The 2010 Lucas Off Road Side-by-Side short course season kicked off with a bang this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Polaris team driver RJ Anderson taking first in Saturday’s Round 1.

Anderson, had a tight battle with the leader until the last lap when the leader’s engine let go, letting Anderson cruise to victory with a 19 second margin over second place. Tyler Parks finished third, also in a Ranger RZR.

“I had so much fun out there today,” says Anderson. “This is the first time we raced at this track and it took me a while to determine the best lines, but by half way mark I had it figured out.”

Sunday’s Round 2 started off with a soggy track after heavy rain the night before. The “Unlimited UTVs” were lined up along with an experimental class that featured Side-by-Side’s fitted with 150 horsepower motorcycle engines. But despite stiff competition, the combination of driving skill, Kroyer power and the Ranger RZR’s four wheel drive allowed Anderson to again take the top spot on the podium on Sunday.

RJ Anderson has taken a commanding lead in the Lucas Off Road Side-by-Side short course series.RJ Anderson has taken a commanding lead in the Lucas Off Road Side-by-Side short course series.

“With all of the rain we thought the track was going to be really slippery, but my Ranger RZR hooked up real well,” says Anderson.

Anderson also had the fastest lap on Sunday with time of 1:18.83 and with his two victories he takes a commanding lead in the championship.

The next rounds of the Lucas Off Road Racing Series takes place at Speedworld Off Road Park, in Surprise Ariz., on April 17 and 18.

Anderson is sponsored by Walker Evans Racing Shocks, Polaris ORV, Kroyer Racing Engines, South Point Casinos, Goodyear and Holz Racing Products.

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