Lonestar Racing SR1
Race Team Weekend Recap from Las Vegas, Lucas
Oil Off Road Series
Overall, the Lonestar Racing SR1 Team had a
pretty decent weekend in Las Vegas.
Practice Friday morning proved to be an eye
opener considering Greg Frantz spun the car out
4 times in the super dry gravel covered hard
pack track. But for qualifying, with the
help of some grooving from Maxxis Tires, it was
all business as he was able to pull off the
fastest lap in the SR1 class to secure the top
spot in the starting grid. After battling the
wind all day and almost going for a ride trying
to keep the Ez-ups down, it was a nice way to
end the day.
Saturday's main event was a great experience
being able to start inside of row 2. Taking turn
1 fighting for the lead, and sending the long
step down jump with nothing but a clear track
ahead was awesome feeling.
He ended up carrying a little too much speed
in turn 3, and spun out losing some positions.
At the competition yellow flag we were in 3rd
place, and slowed for the regroup. But to our
surprise, we were passed just before the
start/finish line and moved back into 4th place.
When the competition yellow flag comes out, its
full racing until the start finish line, which
we were unaware. So note to self, keep it pinned
until the start finish line! With 2 laps to go,
we lost a rear cv joint due to over traveling
the suspension, so we slowed to a crawl and
finished in 6th place.
With the outlook high on Sunday, we went into
qualifying with the intent to be up front again,
but another CV joint mishap kept us from the
front of the pack. We tore down the rear end
again, and reevaluated what was going on. We
made some adjustments to the carrier to minimize
the binding, and had Fox shorten the shock
shafts. After running the car on the stand at
full droop for a while, we were confident we had
the issues taken care of. Everything was working
how it should.
So starting at the back of the pack again,
Greg knew he had his work cut out. At the drop
of the green flag there was a mad dash for the
1st corner, and Mark Holz ended up sideways in
front of Greg with no place to go, and all of
the sudden RJ Anderson found himself slammed
into the back of the LSR SR1 car. With the
rest of the pack pulling away, they finally got
untangled. Greg worked himself up to 4th
position just in time for the competition
yellow. The green flag dropped again, and the R1
engine screamed. The 3rd place driver was
all over the track blocking every attempt that
Greg threw at him to try and get around him.
Even turning faster laps, our car was getting
the door closed at every opportunity. We held
4th position for the checkered flag.
So with lessons learned about the competition
yellow flag, fixing the cv issues, and learning
that both the car and Greg are able to run at
the front of the pack, it was a good weekend
looking back on it. Now that the car is
finished, we will have plenty of time for more
testing to make sure the cv joint gremlins are
Next race is at Miller Motorsports Park in
Tooele, Utah outside of Salt Lake City on June
About Lonestar Racing
Lonestar Racing is a production and custom
manufacturer of the highest quality racing and
recreational products for ATV's and UTV's.
Having been in the business for almost 20 years,
they have been producing race winning chassis
and suspension components for all types of
racing, ranging from the street to off road.
Their 45,000 sq ft facility in Mesa, AZ is home
to many dedicated team members that provide life
to the 23 CNC machining centers. LSR
combines this with CAD software to eliminate
errors in all of the tube bending, laser
cutting, milling and lathe work,. They also have
many TIG welding stations and an in house
powdercoating facility. LSR also offers
installation and maintenance for your ATV and
UTV needs by factory trained master technicians.