Cody Bradbury Scores Two SxS Pro Wins at Sand Hollow
Hurricane, UT – High winds, flying sand and sharp rocks were no match for Cody Bradbury as he won both the Pro and Pro Unlimited at Round five for the Pros at the Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels held at Sand Hollow State Park. Bradbury came out atop a last-lap five-car sprint to notch his first ever Pro Class win, ahead of Matt Hancock, David Haagsma, Ryan Piplic and Keith Johnson. SxS Pro Points leader Mickey Thomas was sidelined by a mechanical issue on the first lap.
With winds gusting up to 50 mph, race organizers nearly canceled the race due to lack of visibility. In addition, heavy rains the week prior caused the nine-mile course to rut up quickly. In the end, the carnage was high, but Bradbury was the man to beat.
In the Pro Class race, Piplic and Bradbury battled in the top two spots early in the event as the pair began driving away from the field. That all changed on the final lap when the field was bunched up behind a broken down car and the sprint was on. Hancock took the lead with Bradbury in tow. They ran side by side down one of the track’s dunes when Bradbury struck, making a daring move for the lead and the victory, which also boosted Bradbury into the points lead with Thomas suffering a DNS.
Pro Motorsports’ Matthew Hancock was pleased with his first Pro podium. He was amazed that Bradbury made his move stick at the end of the final lap to take the lead, but Hancock held on to claim the second spot on the podium and gained some valuable points, which has him fifth in the points battle.
Sparks Racing’s David Haagsma’s third-place finish, combined with Thomas’ DNF, helped him in the points race. Haagsma arrived at the venue early on race day and missed the Friday practice session, which held him back early in the race from pushing it since he didn’t know the course.
Ryan Piplic got the raw end of the final-lap sprint, but still rebounded to finish fourth ahead of Keith Johnson.
In the Pro Unlimited race earlier in the day, Cody Bradbury and RJ Anderson battled it out. Both overcame mechanical issues with Bradbury taking the win ahead of Anderson with Ryan Piplic rounding out the top three on the podium
In Pro Stock, 15-year-old Corbin Leaverton recorded his ever first victory and his second podium of the season. He led every lap of the race and beat out Kaden Wells and Codey Rowley to net the victory. Points leader Ray Bulloch was sidelined at the start of the race with a mechanical problem.
After missing Lake Havasu, Leaverton’s win gave him a well needed boost in the points back into the top five. Kaden Wells scored his first podium finish of the season, which boosted him to second place in points ahead of former leader, Ray Bulloch. Rowley’s third place finish was his fifth straight this season, which has him leading the class now by an impressive 23 points heading into the final three rounds of the season.
The Pro SXS racers will have just over a month break from Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels until Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, at Iron Mine Raceway in Cedar City, UT.