Short course off-road racing season is in full swing with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series coming up this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st at Lake Elsinore, CA. As the first daytime race of the season, rounds 5&6 will go down under sunny skies featuring insane off-road action! If Rounds 1 and 2 were any indication, the stands are going to be packed at Elsinore. The podium shake up is likely to continue in most every class! We are almost to the midpoint of the season with no big lead gaps other than in Pro-4 where Kyle Leduc is in control. This weekend’s racing should prove to be an all out slugfest on a track known for it’s spectacular jumps and crashes.
Pro-4 is getting stacked.
What use to be viewed as the shortest field in short course has now grown into a seriously stacked field of competitors. Although Kyle Leduc has been in kill mode, absolutely dominating Pro-4, he is now competing with the three headed hydra of off-road champions; Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, Carl Renezeder. All of whom are waiting for Leduc to make the slightest mistake, opening the door for them to take the lead. Doug Fortin has also proven that he is a gamer with a 2nd place finish in round one following up a solid 5th in the points championship with 2 Pro-4 wins, 4 Podiums and 9 top 5 finishes. Eric Barron is also the wildcard in Pro-4, capable of putting together amazing performances on occasion. Will he be on point at Lake Elsinore? We will see. New to Pro-4 but clearly a threat, Brian Deegan is lurking in the shadows waiting to strike at any sign of weakness.
Pro-2 is all out war.
In Pro-2 Rob MacCachren is tied for the points lead with Motocross legend Jeremy McGrath. McGrath seems like he is finally getting his four wheel legs beneath him, having consistently solid performances in the first four rounds of the season with his new truck and team. In round 4 Patrick Clark earned his first Pro-2 win proving that even with the three headed hydra of Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder anybody can win in any race. Look for Deegan to step up his intensity back to 110% after recovering from health issues earlier this season.
Prolite is chaos.
Prolite is chaos and that’s good, It’s unpredictable. No one driver is dominating and that keeps Prolite the most exciting class in short course. In rounds 3 and 4 Jerett Brooks, Sheldon Creed, RJ Anderson, Ryan Beat, and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg all managed to get on podium. Jerett Brooks, Brad DeBerti, Sheldon Creed, and RJ Anderson are in a tight four way battle for the points lead. The massive table top jump on the front stretch of the Lake Elsinore course separates the men for the boys in this limited class. With over 20 vehicles expected to show up for Elsinore there are sure to be fireworks in this class.
Pro buggy is full of talent.
The George Brothers are off to a dominating season start in Pro Buggy, but Dave Mason and Taylor Atchison are right behind them waiting for their shot to move up. In addition there is a horde of twelve more buggies chasing them down. The Pro Buggy class continues to be an affordable proving ground for up and coming talent. Open wheels and class restrictions force you to drive clean and hard for a podium.
The Trophy Kart Kids our the future stars.
Don’t forget to cheer on all the kids as they battle on a modified version of the Elsinore course for a chance to be a future star of off-road racing. With a combined field of over 40 vehicles the future of off-road looks pretty bright.
Friday is Practice and racing is Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st
Gates open at 11am and opening ceremonies are at 2pm. Get there early and stake out your spot in the stands.
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