"Not many teams run multiple trucks; much less have two on the podium in the same race. It was great to get both Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Tools Fords up there, the only thing left for us to do this year is to sweep the podium with all three LeDucs," Curt LeDuc told K&N News "Few things make you prouder as a father than to share the podium with your sons, but seeing my two boys up there together, and knowing how much time and preparation it took them at the shop before the race to claim those trophies, are memories and accomplishments that will never be replaced."
Curt wasn't injured as it was only grease from a hub that caught fire when the brakes got hot. "The fire did bring out the red flag though, and that helped Todd catch up to the field and get on to the podium, so there was a silver lining," added Curt.
A dark shadow hangs over team LeDuc and the entire field of competitors in the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, as they lost two of its brightest stars, brothers Rick and Jeff Huseman, in a tragic plane crash on October 16.
"We definitely feel a void on the course since we lost our Pro-4 friend and racer, Rick, and his brother Jeff," commented Kyle, "It was always Rick and me going at it, and battling it out on the track, but once we were out of our trucks and in the pits, we would do anything for each other." Curt echoed the sentiments of his son, "The entire LeDuc family has a heavy heart over this loss, I hope we can go out and claim the victory and make him proud in Vegas. We will be dedicating our race to his memory."
Heading into the Vegas race, Kyle is third in championship points behind series leader, Carl Renezeder, and Rick Huseman holds the number two spot. "I really wish I had the opportunity to see how the rest of this year would have played out. Unfortunately, Rick and his brother were taken from us too early and we will never know how the season would have finished," remarked Kyle. Todd is currently positioned right behind his younger brother and Curt is sitting in eighth place. With three racing remaining, there isn't much time left to lock up the championship, but the LeDucs have illustrated in the past that they do their best work under pressure. Kyle won the Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Off Road Challenge Cup at the end of 2010, taking home the $30,000 paycheck, and he's clearly motivated on repeating in Phoenix on December 11th.
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