Only four rounds remain in the 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season, with the first of two remaining doubleheaders coming to Glen Helen Raceway this weekend. The Rockstar Energy Golden State Off-Road Nationals will see all nine classes back in action for the first time since last year’s night rounds at Utah Motorsports Campus, and will also contain the makeup round for March’s postponed season opener.
With an even mix of close championship battles and dominant individual performers, there’s something to watch for in every single class heading into this weekend’s action. Here’s one driver from each class that we’ll be paying attention to during the doubleheader:
Doug Mittag (Pro 4): After finishing ahead of points leader RJ Anderson in both Utah rounds, and splitting the wins there with Kyle LeDuc, Mittag is within four points of the championship lead. It’s a close three-way battle right now, and there’s no better time than this weekend to make a move.
Brian Deegan (Pro 2): Coming off of his first victory of the 2018 season, Deegan has climbed all the way to fifth in the championship. Only 20 points out of second place in the standings, a few good runs could enable him to climb past RJ Anderson, Rodrigo Ampudia, and Jerett Brooks in the standings.
Brandon Arthur (Pro Lite): Second to Ryan Beat in the Pro Lite standings, Arthur won’t be splitting focus at Glen Helen this year, although he did take a podium in Production 1000 UTV last year. He comes into the weekend after scoring first and third place finishes last month in Utah.
Bud Ward (Pro Buggy): The Pro Buggy points chase is another close one, with Ward only 16 points back of leader Darren Hardesty and Eliott Watson between them. Ward and Hardesty split the weekend here last year, but of that duo, only Ward managed to take a victory last month in Utah.
Myles Cheek (Production 1000 UTV): Back-to-back victories have enabled Cheek to reclaim second place in the championship. While Brock Heger still seems like a safe bet to claim his second straight title, Cheek’s battle for second with Jason Weller should keep things interesting.
Corry Weller (Turbo UTV): Once again, Weller holds the tiebreaker in her battle with Paul O’Brien for the championship by virtue of her third win of the season last month in Utah. With both racers well ahead of third place, it’s going to be an impressive head-to-head battle for the championship.
Brody Eggleston (Modified Kart): Back-to-back podiums in Utah, including a win in the second race, enabled Eggleston to take the Mod Kart points lead by 16 points over Mason Prater. Eggleston will aim to make up for missing the podium in both of last year’s Glen Helen rounds.
Connor Barry (JR2 Kart): The gap is up to 55 on second place Ethan Ebert, and the perfect season bid remains intact for Barry after he swept both races in Utah. There are plenty of talented drivers in JR2 Kart, owing to four different podium finishers behind him last month, but Barry’s in a class of his own.
Jake Bollman (JR1 Kart): Bollman gained 11 points on Ayden Ford for the championship lead in Utah by scoring both poles, a win, and a third place finish. With three of the six wins on offer so far this year, Bollman has shown the ability to take charge this season.