Short-course Off-road Drivers Association

The Short-course Off-road Drivers Association (usually abbreviated as SODA) was a short course off-road racing sanctioning body in the United States.

1 History
2 Classes
3 Television
4 Video game
5 Tracks that held races
6 Drivers
7 References
8 External links
SODA began as a Midwestern United States off-road racing series in the early 1970s.[2] Most races were held in Wisconsin but a few were held in Michigan. The crown jewel of the series was the off-road championship event held at the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway – the “home of the world championship off-road race”.[1]

The vehicles used were primarily Trophy trucks, buggies (which were based on the original Volkswagen Beetle called Baja Bug), pickup trucks, and a few stock cars. All vehicles had heavily modified suspension.

Most drivers from SODA moved to CORR (Championship Off-Road Racing) after the 1997 season, which basically ended SODA’s existence. A greatly diminished series continued on for at least a few years afterwards.

Class 1-1600, 1600 cc engine buggies with driver only
Class 2-1600, 1600 cc engine buggies with driver plus co-pilot (Sometimes run with class 1-1600)
Class 3, 4-wheel-drive Short Wheelbase vehicles (Jeep CJ, Ford Bronco, etc.)
Class 4, 4-wheel-drive full-size trucks
Class 5-1600, buggies with driver only
Class 6 Modified passenger cars, and later 2wd SUV’s
Class 7s, 2-wheel-drive four-cylinder trucks
Class 8, 2-wheel-drive full-size trucks
Class 8s 2-wheel-drive full-size trucks (nearly stock vehicles, with restrictor plate V8 engines)
Class 9, Modified Buggies with up to 1914 cc Air-cooled engines, or 1600 cc engines water-cooled
Class 10, Class 9 with co-pilot[3]
Class 11, Stock 1600 cc engine buggies with driver only
Class 12, Stock 1600 cc engine buggies with driver plus co-pilot (Sometimes run with Class 11)
Class 13, 2-wheel-drive full-sized trucks with more restrictions than Class 8
Heavy Metal, combined race with Class 3, Class 4 and Class 8 trucks
SODA Light A small single-seat short-wheelbase buggy with a small CC snowmobile engine
The series was televised in starting with Crandon’s race in 1989 on ESPN.[1] Series races appeared tape delayed on ESPN/ESPN2[4] (often during the winter months). ESPN covered the two trophy truck classes (4 and 8) along with 7S. ESPN2 started covering races in 1995.[5] It covered Classes 13, 9/10, and 1600.[6] The ESPN2 races featured Marty Reid as the lead announcer, Ivan Stewart as color commentator, and Jimmie Johnson as pit reporter.[5] In late 1996, SODA sanctioned the Chevrolet Off-Road Winter Series; drivers traveled across the country in the Glen Helen Raceway in California.[1]

Video game
In 1997, Sierra Entertainment released a SODA-themed racing video game called SODA Off-Road Racing.

Tracks that held races
Many Wisconsin and Michigan tracks held races, including:

Bark River Off-road Raceway, Bark River, Michigan[4]
Crandon International Off-Road Raceway,[6] Crandon, Wisconsin
Ionia Fairgrounds Speedway, Ionia, Michigan
I-96 Speedway, Lake Odessa, Michigan
Langlade County Speedway, Antigo, Wisconsin[4]
Lake Geneva Raceway,[6][4] Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Luxemburg Speedway, Luxemburg, Wisconsin
Milan Dragway,[6] Milan, Michigan
RedBud MX, Buchanan, Michigan
Road America,[6] Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin[4]
Memorial Total Off-Road Rally, Dresser, Wisconsin
Scott Douglas[4]
Evan Evans, 1996 Class 13 Champion
Walker Evans – 1994 and 1995 Class 4 champion
Jack Flannery, 7-time series champion
Brendan Gaughan[4] – 1995 Class 13 champion, 1996 Class 8 champion
Johnny Greaves[4]
Chad Hord[3]
Jimmie Johnson[4]
Jeff Kincaid
Curt LeDuc
Rob MacCachren, 1995 Class 4 champion
Scott Taylor[4]

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