Casey Currie Runs Fast and Hard at King of the Hammers
CORONA, California (Feb 9, 2016) – Casey was setting his sights on bringing Jeeps to the 2016 event that would shake up the ranks and put him at the top of his class. His 2-door stock Jeep ran the Everyman Challenge impressively and his King of the Hammers main event Jeep was fast and ready to take on what this year’s course had to offer. Casey was running fast in the main event, making it up to third until heartbreak happened and he had to call his day with only 60 miles left in the course. Even so, Casey’s presence was felt around Hammertown all week and 2017 is in his sights.
On Tuesday, Casey hit the Power Hour qualifying field which was set to be more brutal than the years past. Many rolled or broke components trying to the waterfall, but Casey knew his Jeep was strong and ready for the challenge. Knowing what his Jeep was capable of, Casey conquered the qualifying course in lighting fast time – 5th fastest out of the qualifiers.
When asked how the week was going Casey had these comments, “We are feeling great out here. I have a great Jeep for the main event and my Everyman Challenge Stock 2-Door Jeep is really getting a lot of attention. Spectators and fans are really excited to see how a stock Jeep with bolt-on parts is going to do in such a challenging race. Also, it is great to see so many of my sponsors and partners here supporting this race. Monster, KMC, BFG, Axial, Warn, Dana Spicer, Rigid, Magnaflow, LeadNav and so many others are out here in force. This race keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. This is now the Burning Man of off road racing.”
Thursday’s Smittybuilt Everyman Challenge race started off well for Casey. With lap 1 completed, Casey was running strong in his Ultimate Dana 60 sponsred Stock Class Jeep. He made it to his pit where two more of his team members jumped in the Jeep to help him finish out the race. Unfortunately, on one of the obstacles coming out of Wrecking Ball, snagged his rear shock and nearly tore it in two. Even though the Currie Team’s day was over early, the impact of running the stock Jeep was reverberating through the social media channels. Even Casey said, “I was thrilled with how well this Jeep performed. It just shows you how tough the vehicles are and even with only bolt-on parts, you can go out and run one of the most challenging races in the world.”
The King of the Hammers main event on Friday started off great with Casey running right up at the front of the pack with two laps completed. He had one of the fasted times up the extremely difficult Back Door trail and to the cheers of the crowds lining the mountain walls, kept rolling through each obstacle with ease. Getting into the third lap, Currie’s Ultra4 Jeep was still running strong and fast. No major issues still had him running in the top three with only 60 miles left to go, but as racing would have it, that is when he hit a rock that ended his day prematurely with his trailing arm, shock shafts, and drive shaft all broken. Still, Casey’s race showed that he has the vehicle, experience and ability to master one of the most challenging off road races in the world.
When he got back to his pit, Casey stated, “Of course, we are disappointed. We had such a great Jeep all day, so when something like this happens only miles from the finish and being in the top 3, it stings. But that is racing and each year you show up here, you know that this can happen. It just gets me more excited for next year’s race. I have finished second twice before, and this year we were so close…next year, we will show up with another great Jeep and keep pushing hard for the win.”
CORONA, California (December 8, 2015) – Casey Currie is officially the newest member of the KMC Wheels team. Casey’s popularity in multiple racing series and Jeep lifestyle activities is a natural fit for the wide range of KMC Wheel products. As two leaders in the industry, KMC and Casey’s partnership will prove successful throughout all they do.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the KMC team,” said Casey Currie. “KMC is so dedicated to producing a top-pf-the-line product – I now get to show how well they perform and so many different applications. From Moab, to short course, to King of the Hammers and Baja, this is a great partnership that is going to be very effective.”
KMC and Casey Currie are dedicated to the advancement of the off-road industry. Together they will produce head-turning Jeep builds and race-winning vehicles. Casey is one of the young, up-and-coming, voices of the industry and KMC is committed to supporting him as he goes after ever loftier goals and opportunities.
Casey Currie Perseveres through the Battlefield at Wild West Motorsports Park
CORONA, California (Aug 24, 2015) – Casey and the #2 truck were headed back to Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV for Rounds 13 & 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS). In the hunt for the championship, Casey knew he needed two strong, consistent and clean finishes, which was exactly what he delivered. Though the races turned into a battlefield, Currie was able to keep out of most of the carnage and come home with two big points finishes, notching him up in the points standings.
Through the practices and qualifying, Casey knew that the races were going to be a fight to the end. So, it wasn’t surprising that he jumped up two positions in the first lap of the race to get as far away from the pack as possible. He held that position and raced flawlessly until there was a flag on lap 10 that caused the field to bunch back up again. He had a great jump on the restart until the truck in front of him didn’t go which forced Currie to lift to avoid a serious crash. He was able to get back some positions the were lost due to the restart, and in the end finished with an intact truck and significant championship points.
After the Saturday race, Casey commented, “It was brutal out there…but we came home with a good points finish and a truck that is ready to go for tomorrow. That is the main thing. We have to play this smart so we don’t use up the truck in one race. Tomorrow we have a great truck and will be charging for the top.”
Sunday’s Round 14 race was going to be challenging, but with the #2 truck on rails, Casey was able to make his way through the field with ease. With several cautions, the Pro Lite field stayed bunched up and there was intense door-to-door racing, but Currie’s experience and focus kept him charging to the front. He was able to avoid the rollovers and carnage and managed to put down some of the fastest lap times of the race. Currie came home again with a gain in points and a truck that is ready to put down more fast laps in Las Vegas in September.
Casey Currie Sets the Pace and Podiums
at the Inaugural Lucas Oil Off Road Short Course Race in Baja
CORONA, California (Aug 3, 2015) – It was the inaugural, international weekend for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico, and Casey’s experience racing on the beaches of Baja proved to be invaluable. The track for rounds 11 and 12 was unlike any other the Lucas series has put together – a more technical track, with a taste of the desert Baja races Casey is so familiar with and skilled at running. Brining home another top 5 finish on Saturday, and getting a podium finish while setting the fastest lap time on Sunday, have Kept Currie in the hunt for the 2015 championship.
Friday was the first time any team had a chance to get on the brand new track at Estero Beach Resort and Casey was ready to hit the Ensenada sand. After four practice sessions, Casey had a great idea of just how technical and treacherous the track was but, being experienced in many types of racing in various terrains, he was able to get his truck set up perfectly for this unique track.
Catching up to Casey on Friday, he stated, “I love this track! It is technical, it is totally different than any other we run on. All of us drivers are going to really have to focus and be on our A-game to make it through to the end. I am confident that my team has given me the best truck for this weekend and I am confident that I can go out there and bring home top finishes that will keep me moving forward in the championship points. No matter what, it is going to be a great weekend of racing that the fans of Baja are going to love!”
Casey qualified in the top 5 on Saturday and a good thing too as it was a race filled with incidents. Casey’s experience kept him clear of the multiple wrecks that took out several trucks from the field, while keeping him on pace to come home with a top 5 finish. Casey commented, “It was brutal out there, but my truck was dialed in and I was able to keep it in one piece. Coming home with another top 5 finish keeps us right up there for the championship. I can’t wait to get back out there for tomorrow’s race.”
