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WORCS ATV Racing
Round #8 - Glen Helen
September 26, 2010

WORCS ATV Racing

Maxxis / MCR's Beau Baron Takes 2nd Straight Win & Points Lead
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Josh Frederick - CanAm DS450 ATV
Motoworks' Josh Frederick made an incredible charge from last place overall to work his way back into the Pro Class Top 5, but unforunately his charge ended when he ran out of gas on lap 9
Luck was not on Josh Frederick’s side for round eight. In the first lap, Frederick stalled in the offroad-truck section of the track, which put him in last place overall. Frederick had his work cut out for him as he had to work his way through the entire Pro-am and Pro classes.

Frederick made a hard charge and by the mid-way point had made his move into the number four spot, but he was still four minutes behind Beau Baron, who was holding a comfortable lead. Frederick was gaining ground and passed Josh Row for the number three spot, but then disaster struck in lap nine when Frederick ran out of gas.

Frederick pushed his quad directly back to the pits for gas without following the track, but he took off from the pits to continue the race, but because he did not restart at the point where he ran out of gas, his race ended when he ran out of gas, which dropped Frederick from a 4th place finish with 11 laps back to a 8th place finish with just 9 laps.

Can-Am Motoworks’ Dillon Zimmerman grabbed the Pro holeshot, but fell back to fourth place before the end of the first lap. Zimmerman would work back up to third in lap two, but was under pressure from MCR/Maxxis Tire’s Josh Row. Zimmerman eventually fell back to fifth place, but since Zimmerman attempted to carry fuel to his teammate, Josh Frederick, Zimmerman would be disqualified, which also dropped Zimmerman out of the top five in points, but he is just two points behind Mike Cafro.

“I had the holeshot and I was feeling good out there in the lead, but I got hung up in the endure-cross section and that let a couple people get by me,” said Zimmerman.

Mike Cafro - MCR Honda TRX450R ATV
MCR Team owner Mike Cafro was in cruise mode & made a great run in the Pro class finishing in 4th place overall

MCR/Maxxis Tire’s team manager, Mike Cafro was holding his own out on the course. Cafro was in the top ten off the start and quickly worked his way into the number six spot. Cafro would hold that spot for four laps before reaching the checkered flag, and he was bumped up to a fourth place finish with Frederick’s and Zimmerman’s penalty.

Yamaha mounted Justin Waters also looked good as he came on strong to tie a career best 5th place finish after a long battle with Lagzdins.

Andy Lagzdins put in a solid effort as he charged his way up from a 15th place start to the number eight position by the midway point of the race and hold that spot all the way to the finish line, but would be bumped up to 6th place with the other ride penalties.

Beau Baron - Honda TRX 450R ATV
Andy Lagzdins - Honda TRX450R ATV
#94 Justin Waters scores a Pro career best Top 5 finish in the heat at the Glen helen WORCS Race
Andy Lagzdins climbs over tires at the WORCS Race to claim a 6th place finish

Tim Shelman held a consistent mid pack position until he was sidelined by a flat tire late in the race, putting him in seventh at the checkered flag, while Jason Fife held strong, despite the heat, to take a 9th place finish followed by John Shafe.

Jeremie Warnia was in attendance for round eight and was looking strong as he was in the top three until lap two, when his brakes went out and he was forced into the pits. Warnia would get back on track, but in the sixth lap, he encountered issues and was done for the day.

David Haagsma - Honda TRX 450R ATV
#45 Garrin Fuller lead for nearly the entire race to claim his 2nd win of the year
With Pro-am Champ David Haagsma making his Pro debut for round eight, but unfortunately, Haagsma was out of the race after four laps with heat exhaustion, but his absence from the Pro-am class, left the class wide open for anyone to take the top spot on the podium since Haagsma had won the last four straight races, and Garrin Fuller, was the lucky one to be on top of the box. This was Fuller’s second win of the season and puts him in a position to end his season in the top five in the points chase.

Javier Robles, Jr. had his best finish this season as he rode a solid and consistent race to take second place and put him in third in points.

Keith Johnson also looked good as he hung on for third, but allowed Javier Robles Jr to close the points gap for the second spot in the championship race to just 7 points heading into the final round.

WORCS Racing Pro ATV Podium
WORCS Pro-Am ATV Racing Podium (left to right)
Keith Johnson (3rd), Garrin Fuller (1st), Javier Robles Jr (2nd)

The Pro points battle will come down to the wire at Mesquite, NV on October 17th as Baron and Frederick battle it out for the 2010 WORCS Championship. After the events that unfolded at round eight, the final round of the 2010 WORCS series will be intense and almost a repeat of last year, as Beau Baron only needs to finish within the top five to claim his second consecutive Pro WORCS Championship, but Josh Frederick still has a shot at it, if he takes the win and Baron finishes outside of the top five. Frederick will have to be on top of his game and will have a tough challenge ahead of him, as Baron has not finished outside of the top four all season.

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