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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • Casey Sims Scores A Podium Spot @ DIRT Series Round 1

    Casey Sims Race Report from DIRT Series Round 1

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    February 15, 2017 - San Bernardino, CA - We headed to Glen Helen Raceway last Sunday for the DIRT Series round 1. The track conditions were perfect because it had rained the day before and the sun was out the day of the race. I was able to get a few practice laps in on Sunday morning so I could get the feel for the track. The UTV Open 800 class was race 10 in the line-up and there were 6 cars in my class. We lined up for the first moto and I picked a spot in the middle of everyone. It was the straightest shot to the first turn. As we took off, Jacob Peter, Hali Pepper, and I were neck-in-neck for the hole shot. I was in between the two of them and as we approached the first turn, the two of them started to move in towards me and collided. I was able to quickly back out of it and moved left to avoid the crash. Hali was able to recover and got in ahead of me. I stayed on her bumper the entire race and tried to make a pass several times, but I couldn’t get it done on the tight course. As we finished the 6 lap race, I came in 2nd place. I felt good with one more moto to go later in the day.

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    I picked a different spot to line-up in the second moto. I put myself all the way at the end of the line. Jacob was able to get his car fixed in between motos, so he was back in the line-up. As the green flag dropped, we all took off. Again, it was Jacob, Hali, and I battling for the hole shot. Hali was able to squeeze in ahead of me just as we made the first turn. Jacob fell in line behind me with the rest of the field behind him. I drove hard and fast the entire race, and again tried to make a pass several times lap after lap. In the end, I couldn’t get by the first place finisher, and I placed 2nd in the second moto. I hit the podium for the day, and took home an overall 2nd place!

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    My season is off to a great start! I truly appreciate all of the support I receive from these awesome companies: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, RT Pro, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Steve at the DIRT Series for a great day of racing!

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    We’re headed out on Friday for WORCS round 3 at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, CA. You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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  • Wormhole Racing @ 2017 AZOP Touchdown GP

    Race Report from Eric Harrison of Wormhole Racing

    We headed down to Tucson for the AZOP Touchdown GP bright and early Saturday morning. We had wrapped up replacing shocks on the #139 and fixing up some damage from the last race Friday night and had the UTV's loaded up waiting for us. As the big quads started Wormhole racing started getting ready to head to the start line. There was a lot of vehicles this race which was exciting. Always more fun to race with a group.

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    As we waited to line up my co-driver took time to close his eyes and rest. The #130 was first in the 900cc class to line up. Vehicles were sent of 2 by 2 at 30 second intervals. Eric managed the hole shot barely and pulled away as we hit the first table. With the new Fox RC2 shocks I had the confidence to let the car fly. Back down the other side and into a very sharp 180 left I was able to slide it. The steering felt so precise after replacing the bent tie rods with beefier ones from RT Pro. That was the last time I would see the other 900's. The course was a mix of motocross track and desert which provided a variety of hazards. The #139 found a large cactus shortly after the start when the person he was closing on slammed into a berm and forced Hal to take evasive action. The cholla left them another challenge, picking needles out.

    The course was dusty and with the sun getting lower visibility became an issue. #130 kept closing in on someone, getting close enough a few times to see a light bar flashing in the think dust, but when it disappeared around a turn or dip we would have to let off from not being able to see. Eventually the Pro class caught up to #130 and made the dust that much worse. Things then started to go downhill. #130 wasn't able to get over 40 mph and ended up going in a small loop 5 times before course workers were able to figure out where someone blew through the tape making it impossible to figure out where the course really was.

    In the end we were able to pull out a 1st place podium in the #130 after putting enough distance over second place and limping around at 40 mph. Didn't get to stand on the podium as we were recovering the #139 and pulling spines out of Hal and Tegan.

  • Casey Sims Starts the Season off Strong at WORCS Rounds 1 & 2

    RT Pro Race Report | Casey Sims @ WORCS Rounds 1 & 2

    Primm, NV - Here we go! The 2017 race season has begun! We picked up my new Polaris RZR 800s from the GSP shop the night before we left for WORCS rounds 1 & 2. As we headed out to the race, I had a lot on my mind. This season, I moved up from the SXS Youth 250 Production class. Now racing in the SXS Youth 800 Production class, I would be faced with some challenges in learning to drive a new car, and racing against new racers with amazing talent. I felt ready for what was ahead of me.

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    As I approached the start line on Saturday for WORCS round 1, I was focused. I had only driven my new car one lap in practice the day before. Due to the heavy rain in Primm, NV that week, WORCS cancelled the normal Friday practice and only allowed us to run one practice lap. They also cancelled qualifying for the Lucas Oil track race that we were about to run. We qualified by drawing straws the night before, and I was lucky to pick #1. I had a great start position. As we rolled through the first lap behind the pace car, I geared up for the green flag to drop. It dropped and we were off! I was able to hold my position for a short period of time, but then I was passed by two of my competitors. As the race progressed, I stayed consistent and focused on my new car and the way it was handling on the track. By the fourth lap, I was running in 5th, but was able to move to 4th on the fifth lap and finished the race in 4th place. I was happy with the way my car handled and I was able to improve my lap times by 6 seconds over the course of the race!

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    On Sunday, we’d be racing the full WORCS desert course for round 2. The rain had come back on Sunday which would make for a very muddy day. We lined up for the start of the race, and as the green flag dropped, I floored it and was running in the top 4 of my class. The track was muddy and I was already using my tear-offs. About half way through the first 8 mile lap, I had gone through all of my tear-offs and my visor was fogging up. I radioed ahead to my pit crew and told them I was having trouble seeing. I had to finish the lap and get to my pit. As I pulled into the pit, my crew chief had towels for me. He quickly wiped the mud off of my helmet and sent me on my way with towels to use for the rest of the race. I had lost a little time with my pit stop, and was running in 6th place, but in the end, it was the best thing I could have done. All of the other racers were having problems seeing too and some got stuck or rolled because of it. Coming into lap 3, I was running in 3rd. I stayed consistent and was able to make up some time, and I finished the race in 3rd place! I was really happy to have moved up to a podium position!

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    I am looking forward to this season and I am feeling more confident in my new car every time I drive it. I’d like to thank my amazing sponsors for their support: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, RT Pro, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Harlen Foley for taking awesome pictures of us in the rain and to WORCS for organizing these races and giving us a place to run! In February, I’ll be racing at the DIRT Series round 1 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA and at WORCS round 2 at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, CA.

    You can check out the Sims188 Race team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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