Beau Judge Dominates at Glen Helen WORCS
Devore, CA – Beau Judge came into round seven of the ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR determined to win the Pro Production Turbo race, no matter what. That determination paid off as he extended his points lead with his fourth win of the season. Cayden MacCachren won his second consecutive Pro Stock race to extend his point lead in the class.
The race weekend was held at Glen Helen Raceway. The combination of different tracks—short course, motocross, and off-road—made for an interesting and exciting weekend of racing. High speeds and carnage were prevalent, but in the end, it was another amazing WORCS homecoming weekend.
In SXS Pro Production Turbo, Judge started third in his Can-Am Maverick X3 as chaos erupted at the start, collecting the cars of Beau Baron and Shawn Saxton. Judge made quick work of David Haagsma and his Polaris RZR in the Lucas Oil section and took a lead he would never surrender. MacCachren was second in a Polaris RS1, ahead of Saxton, who overcame serious damage to his Polaris RZR to finish third. Matthew Hancock in a Polaris RZR and Nic Granlund in a Yamaha YXZ 1000 rounded out the top five.
“I really like this place and all I wanted was a win today,” exclaimed Judge. “I got a big gap early, but they caught up to me at the midpoint, so I stepped it up and the gap just kept getting bigger. The last few laps I cruised at 80 percent and my Can-Am was perfect.”
The front end of Baron’s car was destroyed at the start of the race and mechanical problems on the final lap put David Haagsma eighth at the finish so that allows Judge to take a significant jump in the championship chase. “I made up some points so I just need to finish the rest of the races, not have any issues, and the championship should be mine,” said Judge.
MacCachren benefitted from the carnage at the start and tucked in behind Judge. Despite being at a significant power disadvantage in his naturally aspirated Polaris, MacCachren used his driver skills and the machine’s nimble handling to hang on to second, and scored his second production class podium finish of the season. “I went out there and drove my heart out, and I feel like I held my own out there,” said MacCachren. “We are severely underpowered here, and I was just eating roost from the turbo cars. I worked my way up past Saxton, and then just rode it behind Beau for second. These cars are just incredible. I just took a naturally aspirated RS1 and finished within 20 seconds of a turbo car!”
Saxton emerged from the crash at the start with a damaged front end. Despite the handicap, he put in a skillful drive to make it through most of the field and finish third. After winning the last round, Saxton scored his fourth podium of the season. “After some bumper cars at the start, I made it up to third with a damaged race car,” said Saxton. “I lost front wheel drive and we were down on power, but I persevered with smart driving and I’m charging for a championship.”
In Pro Stock, MacCachren continued his dominance in the class by winning his fifth race of the season. After taking the lead at the start, he held off a charging David Haagsma to net the victory and extend his points lead. Haagsma was second, followed by Baron. All were driving Polaris RZR RS1s.
“We came into the round two points ahead of Beau Baron, and we just wanted to stay consistent and drive smart,” said MacCachren. “We put in a good showing and that’s now five wins out of seven races.”
Haagsma caught up to MacCachren early in the race and made several moves, but held on for second. It marked his second consecutive podium finish. “Catching a guy is one thing, but passing him is another,” explained Haagsma. “We were battling the whole time. I didn’t get the greatest start, but I got lucky and I was able to catch Cayden. I just couldn’t get past him and settled for second. The car ran flawlessly today.”
Baron debuted a brand-new Polaris RZR RS1 here, but teething issues showed up early. Braking issues slowed his charge, so he nursed his car to third. Baron continued his streak with his fifth podium in a row. “The brake pedal went straight to the floor and then they started coming back when I pumped them,” said Baron. “So, I could get them pumped up before the corners, but it was a tough race. I managed to salvage a third, which I was more than happy with considering the issues.”
The WORCS SXS classes will be back in action Halloween weekend, October 29-31 at Mesquite MX in Arizona.