Round Five of the Lucas Oil Regional SoCal Series arrived at Glen Helen raceway this past Saturday, the 9th of July. The weather was near perfect for an evening of great wheel-to-wheel racing in UTVs, trophy carts, buggies, trucks and SR1s.
Racing began around 5 pm after the qualifying events concluded. Race number eight of the night brought more than 25 UTVs competing for the win in the Production 1000 class. Yamaha’s YXZ1000 is a weapon in short course racing, so expectations were high for Yamaha Racing-sponsored drivers Corry Weller and Dustin Nelson. After multiple crashes and almost an hour of racing interspersed with caution-flag-induced waiting, Nelson took the victory. A podium of Yamaha YXZs included George Hammel taking second place and Corry Weller rounding out the top three.
Between the prestigious UTV production 1000 class and the SR1 class the spectacular modified Trophy Cart class ran. These little cars look like tiny Trophy Trucks, but they are powered by 450cc motocross motors. Series points leader Hailie Deegan ran in the top spot for most the race, but an unfortunate crash set her far back in the pack, it was time for race number 10.
The Yamaha SR1’s put on a fast-paced race. The class utilizes highly modified Yamaha Rhino’s with Yamaha R1 1000cc street bike engine in the chassis. Corry Weller of Weller Racing won the championship last year and is currently leading points.
Weller took home the victory this round, with Curtis Frost hot on her heels. Dustin Nelson fought a tough battle but couldn’t get around Frost and ended up settling for a third place finish to round out the podium. Yamaha must be quite happy to have swept both podiums with their YXZ1000R and Yamaha-powered SR1 machines.
Production 1000 UTV
1st Dustin Nelson #940 Yamaha
2nd George Hammel #919 Yamaha
3rd Corry Weller #948 Yamaha
Nelson leading points
1st Corry Weller #1 Yamaha
2nd Curtis Frost #76 Yamaha
3rd Dustin Nelson #94 Yamaha