LAKE ELSINORE, California (October 26, 2013) – Rob MacCachren didn't like the way he finished Saturday's Pro 2 portion of the Lucas Oil Nationals presented by MAVTV at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, but the reward was so good he could live with the result.

The 48-year-old Las Vegas off road racing veteran went into the final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO leading Carl Renezeder by 18 points and needing to finish within eight positions of the Laguna Beach, California, driver to claim his first class championship since 2010.

MacCachren didn't take the checkered flag. The motor in his Rockstar/Makita Ford began to sound ill just past the halfway point of the 16-lap race and he limped around the track for 4 more laps before pulling off with 2 laps to go and finished 11th.

Renezeder had parked his Lucas Oil Nissan 6 laps earlier, however, after losing the rear track rod and shocks, and he finished 12th.

That meant MacCachren won the championship by 20 points, so he didn't mind arriving for the podium ceremony on the end of a tow strap.

"We started the year with a blown engine and finished it the same way," said MacCachren, who won the 2010 title by 82 over Renezeder and finished second and third the past two seasons, when Brian Deegan won the championship.

MacCachren said his first objective for the day was "to qualify up front so I could get started up front and stay clear of as many people as I could," and he accomplished that by being third fastest, behind Bryce Menzies and Deegan. He raced with them in the early going, too, but that wasn't his primary concern.

"For the most part I was in the clear all the time," he said. "People were pushing and trying to make moves but it seemed like I would be able to settle into a spot. I pretty much was going to wait and see what happened. If I could get up front and be out front by myself, fine. I wanted to be by myself, not really have to do battle at the beginning.

"Then as things unfolded with Carl it was like 'OK, now I can take chances,' and as soon as I thought that we lost the motor, so I didn't even get the opportunity to go catch the guys. Thankfully we had enough of a (points) lead, and thankfully Carl had problems. If Carl doesn't drop out, we're in trouble."

Renezeder, who had clinched the Pro 4 title last month in Las Vegas, finished second to Eric Barron in the 16-lap Pro 4 race that brought the day's activity to a close.

Deegan had gone into Saturday's race third in the standings, 38 points back. The Temecula, California, resident did everything he could by winning the race and leading all but 1 lap and that moved him ahead of Pro 4 champion Renezeder in the final standings.

Congrat to Rob MacCachren on a great season!

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