Drivers hoping luck rolls their way as series resumes in Nevada

Drivers hoping luck rolls their way as series resumes in Nevada

Corona, California (August 25, 2017) – The setting couldn't be more appropriate for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO to kick off its five-round fight to the finish of the championship season this weekend.

A few miles from Reno, Nevada, in an area where almost every visitor hopes for good luck, on a Wild West Motorsports Park race course with more ups and downs than a hotel elevator, the best short course off-road racers in the world will assemble for the Polaris Silver State Showdown presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

The two rounds of racing, on Saturday afternoon August 26 and Sunday afternoon August 27, will be the 9th and 10th events of the 13 that will determine which drivers are crowned class champions in late October.

Both days of racing will be shown live on LucasOilRacing.TV, the 24-hour subscription motorsports network, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT/2:30 pm. PDT each day.

Jeremy McGrath, Kyle LeDuc, Jerett Brooks and Darren Hardesty are the pro class leaders going into the weekend, but of the four only Pro 2 pacesetter McGrath has any breathing room. A win in the most recent race, at Wheatland, Missouri, July 23, gave the Supercross legend from Encinitas, California, a 21-point lead over Brian Deegan, the freestyle motocross legend from Temecula, California.

McGrath's lead isn't big enough for him to start writing any victory speeches, but it's a runaway advantage compared to the situation in the other classes.

LeDuc, who's in pursuit of a fourth-straight Pro 4 championship, is just 2 points (one finishing position) ahead of Las Vegas veteran Rob MacCachren and 17 in front of Carl Renezeder, who would like to retire with his fourth Pro 4 title in nine seasons under the Lucas Oil umbrella.

Brooks, the reigning Pro Lite championship, limped to the finish in 10th place in the most recent race in Missouri and is only 4 points in front of McGrath teammate Brock Heger and 20 ahead of Hailie Deegan.

Then there's reigning Pro Buggy champion Hardesty, who used a second and a win in Wheatland to turn a 10-point deficit into a 1-point lead over Eliott Watson, who had a win and an eighth in Missouri. Hardesty and Watson each have won 3 of the 8 races, but Sterling Cling is only 24 points behind thanks to a string of top 5 finishes.

Heger, who is Watson's best friend and neighbor in El Centro, California, does have a comfortable 27-point lead over Brandon Arthur in the Pro 1000 UTV class, and Trey Gibbs of Murrieta, California, is a whopping 29 points ahead of Cole Keatts of Snohomish, Washington, after a pair of wins in Missouri.

The series will return to Southern California's Glen Helen Raceway September 15-16 for the only night races of the season and wrap everything up with the final championship round and the Challenge Cup races October at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, October 21-22.

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Sunday, January 21
2:00 PM
- Chandler, AZ
Sunday, January 28
2:00 PM
- Chandler, AZ
Sunday, February 4
2:00 PM
- Chandler, AZ
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