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Strong Off Road Performance Results in Podium for Pilot Near Las Vegas, Nevada

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Short course dirt track action is full of excitement. It’s fast paced, full of drama and lots of fun for the drivers and the crowd. The inaugural season in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series started off at the Primm Valley Motorsports Complex near Las Vegas, Nevada in April.

Ricky James (center) captured victories in Rounds 11 and 12 of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Primm Valley Motorsports Complex near Las Vegas, Nevada
Ricky James (center) captured victories in Rounds 11 and 12 of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Primm Valley Motorsports Complex near Las Vegas, Nevada

Short course off road racing is on the agenda for SoCal SuperTrucks in the 2010 season
Short course off road racing is on the agenda for SoCal SuperTrucks in the 2010 season
The drivers, crews and spectators returned to the challenging track in Nevada in November to start closing out the year. The bone chilling wind in the desert did not stop K&N sponsored racer Ricky James. He dominated the competition in his SoCal SuperTrucks SuperLite and captured both victories in Rounds 11 and 12 of the LOORRS Series.
SoCal SuperTrucks piloted by Ricky James captured 5 out of 6 victories and one runner-up position this season
SoCal SuperTrucks piloted by Ricky James captured 5 out of 6 victories and one runner-up position this season

Ricky James is ready to capture a $20,000 purse in the Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in December
Ricky James is ready to capture a $20,000 purse in the Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in December

Friday’s qualifying session put James in 2nd position behind UTV Champion, Chad George. The track featured a demanding rhythm section which became somewhat of an obstacle for James throughout the weekend. "The rhythm section consists of double jumps," said Casey Coughlin, co-owner of SoCal Super Trucks. "You jump off of one and land on the backside of the next one. There were three pairs of double jumps in a row. They are really big and spread out so the smaller SuperLite trucks had trouble getting through them cleanly. Timing is critical and that is why it is called the rhythm section."

The truck also had a few issues, but the SoCal SuperTrucks crew worked late into the night to find the problems and fix them. They cleaned the carburetor and replaced the alternator and James was ready for battle.

On Saturday, James and George went ahead of the pack after the green flag. It looked as if it would be a fight to the finish until George became a casualty of the rhythm section and flipped his truck several times. The crash allowed James to finish the race uncontested and take the victory.

James completely dominated Sunday’s Bully Dog Super Lite Race after the second lap of racing. He spun out on the first lap which brought him back to 6th position, but quickly advanced to the lead on the second lap. James won by more than 10 seconds.

James started the LOORRS 2009 Season late. He was a newcomer to the sport of four- wheel off road racing, but captured five out of six victories this season and one runner-up position.

James was paralyzed from the chest down in a motocross racing accident in 2005. SoCal SuperTrucks outfitted the Super Lite race truck with hand controls that allow James to control the throttle, brake, clutch and shifting with his left hand. This allows him to steer with his right hand.

“We make progress every time we take the truck out,” said Coughlin. “There is a learning curve to short course racing and we’ve given Ricky a good solid truck and he’s getting great results. We also put the best products available on the truck. K&N is always on top of our list. K&N gives us excellent power and filtration and protects our engines. Without the help and support of K&N we would not be sitting on the podium.”

“I want to thank everyone who helped me win over the weekend,” said James. “These victories are a team effort.”

James will next race in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, December 11-12 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in Lake Elsinore, California. James will be competing for an early Christmas present with a $20,000 prize purse in the Super Lite Class.

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