From: ReadyLift® Suspension Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Re: Rob Naughton And Team ReadyLift® Racing Wins Final LOORRS Unlimited Lite Race While Capturing 7th Win Of The Season
For Immediate Release:
The final Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series weekend of the year proved to be an event of epic proportions. After dominating the first six races of the year, Rob Naughton behind the wheel of the Team ReadyLift® Racing Unlimited Lite spared no excitement entering the final LOORRS race weekend of the year. Mechanical failures on the #54 ReadyLift® Racing U-lite while leading in the previous three races turned a healthy season points lead into a heated championship battle between series rivals Chris Brandt and Brian Deegan.
No other LOORRS Unlimited Lite team has racked up as many season wins as Naughton. Entering the final race weekend at the super fast Primm, Nevada off road short course it was evident that Rob would have to be ready to battle harder than ever before if Team ReadyLift® Racing was to regain the points lead and take the championship. Rob tore through Saturday’s qualifying and put the #54 ReadyLift® Racing/Maxxis Tire/Lucas Oil/Team Associated Ford on the pole for the first of the two final races of the weekend. When the green flag flew on Saturday’s Unlimited Lite race Naughton seized the lead in turn one and never looked back. It was clear what truck was the fastest as Naughton kept all of his competition in the rear view mirror. Half way through a dominating race it became obvious Rob’s unlucky gremlin was still looking to wreak havoc as the clutch in his transmission let go. The unfortunate mechanical failure completely ruined a dominating performance and Team ReadyLift’s chances at yet another championship title.
As the warm sun rose over the chilly fall desert landscape, the Team ReadyLift® Racing pits was buzzing with optimism that we could go out and finish the dominating season by winning the final Unlimited Lite race of 2009. With a fresh motor and transmission, Rob again qualified the #54 ReadyLift® Racing Ford on the pole. The filled grandstands were treated to an epic race as Naughton, Deegan and Brandt all battled for the lead. With bragging rights and a championship on the line it was clear from the drop of the flag that this race would be one for the highlight reel. With Deegan in the lead and Naughton shadowing his every move, Rob waited for the right moment to grab the lead. That moment was in turn one and it was the last time anyone would be in front of Naughton the remainder of the race. At last the gremlins were crushed under the enthusiastic winning celebration as Rob piloted the #54 ReadyLift® Ford into the winner’s circle, jumped onto the roof of his truck and waved the checkered flag to a packed and cheering grandstands.
“Wanting redemption for myself and the team, I was on a mission to go out a winner. Following a string of four straight mechanical failures to take us out of the points championship, anything short of a win would be a failure. With that in mind I gave 110% effort out-dueling Brian Deegan and getting the win in arguably the most exciting race of the day,” said Rob in the post race interview.
As a mixture of bitter-sweet emotions were swarming Rob and the entire Team ReadyLift® Racing team and crew, it was obvious what team was the dominant Unlimited Lite team for 2009. No other team managed anything close to seven wins on the season.
Winning the final race of the season was a great way to close a dominating season. One that we expect to continue in 2010 as Rob moves from Unlimited Lite to an 850 horsepower Unlimited Pro 2 out of the Stronghold Motorsports stable. Rob surprised his fans as the brand new U-2 was debuted and entered in the last two rounds of racing. Flying the Canidae and ReadyLift® colors, Naughton showed his championship form by racing as high as third place against 22 other top U-2 competitors, settling for a sixth place finish and a great outlook for 2010.
Rob and the entire ReadyLift® Racing team would like to thank all of the fans who have supported the team this year and we look forward to an even better 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season starting the beginning of March 2010 at Lake Elsinore, California.
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