Sunday Currie hit the ground running and qualified third. The Round 12 race was a fast one as there were no caution flags thrown. Casey’s truck was dialed in and in lap 8 he laid down the fastest lap of the race. The Baja fans were cheering wildly as he and Jerrett Brooks raced each other hard for a podium finish. In the end it was Currie who came out on top and finished third. He said, “It feels great to be back on the podium and awesome to have the Optima Batteries’ Fast Lap. We are really catching our stride here and making great improvements to keep us in championship contention. Also being able to run here in Ensenada to a packed, standing-room-only crowd is exhilarating! The people of Baja love off-road and to be able to bring what we do to them is an honor.”
Casey’s finding his rhythm as he enters the final three race weekends of the 2015 season. Next up for Currie is LOORRS Rounds 13 & 14 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. In 2014 he took second place at this track, and with momentum behind him, he will be showing up with his truck set-up to put down fast laps and get back on the podium.
Casey Currie Soars and is Fastest at Glen Helen
CORONA, California (July 19, 2015) – It was a short but fast weekend for Casey Currie at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Glen Helen. After a successful practice on Friday, rare thunderstorms came through the San Bernadino Foothills, postponing Round 9 until Sunday morning and Round 10 had to be rescheduled to the Lake Elsinore event at the end of the season. But even with the track drastically changing with all the rain, Casey had another strong points weekend and put down the fastest lap time of the Pro Lite class.
Friday’s practice allowed Casey’s team to make all the right final modifications to give Casey the best truck for Saturday’s race. But that night, the storms started coming through and it resulted in all of the remaining practice and qualifying sessions to get cancelled. Though Casey was ready to put down fast qualifying laps, the LOORRS officials decided to line the Pro Lite trucks up by their points standings to start the race. However, the weather would continue to not cooperate and Saturday’s race was postponed until Sunday morning.
The Round 9 race on Sunday morning went off without a hitch and Casey was soaring over the competition. This was the largest field that had started a Pro Lite race, so there were several cautions that bunched the trucks back together. Ultimately, Casey found the fast line and put down a lightening-fast lap. Keeping his consistently good finishes and fast times, Casey was looking forward to Sunday nights Round 10. But once again the weather was not in the racers’ favor. More thunderstorms arrived and the LOORRS officials called the Sunday night race, with it to be rescheduled later on in the season.
“It is disappointing when you have such a fast truck ready to go, but we were able to get one race in this weekend and we are still gaining ground in the Championship points. Between the rain, and the largest starting grid for Pro Lite this season, it was a warzone out there, but my team gave me a great truck and it is awesome to be the fastest one out there,” said Currie about the weekend’s events.
Next on Casey’s race schedule is the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rounds 11 & 12 in Estero Beach, Mexico. This is a brand new track and event this season. With a significant following in Mexico, Casey is sure to have a lot of people cheering him onto victory.
Casey Currie Keeping Up the Heat in Utah
CORONA, California (June 22, 2015) – Coming off of a big weekend in Lake Elsinore Casey Currie headed to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for Rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS). The points race is tight in the largest class of short-course off road trucks, and Casey is right at the top. After the rounds at Utah, Casey has continued to put up strong number keeping him right in line for the championship.
Racing on a very technical and difficult track, Casey was able to keep up with the pace and turn in two top ten finishes. In Saturdays' race, Currie was able to turn in a solid finish and keep the truck out of any accidents. On Sunday, Currie got tangled up early on in the race, but found a way to make several difficult passes around the tight turns and narrow straights of the track.
"Well, it wasn't exactly the sort of weekend we were looking for, but ultimately we are still putting up strong points and are in the hunt for the championship. There is a lot of talent in this class, and to be in the top 5 in points half way through the season puts the Currie Racing team in a great spot to make a push for the championship," said Casey.
Continuing to turn in consistent results has put Casey in a great position to contend for the championship in the second half of the 2015 season. With a truck that has stayed out of major wrecks and a team that can make the proper adjustments, Casey is ready to get on the podium and make his mark on the largest Pro class in short-course.
Casey Currie Conquers Baja
CORONA, California (June 8, 2015) – Casey Currie knew that committing to running the Baja 500 was going to be more than a challenging race, it was going to be an experience of a lifetime. He and his co-driver, his uncle, John Currie, had set a goal to finish the race and did coming across the line 18th in the Trophy Truck class. Ultimately, Casey, and his crew accomplished what they set out to accomplish and created one of the best memories in his racing career.
For this Baja 500 experience, Casey started it off by pre-running to get familiar with the Baja terrain weeks before the actual race. They took their Currie Equipped Jeeps and added the new K02 Bfgoodrich tires to be able to handle all they encountered on their runs. Casey, his father (Ray Currie), uncle (John Currie), and Savvy Off-Road owner, Gerald Lee, took the Jeeps down to Baja and pre-ran the complete course, doing over 1500 miles in the dirt. They started in Ensenada, then travelled down to San Felipe for the night, then finished off the course ending back in Ensenada. Having no problems with the Jeeps and perfect weather, they were all excited to get to Baja back for the race in June.
When race week arrived, Casey and his team started it off with 3 days of more pre-running before qualifying. Casey’s plan for qualifying was to run cleanly – not make any mistakes and not push the too hard where they cause damage to it. Thursday, in their qualifying run, they ended up qualifying 20th out of 30 Trophy Trucks. Tech and contingency was Friday and wow what an experience! Casey had never seen so many people at a race…and the energy from all the fans was exhilarating. They handed out over a 1000 posters and over a 1000 stickers at contingency/tech alone.
On race day the green flag dropped at 10:20 am for Casey and John and they had a smooth run for the first 140 miles. Then at race mile 140 Casey’s uncle John got in the Jeep and drove it brilliantly to 300. Through this second section, they had lost some time making some suspension repairs due to the huge whoops. Casey got back in the Jeep at mile marker 300 and drove it to the finish, crossing the line around 11PM.
Casey Currie’s Trophy Truck was the first to finish with a straight axle front suspension in over 10 years. He and John finished 18th in one of the toughest classes in the sport. They proved to themselves and to the race community that they can succeed in this grueling race – they look forward to coming back for next year’s Baja 500 and achieving an even better result in a new Jeep.
Casey Currie Running in the 2015 Baja 500 Trophy Truck Class
CORONA, California (May 11, 2015) – Casey Currie's King of the Hammers straight axle Jeep performed so well this year, that he has decided to run it at the premier 2015 SCORE Baja 500 race in June. This marks the first time Casey will be racing in the Trophy Truck class.
Casey will be racing with his uncle, John Currie, who has competed and won many championships and races. They will be splitting the driving duties and as a team, John and Casey the technical know-how and the racing acumen to face the challenge the SCORE Baja 500 has.
When asked about having his uncle as his co-driver, he commented "I am excited to have my Uncle drive part of the race. We have spent a lot of time together testing and building the vehicle. He understands the race Jeep as well as me and I feel he can help bring the Jeep home safe to the finish."
