With the drivers having had their first taste of the new Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, they returned with sharpened focus’, improved setups, and an ever-greater burning desire to win. Round 12 of the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, was once again held on a splendid northern Nevada afternoon, and the new Reno-area fans once again packed the house, cheering wildly throughout the day’s events. After a melee of rough and tumble races yesterday, things were somewhat more subdued today, but the competition was as fierce as ever, so in case you weren’t here to witness it in-person, read on to find out how the sharp end of each field shook out.
Sheldon Creed took the lead from the get-go in the Super Lite race, and at the end of lap one, it was Garrett Poelman, Cody Rahders, Bryan Osborn, and Drew Britt who were following behind in the top five. Britt moved up to fourth on lap two, and with Rahders then running slowly out of turn two on the next lap, Britt was able to get by him as well and take over third place. Rahders was again slow out of turn three, allowing Osborn and Fouch to get by and into fourth and fifth. Poelman then slowed as well on the next lap, and the Osborn/Fouch duo picked him off as well, before Poelman pulled into the hot pits with a right rear flat. Osborn then also picked up a flat, which allowed Fouch to get past him, with Osborn then pulling in to the hot pits for a tire change as well. Fouch then served a black flag penalty for contact in the “no touch zone” earlier in the race, and at the Competition Yellow, the running order in the top five was Creed, Britt, Matt Buyten, Jessie Johnson in the #15 SoCal Super Trucks/Speed Energy truck, and Poelman. On the restart lap, Fouch moved by Poelman and into fifth place in the #21 truck. Three laps later, Johnson continued his remarkable charge through the field, which began back at turn one on lap one, where he was hit and then nearly driven OVER by Dawson Kirchner, dropping Johnson to second-to-last position. Johnson got by Britt for second with under two laps to go, but with the small remaining distance in the race, he was unable to get up to Creed to challenge for the lead. Out front, Creed brought it home for a wire-to-wire win, his sixth of the season, followed by Johnson, Britt, Buyten, and Fouch.