The third stop during the inaugural Championship Off-Road season is set at the world-renowned ERX Motor Park. This is the first time the Minnesota venue will hold two national events during one single season of off-road racing.
The Toyota Off-Road National Presented by Lube-Tech will be rounds 5 and 6 this season, meaning the racers will have to go the extra mile, as this will be the halfway point of the season. Following this event, racers will only have four more rounds of racing in 2020.
The track at ERX features some great attributes that make it not only a racer favorite but a fan favorite as well. One of the most unique features seen in Elk River is the split lane that has “made or break” many racers over the previous five seasons. Located just over 30 miles from downtown Minneapolis, ERX Motor Park is situated in the perfect location to draw motorsports enthusiasts from all over the state and Midwest to see what the racers of Championship Off-Road are capable of.
Kyle LeDuc enters Round 5 leading the Pro4 season standings after winning Rounds 1 and 2 at ERX plus Round 4 at Dirty City. LeDuc has 102 career wins including 85 in the Pro4 class, second only to Jonny Greaves’ 99 career Pro4 wins. Johnny swept the Pro4 races at ERX in 2018.
Hometown driver Andrew Carlson won the very first Pro Truck race held at ERX Motor Park when he picked up his first career Pro-Lite win in 2016. Now competing in Pro4, Carlson is looking to repeat after picking up his first career Pro4 win at the ERX Off-Road National in 2019.
CJ Greaves comes into Round 5 just three points ahead of his father for second in the Pro4 season standings. CJ has a great history at ERX Motor Park, including sweeping the weekend in both Pro4 and Pro2 at the inaugural ERX Off-Road National in 2016.
Mickey Thomas rebounded from multiple DNF’s in the first three rounds of the season to pick up his first career Pro2 win in Round 4 at Dirt City. The Dawsonville, Georgia native currently sits third in the Pro2 season standings as he enters just his second career event at Elk River.
Defending champion Keegan Kincaid is tied atop the Pro2 standings with Kyle Kleiman. Entering Round 5, both drivers earned a win during the opening rounds at ERX. Kleiman also swept both ERX Pro2 races last season, while Kincaid’s win was his first at ERX in a Pro2.
Privateer Pro-Lite driver Chad Rayford made his Championship Off-Road debut at Dirt City in July, where he collected his first podium of the season. Rayford also picked up a Pro-Lite win at ERX in 2017.
13-year-old Owen VanEperen grabbed his first career Pro class podium in Round 3 at Dirt City, finishing second to Yamaha teammate CJ Greaves in Pro Stock SxS. VanEperen, the son of 2018 Pro Mod SxS champion Rodney VanEperen, last finished on the ERX podium in 2018 in the Mod Kart class.
Polaries engineer Robert Loire took home the Pro Stock SxS victory in Round 2 at ERX. Loire and points leader CJ Greaves are the only two drivers to pick up a Pro Stock win so far this season. The Forest Lake, Minnesota native aims to put his RS1 back on the top in his home state this weekend.
Pro Mod SxS Round 3 at Dirt City saw Rodney VanEperen win his first race of 2020, while CJ Greaves and Kyle Chaney suffered DNF’s. As a result, Greaves leads Chaney by one point and VanEperen by two in the season standings. All three have Pro Mod SxS wins at ERX in their career.
Artic Cat’s Jeremy Houle crossed the finish line first in Round 1 at ERX, but post-race inspection issues deprived him of his first win of the season. Currently 6th in Pro Stock SxS points, Houle is looking to redeem himself and pick up his first official win of the season.
Jason Luburgh won the very first TORC SxS race back in 2016, a race that took place at none other than ERX Motor Park. Luburgh piloted his Pro Stock Polaris to a podium earlier this season at ERX, and will hope to put both his Mod and Stock machines back on the box this weekend.
Sitting 4th in the Pro Mod SxS standings is Rival Can-Am’s Scottie Lawrence. The Thornville, Ohio driver is coming off his first podium of the season in Round 4 at Dirt City, and looks to carry that momentum into Rounds 5 and 6 at the Toyota Off-Road National.
Like the rest of the Championship Off-Road series events, this weekend’s race will be Livestreamed to their website. Catch all the action and see who can get on the podium at ERX Motor Park.
Photos Provided by Championship Off-Road