CORONA, CA (January 14, 2019) – It's not surprising that 14-year-old Brody Eggleston, after earning the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2018 Modified Kart championship in dramatic fashion, aspires to someday race for a living.
But there's an air of maturity and patience about the youngster from Riverside, California that might be a bit uncommon for those his age. Eggleston figures that his opportunity to compete professionally will come about soon enough - if it's meant to be.
For now, he's happy to be where he is in a division that he believes is both competitive and fun.
"I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing," Eggleston said recently. "It would be cool to do another class at the same time, but the Mod Karts are sure fun. Most of the drivers who have come out of this class say it's one of the most fun things you'll drive. That keeps me humble about it."
Eggleston will be looking to repeat his championship when the new season begins March 16 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. The 2017 Rookie-of-the-Year captured the championship by winning the season-ending Bushwacker Off Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - one of five national-tour wins in 2018 - and overtaking Mason Prater, who began the event seven points clear of Eggleston.
Eggleston said he felt less pressure by entering that weekend by trailing Prater than if he had been leading. He explained that a mechanical failure in the next-to-last race, at Glen Helen, had wiped out his 20-point championship advantage and sort of took the pressure off.
"We knew we had to win and (Prater) had to get fifth or something so I could gain enough points to win," Eggleston said. "It didn't change my driving style. Instead of being ahead and going in and playing it safe, I was behind and had nothing to lose.
"The championship meant a lot. We worked hard all year. We came close (in 2017). We came in knowing we could do it. It was rewarding to come out with the championship."
Short-course off road racing has been a passion for Eggleston and his younger brother, Trey, who also competes in the Mod Kart division. The brothers began racing go-karts and moved into JR 2 off road with an assist from family friend Troy Adams.
Brody said he loves every aspect of Mod Kart racing, especially the jumps. He lists Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri - where he swept both main events in 2018 - as his favorite course on the circuit.
"It's technical," Eggleston said of the two-year-old course. "I think that's the best track. You have to wheel it around that track. I think it's the hardest track, but to me the most fun."
He's eager to return there this summer, as he makes another run at the championship - and competing more often against his brother, who ran a limited schedule last season.
"I have two more years in Mod Karts," he said. "We'll try to go for another championship and see if we can keep getting faster and maybe race more with my brother. He's going to race a full schedule. He had a couple of podiums last year."
Brody Eggleston said his perfect career scenario would be, for he and Trey to follow in the footsteps of brothers RJ and Ronnie Anderson, who used the Mod Karts as a springboard to big things. RJ Anderson was the 2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 champ.
"They once raced in my class and moved up; hopefully we can move up to that level someday," Eggleston said. "I'd really like to do some UTV stuff, and maybe eventually move up to Pro Lite or Pro 2. I'd also like to possibly venture out to do some desert stuff, but becoming a Pro race-car driver is my main goal."
Written By Lyndal Scranton
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Modified Kart division:
The advance kart class, for ages 10-15, utilizes 250cc or 450cc motorcycle engines limited to 48 horsepower. The karts are a minimum of 815 pounds and have a 13-inch front wheel travel limit and 19-inch rear wheel travel limit. Maximum wheelbase is 73 inches with a 58-inch maximum track width. Modified kart numbers are 500-599.
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four-wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Our events can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network, and MAVTV. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course! For more information, please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com and be sure to sign up for our newsletter in our Newsletter Signup section of the home page.