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  • Sims Race Report 2017 UTV World Championship

    April 16, 2017- Laughlin, NV- The 2017 UTV World Championship race was amazing! We
    headed out on Thursday night and arrived in Laughlin on Friday morning. We had pre-registered
    for the Family Poker Run so I’d be able to go out and see the course ahead of time. This year, I
    would be racing the short course desert race in the Production 700/800 class which was just over
    a 17 mile loop, 3 laps. I’ve never raced anything like it before, so I took the opportunity to head
    out on the Poker Run and check out the course.
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    The course looked awesome! I love taking long rides out at the desert through washes and on
    desert trails. There were a few sections of the course that I knew where going to be tough, like
    the Fox Proving Grounds with 6-8 foot tall whoops, but I felt prepared and ready for it. The
    course was everything I love about desert riding, so I was pumped to race the next day.
    After the Poker Run, we headed over to check in at registration at the Riverside Hotel. At
    registration each driver was given a swag bag which included a program book for the event. I
    was honored to be one of only four featured drivers in the program book this year! Next, we
    headed out to the parking lot of the hotel for Tech and Contingency. There were rows of vendors
    and a huge line of cars! We pushed the car through tech, met new people, and saw friends. It’s
    so great to see how much the industry is growing. Every year this event gets bigger. There were
    hundreds of racers at the driver’s meeting on Friday night; I was stoked to be one of them!
    On Saturday morning, we got up early, opened up the trailer and got to work on the last minute
    prep on my car. I practiced changing my clutch belt just in case something happened to it out on
    the course. I wanted to make sure I could change it myself if I had to. My crew chief stocked
    my tool bag and put a camel back with water in my car. We were ready to go! The short course
    race was the last race scheduled for the day, and when it was time, I headed to the start line.
    There were over 100 cars racing that afternoon. I was in row 8 to start, which was the last line.
    As the rows ahead of me took off, I had to take a deep breath to calm my nerves. We’d be doing
    a dead engine start, and even though I had practiced, I have never started a race like that before.
    I heard them count down…5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO! The green flag flew and we were off. I started my
    car and hit the gas. I was 4th off of the line, but moved up to 2nd before we hit the first turn. As
    we rounded turn two, we left the in-field and headed out into the desert.
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    I stayed with the first place finisher, but then we got to a long stretch of straight road, and the
    second place finisher passed me. I had my foot to the floor trying to catch them. I felt confident
    I could battle with them in the technical sections ahead. Unfortunately, there was an accident
    between two big cars on a narrow road with cliffs on either side. I got stuck behind it and had to
    wait for over two minutes for the rescue crew to clear the road. Traffic was backing up behind
    me and it allowed the first and second place finishers to gain time on me. As soon as I got by the
    accident, I knew I had to make up time if I wanted to catch the two cars in my class ahead of me.
    I gave it everything I had.
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    As I came around and headed into lap two, I notified my pit crew that the car was running good
    and I was still ok on fuel. I passed the pits and started lap two. The course changed with each
    lap because of all of the cars running at the same time. The ruts were huge, the course was
    dusty, and I had to navigate and pick the best lines I could. As I ran each mile, I passed by
    broken cars and drivers out of their cars trying to fix them to stay in the game. I focused on what
    was in front of me and kept going.
    As I was completing lap two, I radioed ahead to my pit crew a few minutes before I hit the pit so
    they would be ready for me. I needed fuel and it sounded like my clutch belt was loose. I came
    into pit, and 10 people surrounded my car. They fueled me, checked my belt, wheels, tires, arms,
    and axels, and sent me on my way in less than a minute. I took off for the last lap of the race. I
    drove as hard and as fast as I could trying to make up time to catch the two cars in my class
    ahead of me, but I just couldn’t get them. I made up over a minute on my last lap, and as I
    crossed the finish line, I landed on the podium in 3rd place! My 54 miles through the desert was
    an awesome experience, and I was stoked to have finished the race. Landing on the podium was
    icing on the cake for me!
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    We are headed to Sand Hollow State Park in Hurricane, UT this weekend where I will race round
    7 of the WORCS Series. Thanks so much for your support: Got Sand Performance, Red Rock,
    Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, RT Pro, Yoshimura,
    Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima
    Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, Pavement
    Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Also,
    a huge thanks to my family and friends that came out to Laughlin to support me and help in my
    pit. Thanks to UTV Underground, Joey D, Polaris RZR, Mad Media, and Best in the Desert for
    putting on this awesome event and giving younger racers like me a place to experience a race
    like this. You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook
    at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

