The 2018 short course season rolls on with the return of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to Wild West Motorsports Park in this weekend’s K&N Silver State Showdown presented by Toyota. The sixth of 12 rounds on this year’s LOORRS calendar will see all nine classes of competitors, from the headlining Pro 4s to the kart stars of the future, take on the Nevada course on Saturday night.
As part of a schedule realignment this season, LOORRS visits the town of Sparks a month earlier, but the same sort of sparks will fly between some of the sport’s biggest names. The biggest differences between last year’s event and this year are the move away from a doubleheader event and the addition of Turbo UTV, JR1 Kart, and JR2 Kart to the weekend schedule.
Many of the top names from last year will return, though, led by RJ Anderson, who won here in both Pro 4 and Pro 2 last season and returns in both classes. Other 2017 winners at Wild West who are expected to return to action this weekend include defending Pro 2 champion Jeremy McGrath, Jerett Brooks (who has since moved up from Pro Lite to Pro 2), and Pro Lite and UTV winner Brock Heger. Sterling Cling, who swept the Pro Buggy races, returns to defend his crown, while one of the 2017 Mod Kart winners, Chris Nunes, moves up to join him; the other, Ricky Gutierrez, will aim to win another Mod Kart round.
The stars of LOORRS come into Sparks after a hard-fought doubleheader last month at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, the series’ eastern-most host venue. There, Kyle LeDuc and Scott Douglas split the Pro 4 rounds on offer, but Anderson remains the points leader by four over Doug Mittag. Rob MacCachren, currently focused on Pro 2, swept both rounds to extend his advantage over Anderson to 21 points in that class, while Ryan Beat (Pro Lite), Darren Hardesty (Pro Buggy), and Heger (Production 1000 UTV) did the same to take their own championship leads into Nevada.
In Mod Kart, Brody Eggleston used a pair of wins in Missouri to claw his way to within three points of Mason Prater. Jake Bollman and Ayden Ford split the wins in JR1 Kart to come into the weekend first and second in points, while Connor Barry remains undefeated on the season in the JR2 Kart ranks. Finally, the Turbo UTV class has a tie atop its ranks, as Corry Weller and Paul O’Brien enter the Silver State Showdown with 250 points, a win, and two poles apiece.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series K&N Silver State Showdown presented by Toyota can be streamed live on Saturday at 10PM ET/7PM PT on LucasOilRacing.tv. Fans looking to catch up on past rounds of LOORRS action can tune in to MAVTV at 2PM ET/11AM PT and the CBS Sports Network at 8PM ET/5PM PT on Sunday to relive action from the 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border presented by Lucas Oil, the series’ lone visit to Mexico in the 2018 season.