COSTA MESA, California (Sept. 20, 2014) – Keegan Kincaid started on pole for Saturday’s SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race, but his path to victory lane in Orange County was anything but smooth sailing for the Crandon, Wisc., off-road driver.
The competition caution at the 20-lap halfway point of the race found Kincaid behind Friday night’s winner and off-road racing legend Robby Gordon. From the start of the race, it was again apparent it would be Gordon’s night as he took the lead from Kincaid within the first 100 feet of the standing start. Kincaid stayed with the veteran Gordon and followed him to the line at the half-way point. Knowing that he would have to drive the best 10-laps of his short SST career, the 24-year-old second-generation driver did just that, and capitalized on an issue Gordon had with his truck to overtake and pass the series founder.
“I was having so much fun out there racing Robby,” Kincaid said to the massive standing-room only crowd at the OC Fair & Event Center. “It was a battle out there and I took the Joker Lane early and it paid off for me and when Robby had an issue with his truck I was able to capitalize on it. All these fans, look at them all, they’re awesome and it’s great to get my first SST win for TRAXXAS.
The short course at the OC Fair & Event Center was by all accounts one of the best layouts in the history of the SST series which produced amazing racing and constant action for the capacity crowd.
“These trucks and the solid crop of drivers we have here put on a great show,” series promoter and founder Gordon said. “I think these Southern California fans here tonight saw the type of show these drivers and trucks put on we look forward to building this series and continuing to bring it to people all over the country.”