CHARLOTTE, NC (April 23, 2012) -- It was a wild weekend of off-road racing at The Dirt Track at Charlotte as Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies both took victories on the first Traxxas TORC off-road championship events of 2012.
Ricky Johnson, of El Cajon, Calif., picked up a pair of PRO 4 race wins in both of his contests this weekend, while teammate Bryce Menzies, of Las Vegas, Nev., earned victory in the PRO 2 category on Saturday and third a night earlier.
Jonhson had to battle Adrian Cenni for his Saturday win after the race started with the rival No. 11 truck in first position. Cenni stayed out front for a few laps, but Johnson quickly moved up through the field, claiming the lead on lap 9 as Cenni started developing a flat tire. When the lap 9 mandatory caution came out, Cenni was able to benefit, going to the pits to change his tire and remaining on the lead lap.
“I just really want to thank the whole team,” said Johnson. “(I want to) congratulate Adrian, he drove a great race. It was awesome out there. Adrian and I got into each other and he had to go in and change those Maxxises but I had (confidence) in our BFGs. We stayed out there and we pulled it off. I think BFG definitely deserves this win.”
Defending PRO 2 champion Menzies was able to claim the victory in the second PRO 2 race of the season after finishing third the previous night.
“We had a fast truck all weekend and I led the whole thing Friday and just pulled a bonehead move and screwed up by myself, but we knew we were going to come back today and just do it for my whole team and my crew – they deserve it,” said Menzies. “So I'm just super stoked to put this thing on the top of the box. I couldn't do it without everybody who supports me.”
Menzies started in fourth place Saturday but was up to second by lap 4, tracking down the No. 9 of Chad Hord. Menzies caught the bumper of Hord and attempted to take the lead on lap 7, but was unsuccessful.
After the mandatory lap 9 caution, Menzies and Hord raced side-by-side, making contact. Menzies was able to slide by and get away from Hord as he cruised on to win the race. Hord finished second and CJ Greaves followed behind in third.
The KMC-backed Johnson and Menzies will next travel to Buchanan, Michigan, for contests May 26-27 at Red Bud.
PRO 2: 1. Bryce Menzies; 2. Chad Hord; 3. CJ Greaves; 4. Jeff Kincaid; 5. Steve Barlow; 6. Mike Jenkins; 7. Jamie Grosser; 8. Mike Oberg; 9. Andrew Caddell; 10. Dan Schlieper.
PRO 4: 1. Ricky Johnson; 2. Adrian Cenni; 3. Scott Douglas; 4. Mike Jenkins; 5. Mark Jenkins; 6. Johnny Greaves.