FOWLER DOMINATES FINALE IN EAST WEST SHOOTOUT IN PRIMM
This final round for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS series was one for the books for ATV, as we had a significant ATV presence for the weekend. It would turn out to be an East/West shootout as a group of the fastest east coast racers would descend upon Primm to battle against the likes of Beau Baron, Travis Damon, and Alex Ortiz for the top spot on the podium. With two championships still in contention, Primm was a battleground all weekend as Torey Matajcich would be battling to be the first Women’s Pro champ, and Braxton Grosse would be racing for the Pro-AM Championship.
On the final race of a jam-packed weekend that saw both the MC and ATV weekend combined race, fifteen different races would be the 90-minute Pro and Pro-AM race. With each line having over 15 competitors, it would be one of the most extensive fields we have seen in WORCS racing. In the Pro Class, it would be an east coast show for the top two spots as Walker Fowler would do what he does best and grab the holeshot as he would take off and lead from start to finish as the only competitor to get close to him was fellow east coast racer John Glauda. Fowler said, “it was nice having Glauda out there behind me and a familiar face as we both battle a lot back home. I found a few new lines as I watched him behind me, which helped me a lot.”
Behind them was the battle of the race as WORCS champion Beau Baron who had a rough start in the very back, would have his work cut out for him making his way through a very stacked field of riders battling with Hunter Hart for four laps before getting around him and setting his eyes on Max Lindquist in third. Baron, known for his speed late in the race, would showcase it again as each time would reign in Lindquist till the dust would force him to let Lindquist stretch out the gap again. Heading out on their final lap in the pro rhythm section Lindquist would have a minor mishap causing him to crash, allowing Baron to get by as he grabs the final spot on the podium showing the west is still out here to battle with the east coast guys.
In Pro-Am, The west coast was dominant as Braxton Grosse and Cody Sanford put on a great race while battling for the lead. Sanford would grab the holeshot as he would leave for the first half of the race, grabbing a lead of just over 20 seconds before Grosse would turn on the afterburners tracking down his competition and friend Sanford before making the pass stick on lap 5, where he finished in first place also clinching the Pro-AM Championship with his win. Sanford holds on for his second-place finish and 6th podium this season, allowing him to bring home 2nd in the championship. Now in third place, we had something unique as we had a fresh face on the podium but definitely not a new person to WORCS as Kyle Grosse, the father of the champ Braxton would land himself on the box in third place. He would start the race back in 6th place but during each lap would make some moves as he would make his way up to 4th place by lap four and, on the final lap, would make a pass on James Glauda for the third spot completing a west coast sweep for the podium in Pro-Am.
Torey Matajcich wins as she leads from start to finish during her race. This allows her to take home the first-ever Women’s Pro Championship at WORCS, narrowly beating out Layne Fryar as they would swap victories for most of the season. Donna Espensen would come in third place as these three would battle it out for the season.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC WORCS wants to thank each and every one of the racers for participating in any of this year’s rounds, as we hope to see you all at the banquet on December 3rd for a night full of laughs, trophies, and giveaways.
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