As one of the premier Baja races, the Baja 500 is more than running full speed through the desert – it is about finding the balance between driving finesse, vehicle power, and raw speed. Casey will have to contend with a nearly 500-mile course through silt, beaches, salt rocks, mountainous terrain and high-speed turns. All of which will test Casey and the vehicle to the limit.
Casey is excited about breaking into the prestigious SCORE Trophy Truck class. "This is my first time racing in the trophy truck class at the Baja 500. I am very excited to be bringing down our Race Jeep to Mexico. I absolutely love it down here and can't wait to start pre running. Our plan is to finish, to set a pace that will not damage the car and get us to the finish line without down time. This Jeep is a straight axle Jeep coming straight from the Hammers and the last time that has happened was in 1997 with Curt Leduc when he won the championship."
Casey's Baja 500 vehicle would not have been possible without the huge amount of support from Monster Energy, BFGoodrich Tires, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, and Rigid Industries. They stepped up big to help Casey realize this dream. In addition, the continued loyal support by all of Casey's other sponsors allows him to continue to run and make possible all his accomplishments. In Casey's words, "Without my sponsors I wouldn't be able to do what I do. It is because of them that I can achieve all this. Thank you – I am so fortunate to work with each of them."
Casey Currie Consistently Fast in Phoenix and Turns in a Top 5 Performance
CORONA, California (April 27, 2015) – With the Lucas Oil Off Road Series Rounds 1 & 2 completed, Casey was looking to have a consistent performance in Rounds 3 and 4 to keep his upward momentum going. And he did just that. Fast in practice on Thursday and in qualifying on Saturday, he turned in great race performances and is sitting in the top 5 in the largest class in all of short course.
Thursday's practice sessions were a showing of how well Casey was prepared for the weekend. He turned in some of the fastest times of the day and was looking dialed in for Friday's race.
With no practice or qualifying due to rain, the Pro-Lite class started in order of points putting Casey in 5th. The track was very wet and with the largest racing class in all of short course, there was a lot of carnage for Casey to drive through. But he turned out another solid race and was ready for Saturday.
"There was a lot of trucks out there, some more experienced than others…and with the track as wet as it was, there was a lot to get around. Overall, I think we had another solid race without much damage to the truck and I am expecting an even better performance on Saturday," said Casey after Friday's race.
Qualifying on Saturday confirmed that Casey had a contender by qualifying on 0.7 seconds behind the fastest truck. He was looking to maintain that upward trajectory and have a top 5 finish. And once again with a full field of trucks, Casey drove through the crowd and finished 4th.
Casey commented that, "My goal was to have another top 5 finish weekend and we accomplished just that. I am ranked 5th in the largest class of trucks in ALL of short course. This year is about being consistently good…keeping our momentum strong throughout the year and staying at the top. With such a strong team and truck we are looking good."
The next race will be at Currie's home track, Lake Elsinore, and Casey is looking to put in another consistently fast weekend at the LOORRS Rounds 5 & 6 on May 30 and 31, 2015.
Casey Currie Dialed in at Lake Elsinore and
Ready for Rounds 3 & 4 in Phoenix
CORONA, California (March 22, 2015) – The 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) officially began in Lake Elsinore on March 20 and Casey Currie had a solid start to the season. Finishing 9th and 5th, Casey goes into Rounds 3 and 4 in Phoenix with a strong points foundation and a dialed-in truck.
In the off-season Casey installed a new suspension on the truck, which takes time to perfect. Currie qualified 16th, but with a few more modifications before the race on Friday, Casey was able to drive through the field and finish 9th.
After Friday’s Round 1, Casey commented, “Getting the truck dialed in with the new suspension was a lot of work. We did lots of testing but with the prepped track it took some time get back on top of our game. We had a smooth race starting on the 8th row and passing half the field finishing 9th.”
Saturday started much better with a front line qualification position for Casey. He ran a strong race Saturday night until a scuffle in a restart towards the end of the race left Casey with his hood blocking his line of sight. Casey was still able to re-take some positions and finished a respectable 5th.
“Qualifying in the 2nd spot, we felt our groove was back. We ran 2nd all the way till 2 laps to go and a late caution meant chaos going into turn 1 and 2. This time I was smashed into putting my hood in my face and making it tough to drive. We finished a solid 5th and will move on to Phoenix with a dialed truck," said Currie.
Now Currie moves onto Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix for the LOORRS Rounds 3 & 4 on April 24 and 25, 2015 with a perfected truck and hungry for the win.
Currie Sets the Pace on a Rain-Shortened Weekend in Las Vegas
Extra day of racing added to the final weekend of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Lake Elsinore
Corona, Calif. (September 21, 2014) – Casey Currie ventured to the bright lights of Las Vegas for what was supposed to be Rounds 13 & 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series. Once again Casey’s truck was dialed in, setting Friday’s fastest qualifying time in the Pro-Lite group. Round 13 on Friday had many cautions and crashes bringing Casey home with a fourth place finish. Though ready for Saturday, it was not to be, as Saturday’s race was rained out and postponed until the Lake Elsinore event, where an extra day of racing will be added on Thursday.
The first night in Las Vegas, Casey Currie and other Lucas Oil Off Road Racing drivers traveled to Fremont Street with their trucks for a special public meet-and-greet. As usual, Casey was a crowd favorite. Always happy to meet his supporters, Casey signed autographs and took pictures with adoring fans.
In the practice sessions, Casey was setting the pace and turning some of the fastest laps of the Pro-Lites. Friday’s qualifying session was no different -- he took the top qualifier position. Running well and feeling confident, he was ready to take top spot under the lights at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.
For the race, they inverted the top four, putting Casey in the second row outside. It was looking like it was going to be another big weekend for the Currie team, until some unlucky tangles with other trucks and several full course yellows brought Casey to the finish line in fourth place.
“Qualifying went super good. [I] qualified first, had the fastest time of the day for all Pro-Lites. We knew we could set the pace. We inverted 4 and started in the second row outside, and got up to second quick and had a solid race. And then, with 5 laps to go, the cautions came. We got into a big tangle up, the first three trucks, and basically they allowed him to get his spot back, and put me in second. Then there was another crash. People kept getting their spots back and then there was just carnage on the last lap. But [I] still got fourth, guess you can’t really complain too much, so…a good day. All ready for tomorrow.” Currie commented after the race.
Fired up from Friday’s race, Casey went out and qualified 8th on Saturday. But, unfortunately, his hopes of taking the Pro-Lite race win in Vegas were cancelled due to thunderstorms, and postponed until the Lake Elsinore event in October.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series officials decided to add an extra day of racing on Thursday, October 23, to make up for the cancelled Vegas race. And Casey will be ready. Come out to the extended Final Rounds of the 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Lake Elsinore, and cheer on Casey as he goes for the win!
