Short course off-road racing returns to California tonight and tomorrow, as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series visits Glen Helen Raceway for two rounds of action. After the March season opener at Glen Helen was postponed, the Rockstar Energy Golden State Off-Road Nationals serve as one of three consecutive doubleheaders to close out the 2018 season, and every lap counts in determining a champion in each of the sport’s nine classes.
The stream kicks off at 10PM ET/7PM PT on Lucas Oil Racing TV on both Friday and Saturday with what’s sure to be some of the best racing that LOORRS produces all season. As you’re checking out the action, whether at the track or online, here are the storylines we’ll be watching for:
Is this Pro 4 championship playing right into Kyle LeDuc’s hands?
With four rounds remaining, four-time defending class champion LeDuc sits third in the standings, 10 points back of leader RJ Anderson and six behind second place Doug Mittag. The final two events of the season, at Glen Helen and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, are both events that LeDuc won last year; his two victories to close out the year represented the entire 11-point advantage he claimed over Rob MacCachren in the final standings. Now that he’s back in the fight, LeDuc may be hard to hold off.
Which other championship chase is going to be the most intriguing?
The Turbo UTV point standings are tied coming into Glen Helen, with Corry Weller (three wins) and Paul O’Brien (two) sharing the top spot right now. But don’t sleep on the Pro Buggy points chase, where Darren Hardesty, Eliott Watson, and Bud Ward are all within 16 points of one another, or JR1 Karts, where Jake Bollman leads Ayden Ford by 14 and Lake Adler by 20. Two big weekends for any of these drivers could be the difference between winning and losing a championship this October.
Can Connor Barry keep the perfect streak alive in JR2 Kart?
It doesn’t matter what level of racing you’re competing at: a perfect season is something special. Barry hasn’t even missed the pole since qualifying third for the season opener, and has won all six races so far. In a class with 11 full-time competitors, six of whom have taken podium finishes in 2018, it’s an impressive record. Barry’s win streak actually dates back to Glen Helen last September, as he won the final three rounds of the 2017 championship—can he celebrate the anniversary in style?