WORCS GLEN HELEN RACEWAY

Racing heats up as series enters home stretch

WORCS GLEN HELEN RACEWAY

The WORCS Glen Helen Raceway eighth round of the 2021 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) had 130 UTV entries. Pro Stock UTVs raced Saturday, and Pro Production Turbo UTVs raced Sunday. Huge hills are unique to the California round, as GHR has hosted AMA National Motocross for many years. The WORCS ATV/UTV course utilized the MX track, REM/Vet MX track, Lucas Oil/GAS short-course and 12/24-hour off-road course. There are even EnduroCross rock and mud sections.

Pro classes raced 60 minutes, with Pro Production Turbo winner Beau Judge (C-A) turning the fastest lap—an 07:38.710—on his third of seven laps. Jeremiah Wagner (Pol) holeshot the first Turbo wave over 2016-2017 champ David Haagsma (Pol) and Judge, while Matt Hancock (Pol) led the second wave ahead of Bradley Callahan (Pol) and Larry Heidler (Pol). Cayden MacCachren put the hammer down on his normally aspirated RS1 and passed round six winner Shawn Saxton for fourth coming into the REM track. Beau Baron tried to freight-train behind Cayden. Saxton and Baron collided, breaking Beau’s A-arm, axle and more.

Glen Helen Raceway challenged the WORCS UTV racers with huge hills and high speeds at rounds seven and eight of the 2021 series. Beau Judge (956) cuts inside of Davi Haagsma on the first lap of the Pro Production Turbo main.

 

Judge worked past Haagsma and then Wagner to take the lead on the second lap, and MacCachren out-braked Wagner for third on the last big downhill. With clear track, Judge checked out on Haagsma, who dropped out of the race on the fifth lap, handing second to Cayden Mac and third to Saxton. Fourth went to Hancock, while Nic Granlund took fifth in his single-seat YXZ after no practice. Cayden Mac took over second in Pro Production points from Baron, who dropped to fifth.

BJ flew to his fourth win in seven rounds at the WORCS Glen Helen Raceway eighth round and has a 23-point lead in Production Turbo. Look for a race build feature on his Can-Am X3 in an upcoming issue of UTV Action. See the new 200 hp 2022 Can-Am X3 here: 2022 CAN-AM LINEUP – UTV Action Magazine

 

FLYING PRO STOCKS AT GLEN HELEN

Hancock also holeshot the Pro Stock main ahead of MacCachren, Baron and Haagsma, while Brayden Baker (Pol) holeshot the second wave. Cayden took over the lead on the first lap, bobbled on the third lap and lost a few seconds, then steadily dropped his lap times as he checked out, turning a 07:50.4 on the last lap. No doubt, Cayden’s dad and spotter (and Trophy Truck legend) Rob MacCachren was warning him about Baker, who had also pulled away from the second wave with clear track. Baker turned a 07:47.308 on the third lap and had the lead on adjusted time.

Cayden MacCachren DNF’d the first Pro Stock round of 2021, but the three-time RS1 champion hasn’t finished worse than third since then, racking up his fifth win at GHR. He was also second in Production Turbos in the same normally aspirated RS1.

 

Baker flew to a 30-second lead on time and was fifth physically, but he overcooked a turn at the top of the Gorilla hill and flipped his RS1 on the last lap. Cayden Mac scored his fifth win in seven rounds and increased his Pro Stock points lead over Baron to seven. Haagsma held tough for second, with Baron third and Hancock fourth. Baker ended up sixth behind Kody Winiecki (Pol).

Matt Hancock was a fast starter all weekend and was fourth in both Production Turbos and Pro Stocks.

 

NON-PRO 1000 RACE ACTION

Glen Helen provided great racing in other classes as well. Production 1000s had a great battle with Evan Striplin, (Pol) taking the round seven lead ahead of Sebastian Marquez (Pol) and points leader Chase Carr (Pol). Marquez took the lead at the midpoint, with Carr second. The two pulled away from the field, with Carr turning a 07:55.944, but Marquez took the win over Carr and Striplin. On Sunday, Striplin again took the early lead ahead of Marquez and Carr, but Chase Desousadias (Pol) charged through the field from sixth to second by the midpoint. Marquez took over the lead at that point, as Striplin dropped to third and then sixth. Carr dropped his best lap to a 07:53.102, but Marquez crossed the finish line before the 40-minute mark to do a sixth lap on his way to the win. Chase Desousadias was second with Carr third. Carr leads the series with 137 points and two wins, with Chase Desousadias second with 134 points.

