Brian Deegan - 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series round 1 & 2

March 23, 2011 10:20am
TEMECULA, Calif. — “The General” Brian Deegan started the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with a strong weekend. The 2010 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year leads the field in points after the first two rounds in the Pro 2 Unlimited Class.

Brian began Saturday with an assertive win in round one of the Pro Lite Unlimited class at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. Deegan held the lead throughout the race with Brandt and Stephensen battling for second and third respectively.

Saturday’s Pro 2 Unlimited class was more of a battle, Deegan got into it with MacCachren on the last lap as they came together when Deegan made the pass three turns from the finish line.  In the next turn Deegan’s truck was hit from the rear by MacCachren, causing Deegan’s truck to spin out.  Deegan ultimately took his truck to the finish line in the fifth spot.

After the race, MacCachren was given a black flag penalty for his collision with Deegan in turn four, costing him a 1 lap penalty.

“It was an exciting race for me to be battling with a guy like MacCachren. its too bad how the day ended up, but things should be all good between us moving forward," said Deegan.

Sunday’s Pro Lite Unlimited race started off strong for Deegan who shot off the start and led early on until he had some mechanical problems causing him to drop off the pace and nurse the truck home for an 11th place finish.

Later that day in the Pro 2 Unlimited Race Deegan took the early lead of the start ahead of Saturday’s winner Bryce Menzie. Deegan led the first 17 laps this time only to suffer handling problems the last 3 laps.  Deegan managed to secure a 3rd place finish and his first podium appearance in just his third career race in the Pro 2 class. For the weekend, Deegan led the most laps on Saturday and Sunday of all the drivers totaling 26 laps

"We came in on Saturday and started the season off completely dominant in the Pro Lite, setting the pace, and winning by a large margin,” said Deegan after the weekend.  “On Sunday I was on my way to do the same thing, and had some technical problems with the truck.  In the end, I chose to get the truck around the track to savage points, with the end goal being the championship."

On March 19th Deegan announced he would donate his winnings from the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, “In the end we were able to raise funds for the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, it was a positive weekend,” said Deegan.