Metal Mulisha's bad boy Brian Deegan shares a laugh in the pits at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in California
Brian Deegan took first place in his class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series at Lake Elsinore, California
Metal Mulisha has its first professional truck racing victory at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in California
2008 CORR Rookie of the Year Todd Cuffaro competes for Metal Mulisha in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Metal Mulisha's Todd Cuffaro took second place in his class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Cuffaro and Deegan return to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series July 25-29 at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex in California
Deegan rocked his Metal Mulisha followers with a victory at Lake Elsinore, California. The X Games medalist bested Crandon Champion, Rodrigo Ampudia and CORR Champion Robert Naughton in his Rockstar/Metal Mulisha/BF Goodrich Tires sponsored flat black unlimited Ford truck.
Dirt, rock balls the size of fists and tiny boulders flew everywhere as the self proclaimed king of the Metal Mulisha battled Naughton, Ampudia and Marty Hart before taking the lead. Deegan never looked back and claimed the first professional truck racing victory for Metal Mulisha.
Deegan’s teammate Todd Cuffaro also took the podium with a 2nd place finish among a field of trucks at the KALGAARD Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex.
Cuffaro’s No.46 Nissan Rockstar Metal Mulisha truck was bumped and slammed in mosh pit style during the first lap and a half of competition. Cuffaro pushed back and worked his way toward the top spot. The leader had mechanical problems, and as Cuffaro pushed for the lead on the final lap, a yellow caution was waved. Officials ended the race on the final lap under the yellow caution and Cuffaro was not able to catch the lead racer. As a result, he finished in second place.
Cuffaro and Deegan both fought triple digit temperatures that reached 109 degrees on the short course dirt track. The heat was no big deal for these two tough guys. They have faced more serious problems in the past. Both have experienced a brush with death on two wheels in the past.
Cuffaro moved to off-road cars after breaking his back in a motorcycle crash during the Best in the Desert Tonopah 300 in 2002. Deegan crashed while performing a back flip, lost four pints of blood and a kidney. The duo both agreed that it was nice to have a roll cage in competition.
“I feel a lot safer in trucks,” said Deegan. “It’s a natural progression from dirt bikes to four wheels and a roll cage.”
“Brian and I are a good balance for each other,” said Cuffaro. “Brian brings a lot to the table with his name recognition and racing resume. I bring experience in off-road racing, along with prepping and maintaining trucks.”
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Cuffaro and Deegan return to the LOORRS Series at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Complex July 25-29.
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