Another weekend of strong performances for Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc in CORR series POMONA, Calif. (Aug. 17) -- Another podium finish and strong performances by all four drivers solidified Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc's status as one...
Another weekend of strong performances for Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc in CORR series
POMONA, Calif. (Aug. 17) -- Another podium finish and strong performances by all four drivers solidified Rockstar Makita Team LeDuc's status as one of the teams to beat in the Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) series.
"We're fast and we're up front with the leaders," team founder Curt LeDuc said Sunday after round 10 of the 16-round series had been run on the man-made, .7-mile course at the Los Angeles County Fairplex. "We're going to be a threat to win the rest of the season."
The team ended the series' final weekend at Pomona this season with one win by rookie Kyle LeDuc in the Pro 4 class, two seconds by Todd LeDuc in the Pro 2 class, a third by Curt LeDuc in Pro 4, and a 10th and seventh by rookie Brian Deegan in the Pro Lite class.
Those performances were enough for all concerned to call it a good weekend, but it was the overall display of strength that had everyone looking ahead to the next event at Chula Vista (Sept. 13-14) with confidence.
On a day that began with the "start your engines" command being given to the Pro 2 field by Makita Industrial Tools Senior Vice-President of Marketing Ken Hefley, Todd moved from fifth on the grid to second in two laps and took the lead briefly on lap 13 of 18 before eventual winner Rob MacCachren got by him entering Turn 5, just as he had on Saturday. They finished one-two for the second straight day and Todd moved up one spot to second in the point standings.
"There were no problems. It was a great race," Todd said after the sixth straight top four finish in his Rockstar Makita Ford. "I got through traffic well and got up in the lead and Rob just blew by me. Yesterday I had some mechanical problems (a stuck throttle). Today I was being a little conservative, being smart, but it was still good. We're gonna go to the next round at Chula Vista and be killer."
Curt LeDuc started the 18-lap Pro 4 event on the pole while Kyle, who had sat on the front row Saturday, lined up fifth this time. Curt led the first lap before relinquishing the spot to Rick Huseman and dropped to fourth, behind Huseman, Carl Renezeder and Kyle, on lap 4.
The top four ran in that order until lap 13, when Huseman and Renezeder got together. That moved Kyle into second and he took over first the next time around when Huseman was shown the black flag for what race officials felt was rough driving. Two laps later, however, Kyle slowed suddenly on the backstretch, the victim of a broken rear driveshaft. That left veteran Scott Douglas in the lead with Curt and Renezeder in pursuit. But in Turn 5 Curt and Renezeder got together, and the next time by start-finish Curt was shown the black flag. Curt pulled into the pits on the final lap and finished eighth, with Kyle ninth.
"Carl checked up," Curt said. "I expected him to be gone by the time I got there and he wasn't. I touched him and he went around, so I got a black flag and I answered it (by pulling off)."
Kyle, on the other hand, said he was just starting to think about another win when "I came off a jump on the back and the rear driveshaft made a bang. I was still able to drive around, but I was done (as a contender).
"It would have been nice to back up the win today, but what can you do? We've reached every goal that every team wants to do, win in Pro 4 in the first year, but we can't stop here."
Deegan, one of the pioneers of freestyle motocross and the founder of the famed Metal Mulisha, started Sunday's Pro Lite race 10th and drove a steady race to finish seventh, his sixth top 10 of the season.
"I've taken this year as a learning year and been trying not to get too much pressure (on himself)," Deegan said. "But I'm already up there with the lead pack and I can see them, so now it's making me want to beat them. My next goal is a top five, and I want to get on the podium (with a top three finish) before the year is done.
"I'm learning. I'm not that far off."