GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS

GAS kicks off 2022 with two rounds of racing

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS

Great American Short-course (GAS) was supposed to start its 2022 season at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, but the tribe canceled and forced GAS to relocate the Great American Short-Course openers weekend to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville, California. Youth 1000s, 170s, SR1s, Unlimited UTVs, Production Turbos and Pro Stocks took to the track Friday for practice, and then racing on Saturday and Sunday. Neither Pro Stock champion Dallas Nord (Yam) nor Production Turbo champ Chance Haugen (Pol) competed at the opener, and the biggest classes were Production 1000s and RZR 170s.

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS
Great American Short-course had to reschedule the Great American Short-Course openers weekend to the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in beautiful downtown Victorville, California. Pro Stocks were the largest UTV class.

 

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS
Cody Hodgson dominated the GAS Production 1000s, earning Top Qualifier points both rounds and winning both 12-lap mains. Chad Williams raced his YXZ to second both rounds and was fifth both days in qualifying.

 

Round-one fast qualifiers were Jason Weller (Yam) in Weller Racing SR1s, Cody Hodgen (Yam) in Pro Stocks, Trey Gibbs (Pol) in Production Turbos, Kyle Ahrenberg (Pol) in Unlimiteds, George Llamosas (Pol) in Youth 1000s, and Jake Hill (Pol) in 170s. Each class got a three-lap session each day before the longer mains with mid-race cautions to repack the field for better racing. For comparison, in round two, Jason Weller turned a 53.021 in his SR1, Trey Gibbs turned a 50.011 in his Turbo S, and Cody Hodgson turned a 53.359 in his YXZ1000R. Gibbs was even faster than Pro 2 TQ Ricky Gutierrez’s 50.332.

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS
Ronnie Anderson (52) led the GAS Production Turbos early in round one, but had trouble with his hybrid Turbo S/Pro XP and fell to fifth. Trey Gibbs dominated with two TQs and main wins in his Turbo S.

 

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE OPENERS
Former Production Turbo champion Corry Weller qualified behind her husband Jason both days in Weller Racing SR1, but she dominated both mains over Jason and Larry Hayes.

 

GAS MAIN EVENTS

In Pro Turbos, Ronnie Anderson qualified third on Saturday to start on the second row behind Gibbs and Weller. Anderson shot into second place behind Gibbs and ahead of Chase Hill and “Bronco” Dan Kelly. Ronnie took over the lead and began to pull away until his RZR soured. Gibbs held on for the win ahead of Hill (Pol) and Oliver Golding (C-A). On Sunday, Gibbs again was TQ and winner of the main for a perfect weekend and maximum points (110). Jason Weller was second on Sunday after a bad race on Saturday, and Hill was third on Sunday and scored 99 points.

Shawn Illingworth was running third on Saturday but did a dreaded mongo bicycle on a tight infield hairpin. He saved it for fourth.

 

Youth 170s put on great racing both days, with Declan Shields (158) taking both wins and six qualifying points. Adan Aadan Aguilar (104) and Brixton Wirt (104) tangled on Saturday, and Wirt came back on Sunday for fifth.

 

Production 1000s were dominated by Cody Hodgson and his Yamaha, as he was TQ and the main winner both days for a maximum points haul of 110. Chad Williams qualified fifth both days, but rebounded in both mains to take two seconds. Connor Barry made it an all-Yamaha podium on Saturday, but he couldn’t repeat on the Sabbath. Cole Gamma put his RS1 on the Sunday podium.

George Llamosas moved up from RZR 170s to Youth 1000 and dominated in his RS1, topping the qualifiers and winning mains both days.

 

Defending Youth 170 champion George Llamosas jumped to the Youth 1000s, but defending Y1000 champ Drake Mittag was also a no-show. Llamosas dominated the weekend with two TQs and main wins for a perfect points haul of 110. Dominick Benites was second in qualifying and racing both days, while Tyler Shade was third on the clock and track.

Jake Hill was Youth 170 TQ on Saturday, but Declan Shields won that main over Hill and Ian Torfi. Triton Lawrence was TQ on Sunday, but Shields was not to be denied the win. Hill and Brixton Wirt filled out the 170 podium on Sunday.

GREAT AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE RESULTS:

Round 1: Victorville, CA

Production Turbo

1. Trey Gibbs Pol

2. Chase Hill Pol

3. Oliver Golding C-A

Production 1000

1. Cody Hodgson Yam

2. Chad Williams Yam

3. Connor Barry Yam

SR1 UTV

1. Corry Weller Yam

2. Jason Weller Yam

3. Larry Hayes Yam

Youth 1000

1. George Llamosas Pol

2. Dominick Benites Pol

3. Tyler Shade, Pol

Youth 170

1. Declan Shields Pol

2. Jake Hill Pol

3. Ian Torfi Pol

Round 2: Victorville, CA

Production Turbo

1. Trey Gibbs Pol

2. Jason Weller C-A

3. Chase Hill Pol

Production 1000

1. Cody Hodgson Yam

2. Chad Williams Yam

3. Cole Gamma Pol

SR1 UTV

1. Corry Weller Yam

2. Jason Weller Yam

3. Larry Hayes Yam

Youth 1000

1. George Llamosas Pol

2. Dominick Benites Pol

3. Tyler Shade, Pol

Youth 170

1. Declan Shields Pol

2. Jake Hill Pol

3. Brixton Wirt Pol

See UTV Action’s report on a GAS-winning Yamaha YXZ here: DALLAS NORD’S #1 GAS PRO STOCK YXZ1000R – UTV Action Magazine

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