After launching the series last month at Crandon International Raceway, the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season continues this Friday and Saturday at ERX Motor Park. The second of four events on the calendar, fans can stream all of the action live at 2:20PM ET/11:20AM PT on both days with a yearly subscription to LucasOilRacing.tv, and hear our own Jim Beaver on the mic.
A short season can always be unpredictable as drivers have fewer chances to get it right, and that’s part of what makes this year’s MSCL schedule so exciting. Every event is extra crucial to the championship, and this weekend’s action at ERX is no exception. With that in mind, here are some of the things we’ll be watching out for over the next two days:
Who will come out on top of the latest Greaves vs. Greaves battle?
This year’s Pro 4 field will likely be led by the father-son duo of Johnny and CJ Greaves from start to finish, but who will earn more victories is anyone’s guess. Johnny would have won the season opener at Crandon if not for an uncharacteristic mistake that handed CJ the lead. But in the Pro 4-Pro 2 showdown that closed out the weekend, it was Johnny on top of the podium, holding the biggest paycheck. Watching these two battle is always a treat—expect more of the same at ERX.
Which of last year’s pro class winners stands the best chance at repeating?
Four of the five top classes in the sport—Pro 4 with CJ Greaves, Pro 2 with Mike Vanden Heuvel, Pro Lite with Kyle Kleiman, and Pro Stock SXS with Greaves again—all saw ERX sweeps in 2017. Each of those drivers also won their races at Crandon last month to pick up where they’d left off last year. Meanwhile, Pro Mod SXS driver Rodney VanEperen took a win apiece at ERX last year and Crandon to kick off 2018. All will be threats for their respective class victories once again this weekend.
How will the weather affect the weekend?
It’s the one thing that nobody wants to talk about: the threat of rain. Practice was called early on Thursday due to nearby lightning strikes and the weather reports still suggest some early morning showers, but once we get to the afternoon, the remainder of the weekend appears to be totally clear. That said, the total lack of practice and qualifying proved to be a factor at Crandon, so we’ll see what drivers are able to do with less restrictions at ERX.