2022 MORE McKenzies 250

Story by Nick Almada
Photos by JT Media

Lucerne Valley, MORE’s backyard for some of California’s best offroad racing. Hundreds of miles of various dirt trails and rock piles, Cody at MORE decided to run something new and fresh. Over 40% new racecourse ready to be burned in by the 100+ race cars entered in the McKenzies 250 featuring the Weddle Five & Dime Shootout race as well as the 1st round of the EMPI Triple Crown Series for class 1600 and round 2 of the Steel Cab Series presented by Dirt Design. After a couple windy days and some rain Thursday night, the course was ready for some action! As the sun arose Saturday morning, it was time to put the pedal to the metal.

Starting off in the morning heat, the 16 car shootout race had the most cars in class out of any other class racing. As it would be, luck of the draw would determine starting position for this race.

Tim Craig in the 1622 took home the win for the overall morning heat and class 1600 with a time of 4:02:15. Followed closely by Mike Malloy and Cole Hardin rounding off the top 3.

Rick Madison in car 1304 took the top spot for the Sportsman class with a time of 4:11:15 adding some good points towards the Overall Sportsman championship held this year by MORE.

In class 9 it was Brad Aarts in car 925 that took the win by over 10 minutes with a time of 4:31:50.

In class 2000, Rich Henry in truck 2021 came away with the victory with a time of 4:31:04 adding some good points towards the Steel Cab series by Dirt Design.

And in Class 11 it was none other than 1100 of Alejandro Gonzales that took the top spot by Almost an hour over 2nd place with a time of 3:47:43.

As the Morning heat drew to a close, the Unlimited cars staged and were set to take on this fast new course.

Taking the Overall and Unlimited truck class win was the number 7 of Brad Ellis having a clean day in the desert and kept it most consistent with a time of 4:33:38.

A familiar face in Jeremy Deakins took home the 1400 Pro class win in his 443 machine with a time of 4:42:15.

In Class 10, it was the 1089 of Ron Weddle driven by Adam Pfankuch that took the win in his own Weddle shootout race with a time of 4:42:01.

For Class 5 it was Ethan Jackson in the 516 machine that bested the rest for this Weddle shootout race and took home top spot with a time of 5:25:12.

Rounding out our steel cab series winners, it was Corey Campbell in the 1450 truck that took home the win with a time of 4:51:24 making him the only one to complete all 5 laps.

MORE Racing will return July 2nd for the 3rd Annual GG Lighting Freedom Cup held at Glen Helen Raceway! See you all there!

Click here for the 2022 MORE McKenzie’s 250 race results.