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Currie starts off 2014 King Of The Hammers with a podium finish
Johnson Valley, Calif. (February 6, 2014) – Tuesday marked the first days of qualifying for the multiple races being held at the 2014 Griffin King Of The Hammers. Casey Currie qualified the Currie Racing UTV, Modified Rock Crawler and Ultra 4 on the 1.2-mile course. The course featured a high-speed start along with numerous sections of rock variations. A total of 19 UTV's qualified for Wednesdays race, with a time of 6:14.8 that set Currie at a 14th starting position. 34 UTV's are registered for KOH UTV race.
The UTV race course would be 120 miles of punishing terrain. Rock sections would curse numerous racers and cause bottlenecks. Currie immediately put the pass on the slower UTV's and quickly made his way towards the leaders. By race mile 51, Currie had gained 8 positions. Gaining these spots would give Currie the upper-hand and get ahead of the major bottlenecks. Currie pushed the Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx's stock motor to the limits across the dry lake bed and after a grueling 6 hours of racing, Casey and co-driver, Oren, would cross the finish taking a final podium position, 3rd place. Along with Casey finishing, brother, Cody Currie would capture a 2nd place finish in the sportsman UTV class in his #22 Kawasaki Teryx.
Today Currie will be competing in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge and will be the first off the line as he pulled off the number 1 qualifying spot on Tuesday. The #88 Modified Crawler will be going up against 38 other competitors.
The final race for the 8th annual KOH week-long event will be the Ultra4 race. Casey will be running his Monster Energy body and qualified for this race on Tuesday, but with another 47 entries scheduled to qualify on Wednesday, Casey's qualifying results for the final race will not be finalized until Thursday morning.
Casey Currie Looks to Continue Charge Towards the
Front this Weekend as LOORS Visits Reno
CORONA, Calif. (August 23, 2013) – After one of his best outings of the season at the previous Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) stop at Glen Helen, confidence is high for Casey Currie and his Monster Energy/General Tire team heading into the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2013 season from Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nev., this weekend.
The new Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK Pro Lite gets faster every time it takes to the track and with a runner-up effort in its most recent effort, Currie is confident that a win is in the cards this weekend in the "Biggest Little City in the World."
"My team has made this truck ridiculously fast and it will do pretty much anything I ask of it," said Currie. "We made some big gains at Glen Helen and now we're trying to build off of that so that we're even better this weekend in Reno. There's still a lot of racing left this season and I've got my sights set on continuing our forward progress in the championship."
After his strong performance in Southern California, Currie moved into fourth in the Pro Lite standings, eight points out of third. With a trio of runner-up finishes and a third place result to his credit this season, Currie has been a fixture in the battle up front. In a series where aggression and physical competition are some of the keys to success, the championship picture can change dramatically on any given lap.
"Everyone is stepping up their game as the season wears on and the competition is getting really intense out there," said Currie. "Glen Helen produced some of the best racing I've ever been a part of and I know that's going to continue this weekend and beyond. We're on our game and we're ready for whatever lies ahead."
Currie has spent some downtime in the Reno area in preparations for this weekend's race and the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK will take to the track for the first time on Friday morning for Pro Lite practice. Last season, Currie emerged victorious at Wild West Motorsports Park and the team will use its past success at the facility to their advantage in preparations for each round of racing on Saturday and Sunday.
"We know what it takes to win here, so hopefully that plays in our favor once we get on track. Qualifying on Saturday and Sunday morning will be key in getting a good starting spot for the races, so hopefully we can put this Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK up towards the front and make our chances of repeating that victory even better."
The green flag will drop for the 11th and 12th rounds of the Pro Lite division at 3 p.n. PST on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Casey Currie in Top Form as LOORS Races Under the Lights
at Glen Helen
CORONA, Calif. (July 31, 2013) – Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team were at the top of their game this past weekend in San Bernardino, Calif., as Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) were raced under the lights at Glen Helen Raceway. Currie's Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK was a force to be reckoned with during both nights of Pro Lite action and ended the weekend with one of his best outings of the season, highlighted by a runner-up effort on Sunday. The performance vaulted Currie back into the Pro Lite title hunt with five rounds of racing remaining.
Due to the special nature of the first of two weekends of night racing this season, the format for track time was altered, resulting in a loaded day of action on Friday. Currie began the weekend with practice on Friday morning and set up his truck for the pair of qualifying sessions scheduled for later that afternoon. Friday's first qualifying session set the grid for Round 9 on Saturday evening and Currie got the weekend off to a strong start by qualifying fourth. Just a few hours later, Currie returned to the track to earn his starting spot for Round 10 on Sunday night, getting even more out of the Jeep JK to post the third-fastest time.
With a scheduled start time nearing 9 p.m. locally, Currie spent the day on Saturday and Sunday enjoying some time with his family, friends, and crew members while also preparing to attack the track once the green flag dropped. He and his team ensured the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK was dialed in by making some final tweaks and set off to put on a show for the fans.
On Saturday, Currie positioned himself in seventh on the opening lap, but moved into the top five shortly thereafter. He engaged in battle with rivals Brian Deegan and Sheldon Creed for the majority of the race, with the trio swapping positions throughout. The battle was exciting for the fans to watch and equally as exciting for Currie behind the wheel. He eventually got the momentum he needed in the closing laps to take over fourth place on the final lap and cap off a stellar run.
"We didn't get aggressive enough in the beginning and it hurt us in the end," explained Currie. "Our fourth-place [finish] is good for points, but tomorrow night I will get on it harder in the beginning."
On Sunday, Currie stayed true to his word and was hard on the gas from the moment the green flag waved. He started inside the top five, but continued to be aggressive during the opening laps to put himself in podium position by Lap 5. For the remainder of the race Currie once again went door-to-door with Deegan, the Pro Lite points leader entering the weekend, and the pair exchanged positions on several occasions, bringing the crowd to its feet. Currie refused to give in to his fellow title contender and took over second place for good with two laps remaining.
"I pushed hard early and got into the top three," said Currie. "We had a crazy battle to the finish and I wish we had a couple more laps [to get to the front]. I am thrilled with how hard the team is working and how great the Jeep is driving. The team has hit its stride and now we need to focus on being this aggressive at every event."
The 4-2 results capped off an impressive weekend for Currie, who is now back into the thick of the battle for the Pro Lite crown. The Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK has already become one of the strongest trucks in the field following just four rounds of action and Currie now has considerable momentum heading into the final three weekends of the championship.
Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team will set their sights on Reno, Nev., on August 23-25 for Rounds 11 and 12 of the LOORS season from Wild West Motorsports Park. Currie was victorious at the facility last season and hopes for a repeat performance to continue his late season push.
Casey Currie Battles Through Adversity to Leave LOORS
Lake Elsinore Round Second in Pro Lite Championship
CORONA, CA (May 22, 2013) - Despite the toughest weekend to date in the 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) season, the Monster Energy/General Tire squad led by Casey Currie overcame adversity during both days of competition, making him second in his hometown race, the Pro Lite Championship in Lake Elsinore, CA.
