Casey Sims Race Report from DIRT Series Round 1
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.
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!
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!
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/.