Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series RD 9 & 10Aug 4th - 5th, 2012 San Bernardino, Ca
These are the Different articles about Bradley Morris for Rounds 9 and 10 in Glen Helen.
Underrated Underdogs Make Their Presence Known in Round 9
Pro Lite Unlimited continued to electrify the compactly crowd at Glen Helen Raceway with a 18 lap race that nobody will ever forget. Just like the Pro 4 Unlimited race, the dark horse would be would keep the crown on their feet. Although Bradley Morris (the Pro Lite Unlimited dark horse) has danced around the podium in previous rounds, he was determined to finish on top once he saw clean air early on. As Morris lead the pack of 23 other pissed off Pro Lite Unlimited’s, series points leader RJ Anderson and fellow Monster Energy teammate Casey Currie would put last years champ (Brian Deegan) to the test. Early in the race, Supercross.com Pro Lite Unlimited of Matt Cook brought out the full course yellow flag with a lawn dart crash going into turn 2. This would bunch all 23 Pro Lite Unlimited’s back up and give Deegan a chance to make the move on Morris for the lead. After the restart, Deegan tried the veteran slide job on Morris but Morris would have nothing of it and returned the favor in the next turn and shuffles Deegan to the fourth place position. Approaching the competition caution, Morris would lead Casey Currie and RJ Anderson to the half way point. As racing resumed, the intensity was turned up and the pressure was put on young Bradley Morris. Showing his maturity and ability to keep calm under pressure, Morris would go on to take his first Pro Lite Unlimited win while Casey Currie was able to hold off Brian Deegan for the second spot on the podium. Round 9 was some of the best racing that the Pro Lite Unlimited class has seen in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. I know it’s a saying that gets used often but just when you think the bar couldn’t be raised, an unexpected challenger heats up the competition.
Race Dezert.com Saturday August 4 2012
The Dark Horse Isn’t So Dark Anymore
Just when we thought that Pro Lite Unlimited racing couldn’t get better than it did in Round 9 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Round 10 proved to be just as electrifying. The crowd was on the edge of their seat while series title contenders started at the front of the field, along with Round 9 winner Bradley Morris. Morris could continue right where he left off in Round 9 as he led the Pro Lite Unlimited field of 24 trucks to the green flag, gapping the rest of the field by a minimum of 6 truck lengths at any point in time. The Pro Lite Unlimited field would come to a halt when the red flag came out for Justin “Bean” Smith while he was upside-down in the truck tipping turn 2 of Glen Helen Raceway. When the field was reset it was: Deegan, Brandt, Anderson and George who would battle for every inch. Chad George would push the issue and stick an impressive pass on Chris Brandt and RJ Anderson, but with every high comes a low and George would put his Funco Traxxas on its lid in the infamous turn 2 to bring out a full course yellow. Three laps after the half way point, series points leader RJ Anderson would find himself catching a bad break and would go down with mechanical failure to the rear of his Monster Energy Walker Evans Racing Shocks Pro Lite Unlimited. Despite a bobble on the white flag lap, the young gun Bradley Morris would hold off last years champ Brian Deegan to take the win in Round 10. Brian Deegan and Casey Currie would round out the podium in an absolutely brutal round of racing.
Race-Dezert.com Sunday August 5 2012
Round 9 Thrills Under The Lights!
Pro Lite Unlimited
Young hotshoe Bradley Morris grabbed the early lead in the Pro Lite Unlimited race, and with 23 other drivers charging behind him, he had his work cut out for him as he tried to hold off an immense lineup. Brian Deegan ran second, with Justin "Bean" Smith third, Casey Currie fourth, and Chad George fifth. Smith slowed on the second lap, and pulled into the pits with a mechanical issue, moving Currie to third and RJ Anderson to fourth, with George still fifth. On lap four, Deegan started to close on Morris, and with a full course caution coming out after a rollover in turn two by Matt Cook, Deegan would get to take a shot at Morris on the restart. Deegan took full advantage of the restart lap, as he got inside of Morris and really forced him wide at the exit turn two, moving him up to first, if only just. However, Currie and Anderson then tried to get in the mix as well at turn three, and as they, Deegan, and Morris bumped and banged, Morris came out ahead, and re-assumed the lead in his #24 GoldStar Asphalt!/K&N Ford. At the Competition Yellow, Morris still led, with Currie in the #2 Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan, Anderson in the #37 Monster Energy/South Point Dodge, Deegan in the #38 Rockstar/Makita Ford, and Ryan Beat in the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group/eBay Motors Ford behind him in the top five.
On the restart lap, Sheldon Creed got into Beat a little bit as they came out of turn one, and Creed was then able to go by into turn two. Creed was up to fifth, but then spun and dropped back on the same lap, promoting George up to fifth once again in the #42 Discount Tire/Yokohama Ford. Deegan also moved up on the same lap, taking over third from Anderson, before a rollover by Todd Cunningham in turn two brought out another full course caution. Racing resumed briefly, only to be interrupted again by yet, this time for a rollover in turn two by Shannon Campbell. A green-white-checkers finish was then called for by race officials, and all drivers had their crosshairs fixed squarely on the back bumper of Morris. Fortunately for Morris, he possesses mental toughness well beyond his years, as he held off a stacked field to take his first ever win in this class- way to go Bradley! Second went to Currie, third to Deegan, fourth to Anderson, and fifth to Chris Brandt in the #82 BFGoodrich Tires/Livestrong Toyota.
Morris' win proves that Lucas Oil Off Road's ladder system is working, as he has risen from success in Modified Kart to success in Limited Buggy, and now to yet more success in Pro Lite Unlimited. Who knows where this young star's talent will carry him in the years to come?
