Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Pro 2 Series' Stronghold Motorsports Takes Podium

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Jeremy McGrath on the Podium
Jeremy McGrath on the Podium.
When the 2011 season began, Southern California's Stronghold Motorsports knew they had multiple teams capable of competing for championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. They didn't know how long it would take for those teams to emerge as contenders. But at the season opening event in Chandler, Arizona, Strongholds two Pro 2 trucks made everyone take notice.
Stronghold Motorsports' Jeremy McGrath in Pro 2 truck
Stronghold Motorsports' Jeremy McGrath in Pro 2 truck

After struggling in Saturdays opening round, teammates Rob Naughton and Jeremy McGrath surged to the front of the pack and pulled away, giving Stronghold their first ever sweep in the Pro 2 class. "We made a gear and tire change that helped," said Naughton, who captured his first ever Pro 2 win. "But more than anything, the mental change I made as a driver helped me really push the truck to its limit and maximize its potential."

Naughton ran his fastest lap time on the 19th circuit. It was a 20 lap race. The 2010 Pro 2 Rookie of the Year said the win has already given the team confidence it can win the championship. "We expect to continue to race up front and win races. It was awesome for the entire team. They put in a ton of work, and to have both trucks podium was very special and the best way for us as drivers to say ‘thank you' to our crew."
Rob Naughton getting some air in his Pro 2 truck.
Rob Naughton getting some air in his Pro 2 truck.

McGrath, the 7-time AMA Supercross Champion, and the man responsible for putting Supercross on the map in the U.S.A., was happy to bring home the second place trophy in his debut weekend with Stronghold. "I didn't have a great starting position so I had to fight my way to second. Once I got there, me and Rob battled really close. I was able to get side-by-side with him, but I couldn't make it stick. I'm just happy we were first and second on the podium. The team deserved it."

McGrath was approached by Scott Bailey to drive Stronghold's Pro 4 truck in 2010. The opportunity arose for the two-wheel superstar to move into the team's second Pro 2 truck, and McGrath saw an opportunity to form the best team in the division. So far, the move has paid off, but McGrath knows they still have work to do.
Rob Naughton on the Podium with his first ever Pro 2 Win.
Rob Naughton on the Podium with his first ever Pro 2 Win.

"We only have two rounds of racing under this new truck, and I'm seeing a lot of these tracks for the first time, so I know the learning curve is going to be steep. I know we have the package to get a championship, but the talent in the field is unbelievable."

Naughton added "I know I can win every race, but with guys like (Brian) Deegan and Jeremy, it's going to be difficult to stay on top."

Both drivers applauded K&N's industry leading filters for keeping their motors working at optimum levels.

"K&N obviously makes the best filter on the market. When you are racing 900 horsepower motors that are the best money can buy, using any other filter is just not an option," Naughton said.

McGrath added "Our Roush Fenway motors make amazing horsepower and are running through dirt and rocks while flying through the air at more than 80 miles an hour. I don't think there are any harsher conditions in racing, and because of that, K&N is the only brand of filters this team will ever use."

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