Mitch Guthrie Jr Takes Win, Ryan Piplic Clinches the Championship
Primm, NV – Mitch Guthrie Jr finishes on a high note season finale of the Rocky Mountain ATV WORCS presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series with the UTV Pro class win. David Haagsma finished second, just ahead of Mickey Thomas. Mike Gardner drove RJ Anderson’s car to a fourth-place finish, ahead of Beau Baron. Ryan Piplic’s sixth-place finish handed him the 2015 WORCS Pro Side by Side Championship.
Mitch Guthrie Jr took the lead on the third lapand then held off Haagsma and Thomas as the trio battled throughout the race, but Guthrie Jr was able to pull away in the final laps to secure the win at the season finale.
David Haagsma said he used too conservative a strategy for the event. He came up short on time in the end and settled for second on the podium, which also netted Haagsma second in the SxS Championship points battle.
Mickey Thomas battled Haagsma and Guthrie Jr throughout the event. Settling for third, he was still pleased with his result to claim another podium finish, and Thomas is excited about the upcoming 2016 season with a year of WORCS racing under his belt. Thomas came into the WORCS series this season with a brand new car and very little experience. He said he’s leaving this year with a dialed in car and a ton of driving experience.
Mike Gardner’s fourth-place finish in his first Pro race was another feather in his cap this season. Gardner also clinched the Side by Side 1000 title here. He ran the Pro race in the HOLZ Polaris RZR usually piloted by RJ Anderson.
Beau Baron’s fifth-place finish came after he ripped off the holeshot at the start. Baron had elected to run smaller tires and while they worked great at the start, the setup slowed his car in the long run.
Ryan Piplic’s sixth-place effort was indicative of his consistency this season. Piplic needed only to finish in the top 10 to clinch the Side by Side Pro title. Piplic recently signed with Polaris and will run both Pro and Unlimited next year. He is shooting for both championships.
In fact, Piplic brought out the new Polaris RZR Turbo for its second race and dominated the Unlimited race taking a convincing win.
Codey Rowley won the Pro Stock Sxs race and, in the process, won the championship. Josh Frederick finished second and earned a spot on the podium. He drove a Holtz Racing Side by Side equipped with hand controls in the race. Corbin Wells rounded out the top three.
In Side by Side 100, Bryce Lamont won his first race of the season, edging out Payton Mills by four seconds. Blake Barnum was third.
In the Women’s race, Jennifer Broughton won the event, ahead of Jamie Piplic. Danielle Weatherly finished fifth and clinched the championship. Broughton took the lead from Piplic on the second lap after Piplic won the holeshot. They both avoided a major tangle in the first turn to come home on the podium
This year marked Piplic’s first year of competition and her second-place finish helped her finish second in points.
Weatherly raced her pit car with co-pilot Shelby Anderson. Her consistency paid off with the title.
In the Ace event, Ronnie Anderson beat out Jacob Shaw for the victory. In Youth 600, Kenny Sanford won ahead of Skylar Bullock.
Chase Warren leaves Primm with two championships: 1000 Stock and Production 600.
The 2016 WORCS season kicks off on January 15-17th in Taft, California at Honolulu Hills.