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The 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Buggy Champion, Cameron Steele, has become the newest member of the Stronghold Motorsports off road racing team. Joining a lineup comprised of seven-time Supercross Champion, Jeremy McGrath, Rob Naughton and Brandon Bailey, Steele will represent Stronghold Motorsports in the ProLite (300HP Mini Truck) Class during the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road racing season. As one of the most charismatic figures in the sport, Steele is also one of the faces of short course off road racing, providing commentary on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series television broadcasts.
Cameron Steele, in his first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series found himself in a three way battle for series points in the Unlimited Pro Buggy class. Entering the last race of the season at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ Cameron trailed Menzies Motorsports teamate Larry Job by just eight points and only had a 16 point lead over Doug Fortin. This race was not just another chance to grab a win, the outcome would determine the 2010 series champion.
With all the planning and prep behind them the tires bit into the dirt and after the first lap it was Steele, in the #916 Menzies Motorsports/Bully Dog AlumiCraft, running third and Fortin trailed two positions behind while Job found himself in tenth. Cameron in his hunt for the win gained a position and aggressively challenged for the lead with skillfull driving. He then took it over on a gutsy mid-turn pass underneath Bobby Pecoy. Soon afterwards, Steele took the point for leading at the halfway point and had Fortin and Job in fifth and sixth respectively.
Avoiding crashes that eliminated competitors, including Fortin and Job, Cameron held on for the rest of the race taking the checkered flag and the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Pro Buggy Unlimited Championship!
LAS VEGAS, NV — Cameron Steele and Justin Smith continued their winning ways leading Menzies Motorsports to the top step of the podium in Round 14 of the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Series presented by GEICO Powersports at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans of the popular Lucas Oil Off Road Series came out to the spectacular Las Vegas Motor Speedway and were treated to the best weather and the best racing of the season. Lucas Oil track officials prepared a near perfect racecourse for what turned out to be a spectacular weekend of competition.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home track for the formidable Menzies Motorsports and they did not disappoint as the boys in red were fired up to entertain the local fans. Drivers Larry Job and Justin Smith added valuable points towards their season championship run for glory.
Bryce Menzies raced his Blanco Basura/Bully Dog Pro 2, while Larry Job and Cameron Steele raced the two Pro Buggies. Justin Smith and Toby Bost charged the track in their competitive 1600 Single Buggy class that saw Smith claim podium positions each day, leading the charge for the Las Vegas based “super team.”
By the end of the weekend, Cameron Steele reigned as Unlimited Pro Buggy winner in Sunday’s Round 14, followed by Larry Job in second. However, Job’s podium finish gives him a solid points lead in the race for the season championship trophy and although not mathematically eliminated, Cameron Steele would have to win big to overcome the point lead by teammate, Larry Job.
Menzies Motorsports team owner Steve Menzies explained, “I’ve supported Larry and Cameron all season long and told them just not to take each other out. I don’t have a favorite between the two for the season championship, but it’s very important that we continue our success from season to season and win championships. I’m looking forward to the last race of the season, and we can’t forget the great job Justin Smith has done all season long. He’s performed well and I expect another grand performance in the last race of the year.”
While Bryce struggled with the setup in the Pro 2, Cameron Steele and Larry Job were dialed in to their Unlimited Pro Buggies. The two racing veterans had to work to keep from taking each other out in Saturday’s big race as they battled back and forth nearly every lap. In the end, it was Larry Job who claimed the 4th position just off the podium followed by Cameron Steele in the 5th position. That would all change come Sunday afternoon, as both Menzies Motorsports drivers earned podium positions. With Steele winning the race, Job was a close second, putting Menzies Motorsports in the hunt for the Unlimited Pro Buggy season championship. Cameron smiled and commented, “I’m so stoked to have won again and continue the battle for the season championship. My race team partner, Larry Job, and I embattled in a close race for the championship. Although I won Round 14, he finished right behind me and it’s going to be a dogfight in the last race of the season.”
Bryce qualified the #7 Blanco Basura/Bully Dog Pro 2 in the 7th position for Saturday’s main event. He was not, however, pleased with the lack of speed in the blaze red race truck. “We are working hard to perfect the setup, but we’ve struggled to make speed. We’ll get there,” said Bryce Menzies.
As the Pro 2 race kicked off, Bryce’s luck went south. Heavy contact early slowed him and from that moment on, he could never make up time on the lead pack. Bryce reflected, “I’m disappointed because I felt we arrived to the track with a great chance to make up some points in the race for the season championship, but it didn’t happen today. Although we will keep racing hard, the points championship seems to be out of reach at this point.”
Sunday’s Pro 2 results were better for Bryce Menzies as he earned the 7th position overall, but still not the results he has been working towards. Bryce later said, “You can’t take anything for granted when it comes to racing. Some days are better than others and this weekend definitely was not mine. We will bounce back for the end of the year extravaganza.
In the Limited Single Buggy class, Justin Smith continued his march towards a season point’s championship by continuing to win races and dominate the podium every weekend. “Menzies Motorsports has provided me with a great opportunity and I’m doing everything I can to seize the chance to win a championship. The crew has really given me a great car each and every weekend and there is only one race to go for the championship,” said a smiling Smith.
Toby Bost continues to make strides in racing the Oneill Limited Buggy and by the end of the weekend, he finished 11th both days
Menzies Motorsports finishes out the racing season with the final round of the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to be held December 10-11, 2010 at Firebird Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona.
For more information on Menzies Motorsports, visit www.menziesmotorsports.com.
Cameron Steele is currently in a tight three way battle for the lead in the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. With just a few more races left a mere 10 points separate the three top drivers.
In this his first season racing unlimited Buggies, Cameron is in third place overall driving the #916 Menzies Motorsports/Metal Mulisha AlumiCraft. He is gaining momentum every race and looks to keep the pace going after a strong start to finish win in September at Speedworld Park in Surprise, AZ.
Next up in the short course series is Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 6 & 7.