GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENER

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) promoter Lee Perfect and Hammerking Productions’ Dave Cole have joined forces to form a new Great American Short-Course (GAS) series, presented by Optima Batteries. The GAS series will have eight rounds in 2021 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, Glen Helen Raceway and another location to be determined, and we attended the Great American Short-Course opener at the SBC Fairgrounds.

Great American Short-Course opener
Chance Haugen and Lance Root ate a lot of Corry Weller’s X3 roost in the Great American Short-Course opener main of 2021, but a freak mechanical would take her out of the running. Haugen was first in both mains, and Root would have a 5-2 weekend.

Besides the truck and buggy classes, GAS has six UTV classes—RZR 170, Youth 1000, Weller Racing SR1, Unlimited UTV, Pro Production 1000 and Pro Production Turbo—plus three Trophy Kart classes—JR1, JR2 and Modified. Check them out at www.greatamericanshortcourse.com. There are even classes for vintage VW beetles, the first vehicles to scout the Baja Peninsula and found the famous Baja 1000 race course.

Great American Short-Course opener
In Production 1000s, Dallas Nord (974) ran towards the front on Saturday and took the lead and the win in latter laps, and he fought his way to second on Sunday. Billy Nichols went 3-3 opening weekend.

WEST COAST SHORT-COURSE IS BACK!

At the Great American Short-Course opener, there were 16 Pro Stock 1000s, 12 Weller SR1s, 8 Production Turbos, 12 RZR 170s and 4 Youth 1000s. Each class got three practice rounds on Friday and morning qualifiers for the Saturday and Sunday mains.

Dustin Nelson was the top qualifier for the Weller Racing SR1s, but the start-order draw inverted him back to sixth, so he would start on the third row. The sound of those screaming four-cylinder R1 Yamahas was awesome as they ripped from the rolling start. They flew two abreast over the big tabletops and pitched into the back-stretch 180-degree turn with Matt Land in the lead ahead of Dallas Nord. Nelson quickly moved into third and then took the lead in the same turn on the second lap. He turned a 51.216 lap on his way to the win ahead of Jason Weller and Land. Only the production Turbos turned a faster lap, a 50.848.

Great American Short-Course opener
Brayden Chiaramonte had a horrible first round but rebounded to the Production 1000 win on Sunday in his RZR RS1.

Next up, the Production Turbo main saw Lance Root (Pol) on the pole and in the early lead, but it didn’t take LOORRS Production Turbo champion Corry Weller long to put her X3 into the lead. She gapped the field as Chance Haugen worked up to second, but disaster struck on the fifth of 12 laps, as the front drive shaft broke and then took out the wiring harness. Haugen took the win with Kevin Walsh (Pol) second and Dan Kelly (C-A) third.

Pro Stock was the last UTV main of the day, and Cody Hodgson (Yam) led early ahead of Billy Nichols (Yam) and Dallas Nord (Yam). Nord moved into second and closed on the leader, taking the lead on the 10th lap for the win. Braydon Beatty (Yam) moved through the pack from fifth to take second ahead of Nichols for an all-YXZ podium.

SECOND SHORT-COURSE ROUNDS

Sunday, the SR1s were the fastest in qualifying with Jason Weller turning a 51.193 to Production Turbo TQ Chance Haugen’s 51.407. Braden Chiaramonte (Yam) was the top qualifier in Production 1000s with a 53.131. Like Nelson had the day before, Weller started sixth and quickly moved up to third with Land leading early. Weller and Nelson freight-trained into first and second on the fifth lap, and Land would once again take third.

George Llamosas (188) dominated the GAS RZR 170 weekend with a 1-1 score. On Saturday, Brixton Wirt (114) sent Daxton Ruane (161) on a wild ride on the first lap.

Chance Haugen would dominate the Production Turbos again on Sunday, taking the lead from Dan Kelly on the second lap and never looking back. Lance Root would take second, with Anthony Ocho third for an all-RZR podium. In Production 1000s, Brayden Beatty (Pol) led half the race, with TQ Chiaramonte quickly moving into second. Nord was way back in the pack and was ninth on the first lap. Nord was fourth at the halfway point, and Chiaramonte moved into the lead. Nord moved into second, as Beatty faded to fourth behind a steady Billy Nichols.

Mod Trophy Kart was fast and furious, with Braden Chiaramonte (576) winning round one over Connor Barry (528).The two would duel again Sunday, with Braden getting spun back to ninth and Barry winning.

In RZR 170s, George Llamosas was dominant both rounds; he topped the field ahead of Ian Torfi and Jennifer Owens on Saturday, and Aden Aquilar and Dexter Warren on Sunday. Drake Mittag dominated the Youth 1000s in his RS1 in both rounds.

GAS seeds future stars through three Trophy Kart classes, RZR 170s and now Youth 1000s. Drake Mittag, son of truck great Doug Mittag, dominated the first two rounds of Youth 1000s in his RS1.

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENER RESULTS:

Round 1: Victorville, CA

SR1 UTVs

1. Dustin Nelson Yam

2. Jason Weller Yam

3. Matt Land Yam

4. Dallas Nord Yam

5. Corry Weller Yam

Production Turbos

1. Chance Haugen Pol

2. Kevin Walsh Pol

3. Dan Kelly C-A

4. Oliver Golding C-A

5. Lance Root Pol

Production 1000s

1. Dallas Nord Yam

2. Braydon Beatty Yam

3. Billy Nichols Yam

4. Jim Proce Yam

5. Karaston Hernandez Yam

Round 2: Victorville, CA

SR1 UTVs

1. Jason Weller Yam

2. Dustin Nelson Yam

3. Matt Land Yam

4. Scott Webster Yam

5. Paul O’Brien Yam

Production Turbos

1. Chance Haugen Pol

2. Lance Root Pol

3. Anthony Ochoa Pol

4. Kevin Walsh Pol

5. Dan Kelly C-A

Production 1000s

1. Brayden Chiaramonte Pol

2. Dallas Nord Yam

3. Billy Nichols Yam

4. Braydon Beatty Yam

5. Karaston Hernandez Yam

GREAT AMERICAN

SHORT-COURSE SERIES

1. Victorville, CA PT C. Haugen/Pol,

PS  D. Nord/Yam

2. Victorville, CA PT C. Haugen/

Pol, PS B. Chiaramonte/Pol

3. May 22 Devore, CA

4. May 23 Devore, CA

5. Oct. 9 TBA, TBA

6. Oct. 10 TBA, TBA

7. Nov. 13 Devore, CA

8. Nov. 14 Devore, CA

See UTV Action’s report on Chance Haugen’s RZR Pro XP here: CHANCE HAUGEN’S RZR PRO XP | UTV Action Magazine

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