San Bernardino, CA
Professional Off Road Racer, Brock Heger arrived to Glen Helen Raceway for Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series(LOORRS) with a renewed spirit of motivation. Brock has always felt a driving force that pushes him to excel in off road racing, but there was something different to the start of this new short course season. It could have been the big win at The Mint 400in his Method Race Wheels6100 truck. It may have been that the 2x Production 1000 UTV Champion was returning to defend his title. But it was most likely that for the first time in four years, Heger was running his own program for the 2019 season. When it was all said and done, Brock finished the weekend with a race win in his Yamaha Motors USA/ Weller RacingYXZ 1000R, and a 7th place finish in the Maxxis Tires/ Icon SuspensionPro Lite.
“This weekend was exciting with me running my own team,” Brock stated. “It was way cool to be back doing things my way and being in total control of every decision as the team manager. I started out turning in the quickest lap times in both the Yamaha and my Pro Lite in both practice and qualifying. It is an awesome feeling to come out here, on our own with limited supports and be that fastest guy in two classes.”
The Production 1000 UTV Class featured 18 competitors and Brock was set back on the third row back in 6th position. Heger made quick work of the field charging his way to the front and took over the lead on Lap 2. From then on, Brock piloted the #1 Yamaha YXZ 1000R unchallenged for the remaining 12 laps to the finish line. “I had a good run starting back in 6th. I was able to get to the front quick and pulled off the win! TheMaxxis Tireswere hooked up, and you cannot beat the speed of a Weller RacingYamaha!”
Brock’s podium celebration had to be cut short with the Pro Lite race coming up on the event schedule and only the Pro Buggy race in-between. Back in the pits the Pro Lite was fired up and sent to staging. Heger fueled up on adrenaline and the high of another race win, would press the reset button on his emotions and set out to start another race, hoping for another win.
The #12 Maxxis Tires/ Icon SuspensionPro Lite would start on the second row in 4th position. Right away, Brock busted through on the outside and was running in 2nd place by the end of Lap 1. Heger had his eyes on the race leader and reigning Pro Lite Champion; Ryan Beat in the #51 truck and was challenging for position for the next eight laps.
“I got off to a good start, from there was just working on running down Beat,” Brock explained. “We ended up catching some lap traffic, and one ended up spinning out in front of me. Unfortunately, I hit him resulting in a loss of power steering. I dropped from 2nd to 4th then 5th when Deegan got around me on Lap 9. I passed her right back even with no power steering. On the last lap the motor blew up on the front straight, I put her in neutral, and I coasted to a 7th place finish.”
Heger continued, “I am stoked to start the season strong with a race win in this brand new Yamaha Motors USA/ Weller RacingYXZ 1000R! Winning never get old and that is what I intend to do every race weekend. We are going to put our heads down and take the Maxxis Tires/ Icon SuspensionPro Lite back to the drawing board and be ready to battle in Arizona! Have to give a big thanks to our team and partners for our program.”
Look for Brock Heger to return and take names at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on April 13 for the “Duel In The Desert” Round 2 at Wild Horse Pass MotorsportsPark in Chandler, Arizona.
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