Round 7 of UTVRR’s Southern Series kicked off promptly at 4:45pm on Saturday September 21st, 2013. Dry weather all week painted a dusty picture for Round 7. But Stony Lonesome had rain on order. Heavy rain throughout the morning soaked the track and afforded the drivers the prospect of a dust‐free race. At approx 1pm, the rain subsided and partly sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 70’s remained. Throughout the event, the sun stayed behind the clouds and with the sun setting at 6:53pm the weather couldn’t have been better. Pit lane was busy and race preparations were in full swing throughout the day.
Round 7 of the Southern Series saw another large race field for the QR1 class. Additionally QR3 saw its largest driver count of the year.
Once again the lineup was very diverse with Polaris RZRs, several Can‐Am Mavericks, an increased Arctic Cat Wildcat presence and a Yamaha Rhino. UTVRR’s race class structure affords all brands to race competitively on a consistent and even playing field.
In addition to the 4hr Endurance race, the 2hr Sportsman Class race was open for business with three (3) racers competing in the event.
New teams and returning veteran UTVRR racers made up 25% of the field for Round 7. Teams from Miami and Minnesota traveled 14hrs to experience their first UTVRR event after watching videos from prior rounds. Welcome to the UTVRR family teams!
In total 7 new teams raced at Stony Lonesome this past weekend.
After passing UTVRR tech inspection, successfully testing their timing transponder and attending the mandatory driver meeting, the teams began gridding. Prompt and organized, all teams found their grid allocations and the race started on schedule.
Round 7 ‐ The faces of Pit Lane
|Team #77, Mother Teresa Racing preparing for her first UTVRR race.||Team #243, Racertech CS Racing with a final test of helmet communications.|
|Team #433, Thompson Racing focused and ready to go in their Arctic Cat Wildcat X!||Team #120, looking for a strong run in their UTVRR return at Round 7.|
|Team #67, Team Buff in good spirits as this Father/Daughter Team prepares for the start.||Team #551, PW Racing in their very first UTVRR race.|
Right from the start Stony Lonesome provides a 1/4 mile straight followed by a fast right hander. This section turns into a short course style track with several tight turns and jumps and is approximately 1.5 miles.
The hole shot is everything from the start. A clean track can afford the racer a very fast start and is worth fighting for.
In addition to spectator benefits, the short course section of Stony Lonesome was created to provide a change of pace for the drivers before heading into the forest section.
Above: Team #123, Vulcan Racing first through the gate in Polaris XP 900. He led Team #120 , Ford Racing through the opening stages of the race. Both teams compete in class QR1 and started the race as a gridded pair.
Above: Team #243, Racertech CS Racing fighting hard and taking the race the Team #77, Mother Teresa Racing. This was the first time both teams had raced a QR3 class machine.
Both teams compete in Polaris RZR 570’s and started the race as a gridded pair.
Above: Team #316, CS Racing in his Red Polaris RZR XP 900 pushing hard against Team #82, Brian Motorsports in their Blue Polaris RZR XP 900.
Coming into Round 7, CS Racing is 2nd in the QR1 Championship table with Brian Motorsports 18th in the QR1 Championship table. That said, Brian Motorsports has only raced two (2) rounds in 2013 and finished both times in the top five (5). This pair would mix positions all race long with less than 3 minutes separating them at the end of the race.
Above: Team #121, Ford Racing in her first 4hr UTVRR event. Young Miss Ford raced in class QR3 in her Polaris RZR 570.
Lapping consistently would earn Team #121 a 2nd place finish in a very competitive class. Amberly Ford would finish the race with 10 laps in 3h 42m 18s. Great accomplishment in this young lady’s very first UTVRR as the primary team driver.
Above: Team #433, Team Thompson in their new Arctic Cat Wildcat. This was team Thompson’s second UTVRR; making up a three (3) car paddock with Team #993 Outdoor Products and Team #137; a Sportsman Class entry.
