April 23, 2017- Hurricane, UT- We had a whirlwind trip to Utah and back for WORCS round 7. We headed out on Friday night and arrived at Sand Hollow State Park on Saturday morning. I went straight to the driver’s meeting and then unloaded my car to get it to tech. I was scheduled to race on Saturday afternoon and my class was the 3rd row to take off from the line. The Women’s class took off and then the 900’s. I loaded up and waited for the flag to fly.
We took off from the line and immediately, I knew this was going to be a tough race.
Sand Hollow is just that…sand, sand, rocks, and more sand! I could feel a difference in my car and the way it was going to handle on the course. I was running in the top four and then was able to make a pass on the back side of the course. I stayed in 3rd as we closed out the first lap.
After coming through the timing chute, we headed up a huge hill and the third place finisher passed me moving me back to the 4th place position.
I stayed close and again made a pass on the back side of the course. There were huge rocks to look out for and drop offs as we drove through the dunes. I was able to stay in 3rd until the last lap of the race, but then I took a different line in one section and hit a big rock. It jarred my car and almost flipped me over causing my car to shut off. I quickly turned it back on and took off again, but the delay allowed the 3rd place finisher to catch up and pass me.
I drove hard and fast but couldn’t get to the checkers first. I finished the race in 4th place.
This race closed out a very busy month for the SIMS188 Racing team. We traveled nearly 2,500 miles over the last 4 weeks and raced every weekend. We are ready for a couple weeks off, and we plan to do some much needed maintenance on my car to gear up for round 4 at the DIRT Series and round 8 at the WORCS Series in May.
Thanks so much to these amazing companies that support my program: 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 WORCS for running a great series and Harlen Foley for the awesome pictures! You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.