LOORRS titles to be decided in Arizona

LOORRS titles to be decided in Arizona

Lucas Oil Off Road

LOORRS titles to be decided in Arizona

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series finale at Wild Horse Pass will be followed by the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup races

All but one points-paying round is left in the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season, and the championship pictures are pretty clear at this point as the teams head to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for their final event. The fantastic night races at Glen Helen Raceway last month proved pivotal for several drivers in the championship hunt.

With a win and a third at Glen Helen, Jeremy McGrath (pictured above) has a 37-point lead in the Pro 2 standings. As long as he starts the final race at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park next month, he will be assured of his first Lucas Oil Off Road championship. He beat closest rival Brian Deegan in both races at Glen Helen to stretch his lead.

Kyle LeDuc is in a familiar situation in Pro 4. He’s leading the championship, but it’s far from decided. Often he has sealed the deal before the final race of the season, but with a nine-point lead over Rob MacCachren and 16 over RJ Anderson, he needs to finish no less than five spots behind MacCachren, not accounting for bonus points. Last year LeDuc and Renezeder tied on points, with LeDuc’s victories being the tiebreaker. There’s a very real chance that such a rare occurrence could be repeated with LeDuc and MacCachren. A last-place finish, though, depending on the number of entries, and a win by either MacCachren or Anderson, could leave the series with a new Pro 4 championship.

Speaking of Renezeder, the venerable racer and multi-time champion is looking at his final races this weekend as he wraps up his career. Renezeder announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2017 season, and the races at Wild Horse Pass will be his last.

Jerett Brooks looks likely to repeat as Pro Lite champion, although with the size of the field, there could be enough separation between Brock Heger and him if fortunes go against him. He needs to finish within 10 position of Heger to claim the title. Heger won both races at Glen Helen, but with Brooks finishing right behind each time, he didn’t make much headway closing the gap.

Another repeat title is in the cards for Darren Hardesty (pictured above) in Pro Buggy. Elliot Watson’s 23-point gap will be nearly impossible to overcome at Wild Horse Pass. Like in Pro 4, Pro Buggy ended up in a tie in 2016 between Hardesty and Garrett George, but Hardesty’s wins put him ahead.

The new Production 1000 UTV class has produced some stellar racing, but few have been able to take the fight to Heger on a regular basis, and he heads into Arizona with the championship sealed. The opposite is true in Mod Kart, where only two points separate leader Trey D Gibbs and Cole Keatts. Should Keatts win and Gibbs finish second, the points would be tied (bonus points aside), as would the number of wins. It would then fall to the number of second-place finishes, where Keatts would have the edge. Chris Nunes is only 12 points behind Gibbs, so if something happens to the leaders, he still has a shot.

Once the dust is settled on Saturday and the champions crowned, there’s nothing but glory and a big check on the line for Sunday’s Challenge Cup races. Each class up to the big trucks will have its own shootout, with the finale being the Pro 4 vs. Pro 2 head-to-head race. Based on the lap times earlier in the weekend, the Pro 4s will start with a handicap, well behind the Pro 2s. That means not only does a Pro 4 driver have to catch the Pro 2 field, but work his way through it to win. More often than not, it comes down to one Pro 4 driver and one Pro 2 driver at the finish.

Catch this weekend’s action live on LucasOil.tv, or watch it later on CBS Sports Network or MAVTV. Spectator gates at Wild Horse Pass will open at 8 a.m. both days, with the opening ceremonies at 2:30 p.m.

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Points Standings after 12 of 13 rounds:

Pro 4
1. Kyle LeDuc 533
2. Rob MacCachren 524
3. RJ Anderson 517
4. Carl Renezeder 505
5. Doug Fortin 478

Pro 2
1. Jeremy McGrath 563
2. Brian Deegan 526
3. Rob MacCachren 509
4. RJ Anderson 508
5. Jerett Brooks 491

Pro Lite
1. Jerett Brooks 564
2. Brock Heger 545
3. Ronnie Anderson 480
4. Christopher Polvoorde 478
5. Brandon Arthur 473

Pro Buggy
1. Darren Hardesty 571
2. Eliott Watson 548
3. Sterling Cling 540
4. Bud Ward 522
5. Trevor Briska 486

Production 1000 UTV
1. Brock Heger 577
2. Jason Weller 517
3. Brandon Arthur 516

Mod Kart
1. Trey D Gibbs 452
2. Cole Keatts 450
3. Chris Nunes 440

Junior Kart 2
1. Megan Mitchell 188
2. Ethan Ebert 178
3. Holden Heitritter 170

Junior Kart 1
1. Bryanna Fischer 180
2. Brayden Fischer 173
3. Ashton Perfect 159

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