The foothills of north San Bernardino will roar to life Saturday night as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series opens its 2019 season at Glen Helen Raceway. The world’s premier short course off-road racing series will start for the first time here in the 30 years of the track’s existence.
Various classes of trucks and buggies will test the California landscape, and this time the SoCal Shootout will be conducted at night. The powerful trucks of Pro 2 and Pro 4 often stop the show, part of the nine classes that will be in action.
Tickets are $30, $10 for kids 6-15, and those 5 and younger get in free.
Among the stars of the show will be Pro 2 champion Rob MacCachren, a five-time series champion. The 53-year-old Las Vegas native has won four times in the Baja 1000 and recorded eight career short course off road titles.
RJ Anderson of Riverside is the Pro 4 championship and a veteran of the sport. His father Randy served as the longtime crew chief of Walker Evans, and by age 14 he was already displaying his raw talent.
“Coming off Pro Lite championships, I thought Pro 2 was just a bigger Pro Lite, and man, was I mistaken,” RJ Anderson said of his introduction to the big trucks. “These guys, not only are they the best of the best you’re racing against – guys like MacCachren and Brian Deegan, who have won multiple championships. Just figuring out the vehicles. … I mean, it’s a fully different beast than a Pro Lite.
“It’s not at all the same as I thought it was going to be. Five years later, I’ve still yet to get my first Pro 2 championship.”
Other Southern Californians competing at Glen Helen will be freestyle motocross legend Hailie Deegan (Temecula), Kyle LeDuc (Temecula) and Scott Douglas (El Cajon).
The California Lightning Sprint Car Series will begin its 26th consecutive season Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, also known as “The West’s Fastest 1/3 Mile High Banked Clay Oval.” Also on the 7 p.m. card will be the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars and the American Stocks.
It’s the first of five CLS events at the “Okie Bowl.” The series will have 17 races this year and will end the season Nov. 23 at Bakersfield.
Jarrett Kramer is the defending series champion and will be looking for his third CLS title. Other past champions competing …read more
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