Corona, CA (September 20, 2018) – With this weekend out at Glen Helen being our Rockstar Energy Drink Golden State Off Road Nationals, presented by Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores, let's take a look at how the series' three Rockstar-sponsored drivers have faired through the first eight rounds of the season so far.
Opting to focus solely on his Pro 2 program this season, a more focused approach seems to be working wonders for MacCachren, as the veteran has had a spectacular season thus far. MacCachren opened the season with a win out in Arizona, and followed it up with another at Round 2 in Baja. A fourth place finish followed, before MacCachren then swept the weekend in Missouri. Fifth place in Reno has been MacCachren's worst finish of the season thus far, but he bounced right back to take a win and a second place at our most recent venue, Utah Motorsports Campus. Five wins, six podiums, three pole positions, and a worst finish of fifth place have all added up to a 54-point lead over second-placed RJ Anderson, and should MacCachren widen that margin by just two more points over these next two races at Glen Helen, the most successful off-road racer of all-time will have another championship in the bag before we even get to our season finale out at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park next month.
Young RJ Anderson has had a very good season thus far, all things considered. In Pro 4, Anderson is leading the championship chase with just three races to go, thanks in large part to good consistency over the first half of the season. Anderson racked up three straight second place finishes from Rounds 2 to 4, then grabbed his first win of the year at Reno in Round 6. Unfortunately, Anderson has also seen a couple of last place finishes in the last four races, which have prevented him from growing a larger points lead. However, Anderson is nonetheless the leader, and with the likes of Doug Mittag and four-time defending champion Kyle LeDuc sitting behind him in second and third, Anderson is certainly doing a lot of things right in order to be at the top of this heap. With just 10 points separating the top three drivers in the class, Anderson will have his hands full, but it's no accident that he's the championship leader, so Anderson should be a real threat to stay out front and take down his first championship in this class.
Anderson is also tackling Pro 2 this season, and while his pseudo-teammate MacCachren is having a stellar season, Anderson is having a pretty good year of his own. One win (and the first driver to beat MacCachren to the top step of the podium this year), two second places and a third, as well as two pole positions- that would be a great season for most drivers. Anderson isn't most drivers, though, and is undoubtedly hoping for more, and while he is currently second in the standings as "best of the rest" behind MacCachren, two seventh places, and eighth, and an eleventh are not the results he'd be looking for. Anderson will certainly hope to impress at his home track this weekend, and will be gunning for victory in all three of our remaining rounds this year.
Ronnie Anderson has been a busy boy this year, competing in three different classes. Anderson hasn't had the best season this year, as intermittent flashes of brilliance have been somewhat overshadowed by inconsistency. In Pro Lite, Anderson took a season best finish of third at Round 7 in Utah, but otherwise, has only one other top five finish, a fifth place at Round 4 in Missouri. A disqualification in Reno hasn't helped, and Anderson currently sits eighth in the championship, definitely not where he'd like to be.
Both Production 1000 UTV and Turbo Production UTV have been on the menu as well for Anderson this year, but like Pro Lite, it's been tough going for Anderson this season. Anderson had a solid third place at Round 2 at Estero Beach in Production 1000 UTV, as well as a pair of fifth place finishes (Estero Beach, Round 3 and Utah Motorsports Campus, Round 8), but his next best finish has been a seventh, and he currently lies seventh in the points chase. It's been even tougher for Anderson in Turbo Production UTV, and despite opening the season with a second place run in Arizona, as well as finishing third at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, he was unable to make the start of Round 3 in Baja, and didn't participate in either round in Utah, leaving him mired in ninth in the title race. This weekend's races at Glen Helen will be on his home track, though, and Anderson will be looking to impress in front of his fans, which he has certainly done in the past.
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Written by Scott Neth for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series