Beau Baron Takes SxS Pro Buffalo Bill’s Win
The 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Motoworks and Dirtwheels picked up for round two at Buffalo Bills in Primm, NV. It was defending champion Beau Baron taking the win in the SxS Pro Class with RJ Anderson taking second, and Jeff Obering rounding out the podium.
The weather couldn’t have been better with temperatures in the low 70’s and a slight breeze. Not only was the climate ideal, but the track was in great condition for the 55 minute long race. With a total of eighty UTV entries, the staging area was packed with vehicles lining up in their selected starting positions. With a new strategy for drivers to pick a starting gate, each is called to the line in the order that they finished in the previous round. Once the starting positions were selected, the racers started up their vehicles and the sound of dozens of UTV’s rumbled in the area.
At 4:15 PM, the UTV Pro class launched from the starting line and the #1 of Beau Baron, who started on the second line, found himself behind tons of other cars. After getting pinched off coming out of the first turn, Baron had to work his way past nearly twenty vehicles, despite the narrow sections on the course. Although he was not in the physical lead, Baron’s team was letting him know his times on the pit board. Knowing he needed to push hard to the end, Baron drove on the edge on the last lap and took the win by a mere eleven seconds.
Although the track became rougher throughout the race, Baron credits his finely tuned Polaris RZR XP 1000 for allowing him to run such a fast pace. “The Holz car worked awesome along with the Walker Evans Suspension. Big hats off to Polaris, Maxxis, and Sparks and everybody else that helps me, thank you very much,” Baron said about his solid car.
Racing in the physical lead from start to finish, the #37 of RJ Anderson was on rails as his lap times dipped well below the ten-minute mark. Driving a smooth consistent race, Anderson seemed to tackle each obstacle with finesse as he was able to limit his mistakes.
As he mentioned, “consistency is key,” and he is off to a steady start in the points lead. Coming off the top of the podium with a season opener win at round one in Taft, CA, Anderson was looking to make it two in a row. As the first driver to take the checkers in his Loan Mart / Holz / Walker Evans backed Polaris, he came up just short of another win. However, he was incredibly pleased with his teammate and their podium finishes. “I could see Beau coming. We are teammates and I am happy to share the podium for first and second with him,” Anderson stated about his team’s successful finishes for the event.
Rounding out the podium for the day in the UTV Pro Class was Cedar City, UT resident Jeff Obering. After kicking off the season at round one with a 6th place overall, Obering was ecstatic about his podium finish. With so many UTVs on the course at the same time, Obering’s precision skills and line judgment allowed him to navigate his Polaris to the checkers, only thirty-four seconds behind second place.
Crossing the finish line in fourth place was Dean Price aboard his #79 Polaris. With a time of 50:18, he finished less than one minute behind third place. Rounding out the top five was off road legend Doug Eichner with an impressive time of 51:35.
Another familiar face we saw in staging was WORCS ATV Pro Champion Josh Frederick. After a devastating injury in 2013 that left him with no feeling in his legs, Frederick is defying the odds by competitively racing in the UTV Pro Class in a Can-am Maverick. As his first race back, his machine is equipped with hand controls and a system to keep his legs strapped in. Off to a great start, Frederick was battling for position several laps in when he suffered a broken tie-rod bolt.
Although the issue ultimately ended his race early and restricted him from fighting for a top position, Frederick was very positive and happy to be back at the race track. “I was having a lot of fun and I’m happy to be back out there and actually race again, that feels really good. We had a lot of fun and we learned a lot,” said Frederick.
In the SxS 1000 Class, David Haagsma raced his Maxxis backed Polaris RZR XP 1000 earned his second consecutive first place finish. After getting off to a great start and taking over the early lead in the class, Haagsma raced his own pace and settled in until the finish. Although he was in a tight battle for the first couple of laps, Haagsma never lost focus and continued to maintain his race-winning pace. As traffic seemed to get bundled up as he came up on lappers and other drivers, Haagsma strategically picked smart lines and was able to successfully traverse through the challenging terrain.
Even though the course had many challenging hurdles, Haagsma advised that his vehicle was well equipped to handle the rugged obstructions. “The whole course was great, it was smooth at first but then it got really rough and rutted. The car handled great through it with no problems and I had a lot of fun,” said Haagsma.
Crossing the checkers just thirty-eight seconds behind the leader was the Pro Motorsports’ #93 of Matt Hancock. After a rough start, Hancock was running in roughly seventh place as they headed into the desert. Despite the several battles taking place around him, Hancock put the hammer down and moved into third place. With his Pro Motorsports / Walker Evans machine handling exceptionally well, he was able to navigate his way into second place. After finishing third at the season opener a couple weeks prior to this event, finishing in second place is a step in the right direction for Hancock as he gets closer to the top of the box.
Praising his amazing vehicle, he advised that his Maxxis / Tire Block combination kept him firmly planted to the dirt and allowed him to get through some of the rockier sections without worry. “The Maxxis tires worked great and hooked up everywhere. Between my Maxxis tires and the Tire Blocks, I could hit anything out there and not get any flats, said Hancock”
Rounding out the podium in the SxS 1000 Class was the #108 of Mike Gardner. Completing five productive laps, Gardner successfully drove his Polaris across the finish line with an impressive time of 51:38.
Danny Rosenzweig earned the top spot in the SxS 850 Class driving his John Deere Gator RSX 850i at Buffalo Bill’s WORCS. This would be Rosenzweig’s second consecutive win this season. Rounding out the SxS 850 Class podium was Adam Levings in second and Jim Berry finishing third.
In the UTV Sport Class, two American heroes raced their way to the checkered flag to take the win. Marines Calvin Smith and Cody James Elliott, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, enjoyed their first ever off road race and were thrilled to take top honors for the day in their respected class. Driving in a Kawasaki Teryx, Cody and Calvin, both leg amputees, were racing for the Warrior Strong team. After hearing about the program from their prosthetic physicians, they were given this amazing opportunity to participate in this event.
The two men were incredibly enthusiastic about their win as well as the joy of being able to participate in the race. “It was huge to have the opportunity to come out here and do this with all the rest of these guys out here. Everybody has been so nice to us and it’s been great,” Smith said about the occasion. Elliott was equally excited about the chance to race. “It was great. We were able to come out here and put our heads together. We just wanted to drive a clean race and just finishing was our goal,” Elliott stated about their strategy.
With the second round of the 2014 Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS series presented by Motoworks and Dirtwheels in the books, the stage has been set for a season long points fight, as the battles are heating up. The series will pick up for round three on March 14 at Crazy Horse in Lake Havasu City, AZ.