LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES

With the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) finally starting at California’s Glen Helen Raceway, the Production Turbos started 2020 like they ended the 2019 points season—with Can-Am’s Corry Weller leading Polaris pilots Ronnie Anderson and Chance Haugen the entire race. In fact, twice-defending champ Weller was top qualifier in both rounds opening weekend, as she won Sunday’s main ahead of Anderson and Robert VanBeekum (Pol) and scored maximum points. VanBeekum had his radiator clog with mud on Saturday, but sits tied with Haugen for third in Pro Turbo points after two rounds.

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES

In Production 1000s (Pro Stock in most series), Myles Cheek debuted a really trick RZR RS1 for 2020 and totally dominated the first round, scoring the top-qualifier points and the main-event win ahead of former champ Brock Heger and Robby Hornsby, both in Yamahas. On Sunday, Cheek stumbled in qualifying but recovered for second behind Heger, with Hornsby again in third. The Production 1000 class was the biggest of the race weekend with 18 entries, along with 18 JR2 Kart entrants.

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES
Kyle Chaney flew to the Pro Turbo win in Missouri’s rounds three and five, but a first-turn crash took him out of round four. Social distancing outside of family units was practiced at the LOORRS races, and only spotters were allowed in the bleachers. Only two team members were allowed in the tech-inspection areas.

Where Lucas Oil Arizona and California Regionals have classes for SR1 Rhinos, RZR 570s, Youth RS1s, and JR1 Karts, they’re not part of the race program for LOORRS Nationals.

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES
Connor Barry (528) won the opening Mod Kart main, and he got up to 66+ mph on his best lap of 54.335. Barry sits third in points after a 1-5-11-1-2 showing in mains, along with 23 qualifying points with three TQs. Braden Chiaramonte (573) leads the Mod Kart points after a five-round 3-1-4-4-1 score and 14 qualifying points with one TQ.

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Reigning 2019 Lucas Oil Midwest Short-Course Production Turbo UTV champion Kyle Chaney (C-A) made the trek to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, for the third through fifth rounds of the LOORRS 2020 season. Reigning LOORRS Pro Turbo champion Corry Weller (C-A) came to Missouri with a six-point lead over Ronnie Anderson (Pol), so Chaney’s presence could very well shake up the points race. Sure enough, Chaney was top qualifier for the Friday Turbo main, with Weller in second, so they started on the first row. Anderson and Weller made contact in the first turn, letting Chaney gap the field, and they battled for second for several laps. Weller slowed in later laps and dropped to seventh, with Chaney topping the Friday podium over Anderson and Trevor Leighton (Pol).

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES
After one shake-down LORORS Regional race, Corry Weller completely rebuilt her DFR/Weller Racing Maverick X3 in the four-month race delay, then she scored a maximum-points weekend in the first two Production Turbo UTV rounds. She went on to score another win at the fourth round to keep the Turbo points lead.

With Anderson and Polaris now in the Pro Turbo points lead and Ronnie being top qualifier, the Saturday main started with Anderson and Weller on the first row. Chaney, Weller and Leighton got together and hit the Turn One wall, with Chaney and Leighton being unable to continue for the restart. Weller took advantage and followed Anderson for half the race and then took the lead and win ahead of Anderson and Derek Tidd (Pol). Contact would also play a role in Sunday’s Pro Turbo main, as Anderson and Chaney collided and lost ground early. Chaney recovered and hunted down early leader Weller, who eventually settled for fourth, and then he cruised to his second win of the weekend, some 6.3 seconds ahead of Tidd, with Leighton in third. Anderson dropped to 10th in the main, letting Weller extend the Pro Turbo points lead to 10.

Coronavirus wreaked havoc on the LOORRS 2020 season opener. Originally slated to start at California’s Glen Helen Raceway in mid-March, it was moved to Arizona in May and then June, and moved again to Utah in late July before cancellations forced it back to California. Delays spawned great racing at the first two rounds, and again at the third, fourth and fifth rounds in Missouri.

In Pro Stock UTVs, only three points separated Myles Cheek (Pol) and former champ Brock Heger (Yam) coming into Missouri’s triple-header. Cheek was top qualifier in two of three rounds in his RS1, with Heger TQing the other, and defending champ Robert Stout (Yam) was a no-show so far in 2020. Friday’s main saw the duo on the front row, and Cheek took the early lead and kept it despite tremendous pressure from Heger. Cheek pulled a 1.9-second gap on Heger on the last lap, with Dallas Nord (Yam) in third.

