We had an awesome time this weekend, even with all of the mud! Jerry (getnolder) and I were camped together. And we were just down from the high dollar Rhinos! Jerry was in the Sport Modified class and I was in the pro modified class.
The prerun on Friday went well, with Jerry and I taking turns leading around the course. Not running hard, we ran up to 60 mph on some of the high speed sections.
We woke up Saturday (race day) to overcast skies. Big trucks and buggies were starting ahead of us (6am start!!). We watched for a couple of hours.........and then the bottom dropped out of the clouds. It rained like CRAZY for about 2 hours, hailing at one point! We hid under our canapies trying to figure out how we were going to get through the mud!!! About an hour before our start time, the rain let up and the sun started to break through. Unfortunately, the damage had been done and the top 12" of earth was nothing but muck!
The race started with me about 6 positions back from the start (another class went first and I was 3rd among pro-modifieds). Jerry was a bit further back in the starting order, having to wait for all pro's and desert pro's to go first.
I quickly realized that my tearoffs were NOT going to work for this crap! I quickly ripped all of them off and started swabbing with a rag. Before we were even out of the pits (about 1/2 mile of pits) I had already caught up to the first rig in front of me (30 starting intervals). I quickly passed him and never looked back. Within the first lap (approximately 20 miles long) I had passed all other UTVs in front of me. For the rest of the race I never looked back. Bobby Vanbeekem in his new 800cc Teryx was tearing things up! He started about 3 minutes behind me and had made up the difference during lap 3. There was one point where I had it pinned on a long straight away. I was turning about 7,000rpm (couldn't seem to get it over 7k for some reason) and Bobby came along side and passed me at about 5mph more! I couldn't hang with him as his rig just seemed to have more power and cornering. He picked up a couple of flats and slowed, but not enough for me to catch him. He placed first, beating me by about 3 minutes 30 seconds (over a 2 hour race). I placed 2nd in promodified and 2nd in overall time.
During the awards ceremony, someone driving another UTV (Rhino/Ranger) yelled out that we should be in our own class!!! I think after 2 races in pro-modified and showing we can run with the best of them..........they are not liking the idea any more! We'll see where it goes as I plan to continue to race the pro class until Whiplash won't allow it any longer. Not sure why there is a problem with competition.............
I'm going to have to figure out why I couldn't go faster than that as I have regularly tuned 8k to 8.5k in the past. I am assuming it was due to the 6500 ft of altitude and about 200 pounds of mud I was carrying!!!!
Jerry had a mechanical problem during his 4th of 5th lap and couldn't finish. But his times were VERY close to mine and certainly would have been in the top 3 or 4 in overall times!!!
We had a great time and I am looking forward to the next race. I'm going to have to figure out how to get just a little bit more power out of that motor. If I could have turned the 8 or 8500 rpm, I'm not sure Bobby would have been passing me like that...........but likely would have still beat me in the tighter corning sections.
Hope to see more of you out at the races!!!