TOOELE VALLEY -- Miller Motorsports Park will host its first major event of the 2013 season this weekend as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series makes its fourth annual visit to Utah.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the fastest-growing form of motorsports in North America, and is now ranked second only to NASCAR in the number of hours of television coverage.
The series features high-flying, two- and four-wheel-drive trucks and buggies -- some with as much as 800 horsepower -- that will be flying over the jumps on Miller Motorsports Park's Off Road Short Course.
"We are very excited to welcome our friends from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series back to Miller Motorsports Park for the fourth consecutive year," said John Larson, general manager of Miller Motorsports Park. "Each year the racing gets crazier and the crowds get bigger, and we're anticipating a great weekend.
"We've added some new viewing options for our guests, and there will be lots of action all around the facility throughout both days. It's going to be a very family-friendly event, and we hope everyone will join us for our first major event of the year."
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has some very recognizable drivers competing, including former motocross stars Brian Deegan and off-road legends like Carl Renezeder, Rob McCachren and brothers Kyle and Todd LeDuc.
Local drivers include the father-and-son team of Jerry and Aaron Daugherty of Riverton, and Ron Duncombe of Maverik Monster Truck fame, who is very well known throughout Utah.
Although the racing will take place on Saturday and Sunday, there will be practice sessions on Friday that will be free to the public from 10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
Following that will be the inaugural Rockstar Energy/ Lucas Oil Kart Classic at the Miller Kart Track, featuring Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series stars and their crew chiefs battling for glory and bragging rights.
Following qualifying heats, the main event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
A full slate of racing for all seven Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series classes is on tap for both Saturday and Sunday, with on-track action scheduled from 9 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. on both days.
The racing paddock will be open to the public, and there will be autograph sessions scheduled throughout the weekend.
In addition, the Utah Region of the National Auto Sports Association will hold sports car races on the road racing course on both Saturday and Sunday, and there will be a drifting competition on Saturday.
Tickets are $30/day or $50/weekend for adults, with kids 6-12 admitted for $10/day or $15/weekend. Kids aged 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. VIP ticket options, offering exclusive viewing access and catering, are also available.
To obtain tickets or event information, call 435-277-RACE, or visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.