It all came down to the second weekend of December in Chandler, Arizona, to finish up an exciting 2011 season for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORS). Saturday saw the final series race in this third year of LOORS competition. Then on Sunday, the racers pulled out all stops to compete fiercely in the Challenge Cup offering over $100,000 in prize money. The season competition classes include karts for the kids, UTVs, buggies, and four classes of trucks from the svelte Superlite trucks to the thunderous unlimited Pro trucks. Qualifying laps had been run on Friday and practice times were set in the mornings. The track officials kept the races moving to keep the crowd entertained and the volunteer track crews helped out with flagging and issues around the course. The upcoming 2012 season, plus the Challenge Cup Race, has already been planned out. Races will return to many of the familiar tracks, along with a Labor Day weekend event in Reno, Nevada. The schedule again holds fifteen championship rounds of racing over eight weekends in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The races start in March and run through October. You can get all the details at www.lucasoiloffroad.com. The first classes for the day were Modified Kart, Junior 2 Kart, and Junior 1 Kart for the kids 8 to 15 years of age. These mini racers use single-cylinder engines on a chassis of maximum 120 inches length. The Juniors can reach speeds of 40 mph and the modifieds may reach 70 mph.The first classes for the day were Modified Kart, Junior 2 Kart, and Junior 1 Kart for the Order up! Two newly cut tires being rolled back to the pits for installation. The major tire players were on hand with fresh rubber and hot grooving irons ready to custom tailor tires to driver/crew preferences and to the track conditions for the day.Order up! Two newly cut tires being rolled back to the pits for installation. The major ti The Superlite Championship crew was in attendance with a good array of cars. This is spec class racing where drivers can buy turn-key cars or kits, or can rent a Superlite for a single race or for the season. The lightweight racers all run Mazda 13B rotary engines and the tight spec class restrictions keep the cars evenly matched, leaving most of the competition to driver skill.The Superlite Championship crew was in attendance with a good array of cars. This is spec The Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes sport the biggest, baddest motors and hit the track most aggressively. When battling in the dirt they can do a good bit of rubbing, banging bumpers and body panels over the jumps and while sliding through turns. For the final weekend of racing, they kept the pack tight and nobody seemed willing to back off the competition.The Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes sport the biggest, baddest motors and hit the track most aggre In the limited buggy class Geoffrey Cooley pushed his No. 322 car towards the front of the class and was able to jump his way to victory in front of the packed grandstands. His Challenge Cup race was his first class win, netting him a money purse and some end of season bragging rights.In the limited buggy class Geoffrey Cooley pushed his No. 322 car towards the front of the 1 | 2 | » | View Full Article By Jay Kopycinski Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!