After an off year in 2018, Kyle LeDuc is back in championship-winning form.
The longtime dominant force in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Pro 4 class won four straight titles in the series from 2014 to 2017, only to slide to third last year as RJ Anderson claimed the crown. But LeDuc has come back with a vengeance in 2019, winning four of the season’s first six races—including Friday and Saturday’s Silver State Showdown doubleheader from Wild West Motorsports Park.
Adrian Cenni and Greg Adler completed the Friday podium, while Anderson and Cenni finished second and third on Saturday. The dual victories made LeDuc the only driver in LOORRS’ premier classes to score victories on both days of racing.
Rodrigo Ampudia and Jerett Brooks split the Pro 2 victories, with Ampudia’s first and third and Bradley Morris’ third and second making them the class’ only dual podium drivers. Friday’s Pro Lite podium of Mickey Thomas, Brock Heger, and Ryan Beat finished in the reverse order on Saturday, as Beat scored his second victory in six tries during his title defense. Incoming points leader Eliott Watson and Trevor Briska split the Pro Buggy victories.
Both UTV classes produced unpredictable results, as defending champions Corry Weller (Turbo UTV) and Heger (Production 1000 UTV) combined for just a single podium, Weller’s win on Friday. Instead, it was Thomas standing in for Robert Stout who won the first P1000 race of the weekend, and Trevor Leighton (Turbo) and Robby Hornsby (P1000) who took the Saturday victories. Only two UTV racers podiumed on both days: Cole Keatts, who finished second and third in the P1000 races, and Keith Brooks, who finished second on back-to-back days in the Turbo class.
After a lengthy gap between Wild West and the previous round at Estero Beach in May, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series takes another long break before picking up with a doubleheader from Glen Helen Raceway on October 4-5. Between then, though, expect to see a number of LOORRS frontrunners head east for Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League events at Bark River International Raceway and the 50th annual Off-Road World Championships at Crandon International Raceway on Labor Day weekend. LOORRS regulars Beat, Cory Winner, and Christopher Polvoorde are among those running full national schedules, and most of the sport’s best drivers are expected to be at Crandon.