Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Austin Kimbrell and Monster Energy/ Funco/ Kawasaki’s Chad George both took wins aboard their Kawasaki Teryx machines at the inaugural LOORRS event at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif. Tyler Winbury and Robert VanBeekum gave Kawasaki the podium sweep for both rounds of the weekend.
Five In A Row
Although Kimbrell didn’t break his personal record of wins-in-a-row, he tied his best of five wins after capturing a come-from-behind victory during Round 9 of the series. The next day, Kimbrell nursed his vehicle to the checkered in third position after a small part broke on the opening laps.
“This weekend we ran 15 laps, which is almost double the laps we usually put in,” said Kimbrell. “It ended up being an advantage for me on Saturday since I spun out on the first lap and had to work my way through to get up to first. It could have been a lot worse, but we got the valuable points. In the second race, it was just one of those things you couldn’t have predicted to happen with the vacuum tube breaking and I had to do what I could to make it through the 15 laps.”
Back On Top
After a five round stint without seeing the top of the podium, George put it all together for a great showing during the 10th round on Sunday for his second win of the season.
“This win was long overdue,” said George. “We came into the weekend feeling like we had a shot for the win and we were able to come away with our second win of the year. I had a great battle with Bobby (VanBeekum) and eventually got around him just before the halfway caution. After that I was able to stay calm and take the win.”
The Kawasaki Teryx has been proving its place in UTV racing all season and with six podium sweeps in 10 races, the Teryx has become the machine to beat.
“Whether it is Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx teams or other Kawasaki racer teams the Teryx has become the brand of choice in the LOORS events,” said Reid Nordin, Team Green Manager. “The V twin power and drive train have proven time and time again that it can take what these difficult tracks and talented drivers can throw at it.”
Six More Rounds
With six more rounds remaining in the series, the drivers still have plenty of time to move around in the standings. Currently Kimbrell sits four points ahead of George in the championship.
“There is still a lot of racing left in the series,” said George. “It’s been a tight battle between Austin (Kimbrell) and our team. I am just trying to focus on not making big mistakes that can cost us a lot of points.”
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, Calif.
August 7-8, 2010
Unlimited UTV Saturday Results
1. AUSTIN KIMBRELL, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
2. TYLER WINBURY, KAWASAKI
3. CHAD GEORGE, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4. ROBERT VANBEEKUM, MUZZY KAWASAKI
5. JOHN DEMPSY, KAWASAKI
Unlimited UTV Sunday Results
1. CHAD GEORGE, MONSTER ENERGY/FUNCO/ KAWASAKI
2. ROBERT VANBEEKUM, MUZZY KAWASAKI
3. AUSTIN KIMBRELL, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4. TYLER WINBURY, KAWASAKI
5. JOHN DEMPSY, KAWASAKI