Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series GEICO Off Road Championship: Weekend Preview

Coverage presented by General Tire

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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The most exciting weekend of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season is finally here: the annual fall visit to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and the GEICO Off Road Championship presented by General Tire. The LOORRS season finale won’t just settle this season’s championships, though—it’ll also include Challenge Cup races between not only the Pro 2 and Pro 4s, but also the Turbo and P1000 UTVs.

Pro 2 will see one of the most exciting championship battles of the year come down to the wire, as Rodrigo Ampudia looks to hold off Jerett Brooks for the title with the duo separated by only five points in the standings. But with Brian Deegan coming off two victories in Arizona, including one in last year’s Challenge Cup, in the last two visits to the track, and Jeremy McGrath proving dominant earlier this month at Glen Helen Raceway, who will actually stand atop the podium is anyone’s guess.

They’re not the only single-digit points battle coming in, though. Chris Nunes and Eliott Watson actually enter the Pro Buggy finale tied on top of the championship table, and Robert Stout boasts just a seven-point advantage on Brock Heger in P1000 UTV. Heger is also within 10 points of Pro Lite championship leader Ryan Beat, with Mickey Thomas just one more point behind, and Corry Weller’s pursuit of a second straight UTV Turbo title hinges on her maintaining what is currently an 11-point advantage over Ronnie Anderson.

In Pro 4, meanwhile, Kyle LeDuc will cap off a dominant performance with the title all but secured over RJ Anderson. With a 26-point cushion, the only thing that would keep LeDuc from returning to the top spot would be a DNS on Saturday. Stranger things have happened, but it’s always hard to bet on such a freak occurrence, so expect LeDuc to lock up the title, potentially even by scoring his sixth victory of the season.

After Saturday afternoon’s points-paying finales, the racing heats up once again at roughly 7:25PM PT with the trio of Challenge Cup races, this time held on the same day as the championship concludes. This year’s program kicks off with the Pro Lites returning to action one last time this season, followed by the new-for-2019 UTV battle and finally the traditional Pro 2 vs. Pro 4 race.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series GEICO Off Road Championship presented by General Tire will stream live on Lucas Oil Racing TV on Saturday. Jim Beaver and Brent Smith will have the call starting at 4:40PM ET/1:40PM PT. The 2020 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series schedule has not yet been revealed, but will likely include many of this year’s existing events, as well as the return of Lucas Oil Raceway after weather damage forced the cancellation of this year’s event.

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