Deegan held off all other drivers for the rest of the race, and when the checkered flag came down, Deegan’s first-place finish was his 25th all-time Lucas Oil Off-Road victory.
Compton, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
It was an important two days of racing for the Metal Mulisha team of truck accessories retailer 4 Wheel Parts Racing at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City for the Lucas Oil Off-Road event. The stands were at capacity with Metal Mulisha fans on hand to watch the team battle for the winner’s podium. Though the Utah wind was heavy, it didn’t hamper Metal Mulisha drivers from the top spots in either Round 7 or Round 8 of the June 2012 LOORRS Championship.
When Brian Deegan hit the track, he was ready to take the Pro Lite class first-place platform. Deegan kicked off the race in assault mode, jockeying for the fourth spot, pushing forward, looking to make a move. Deegan overtook Anderson for sole possession of second, then pushed the inside line to grab first. Brian Deegan races with his rig outfitted with Jeep accessories such as mud flaps and catalytic converters from 4 Wheel Parts, household name in aftermarket Jeep and truck parts. When the yellow dropped, Deegan was at the head of the pack, while his Metal Mulisha teammate, Justin Bean Smith, trailed behind him. Smith overtook the drivers ahead of him, one at a time. A full-course caution occurred; allowing Smith to push past Morris in Turn 2 during the race’s closing laps. When the checkered flag dropped, Deegan took first place, while Smith took third.
From the first-place podium, Deegan stepped off and got into his Pro 2, ready for the next race. Deegan battled for top position, fighting the pack to second place.
A full-course caution in Lap 2 allowed Deegan to make a clean pass in Turn 3, giving him some room between him and the pack. Deegan held off all other drivers for the rest of the race, and when the checkered flag came down, Deegan’s first-place finish was his 25th all-time Lucas Oil Off-Road victory.
On Sunday, Round 8 began with the Pro Lite class race. Deegan and Anderson battled it out in the early going of an intense event, but Deegan eventually pulled ahead. As the race wore on, Deegan and his teammate Smith battled for bragging rights. Deegan took the inside track away from Smith in Turn 4, scraping off a few of his Jeep decals in the process, giving Deegan the lead ahead of Smith and Anderson. Deegan took the checkered flag, with Smith in second, as Deegan took another top podium spot for the weekend.
The last race of the event had the fans on their feet. Deegan took to his Pro 2, eager for a first-place sweep. Deegan made his way to the front of the pack, behind MacCachren, Ampudia, and Renezeder, and he was just ahead of Clark.
In Turn 4 of Lap 12, Renezeder got into Ampudia, knocking him sideways and allowing several other trucks to pass. Greg Adler spun Clark around, which helped clear the way for Renezeder and Ampudia to regain ground. After the pair of bumps, MacCachren held the lead, with Deegan in tight at second, Renezeder at third, and Ampudia at fourth. Deegan held onto the second position when the checkered flag dropped.
The Metal Mulisha team is now preparing for rounds 9 and 10 of the next Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event at Glen Helen on August 4 and 5.
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