Brock Heger Lighting Quick At Crandon For Three Top 5 Finishes
Brock Heger, professional off-road racer, is a true wheelman that can straight up drive anything with wheels. As a top-ranked desert racer and short course racing champion, Heger is known for hauling ass. Over the Labor Day weekend, Brock returned to Crandon International Raceway to compete in the 50th Annual World Championship Off-Road Races. Heger was super quick throughout the weekend, racing at the front and challenging for a victory. In the end, Brock managed three Top 5 finishes. An impressive feat among the best short course racers in the world.
Looking for podiums and race wins, in an attempt to repeat last years performance, Heger was anticipating this weekend all year long. During the 2018 event, Brock pulled off three podium finishes including a win in UTV Pro Stock SxS race and a big victory in the Pro Lite World Championship.
“I am so pumped to be here at Crandon for the 50th anniversary!” Heger stated. “We brought out a different scheme for the #12 Pro Lite with Method Race Wheels. The truck came out so rad and I’m pumped! We have our heads high with higher hopes, and I cannot wait for race day! Thank you to Method Race Wheels, Maxxis Tires, Icon Suspension, Yamaha Motors USA and everyone who supports me to make all of this happen.”
Brock started out lighting quick right away laying down the fastest lap in the Pro Stock SxS practice with his Yamaha Motors USA / Weller Racing YXZ 1000R. In the #12 Method Race Wheels Pro Lite, Brock was second behind Ryan Beat in practice and 3rd quickest for qualifying.
The first race for Heger would be the UTV event. “Since we don’t race the Midwest series, we have no points and will be starting at the back of the field. It is a big class and will probably be a circus,” explained Brock. With nearly 50 racers on the starting grid and Heger positioned at the back, it must have felt like a stampede. Crandon’s famous Land Rush start let them loose, and by the end of the first lap, Brock’s Yamaha passed nearly 20 competitors. For the next eight laps, Heger worked his way through the pack and punched into the Top 5, for an impressive 4th place finish. “That was crazy! We started 45th out of 45 and charged hard the entire race to finish in 4th. The Maxxis tires hooked up, and I will take it!”
Onto Saturday’s Pro Lite race; Brock’s quick qualifying lap times set up the classic looking #12 Method Race Wheels truck for a good starting position. However, when you are racing against the world’s best, you can run a perfect race, and still, struggle to move up. Heger explained, “The truck was feeling good, and we had great track position starting in 3rd. I pushed hard throughout the race. I did not make any mistakes, but we just had nothing for the leaders. All these guys are fast and ran flawlessly. It looks like we missed the setup and struggled a little to find the extra speed we need to make moves for the lead. I ended up pulling off a 4th place finish.”
Sunday re-racked everything for free & clear straight-up cup racing. That meant the UTVs would finally get a chance to record their qualifying session and Brock ended up 5th on the pole with some known heavy hitters up front. Heger would have to contend with UTV Specialist, Myles Cheek and World Champion Short Course phenom, CJ Greaves leading the pack. From start to finish, green to checkers, the race went nine laps without the top 4 exchanging any positions. Brock explained, “We started 4th, and everyone in the Top 4 was very evenly matched, we all finished where we started. It was some super close racing, and it was cool because everyone up front was a real pro and ran.”
The Pro Lite World Championship race used Saturday’s finish to set the starting grid for Sunday. Heger and his team had performed various adjustments and changes to the V8 powered Pro Lite to squeeze any extra speed out.
It seemed to do the trick, and Brock was able to maintain in the Top 3 off the start and passed Ryan Beat for 2nd place by the end of Lap 1. The #12 Method Race Wheels truck had secured the spot and aiming to move in on the leader; Polvoorde with Cole Mamer challenging Heger from behind. During Lap 3 there was an exchange of positions with Beat passing both Mamer and Heger to regain 2nd place briefly. On the next lap, Beat completely dropped off leaving Brock to drive it to the finish line in 3rd.
“We threw a lot of setup at the truck for the cup race, and it changed things around for the better,” Brock shared. “I was competitively running in the Top 3 and still had some room to make the Pro Lite even faster. There was some contact with a fellow driver a few laps before the finish and race officials issued a black flag. With only three laps to go, I didn’t serve it and finished the race in 3rd place hoping we could sort it out or protest. Officially we finished in 14th.”
Heger continued, “It was a decent weekend with some super tight racing but not the results we were looking for. The team and I struggled with the truck set up, but we learned a lot, and we have some improvements we can make. I am excited to get back to Glen Helen for another battle, have some fun, and hopefully win some races!”
Brock Heger’s Racing Program is supported by Maxxis Tires, Method Race Wheels, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Alexander Ford, Weller Racing, CBR Performance Products, FK Rod Ends, Rigid Industries, MPI Innovations, Rugged Radios, Dragon Fire Racing, Full Throttle Batteries, PRP Seats, Dynamic Manufacturing, and FiberwerX.
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