.
Team leader Rob MacCachren, finished 6th in Pro-2 and won his third straight race in the Pro Buggy division. After qualifying first on Friday in Pro-2, and inverted start put him eighth at the green flag on Saturday and he was eventually slowed with a contact-caused flat right front tire after briefly working his way into the lead in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 on Lap 14 in the 17 lap race. MacCachren was part of a CORR-record field of 22 starters in Pro-2.
In Pro Buggy, MacCachren qualified fourth on Friday and took the lead on Lap 4 of 15 in Saturday's race and lead the 27-car field the rest of the way in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car. MacCachren had a victory margin of 2.702 seconds over second-place Greg George and an even larger 10.265 margin over third place Dale Dondel. It was his 65th career class win in the CORR series.
Freeman, a third generation desert racer from Las Vegas, qualified first, but in the inverted start he was 10th at the green flag, but sped to the lead on Lap 2 in the 14-lap race. He dominated the field for his third straight win in 2008 in No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW. His impressive victory margin was 10.469 seconds over second-place Andy Anderson.
Besides MacCachren and Freeman, the Menzies Motorsports lineup also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley, Larry Job and Brock Krahenbuhl in Primm.
Menzies, at 20 the youngest driver on the team and son of team owner Steve Menzies, gutted out a ninth place finish in Pro Lite in his "bandaged" No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. The Menzies Motorsports crew worked all night Friday to repair the truck that was severely damaged in a violent rollover on Friday. Menzies appeared slightly injured after Friday's incident, but Saturday it wasn't decided until just prior to the race that he would go ahead and drive. He has considerable neck strain from his rollover, but "took it real easy in Saturday's race" after starting 17th in the 17-lap race that had a 27-truck field.
Fraley, a noted off-road chassis builder and racer, finished seventh in the Pro Lite race in his No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger. Like Menzies, Fraley is in his first season of racing a truck.
Job, who had qualified fourth on Friday, in the Pro Buggy division, saw the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda, hit by another competitor's car on the third lap of the race. Despite attempting a hot-pit "fix" of several parts around the right rear wheel, Job managed just one more lap before pulling his damaged race car off the track. His did not finish resulted in a 27th place standing in the race.
Although he qualified third on Friday in Single Buggy, Krahenbuhl struggled in Saturday's 14-Lap race, but did manage a 14th place finish in the field of 33 starters in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.
"We had worked so hard to get to the front, it really hurt to get that flat tire in the Pro-2 race," said MacCachren, who also races in the SCORE Desert Series with Mark Post in the No. 1 Rockstar/Makita Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck. "The truck was really running awesome, but on the other hand, the Menzies Motorsports team worked really hard to get our Pro Buggy up to speed and it really showed in Saturday's race. Having a team with six drivers and seven vehicles is quite a challenge, but Menzies Motorsports has some very, very experienced and talented crew members. It's really a joy to be able to race with this team."