SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 46, November 17, 2011

Racing News: Kyle LeDuc Makes It Three of a Kind in Las Vegas

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  Kyle LeDuc in his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools truck.

Kyle LeDuc Makes it Three of a Kind in Front of a Full House in Las Vegas
Chaplain Steve Hanson offered a somber prayer for Rick and Jeff Huseman to open the ceremonies for the latest Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. The Husemans and their friend Danny Hicks died in a plane crash just three weeks prior to the race, taking away one of LeDuc Racing’s closest competitors on the track. Kevin Huseman led the Pro4 Unlimited field around the parade lap in the No. 36 truck to pay the final respect to his lost brothers.

When the racing started, Todd LeDuc was on the front row in the No. 4 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford with his brother Kyle on the second row. Kyle had qualified first in the No. 99 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools F-150 and was on the outside of row two after the inversion, while their father Curt was right behind them on the third row in his No. 43 Makita Power Tools/Truxxx Ford. Kyle and Todd ran 3–4 for the first half of the race, moving up to 2–3 in the field when Josh Merrell rolled his truck. However, Murrell was not the only one who rolled, and Curt was also on his lid halfway through the race, but he went on to finish once his truck was righted.

Up front, Kyle and Todd remained 2–3 in their ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools trucks until the last lap, when all the competitors upped the ante fighting for position. Kyle dove under Carl Renezeder on the second to last turn of the race to take his third straight Pro4 Unlimited win in front of a full house. Todd broke a tie rod and ended up back in seventh after hard contact from Greg Adler in Travis Coyne’s truck.

From the top of the podium, Kyle jumped straight into his No. 99 Pro Lite Unlimited truck with a fresh Esslinger Engineering engine that helped him qualify second. The wildest race of the day saw Kyle bicycle the truck several times, with the Toyo Tires managing to save him on most occasions. Kyle did end up on his lid once, putting his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink/Toyo Tires truck at the back of the pack, but he worked his way through the 19-truck field to finish sixth, passing two trucks on the final corner and setting the fast lap along the way.

In Pro4 Unlimited, Curt started on the pole on Sunday with Todd on the outside of row two and Kyle right behind him. Curt maintained the lead for the first few laps in the No. 43 Makita Power Tools/Truxxx Ford until a spectacular crash by Merrell brought out the yellow flag and bunched up the field. Curt let Kyle by but left the door open for Renezeder to pass as well. Curt remodeled the rear of Carl’s truck shortly before rolling on turn two, ending his day. On the last lap, Carl got his revenge for Kyle stealing the win on Saturday by putting Kyle on two wheels in turn two. The truck stalled and Kyle lost ground, but in less than a lap he managed to get back to second, narrowly beating his own brother.

The final race of the year is December 10 at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix and the Cup race is the following day.

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  Dirt Alliance and Icon Vehicle Dynamics are teaming up for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Dirt Alliance and Icon Vehicle Dynamics Team Up for the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
The Los Angeles Auto Show is one of the top automotive events worldwide, bringing together the latest new vehicles from auto manufacturers around the world. With no shortage of exotic vehicles, concept cars and stock rides, Dirt Alliance has ensured the dirty lifestyle is also represented by partnering with Icon Vehicle Dynamics to bring out several vehicles that are purpose-built for off-road, but still have mass appeal.

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