At the final rounds of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series this past weekend it was time to crown their champions.
With how crazy of a year this has been for the world it was nice to see both short course series manage to put together full seasons for the drivers and their sponsors. Lucas Oil worked hard all year to get in a full season having to move the schedule around multiple times and make changes to be covid compliant at each track. The majority of races didn’t have fans in attendance but drivers still put on a hell of a show all year for the fans who were able to watch it online and on TV.
Going into Glen Helen for the final two rounds all but one championship would need to be settled. Elliot Watson in the Pro Buggy division has been dominant all season long. After finishing the first two rounds with a second and a third place finish, he has won every round since putting him 50 points ahead of Trey Gibbs. Watson could of easily cruised both rounds to an easy championship but that isn’t his style. Wanting to prove a point that last years championship wasn’t a fluke Watson came out and won both rounds decisively like he has all year. Elliot was also rewarded for his season by grabbing the Driver of the Year award as well.
Pro Buggy Final Point Standings
1. Elliot Watson
2. Trey Gibbs
3. Matt Brister
The Pro 2 class had the closest battle going into the weekend. Doug Mittag was only two points ahead of Brooks who lead the first half of the season but a few missed podiums later in the season let Mittag takeover the points lead in Arizona.
With points for qualifying and also leading halfway in the races points were extremely important to both drivers. Brooks qualified first for both races and won Round 9 on Friday putting him back in the points lead. Ryan Beat finished second and Mittag third so going into the final round it was still anyones championship with now Mittag on the chase.
For Mittag to win the championship he would need to finish ahead of Brooks by at least five position in the final round. Trevor Leighton would drive a great race the first half of the race leading the charge but a mechanical caused him to pull off. Mittag found his way to the front and would win the race but Brooks was just two spots behind giving him the championship.
Pro 2 Final Point Standings
1. Jerett Brooks
2. Doug Mittag
3. Ryan Beat
Prolite was exciting all year with multiple drivers in the mix all season long. Brock Heger, Cole Mamer, Christopher Polvoorde were always on the podium but the new kid Madix Bailey racing his first full season in Prolite also threw his hat into the mix. Starting off the season with two third place finishes Bailey held strong all year always a threat.
As the season progressed Heger started to lay it on though winning four of the last six races coming into Glen Helen giving him a 22 point lead. The first race of the weekend Heger managed to take home another win extending his points lead even more over Bailey so going into the last round it was smooth sailing. The point difference proved to be needed as Heger would have to drop out of the final round early with a DNF and watched the rest of the race from the stands. Polvoorde would take home the win for the final round bumping him to second in points just ahead of Bailey with Heger adding another championship to his belt.
Other class champions for the year were Connor Barry in Mod Kart, Brodie Martin in Jr2, TJ Siewers in RZR170, Corry Weller in Turbo UTV and Myles Cheek in Production 1000.
It was a great year for short course off-road racing considering everything thats been going on this year and we can’t wait to see what next year has in store.