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Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wheatland: UTV/Kart Drivers to Watch

Coverage presented by General Tire

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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Now in only its second year, the GEICO Off-Road Shootout presented by General Tire is quickly becoming a top event on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Held at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO, the weekend schedule expands from six classes worth of racing to nine for the 2018 season, with a full slate of truck, buggy, UTV, and kart action coming to the course on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s the UTVs and karts that are providing the expansion, in fact, as only two of the five classes between them were on track in Wheatland last July for the inaugural event. We took a look at the top Pro drivers in the truck and buggy classes yesterday; today, check out some of the biggest names in the other five groups:

Production 1000 UTV: Brock Heger

Only six points behind Myles Cheek for the championship lead, Heger comes into this weekend as a defending winner in Wheatland. Last year’s class champion claimed six victories in a seven-race span, with his win in the first Missouri race capping off the first of two three-race streaks. So far in 2018, he’s taken podiums in all three races, with a win in Estero Beach sandwiched between two third places. He also qualified second and first in the two Mexican rounds to add nine bonus points to his total.

Turbo UTV: Paul O’Brien

Three races into the season, O’Brien holds a seven-point lead over Corry Weller in the Turbo UTV championship. He’s qualified first, first, and second in the first three races of the season, earning himself 14 out of a maximum 15 bonus points. After finishing third in the season opener in Arizona, O’Brien took second and first place finishes at Estero Beach, trading places with Weller in the second leg of the doubleheader, to hold onto the advantage in what appears to be an evenly matched points battle.

Mod Kart: Luke Knupp

With Trey Gibbs, the defending class champion and defending winner of both Wheatland rounds, having stepped up to Pro Buggy, the door is wide open for a new driver to step up. Enter Knupp, who scored his only podium of the 2017 season here last July with a second place finish. After qualifying third in the season opener at Wild Horse Pass, Knupp held onto the spot to earn 49 points and put himself in the early championship conversation going into the weekend.

JR1 Kart: Jake Bollman

Alongside Turbo UTV and JR2 Kart, JR1 kart is one of three classes that didn’t compete at Lucas Oil Speedway in last year’s LOORRS event. Of the five drivers to compete in the first round of the year in Arizona, Bollman came out on top, qualifying second to only Riley Hoffman and finishing first.

JR2 Kart: Connor Barry

After winning the final three rounds of the 2017 JR2 Kart season, Barry continued his winning ways to start this year when he qualified third and placed first in Arizona. Now in the midst of an impressive streak, he’ll hope to hold off Holden Heitritter and Karaston Hernandez once again in Missouri.

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