After events at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Arizona in April and south of the border at Estero Beach Resort in Mexico in May, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series returns to the United States this weekend with a doubleheader event at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. The 2nd Annual GEICO Off-Road Shootout presented by General Tire is comprised of the fourth and fifth rounds of the 2018 schedule, and sees the series head as far east as it’ll go all year long.
Pro trucks and buggies comprise four of the six classes that competed here last year, and will remain a part of the nine that are scheduled to attend this weekend’s event. Featuring many of the sport’s biggest names, here are some of the top drivers to pay attention to when checking out the action on Saturday and Sunday:
Pro 4: RJ Anderson
Currently splitting his time between both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 classes, Anderson enters this weekend with a legitimate early chance at sweeping both championships. He leads the Pro 4 championship by 11 points and trails in the Pro 2 standings by only eight. Estero Beach was a rousing success for Anderson, who took runner-up finishes in both Pro 4 races and a first and second in Pro 2. Scoring his first Pro 4 win of the season in Missouri would go a long way toward keeping him in the lead in the larger trucks.
Pro 2: Jeremy McGrath
The defending Pro 2 champion, McGrath and Brian Deegan split the two rounds at Wheatland last July. it was McGrath’s second win of four on the way to his long-awaited first LOORRS title, which he took over Deegan by a solid 33 points. The seven-time Supercross champion enters this weekend fourth in the Pro 2 standings, with finishes of second in Arizona and third in the second Mexican round keeping him within 21 points of current championship leader Rob MacCachren.
Pro Lite: Ryan Beat
Both Beat and Brandon Arthur have kicked off the Pro Lite season with three straight podiums, but it was Beat’s victory at Wild Horse Pass that put him in the points lead from April forward. The Californian finished third and second in Mexico, holding onto his championship advantage over dual Estero Beach winner Christopher Polvoorde by five points. However, Beat will hope to avoid his subpar results from Missouri last year, as he finished a lap down in 12th in the first leg of 2017’s doubleheader.
Pro Buggy: Darren Hardesty
Engaged in a tightly wound championship battle right now with Bud Ward and Trevor Briska (the trio are separated by only seven points), Hardesty enters Missouri as one of two defending Pro Buggy winners alongside Eliott Watson. The defending Pro Buggy champion, Hardesty would likely be the class points leader again if not for a last place finish in the Arizona opener; he swept both Mexican rounds to rebound from the setback and propel himself forward to third in the championship coming into this weekend.