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What is Short-Course Racing? Not to be confused with Short Track motor racing. Short-Course off-road racing is a form of auto racing of modified vehicles on a dirt road closed course of a short length, approximately ten miles or less. It is distinct from long-course desert racing such as the Baja 1000, which consists of racing over rugged desert terrain with a different start and end point up to hundreds of miles away.
There are two forms of short-course racing. One form involves race vehicles on an outdoor dirt road course and the other form is stadium racing, where the racing vehicles race a much shorter course inside an arena. While some of the larger trucks for short-course racing seem similar to their counterparts in Off-Road Racing, like Trophy Trucks, there are significant differences in setup between the two venues.
Short-course off-road racing became popular during the 1970s when Mickey Thompson founded the SCORE series (SCORE International Off-Road Racing). He shortened long-course desert racing, condensing it to a short course for easier spectator viewing and to allow competitors much easier access to the pits for mechanical problems.
One of the more popular series for short-course races today is Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) which tours throughout the United States and has multiple classes of competing vehicles.
Class requirements. Two-wheel drive mid-size V-8 trucks built on standardized chassis and using LOORRS (Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series) OEM Platform Engines. 450-500 Horsepower, 3,400 lbs. minimum weight, including the driver.