The speed was definitely there for Currie and it showed immediately with impressive lap times during Friday's practice on the 1.1-mile circuit. Currie piloted his Monster Energy/General Tire truck to the top three times in each of his two group sessions. On Saturday morning, Currie laid down a hot lap in qualifying that landed him inside the top five on the starting grid for the first race of the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, as the green flag waved to start Round 5, Currie put himself in position to battle at the front of the field, until he encountered some bad luck early on. After the pole sitter spin just after the finish, Currie was collected in the ensuing chaos and fell to 16th place in the running order, forcing him to battle his way back through the field. Currie's exceptional abilities behind the wheel were on display through to the caution flag at the halfway point, passing seven trucks in just a handful of laps. After restarting in 9th, Currie kept the charge going through the finish. The speed was there in the Monster Energy/General Tire machine, but Currie simply ran out of laps and ultimately claimed 8th spot at the checkered flag.
"That's not the way you want things to go, but sometimes that's just how things work out in this sport," said Currie. "The Monster Energy/General Tire truck was driving really well and it made for some easy work to get back inside the top 10. I would have liked to be further towards the front and I think we had the truck to do it with, but we ran out of laps there at the end."
Round 6 kicked off on Sunday morning with qualifying to set the grid for the final Main of the weekend. Currie once again was on point and laid down a solid time that lined him up inside the top five for the final race of the weekend.
As the race got underway, Currie made quick moves to be a part of the lead pack, but was again hit with misfortune when another spin from a competitor collected the Monster Energy/General Tire truck. This time, Currie wasn't fortunate enough to come away unscathed and a broken front suspension dropped him to the tail end of the field in 28th spot. Despite losing the ability to make another charge through the field, Currie refused to give up and soldiered on through the remainder of the race to post a 20th-place finish, earning highly valuable championship points as a result.
"This just wasn't our weekend," said Currie. "Sometimes racing is harsh like that. All we can do is take our lumps, finish strong, and look forward to the next round. Hopefully we got the bad luck out of the way this weekend and will get back into this championship fight in Utah next month."
Currie's mixed results and hard luck unfortunately forced him to drop out of the Pro Lite points lead and into second place. Despite the adversity in Lake Elsinore, Currie still sits within striking distance at such an early point in the season, 39 points out of first.
Prior to the on-track action for the weekend, Currie spent Thursday morning with local KTLA 5 reporter Gayle Anderson on the KTLA Morning News. Currie gave Anderson a taste of what the Monster Energy/General Tire Pro Lite is capable of with his popular two-seater truck. The chance to be a co-pilot alongside Currie has become a favorite for the media and the sport's sponsors.
Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team will set their sights on reclaiming the Pro Lite points lead at Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2013 LOORS season from Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on June 21-23. Currie will debut a sharp-looking new truck for the event that is sure to turn some heads with its aggressive-yet-nostalgic design.
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Currie Begins Chase for
LOORS Championship in Phoenix
Casey Currie is looking to rise to the top of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, beginning this weekend at the season opener at Firebird International Raceway, near Phoenix. The Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan driver claimed two LOORS Pro Lite victories in 2012 and is looking to put his name in the history books with a 2013 championship.
"Last year we made a lot of progress with our truck," said Currie.
"During the off-season we kept working on it and I know we are going
to unload with a very fast truck. I've also been busy getting back
into race shape and have been working with a trainer to make sure I'm
at my best throughout each race and over the course of the long
The 2013 LOORS premiere at Firebird Raceway will be bittersweet for everyone in the pits as it may mark the final off-road race at the facility, which has hosted multiple races over the years. The 2013 season also marks a change to the LOORS schedule, as the series will now hold only one event each month between March and October.
"I really like the new LOORS schedule," continued Currie. "I am always busy doing something, whether I'm racing, enjoying time out in the desert or just free riding on my dirt bike. I like to stay active and the schedule this year lets me pursue some of these other activities away from the racetrack."
The door-to-door action from the LOORS season opener kicks off on Friday, March 15, with practice. Currie will dial in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan Pro Lite during this time in preparation for the points-paying races. The weekend's opening pair of rounds will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Fans who want to attend can buy tickets online at Firebird Raceway. If you can't make it to Phoenix, make sure to check out live timing and scoring at Motorsport Timing.
Wild West Motorsports Park - Sparks, Nevada (August 2012 Gallery)
CASEY CURRIE'S 2012 TORC DEBUT—A 1-2 FINISH!
Anaheim Hills, CA (July 25, 2012) – Returning to the Traxxas TORC series for the first time in the 2012 season, Casey Currie jumps right back into the driver's seat of his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan where he left off, and straight on to the podium for a 1-2 finish at Chicagoland Speedway. To add to the 1-2 punch, Casey would also take home the Traxxas Maxx Lap Award for the top lap effort of the night.
Earning the number one qualifying spot on Thursday, Casey would start three rows back after the inversion of the top six qualifiers. Casey began maneuvering his way through the field and picking off trucks one by one as he gained ground, the sky opening up as he reached the second place position.
"We had the truck to beat before the rain," Casey explained, "but nature played its part while we gave it our best and held on to that second place position. The truck is ready for tomorrow's race and I can't explain how happy I am to be in Chicago to give these 10,000+ fans the race they came to see, in person and on LIVE TV!"
For Friday's race, Casey would again start three rows back after the inversion of Thursday's top six finishers. The green flag dropped and Casey made his way through the field, picking off one truck at a time to finally battle Pro Lite points leader Andrew Caddell for the first place finish.
"We came to Chicago with one thing on our minds—winning," explained Casey. "My team did an amazing job; with great communication and accurate tuning of the truck, we couldn't have run a smoother race. Our hard work and a flawless race is really what put us in the winner's circle."
Next up, Casey Currie will be bringing it back home to Glen Helen Raceway for the Lucas Oil Off Road Series in San Bernardino, CA on August 4-5th.
Miller Motorsports Park Utah gallery
CASEY CURRIE FINISHES TOP 10 AT KING OF THE HAMMERS
Anaheim Hills, CA (February 22, 2012) Off-Road driver Casey Currie tapped into the racer in his blood, driving on pure Currie instinct in last week's King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA. It was indeed a family affair, as Casey's uncle, John Currie, took 1st in class and 1st overall in the inaugural Smittybuilt Every Man Challenge for stock and modified vehicles. Casey continued the legacy in the UTV and King of the Hammers races in the following days.
"I am so proud of my Uncle and his co-driver Gerald Lee," beamed Casey. "They drove a smart race and killed the competition. I was more than impressed with the drive and dedication of my team during the short amount of time they were allotted to finish the jeep, including prep fabrication and shock testing. Next year we plan to do it again."
Qualifying in a less than favorable position on Tuesday after getting hung up in the first obstacle known as the Gate Keeper, Casey Currie and team hammered down and pulled through to qualify in position 92 of 140 entrants for Friday's KOH Race.
Switching it up for Thursday's UTV race, Casey started in position 9 in the Kawasaki Teryx. Charging hard from the start, by mile 20 Casey had blown past the competition and placed himself 30 seconds behind position 1. Battling for 1st position through mile 35, Casey would suffer a belt loss, taking him out of the race.
