RJ Anderson needed to have a massive weekend at Glen Helen Raceway to harbor any chance at winning dual Pro 4 and Pro 2 titles in this year’s Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season.
Fortunately for him, that’s exactly what he had on Friday and Saturday at the Rockstar Energy Glen Helen Off Road Nationals.
Anderson managed to extend his advantage over Doug Mittag in the Pro 4 class by seven points, and halved his deficit to Rob MacCachren, with a win and second place finish in each class in the doubleheader event. That sets up a dramatic season finale next month at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, where all nine classes will see their champions crowned in the second visit to the Arizona course this season.
He wasn’t the only person to have a huge weekend, though. While Eliott Watson’s qualifying performances and second place finishes kept him honest, driver Darren Hardesty swept the weekend in Pro Buggy to extend his points lead to 13. Likewise, Corry Weller went back-to-back in Turbo UTV to turn a tie with teammate Paul O’Brien into a 25-point advantage going into next month’s season finale.
Likewise, MacCachren wasn’t the only driver to lose part of a massive championship advantage. Ryan Beat’s last-place finish in Saturday’s Pro Lite round opened the door for Brandon Arthur, whose fourth and third place runs closed the gap to 13. And Brock Heger’s DNF in Friday’s Production 1000 UTV saw his lead over Saturday class winner Myles Cheek shrink from over 60 points to 31, well within range of a single-race swing thanks to the massive fields that LOORRS’ more established UTV class sees every weekend.
The biggest cut to a points lead came in the JR2 Karts, though. Connor Barry’s pursuit of a perfect season finally came to an end on Saturday with a disqualification. Second place Ethan Ebert capitalized with the victory, making up 50 points on Barry and shrinking the advantage to a manageable 17 points heading into Arizona.
Still, the title chases in the other two LOORRS kart classes remain closer. A 26-point swing on Saturday caused Brody Eggleston to fall from 19 points ahead of Mason Prater to seven behind him in Mod Kart. And the difference between Jake Bollman and Ayden Ford in JR1 Kart remains at 14, as Bollman’s pair of third place finishes and Ford’s second and fourth place runs cancelled each other out at 92 points apiece.
The 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season concludes with just one more points-paying round in Arizona on the weekend of October 20-21. The fall weekend at Wild Horse Pass is split into two distinct events, Saturday’s Bushwhacker Off-Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil and Sunday’s exhibition Lucas Oil Challenge Cup presented by MAVTV, headlined by the signature Pro 4 versus Pro 2 showdown. Pro 4s swept the Challenge Cup podium last year, as Kyle LeDuc, Anderson, and Mittag led Pro 2 racers MacCachren, Brian Deegan, and Jerett Brooks to the line.
Fans who missed this weekend’s Rockstar Energy Glen Helen Off Road Nationals can watch the action on LucasOilRacing.tv on demand. Those looking for free-to-air coverage of the event can find it on CBS on Saturday, October 27 at 1:30PM ET/10:30AM PT. LOORRS fans can also relive last month’s General Tire Utah Off Road Nationals on CBS this Saturday at 2PM ET/11AM PT.