AUSTEN DINGER AND CAN-AM WIN RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE PROS

REECE FUHLMAN AND CAN-AM TOP SPORTSMAN MAIN

Red Bull’s SxS Scrambles moved the party from last month’s Sand Scrambles at Glamis to this month’s Ranch Scramble at Shadow Creek Ranch in northern Texas. Where the Sand Scramble was a wide-open course over huge dunes, the Ranch Scramble Course was all-new and much different than last year’s course. The Champ-style Texas Outlaw short-course made up half of the circuit, and a tight woods loop was added to the south end. To add more distance, another woods section was added to the north end, and racers had to jump a creek twice every lap! That section had huge sandy berms that rutted up and got really rough. The Red Bull VIP Tent was set up behind the Outlaw Saloon, so the guests could watch the start of Sportsman and Pro heats and mains, and Red Bull had a Tex-Mex caterer and tunes blaring.

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

Sand Scramble Pro winner and newest Team Red Bull athlete Corbin Leaverton was there to continue his momentum, and defending Pro champ Mia Chapman was rocking a new Red Bull livery. Last year’s Pro Top Qualifier, Austen Dinger, and Leaverton were the fastest in the two Pro timed qualifiers. Sportsman contenders Brad Gross, Cory Williams, and Kyle Beddow topped the three timed practices, which determined the starting grids for heats.

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024
Corbin Leaverton was all set for another win but broke his front diff.

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

Red Bull has a high-tech scoring system and breaks each lap into three segments, like they do in the European MXGPs. The VIP tent has two large-screen monitors with the track layout and icons for racers and Red Bull team members. Leaverton and Connor Maxwell diced in their heat and went 1-2 with Shawn Hess third, but Dinger topped the second Pro heat and turned a faster lap than Leaverton, a 2:37.793, for TQ. Mickey Schroeder was second to Dinger with Eli Fowler third. Sportsman had three heats, and the heat winners were Kevin Hall (C-A), Kyle Beddow (A-C), and Reece Fuhlman (C-A), who set Sportsman TQ with a 2:51:301. Finishing order in the heats determined the starting order for the two seven-lap mains, and the Ranch Scramble course was getting really rough with gnarly braking bumps and deep sand cushions on outside lines. It was taking its toll, and Mia Chapman limped to sixth in her heat with a blown diff, axle, or transmission (we didn’t get to talk to her afterward).

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

In the Sportsman main, there were 28 racers on the starting grid, and Reece Fuhlman pulled the holeshot, but Kyle Beddow got by him on the first lap. Beddow and Fuhlman were 1-2 after the first lap with Phillip Waggoner third. Fuhlman studied Beddow’s lines for two laps then laid down a scalding 2:46.746 lap time to take the lead. Kevin Hall was also charging and moved from eighth to sixth by the midway point. By the white flag, he passed Dylan Jacobson for second, and the podium was set. At the checkers, it was Fuhlman, Hall, and Jacobson, and early leader Beddow dropped out on the fifth lap and was credited with 13th.

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

Chapman posted on social media Wednesday that she fractured her T7 vertebrae, and it will take 6-8 weeks to heal, so she’ll surely miss the Beach Scramble on May 18th and probably the Solstice Scramble on June 22nd.

 

 

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLES RESULTS

Shadow Creek Ranch, Bowie, Texas

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

Pro SxS

  1. Austen Dinger/C-A
  2. Connor Maxwell/C-A
  3. Cross Kirchmeier/Hon
  4. Corbin Leaverton/C-A
  5. Mickey Schroeder/C-A
  6. Gustin Blake/C-A
  7. Mia Chapman/C-A
  8. Eli Fowler/C-A
  9. Keegan Cummings/Pol
  10. Pablo Gimenez/C-A

Sportsman SxS

  1. Reece Fuhlman/C-A
  2. Kevin Hall/C-A
  3. Dylan Jacobson/Pol
  4. Jerret Kizer/C-A
  5. Christopher Donald/C-A
  6. Mat Dodson/Hon
  7. Riley Nelson/Kaw
  8. Angel Fontanez/C-A
  9. Ronnie Davis/Pol
  10. Cory Williams/Yam

RED BULL RANCH SCRAMBLE 2024

RED BULL 2024 SXS SCRAMBLES SERIES

  1. Sand Scrambles…Corbin Leaverton/C-A
  2. Ranch Scramble…Austen Dinger/C-A
  3. May 18…Beach Scramble/Wildwood, NJ
  4. June 22…Solstice Scramble/Wasilla, AK
  5. Oct. 12…Farm Scramble/Garmin, IA

Contact…wwwredbull.com

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