CHANDLER, Ariz. (September 18, 2020) – A brand new, innovative track design at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park greeted the world’s finest short course off road racers on Friday to kick off the Super Clean Duel in the Desert Presented by Toyota. The first day of action for the tripleheader weekend was filled with excitement, as tight battles highlighted the racing across all eight classes.
Reigning Pro 2 Champion and point leader Jerett Brooks entered the weekend action at Wild Horse Pass hoping to put more distance between he and Doug Mittag, his main rival who has provided a fierce challenge throughout the 2020 season.
Brooks and Mittag started on the front row to kick things off on Friday morning and as racing got underway on the new clockwise layout Brooks was able to establish himself at the head of the pack, leaving Mittag to deal with Ryan Beat. As the race wore on Mittag lost valuable ground to Brooks and eventually dropped from second to fourth behind Beat and RJ Anderson. Beat then looked to put pressure on Brooks for the lead until a miscue sent him up on two wheels and into the wall.
From there Brooks was able to build an insurmountable lead over Mittag in the closing laps, taking his fourth win of the season by almost six seconds over his rival, with Anderson in third.
Brock Heger couldn’t have captured a wave of momentum at a more opportune time in Pro Lite than coming into the weekend tripleheader in Arizona. He entered Chandler with a six-point lead over Christopher Polvoorde, thanks largely to Heger’s four-race podium streak anchored by a pair of wins.
As the trucks rolled onto the track for the first time Friday morning Heger found himself exactly where he wanted to be on the front row alongside Polvoorde. As the race got underway it was Polvoorde, who overcame some electrical issue prior to the start, who seized control of the lead, with Heger all over his rear fender. Unfortunately, after leading the first handful of laps of the race the electrical gremlins returned for Polvoorde and dropped him out of contention, handing the lead over to Heger, with Ronnie Anderson in second.
Heger led the field to the halfway point and picked up where he left off when racing resumed. He continued to build on that lead and easily brought home his third win in the last four races by 3.9 seconds over Anderson, with Madix Bailey in third.
After a dominant outing at the previous event reigning Pro Buggy Champion Eliott Watson entered the Wild Horse Pass weekend in control of the division. A comfortable 23-point lead accompanied Watson into Friday morning’s action, where he started one the front row alongside polesitter Matthew Brister.
When the action got underway Brister was able to take advantage of his starting position to quickly establish a big lead over Watson and the rest of the field. He maintained that advantage through to the halfway point of the race, and when racing resumed Brister was able to maintain his hold of the lead. However, Watson started to pick up his pace as well and soon started to apply pressure on Brister. The pair engaged in a tight battle for the position, with Watson eventually getting the upper hand after Brister suffered a flat rear tire.
Watson went unchallenged the rest of the way and took his fourth straight win by two seconds over Darren Hardesty Jr., while Trey D. Gibbs took advantage of Brister’s misfortune to capture third.
A hotly contested Turbo UTV title fight saw the duo of defending champion Corry Weller and Ronnie Anderson lead the way into the tripleheader at Wild Horse Pass. Both drivers had been a picture of consistency in 2020, but Weller brought in some added incentive coming into her hometown race.
The action on Friday morning saw Anderson start on the front row with Weller lining up right behind him. As the green flag waved Anderson quickly opened up a big lead on the field while Weller had to fight her way through traffic. Out front, Anderson looked impressive and had the setup on his Polaris dialed in. He cruised to his first win of the season by a significant margin over Chance Haugen in second, while Weller followed in third.
In Production 1000 UTV a similar rivalry has been unfolding all season long between former champion Brock Heger and Myles Cheek. The pair have traded wins all season long and both looked to gain an edge on the other coming into Chandler.
Both drivers had their work cut out for them on Friday morning starting on the second row behind Robby Hornsby and Dallas Nord. As the green flag waved both Heger and Cheek pounced and quickly took control of the race, passing both Nord and Hornsby, who flipped before the end of the opening lap. With a clear track the championship rivals went at it in a head-to-head battle. Cheek put heavy pressure on Heger for the lead and made the pass happen. From there Cheek pulled away to take his fourth win of the season by 6.6 seconds over Heger, with Nord in third.
Friday Turbo UTV Results
Friday Production 1000 UTV Results
A hotly contested title fight accompanied Mod Kart into the Wild Horse Pass tripleheader, as Braden Chiaramonte, Trey Eggleston, and Connor Barry had all enjoyed victory this season and sat separated by just 11 points entering Arizona. Friday’s opening race proved to be an opportunity for Barry to gain some ground on his rivals as he dominated the action with a wire-to-wire performance that saw him capture his third win of the season by 2.8 seconds over David Gasper, with Ethan Ebert in third.
Rhyan Denney was the focal point of JR2 Kart coming into Chandler, where her consistency allowed her to carry a double-digit point lead into the tripleheader weekend. The point leader was going to have her work cut out for her on Friday morning, starting mid pack, while her closest rivals started closer to the front. When racing got underway it was Olive Hoover who controlled the lead all the way until the final lap when Talan Martin made an impressive pass to steal the win just ahead of Hoover, with Logan Leggitt in third.
The rivalry in RZR 170 between point leader TJ Siewers and defending champion George Llamosas was destined to continue at Wild Horse Pass, in what has been one of the most exciting classes to watch all season long. On Friday morning, both drivers would have their work cut out for them as they started on the third row. As the racing got underway it was polesitter Declan Shields who seized control of the lead and paced the field for nearly the entirety of the race until a miscue with two laps to go handed the lead to Llamosas, who carried on to his third win of the season ahead of Siewers in second and Ryder VanBeekum in third.
Friday Mod Kart Results
Friday JR2 Kart Results
Friday RZR 170 Results
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