Mickey Thompson Crew Takes Over Lucas Oil Off Road Series

Rounds five and six of the 2014 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series were held on May 30th and 31st at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno/Sparks Nevada. They were the first ever races to be held at the Wild West Motorsports Park under the lights, and guess what? The new setup worked great for Mickey Thompson racers Brian Deegan and Chad George, as they led their team members to five podium finishes.

Brian Deegan Dominates the Pro 2 Race

As the defending champ and Pro 2 leader in points, Brian Deegan went into the Pro 2 race with high hopes and expectations. Only enhancing Deegan’s already sky high confidence was his trustworthy tires.

During the race, Brian Deegan used the Mickey Thompson Baja Pro tires, which are specifically made for the toughest off road conditions. These tires helped propel Deegan and his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford to the lead position after just the first lap.

Deegan said, “We’ve really put a lot of work into the truck this season trying some new stuff.”

“I think it’s paying off; we are laying down fast laps and trying to be smooth. It’s not easy, my Rockstar teammate Rob MacCachren has been really fast, but we’ve been able to hold him off.”

Not surprisingly, as Deegan said, teammate Rob MacCachren was right on his heels during the first few laps. In fact, he was the only driver even within striking distance of Deegan. However, during the 18th lap, this all came to an end when Deegan managed to shake MacCachren and blaze away from the pack.

From that point on, Deegan led comfortably all the way to the last lap, reeling in his third straight win of the year. This latest win, of course, was crucial in helping to put Deegan even further ahead of the other contenders for this year’s Pro 2 title championship.

Chad George wins the Pro Buggy Series

In the Pro Buggy legs of the Lucas Oil races, driver Chad George raced his #43 buggy- equipped with Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T tires- to multiple victories, blasting past rival Dave Mason Jr. in both races.

3 According to writer Andrew Cask of Racer.com, “On Friday night, it was fairly straightforward as he passed Mason Jr, who would soon fall down the order with a flat tire, a few laps from the end.”

“Saturday, he had to work his way from third. Mason had bad luck again after getting passed by George, this time a broken suspension, but he managed to hold on for second.”

Overall, Team Mickey Thompson had a good run at the Lucas Oil Series and was extremely proud of the outcomes. Mickey Thompson VP of Marketing, Ken Warner, said, "Track conditions get tricky, and that’s when raw talent and great tires give racers the edge. We congratulate all the racers for the stunning performances they exhibited again this past weekend."

By: Tim Snyder
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