Ray Bulloch Takes Overall Pro SxS Win at Iron Mine WORCS
Cedar City, UT – Just over a month ago at Sand Hollow, it appeared that Super ATV / Walker Evans / Maxxis / HCR’s Ray Bulloch’s momentum in the WORCS SXS Pro Stock Class had come to an abrupt end. Bulloch, however, used his home field advantage to take a dominant overall victory at round eight of the 2016 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels held at Iron Mine Race Park and win the Pro Stock class. Ronnie Anderson finished second in Pro Stock followed by points leader Codey Rowley. Ryan Piplic won both the Pro and Pro Unlimited SXS races.
Shaking off the bad luck, Bulloch, who lives in Cedar City, UT, dominated every lap of the WORCS Pro Stock race. His run was so dominant that he finished first overall and beat out Anderson by over 40 seconds. The victory, his fourth this season, moves him up to second in points.
“I felt invincible today,” said an elated Bulloch. “You couldn’t stop me if you tried. To get the overall win in front of my friends and family here at home, I couldn’t be happier. I feel like I got my mojo back.”
Walker Evan’s Ronnie Anderson’s best finish of the year came at the expense of Rowley, who lost brake pressure two laps from the finish. “I’m stoked to come out here with a second today,” said Anderson. “Ray and Codey were on rails today. Ray was flying. The suspension was really good today. I have Walker Evans to thank for that. I was definitely pushing it today.”
HOLZ’s Codey Rowley padded his points lead with his sixth podium finish of the season. His consistency places him 22 points ahead of Bulloch going into the summer break.
In the Pro race, Piplic won his second race of the weekend after topping the Pro Unlimited race. David Haagsma took the lead early on from Cody Bradbury and began checking out. However, a stall on the final lap, followed by a fire in the exhaust system of his ride handed the lead and the victory to Piplic. Haagsma recovered to finish 10th.
Matthew Hancock matched his best-ever WORCS Pro SXS finish with a second place after coming out atop a thrilling battle with Mickey Thomas. Thomas retook the points lead with his third-place finish. RJ Anderson was fourth, ahead of Chris Mills, who recorded his best WORCS finish in fifth.
Pro Motorsports’ Matthew Hancock bested his third-place effort in the last race with a second here. He and Thomas battled it down the end with Hancock just taking the spot at the checkered flag.
Mystik Lubricant’s Mickey Thomas regained form in this race after two disappointing finishes coming into the weekend. After nearly crashing at the start of the race, Thomas drove through the field to finish third. He moves back into the championship lead, but with just eight points separating the top four in points, it will definitely come down the end.
Interestingly, Thomas came into this season planning to just run a few WORCS races along with a full assault on the Lucas Oil Pro Lite Truck Series. Plans, however, changed early on when he nabbed three consecutive podiums in the first three rounds.
South Point Casino’s RJ Anderson thought he had a flat tire midway through the event, causing him to come into the pits. The tire was fine, so he went back out and drove hard to finish fourth.
Owen Motorsports / Addict Racing’s Chris Mills’ fifth-place finish was his best ever in WORCS competition. His previous best was 10th. Interestingly, Mills is based out of North Carolina and travels to every one of the West Coast based WORCS races.
In the Pro Unlimited race, FOX’s Ryan Piplic doubled down by also winning, leading every lap and nursing a failed front differential to net his second class win this season and pad his points lead in the class. RJ Anderson finished second, ahead of Matthew Hancock’s non-turbo machine. Cody Bradbury and Bill Chambers rounded out the top five.
Holz’s RJ Anderson recorded his second-straight runner-up finish. After a bad start, he had to climb back through the field and nearly caught Piplic at the end.
Maxxis’ Matthew Hancock’s third-place effort represented his second Unlimited podium of the season. Interestingly, he’s driving a normally aspirated Polaris RZR that started out as a backup car.
SDi’s Cody Bradbury nursed a broken front differential to finish fourth in two-wheel drive. “I got funneled back in the start so I hooked up with RJ and were going to the front,” said Bradbury. “I broke an axle and my diff. I pulled into the pits and finished the race in two-wheel drive. I had speed in both classes, but it wasn’t my day. I just ran around going for points. There are still two races left and they are tracks that I like.”
In SXS 1000, Maxxis’ Payton Mills, Chris Mill’s son, dominated the race, grabbing the holeshot and never looking back. Jared Blitz was second ahead of points leader Randy Romo.
In the SXS Women Class, Sierra Romo won her second consecutive race and extended her points lead. Thirteen-year-old Amanda Sorensen was second, followed by Danielle Weatherly, Jennifer Broughton and Claudia Romo. Sierra Romo took the lead from Katie Vernola early in the event before Vernola fell out with mechanical issues.
Sorensen is undaunted by racing women nearly twice her age at only thirteen years old. With confidence that belies her age, she notched her best ever WORCS finish. She also finished second in the Youth SXS race.
The Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels series next takes its annual summer break and will be back in action September 16-18th at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA.