Only two doubleheader events stand between us and the conclusion of the 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season. The first of those two is this Friday and Saturday, as the series visits Glen Helen Raceway in California for the Rockstar Energy Golden State Off-Road Nationals presented by Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores.
In some ways, the fact that Friday’s weekend-opening round is actually the postponed season opener from St. Patrick’s Day is fitting, as the final four races of the year are like their own mini-season. Any driver who can capitalize on the series’ remaining visits to both Glen Helen and Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this fall will have a great chance at winning this year’s LOORRS title in their respective class.
That especially goes for the marquee Pro 4 class, where RJ Anderson’s points lead has been worn down to a razor-thin four points over Doug Mittag, and just 10 over defending class champion Kyle LeDuc. Same goes for the Pro Buggy class, where Darren Hardesty’s lead over Eliott Watson is just 11 points, and Bud Ward sits only 16 points back of the lead in third place.
But the Turbo UTV class is the closest of all, with drivers Corry Weller and Paul O’Brien actually sharing the championship lead coming into Glen Helen. Weller’s third win of the season came at Utah Motorsports Campus last month and is the tiebreaker between her season and O’Brien’s so far, as the duo prepares to settle this championship among themselves; third place Trevor Leighton is 61 points back, while Watson (-71) and Andy Ives (-109) complete the top five.
As for the classes with slightly larger gaps to the leader, with four races remaining, there’s still both hope and time for some of the top drivers. Brandon Arthur currently trails Ryan Beat by 32 points in Pro Lite, but he’ll hope Beat faces a repeat of last year’s Glen Helen event, where he scored only 50 points total. Third place Christopher Polvoorde, meanwhile, took podiums in both rounds here in 2017, and will likely need to repeat that to cut into his 58-point deficit.
It might take a little more luck for Anderson in his pursuit of dual titles, though, as he’s struggled at Glen Helen in a Pro 2 over the past few years with no podiums in his past four starts. Compare that to points leader Rob MacCachren, who has won three of the last four races at Glen Helen. And Production 1000 UTV leader Brock Heger, who took his sixth and final class win of 2017 at this track last year, has a 63-point advantage over Myles Cheek—the largest current lead in any LOORRS class.
All nine LOORRS divisions, also including the JR1, JR2, and Modified Kart classes, will take to the action at Glen Helen this weekend. Fans looking to tune in live to the event can stream it at LucasOilRacing.tv on both Friday and Saturday starting at 10PM ET/7PM PT.