Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri plays hosts to the third event of the 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, the second annual GEICO Off-Road Shootout presented by General Tire. The doubleheader serves as the fourth and fifth rounds of the season, and by far its furthest trip east, well outside of its typical southwestern range of operation.
With all nine LOORRS classes on the weekend schedule, including trucks, buggies, karts, and UTVs, short course fans are in for quite the treat for the next two days. While you’re following all the action, make sure to watch out for these three storylines to shape the racing this Saturday and Sunday:
What can RJ Anderson do to duplicate his success south of the border?
A dual threat this year in both Pro 4 and Pro 2, Anderson won the second Pro 2 round in Mexico and finished second in the other three races he ran. That success gave him the Pro 4 points lead, and put him only eight points behind Rob MacCachren in Pro 2. While last year’s results in Missouri (only one podium in Pro 2) don’t suggest big things to come, Anderson didn’t take a podium in either class at Estero Beach last year, either—and look how that turned out.
Can Jeremy McGrath and Brian Deegan turn it around in Missouri?
Last year’s Pro 2 champion and one of the sport’s biggest names haven’t quite found their form yet to start off the 2018 season. McGrath does have two podiums and 10 qualifying bonus points to his name so far, but only sits fourth in the standings, behind MacCachren, Anderson, and Jerett Brooks. Deegan, meanwhile, has yet to stand on the box this season, dealing with a fire in Mexico and sitting seventh in points. Either or both could use a win, and since both won here last year, now would be the perfect time.
How exciting is it to see nine classes in this year’s event instead of six?
With the addition of Turbo UTV to this year’s championship, LOORRS fans have already been able to see more racing at this year’s events. But it’s not the only extra class to join this weekend’s event that didn’t run in Wheatland last year, as JR1 Kart and JR2 Kart will also compete. No, it’s not as significant as if, say, one of the Pro truck or buggy classes had been left out of last year’s event. But it means three more races a day for the fans on site, and that’s always worth the price of admission.