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Stronghold Motorsports Led by Jeremy McGrath Claim 3 LOORRS Podiums in Vegas

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For McGrath the definitive poster-boy of Supercross, getting his first Pro 2 win of 2011 was particularly sweet.
For McGrath the definitive poster-boy of Supercross, getting his first Pro 2 win of 2011 was particularly sweet.
Whatever degree of chill the cool desert air cast upon fans braving rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the heated action on the track quickly dispelled. Stronghold Motorsports led by seven-time Supercross champion, Jeremy McGrath's wire-to-wire Pro 2 win, highlighted the weekend of racing for the team, which included three podiums when the final checkered waved. K&N News spoke with Stronghold Motorsports Managing Partner, Scott Bailey to get his take on how things went and how 2011 is unfolding for the team overall.
Jeremy McGrath is getting familiar with the LOORRS tracks and his new truck, and he proved it by winning flag-to-flag in round 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Jeremy McGrath is getting familiar with the LOORRS tracks and his new truck, and he proved it by winning flag-to-flag in round 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


You covered every tier of the podium, what was the overall team consensus after the weekend, and how are you currently positioned for championship points with only one points earning round remaining?
"We have had some successes in the Pro 2 category including Rob Naughton and Jeremy taking first and second place on the podium in two separate rounds. Between them, we have captured a total of 10 podiums in 14 Rounds; four of those being wins. In short course racing, there is a great deal of contact on the racetrack, and that can take its toll on challenging for the championship. The racing is a 20-lap off road slugfest and even when you do your best to stay out of trouble, sometimes, it finds you. Right now, Jeremy and Rob are sitting in fourth and fifth place in a very deep field. Cameron Steele has been very impressive in his first season behind the wheel of the ProLite and he is sitting in third in the points chase. With one more points earning round left in the championship, we are headed to Firebird Raceway looking for a solid finish."
Stronghold Motorsports' Brandon Bailey will be racing his Pro Buggy in the upcoming Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird Raceway.
Stronghold Motorsports' Brandon Bailey will be racing his Pro Buggy in the upcoming Lucas Oil Challenge Cup at Firebird Raceway.


Jeremy got his first win in a big way, what's his take on winning in such a convincing manner, and is it safe to assume he's got his truck dialed in?
"We were in a great position to start on the pole with the No. 2 and Jeremy capitalized on that by running a flawless race from flag-to-flag. He shot off like a rocket and never looked back. It was a great race and a wonderful victory for the entire team. He has said that he likes the Vegas track and has always been fast there. He put it all together for that race. At the beginning of the season, Dave Clark, Jimmy Davidson and the crew built a brand new truck in house for Jeremy with a Roush power plant. Of course, it has taken some time for him to get comfortable in the truck, while at the same time Jeremy was seeing some of these tracks for the first time. But throughout the season, both he and Rob have been among the frontrunners, and we've had some great results."
K&N sponsored Rob Naughton has three wins and five total podiums for 2011 so far.
K&N sponsored Rob Naughton has three wins and five total podiums for 2011 so far.
Rob Naughton proves that LOORRS racers are indeed ironmen.
Rob Naughton proves that LOORRS racers are indeed ironmen.


Rob Naughton had another strong showing, what's his perspective on round 14?
"In just his second season, Rob has entrenched himself among the elite in the Pro 2 class. He has driven some very strong races and has developed into a very clean driver. When he's in his zone, he hits his marks, and is very consistent. He came out with a win early in the season and he has since backed that up with two more wins and five trips to the podium. He continues to develop as a driver and his second place in Round 14 is a reflection of the hard work put in by both Rob and his crew chief, Nick Griner."
With a very impressive first season racing Pro Lites Cameron Steele currently holds third place for series points.
With a very impressive first season racing Pro Lites Cameron Steele currently holds third place for series points.


How is the team's confidence with the momentum they've gathered heading into Firebird Raceway?
"We are looking forward to an exciting weekend at Firebird to end the season strong. Along with the last round of racing, we're going to be contending for the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup. Rob and Jeremy will be going up against the Pro 2 (2wd 900HP) and Pro4 ( 4wd 900 HP) field, while Brandon Bailey (Pro Buggy) and Cameron Steele (Pro Lites) will be squaring off with the Pro Lites and Pro Buggy classes on the same track. Stronghold Motorsports has done very well in these winner take all cup races in the past and we believe that we will have a strong showing in December."

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