Fans of short course off-road racing, clear your weekend schedule: the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series wraps up the major-league short course season this weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The festivities kick off today with the Bushwacker Off Road Nationals, the final points-paying rounds of the season; they’ll end tomorrow with the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, a set of shootout races for pride and paychecks among the nine classes of the LOORRS championship.
The action kicks off at 5PM ET/2PM PT on both Saturday and Sunday on Lucas Oil Racing TV for both monthly and yearly subscribers. As you’re checking out the stream, here are the stories you won’t want to miss:
Which Pro class is most likely to see a change in the points lead on Saturday?
Three of the four Pro classes (Pro 4, Pro Lite, and Pro Buggy) have gaps of 13 points or less between first and second in the championship standings. The only exception is Pro 2, where Rob MacCachren leads RJ Anderson by 28, but with both a deep field and MacCachren’s 11th place finish last time out at Glen Helen, it’s not outside the realm of mathematical possibility that the lead could change hands. Anderson’s 11-point advantage in Pro 4 may actually be the most secure due to smaller fields.
Besides Anderson, which dual-class driver has had the most impressive 2018 season?
One of the most exciting parts of LOORRS action is the amount of drivers who run two classes. Three UTV racers (Paul O’Brien, Myles Cheek, and Ronnie Anderson) have a shot at finishing in the top 10 in both the Production 1000 and Turbo classes. Mickey Thomas scored his first wins in both Pro Lite and P1000 at Glen Helen, and should score top fives in both classes. Same goes for Brock Heger, who ranks below Thomas in Pro Lite, but dominated P1000 on the way to a likely second straight championship.
Does short course racing get any better than Pro 2 versus Pro 4 action?
Sunday’s Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, the annual non-points shootout that wraps up the LOORRS season, concludes with a face-off between the sport’s top two truck classes. The entry list should be insanely deep for this one. Mix in Doug Mittag, Kyle Leduc, Adrian Cenni, Greg Adler, and Scott Douglas from Pro 4 with Rodrigo Ampudia, Jerett Brooks, Jeremy McGrath, and Brian Deegan from Pro 2, plus drivers like Anderson, MacCachren, and Bradley Morris who have run both classes in 2018, and you’ve got a party.