LOORRS Rounds 1 and 2 go to FORTIN!!

Round 1
Pro Buggy Unlimited As dark clouds were settling over Las Vegas Motor Speedway, all those in attendance were hoping the rain would hold off long enough to allow for a rain-free last race of the day. 22 Pro Buggy Unlimiteds took the start, with 2009 Points Champion Chuck Cheek taking the early lead in the #957 Stronghold Motorsports/Lucas Oil AlumiCraft. Doug Fortin, Rich Ronco, Cody Freeman, and Joe Morgan ran in spots two through five, but a bobble in turn one by Morgan allowed CJ Greaves into fifth place. Greaves then spun out, allowing Cameron Steele to take over fifth spot. Up front, Cheek pulled off the track, handing the lead to Fortin in the #996 Fortin Racing/Fox Racing Shox buggy. Randy Minnier had moved up to fifth, only to relinquish the position to Larry Job by the competition yellow. At this point, it was now Freeman in the lead in his #994 FCS Flooring/Wik’s Racing Engines Racer Engineering buggy, with Fortin second in another Racer Engineering buggy, Ronco third in the #999 Tatum Motorsports Tatum buggy, Steele fourth in the #916 Metal Mulisha/Menzies Motorsports AlumiCraft, and Job fifth in the #907 BFGoodrich Tires/Menzies Motorsports AlumiCraft. After the restart, Steele grabbed third, while up front, Fortin re-gained the lead and checked out from the rest of the field. Fortin ran the fast lap of the race at a 1:14.906, and took the win well ahead of Freeman, Steele, Ronco, and Job. Fortin said of his day today, “The track was a lot of fun. The car ran great, and the guys running this series are really good.”
Round 2
Pro Buggy Unlimited The final race of the weekend was that of the Pro Buggy Unlimiteds, and it was a Cameron Steele/Rich Ronco front row at the start. Steele grabbed the early lead in the #916 Menzies Motorsports/Metal Mulisha AlumiCraft, ahead of yesterday’s winner Doug Fortin in the #996 Fortin Racing Inc./Fox Racing Shox Racer Engineering buggy. Ronco sat in third in the #999 Tatum Motorsports Tatum buggy, with Cody Freeman fourth in the #994 FCS Flooring/Wik’s Racing Engines Racer Engineering buggy, and Larry Job fifth in the #907 Menzies Motorsports/Bully Dog AlumiCraft. Freeman went off the track while trying to pass Ronco, dropping well back in the field. Ronco then started to slide backwards, and behind Steele and Fortin, it was now Job, Randy Minnier in the #995 Ramtek/Onsite Energy AlumiCraft, and Chuck Cheek in the #957 Stronghold Motorsports/Lamb Energy AlumiCraft at the competition yellow. After the restart, Fortin really began to put the pressure on Steele, who’d previously seemed to be faster than Fortin. Eventually, Fortin capitalized on what appeared to be a missed shift by Steele, taking the lead and never looking back. Fortin took the fast lap of the race with a 1:12.763 (the only driver to dip into the 1:12s), and went on to take back-to-back wins. Steele finished second, his teammate Job got third, Minnier got fourth, and Freeman recovered from his early mistake to get fifth.