“The Prodigy” Doubles Down in Las Vegas
“The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed and the OCCR crew made their way to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13&14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, where consistency is key and championship hopes are on the line.
Although the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season is almost a wrap, there is still a lot that can be lost in the last remaining rounds of the series. If you don’t stay consistent, you will watch a championship slip right through your fingers. Heading into Round 13, Sheldon Creed was sitting in a very vulnerable 3rd place position in the over-all points standings. With the 2011 and 2012 Pro Lite Champion sitting right in front of him in first and second, the pressure was on.
Qualifying in the second place position for Round 13, “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed took the green flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in total darkness. Creed experienced a radio communication malfunction shortly after driver introductions took place. “The Prodigy” was left to figure it out all on his own and unable to communicate with Spotter Scott Creed. Green flag racing was underway and the entire Pro Lite Unlimited field made a mad dash for turn 1. Shortly into Lap 2, 2012 Pro Lite champion RJ Anderson made a costly mistake in front of Creed, which ultimately ended his day and moved Sheldon one position closer to the front of the field.
After the full course red flag caused by RJ Anderson’s crash, racing resumed in full chaos once again. Black and yellow flags added drama to the entire remainder of the race. Lap 10 was the changing point for Creed, after being shuffled as far back as fifth place. He had finally found the momentum needed and was able to work his way into the second place position after a long battle with Casey Currie and Chris Brandt. Creed held his position and found himself standing on the podium after a hard fought battle and a well deserved second place finish.
Round 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series was just as nerve-wracking as Round 13. It takes an entire season to build but can disappear in a matter of seconds. Talking about the hunt for a championship, “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed knows how important Round 14 is to the entire OCCR crew.
Creed once again qualified 1st in the Pro Lite division and after pulling a fourth on the inversion, he started in the second row behind RJ Anderson and Bradley Morris.
When the green flag dropped it wasn’t long before Creed started making his move back up to the first place position where he feels most comfortable. Creed was able to make his way past RJ Anderson before the end of lap 2, however knew he still had a lot of racing left to do. Anderson and Creed battled back and forth between full course yellow cautions for the entire 14 lap main event. Nine laps into the race, Creed found himself in the number one position after a mishap by Bradley Morris.
Shortly after taking the lead, RJ Anderson would run Creed wide up against the wall forcing him to make a split second decision to play it safe and continue to the checkered flag. With two more yellow flags within two laps, Sheldon held onto 2nd place until the 2011 Pro Lite champion Brian Deegan was able to make a pass on the white flag lap leaving Sheldon to settle for a 3rd place finish.
Sheldon Creed left Sin City with two podiums, two fast lap awards, and positioned himself 2nd in the overall points standings.
As if two days of racing weren’t enough, Sheldon headed to Costa Mesa for a third race in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks at the Sand Sports Super Show. Sunday’s race was full of carnage and definitely left the crowd pleased. Sheldon spent the majority of the race in the front, staying in the pack of Robby Gordon, Justin Lofton and BJ Baldwin, who stepped in to take over driving duties for Rino Navera. Robby Gordon launched his truck a bit too hard off the jump heading in to the sand and rolled, taking on heavy damage to the truck. Justin Lofton battled all the way back to finish second after pulling in to the pits on lap 5 for a fresh tire. But in the end it was Sheldon Creed who endured the rest of the field and earned his second SST victory of the season.
Sheldon Creed went on to say, “Going into the weekend I knew I had to finish strong in Las Vegas if I wanted to stay in the points race. Being able to podium both days at LOORRS and taking 1st on Sunday at SST was a better outcome than I could have hoped for and I couldn’t have done it without my awesome team and my great sponsors.”
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Casey Currie at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park
The stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS) put on a great show for the fans of Southern California this past weekend. The all new short course at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park features a high elevation change, table-tops, tight hair pin turns and an infield mogul section. This is an excellent venue and just one more stop to see your favorite drivers. Here are some photos of Casey Currie this past weekend. Also, follow this link to see some exclusive high resolution photos from Casey’s Facebook album. http://on.fb.me/JyL5q5
Tilted Kilt to Sponsor Corry Weller
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sports bar with Irish, Scottish and English roots announced they will sponsor Corry Weller in the Lucas Oil Pro 4 Off Road Short Course Race Series (LOORS) throughout the 2012 season. Tilted Kilt will be Weller’s title sponsor and his truck will feature large logos all over.
SoCal Says: Congrats on the sponsorship Corry! It’s great to see all of the variety out there and it’s a testament to hard work paying off. We suggest you don’t race in a kilt however!!
CASEY CURRIE TEAMS UP WITH HAWK PERFORMANCE PRODUCT GROUP IN 2012
2010 Pro-Lite Champion Casey Currie has teamed up with Hawk Performance Products. Hawk will provide much of the braking equipment for Currie as well as work on a signature line of Black Rock Wheels.
Currie has been a force since a young age winning races on dirt bikes, buggies and trucks. He is one of the youngest team owners ever and will compete for the 2012 Pro-Lite Lucas Oil Off Road Championship Series. Keep an eye out for Currie, he is fun to watch!
Brian Deegan claims a pair of wins
Brian Deegan and his Ford F-150 SVT Raptor claimed a pair of wins at Lucas Oil Off Road Championship Series.
“It has been a really good season,” said Deegan. “I am so blessed when I just think about the position I am in life. What a year. I don’t know if I will ever be able to top it as far as sports. Ford backed me the whole way and I had to produce. I had to show Ford I could win, and we did. X games and two championships here in Lucas Oil including Pro 2 in my rookie year as well as a lot of records set. It was a tough race, this last one, but this is about a whole season and I am just pumped. It has been a great year.”
“Ford has an long and storied history in off road truck racing from the deserts of Dakar to the brutality of Baja and from the Rough Riders to the recent success of The General, Brian Deegan,” said Jamie Allison, Director Ford Racing. “Together, Brian and Ford have had a phenomenal season in 2011 winning gold at X Games and dominating his Lucas Oil Off-Road programs. We are proud to be able to call him a Ford champion.”
Deegan made the switch from freestyle motocross nearly three years ago, and has continued to dominate and be a force in off road racing as he was in freestyle motocross.
SoCal Says: Brian Deegan continues to entertain. We are excited to see what he takes on next? Snowboarding? Wakeboarding?