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Brian Deegan Takes First in LOORS Pro-Lite at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Arizona

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The third place finish at Speedworld Off-Road was Deegan's second podium appearance in just four career races in the Pro-2 class.
The third place finish at Speedworld Off-Road was Deegan's second podium appearance in just four career races in the Pro-2 class.
Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise, Arizona hosted rounds three and four of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series (LOORS) and Brian Deegan, the 2010 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year, continued to roll on with his stellar run in the 2011 series.
The K&N sponsored Deegan currently is holding firm to second place in the points in both the Pro-Lite and Pro-2 classes.
The K&N sponsored Deegan currently is holding firm to second place in the points in both the Pro-Lite and Pro-2 classes.


Deegan told K&N Race News, "Rounds three and four were intense. In the Pro-Lite series I fought hard for the lead on Saturday and ended up in second. On Sunday I went for it, and went all out. I led the race to a very exciting finish - it was a real battle to the end."

In Saturday's Pro-Lite race Deegan put up a valiant effort for the win in his No. 38 Ford Rockstar truck, yet in the end had to settle for second. But in the Pro-Lite on Sunday, Deegan grabbed the lead on the first lap, and immediately pulled away from the pack. After a mandatory caution a closing Chris Brandt threw a hook on Deegan's bumper refusing to let go. Deegan held on to the top spot though, clinching first in a nail-biter finish.

In Saturday's Pro-2 Race, Deegan, who started in 11th position, put together a remarkable effort, moving up through the field to finish in third before time ran out. The third place finish is Deegan's second podium appearance in just four career races in the Pro-2 class.
In a magnanimous move, Deegan offered his Pro-2 winnings to the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Chaplin.
In a magnanimous move, Deegan offered his Pro-2 winnings to the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Chaplin.


Technical problems in qualifying placed Deegan in the back of the pack again for Sunday's Pro-2 Class main event. The K&N sponsored driver battled the field moving up to 7th position until the first of two mandatory cautions were issued. After a major pile-up caused Deegan to move back, he ultimately took his truck to the finish line in the ninth spot.

"It was a tough weekend for the Pro-2 races," Deegan said. "I had problems in qualifying and had to come from behind. In the end, I was able to salvage important points and stay in the hunt for the championship in both classes. All around, it was an intense weekend and props go out to my team who worked really hard to keep us in the championship. I am currently second in the points in both classes and I feel like I am in a good position. I have a strong chance of winning both titles this year."

Deegan explained that the biggest challenge for him between the two classes is the different lines on the track, as each class is so totally dissimilar to the other. Another aspect of racing two classes that's not addressed enough is the fitness factor required to do so.

"I train at the gym three to four days a week and I ride motocross two days a week," continued Deegan. "I also try to go to the gym to do cardio, or to the MMA gym and train with the Mulisha Fighters. I'm always training and that is how I have been since I was a little kid. Diet has also become important. I am very careful about my diet and eat organic whenever possible. Plus, with having one kidney, I need to make sure I am always properly hydrated."

The motocross legend and founder of Metal Mulisha is often dealt the "Bad boy" card, and one has to suspect that Deegan cultivates that image to his advantage, but there's another facet to this multidimensional racer that's not often on display. Deegan recently offered to donate his Pro-2 winnings to the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Chaplin.

Deegan's comments were, "I found out that the Chaplin pays his own way to come to the races and I feel it's a good thing that he is there to show his support. I felt it was the right thing to do."

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