"This Kawasaki Teryx is the fastest UTV in the Hammers, and I'm bummed we lost a belt," explained Casey. "We think our skid plate may have created too much heat in the engine compartment, but we will fix the problem and come back in full storm!"
At the starting line in Friday's King of Hammers final race with one minute until start, Casey loses a relay in the car. The team resolves the problem and loses only four positions on the starting line, but experiences the relay loss once again and also a fuel pick-up problem toward the end of the first lap. Casey will lose 30 minutes of ground while his team hustles to fix the issue. Up and running again and refocused on lap two, Casey hammers down and regains the lost ground, taking a 14th position finish physically, and 10th overall after corrected times.
"What a day," sighs Casey, "We had some small problems throughout the day but we fought through it to finish in the top 10. Our tires held up very well and I'm already strategizing for KOH 2013. My Uncle's support all day as a spotter was phenomenal and my Dad and team really hustled with pits and support."
With several weeks before the first Lucas Oil Off-Road Race of the season, Casey returns home to knock all of that KOH dirt of the toys, and fine tune his Pro Lite for a fresh shot at the Championship in 2012. For more information on Casey Currie, check out CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie. For Casey Currie video action, check out his channels on StreetFire at Streetfire.net and YouTube at YouTube.com/user/caseycurrie.
CASEY CURRIE TAKES 5th IN CHAMPIONSHIP AND LANDS PODIUM FINISH IN LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD CUP
Anaheim Hills, CA (December 14, 2011) – Casey Currie and his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan would make their final stop of the Lucas Oil Off-Road season this weekend at Arizona's Firebird Speedway. Entering this final round 5th in Championship points, Casey set out to end this season with a bang. Casey drove with full head and heart in the game finishing Saturday's race in 4th place, and landing a coveted 3rd place podium finish in Sunday's Pro Lite/Buggy Cup.
Casey would face the challenge of starting toward the back of the pack due to some issues in qualifying, but nothing a driver of his skill couldn't recover from, and recover he did. Casey tapped into that Monster Energy and advanced himself to 5th place by only turn three of the first lap, and by lap three Casey had torn through the pack to take 2nd place from Chris Brandt in turn four. It was an all-out battle for 2nd with Brandt for the better part of the first half, yet Casey stood his ground until the competition yellow tightened up the pack. Once the pack had regrouped, the pressure was on to maintain his ground. Positions one through four remained tight, and Casey was taking turns three-trucks wide fighting to keep that 2nd place position. Rounding turn four of the course, Casey was pushed out wide and over the berm, setting him back two positions to 4th place where he would fight to gain ground in the remaining laps. With little time left in the race, his competing drivers held their ground and Casey crossed the finish line in 4th—a respectable finish, earning him 5th place in Championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road series.
"Our finish today proved that the V8s can run up front," said Casey of Saturday's race. "We started in the back row and worked our way to 2nd, until I got a little help over a berm and two guys managed to get by; little changes for tomorrow and we will be good."
Sunday's Cup race combining the Pro Lite and Pro Buggy classes was an all-out, no-holds barred race, going for checkers or wreckers. With a solid three months before another race, and a $20,000 first place prize on the line, the drivers would bring out extra measures of aggression to let nothing get in the way of the win. Casey's position varied throughout the race as he battled to gain positions, gaining and losing ground back and forth as the laps went on. Battling door-to-door with Rodrigo Ampudia throughout the race, Casey would ultimately pass Ampudia and take the 3rd place position with less than two laps remaining. Defending his 3rd place position, Casey's hood flipped up and back over his windshield, leaving him with zero visibility. Yet Casey continued to charge the remainder of the lap to finish in 3rd place, later stating on the podium that he had only the wall to use as a guide.
"Sunday was awesome!! It was a battlefield," exclaimed Casey. "I went to the back a couple times but to end up on the podium is awesome. The team deserves this and the truck is awesome. We had the hood blow up and land on my window so I ran the last lap blind."
Wrapping up the season 5th in championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, Casey Currie is already strategizing his plan of attack for 2012.
"We have the momentum going now," commented Casey on where they stand in Pro Lite. "The truck is working good and pieces are coming together. I'm excited for the future of V8 Pro Lites and I feel our team is on point for next year's season."
Next up, Casey Currie will be switching hats and driving in Ultra 4 Racing's part rock, part desert race, King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA on February 10-11th of 2012. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie
CASEY CURRIE TAKES 3rd IN 2011 TORC PRO LIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!
San Clemente, CA (October 18, 2011) – Casey Currie tore in to Cycle Ranch in Texas, ready to charge in his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, and ready to defend his 2010 title in the PRO Light class. After a high-energy weekend of top PRO Light drivers chomping at the bit for the Championship, Casey takes 4th in Saturday’s race, and ends an intense battle for the 2nd place podium spot on Sunday. Casey Currie proudly takes home 3rd place overall in the 2011 Championship and 7th in the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race.
Saturday and Sunday’s leaders were neck and neck; giving the fans the intense short-course action they came to see. Casey would move up to cross the finish line in 3rd place on Saturday, but after reviewing the lap counter, CJ was given the 3rd place position, putting Casey in 4th for the day.
"We had a great race truck all day, and starting on the 3rd row made it tough to get through traffic," noted Casey, "but we have a great starting position for tomorrow's race."
Sunday’s race was an all-out fight, with Casey, RJ Anderson, and CJ Greaves battling in the top three. After a second full-course yellow regroups the field, Casey makes a huge acceleration on the back straight, and brings himself right on top of CJ and RJ battling for the lead. RJ Anderson is holding the lead with some bite in the turns, but CJ and Casey are out-braking him, keeping close behind. After taking the inside on Turn 5, and a little fender rubbing with CJ Greaves, Casey moves into 2nd. The two continue head to head, Casey taking turns on two wheels and hanging on to 2nd for the podium finish.
"That was a battle!" says Casey. "CJ and I battled the last couple of laps and I ended up in front of him. My truck was working well and I'm glad to finish 2nd today. We also wrapped up a podium spot on the year-end points which is a bonus for us."
In the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race on Sunday, Casey was on fire! Starting off on the inside, Casey took the lead leaving CJ Greaves and RJ Anderson going at it for 3rd. Losing body panels, Casey remained well out front, at times by 12-15 car lengths. With only 2 laps remaining, Casey rides the outter burm of the sharp infield turn, and suffers a right rear flat—CJ Greaves jumping into the lead. Casey continues to push the Monster Energy General Tire Nissan but the flat will force him to pit. Casey gets back on track with a fresh right rear to finish 7th in the PRO Light Traxxas Cup.
"Starting on the front row I got a great start and had a great race going," Casey explains. "I had a big lead 'till lap 14 where I hit a burm wrong, giving me a flat tire. I tried to keep racing but there was nothing I could do. Two laps short—but next year we are coming for the money!!"
