Big Win Weekend at Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in AZ

| October 20, 2009 | 1 Comment

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series

It was a great weekend of short course racing at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series brought to you by Geico Powersports.  The Surprise, AZ crowd sure had nothing to complain about.  Well, maybe the 100+ degree heat at the 1:30pm start time may have made some peoples list!  I spoke with Sunday’s winner Austin Kimbrell and Points leader Chad George about their weekend.

Austin Kimbrell

Austin Kimbrell

“The Xtreme Machine Fab Teryx worked really good all weekend.  The Weller Racing motor and the Muzzy exhaust helped me put down a good show,” said Austin Kimbrell.  He was running first for the whole race on Saturday until the last lap when he put the car up onto two wheels which slowed him down and consequently got passed by Robert VanBeekum and Chad George.  Kimbrell was able to pass George just before the finish to regain second.  Sunday was a better race with a great start where he went from sixth to first by the end of the first lap and maintained the lead for the win.  “Nothing went wrong with the car, there was nothing to fix, I just had to drive it to the finishes!” said Kimbrell.


Chad George

Championship Points leader Chad George in his Funco Kawasaki Teryx had a different objective for the weekend races.  They were specifically on a points race.  The goal was just to finish in the top three positions without attempting any bold moves that may challenge the championship.  They accomplished their goals finishing third on both Saturday with a broken rear axle and Sunday with no issues.  “I may have come in third both days, but it actually worked out good.  I am farther ahead in the points and I am feeling pretty good about that,” said Chad George.  They also added two additional points by being the fastest qualifier on both days.  “Chad and his spotter were doing exactly what they were supposed to do, but Dad sure didn’t like it,” said Dad and racer at heart Grant George.

The championship round is November 14 – 15 at Primm Valley Motorsports Complex, in Primm, NV.

Pictures Compliments of Todd Wynia (More Pics Available) & friends of Austin Kimbrell

Blow by Blow Racing Coverage from

loorrs-october2009-24Friday Qualifying:
The final class on the track for qualifying was the UTV class. Chad George only needed three laps in his Funco/King Shocks Kawasaki to take the pole position, and he bettered his personal best time in each of these three laps. George eventually ended up with a best time of 1:03.213, taking his second pole of the day! Austin Kimbrell took second place today in his #607 machine, setting a personal best time of 1:03.900, while young RJ Anderson took third with a best time of 1:04.083 in his #637 Walker Evans Racing Polaris. Robert Vanbeekum wound up fourth in his #664 with a time of 1:04.859, and Mark Holz rounded out the top five in his #673 Holz Racing Products machine, setting a time of 1:04.950.

Saturday Race:
loorrs-october2009-74The  #639 of Kenny Bates and the #673 of Mark Holtz had the front row starting positions for today’s UTV race thanks to a six position  inversion of yesterday’s UTV qualifying results, but it was Austin  Kimbrell in the #607 Xtreme Machine and Fabrication machine who got by  both these guys to take the early lead. RJ Anderson spun in turn four and collected some of the frontrunners in the process, and Robert  Vanbeekum was black flagged for an early incident, making for an  action-packed first lap. With one lap in the books, Kimbrell was the early leader, and was followed by Holz, Bates, and teammates Chad George and Tyler Winbury. George moved up to the third place in his  #624 Funco Kawasaki on lap two, and young Winbury took over fourth place in his #694 Beard Seats Kawasaki on the following lap. As the competition yellow flag came out, Kimbrell still led over George and Holz, with Winbury and Bates sitting loorrs-october2009-102fourth and fifth. Winbury pulled off the track on the yellow flag lap, which moved Anderson’s #637 Walker Evans Racing Polaris up into the top five. As the green flag flew again, it was Vanbeekum who’d made the biggest move, pulling into third place behind Kimbrell and George. Anderson then pulled off the track, and Corry Weller’s beautiful-sounding Yamaha R1-powered Ranger, which she was driving only as an exhibition of the new SR1 UTV class, moved into fifth spot physically after starting dead last. With just one lap to work with, Vanbeekum, who’d worked his way clear through the field after being black-flagged early on, made up some huge ground to pass both Kimbrell and George to take the lead and the win! Kimbrell and George, who must have been somewhat dumbfounded, ended up in second and third places, with Holz’s Holz Racing Products machine taking fourth and Roger Stokes rounding out the top five in the #657.

