MacCachren wins Pro 2, Freeman wins Single Buggy, Job second in Pro Buggy at Saturday's Rd 9 of CORR Series in Pomona, Calif. Bryce Menzies 9th in Pro-2, Bruce Fraley 11th & Menzies 26th in Pro-Lite, MacCachren 10th in Pro Buggy, at short-course...
MacCachren wins Pro 2, Freeman wins Single Buggy, Job second in Pro Buggy at Saturday's Rd 9 of CORR Series in Pomona, Calif.
Bryce Menzies 9th in Pro-2, Bruce Fraley 11th & Menzies 26th in Pro-Lite, MacCachren 10th in Pro Buggy, at short-course series event at Los Angeles County Fairplex, Live timing Sunday at www.corracing.com
POMONA, Calif.--Starting the second half of the season on a high note, Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman both won their classes and Larry Job was second in his here during Saturday's Round 9 of the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) to lead the six-driver, eight vehicle Menzies Motorsports team competing at the Los Angeles County Fairplex.
Capacity crowds are once again expected as Round 10 of 2008 CORR Series 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/qualifying sessions, racing begins at Noon.
MacCachren earned his fourth win of the year in Pro-2, Freeman won for the eighth time in Single Buggy and Job was second in Pro Buggy. The twin wins gave Menzies Motorsports 17 class victories and 23 podium placements through the first nine rounds of the 2008 CORR Series.
Starting fourth in the field of 24 starters in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150, MacCachren was third after the first lap, made a pass for second on Lap 11 and on Lap 12 slipped underneath race leader Todd LeDuc who bobbled through the rhythm section where he stayed to the checkered flag, 2.316 seconds ahead of LeDuc in the 18-Lap main event. It was MacCachren's sixth podium finish in Pro 2 this year.
After qualifying first, MacCachren started 10th out of 28 starters in the 14-Lap Pro Buggy main event in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car, MacCachren ran as high as fourth, but finished 10th, one lap down after suffering two left rear flats on Lap 7 and Lap 11, which the crew quickly changed in the hot pits but wasn't able to keep him on the lead lap.
"Everybody it seems is running really strong in Pro 2 so for us to overcome the inverted start and win the race was very rewarding," said MacCachren. "Our Menzies Motorsports crew had our Rockstar 'rocket' prepped to perfection and it was a good, clean race without much banging around out there. It's great to lead the Pro 2 points in a field with so many talented drivers."
In the Pro Buggy race, Job started sixth, moved to fourth for the first two laps, slipped to sixth on Lap 3 and battled back to fifth for Laps 4, 5 and 6. Job inherited third place when MacCachren had his first flat on Lap 7 and held his position until the final lap when he moved to second place for a season-high finish in Pro Buggy in the No. 907 MasterCraft AlumiCraft-Honda. A veteran desert racer, Job is in his first full season of short-course racing.
After qualifying first on Friday, Freeman, a second generation desert racer who is another rookie in short-course racing, started the 14-lap Single Buggy feature ninth because of the inverted start, in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW. He was fifth by the end of the first lap, second at the end of Lap 3 and took the lead for good on the fourth lap to lead the 25-car field to victory for the eighth time in nine races this season. His impressive victory margin was 6.760 seconds over runnerup Curt Geer.
Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley and Brock Krahenbuhl are the other Menzies Motorsports drivers who were part of the field Saturday, Menzies driving both the No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 in Pro 2 and the No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger in Pro Lite, Fraley driving the No. 12 MSD Ranger in Pro Lite and Krahenbuhl behind the wheel of the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.
Menzies, the youngest driver on the team who will be 21 next Thursday and is son of team owner Steve Menzies, made his debut in Pro 2, starting 11th sixth and finished a solid ninth. In the 26-truck Pro Lite race, Menzies started second and was running seventh when he barrel rolled his truck in the rhythm section near the end of Lap 5 and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and was examined and released with a bruised knee and minor head and neck trauma. The crew expects to have the Pro Lite truck ready to race Sunday and Menzies is expected to be behind the wheel in both Pro 2 and Pro Lite.
"I think I'm okay, but it was really frustrating after a good run in our first Pro 2 race and I know we would have had a good finish in Pro Lite as well," said Menzies, who placed second and first in the last two Pro Lite races in Chula Vista, Calif. "It happens in racing, but it's never fun to take a thrill ride like that. If you don't finish, you can't win and we want to win. We don't need to beat ourselves. It was really fun racing the new Pro 2 truck and I am pleased with our top 10 finish the first time out."
Fraley started 13th in the 16-lap Pro Lite race and finished 11th after slipping as far back as 16th during the second half of the race.
Krahenbuhl, who has two second and three thirds so far this season, finished fifth in the field of 25 starters, moving up as high as second after starting fourth. It was his sixth top five finish this season.
Rounds 9 and 10 of the CORR Series are both being televised nationally. A two-hour show from Saturday's Round 9 aired LIVE 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 identically to 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 only being 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 Bryce Menzies and Fraley driving.
For ticket information and more information on the CORR Series and this weekend's races, visit www.corracing.com.