It’s been over two months since the last time we saw the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in action at Wild West Motorsports Park. The biggest names in the series will look to make up for lost time this weekend, as the series heads to Glen Helen Raceway for the Rockstar Energy Golden State Off Road Nationals presented by General Tire.
After giving up the 2018 championship to RJ Anderson, Kyle LeDuc returned to Pro 4 with a vengeance this year and holds a healthy 18-point championship lead. LeDuc has victories in all but two races and podiums in all but one, and with two poles along the way has shown himself to have one of the fastest trucks on the circuit every weekend. Likewise, Eliott Watson has a 19-point gap on second place Chris Nunes in Pro Buggy, though the split between Nunes and fifth place Trey Gibbs is just 11 points.
The gap is a bit closer in Pro 2, where Jerett Brooks holds just a two-point advantage over second place Rodrigo Ampudia, and Brian Deegan sits third, just 10 points off the lead. And while he couldn’t knock Christopher Polvoorde off in any of this year’s midwest races, Ryan Beat remains the driver to beat in Pro Lite, holding a six-point edge over Mickey Thomas thanks to two wins and no finishes worse than fourth this season.
Corry Weller appears poised to back up last year’s Turbo UTV title, but the battle for second remains interesting thanks to a tie between Ronnie Anderson and Chance Haugen, and Keith Brooks close behind in fourth. Production 1000 UTV, meanwhile, may see a championship shake-up; Robert Stout and Brock Heger have been trading victories all season, and Stout leads Heger by 10 points, but Robby Hornsby, Ryan Lindsay, and Cole Keatts were the most recent podium finishers as Stout and Heger faltered in the most recent race from Wild West.
George Llamosas leads TJ Siewers by five points in the new Polaris RZR 170 class, while Jessie Owens is a slim two points ahead of Broedy Graham in JR2 Katy. But the largest points lead in LOORRS actually belongs to Modified Kart driver Mason Prater, who enters Glen Helen with a 26-point advantage on Braden Chiaramonte.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rockstar Energy Golden State Off Road Nationals presented by General Tire will run on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Each race day will be streamed live on Lucas Oil Racing TV, with Down and Dirty Show host Jim Beaver on the mic calling play-by-play. The LOORRS season will conclude later in the month at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, with October 26’s GEICO Off Road Championship presented by General Tire combining both the final points races of the season in the afternoon with Cup races for the top classes later in the evening.