This weekend, the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League visits Bark River International Raceway for the 43rd Annual Bark River Off Road Rumble in the U.P., the third of four rounds in this year’s season. All the action streams live on Saturday starting at 12:20PM ET and Sunday beginning at 12:10PM ET on LucasOilRacing.tv, with our own Jim Beaver on the mic.
As you’re preparing to watch what are sure to be two of the most exciting rounds of the 2018 MSCL season, keep an eye on these three storylines to watch. They’re sure to help define not only this weekend’s results, but perhaps the entire championship:
Can C.J. Greaves turn it around at Bark River?
Greaves and his fans must certainly hope so, after ERX Motor Park gave last year’s defending Pro 4 and Pro Stock SXS champion a weekend to forget. Finishes of second and last while father Johnny won the two Pro 4 races on offer dropped C.J. to second in the standings, nine points back. The Pro Stock SXS results were even worse, as Greaves only earned 37 points on the weekend (including a single-point race as the result of a DNF) to drop to fourth in points, 56 behind leader Ryan Mulder.
Will we see a rookie Pro Truck driver break out with a victory in Bark River?
Alongside his Pro 2 commitments, Andrew Carlson traded in his Pro Lite for a Pro 4 for the first time this season and has quickly become the top driver in the class behind the Greaves family. With some of the unpredictable results we’ve seen this season, he could be ready to pounce on top of the podium at any moment. Likewise, Pro 2 rookie Daely Pentico’s first season moving up has been a success so far, as the young driver has finishes of fourth, fourth, and third so far to hold onto third in the championship.
Which regional driver with a perfect record so far will hold onto their winning streak?
Super Buggy points leader Michael Meister saw his winning streak end in the second round of action at ERX as Michael Hester took the victory. But he wasn’t the only one to have a perfect season up to that point, as Tony Keepers (1600 Buggy) and Troy Johnson (Short Course Kart) carry their flawless records into Bark River. In addition, while Classix didn’t compete at ERX, Fay Statezny carries a perfect record from June’s season opener at Crandon into this weekend’s competition.