Starting off the weekend amped and ready for a fresh shot at the championship, Casey and team were in-sync and ready to take home a win from these first rounds of the season. Qualifying 10th on Friday in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan, Casey joined the huge field of Pro Lites on Saturday. Then and there, he worked his way through the field to 3rd place. His finish however, would not be so rewarding. After wheel-to-wheel contact with a fellow driver on Saturday, Casey's truck was unable to continue. The team took their first DNF of the season, their heightened enthusiasm fading.
"First round of the year started out awesome and went down hill fast,” explained Casey after Saturday's race. “We started 10th and moved quickly to 3rd with some great battles in between, but when wheel-to-wheel contact was made, a belt was spit off the truck, causing the engine to die, and ending our race. Sometimes accidents happen; now we're all about shifting our focus to gathering our points back tomorrow in round 2."
A close finish for Casey's first podium of the season left Casey and team very pleased with the results of the weekend.
"To finish 3rd isn't ideal but being on the box is amazing," noted Casey. "We lost this race by .5 of a second so it was an extremely tight battle."
After a successful weekend at Firebird, Casey is headed straight to Moab, Utah for Easter Jeep Safari where he will trek with hundreds of other Jeeps through trail rides and climbs over the weeklong event. Casey will return in time for the next Lucas Oil Off Road Series adventure: Rounds 3 & 4, hosted at Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA on April 21-22, 2012. Until then, keep up with him on Facebook and Twitter at Facebook.com/OfficialCaseyCurrie and Twitter.com/caseycurrie and find him on Instagram as caseycurrie.
Sunday would prove a turnaround in team spirit, as Casey's on-point driving marked him as 1st place qualifier early in the day. The team was prepared to tackle any obstacle and make up for points lost in Saturday’s race. With the top 6 starting inversion, Casey would start in 6th position—a starting advantage he could utilize, moving quickly through the slower qualifiers to gain some ground, and that he did. Casey caught up with Chris Brandt and RJ Anderson giving the fans the show they came to see. An extremely close finish, Casey took 3rd in the Pro Lite class.
"Today was such a rewarding day for the team," said Casey after the podium ceremonies. "We qualified on the pole, and set the fastest lap. Once the green flag dropped it was an all-out mud storm but we made it through to position 3. With 3 laps remaining, everything else faded away and the track was in clear focus—my truck then really came alive."
Anaheim Hills, CA (April 4, 2012) – Casey Currie was all fire inside for the Lucas Oil Off Road season opener at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, AZ this past weekend. After some tribulations on Saturday, Casey gained back his ground and took the podium for 3rd place on Sunday in the Pro Lite class.