It’s time again for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to kick off! The originally planned Round One and Two at Lake Elsinore Park were cancelled due to high rains from a storm that flooded the venue. Lucas Oil decided to cancel the event and move the season opener to the same place as last year, Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
The weather was hot and dusty, but that didn't stop the fans from showing up to watch two days of great racing. This year Lucas Oil decided to bring back the Junior One and Two carts after a few years away, as well as the UTV Production 1000 class, making the race day a bit longer.
It seemed like the theme this year was first-time winners, after Jerett Brooks would have a side-by-side race with Bryce Menzies for most of the race but held on to win his first race in the Pro 2 class. Also joining the first win club this weekend would be young guy Brock Heger, who had two days of great racing and would end up sweeping the weekend starting his year off on the right foot. The Pro 4 class would start the big show both days and on day one Bryce Menzies would take the win after a long time off from racing, due to a crash last year.
The Pro Buggy class seemed to be the closest racing of the weekend, though, as last year's champion Darren Hardesty and Elliot Watson would battle it out till the end in both races, but Watson would hold on for back-to-back wins over Hardesty who finished Second. The Production UTV class seemed to be added back into the race day’s lineup at the right time. The class had some great talent coming into the opening rounds, such as Brock Heger, Myles Cheek, Ronnie Anderson, and Jason Weller, but Brandon Author would steal the show both days as he looks to be a force, not just in Pro Lite but UTV as well.
The next stop to catch more racing in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series will be in Baja California at the Estero Beach Hotel & Resort on May 20-21.