Saturday Results:
1 664 Robert Vanbeekum
2 607 Austin Kimbrell
3 624 Chad George
4 673 Mark Holz
5 610 Corry Weller
loorrs-october2009-876 657 Roger Stokes
7 699 Brent Fouch
8 723 Hans Waage
9 744 Tyler Herzog
10 605 Scott Nimmo
11 711 Robert Ouellette
12 637 RJ Anderson
13 639 Kenny Bates
14 694 Tyler Winbury
15 681 Doug Mittag
16 800 Dan Kelly
17 606 Todd Ouellette
18 655 John Dempsey

Sunday Race:

loorrs-october2009-93The first race to run on the full-length track today was the UTV race. This morning’s pole winner Chad George had to settle for an eighth place starting position thanks to a four row inversion, while Tyler Winbury and Mark Holtz started on the front row. Holz took the early lead in his #673 Holz Racing Products Polaris, ahead of Austin Kimbrell, yesterday’s winner Robert Vanbeekum  in the #664 Xtreme Machine and Fabrication Kawasaki, George, and Roger Stokes.  Kimbrell moved his UTV Underground Kawasaki into first, and Vanbeekum and George also passed early leader Holz to take over second and third. By the time the competition yellow flag waved, RJ Anderson had also moved his #637 Walker Evans Racing/Goodyear Polaris past Holtz, and after the restart, he  briefly stole third spot from George before George got that position back later  in the same lap. Vanbeekum then pulled off the track and out of the race, allowing Stokes to move his #657 HRT Motorsports machine back into the top five. On the final lap, Anderson made an unbelievable desperate run through the moguls to pass both Kimbrell and George to take the lead! However, Anderson somewhat overshot the turn at the end of this section, and Kimbrell was able to retake the lead and hold on for the win. Anderson managed to hang on to second place, ahead of George, who took third in the #624 Beard Seats/King Shocks Funco. Rounding out the top five were Holz and Stokes.

Sunday Results:
1 607 Austin Kimbrell
2 637 RJ Anderson
loorrs-october2009-163 624 Chad George
4 673 Mark Holz
5 657 Roger Stokes
6 681 Doug Mittag
7 699 Brent Fouch
8 800 Dan Kelly
9 605 Scott Nimmo
10 744 Tyler Herzog
11 723 Hans Waage
12 711 Robert Ouellette
13 664 Robert Vanbeekum
14 694 Tyler Winbury

Going into This Weekends Race the Points Standings are as Following:

1 723 HANZ WAAGE 242
2 700 CAIN SMEAD 100

Unlimited UTV

1 624 CHAD GEORGE 273 $2,750
2 694 TYLER WINBURY 264 $1,550
3 664 ROBERT VANBEEKUM 247 $1,775
4 657 ROGER STOKES 236
5 692 JACOB PERSON 230
6 699 BRENT FOUCH 222 $350
7 639 KENNY BATES 216
8 610 CORRY WELLER 196
9 637 RJ ANDERSON 183 $1,175
10 607 AUSTIN KIMBRELL 168 $600
11 655 JOHN DEMPSEY 160
12 601 BRADY WILKINS 124
13 681 DOUG MITTAG 94
14 600 TODD ROMANO 78
16 688 TYLER PARKS 68
17 650 BEN HAINES 64
18 603 ERIC BERGMAN 60
19 622 RYAN BENNETT 34

Modified UTV

1 800 DAN KELLY 200


Follow us on Twitter Submit Weekly Newsletter We're on Facebook


Category: Featured, Race Recap

About the Author ()

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.