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After a long offseason and a major shift in the short course atmosphere, the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League finally rolls into its first event of the 2018 season with this weekend’s 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run at Crandon International Raceway. With an entry list of well over 200 competitors running in 15 different classes, the Big House will certainly live up to its name with a jam-packed schedule of racing over the next two days, culminating in Saturday’s Forest County Potawatomi Community Challenge Cup, a showdown of the Pro 4 and Pro 2 trucks entered over the weekend.
Lucas Oil Racing TV will air this weekend’s event live starting at 1:20PM ET on both Saturday and Sunday, as Jim Beaver joins Tes Sewell on the mic to call the action. As we gear up to watch, here are some of the big questions we’re looking to answer with the 2018 season opener:
Who else is excited for the unification of short course racing?
The LOMSCL debut rounds this weekend mark a major step forward for the sport. It’s awesome to finally have all of America’s top short course teams and drivers running under one banner, and with the suggestion that we’ll eventually see one unified series running across America in the next few years, the future is bright for the sport. And of course, there’s no better place to kick it all off than Crandon, the very birthplace of short course racing.
Does CJ Greaves have another multi-title year ahead of him?
Betting against Greaves seems like a silly move, going by just how strong he’s been the past few years. Giving up Pro 2 competition last year in favor of Pro Stock SXS, he managed to take that title alongside his third consecutive Pro 4 crown. While he’s got his father Johnny to contend with in the trucks and a deep field to stare down in side-by-side action, if anything was going to truly faze the 23-year-old, it likely would have come his way by now. That said, he split the June Pro 4 rounds with Johnny here last year, so he’s still got dual sweeps to strive for.
How will the big-name shifts in the Pro truck classes affect the season opener?
Keegan Kincaid and Chad Hord move from Pro 4 to Pro 2. Andrew Carlson, already in Pro 2, trades in his Pro Lite for a Pro 4, as does Travis Dinsmore. Compared to the change in sanctioning body, these shifts have been quiet in the short course landscape, but they’ll make for a dramatically different complexion to this year’s championship—especially with defending Pro 2 winner Brad Lovell not on the entry list. And don’t forget the Community Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon that pits Pro 2 and Pro 4 against one another. In short: expect the unexpected this weekend.