Major league short course off-road racing in the United States wraps up this weekend with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season finale at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The doubleheader weekend actually consists of two separate events: Saturday’s Bushwacker Off Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, the final points-paying round of the 2018 season, and Sunday’s Lucas Oil Challenge Cup presented by MAVTV, which is all about pride and prize money.
As with all events this year except for the series’ annual trip down to Mexico, all nine classes will be in action in Arizona this weekend, from the future stars of the sport in JR1 and JR2 Karts all the way up to its biggest names in the Pro 4 and Pro 2 classes. The weekend actually culminates in the latter two classes facing off head to head, as all of the sport’s most talented racers go for bragging rights and end the season on a high note.
RJ Anderson has been the story of the year in the Pro truck classes as he chases both the Pro 4 and Pro 2 titles. In the former, he holds the points lead by 11 over Doug Mittag, and basically just needs to make it to the race to settle things up; given the size of the field, Mittag’s best bet would be to make up most of the deficit in qualifying and then go out and win. It’ll take some awful luck for Rob MacCachren in Pro 2 for Anderson to sweep, though: the legendary MacCachren, now focused on a single class, holds a 27-point advantage, and will be keen not to repeat his 11th-place finish from the most recent round at Glen Helen.
Ryan Beat’s DNF in California cut his points lead to 13 over Brandon Arthur, but with four wins on the season and podiums in every other start he’s made, Beat remains the favorite. Same for Darren Hardesty in Pro Buggy; his lead over Eliott Watson is also 13 points, but he comes into Wild Horse Pass with wins in his past two races and podiums in his past four.
The UTV championship races feature much larger gaps, as Brock Heger leads the Production 1000 points by 31 and Corry Weller is up by 25 in the Turbo race. In JR2 Karts, Connor Barry’s 49-point lead basically means he just needs to start on Saturday to lock up the championship, while Jake Bollman’s 14-point advantage over Ayden Ford in JR1 is anything but safe, and Mason Prater’s seven-point lead over Brody Eggleston in Modified Kart is actually the closest points race in LOORRS right now.
Live streams of both days of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series action kick off at 5PM ET/2PM ET on Saturday and Sunday on LucasOilRacing.TV. Even after the season wraps up, TV broadcasts from 2018 LOORRS rounds will continue to air throughout the fall and beyond on CBS, the CBS Sports Network, and MAVTV.