For Saturday’s Pro Stock main, Heger started on the second row with Cheek on the third, and Heger took the lead on the Talladega Turn, with Cheek moving into third quickly and then moving into second. The battle resumed, but this time Heger was victorious, with Cheek taking second over Nord. Sunday started with Cheek and Heger on the second row, but Heger clipped a course marker and tipped over. Nord led briefly, but was soon passed by Cheek, who pulled a 2.5-second lead by the finish. Nord was second ahead of Robby Hornsby (Yam), with Heger in fourth.

TJ Siewers (101) was the RZR 170 top qualifier both California rounds, and he was second in round one and winner of round two to take the points lead after two mains. He went 1-1-3 in Missouri and scored 12 qualifying points. George Llamosas (188) sits second in points, with a 1-4-4-2-1 score in the first five rounds.

Cheek and his trick RS1 left Missouri with a 13-point lead, and the remaining Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series rounds will be triple-headers at Arizona’s Wildhorse Pass September 18–20 and California’s Glen Helen Raceway October 16–18. There were 37 UTVs with 15 Pro Stocks, 11 Turbos, and 11 RZR 170s at Lucas Oil Speedway, plus 26 Trophy Karts.

Ian Torfi sits third in RZR 170 points with a 3-3-4-3-4 main score, plus he earned 15 qualifying points with one TQ. RZR 170s and JR2 Karts ran a shortened course, bypassing the largest jumps in California and Missouri.

RESULTS: LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD, ROUND 1

Pro Turbo

1. Corry Weller C-A

2. Ronnie Anderson Pol

3. Chance Haugen Pol

4. Trevor Leighton Pol

5. Keith Brooks C-A

Pro Stock

1. Myles Cheek Pol

2. Brock Heger Yam

3. Robby Hornsby Yam

4. Cody Hodgson Yam

5. Jim Price Yam

ROUND 2

Pro Turbo

1. Corry Weller C-A

2. Ronnie Anderson Pol

3. Robert VanBeekum Pol

4. Trevor Leighton Pol

5. Trey Gibbs Pol

Pro Stock

1. Brock Heger Yam

2. Myles Cheek Pol

3. Robby Hornsby Yam

4. Dallas Nord Yam

5. Jim Price Yam

ROUND 3

Pro Turbo

1. Kyle Chaney C-A

2. Ronnie Anderson Pol

3. Trevor Leighton Pol

4. Trey Gibbs Pol

5. Derek Tidd Pol

Pro Stock

1. Myles Cheek Pol

2. Brock Heger Yam

3. Dallas Nord Yam

4. Robby Hornsby Yam

5. Bradley Morris Yam

ROUND 4

Pro Turbo

1. Corry Weller C-A

2. Ronnie Anderson Pol

3. Derek Tidd Pol

4. Chance Haugen Pol

5. Keith Brooks C-A

Pro Stock

1. Brock Heger Yam

2. Myles Cheek Pol

3. Dallas Nord Yam

4. Robby Hornsby Yam

5. Bradley Morris Yam

ROUND 5

Pro Turbo

1. Kyle Chaney C-A

2. Derek Tidd Pol

3. Trevor Leighton Pol

4. Corry Weller C-A

5. Chance Haugen Pol

Pro Stock

1. Myles Cheek Pol

2. Dallas Nord Yam

3. Robby Hornsby Yam

4. Brock Heger Yam

5. Joshua Luketic 922

LOORRS UTV POINTS/WINS

After 5 of 11 rounds

Pro Turbo

1. Corry Weller/C-A 256/3

2. Ronnie Anderson/Pol 246

3. Trevor Leighton/Pol 225

4. Chance Haugen/Pol 205

5. Trey Gibbs/Pol 205

9. Kyle Chaney/C-A 146/2

Pro Stock 1000

1. Myles Cheek/Pol 273/3

2. Brock Heger/Yam 260/2

3. Robby Hornsby/Yam 237

4. Dallas Nord/Yam 215

5. Bronson Chiaramonte/Pol 180

See the mods that make the Championship winning X3 so fast here: https://utvactionmag.com/corry-wellers-wr-dfr-1-x3/

See Can-Am’s 2021 X3 here: https://utvactionmag.com/2021can-am-x3-x-rs-turbo-rr-smart-shox/

See the whole Can-Am UTV lineup here: https://can-am.brp.com/off-road

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