  • Sims Race Report Round 6 WORCS in Las Vegas

    April 2, 2017- Las Vegas, NV – I had another amazing weekend at WORCS round 6 in Las Vegas, NV!  We arrived at The Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday night before the race.  I was eager to check out the track that WORCS had been building all week long.  On Saturday, there was a track walk scheduled in the afternoon.  I walked the track and figured out what I thought were the best lines to take.  I also watched the pro race on Saturday night to give me an idea of the way the cars were going to handle on the tight course.  It was an indoor/outdoor arena race, so I knew the track would be technical.  I love technical courses and I was excited to get in my car on Sunday!
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    Because the track was so tight, they were starting the UTV’s two-by-two instead of our usual line-up start.  This meant we’d be racing the clock.  I got to the start line early so that I could get a good spot.  I was one of the first two cars to start the race.  WORCS let us go out on one site lap, and then lined us up.  I sat eagerly waiting for the green flag to drop.
    As we took off from the start line, I was able to get out in front, and took the lead.  We started the race outside, and there were dirt jumps, sections of asphalt, metal jumps, tight turns, and logs to race over.
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    I remembered the lines I had picked from the night before and got into a groove.   A small portion of the track then headed into the Orleans Arena where we made a loop through, driving over more logs and dirt jumps.
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    I stayed on the gas and drove fast, but was careful to not be too hard on my car through the rough sections.  Even though I was in the lead physically, there were several cars that started after me and everything was based on time.  I eventually hit lapped traffic and figured out my way around.  There weren’t very many places to pass on the course, so I had to take the opportunity to pass as soon as I could.  After 14 laps, the 35 minute race came to an end, and I crossed the finish line in 1st place!  I also had the fastest lap of the race!

    We are headed to California City MX Park this weekend where I will race round 3 of the DIRT Series and round 1 of the Quad X and UTV Racing Series.  Thanks so much for your support: Got Sand Performance, Red Rock, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, RT Pro, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me!  Thanks to everyone at WORCS for an awesome weekend in Vegas!  You can check out the Sims188 Race team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

  • Sims Race Report Rounds 4&5 at WORCS

    Lake Havasu City, AZ – What an awesome weekend I had racing rounds 4 & 5 at WORCS! We arrived at the track early Saturday morning and got right down to business. I headed to tech and then to the driver’s meeting. My class was scheduled to race in the afternoon. After some last minute prep on the car, I was ready to race.
    We lined up for round 4 in the usual format with the Women’s 1000 class up front, the 900 class in the 2nd row, and my class in row 3. As the other two classes took off, I got ready. The green flag dropped, and we were off. There was a very short distance from the start line to the first turn, and we were all driving hard and fast to get there first. The first turn was a sharp 90 degree turn. We were all bunched up and as we rounded the corner, I fell in to the 4th place position.
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    I knew I had a long race ahead of me, so I settled in and went to work. As we drove lap after lap on the rough and windy course, some of the people in my class had some unfortunate luck and many cars broke or rolled along the way. By lap 3, I had moved up to 3rd place, and then on lap 4, I moved into the 2nd place position. I drove as fast as I could trying to catch the 1st place finisher, but I couldn’t get to him before he reached the checkers. I was happy to have pulled off a podium finish in 2nd place!
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    The next morning, I woke up ready to race again. My class was scheduled to race round 5 in the afternoon, and I knew it was going to be another hot and rough race. I had raced the course already, so I knew what to be prepared for. I lined up in a different spot than the day before because I thought I could get a better start and not get tangled up in traffic. As the green flag dropped, I floored it. As we rounded the first sharp turn, we went up and over a table top jump, and I fell in to the 2nd place position. The track then made a sweeping right hand turn and the car in front of me took the outside line. I cut to the inside and was able to make the pass quickly. I took off leading the pack behind me. I knew I had to drive smart and consistent. With each lap, I was able to increase my lead by a few seconds. There were many cars from all of the classes that broke along the way and I had to be careful around every turn not to get tied up with them.
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    As the 45 minute race came to an end, I crossed the finish line first! I was so happy to finish the race in 1st place!
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    My team and I are prepping the car and get ready to head to Las Vegas, NV this weekend where I will be racing WORCS round 6. I am looking forward to it! Many thanks to these awesome companies for their support: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, RT Pro, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to everyone at WORCS for running such a great series! You can check out the Sims188 Race team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

