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LAS VEGAS — With the halftime speeches absorbed, prep work completed and mentally prepared to begin the second half of the season, Las Vegas’ Menzies Motorsports will bring its solid six-driver, eight-vehicle team this weekend when the 2008 Championship Off-Road Racing Series (CORR) makes its last of three visits this season to the Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. for Rounds 9 & 10 of the 16-race 2008 CORR Series.
Continuing to lead the point standings in three classes where they have combined for 15 individual race wins and 20 total podium placements in eight races so far this year, Menzies Motorsports will bring its ‘Big Red Machine’ to Pomona with hopes of maintaining its momentum as well as make improvements where needed to challenge for championships during the second half of the 2008 CORR season.
Capacity crowds are once again expected at the 9,000-seat dirt raceway located adjacent to the top end of the famed Los Angeles County Fairplex dragstrip in Pomona, Calif., that includes a .74-mile purpose-built dirt race course. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day with practice and qualifying sessions followed by racing at noon.
Led by veteran Rob MacCachren, who like the teams’ five other drivers is from Las Vegas, leads the points in both the Pro-2 and Pro Buggy divisions of CORR after eight races. Menzies Motorsports will have an additional entry in Pro Buggy, two in Pro Lite and two in the Single Buggy class in Pomona. Additionally, the team’s new Pro 2 No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 will be on display and may even make its racing debut.
Menzies Motorsports’ Bryan Freeman leads the points in Single Buggy.
MacCachren, 43, the three-time AARWBA All-America Motorsports driver who has 67 career short course race wins (40 in the CORR Series), will drive in two classes to lead the six Las Vegas drivers into the popular short-course series.
He has three race wins, one second and one third in Pro-2 in the No. 21 Rockstar Ford F-150 and four wins and two seconds in Pro Buggy in the No. 921 BFG Tires Honda-powered AlumiCraft open-wheel desert race car.
The Menzies Motorsports lineup also includes fellow Southern Nevada desert racers Bryce Menzies, Bruce Fraley, Larry Job, Bryan Freeman and Brock Krahenbuhl in Chula Vista.
Qualifying for Saturday for Pro Buggy and Single Buggy will be held Friday afternoon, while the truck classes will qualify on Saturday morning. Qualifying for Sunday’s racing will be held Sunday morning.
“After three wins and eight podiums for Menzies Motorsports in the recent two races in Chula Vista, I think we are ready to come back and tackle Pomona again,” said MacCachren, who also is the second driver for the No. 1 Rockstar/Makita Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck in the SCORE Desert Series. “We had some weird things happen in Round 6 in Pomona with no first places for the only time so far this year but in four races in Pomona this season we have eight total wins, one second and two third place finishes which isn’t too shabby. As soon as Bryce (Menzies) is ready, we’ll even have another entry in Pro 2 to increase our possibilities even more. In racing, opportunities favor the prepared teams and I honestly believe that nobody is better prepared to race, both in terms of equipment, crews and drivers than Menzies Motorsports.”
Bryce Menzies, who will turn 21 on Aug. 21, is the son of team owner Steve Menzies. The 2007 CORR Rookie of the Year in Single Buggy (and season point champ), Menzies has moved up in class this year to Pro Lite and appears to have found his grove with a second and a first in Rounds 7 and 8 in Chula Vista (July 26-27) in his No. 7 Fox Shox Ford Ranger. He has jumped to 11th in Pro Lite points from 22nd despite having missed one race with an injury.
Menzies will be the driver of the new No. 7 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150 in Pro 2 when everyone agrees that both the driver and the truck are ready to take the green flag. The truck will be a sister truck to MacCachren’s No. 21 Rock Star Ford F-150, built by MacCachren’s crew chief, Dave Clark, at Clark’s race shop in Hemet, Calif.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how much I grew as a driver during the two Pro Lite races in Chula Vista,” said Menzies, “I’m still a rookie when it comes to driving a truck but I’m learning fast and nobody has better teachers than I do. I want to drive the new Pro 2 truck as soon as everyone agrees it’s time. And hopefully not one race too soon.”
Fraley, 44, a veteran desert racer and noted chassis builder, also races in Pro Lite, where he is ninth in points with a best finish of fifth in Round 5 in Pomona in the No. 12 MSD Ford Ranger. Like Bryce Menzies, Fraley is a rookie when it comes to competing in a race truck.
Job, 46, another veteran Southern Nevada desert racer, races in the Pro Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports in the No. 907 Mastercraft AlumiCraft-Honda. With a season-high third place finish in Rounds 7 in Chula Vista, Job has moved up to sixth in the Pro Buggy point standings.
Both Freeman and Krahenbuhl race in the Single Buggy division for Menzies Motorsports where Freeman, 28, has won seven of eight races this year and qualified first in seven and second in the other in the No. 307 Nevada Off-Road Buggy Fraley-VW to lead the points in his class.
Krahenbuhl, 27, has been very consistent this year and has three third places and two second places (Rounds 5 and 8) so far to stand in third place in the Single Buggy points in the No. 312 KMC Fraley-VW.
Rounds 9 and 10 of the CORR Series will both be televised nationally. A two-hour show from Round 9 is scheduled to air LIVE at 2 p.m. (PDT) Saturday, Aug. 16 on Speed TV and a one and one-half hour show from Round 10 is set to air at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday, Sept. 14 on NBC.
Menzies Motorsports is based out of a state-of-the-art 31,000-square foot race shop in southwest Las Vegas and the new team also has a test facility with a one-mile track southeast of Las Vegas which is laid out nearly identical to the course at the Las Vegas International Off-Road Raceway in Primm, Nev.
Owned by Las Vegas contractor Steve Menzies, the team is making a major impact despite being only in its second season overall and first year with more than two drivers.
Prominent Kroyer Racing Engines of Las Vegas builds the Ford truck engines and the Honda Pro Buggy motors for Menzies Motorsports while Southern California’s FAT Performance builds the VW Single Buggy engines.
The chassis for the two Pro Buggy race cars were built by John Cooley’s AlumiCraft of Santee, Calif. while the chassis for the two Single Buggy race cars were built in Las Vegas by Menzies Motorsports’ driver Bruce Fraley.
While the AlumiCraft vehicles, somewhat similar to Class 10 cars in the desert, are new this season, the Fraley cars, somewhat similar to Class 1-2/1600 cars in the desert, were built for last season and finished 1-2 in the season class point standings with Bryce Menzies and Fraley driving.
Menzies Motorsports: 2008 CORR Series
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