TOOELE — Hosting the Motoamerica and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing circuits on the same weekend wasn't the preference of the Utah Motorsports Campus, but it made for an exciting weekend for fans.
Fans had to decide which races to take in Saturday — the Motoamerica races run at breakneck speeds on the road track or the many turns and jumps that accompany the off-road track just a couple of hundred yards away.
Fans gathered around the off-road track to take in the Lucas Oil Off Road events were treated to some tight and exciting races. Kicking off the day's four championship events was the Pro 4 truck race, which saw Kyle LeDuc from Temecula, California, edge Carl Renezeder (Laguna Beach, California) by 1.493 seconds.
"We can't race without people out here, so thank you to all the fans that came out today," LeDuc said from the winner's podium after the race. "We work hard so that you all can have a great show, so thank you all so much for your support."
With the win, LeDuc extends his lead over Renezeder in the season Pro 4 series. Renezeder maintained second place in the season series with his runner-up finish on Saturday and complimented everyone on a great race after.
"It was super tight, but there was no contact, which is hard to do on this track," Renezeder said. "It's a tight track and real technical. … So to be able to race fast is an art on this track."
Jerett Brooks (Alpine, California) extended his Pro Lite series lead with a win on Saturday — edging out Christopher Polvoorde (Hemet, California) and Ryan Beat (El Cajon, California).
In the Pro Buggy series, it was Bud Ward (Hemet, California) taking over first place in the season series with a win Saturday. He edged Sterling Cling (Tempe, Arizona) by 1.906 seconds, in what was another thrilling race.
Topping things off was a very tight Pro 2 race where Brian Deegan (Temecula, California) moved up to second place in the season points standings by edging out RJ Anderson (Riverside, California) by just 1.385 seconds for first place on Saturday.
"I always have fun at this race, and the fans, they show up," Deegan, who won his first race of the year, said. "It's a great crowd, so you want to win here, and that's one of the funnest races I've ever had. … At the end of the day, it was just a great time out there."
The same events will be run on Sunday to wrap things up for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing stop in Utah.
In the Motoamerica races, it was Toni Elias (Manresa, California) taking home the Superstock 1000 race, beating Roger Hayden (Owensboro, Kentucky) and four-time champion Josh Hayes (Gulfport, Mississippi) by 2.461 and 2.948 seconds, respectively.
Races for Motoamerica continue on Sunday.
Saturday's races featured full stands and had all VIP tickets sold out and all RV spaces filled.
As mentioned, running both circuits in unison wasn't optimal, but had to be done due to the short time the track had schedule racing series, due to the track being reopened just this past March. The negotiations for races normally occur in August and September, according to officials, which put the Utah Motorsports Campus way behind schedule, and thereby in a scenario where it had to make scheduling allowances it wouldn't have otherwise.