  • Wormhole Racing Race Report WORCS

    This was the first time Wormhole Racing went to a WORCS race so we weren't sure what to expect. No matter what we thought about it before we got there, it was better. Having raced in a more grass roots type series, it was overwhelming to see the level of racers. We got everything unloaded and ready for practice. I had it in my head before hand that I was not going to hit the water jump and pretty much cruise. I didn't want to push so hard that I broke something and couldn't race. Also being the first time on a WORCS track I was not sure what to expect. After 1 lap I pulled off with a big grin. Man that was a fun track.

    After practice I pulled over to tech. WORCS had decided that this race was the race for 900's to get bore and stroke tested. Had to pull my spare off and clutch cover so he could get the tool into the cylinder. As we pulled stuff apart I kept hearing the announcer exclaim wildly when people hit the lagoon jump. Unfortunately they were 4 for 4 on people that crashed. One went end over end losing the front right wheel. He landed right side up and tried to continue, which didn't work too well sans 1 tire. We watched the rest of practice then loaded up the #130 and headed to a car wash to clean up the machine.

    As we watched some of the other races I started to worry about how we would fare. The best piece of advice I got for the track was either take the hole shot or let them go and wreck. I decided to let them go and I still had to let off as we got to the first jump as they were still rubbing each other. The track was so smooth. The WORCS guys groom the track so well. For our race they closed the water jump so I was very happy, until I got to the bail out. I tried to hit the bail out and slid farther than I wanted. This put me right between the top and bottom escape route… on a pile of sand… that high centered me…
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    Once the rest of the cars that started behind us went by they pulled me off. Now I had a bunch of time to make up. With such a smooth track and the cars in front making some ruts, we were able to gain a ton of confidence and take the turns like we were on rails (or in ruts). Again I was being cautious as I wanted to make sure I finished the race. Some point during the 3rd lap I started hearing weird noise from the front end. I assumed it was my tie rod as I had been having issues with it loosening up and wiggling. I radioed back to the pits and next time around they looked but couldn't see much so we decided I would pull off the next time for a better look. I slowed and pulled off the track to have them look next lap. No flat tires, nothing hanging down, toe and camber matched, must be in my head, out I went again.
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    Still turned was hard. Right handers made weird noises and were slow and left handers were super quick. I called back saying something wasn't right. When I passed the finish line there was only 3 minutes left of the race so I knew I would only be able to make another lap. Pits informed be they had being picking broken cars off the course left and right and we decided to save the machine for tomorrow and we headed off. When we left the track we were in third place. As I came around to the trailer we saw fourth place go by and knew we lost the podium.

    Once out we saw that I had lost the drivers side front axle and the ball join had been pushed through the upper a-arm. Our weekend was done. We were still happy to have finished 4th in class and 17th overall. Smack dab in the middle, broken machine and all.

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