Brayden Baker (77) holeshot his wave and flew to a 30-second lead on adjusted time in the Pro Stock main, but he flew too far and threw it away on the last lap.

 

In 1000 Stock UTVs, Dallas Gonzalez (Pol) and Cole Fike (Pol) jumped ahead of Marquez and Carr on Saturday, and Dallas turned a 07:53.125 at the midpoint, but then dropped to fourth. Fike took over the lead with Marquez second and Carr third, and all three got the white flag for a sixth lap before the 40-minute clock ran out. On Sunday, Carr had had enough roost and led every lap on his way to a 17.7-second win over Marquez and Fike. All three turned six laps, while the field did five. Carr leads the 1000 Stock points with his first win and 160 points; he also had six seconds and a DNF. Gonzalez is in second with 141 points and four wins, and Fike is third with 141 points and one win.

The Glen Helen WORCS course has several huge elevation changes and also several sand-wash sections. Chase Carr went 1-1 in the 1000 Stock class and 3-2 in Production 1000, and he leads both classes in series points.

 

In Youth 1000 Stock, Ethan Groom (Pol) and Don Daley IV (Pol) were 1-2 for all five laps on Saturday, while Travis Sallee (Pol) worked up from sixth to third on the last lap. On Sunday, Jacob Peter (Pol) led the first lap but was shuffled back to 11th. Braden Judge (Pol) was second, but tangled with Peter going for the lead and dropped to 13th. Groom ripped through the field from fifth to take the lead in one lap, while Sallee worked up from fourth to second. Cruz Birchard (Pol) moved up from eighth to third.

With the series nearing the final rounds, racing was intense in all classes and for all positions. Brock Hanmer (left) battles Devin Smith for sixth in 1000 Stock.

 

In UTV Masters, Phil Johnson (Pol) grabbed the lead on Saturday ahead of Barry Bennett (Pol), and he pulled a 10-second gap in two laps. He blew a turn and handed the lead to Bennet, who would hang on for the win. Rod Anderson (Pol) started fourth and moved to third by midway. Johnson came back to lead flag-to-flag on Sunday and take the win over Masters points leader Justin Wallin (Pol) and George Desousadias (Pol). Wallin has four wins and 167 points; Johnson is second with 124 points and a win. 

Davi Haagsma passed defending Pro Stock champ Beau Baron for second late in the Pro Stock main. He was also running second in the Pro Production Turbo main but dropped out late in the race.

 

WORCS PRO UTV RESULTS

Round 7: DeVore, CA

Pro Stock 1000s

1. Cayden MacCachren Pol

2. Davi Haagsma Pol

3. Beau Baron Pol

4. Matthew Hancock Pol

5. Kody Winiecki Pol

6. Braden Baker Pol

7. Chris Johnson Pol

8. Riley Snow Pol

9. Dylan Lemburg Pol

10. Jessy Nelson Pol

Pro Turbo UTVs

1. Beau Judge C-A

2. Cayden MacCachren Pol

3. Shawn Saxton Pol

4. Matthew Hancock Pol

5. Nic Granlund Yam

6. Larry Heidler Pol

7. Dylan Lemburg Pol

8. Davi Haagsma Pol

9. John Bonanno C-A

WORCS UTV POINTS/WINS

After 7 of 10 rounds

Pro Stock 1000s

1. Cayden MacCachren/Pol 145/5

2. Beau Baron/Pol 138

3. Davi Haagsma/Pol 134/1

4. Matthew Hancock/Pol 106

5. Kody Winiecki/Pol 103

9. Casey Sims/Pol 78/1

Pro Production Turbos

1. Beau Judge/C-A 143/4

2. Cayden MacCachren/Pol 120

3. Shawn Saxton/Pol 116/1

4. Davi Haagsma/Pol 116/1

5. Beau Baron/Pol 107/1

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