Beau Judge & Cayden MacCachren Clinch Titles at WORCS SXS World Finals
Primm, NV – Beau Judge and Cayden MacCachren clinched the Pro Production and Pro Stock Championships, respectively during the SXS World Finals at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort. The doubleheader weekend was the season finale for the SXS classes in the ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR.
The double-race weekend featured two races for each of the two pro classes: A short course race on the venue’s Lucas Oil Track, and a desert race on the long loop desert track. Judge came into the weekend with a nearly insurmountable lead in the SXS Pro Production class. Despite merely needing to score only about half of the laps to win the title, Judge came out strong in his Can-Am Maverick X3, winning the Short Course race and finishing second on adjusted time in the Desert event.
In the short course race, Judge was side by side with RJ Anderson at the race’s halfway competition caution. On the restart, Judge and Anderson fought to the end with Judge coming out ahead. Anderson was second in his Polaris RZR ahead of the similar car of Matt Hancock.
“Coming into the weekend the biggest question I had was how I was going to race,” explained Judge. “At the halfway point I was sitting in second next to RJ. My racer instinct took over and I just went for it. It was so awesome to race him. We never touched even though we passed each other five times. What’s cool about the WORCS series is you have a chance to show everything you have. That’s why I love this series.”
Anderson took advantage of several mechanical issues in front of him during the short course race and he put himself in position to win at the halfway point. Anderson, who is headed next to Baja, always enjoys racing WORCS. “What a blast…I had a super fun time racing with Beau out there,” said Anderson. “I ran out front for a little bit and then that halfway point came up and I had an awesome race with Beau. I got really squirrelly in the sweeper and I had an absolute blast out there.
Hancock, a stalwart of the WORCS series for more than a decade, announced his retirement from full-time racing on the podium. He has pleased to finish his 12-year career on the box. “Props to Beau Judge on the championship and the race win,” said Hancock. “I’ve had an up-and-down year and have decided to step away from racing, so it’s nice to retire on a podium. I’ve been racing WORCS for 12 years to I’m a little emotional right now.”
In the desert race, Judge took the holeshot before losing the lead to Anderson. Anderson made a mistake late in the event, and he took advantage taking the physical lead. He crossed the line first, but Beau Baron scored the victory in his Polaris RZR after starting on the second row. Judge was second and Anderson was third.
“I guess it was the Beau show today,” said Baron. “I was right behind Shawn for the first lap and he was roosting me pretty bad. All of the sudden he was on the side of the track and I picked up a spot. My daughter held up a pit board with the #1 on it, so I decided to keep railing. I’m very fortunate to have won in both classes this weekend.”
After Anderson passed Judge, he stayed within striking distance, ready for a bobble by Anderson. He snagged the top spot late in the race and finished first to put an exclamation point on his championship. In all, Judge won six of 10 races this season.
“I went 1-2 on the weekend and I got the 2021 WORCS Championship,” said Judge, who will join his No Limit team at Baja this week. I was the only Can-Am out here this year and we’re looking forward to coming back next year. This team doesn’t settle. We will be pinning it on the way home, get some sleep, fly to San Diego and I will pre-running in Mexico tomorrow night!”
In SXS Pro Stock, MacCachren finished second in both the short course race and the desert event, which was enough to hand him the Pro Stock Championship. In the short course race, MacCachren led from the pole, but lost the top spot on the restart, handing the lead and victory to Brayden Baker. MacCachren was second, followed by Dylan Lembert. All were driving Polaris RZR RS1s.
“We had issues at the last round so it was nice to get on the box,” said Baker. “These guys are so fast in this class so I had to be on my A-game all day. We fought through the mud and I just tried to make consistent and clean lines after I made the pass.”
MacCachren set a blistering time in qualifying and was more than one-half-of-a-second faster than his nearest competitor. After losing the lead, he backed it down slightly to ensure he didn’t ruin his championship aspirations. “We led half of the race by quite a bit,” said MacCachren. “I misunderstood the rules on the restart so Brayden was gone on the restart and I focused on the championship. We pulled some points, and I’m really happy.”
Lemberg ran a nearly flawless race to score his first podium of the season. Lemberg’s team worked hard to get him that final spot on the box. “I couldn’t have asked for a better race; it was perfect,” said Lemberg. “I can’t thank my team enough. They worked so hard to get me out here. It was a good time and we had some good racing. I had a ton of fun. “
In the SXS Pro Stock desert race, MacCachren again led from the pole and crossed the line first, but Baron scored the victory on adjusted time. MacCachren was second, followed by David Haagsma in a Polaris RZR RS1.
“I was trying to stay as consistent as possible,” said Baron, who finished second in points. “It was nice to have a great start and a good clean race.”
MacCachren was fully focused on clinching the championship and it paid off. MacCachren was in his first year in WORCS competition, but his lineage and talent showed all season. Though he started the season with a DNF, he went on a tear after that and won six out of 10 races, and scored podiums at the other three. “Beau beat us on time, but we were just trying to get the championship today,” said MacCachren. “It’s been a long 11 months. We came to win and when we didn’t win, we were on the podium so it was a great year. This trophy says ‘National Champion’ and I never thought I’d be one of those growing up.”
Like Hancock, Haagsma announced his retirement from the podium. After over 17 years in the series, he’s taking time to spend with his family and may run a few races in the future. “This will be my last race in this RS1 and I’m taking some time off to be with my family,” said Haagsma. “I had a great career and I’m pumped to finish third in the race and third in points. I have raced in the WORCS series since I was 13 years old and I’m happy to have spent most of my life racing in the series.”
That concludes the 2021 WORCS SXS season. Next up is the season finale for the ATV and Motorcycle classes, being held at Primm November 19-21.