Always charging hard and moving forward fast, Casey is also finishing up his 2011 season in the Lucas Oil Off-Road series, where he currently holds 6th place in the Championship. For Rounds 13-14, Casey hits Sin City, to put all cards on the table and see who comes out on the top of the heap. Catch him November 5-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie
Casey Currie Shows 'Monster' Fighting Spirit in Lucas Oil Off Road Series Rounds 3/4, Surprise, AZ
Anaheim, CA (April 20, 2011)—Defending
TORC Series Pro Light Truck champ Casey Currie took
his #2 Monster Energy/ Nissan Frontier Pro Lite
truck to Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, AZ,
this past weekend for rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas
Oil Off Road Racing Series. He had a decent showing
in his first outing landing him 5th in the points
standings to kick the season off. Looking to
improve, Casey and the team worked hard in race prep
to have the Nissan dialed-in.
would set the stage for a pressure pack weekend in
the hot Arizona desert. Casey was setting up to pass
Brian Deegan when he went wide in the turn and hit
the K-rail, breaking the rear wheel. Needless to
say, the team went to work on the truck and
miraculously made the repairs in time for the
Saturday afternoon race.
Currie lined up in the 10th position. When the green
flag flew, he patiently worked his way through the
field, making his way up to 5th by lap 4. He
picked-off another position when Rodrigo Ampudia
went wide in turn 5 landing him in 4th just in time
for the mandatory caution, halfway through the race.
At the restart, Casey began to make his move to the
front and feeling good about his chances to reach
the podium. However, it was not meant to be, as a
mechanical problem developed which effected his
steering. He fell back a couple of positions and
finished a hard fought 6th out of a field of 16
Sunday's race, Currie, still fighting mechanical
issues, qualified 11th. Obviously the hardest
working driver on the track, Casey was able to dice
his way up to 5th by the competition caution. After
a botched restart, officials called for a second
restart. This time, Currie missed a gear, losing his
momentum and a couple of positions. Casey nursed his
batter Nissan to the finish line, grateful to take
home a 7th place finish.
truck was mangled the entire weekend," said Currie.
"The crew did a phenomenal job getting it back
together and ready for the race. If you didn't see
it you wouldn't believe we could even finished the
race. So, we are thankful to finish the way we did
and stay close to the leaders in the points. As we
always do, we will continue to tweak the truck 'til
we're on the podium."
Currie and his Monster Energy/Oakley team will head
to Glen Helen Raceway on May 21st-22nd for rounds 5
and 6 of the Lucas Series. Then, turn around and
head to Red Bud MX Park in Buchanan, MI, to defend
his Pro Light Truck championship in the opening
rounds of The Off Road Championship's season on May
Casey Currie Claims 2010 TORC Pro Light Championship in Season Finale at the ‘Big House’ in Crandon!
Crandon, WI (September 6, 2010)—Casey Currie went to the season finale race at the fabled "Big House" Crandon International Raceway in Crandon, WI, with one thing in mind: win the championship. And win he did, earning his first Pro Light class championship by sweeping the weekend for Monster Energy, BFGoodrich, Magnaflow and Motive. A huge crowd of more than 15,000 of some of the most dedicated off-road racing fans in the country enjoyed some of the most exciting and nail biting races of the entire year.
Casey entered the weekend with a narrow five point margin over Andrew Caddell for the class championship. Casey and Andrew have had some very exciting dogfights this year but none like the one on Saturday. The Pro Lights started from the familiar "land rush" start that has all the drivers lined up side-by-side in a motocrossish sprint for the turn one holeshot. Crandon crowds have witnessed some incredible crashes in Potowatomi Turn One over the years. Casey's Ford with BFGoodrich tires won the holeshot cleanly and proceeded to lead every lap on the winding 1.5 mile track until the final lap.
On the last lap, with the checkered flag and the finish line in sight, Caddell got his bumper into Casey's rear tire, and rolled him while making the pass. Miraculously, Casey was able to gather himself and cross the finish line ahead of the oncoming machine of Ross Hoek for an apparent second place finish. It appeared that Casey would have to settle for the runner-up spot, but USAC officials determined that Caddell had been overly aggressive in the contact and awarded the victory to Casey.
"(Caddell and I) had some great side-by-side battles and in the last turn, I went to the inside because I thought he was going to try to bonsai me on the inside, I had been running on the outside of every turn," Currie said after the race. "He wants to win as bad as I do. It's all good between us, but you know, it's racing. We've got a championship we hopefully wrap up tomorrow and game on!"
Casey would head into the Sunday showdown still clinging to a narrow points lead. The race turned anticlimactic as Caddell lifted early on the back straight and was taken out by a hard charging Marty Hart, effectively propelling Casey to the class title.
Currie started the race clean by winning the "land rush" and never looked back. He pulled away to a comfortable margin. With no competition caution in play, he was able to maintain the lead and crossed the finish line with nearly a 3 second lead over the next competitor. He would also earn the Traxxas Maxx Cash Award for the fastest Pro Light lap.
"It was great to come to Crandon to finish the year," he said, tears of joy in his eyes. "The crowd's incredible, everyone's incredible! We had a flawless weekend. We won the championship! My first ever! I would like to thank all of my great sponsors—especially Monster (Energy) for taking me on this year; these great BFGoodrich tires; King shocks; Magnaflow; Motive gear, Oakley; MasterCraft and all my other sponsors and of course my entire crew and family that have worked so hard to improve the truck every race."
Casey plans to continue in the Pro Light class in the 2011 season. Be sure to watch the season on Discovery Channel's HD Theatre, every Thursday evening at 8pm. Also, follow Casey during the off season on his website: CaseyCurrie.com and Twitter.
17th Aug 2010 Casey Currie Puts Monster Energy on the Podium for Sixth Time in Eight Rounds of Traxxas TORC Series Racing
Anaheim, CA (August 17, 2010)—Casey Currie Motorsports loaded up the V8/Pro Light Monster Energy/ Ford and took the long journey from Anaheim, CA, to the upper peninsula of Michigan for rounds 7 and 8 of the Traxxas TORC Series this past weekend in Bark River, MI. Casey was hoping to improve on the two second place finishes in Oshkosh a few weeks ago. A good performance would be important in order to hang tight in the points with leader Marty Hart. Casey would walk away from the weekend's action with yet another podium, a second place finish on Sunday, but a miscue on Saturday cost him a good finish.
The Bark River track is a "drivers' track" and arguable one of the fastest tracks in the series. It snakes its way around hills, gravel pits, a cemetery, and features a huge jump called Monster Energy Leap. The Bark River Lions Club has been putting on this race for 35 years and has offered some very exciting off-road racing in its fabled history. Saturday: Slip, Sliding Away
Currie starting from the number 3 position on row 2 and got off to a great start. He hit the inside line of the horseshoe shaped holeshot to land in 2nd as the field rounded the corner into the front stretch in front of a huge crowd of more than 10,000 screaming fans. Marty Hart was in the lead and began to stretch his lead going into Cemetery Corner with Currie in hot pursuit. Currie knew there was something wrong though as the track felt slipperier than normal. He was struggling to keep his Ford pointed in the right direction and just before the AMSOIL sweeper on the back stretch; Casey's Monster Energy Pro Light took a 180 degree spin. The entire field went by before he could get going again.