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Fans Pack the House Again at Glen Helen
First out onto the full-length track was Limited Buggy, and once again, it was a big field of open wheel drivers who would take each other on. On the opening lap, there was a big pile-up in turn four that involved several drivers, including points leader John Fitzgerald, but although those drivers may not have liked where they ended up after the incident, they were at least all able to continue. Kevin McCullough had the lead after all the chaos, and was followed by Bradley Morris, Jordan Poole, Zac Hunt, and Kyle Quinn.
This running order remained the same for the first six laps, until a rollover by Grew Crew in turn two forced a full course caution. Crew was able to continue, and with officials deciding that the full course caution would also serve as the Competition Yellow, drivers were set to have an extra lengthy nine laps of green flag running to the checkered flag. On the restart lap, Fitzgerald (who'd already come back up to sixth) got down the inside of Quinn at turn two, and went by as the two raced down to turn three. Up front McCullough and Morris were really dicing for the lead, but another full course caution (brought out after Chad Graham spun and stalled out in turn five) forced them to ease up for a few moments.
On the restart, Poole slowed just after the start/finish line, and came to a stop, race over, up in turn two. This forced yet another full course caution, and also moved Hunt to third in the #334 Speed Energy/Bowden Development, Inc. Alumi Craft, Fitzgerald to fourth in the #314 BFGoodrich Tires/Simpson buggy, and Quinn to fifth in the #311 McKenzies/LAT Racing Oils machine. On the restart lap, Morris got alongside McCullough coming out of turn four, and out-braked the leader into turn five, moving himself into first place with just three laps to go. Two laps later, and Fitzgerald was now just ahead of Hunt as they approached turn three. Hunt hit Fitzgerald as the two braked for the corner, sending Fitzgerald sideways into the corner. Fitzgerald stayed upright, and got back going quick enough to maintain his third place, while Hunt suffered a left front suspension failure, ending his race. At the white flag, the running order was now Morris, McCullough, Fitzgerald, Quinn, and Lindsay Geiser in the #395 Canidae/Mickey Thompson Geiser up front. On the last lap, however, it was Dillon Ayers who made a forceful pass on Geiser to take over fifth in the final corner in his #398 Gear One/Fat Performance Lothringer. At the head of the field, Morris picked up the win in his #304 Lucas Oil/K&N Penhall, followed by McCullough in the #389 Gear One/Broken Cartel Geiser, Fitzgerald, Quinn, and Ayers.
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Pro Lite Unlimited
With the lights now fully illuminating the track, it was veteran Chris Brandt starting alongside young gun (and winner of last night's race) Bradley Morris in Pro Lite Unlimited. Morris moved into the lead early in his #24 GoldStar Asphalt!/Oakley Ford, followed by Brian Deegan in the #38 Rockstar/Makita Ford, Justin "Bean" Smith in the #19 Competitive Metals/Metal Mulisha Ford, Brandt in the #82 BFGoodrich Tires/National Concrete Cutting Toyota, and Matt Cook in the #55 Supercross.com/Loctite Toyota. Up front, the running order went unchanged for the opening three laps, before a rollover by Smith at turn two on lap four forced a full course yellow. That yellow turned into a red flag when a small fire broke out aboard the Smith machine, but with emergency crews quickly extinguishing the flames, Smith was able to continue at the tail of the field.
Once racing resumed, the running order was now Morris, Deegan, Brandt, RJ Anderson in the #37 Monster Energy/Polaris Dodge, and Chad George in the #42 Discount Tire/Yokohama Ford. Deegan tried to dive inside at turn two on the restart lap, but with Morris holding his preferred line, Deegan was unable to get past. On the next lap, Anderson got alongside Brandt as they entered turn four, where the two stuttered as they both tried for the same line through the corner. George was right there to take full advantage, as he got them both to jump from fifth to third in one corner, with Anderson then coming out ahead of Brandt for fourth. George's good fortune was short-lived, however, as he then rolled in turn two on the next lap, which brought out a full course caution just when the Competition Yellow was set to come out anyway. Under yellow, the running order was now Morris, Deegan, Anderson, Brandt, and Cook in the top five.
George was able to get re-fired and continue, and after green flag racing resumed, the running order up front remained the same for a few laps. On lap thirteen, big smoke then started coming out the back of Anderson's truck, and after finishing the race on seven cylinders last night, the points leader's luck went much worse here tonight. Anderson's pace was slowed to a crawl, as the rest of the pack roared past, with Brandt, Cook, and Casey Currie moving up to third, fourth, and fifth. At the head of the field, Morris was actually starting to pull away from Deegan now, which forced to Deegan to try and raise a little more pace from his machine. Further back, Cook then slowed on lap fifteen, pulling into the hot pits and out of the race. This moved Ryan Beat into fifth in the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group/Black Rhino Ford, while up in front, Deegan was now eating back into Morris' lead. On the final lap, it was a heartbreaking turn of events for Brandt, who suddenly pulled to a stop at the exit of turn two, as a mechanical failure ended a very strong charge when Brandt, running second in points, could've taken advantage of Anderson's misfortune. As the checkers came out, it was Morris who drove an immensely impressive race, with mental fortitude well beyond his years, to hold some of the best in the business. Morris led wire to wire to take the win and the sweep of the weekend, followed by Deegan (who finished with a flat tire- maybe this explains his loss of pace for a few laps earlier on?), Currie in the #2 Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan, Beat, and Doug Mittag in the #81 Supercross.com/Desert Ironwoods Resort Toyota
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