Elton John probably didn’t have off-road truck racing in mind when he first sang “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)”, but the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will stand to prove the point nonetheless tonight at Wild West Motorsports Park. The series rolls into Sparks, Nevada for its sixth of 12 rounds in the 2018 season, the K&N Filters Silver State Showdown presented by Toyota.
Last year, the series’ inaugural visit to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri was a singleheader, and this event was a doubleheader; they’ve swapped those distinctions for 2018. With only one round on tap for today’s action, have a look at some of the defining storylines that will shape the season’s halfway point:
What’s next in RJ Anderson’s pursuit of dual Pro 4 and Pro 2 titles?
Things have taken a turn for the difficult in Anderson’s pursuit to be the first dual champion in LOORRS’ top two classes since Carl Renezeder did it in the series’ inaugural season in 2009. At four points back, Doug Mittag is breathing down his neck in Pro 4, while Kyle Leduc continues his pursuit of his fifth consecutive title (and sixth overall) after winning in Wheatland. In Pro 2, Anderson trails Rob MacCachren, who appears to be fully focused on the class after skipping the Pro 4 rounds in Missouri.
When will some of the biggest names in Pro 2 return to the top of the box?
It’s been a season to forget for 2010 class champion Brian Deegan, whose top qualifying spot in the second Wheatland round wasn’t enough to help him finally crack the podium this year. He’s seventh in the standings, 72 points back of MacCachren. Meanwhile, defending class champion Jeremy McGrath may have three podiums so far, but he’s still 33 back of the leader and yet to take his first win of 2018. The good news? McGrath was one of the Pro 2 winners here last year, and ran third in his last race.
Will Brock Heger defend both his Pro Lite and Production 1000 UTV victories?
The defending P1000 UTV champion, Heger’s star power in the class is well established. He’s won three of the five rounds so far this year, including a sweep in Missouri, and taken third place finishes in the other two in a six-race podium streak entending to last year’s finale. Pro Lite is the bigger question mark; Ryan Beat has been dominant so far, taking three wins out of five and also sweeping the Lucas Oil Speedway action, while Heger sits sixth in points, having only just taken his first podium of 2018.