Team Thompson worked hard overcoming a few tire changes to complete 11 laps in 3h 13m 37s, for 18th overall and 14th in their class (one better than the previous Round). Nice work.
In the 4hr Endurance race format, all the Arctic Cat Wildcat entries race in class QR1. The 2hr Sportsman class race is an open class race format.
Above: Team #101, Octane Racing flat out as he pilots his single seater Polaris RZR XP 900s toward the end of a very fast first lap. Octane Racing only knows one speed, wide open!!!
Team # 101 competes in class QR1 in his modified Polaris RZR XP 900.
Unfortunately running out of gas ended Octane Racing’s event early. Even then, they managed to complete 8 laps in 3h 16m 53s to finish 25th overall, 17th in QR1.
Above: Team #551, PW Racing in their first UTVRR event. PW Racing competes in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 900. They completed 12 laps in 3h 44m 22s to finish 16th overall and 12th in their class.
Above: Team #373, J&C Racing working hard in their very first UTVRR event. J&C Racing competes in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 1000. They completed 11 laps in 3h 48m 60s to finish 20th overall, 15th in their class.
Above: Team #05, Outlaw Motorsports giving it everything as they hit the jump in the short course section.
Outlaw Motorsports race in a 2013 Can‐Am Maverick. The Maverick platform has worked very well for Team #05. They currently hold 10th place in the Championship table including 2 rounds with zero points scored.
2013 is Outlaw Motorsports first season in UTVRR. Each round they continue to improve.
Team #05 completed 13 laps in 3h 57m 39s to finish 13th overall, 10th in their class
Right: Team #471, Dubert Racing competing in their first UTVRR. Team #471 competes in Sportsman class in a Polaris RZRs. Dubert finished the day with 7 laps in 2h 6m 48s to win the Sportsman event.
Taking second place in the Sportsman class was Team #517, LCB. This young lady also took the fastest lap for Sportsman class with a 17m 34s lap. Team #517 completed 7 laps in 2h 10m 01s in her Polaris RZR XP 900.
Above: Team #67, Team Buff. This Father/Daughter team consistently challenges for the lead, regardless of race class. Team #67 has been known to compete in QR2 in a Polaris RZR 570, but for today’s race they chose to compete in QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 90.
Unfortunately, a minor mechanical failure ended their day with 6 laps in 1h 39m 55s. Better luck next time guys!
Above: Team #312, Basch Brothers Powersports getting sideways as they powered hard out of the short course section and down the long straight into the forest.
Basch Brothers Powersports is a UTVRR Series Sponsor and provides a Polaris vehicle to the media and race day operations staff. Thank you for your continued support!
Team #312 competes in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 900.
They would finish the day with a very respectable 7th overall, 6th in their class with 14 laps in 3h 49m 14s.
Above: Team #148, Barker Racing in their first UTVRR Event for 2013. Even though this was Team #148’s first 2013 UTVRR event, it was clear to all that Barker Racing has not stayed away from UTV racing.
Team #148 competes in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 900
Barker Racing finished the event in 6th place overall, 5th in their class with 14 laps in 3h 48m 55s
Above: Team #222, H.O.R.S Racing posting steady laps in his Yamaha Rhino. Team #222 races in QR3 in a 100% stock Rhino.
Round 7 saw several new racers enter the QR3 class, which H.O.R.S Racing has dominated.
At the end of the day, Team #222 would complete 10 laps in 3h 45m 57s to take 23rd overall, 3rd in his class. Great work guys!
Above: Team #940, Bellevue Racing drifting nicely at 60mph through a fast left hand sweeper toward the end of the lap.
Team #940 continues to improve their results and work hard. They recently changed from a Polaris RZR XP 900 to a new Polaris RZR XP 1000.
Bellevue Racing would complete 14 laps in 3h 53m 48s, to take 8th place overall and 7th place in QR1.
Above: Team #101, Octane Racing flying high in the short course section of Stony Lonesome
Above: Team #461, Keyscrete submitting his entry in the high flier title chase.
