CASEY SIMS TAKES FIRST AT WORCS ROUND 3 BUT RUNS INTO SOME UNFORTUNATE LUCK AT ROUND 4. SXS YOUTH 800 PRODUCTION ROUNDS 3-4, 2018 – LAKE HAVASU MX AMATEUR RACE REPORT

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Casey Sims Takes First at WORCS Round 3 but Runs Into Some Unfortunate Luck at Round 4

Lake Havasu City, AZ / March 18, 2018 – Lake Havasu, AZ- WORCS rounds 3 & 4 was full of highs and lows.  We headed to Lake Havasu, AZ on Friday morning so that I could run at practice.  My car felt good and the track was very similar to last year.  There were very few places to pass, so I knew I had to get out in front off of the start.  I was happy I got to pre-run, and I felt confident going into Saturday’s race.

My class was scheduled to race in the afternoon along with the Women’s 1000 class and the 900 class.  There were 7 cars in my class.  The first two rows took off, and then we got ready for the flag to fly.  As we took off, I was running neck-in-neck with one of my competitors but was able to pull ahead as I rounded the first corner and took off getting the hole shot!  The course was rough, so I started to settle in for the 45 minute race.  There was no room for error as one of my competitors stayed on my bumper almost the entire race.  I would pull away or pass a car in another class to try to give myself a cushion, but he stayed with me.  I kept my foot on the gas and my head in the game and after 8 long laps, I crossed the finish line in 1st place!

After I got out of my car, I realized that a rock had gotten wedged between one of my rear axles and my a-arm destroying my rear differential.  I knew it would be a long night getting my car ready for round 4 on Sunday.  Fortunately, we had a spare rear diff with us and spare axles, so we headed to our pit to begin working on my car.  We were able to get everything changed out by Saturday night and my car was ready to race again on Sunday.

We lined up on Sunday afternoon in the same format as the day before.  The first two rows took off, and I got ready to go.  The green flag dropped and I stepped on the gas trying to get out in front again.  One of my competitors beat me to it, and I fell in to second place off of the line.  I was chasing down the first place spot and feeling good.  I knew I couldn’t let him get out ahead so I stayed with him.  We were about three minutes into the race when I heard a loud noise come from the back of my car.  I continued on because everything was still feeling good.  I heard the noise again and then my car flipped over, landing on the driver’s side.  This was the first time I have rolled in a race.  I radioed to my pit crew to let them know I had rolled.  I was ok, so I got out of my car and with the help of two WORCS officials, we pushed my car back over.  I strapped myself back in and started to get going again.  I didn’t make it very far before getting stuck because the rear end of my car was dragging on the ground.  I didn’t know it then, but the loud noise I heard was a suspension part breaking.  My car would not allow me to continue on.  The WORCS officials came and towed me back to my pit.  My race was over.

We are doing extensive work on my RZR 800 to get ready for the UTV World Championship race in two weeks.  I am looking forward to racing in Laughlin, NV!  The weekend after the World Championship, I will be racing my RZR 1000 at the Dirt Series and the Quad X & UTV Racing Series at 333 MX Park in Victorville, CA.  We’ll end the month of April in Hurricane, UT racing my RZR 800 at WORCS round 5.  It will be a busy but fun month filled with racing!

Thanks so much to all of these amazing companies and people that support my program: Got Sand Performance, Addict Racing Engines, Demon Powersports, Method Race Wheels, GBC Motorsports, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, Baja Designs, Gates G-Force, RT Pro, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Elka Suspension, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, HOK9, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, Sign Art Graphix, UTV Underground, and my parents who make this possible for me!  Thanks to WORCS for putting on the event and Harlen Foley and John Mattke for the amazing pictures!  I would also like to thank the WORCS officials that helped me out after I rolled on the race course.  You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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ROUND 3

SXS Youth 800 Production – Class Results
Place Nbr Name Overall Pos Points Earned Fastest Lap Laps Elasped Time
1 #188 CASEY SIMS – POL
VISTA, CA
4 25 06:00.453
Lap 7
8 00:49:43.779
2 #525 STOCKTON BULLOCH – ART
CEDAR CITY, UT
5 22 06:04.668
Lap 3
8 00:50:04.311
3 #26 HARRISON COOK – ART
LAS VEGAS, NV
8 20 06:04.926
Lap 2
7 00:44:57.055
4 #94 ALEXIS PIKE – ART
KINGMAN, AZ
9 18 06:08.359
Lap 4
7 00:45:50.019
5 #19 HUNTER MARTINEZ – ART
PINETOP, AZ
17 16 07:45.074
Lap 4
6 00:48:12.427
6 #110 ZOIE BARNES – POL
RICHFIELD, UT
18 15 08:59.240
Lap 5
5 00:47:14.721
DNS #242 ASPEN MARTINEZ – ART
KINGMAN, AZ
DNS 0 0

 

ROUND 4

SXS Youth 800 Production – Class Results
Place Nbr Name Overall Pos Points Earned Fastest Lap Laps Elasped Time
1 #525 STOCKTON BULLOCH – ART
CEDAR CITY, UT
5 25 06:00.765
Lap 5
7 00:43:23.264
2 #94 ALEXIS PIKE – ART
KINGMAN, AZ
7 22 06:17.271
Lap 5
7 00:44:37.451
3 #17. BROOKLYN LEAVERTON – ART
NUEVO, CA
12 20 06:49.064
Lap 6
6 00:43:21.676
4 #19 HUNTER MARTINEZ – ART
PINETOP, AZ
14 18 07:45.748
Lap 2
6 00:46:02.548
5 #110 ZOIE BARNES – POL
RICHFIELD, UT
15 16 08:42.108
Lap 5
5 00:47:35.416
6 #26 HARRISON COOK – ART
LAS VEGAS, NV
17 15 06:18.233
Lap 3
3 00:18:22.338
DNS #188 CASEY SIMS – POL
VISTA, CA
DNS 0 0