It’s six rounds down, six to go in the 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as the championship makes its annual visit to Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. A staple of the series’ calendar since its inception, this year’s General Tire Utah Off Road Nationals presented by Optima Batteries moves to Friday and Saturday night for the first time this year to add even more excitement to the action.
Everyone’s chasing RJ Anderson (Pro 4), Rob MacCachren (Pro 2), and Ryan Beat (Pro Lite) in the truck classes, but with buggies, UTVs, and karts also on the weekend schedule, there’ll be close racing all the way down the line this weekend. If you’re streaming the action on Lucas Oil Racing TV, here’s what you’ll want to look out for:
How excited are you for the second half of the LOORRS season to kick off?
Only three more events, each a doubleheader, are left to settle LOORRS’ season-long champions in nine different classes. After this weekend, September’s visit to Glen Helen Raceway and October’s season-ending return to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park are all drivers will have left to make a move in the points. Two races a weekend means a totally different mindset to getting to go all-out in a single round, so expect drivers to toe the line between aggression and preservation carefully.
Will anybody earn a weekend sweep in the pro classes?
Some tracks reward drivers who get hooked up and comfortable with a pair of wins on both race days, but others are just a little tougher to conquer twice. Utah, last year, was in the latter category: Kyle LeDuc and MacCachren split the Pro 4 wins, Brian Deegan and Bradley Morris came out on top in Pro 2, Jerett Brooks and Brandon Arthur were the Pro Lite winners, and Darren Hardesty and Bud Ward shared the top of the Pro Buggy podium. With a lot of depth in the field, it may be hard to sweep.
How many of these racers will we see at the Crandon World Cup?
With short course finally unified under the Lucas Oil umbrella, it should theoretically be easier than ever for LOORRS racers to go to the Big House for World Cup weekend. Tons of big names have teased their entries into the big-money event, but how many will we see? In the end, it may come down to whose rides are in the best shape at the end of this weekend, and who can turn a re-prepped truck around in time to make a legitimate run at the thousands of dollars that will be on the line on Labor Day weekend.