iRacing Off-Road Championship Series Race Preview: Bark River 2

The inaugural iRacing Off-Road Championship Series season continues on Wednesday night as the series returns to Bark River International Raceway for its seventh event of the season, presented by Big Green Egg. As always, the action can be seen live at 8:30PM ET on with the All-Star race, followed by 24 sim racing pros doing battle for $25,000 in Pro 4 trucks at 9PM ET.

Last Race: Team General Tire drivers Connor Barry and Jakob Rafoss took the checkered flags in last week’s action at Wild West Motorsports Park, with Barry’s second win of the season coming in the first race after a tough battle with incoming points leader Keaton Swane ended with Swane involved in an incident and falling out of the top five. Swane would rebound to challenge Rafoss for the win in the second race, but back-to-back podiums on the night enabled Barry to regain the championship lead.

Previous Events: Cam Pedersen and Josh Fox split the checkered flags last time out at Bark River, with Pedersen earning his series-leading third win of 2022 in the first race after leading flag to flag and Fox nosing past Tommi Hallman across the finish line jump by just .029 seconds. A second race accident that collected incoming points leader Connor Barry also enabled Keaton Swane to take over the championship lead with back-to-back top-five finishes.

All-Stars: Wild West 2 saw a Pro 2 Lite sweep by real-world off-road racer Luke Knupp, who beat Pro Buggy driver Zachary Drapkin and Nitro Circus sim racer Trever Teal for the two checkered flags on offer. Knupp and Drapkin went 1-2 in the first All-Star race from the previous visit to Bark River in the Pro 2 Lite, but it was eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series veteran Blake Reynolds who went from 16th to first in the second to take his first All-Star win of the season.

Track Info: Located in the upper peninsula of Michigan, Bark River International Raceway is one of short course off-road racing’s most historic and popular tracks. Home to real-world short course racing every summer, the track is operated by the Bark River Lions Club and has been in continuous operation since the mid-1970s. The track will host its 46th annual event on August 12-14, with numerous iRacing Off-Road Pro and All-Star drivers expected to compete.

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Chris Leone

A veteran of the motorsports industry (both physical and digital), Chris Leone contributes coverage of race events of all types to Off-Road Racer. Elsewhere, he is the marketing/communications manager at iRacing, media director of Jim Beaver's Down & Dirty Show, and a frequent contributor to UTV Underground.