After kicking off its second season at Crandon last month, the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League returns to action this Friday and Saturday at ERX Motor Park. As with every event on the MSCL schedule, the ERX Off-Road National will see both Pro and Sportsman classes take on a doubleheader on the mile-long Minnesota course.
Last month’s Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run kicked off year two of national unification in the short course ranks, and it was hometown hero Keegan Kincaid who found himself the biggest winner of the weekend. The Pro 2 driver swept both points-paying races before hanging on for the victory in the Pro 2/Pro 4 Challenge Cup race, taking home an extra $10,000 for his efforts.
A unified rules package brought in some of the top west coast racers as well, though, from RJ Anderson in the Pro 4 class to Christopher Polvoorde and Ryan Beat in Pro Lite. Of the drivers who are running full calendars in both MSCL and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this year, Polvoorde was one of the most successful in Crandon, scoring both victories to go alongside two podiums in LOORRS action so far. Trey Gibbs replicated the feat in Super Buggy, winning both races over defending champion Michael Meister.
After losing the Pro Stock SXS title to Ryan Mulder last season, CJ Greaves kicked off his quest to reclaim the crown with a sweep at Crandon, to go with a win and a second place to his father Johnny in Pro 4. With Kyle Chaney sweeping the Pro Mod SXS action, Pro 4 was the only professional class to see two different winners in Crandon—but with deep fields in every class, it’ll be a surprise if that trend holds at ERX.
The ERX Off-Road National runs throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday at ERX Motor Park, with Sportsman racing starting at 11:30AM on both days before the pros begin racing at 5:45PM. From there, the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League will return to action at Bark River International Raceway for a tripleheader on August 9-11, while the racers who also compete in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will get back on track even sooner with a July 26-27 doubleheader at Wild West Motorsports Park.