Whiplash Stone Grinders UTV Night Race
This was a great race. They set up a 1.6 mile loop. Kind of a cross between short course and desert racing. This drew out some of the CORR racers for this event. It was a great turn out for being so hot. The race started at 7pm and ran for 2hrs so lights were required about half way through the race. In the first 3 laps it looked like half the field was down. There were cars everywhere. It seems that not too many made it without having some difficulties. I had to stop 5 or 6 times so my pit crew could hose down the radiator. Thought I had the leak fixed, but it popped back up about 30 minutes into the race. I realized I had and electrical problem when I hit my horn switch and all the lights went out and the Rhino started to shut down. I ended up turning everything off except two of my HID's and still could not keep the charging system above 11 volts. There was plenty of carnage on the track. One car caught on fire. The Redline UTV was getting some air off a jump and came down on one wheel and then cartwheeled. Looked like he tore off the a arms on one side in the back. DGP Photo
got some pics of the beginnings of the crash as well as some awesome shots throughout the race. Check out their website
in a coupls days and they will have them all uploaded. Dan Kelly lost temporary control of his ride and ran off into a raveen and no one saw him. Many people rolled their rides. I have video of the second place finisher in Sport Mod (Brad Viernow) on two wheels when I was behind him in a corner. I guess he put it on its lid somewhere else on the course. There was about a 75yd stretch of white powder that you could not see through later in the race after the track started to dry out. It was dark and dusty. I had to almost stop several times as I entered it. It was the entrance back into the mountain area and didn't want to hit a wall. Justin Sheakley did just that. He hit one of the canyon walls as he flew through the dust blinded and flipped his Rhino. I was running an in car cam and will try to post some video later after I get it uploaded.
I would like to thank all my sponsors UTV Powersports
, Lone Star Racing
, A and M Powder Coating
for their support. The PDM clutch ran flawless again. This was the third race on the same belt. I would also like to thank my wife (crew chief) and all my pit crew for their help and being ready when I come in for something.
Congratulations to all the winners
1. Ray Aycox
2. Robert Vanbekum
3. Matt Kimmerle
2. Brad Viernow
3. Jan Pora
1. Dustin Dixon
2. Shawn Askamit
3. Cameron Bishop
I would like to also send some shout outs to some racers. Glad to see you back at the track Jan. Good job on the finishes to all you guys. I had some great times out there. This was an awesome track to race. Starting in daylight and finishing at night just made it better. I had a great time dicing it up with you Ray. You made me push the Rhino to the point the brake fluid boiled and I lost them for a couple laps until they cooled back down. I also diced it up with Danny Flower for a little while. Great racing. I would also like to give props to some of the stock class racers out there. It has to be a little unnerving when some of the faster cars fly up on you so quick. All the guys I encountered held their lines and made room as to not slow the faster cars down.
Pro Mod UTV #70
2008 Pro Mod and Overall UTV Champion
Snowflake 2007 & 2008 Overall Champion
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