Short course off-road racing has been a huge part of the off-road and racing community for many years. But sadly, Lucas Oil has announced the dissolution of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League.
Very little details of the reasoning have been released. Lucas Oil published a press release written by Bill Smith, Series Director of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
In the message, Smith writes: “Dear Fans, Friends, Racers and Sponsors,
It is with much regret that we must dissolve the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League. Due to operational differences, we have chosen to focus our efforts on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
Many factors were part of this decision, which does not come lightly, or without fully analyzing all pertinent factors. It’s our belief that a common and focused vision, for the future of short-course racing is the best way to provide our partners, racers and fans an exciting and healthy Series for many more years.”
Smith goes on to praise everyone who had a part in the series, from track owners and teams to dedicated fans. It is not clear at the time of this writing what the tracks and teams plan to do to fill the void.
The series was born from the ashes of previous racing sanctions. Previously, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) was the premier midwest short course racing series. In 2018, however, all races were canceled. Lucas Oil stepped up to bring races back for the 2019 season.
In a press release dated March 22, 2018, Lucas Oil announced the partnership with multiple tracks and the creation of the new series. They stated, “The long-term agreement was created to unify the sport on a national level over the course of the next two seasons and into the future.” A single season is not what they expected.
Additionally, Smith announced that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) will be even stronger for the 2020 race season. Two more rounds of racing are being added to the schedule and the purse payout has been increased by $150,000.
The 2020 schedule is expected to be released soon. Visit the LOORRS website for more details.