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AIRAID Sponsored Driver Brock Heger Teamed up With Jeremy McGrath in 2016

AIRAID-sponsored Brock Heger showing off for the crowd at Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

AIRAID-sponsored Brock Heger showing off for the crowd at Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series

A year that most drivers hope to end as the best year, ended up becoming a learning year for AIRAID-sponsored driver Brock Heger. In 2016, Brock was racing his Icon, Maxxis Tires Pro Lite in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series after a great rookie season in 2015 where he finished sixth in the points standing. In the beginning of the 2016 season Brock teamed up with JM2 Motorsports owned by Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath. Teaming up with Jeremy allowed Brock the opportunity to learn from Jeremy who drives a Pro 2 in the series, which is the premiere class above the Pro Lites and gave Brock the ability to have some of the best crew guys to work on his truck and make it as fast as it can be.

Brock and his AIRAID-sponsored Pro Lite love to be on TV

Brock and his AIRAID-sponsored Pro Lite love to be on TV

The Pro Lite class was full of tough competition with around twenty trucks at every race, and like most racing you want to be towards the front and away from all the chaos of the people trying to get there. It seemed like you had three distinct groups in every race, with the drivers in the front, farther back were the ones using more force then finesse to pass, and then the ones in the rear were the ones who were too rough and often broke before completing the race. Brock did a great job all season by staying towards the front and putting on great battles with other drivers while driving with respect and good, clean racing techniques. But every once in a while there was some door banging that happened as a part of great racing. Brock finished the 2016 season with nine top five finishes out of fifteen races and finished on the podium four times, which included twice in second and twice in third. With these great results from smart racing and great driving, Brock finished fourth in points overall. In the last race of the year, which was the Challenge Cup Race, Brock battled with the 2016 Pro Lite Champion all the way to the finish line and finished in a strong second place. Brock said, “this was a season of learning for me, working with great people like Jeremy and my Crew Chief Danny Ebberts. We were able to make the truck faster every time I was in the truck. We were the fastest at the end of the season and I can’t wait for 2017, to be able to start the season with the speed we finished with.”

Brock putting the AIRAID-sponsored Pro Lite on the podium

Brock putting the AIRAID-sponsored Pro Lite on the podium

In the offseason Brock and the team have spent a lot of time making some minor changes to the truck that are going to allow Brock to be even faster than he finished 2016. With these modifications and testing, Brock believes they are almost at the limits of the truck’s capabilities. With this they ended up buying one of the other competitors’ truck that isn’t racing this year, which only had about a half a season of racing on it. The progression that HRT Motorsports has made from where Brock’s current truck is should allow him to have the speed to get closer or put him on top. The newly acquired truck was set up for someone with a totally different driving style than Brock was used to, so the team has a lot of work to do to the truck. After the team is finished with modifying it to work the best for Brock they are going to be doing some testing to get it completely dialed in for the races. With the new truck initially set up for the other driver, Brock thinks it is almost as fast as his old truck at its best, so Brock and the team are hoping to come out strong and be much faster and take command of the podium.

Brock Heger flying so fast he is almost a blur

Brock Heger flying so fast he is almost a blur

Brock also believes that the offseason is the best way to stay sharp by getting behind the wheel as much as possible and in different environments. He has been racing circle track and desert racing in a Class 10. Brock has teamed up with another Pro Lite Driver Broc Dickerson at the Rage at the River 2016 for his first race in a 10 car and ended up sweeping the weekend. Brock’s success didn’t stop there in the desert either, and he has set himself up to run the 2017 Best in the Desert season in the 10 car. Starting out the 2017 year was the Parker 425, which is a grueling race that several veterans don’t even finish the race. Brock showed everyone that he wasn’t just a Pro Lite driver but a great racer by winning the very competitive 10 car class. He then went on to the second race, the Mint 400, and did the exact same thing as before and won the race. So far for Brock’s 10 car career he has raced in three races and has won all three. One thing Brock contributes to his victories is saying, “A key factor to running strong in the desert and in Short Course racing is AIRAID. Without these filters it would very hard, they allow the motor to stay clean in the harsh conditions and allow the motors to make the horsepower needed to win races.”

Keeping the fresh air flowing through his AIRAID filters in the Pro Lite

Keeping the fresh air flowing through his AIRAID filters in the Pro Lite

Whether Brock is racing his Pro Lite in front of the stands full of crowds or in his class 10 car in front of fans lining up in the desert, he is always putting on a great show for them and is striving to be on top of the podium holding the trophy up for them. He is also adding the UTV class to his schedule at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with his Pro Lite for the upcoming season. So head out to one of the Lucas Oil Off Road events and watch Brock from the stands or drive out to the middle of the desert and watch him fly past you, but make sure you watch this up and coming racer become one of the greats.


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