CORR: Pomona III: Menzies Motorsports Sunday summary

MacCachren wins Pro 2, Krahenbuhl third in Single Buggy at Sunday's Round 10 of CORR Series in Pomona, Calif. Bruce Fraley 9th & Bryce Menzies/MacCachren 22nd in Pro-Lite, MacCachren 9th & Larry Job 10th in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman 4th in...

MacCachren wins Pro 2, Krahenbuhl third in Single Buggy at Sunday's Round 10 of CORR Series in Pomona, Calif.

Bruce Fraley 9th & Bryce Menzies/MacCachren 22nd in Pro-Lite, MacCachren 9th & Larry Job 10th in Pro Buggy, Bryan Freeman 4th in unusual Single Buggy finish at short-course series event at Los Angeles County Fairplex

POMONA, Calif.--Masterful Rob MacCachren capped another textbook Pro 2 racing weekend by winning his class for the second straight day and Brock Krahenbuhl finished third in Single Buggy during Sunday's Round 10 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.

Round 10 of 2008 CORR Series was held Sunday in front of a near-capacity crowd at the 9,000-seat dirt raceway located adjacent to the famed Fairplex dragstrip that includes a .74-mile purpose-built dirt race course.

After qualifying second Sunday morning, MacCachren earned his fifth win of the year in Pro-2 and his 69th short-course career class victory (42 in CORR). Krahenbuhl, a rookie driver,picked up his fourth third place finish of the season and sixth podium placement in the Single Buggy race that is under review by CORR officials because of an incident on the last turn of the last lap that involved his Menzies Motorsports teammate Bryan Freeman.

The victory by MacCachren gave Menzies Motorsports 18 class victories and 25 podium placements through the first 10 rounds of the 2008 CORR Series.

Starting seventh because of the inverted start in the field of 22 starters in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150, MacCachren was 10th after the first lap in the 18-lap main event, eighth after the second and sixth from Laps 3 through 8. On Lap 9, just before the mandatory competition yellow flag, MacCachren passed Carl Renezeder just at the start/finish line, moving himself to fifth and putting himself in position to win.

After the restart, MacCachren masterfully pushed the envelope after 'holding back' some the first half of the race, passing everyone ahead of him to lead from Lap 13 to the checkered flag. He ended up with a victory margin of 3.560 seconds over Todd LeDuc in the 18-Lap main event. It was MacCachren's seventh podium finish in Pro 2 this year including his five wins.

After qualifying first, MacCachren started 10th out of 27 starters in the 16-Lap Pro Buggy main event in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car, MacCachren moved up to as high as fifth, but finished 9th, after suffering two flats, one which the crew quickly changed in the hot pits during the competition yellow and was able to keep him on the lead lap. He finished the race on the second flat.

"Sometimes it just works out the way you plan it, which it certainly did for me in Pro 2 again today," said MacCachren. "Our Menzies Motorsports crew had our Rockstar 'rocketship' prepped for maximum performance and I decided to run conservatively and make my move after the competition yellow. It worked out just like I visualized it. Our BFG Tires were fresher than everyone ahead of us and after passing Carl Renezeder at the line when the competition yellow started, I was able to jet around the four vehicles still ahead of me on the same lap. In Pro Buggy, we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out why we're getting all of these flats."

While Freeman was on his way to what would be his ninth win in 10 races in the Single Buggy 14-lap feature until a last lap tangle-up with Rino Navara, Krahenbuhl qualified fourth, started seventh in the 26-car field in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW, moved up to second from Lap 5 through Lap 11, slipped to fourth and held on through the last lap pile-up to come out in third place at the finish.

Freeman, who qualified first for the ninth time this season in his No. 307 Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW, started 10th because of the start invert, worked his way up to third at the end of Lap 1 and ran first from Lap 5 to the final turn of the race when Navara's attempted a last-ditch pass attempt. Navara's car made contact with Freeman's and Navara's his front right tire ended up on top of Freeman's left front tire, allowing race winner Curt Geer to get around them in the final straightaway. Navara got free first from the tangle, finished second, followed by Krahenbuhl and then Freeman.

CORR officials said the final results of the Single Buggy race are under review and any ruling regarding a change in the finishing order will be announced by this coming Wednesday.

Also in the Pro Buggy race, Menzies motorsports teammate Larry Job started 15th, worked his way up to seventh, suffered a flat tire of his own and hung on for a 10th place finish in the No. 907 MasterCraft AlumiCraft-Honda. A veteran desert car and motorcycle racer, Job is in his first full season of short-course racing.

Bryce Menzies and Bruce Fraley were the other Menzies Motorsports drivers who were part of the field Sunday, Menzies drives the the No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger in Pro Lite and Fraley drives the No. 12 MSD Ranger in Pro Lite.

Menzies, the youngest driver on the team who will be 21 next Thursday and is son of team owner Steve Menzies, was not allowed to race on Sunday because he lost consciousness briefly when his truck rolled on Saturday. MacCachren stepped in and took over near the end of the first lap from Menzies and ran the truck for nine laps before pulling off with a broken axle. The official finishing position was 22nd in the 25-truck field.

Under CORR rules, Menzies wasn't allowed to race Sunday because he blacked out for a few seconds after rolling his truck in Saturday's Pro Lite main event. When it was determined that he had no serious injuries, CORR Rules allow the driver of record to start the race at the back of the field and before the completing the first lap pull into the hot pits for a driver substitution. MacCachren got in the truck in the hot pits and the finishing position points go to the driver of record.

Fraley started 13th in the 16-lap Pro Lite race and ran consistently enough to finish 9th.

Round 10 of the CORR Series was taped and will be televised nationally as a one and one-half hour show set to air at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, Sept. 14 on NBC.

Next up for Menzies Motorsports will be Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 CORR Series, to be held September 13-14 at the 'Quarry' in Chula Vista, Calif. near San Diego.

-credit: mm

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rob MacCachren , Bryce Menzies