Talk about starting off on the right foot. Casey Currie blasted out of the gates at this year's Lucas Oil Off-Road season opener at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona this past April. After a shaky Saturday, Casey earned his podium finish, taking home 3rd place on Sunday in the Pro Lite class. The win on Sunday prepared Currie for a clear shot at the championship, amping up Casey and team for plenty more wins this season.
Once the green flag dropped it was an all-out mud storm but we made it through to position 3.
The win on Sunday was par for the course, as Currie is no stranger to winning, having clinched the 2010 Pro Light Championship and World Championship in Crandon, Wisconsin that same year. The third-generation motorcycle racer turned to racing in LOORRS and TORC after participating in Score, BITD, MDR, and CORR since he was 21 years old.
We lost this race by .5 of a second so it was an extremely tight battle.
Qualifying 10th on Friday in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan, Casey entered a huge field of Pro Lites on Saturday. Despite the popular class, he worked his way through the field to 3rd place. His finish however, wouldn't be achieved unscathed. After some wheel-to-wheel rubbing with a fellow driver on Saturday, Casey's truck was unable to continue, landing the team their first DNF of the season.
"First round of the year started out awesome and went down hill fast," explained Casey after Saturday's race. "We started 10th and moved quickly to 3rd with some great battles in between, but when wheel-to-wheel contact was made, a belt was spit off the truck, causing the engine to die, and ending our race. Sometimes accidents happen; now we're all about shifting our focus to gathering our points back tomorrow in round 2."
Thankfully, Sunday proved more fortuitous as Casey's driving landed him 1st place qualifier early in that day. Due to the top 6 starting inversion, Casey was placed to start in 6th position, providing the young racer an advantage. Currie moved quickly through the slower qualifiers to gain ground up the field. Currie caught up with Chris Brandt and RJ Anderson - giving the fans one heck of a show - as an extremely close finish came down to the wire, resulting in Casey taking 3rd in the Pro Lite class.
"Today was such a rewarding day for the team," commented Currie. "We qualified on the pole, and set the fastest lap. Once the green flag dropped it was an all-out mud storm but we made it through to position 3. With 3 laps remaining, everything else faded away and the track was in clear focus-my truck then really came alive."
The nail-bitingly-close finish that earned Currie his first podium of the season left the team in good spirits. "To finish 3rd isn't ideal but being on the box is amazing," Currie explained. "We lost this race by .5 of a second so it was an extremely tight battle."
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