Casey would battle back to as high as fourth, only to spin again. He ended the race in the sixth position.
Currie said following the race: "The BFG's were fine. I just think we made a huge mistake by not resetting the tire pressure in the rear. That made the truck really hard to drive. We will regroup and do better tomorrow." Sunday: Redemption
With another opportunity to set things aright on Sunday, Casey Currie lined up his number 2 machine in the pole position. When the green flag flew, Casey got a great jump, winning the holeshot and into the lead through turn one. Behind him, a hard charging Marty Hart was picking off competitors one-by-one, eventually catching Currie to take the lead before the start/finish line on the first lap.
Casey was sitting in the second spot and began to feel pressure from Andrew Caddell. Caddell tried several times to pass but Casey was able to hold him off until the competition caution. Caddell took second as the yellow flag flew at the midway point.
On the restart, Marty Hart had the front position and was able to win the race to turn one. Casey got a great run down the hill and moved to the inside of Caddell to try to make the pass. Caddell blocked the line causing Casey to have to check up to avoid a collision. As the top three went nose-to-tail through Cemetery Corner, Marty Hart suddenly lost power, sending Caddell and Currie scrambling to avoid the broken Hart machine. Caddell advanced to the lead as the front runners sailed over Monster Energy Leap. Caddell and Currie would finish the race 1 and 2 with Luke Johnson rounding out the podium.
"The BFG's were working great today!" said a happy Currie from the podium. "The guys worked really hard to get the truck ready so that we would have a chance to rebound from yesterday. We're going to be testing this week to get the truck dialed in for Chicago. We definitely need to step our game up if we are going to make a run for the championship in these final races."
Casey will try to narrow his 13 points standings deficit at the next race which will be at Chicagoland's Route 66 Raceway on Wednesday, August 25th-26th. The season finale will be at Crandon International Raceway on Labor Day weekend. Reruns of the Bark River race can be seen on the TORC Series' website: TORCseries.com or on USAC's USTREAM portal.
Be sure to watch the TORC Series' premiere on theDiscovery Channel's HD Theatre in high definition coming next month in prime time. The 26 hours of exciting off-road drama, captured on multiple high-performance RED digital cine cameras, will air every Thursday at 8pm and 11pm EST beginning Sept 2nd, meaning primetime series coverage on both the East and West coasts.
Casey Currie Motorsports would like to thank all their Partners:
Monster Energy, BFGoodrich Tires, Currie Enterprises, Magnaflow Exhaust, Motive Gear, American Wire Harness, GoPro Cameras, Goodridge, K&N Filters, Kawasaki, Kicker Audio, King Shocks, Leatt Brace, HJC, MasterCraft Safety, Oakley, CBR Radiators, Sign Pros, Simple Green, Torco Oil, Pro Am.
16th Mar 2010 Casey Currie battles for top five finish at Lucas Oil Off-road season opener
The Season opener for Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series started in spectacular fashion with a stacked field of racers and magnificently constructed, technical track. The facility located at Las Vegas Motor speedway offered exciting racing and great spectating a like. After being notified two days before the race that he was to be there, Casey Currie scrambled and rented a Pro-lite from Garrit Wallace. The truck had been sitting in a trailer for 18 months with no prep or maintenance. Casey, his family, and his crew thrashed for 24 hours non-stop to get the truck ready.
Even though Casey had no time to test or set up the truck, he managed to qualify 9th, which set him up for a 4th row start. Near the beginning of the race the number #92 truck actually flipped into the hood of Casey’s #2 Monster Energy Pro-lite stopping him and send him to the last position. Casey turned on the heat and fought his way back up to 5th place pushing the rented truck to its limit. Casey crossed the finish line in a respectable 5th place.
After having some time in the truck, Casey made a lot of changes to improve the performance of the truck. Sunday’s qualifying was canceled due to rain and the divers were only given one lap to shake down their vehicles, making the slippery wet conditions even more of an obstacle. On Sunday Casey started on the poll and led the first few laps until Rodrigo Ampudia got around him. Casey stayed in the 2nd position until the restart. Two laps after the restart Casy’s truck began to lose power eventually stopping due to a mechanical failure with the carburetor.
Casey had this to say about the race: “We really had to scramble to make it here. On Tuesday I had no idea what I was going to drive! My team pulled together with support form our sponsors and we made is out to the race. On Saturday I had a hard time adaption to the rented truck, but by Sunday I felt it was working much better. I would have liked to finish on the podium, but making it to the race was a victory in itself. I had a great time battling some of the top racers in the Pro-lite class.”
Come by the pit area to check out Casey’s Pro-lite truck and pick up some free posters.
Check out Casey’s website for race results, photos and video at: http://www.caseycurrie.com/
Casey Currie finishes season strong with a first and third place podium combo
Casey Currie in his number two Monster Energy Pro-Lite truck went to the final two rounds of the TORC Off-Road Championship Series finally with only one goal in mind… Winning! Out of the overall points race due to a season full of bad luck and mechanical difficulties, Casey had the final two races to redeem his whole season of disappointment. The pro-lite division is the most competitive division with more top competitors and more entries than any of the other class.
On Friday, Casey started on the outside of front row. Casey ran clean, even though the track conditions were better for mud bogging then short course off-road. The extremely difficult track conditions caused vehicles to retire at a rapid pace. Casey was able to keep it together running top five for the entire race and ultimately finishing on the podium in third place.
Casey’s finish Saturday would prove to be even better. Major track adjustments we’re completed for Saturday’s battle and although the track was less dusty than Friday, the course was riddled with varied combinations of dry and wet spots making aggressive driving around the track ultra tricky. Casey again started on the pole and got off to a great start pulling away from the field. The tire and gearing adjustment made by Casey and his team proved to be on point. Casey pulled away from the field in a seemingly effortless manor. Casey placed some distance between himself and the rest of the pack until a full course caution was call after Randy Eller had severe crash on the front straight. This brought the field back up to Casey’s back bumper. Casey again got off to a great start and was able to maintain a dominant lead until the mandatory caution. After the restart, Marty Hart fought hard to get around Casey but to no avail. Casey took first place in the final race of the TORC season in a dominating performance.
“It was a battle all the way until the end. The track conditions were extremely tricky. We made a tire and gearing change on Saturday that paid off for us. It felt really good to be on the podium on Friday, but Saturday’s 1st place was awesome. I have my whole family here including my grandparents, so for me to win in front of them was really special. It’s been a really tough year for us. We won the first race in Texas and struggled all year until now. My engine is down on power compared to some of the top guys, but we couldn’t address that until next season. This win really means a lot to me, my team and my family,” stated the ecstatic Casey Currie.
The TORC Off-Road Championship Series consists of eight race weekends extending from southern California to the Midwest and back. The series brings some of the best off-road drivers together to do battle in full throttle, door-to-door off road action. The series is sanctioned by The United States Auto Club (USAC) and is broadcast on ESPN 2 and ABC. TORC off-road championship series is also featured on numerous websites and print publications. The season final dubbed, “The Final Showdown" took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track last Friday and Saturday night.