After events in three straight months to start the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season, many of the best short course racers in the southwest have been waiting patiently for more than two months to get back on track. That all changes this Friday and Saturday, as the Optima Batteries Silver State Showdown presented by Geico returns LOORRS’ nine classes of racing to action at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada.
After natural disasters eliminated last month’s planned doubleheader at Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri, a proposed combination event with the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, this weekend’s round from Wild West has been expanded to races on both Friday and Saturday. That’s good news for drivers like RJ Anderson and Ryan Beat, who not only won here last year, but have also stayed active over the LOORRS break by running Midwest Short Course events as well.
Aside from Anderson in Pro 4 and Beat in Pro Lite, other defending winners include Bradley Morris in Pro 2, Eliott Watson in Pro Buggy, and 2018 champions Corry Weller in Turbo UTV and Brock Heger in P1000 UTV. Beat, Watson, Weller, and Heger all come into this weekend with the points lead, while Anderson is just three points back of Kyle LeDuc for the top Pro 4 spot. Morris, meanwhile, could use another win: at eighth in the Pro 2 standings, he’s yet to finish better than sixth this season.
Aside from the six full-time classes, the Mod Kart, JR2 Kart, and Polaris RZR 170 divisions return to action at Wild West for the first time since April’s visit to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Mason Prater enters the Mod Kart race with a 12-point advantage on Braden Chiaramonte, Cade Martin is three points up on Broedy Graham in JR2 Kart, and TJ Siewers’ back-to-back runner-up finishes have him four points ahead of George Llamosas in the RZR 170 standings.
Tickets for the Optima Batteries Silver State Showdown presented by Geico at Wild West Motorsports Park are still available at www.lucasoiloffroad.com. After this weekend’s race, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is off until returning to Glen Helen Raceway on October 5-6; short course fans can get their fix until then with Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League rounds at Bark River International Raceway on August 9-11, and the 50th anniversary of the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway on Labor Day weekend.