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2018 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing
Round #4
Lucas Oil Speedway
Wheatland, MO
June 24, 2018

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Wheatland LOORRS Round 4 Pro UTV Report
Brock Hegers & Kyle Chaney Takes Wins at Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO (6/29/2018) – Brock Heger and Kyle Chaney won the first of two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO UTV races at Lucas Oil Speedway. The events were part of a doubleheader weekend being run during the weekend and were held on Saturday at the 1.2-mile track.
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Picture perfect weather on Saturday made for great racing on the technical and fun nine-turn track. In the Production 1000 race, Heger used his Maxxis Tires to get a great jump on the slick track early and went on to score his second win of the season in his Yamaha. Mickey Thomas and Jason Weller completed the top three, both driving Yamahas.

LOORRS Pro SxS Podium

LOORRS Pro 1000 SxS / UTV Podium (left to right)
Mickey Thomas (2nd), Brock Heger (1st), Jason Weller (3rd)

“I knew the way they were preparing the track that my Maxxis Tires would hook up well at the beginning and the Hoosiers wouldn’t,” said Heger. “So I had an advantage at the beginning. I got into the lead and ran well.”

Brock Heger Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Brock Heger secured his fourth straight podium finish & second win of the season on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway

Thomas’ car was on Hoosiers and he had trouble finding traction in the first half of the race. At the halfway point, the track began tacking up and he got his Hans Ada-prepared machine into the groove. He passed Weller and the two fought it for several laps before the finish.

Mickey Thomas Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Mickey Thomas battled his way past Jason Weller to secure the 2nd spot on the podium

“It was tough for the first half of the race, but in the second half the track came to us,” said Thomas. “I made a pass for second at the end with Jason Weller and we really went at it. This is my second podium this year for Hans Ada Racing.”

Weller ran a conservative pace to help preserve and hopefully move up from his third place in points. The off-road veteran enjoyed what was universally touted as the best “driver’s track” on the tour.

Jason Weller Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Jason Weller secured his 2nd straight podium finish, which boosted him to second in points

“I’m constantly thinking of saving the car, while also looking at the podium,” said Weller. “The track is awesome. I love the turns, the big jumps and the whoops.”

In the Pro Turbo race Chaney was competing in the same Can-Am Maverick X3 he’s using in Midwest Short Course League. He was joined by a bevy of fellow Midwest racers, and used the race weekend like an extended test session.

LOORRS Pro SxS Podium

LOORRS Pro Turbo SxS / UTV Podium (left to right)
Paul O'Brien (2nd), Kyle Chaney (1st), Corry Weller (3rd)

Chaney took the lead early and then held off a charging Corry Weller to secure the victory. Paul O’Brien passed Corry Weller on the final restart to finish second. Weller was third. All three were driving Can-Ams.

Kyle Chaney Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Kyle Chaney was feeling the heat from Corry Weller early on as the pair battled for the lead

“This was more of a test weekend for the Midwest Series and I got a lot out of it,” said Chaney. “We’ll take what we learned, bring it to the Midwest Series, and hopefully get some wins there, too. This track is really fun and there is a lot of time to make up because it’s a very driver-oriented track. It’s not all about horsepower.”

O’Brien had fueling issues in qualifying and had to start 10th, well back from the front row. Despite the disadvantage, O’Brien ran a smart pace and was there on the final restart when Cory Weller left the door open and he snagged the second spot.

Paul O'Brien Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Paul O'Brien launching the monster TableTop at Lucas Oil Speedway

“I knew I had to put my head down, avoid the carnage, and slowly work my way forward,” said O’Brien. “Toward the end, a couple of guys went out and I made some good passes. It made for a good race and I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. I got a good gift from my teammate right at the end.”

Weller held onto third and was laughing at herself for the gift she gave her O’Brien in the form of running far outside on one of the track’s sweeping turns. She was pleased, though, to compete in the largest field of turbo cars yet this season.

Corry Weller Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series LOORRS

Corry Weller secured the final spot on the podium by making a last lap pass on Kyle Hart

“It’s always fun to see where you stack up with guys from other series,” said Weller. “I’ve watched Kyle Chaney and Tim Farr in the TORC Series. I knew they were fast and Paul’s been my competition all season. It turned into a great battle and it didn’t disappoint.”

The LOORRS Series held the second of the two-event weekend on Sunday.

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