It takes Hard work, Determination and Heart to win a championship, three things, which Brian Deegan displayed this year at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Last weekend was the final stop of the series and proved to be one of the most exciting race weekends of the season. The much-anticipated event took place back where it began in Primm, NV. Apparently what happens in Nevada doesn't stay in Nevada. In April, the series launched its first event at the Primm Valley Motorsports Complex in Primm, NV. Deegan a rookie at the time was determined to prove that he had what it took to win a championship in a sport that was dominated by racers with years of experience in Short Course Off Road Racing. After battling through the weekend, Deegan ended up walking away with a 3rd place finish and a realization that with a little hard work, he could beat the top competitors in the sport.
"The first race was an eye opener when I realized that I have a shot at battling for the number one spot in the series. I knew it was going to be an exciting year!"
Deegan continued to dominate through the series, weekend after weekend, month after month. One of the most exciting and emotional times for Deegan came to fruition in his hometown of Lake Elsinore, Ca.
"Elsinore was my first taste of blood. Leaving that race I knew what I needed to do to continue winning through the rest of the series. Out of all my career accomplishments that win was in my Top 5. Compared to my first Supercross win and landing the first 360 on a dirt bike it was definitely an emotional moment"
Throughout the season Deegan had his share of domination and defeat, but through it all he remained focused on winning a championship. Deriving from his early beginnings as a Freestyle Motocross Rider, Deegan pushed himself to the limits and lived life on the edge, but as with everything it came at a heavy price. After almost dying three separate times, Deegan knows firsthand what it's like to battle the toughest of battles. Coming into Primm, NV for the final stop of the series Deegan had managed to battle his way to 2nd in points, 9 points behind the leader Chris Brandt. This was it, either put it all on the line and walk away a champion, or get left in the dust and settle for a 2nd place finish. Deegan a racer at heart wasn't going to settle for anything short of a championship.
Saturday's Unlimited Lites main event proved to be an exciting one for both the fans and Brian Deegan. Pulling out all the stops, Deegan fought to the end and took 1st place putting him just inches away from the championship. With only 6 points separating Deegan from the leader Chris Brandt, both drivers could taste victory. Sunday's race seemed at first a disappointment to Deegan locking down a 2nd place finish which would've put him 2nd in points behind Chris Brandt, but later turned out to be the sweet taste of victory. When all was through and the dust had settled, the top 3 trucks were impounded for a mandatory tech inspection. The results came back and the tech officials determined that due to an illegal truck modification of an elongated wheel base, Chris Brandt's truck was disqualified from the race, giving Brian Deegan enough points to win the Unlimited Lites Championship of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series!
"I would've liked to win the championship by battling it out on the track. I came to race a professional series that followed the rules they put in place and I think the officials and Lucas Oil made a statement this weekend. In the end I'm stoked to win the championship. For me this win wasn't about this moment, it was about every race this year; the team, friends, family and everyone who helped me win the championship. In the end, it feels good win the championship!"
Deegan would like to give BIG THANKS to:
Rockstar Energy Drink, Metal Mulisha, Lucas Oil, AlpineStars, Etnies, VonZipper, Allsport Dynamics, Shoei, Dunlop, Acerbis, Jayco, UNI Filter, Kicker, RG3, Factory Effex, Grenade Gloves, Fathead, Verizon Wireless, Varner Motorsports, W.E.R, Escondido Cycle Center
Friends & Family
& Everyone who helped!
Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Challenge Cup
Date: December 11-12th, 2009
Location: Lake Elsinore, Ca
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