Las Vegas, NV (2/19/2018) - STV
Motorsports’ Nic Granlund finished second
in Pro Stock and sixth in Pro Production during
the WORCS season opener at The Orleans Arena.
Jason Murray won the SXS 1000 race. Both were
driving Yamaha YXZ 1000s prepared by STV Motorsports.
The race was held in the arena and the parking
lots surrounding the venue. The circuit featured
both dirt and asphalt sections, motocross
jumps, as well as log and tire sections.
In the Pro Stock race, Granlund had a great
start and immediately began pressuring the
leader. Though he had a chance to crash the
eventual winner on the final lap, Granlund
showed amazing sportsmanship and held on for
“Ronnie’s tires were getting hot, and so
were mine so I was making up time on the last
lap,” said Granlund. “I didn’t want to touch
him, so I settled in. He had me on time difference,
so I took a podium and some great points.”
In the Pro Production race, Granlund was
challenging for the lead when a lapped car
got in the way, causing an axle issue. Despite
running most of the race in two-wheel drive,
Granlund finished sixth.
“It was really hard to get traction on the
wet pavement in two-wheel drive,” said Granlund.
“I clipped a K rail and that put a big chunk
in the wheel. I would have a podium, but that
flat tire took me out.”
Murray (not to be confused with the desert
racer of the same name), is relatively new
to WORCS competition having run only part
time in the past. He literally dominated the
SXS 1000 race, taking the lead early and outclassing
“Either I was going really fast or they were
slowing down and before I knew it, I was in
first place,” said Murray. “I kept pushing
the car and won by 12 seconds.”
Murray said he owes his racing program to
STV and Andrei Isac’s support. His car features
most of STV’s world-class parts, including
its gusset kit and steering box.
“I wouldn’t be racing if it weren’t for STV,”
said Murray. “I work sometimes seven days
a week to do these races. Although WORCS is
affordable, when the car breaks it can get
expensive. We installed the STV steering box
right before this race. It was a rough race,
and it really held up well. Andre is the man.”
Both Granlund and Murray will return to WORCS
action when the series heads to Arizona for
its second round of competition. That race
is scheduled for February 23-25 at Canyon
MX in Peoria, AZ.