4/14/2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motor Sports Park in Chandler, Az.
The First round of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series was held in Chandler, Arizona at the 600-acre multi-use horsepower park well known for decades as the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. This was my first time racing at Wild Horse track and also my first Lucas Oil National race. My team and I left for our six-hour drive Thursday morning to the track and got a great spot in the pits next to some friends I knew from Lucas Oil Regional’s. On Friday they held three practice season, my mechanic and crew chief struggled a little bit with the suspension not having enough rebound. In between practices we were able to have El Bert at King Shocks dial us in the shocks and made the ride much smoother and allowed to me to stay on the gas longer in the corners. After practice we washed down the RZR and prepped it for qualifying Saturday morning. In qualifying I had an issue coming out of turn three, there were a few rollers and my RZR came out of gear. I had to shut it off and re fire it and seemed to be fine after that. I didn’t get a good lap in so I started on the sixth row and qualified 11 out of 12 Turbo UTV’s. Later in the evening the gates opened to spectators and the event completely sold out. I knew my turbo RZR was competitive and could battle through the pack so I was super anxious to get on the track and see how I finish with the big boys. Lucas oil starts the race in rows of two, 12 laps and one mandatory caution lap. The green flagged dropped and I quickly charged up the inside passing the racer in front of me. On the third lap I rubbed tires with another racer that made my power steering go in fail safe mode. I pulled off the track to reset the computer and kept going but unfortunately gave up a few positions. Half way threw the race they have the mandatory caution lap that bunches up all the racers back together. The green flagged dropped, I had a good run passing two other racers and there was a crash on lap eight causing another caution giving me another opportunity to get more positions on the last lap. I battled hard making outside inside moves on the racers in front of me. I made another pass and went side by side off a jump when a competitor’s tire landed on my roof and pitched me sidewise on the landing. I was able to keep it together and made the pass taking the checkered flag in sixth place. Leaving the track I knew we needed to make a lot of changes to my Polaris RZR to be competitive with the front racers. I’m overall satisfied with my RZR turbo racing it for the first time with only 20 miles on it. My full time mechanic, fabricator, and genius Pete Corwin will make the necessary changes to make my Polaris RZR competitive for that top spot. The next race for the Lucas Oil National Series is in Mexico May 19th-20th.
My SuperATV products on my RZR turbo took a beating and didn’t skip a beat for all 12 laps.
Shoutout to Gladiator tires! I race on 30″ tire which ran flawless in the wet and blue groove track conditions.
Thank you sponsors for supporting me and I know I will get that top spot very soon. Short course racing is where my racing career began and I can’t wait to chase the points to win us all a Championship.
Big thank you to: Superatv, Gladiator Tires, Polaris RZR, Got Sand Performance, Grid Offroad, King Shocks, K&N Filters, Gator Wraps, Navatlas, Simpson Race Gear, Baja Designs, Packard Performance, CryoHeat, NRG Innovations, Cody Haggerty, UTV Underground.