UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS- Laughlin, NV – What a weekend! The UTV World Championship was by far the best race of my 2018 season! But let me back up and fill you in from the beginning. I have been running a 204cc production motor from the start of the season while many of my competitors are running 234cc motors (a 5 HP difference.) My team has been working hard on a 234cc, stroked engine motor since January but has run into a handful of parts issues.

We had finally gotten word that all the parts had arrived and I would have the new motor for Worlds, I was so excited! The day before we were leaving, we got the phone call that the parts from back east were machined wrong and the new motor wasn’t going to be ready. I was so bummed. That night, with no time to spare, our mechanic, Benchmark Performance, built me the most reliable, fastest 204cc motor he could; and at the moment I decided to pick my head up and move forward! Thank you Benchmark!!!
We arrived at Tech and Contingency on Thursday where we met some of my amazing sponsors and drove through tech. That afternoon, the Walker Evans Racing Team met at the track and took a special photo with Walker Evans himself. I was beyond honored to be a part of the Walker Evans history. Also, during the course of the weekend, Blake Wilkey and the Shreddy Team were there and able to video me for their YouTube Special, The Daily Shred. This was an equally exciting experience to be a part of.

That night during the Laughlin Leap Event, myself and team (Enzo DiGiovanni, Baby C DiGiovanni, and Dallas Gonzalvez) were part of the Kids Pit Crew Challenge where we placed 2nd overall! That was so fun and look forward to next year!
FINALLY race day was here! I was nervous, a little worried, but super excited at the same time. I came to this race knowing the only way I’d get to the box was hard work & determination, I just had to drive my way to the top. There were (20) Production 250 Cars in my class. Green flag dropped and we were off! I had a pretty good jump off the start just didn’t have the power to back it up and made it off the line in the 12th position. I knew at that point, I was going to have to drive hard with no hesitations or mistakes.
So I drove, and drove and drove. The track was fast, with long straights and little jumps. I focused on one car at a time and just started picking them off. By lap 9 I made my way to the 6th spot and I felt great. I had my eyes on the leaders but knew the only way to get them was in the technical areas and with turn speed, so I pushed.
The leaders were fast, but I crept my way up and by lap 13, I was right behind the 3rd position guy. It was the last lap, 2nd to the last turn before the checkers, and all I could hear from my dad on the radio was “right now!” I was seconds away from a podium spot. The kid in 3rd took the outside and I took the inside and I just pinned it! It was all or nothing. I made the pass and took 3rd Place, earning myself a spot on the box!!
This race was mentally challenging, but I learned to never give up and always try my hardest no matter how the outcome may look. Looking forward to getting back in the seat of my RZR and hitting repeat! A special thank you for Joey DiGiovanni, UTV Underground, Mad Media, and BITD for hosting such an awesome event!
I’d like to thank my amazing sponsors for their support: Polaris RZR, Magnum Offroad, Walker Evans Racing, Scanlon Motorsports Group (SMG), SuperATV, Gates G-Force, Big Gun Exhaust, Shreddy, GBC Motorsports, Benchmark Performance, K1 Race Gear, NCY Motorsports, Danbury Racing, Perrault Motorsports, PRP Seats, Rugged Radios, Crow Enterprizes, SA5 Racing Academy, Sims Clutches, UTV Underground and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Polaris RZR for making these awesome machines! Round 5 of WORCS is right around the corner, time to get prepping.

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