Estero Beach Hotel & Resort plays host to the latest event of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this weekend, as the series makes its annual trek outside of the United States for the 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border presented by Lucas Oil. Ensenada has proven a highly popular stop for the tour in past seasons, with fans flocking to see big names like Jeremy McGrath, Brian Deegan, and a number of other short course stars compete in Mexico for the first time.
It had been just over a month since the trucks, buggies, and UTVs of America’s premier short course series had taken to the track before yesterday’s action, and it’ll be just over a month until they hit the track again at Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri, so be sure to savor this weekend as much as you can. While you’re enjoying the second leg of the doubleheader today, keep an eye on the following storylines that will help shape this year’s championship:
Can Rob MacCachren start the Pro 2 season with a hat trick?
MacCachren is no stranger to winning big races in Mexico—he’s won the Baja 1000 four times, including in a three-year stretch from 2014 to 2016. But he only made it happen as a LOORRS driver for the first time on Saturday. The Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Famer also opened the season with a victory at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park last month, so he’s sitting pretty in the points coming into Sunday’s action. A weekend sweep could put the championship out of reach for his rivals before it truly gets started.
Will we see anybody take podiums in multiple classes on Sunday?
Saturday was a good day for RJ Anderson, as he took podiums in both Pro 4 and Pro 2, but he’s far from the only driver running multiple classes here. MacCachren runs the same two series and made his first Pro 4 start of the season after facing mechanical issues in Arizona. Saturday Production 1000 UTV winner Brock Heger also finished fifth in Pro Lite, while Ronnie Anderson finished third and seventh in those same two classes. It’ll be exciting to see if anybody can match RJ’s Saturday form.
How will Kyle LeDuc respond to yesterday’s post-race penalty?
LeDuc crossed the line first in Pro 4 on Saturday, but was stripped of the victory after officials penalized him for contact with RJ Anderson. It would have been his sixth win in seven tries at Estero Beach; instead, Adrian Cenni took the win with Anderson and Scott Douglas rounding out the podium. Of course, the defending Pro 4 champion has the speed to respond favorably, but he was still incredibly upset about the penalty call. Can he put that behind him today and take care of business?