CHANDLER, Ariz. (September 20, 2020) – The Super Clean Duel in the Desert Presented by Toyota came to an exciting and dramatic conclusion from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with arguably the most competitive action of the entire three-day weekend. In the end, several drivers walked away with a victorious tripleheader sweep as the championship battles across all eight classes continued to intensify.
With two different winners in the first two days it was anyone’s guess as to who might prevail in Sunday morning’s tripleheader finale. Coming off a less-than-ideal finish on Saturday Brooks was in an ideal position to start the last race, lining up on pole alongside Anderson, with Beat and Mittag in the second row.
As soon as the green flag waved Brooks dropped the hammer and charged out to an early lead on the field. Beat and Anderson battled for second, but after Anderson over-rotated a corner it allowed Beat to assume second and Mittag third. When the race reached its halfway point Brooks enjoyed a commanding lead and looked to reestablish that advantage on the restart.
Despite the best efforts of both Beat and Mittag, they were unable to maintain the pace Brooks was putting down. After making his way by Beat to take control of second, Mittag put in one final push to try and close the gap to Brooks, but it wasn’t enough. Brooks carried on to season win number five by 4.7 seconds over Mittag, followed by Beat in third.
Despite wins in two out of three races over the weekend, Brooks’ fifth-place finish on Saturday caused him to lose control of the point lead to Mittag, who completed an exceptionally consistent weekend with three straight runner-up finishes. The lead duo sit just two points apart with two rounds remaining.
Pro 2 Points (Round 8 of 10)
Heger entered Sunday’s third and final race in search of the weekend sweep, and he was in a favorable position to do so by starting on the front row alongside Mamer. As the field came to green things got wild almost immediately as Heger got sideways and nearly went off the track. Anderson experienced similar issues, but wasn’t as fortunate and was forced off track. The early excitement allowed Bailey to move into the lead, while Heger recovered to assume second.
Bailey looked poised at the head of the pack, holding off Heger to lead the field to the halfway point. When racing got back underway Bailey once again withstood early pressure from Heger to hold onto the lead. As the laps wound down, Heger came under fire from Mamer, who successfully made the pass for second and set his sights on the lead. A late caution bunched the field up one last time and Mamer took advantage of the opportunity to make the pass on Bailey on the restart, while Heger encountered trouble and soon pulled off the track.
Mamer charged to the checkered flat to take his third win of the season by 1.7 seconds over Bailey, while Jimmy Weitzel finished third.
Heger’s pair of wins over the weekend helped him maintain his lead atop the Pro Lite standings, where he holds a 22-point lead over Bailey with two rounds remaining.
Pro Lite Points (Round 8 of 10)
Watson found himself in a position to earn back-to-back tripleheader sweeps entering Sunday’s weekend finale, and he would do so starting from the front row alongside his weekend rival Brister. When racing began for the final time at Wild Horse Pass it was Watson who came away with the early lead, while Brister gave pursuit. Watson established a comfortable margin over Brister, who appeared to encounter trouble with his buggy after just a handful of laps, allowing Ebberts to move into second and Gibbs into third.
The excitement ramped up in the closing stages of the race as Gibbs was able to make a run on Watson and looked for a way around, but Watson ultimately extended his reign of dominance over the division with a sixth straight win. The champ took the checkered flag by less than half a second over Gibbs, with Brady Whitlock in third.
Watson now enjoys a commanding lead atop the Pro Buggy standings, 50 points ahead of Gibbs with two rounds to go.
Pro Buggy Points (Round 8 of 10)
By stealing the momentum in the title fight Anderson came into Sunday’s final Turbo UTV race of the weekend with an eye on positioning himself for a championship run. While Weller hadn’t shown the pace of her rival, she was doing what she needed to minimize the damage and looked to turn things around Sunday. Fittingly, the pair started on the front row for Sunday morning’s battle and when the race got underway Weller was able to take advantage of her pole position to jump out to the early lead over Anderson. Weller held onto the top spot for the first few laps but Anderson was able to patiently wait for his opportunity and make the pass happen. Once out front Anderson never looked back and completed the weekend sweep by a margin of 5.1 seconds over Weller, with Trey D Gibbs in third.
Anderson’s three-race win streak moved him to the top of the Turbo UTV standings at a critical juncture in the season as he now holds a seven point lead over Weller with two rounds remaining.
While Cheek has gotten the better of him after the first two Production 1000 UTV races, Heger came into Sunday’s tripleheader finale ready to leave it all out on the track in hopes of stopping the momentum surge. Heger and Cheek led the field to green on the front row for the weekend finale and Heger once again put his Yamaha out front early on. As he had all weekend long, Cheek bided his time and waited for his opportunity to make the pass, which he did in the early laps. From there Cheek was able to log consistent laps and bring home the weekend sweep for his fifth win in the past six races. He took the checkered flag 4.6 seconds ahead of Heger, with Orion Rodriguez earning a podium finish in third.
Cheek’s hot streak has allowed him to build a 25-point lead over Heger in the Production 1000 UTV standings and he’s put himself in a comfortable position to potentially wrap up his first division title with two rounds remaining.
Sunday Turbo UTV Results
Turbo UTV Points (Round 8 of 10)
Sunday Production 1000 UTV Results
Production 1000 UTV Points (Round 8 of 10)
As Mod Kart entered Sunday ready to close out the tripleheader weekend Barry was eager for the chance to wrap up the weekend sweep and give a big boost to his title hopes. He started on the front row for Sunday’s race but gave way to Gasper as the green flag waved. Gasper had been the only driver to really threaten Barry’s dominance all weekend and the clear track provided the kind of advantage he’d been looking for all weekend. Despite heavy pressure from multiple drivers Gasper prevailed with his first win of the season by 1.5 seconds over Barry, with Brody Egglesotn in third.
Barry’s stellar weekend vaulted him to the top of the Mod Kart standings, where he now holds a 23-point lead with two rounds remaining.
After tight battles for the win through the first two days, the weekend finale in JR2 Kart was up for grabs for whichever driver could take the biggest advantage of their track position. When the green flag waved it was Brodie Martin who capitalized on his front row starting spot to take the early lead and pace the field. Despite pressure from his cousin, Talan Martin, all race long, Brodie never put a wheel wrong and became the third different JR 2 Kart winner of the weekend ahead of his cousin, with Chaden Zane Minder in third.
With such a diverse collection of results from the weekend, the JR2 Kart title fight is tighter than ever. Talan Martin’s consistency has put him atop the standings, where he holds a slim six point lead with just two rounds remaining.
After a pair of late passes George Llamosas was hoping to make things easier on himself for the third and final RZR 170 race of the weekend. Llamosas started on the second row to start the Sunday finale, with Siewers right ahead of him on pole position. When the green flag waved both Siewers and Llamosas quickly grabbed control of the top two spots, with Siewers out front. The top two were never separated by more than a car length and a patient Llamosas waited for his opportunity before making the pass happen just past the halfway point. Once out front the champ never looked back and successfully wrapped up the weekend sweep ahead of Siewers, with VanBeekum in third.
Llamosas’ winning weekend paid big dividends in the championship standings, where he closed his deficit to Siewers. Just 11 points separate the lead duo with two rounds to go.
Sunday Mod Kart Results
Mod Kart Points (Round 8 of 10)
Sunday JR2 Kart Results
JR2 Kart Points (Round 8 of 10)
Sunday RZR 170 Results
RZR 170 Points (Round 8 of 10)
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