Championships aren’t won overnight, they aren’t won in a race, they take time, they take commitment, and they take consistency.
For the final round of the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series all the different classes came down to one day, where things would be settled after a long season of ups and downs.
Champion – RJ Anderson
Every year in Pro 4 the season starts off with how will the class dethrone Kyle Leduc. The 5x champ has been dominating the class and set the bar on winning races and winning championships.
This year was different though with Leduc struggling in a few races with mechanical issues, and two young guns RJ Anderson and Doug Mittag finding that extra year this season giving Leduc some much needed competition. Going into yesterdays race the points standings were RJ, Mittag and Leduc respectively with RJ and Mittag sitting close to one another.
Leduc was still in the hunt mathematically but it would take a perfect day by him and a disastrous day from the other two to take the championship. RJ started the race in the back and the first few laps just cruised around the track letting the other racers figure things out. If he finished the race even a few spots behind Mittag the championship was his.
Leduc did what he did best and got out front and lead the entire race and as people started dropping out RJ slowly picked it up his pace as well eventually finishing in third place and taking home his first Pro 4 championship.
Champion – Rob MacCachren
Last year Jeremy McGrath won his first Pro 2 championship stealing any hopes of Rob MacCachren winning back to back championships. This year Rob MacCachren was super consistent winning races and landing on the podium many times when he didn’t win, and like we said earlier consistency brings home championships.
Rob Mac was the points leader going into Arizona and after a crash in Glen Helen last month the gap he had on RJ Anderson got much smaller. Rob Mac still had a decent lead however and was able to win the championship after finishing third yesterday even though RJ won the race.
Champion – Ryan Beat
Probably the most consistent driver in the 2018 LOORSS season was Ryan Beat in Prolite. Of the eleven rounds of racing Beat qualified in the top 5 every round, and didn’t land on the podium only twice. Pretty impressive. Brandon Arthur was really the only one who could steal the championship away in AZ (Kyle Leduc drove for Brandon due to an injury in Laughlin last week), but a mechanical issue halfway into the race slowed his truck down, so really Beat just had to finish the race to secure the championship and thats just what he did.
Champion – Darren Hardesty Jr.
In one of the closer points chases Darren Hardesty and good friend Eliot Watson battled all year long with Watson having a slow start but turning it up the second half of the season. Going into AZ only 13 points separated the two which meant it was anyones game.
Watson qualified a spot higher then Hardesty gaining one point on him, and after winning the final round would gain even more. But Hardesty who isn’t one to just cruise around the track fought hard and finished in second place, which meant in the final points tallies he would win his third championship in a row by 9 points.
Mod Kart Champion – Brody Eggleston
Jr 2 Kart Champion – Connor Barry
Jr 1 Kart Champion – Jake Bowllan
Turbo UTV Champion – Corry Weller
Prod UTV Champion – Brock Heger
Photos by HighRev Photography