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Junior 2 Kart racers take off at the start during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Junior 2 Kart racers take off at the start during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Junior 2 Kart racer, Ricky Gutierrez leads the pack taking 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Junior 2 Kart racer, Ricky Gutierrez leads the pack taking 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Junior 1 Kart racer, Madix Bailey took 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Junior 1 Kart racer, Madix Bailey took 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Modified Kart racer, Hailie Deegan speeds through a turn during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Modified Kart racer, Hailie Deegan speeds through a turn during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Limited Buggy racers lined up before the green flag during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Limited Buggy racers lined up before the green flag during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Limited Buggy racer, Zac Hunt earned 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
Limited Buggy racer, Zac Hunt earned 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
Open V8 racers, Dennis McCarthy (right) and Erik Jacobus contest for the lead position during the Lucas Oil regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Open V8 racers, Dennis McCarthy (right) and Erik Jacobus contest for the lead position during the Lucas Oil regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Open V8 racer, Dennis McCarthy rounding a turn taking the 1st place position at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Open V8 racer, Dennis McCarthy rounding a turn taking the 1st place position at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on Sat. June 28, 2014.
TrophyLite racer, PJ Guglielmo leads the pack and takes 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing on June 28, 2014.
TrophyLite racer, PJ Guglielmo leads the pack and takes 1st place during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing on June 28, 2014.
RZR racer, Dan Worley launches off a jump during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in lake Elsinore.
RZR racer, Dan Worley launches off a jump during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in lake Elsinore.
RZR racers launch the first jump after getting the green flag on Sat. June 28, 2014.
RZR racers launch the first jump after getting the green flag on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Tommy Scranton took 1st place in the Production 1000 class at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on sat. June 28, 2014.
Tommy Scranton took 1st place in the Production 1000 class at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park on sat. June 28, 2014.
Production 1000 racer, James Hill loses a rear tire putting him out of the race at Lake Elsinore Motorsports park on June 28, 2014.
Production 1000 racer, James Hill loses a rear tire putting him out of the race at Lake Elsinore Motorsports park on June 28, 2014.
Pro Buggy racer, Taylor Atchison launches high in the air during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Pro Buggy racer, Taylor Atchison launches high in the air during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Pro Buggy racer, Mike Valentine gives high fives after finishing the race in 1st place on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Pro Buggy racer, Mike Valentine gives high fives after finishing the race in 1st place on Sat. June 28, 2014.
Pro Lite racer, Ronnie Faisst hits the jump during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.
Pro Lite racer, Ronnie Faisst hits the jump during the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing in Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park hosts fourth round of regional off road competition


Friday, July 4th, 2014
Issue 27, Volume 18.
Alex Groves
Editor
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The stands at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park were packed on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 during the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing competition.

There were a number of different competitions that took place over the two day event that pitted a wide selection of vehicles against each other; that list included karts, buggies, trucks and more.

Experienced drivers and novice drivers alike tried their hand at Lake Elsinore Motorsportsí dirt track, which presented a number of daunting hills and curves for vehicles to maneuver.

The event garnered participants of all ages. Some were relatively young while others were adults who have been involved with off-roading events for a number of years.

One of the younger racers at the event was 12-year-old Hailey Deegan, daughter of motocross rider and Metal Mulisha founding member Brian Deegan. She competed in the modified kart class, which is the highest class for karts that people can compete in.

The younger Deegan said sheís been racing for a little more than three years now and that she started around the time she was an eight-year-old. During that time her father had recently started racing karts in off-roading competitions and she said she expressed an interest in also racing.

So on her birthday she received a Junior 1 (J1) Kart, the most basic form of kart to be pitted in competition. The karts are specifically geared toward younger drivers who are just getting into the sport of kart racing. She eventually moved on to the Junior 2 (J2) class more recently and within the last couple of competitions has ascended to the modified cart class.

Deegan explained that there are a number of differences between junior and modified karts. She said junior karts shift gears manually and have a clutch whereas modified karts are automatic and tend to go at a much higher rate of speed.

Thereís also a difference in the driving style of the two karts, Deegan said.

"Oneís more momentum and the other oneís more slipping and sliding," she said.

Deegan finished sixth on the track for the weekendís competition, only her second time competing in the modified kart class.

One of Brian Deeganís associates at Metal Mulisha, Ronnie Faisst, was also at the competition, riding his Pro-Lite truck over curves and hills during the final race of the day on Saturday, June 28.

Faisst might have gotten his start in motocross but he said heís been interested in doing offroading for a while now. The weekendís event marked his second time competing in an off-road event. Faisst rounded the curves nicely and kept up with the other riders in his class with little difficulty during one of the competitions until his vehicle spun out and he was left trailing behind the others. He ultimately finished last in his class.

But it didnít seem that way from the cheery faces and smiles of Faisst and the people that came with him at the event. Faisst said he was happy to be trying something new and was just looking forward to doing a little better each time.

"Beginners canít come out here and expect to win without any formal background," he said. "As long as Iím getting a little better and having fun each time, thatís all."

Faisst and many others plan to return during the fifth installment of the Lucas Oil Regionals, which will take place at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on Saturday, July 19.

"Iím going to do them all," Faisst said of the remaining installments of the regional competition.

For more information about the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series, visit their website at www.lucasoilregional.com/schedule.


 

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