Above: Team #243, RT Pro CS Racing focused with purpose to win his QR3 class.
RT Pro is UTVRR’s Headline Sponsor, whom without UTVRR would not be possible. Thank you RT Pro for your continued support of UTVRR.
Team #243 would post the top 10 fastest QR3 laps and finish the day 14th overall, winning QR3 with 12 laps in 3h 40m 46s.
Above: Team #213, Basch Bros Powersports pushing hard at the start of the forest section. This team dominates their QR2 class with consistent laps and very few mistakes.
Team #213 leads the current Southern Series Championship table in QR2. They would finish the day winning again with 14 laps in 3h 46m 49s as well as setting QR2 fastest lap with 15m 43.648s
Above: Team #88, Tough Stuff Motorsports in contention for a podium place in QR2. Team #88 would complete 13 laps in 3h 54m 38s to take 12th place overall, 3rd place in QR2. Team #88 was only 1m 32s out of 2nd place!!! Now that’s close racing.
Above: Team #00, Barnett Racing hard on the gas as the sun starts to set.
Coming into Round 7, Barnett Racing holds 12th place in the QR1 Championship table and only a few points out of 7th.
Consistent laps and steady driving Team #00 completed 14 laps in 3h 55m 06s to earn a very respectable 9th place overall, 8th in their class.
Team #00 competes in a Polaris RZR XP 900
Above: Team #316, CS Racing was a front runner all race long.
This young driver managed the great track conditions perfectly and settled into a fast rhythm early.
Heading into Round 7, CS Racing is in 2nd place in the Southern Series QR1Championship table, only 2 points behind Team #461. Finishing the race was critical for CS Racing; keeping the pressure on both Team #312 and #461 for the QR1 Championship.
Team #316 would complete 14 laps in 3h 44m 35s to take 2nd place overall, 2nd place in QR1.
OVERALL WINNER FOR ROUND 7
Above: Team #612, Double E Racing was in the hunt from the very start. Along with Team #120 Ford Racing, Team #316 CS Racing, Team #312 Basch Bros Powersports and Team #82 Brian Motorsports these teams really led the field.
The Round 7 Race Results for each class are as follows:
Overall Winner of Round 7:
#612 Double E Racing ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 15 Laps ‐ 3h 59m 54s
1st ‐ #612 Double E Racing ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 15 Laps ‐ 3h 59m 54s
2nd ‐ #316 CS Racing ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 44m 35s
3rd ‐ #120 Ford Racing ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 46m 30s
1st ‐ #213 Basch Bros Powersports ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 46m 49s
2nd ‐ #34 TSR Racing ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 56m 06s
3rd ‐ #88 Tough Stuff Motorsports ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 13 Laps ‐ 3h 54m 38s
1st ‐ #243 Racertech CS Racing ‐ Polaris RZR 570 ‐ 12 Laps ‐ 3h 40m 46s
2nd ‐ #121 Ford Racing ‐ Polaris RZR 570 ‐ 10 Laps ‐ 3h 42m 18s
3rd ‐ #222 H.O.R.S Racing ‐ Yamaha Rhino ‐ 10 Laps ‐ 3h 45m 57s
1st ‐ #471 Dubert Racing ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 7 Laps ‐ 2h 06m 48s
2nd ‐ #517 LCB ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 7 Laps ‐ 2h 10m 01s
Overall Fastest Lap of Round 7:
#612 Double E Racing ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 14m 24.323 seconds
For Round 7, Double E Racing was the only driver to complete 15 laps. Team #612 completed his 15 laps in 3h 59m 54s (with only 6 seconds to spare!!!).
Coming into Round 7, Double E Racing held 4th place in the QR1 Championship with only 11 points separating 1st through 5th. As the season winds down, the Championship title is still wide open.
In addition to the win, Double E Racing set the fastest lap of the event with a 14m 24.323s lap on his 4th lap.