San Clemente CA- February 14 Valentines day, was the first round of Lucas Oil Regional So-Cal division at the Glen Helen Raceway. Going into round one, I completed in two classes racing my Polaris Rzr xp 1000 and Rzr xp 900. I arrived Friday night to get a good night rest before the early morning registration and tech. Saturday morning both rzr’s passed tech and were weighed before qualifying. I first qualified in my rzr xp 900, where I ended up placing 8th. In the rzr 1000 qualifying went a little bit better, starting 26 out of 33 rzrs. After all the classes got done running 6 laps there was a 2 hour break before the main event race. I inspected both rzrs and everything looked good, but I did make a tire psi adjustment due to the muddy conditions on the track. Race 7 was the Walker Evans utv 900 race and I started second to last row. When the green flag dropped I quickly pulled another racer into turn one which I held 7th position throughout the race. With a couple laps to go the rzr 900 was coming in and out of limp mode due to the radiator full of mud but I was still able to finish the race in 8th place. Race 8 was the Production 1000 race, where I started on the 13th row back. Glen Helen is a narrower track than others, so with having 33 rzrs racing on the track felt like being in a race of rush hour traffic with elephants. Lucas oil threw the green flag pretty late almost into the last jump leading the 33 rzrs into turn one. When the green flag dropped I got a great run into the first turn passing 3-4 rzrs on the first lap. Throughout the race I passed about 2 rzrs each lap. There was tons of door to door banging and rubbing wheels just to make a pass. Coming into the last lap I was currently running 17th and on the second to last turn made a pass on two racers rzrs that lead me to checkered flag running 15th out of 33 other racers. Overall I was happy with the results for round 1 of Lucas oil regional and we are going back to the drawing board to figure out what changes I can make to come out even faster for round 2.
Polaris RZR XP 1000 #972
Polaris RZR XP 900 #772
Photo Credit: Buddy @ Papaian Enterprises
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Onboard GOPRO in the Polaris RzR 1000. I sped up the video for faster viewing.