From: ReadyLift® Suspension Inc., Santa Ana, CA
Re: Team ReadyLift® Racing Powers Into The First LOORRS Race Weekend
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The highly anticipated start of the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Season is now in the books. After several months of hard work by both Stronghold Motorsports and Sean Geiser Racing, the 2010 Team ReadyLift® Racing program was finally ready for dirt churning battle and a solid leap towards 2010 championships. Originally poised for competition at the popular Lake Elsinore track, Lucas officials had to make a last minute venue change for the first race weekend of the year. Recent weather events made the Lake Elsinore track unusable and in just a few short weeks Tony Vanillo and his Lucas Oil crew developed a brand new one mile off road course inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway compound. The new track that most drivers had never even seen before presented a lot of challenges and proved to be a highly technical course.
For Team ReadyLift® Racing rolling into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway venue was very exciting as our teams stabled their race steeds in the pits in preparation for the racing action that would soon begin. In the Stronghold Motorsports compound the high-caliber Team ReadyLift® Racing-sponsored line up consisted of ReadyLift® veteran and Pro-Lite Champion Rob “Fig” Naughton and his new Unlimited Pro 2, Pro-Lite Champion Marty Hart and his championship-winning Unlimited Lite, 2009 Unlimited Buggy Champion Chuck Cheek with his dominant open-wheel machine as well as Stronghold Motorsports Team Manager and Super-Lite pilot Brandon Bailey. This “super team” of top talent drivers in four competitive classes and sponsored by ReadyLift® Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Lucas Oil, Lamb Energy, Pro Am Racing Products, Kadena Pacific, Multi-Mechanical Inc. and Simpson each came with only one thing on their minds – to win!
Positioned directly across pit road, 19 year-old hot foot Sean Geiser debuted his brand new Team ReadyLift® Racing Toyota. In just a short two months time Sean with help from father Greg and the highly respected staff at Geiser Bros. designed and constructed what many anticipate will become a front running truck in the Unlimited Lite class over the course of the 2010 season. With no track time put on the truck prior to arriving in Las Vegas, Sean and his crew worked feverously to get the ReadyLift® Suspension, Yokohama Tire, Bully Dog, Team Losi, Geiser Bros., Sledneck, KC HiLite-sponsored Toyota finalized for its maiden voyage and Sean’s first race in an Unlimited Lite truck.
Rounds 1 and 2 over the weekend was a wild one for all of the Team ReadyLift® drivers and crew. All the Team ReadyLift® Racing driver’s experienced everything from unforeseen challenges and mechanical issues to aggressive racing opportunities and great finishes. Rob “Fig” Naughton started 14th on Saturday and ended up catching a rut in turn one and going for his first roll over in his new Unlimited Pro 2. In a bent up truck Rob managed to race back through the field and score a 6th place finish which is an amazing accomplishment given the condition of the truck after the roll as well as the competition he had to work through. On Sunday Rob started 6th and in short order piloted the his truck to the front of the entire Unlimited Pro 2 field while putting on a fierce show with Rodrigo Ampudia and Rick Johnson. Driving like a man possessed Rob caught a rut in turn four and consequently lost the lead and had to settle for another 6th place finish.
Team ReadyLift® Racing drivers Marty Hart and Sean Geiser experienced similar ups and downs in the Unlimited Lite races. Marty started on the pole for Saturday’s race and put on a great show battling Brandt and Deegan for the lead. In the end Brandt snuck by the veteran Unlimited Lite driver for the win with Hart taking 2nd place while Sean Geiser in his inaugural race had mechanical woes keep the new ReadyLift® racing Toyota from being a contender.
Flipping the script just a bit, Hart started in the third row for Sunday’s race and Geiser in the rear of the field. Hart wrestled the lead solidly away from Ampudia and was cruising for a victory until he got a little squirrelly going over the first table top jump and hit the wall. A broken front spindle turned a winning race into a trip on the wrecker. With all the wild action taking place, Sean in a much better driving truck was making his way through the field up to as high as fourth place. This is quite an accomplishment for the young Geiser who ended up with a 5th place finish. If it wasn’t for a spin while in 4th place, Lil Geiser could very well have gotten his first Unlimited Lite Pole.
When it comes to Unlimited Buggy racing, the name Chuck Cheek is one all of the competitors respect. And for good reason. Chuck started Saturday’s race on the front row and immediately took command of the field using the same driving prowess that landed him a series championship in 2009. Unfortunately the mechanical gremlins arrived and yanked the life out of the fuel pump, which forced Cheek to the pits before the end of the race. Sunday’s race started off much the same, only this time Cheek had to work his way from the rear of the field. It didn’t take too many laps before Cheek had muscled his way to the front pack and was looking to make up for Saturday’s mechanical problem. As luck would have it a cut left rear tire leaked the air right out of his challenge for a podium finish.
Stronghold Motorsports Team Manager Brandon Bailey had a little better news. A stellar performance in the Super-Lite race got Brandon up to third place in the finishing order and allowed him to achieve his first podium appearance! ReadyLift® is proud to congratulate Brandon on a great race and a great finish. Getting on the podium in the Lucas Oil series is very tough to do and everyone at ReadyLift® is proud to be a part of this memorable event for Brandon.
The opening rounds of LOORRS racing in Las Vegas was filled with a wide range of emotions and desires. While Team ReadyLift® didn’t bring home the wins, all of our driver’s showed why they are champion caliber competitors both on and off the track. We look forward to Rounds 3 & 4 in Surprise, Arizona on April 17-18 and invite everyone to come out and check out the exciting racing action that is short course off road Lucas Oil style.
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