Hardesty Leads Alumi Craft Racers To LOORRS Championship Sweep
October 26, 2017
Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. took his second straight Pro Buggy championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. His flag to flag win in the final round of racing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ put an exclamation point on the battle for the championship. Eliott Watson finished second, and Sterling Cling was third. The points championship podium was an all Alumi Craft affair. In fact, Alumi Craft racers took an amazing 31 out of 39 possible podium positions this season. Seven times Alumi Craft racers swept the podium; racing on a diverse assortment of tracks. Alumi Craft racers achieved incredible speed and consistency all year.
Hardesty was able to eke out a slight cushion going into the final race. His margin of victory over Watson was 32 points. The battle between Watson and Cling was much tighter. Watson got the edge on Cling by a single point.
After a few rounds of racing, it became clear that one of the Alumi Craft racers would probably take the championship. The rivalry that developed between Hardesty and Watson was especially fun to watch. Hardesty’s nickname is HotSauce, and after winning the first two rounds, Watson said Hardesty should change it to “Ketchup”.
The entire time Cling was lurking in the shadows and put together his own back-to-back winning streak in rounds 9 and 10. Cling also achieved a milestone in his career when he went to “The Big House” in Crandon Wisconsin and earned a World Championship title.
Crandon is the birthplace of short course racing and a World Championship title comes with incredible prestige. Ironically, Cling battled with fellow Alumi Craft racer Michael Meister during the World Championship race.
Meister finished second that day, but went on the take the points championship in the TORC series a couple weeks later. Congratulations to all the Alumi Craft Pro Buggy racers who have won Championships, and World Titles this season.
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