Beau Judge Takes Fifth SXS Pro Win at Mesquite MX
Mesquite, NV – Beau Judge turned a near race-ending crash into his fifth victory of the season in the SXS Pro Production Turbo class of the ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR. Cayden MacCachren won his sixth Pro Stock race. The events were held at the combined off-road and motocross track at Mesquite MX.
The combination of narrow off-road sand and motocross track made track position key at the start of the SXS Pro Production Turbo race, something Judge took to heart as he was in second behind Jeremiah Wagner in the first lap. As both slid sideways, Judge’s Can-Am Maverick X3 made contact with Wagner’s Polaris RZR. Despite nearly bicycling off the track, Judge gassed it at just the right moment and took the lead.
Judge then began gapping the field, but behind him the Polaris RZRs of David Haagsma and Beau Baron were gaining ground quickly. Though Haagsma, with Baron in tow, caught Judge, neither could make the pass stick on the narrow track and that’s how they finished, with Haagsma second and Baron completing the podium. “At the start, we had to go through a horse corral and it was so slippery,” said Judge. “He was crossed up, and hit the fence. I followed him and bicycled into his car, gassed it and somehow made it out. I took the lead right then and kept it for the entire race.”
Just as Judge began to relax, he spotted Haagsma and Baron gaining on him. Though he knew his position was solid, he also knew that the duo behind him are off-roading’s top drivers. “These guys are the like the OGs out here,” said Judge. “They’ve won races and they’ve won championships, so when I saw them behind me it was like game on. I knew it was going to be a hard battle.”
Haagsma also passed Wagner in the first corner and followed Judge for several laps before settling into a comfortable second, that is, until Baron appeared behind him. He defended his position perfectly and scored his third podium in the class this season. “After a couple laps, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pass Beau Judge, so I backed it down to save the car,” said Haagsma. “Then, out of nowhere, here comes Beau Baron. He was on me and pressuring me. I picked it up a little and finished in the Beau sandwich.”
Once Baron cleared the first lap melee and got into clean air, he made up time quickly, setting the fastest race lap in the process. Despite his best efforts, the narrow track confounded him and he finished third. “Once I got around Wagner, I got a couple of laps of clear track and that was a blast,” said Baron. “I caught up to Davy, but it was so narrow and Davy was putting in a good pace, and I didn’t want to sit right behind him and get roosted. So, I backed it down a little bit and settled for what I had.”
In SXS Pro Stock, MacCachren dominated the race from the start. Though Baron caught him, braking issues slowed his run and he finished second, followed by Kody Winiecki. All were driving Polaris RZR RS1s.
“This is our sixth win out of eight races this year and we’re going to try to take this championship home,” said MacCachren. “Before the green flag, I looked right and left and realized there are a lot of badass guys out here so I always know the competition is fierce.”
Baron caught MacCachren in the middle stages of the race, but a bumper dislodged from another car caught his rear brake hose. He overcame the braking issues to finish second and stay in points contention going into the season finale. “I put on a gnarly pace on one lap and gained nine seconds on him,” said Baron. “I tried to do that the next lap, but there was a bumper in the middle of the track with the sharp sides up and it was too late to change lanes. It came up and ripped off my right rear brake line. So, I knew at that point I had to drive it within limitations and I’m really happy to pull off a second.”
Winieki made his way through the carnage and finished third. It marked his second podium of the season and his first since finishing second in round two. “It was sandy and rutty out there, but we did what we could,” said Wikieki. “It’s a beautiful track and the infield was a lot of fun. It feels good to be back on the box. We have a lot of work getting this car ready and I have to thank my father for all of his hard work.”
The WORCS SXS classes will finish out the season November 12-14 at Buffalo Bill’s Resort in Primm, NV.
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