When the dust settled from Friday and Saturday’s ERX Off-Road National, the names and faces atop the podium should have been pretty familiar to Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League fans.
In fact, the result sheets looked quite a bit like they did at Crandon International Raceway last month. Once again, CJ Greaves took a Pro 4 victory, as well as both Pro Stock SXS races. Christopher Polvoorde went two for two on the weekend in Pro Lite, while Kyle Chaney went back-to-back in Pro Mod SXS and Trey D Gibbs made it two wins in two days in Super Buggy.
But just like with Keegan Kincaid in Crandon, there was also a local favorite taking a popular victory in Elk River. Andrew Carlson capped off the Pro 4 racing from ERX Motor Park with his first win of the season, following up his second podium of the season on Friday with a statement victory of nearly two seconds over Greaves on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Pro 2 class saw another sweep, although again it wasn’t Kincaid taking both checkered flags. This time, it was defending Pro Lite champion Kyle Kleiman who scored the pair of victories, holding off Kincaid in a close battle on Friday and beating Cory Winner on Saturday. They were Kleiman’s first wins since moving up to the Pro 2 class for 2019.
Through four rounds of action, the championship battles in many of the premier MSCL classes are already taking shape. Greaves’ pursuit of dual championships looks healthy; he leads Carlson by seven, and his father Johnny Greaves by 17, in the Pro 4 chase, but has a 33-point advantage over cousin Kyle Greaves in the Pro Stock SXS standings. Chaney’s advantage over defending Pro Mod SXS champion Rodney VanEperen has swelled to an impressive 51 points.
The other two Pro truck classes may produce the most exciting battles. Ryan Beat’s string of four consecutive runner-up finishes has kept Polvoorde from extending his lead beyond eight points in Pro Lite. But Pro 2 has the closest gap of all, with Kincaid only three points ahead of Kleiman and 12 points clear of Winner in what is sure to be an intense three-way title fight.
The Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League will return to action on August 9-11 at Bark River International Raceway in Bark River, Michigan. The tripleheader weekend will set up the season finale at Crandon on Labor Day weekend, as the 50th anniversary of the World Championship Off-Road Races will serve as a spectacular season finale for the second MSCL season.