David Haagsma Takes Pro SxS Win at Lake Havasu WORCS
Maxxis’ David Haagsma earned his second victory of the season here. In the other two races, he broke, a situation he blames on himself. “When the car stays together and I don’t break it, I win,” said Haagsma with a laugh. “The track was pretty good. It’s hard to pass, so the start really paid off. It’s hard on the cars, so you see people flipping and breaking down all over the track. I just watched out for the lappers. I had a decent lead, so I babied it and won.”
FOX Ryan Piplic earned his first Pro UTV podium finish of the season. He drove through some late-race carnage to finish second. “I feels good to finally get back on the podium,” said Piplic. “I had a great race, but I was just bummed out I couldn’t catch David Haagsma. He had a great race going on, and the track was really brutal.”
Jeff Obering earned his first of two podiums during the weekend. After winning the Pro Unlimited race, Obering finished third in the Pro event. “Another podium and it’s awesome,” said Obering. “Every little thing helps in these cars. We switched up the tires and that definitely gave me an edge. Third place in Pro with all of these competitive guys is just huge for our team.”
Points leader Mickey Thomas was running second when he flipped on the final lap. He rebounded to finish seventh. Thomas is also running a truck in the Lucas Oil Series, but elected to compete here this weekend to keep him in the title chase.
In Pro Stock, Super ATV’s Ray Bulloch won his second consecutive race and third this season. He came into the event second in points and is charging as the season hits the midpoint. Blake Barnum was second, ahead of points leader, Codey Rowley.
“It felt good to get another win in the Pro Stock Class,” said Bulloch. “I had some bad luck earlier in Pro Unlimited, but I found the vulnerable spots on the track and I think that helped me out. This was a tight track. I even got hung up on the start, but we battled through it. I know I have to be close in the points. Halfway through the season the championship is within our grasp.”
STV’s Blake Barnum finished second after an early battle with Bulloch. He netted his first podium and his best finish of the season. “It was a pretty sweet race,” said Barnum. “Ray and I had a fun battle going on. The car was working awesome. I love this track. I just found my rhythm and went with it. The venue is great and the crowd is awesome.”
UTV Pro Stock Points leader, Codey Rowley, finished on the podium for the fourth consecutive time after a difficult start. “It was a tough track and I got a bad start,” said Rowley. “From the start, I had a lot of work ahead of me and I finished on the podium. Bulloch gained on me a little, but I still have the points lead, which is nice.”
In the Pro Unlimited race, Jeff Obering utilized the Lagoon Jump, and a new engine, to his advantage to take his first victory of the season. Corbin Wells was second, ahead of Matt Hancock.
“It’s always a great day to just finish, but get a number one spot is huge for us,” said Obering. “I had been running a stock motor all season, and we finally got all of the parts together and it’s a big bore now. Dave from DW Performance gave me the edge I needed.”
Corbin Wells started running Pro Unlimited as a way to get more experience for his Pro Stock program. He finished second in his first visit to Lake Havasu and celebrated his first podium of the season.
With minimal preparation and driving a two-year-old naturally aspirated RZR, Matt Hancock finished third. He was as surprised as anyone else. “I decided to race Pro Unlimited Friday afternoon,” explained Hancock. “I brought my 2014 Polaris RZR and I thought I’d go ahead and race it. We sprayed it off, checked the air in the tires and went racing; we didn’t prep it all. I was having a blast out there. There was no pressure and I was just having fun. There’s always so much pressure out there, so it was nice to just have some fun.”
The 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV WORCS presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels UTV Racers will head to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, Utah on April 15-17th for the round six of the series, and the fifth round of racing for the Pros.