Ultra4 Glen Helen 2015

Ultra4 Glen Helen 2015

Race day is upon us and there is Ultra4 action scheduled all day! The morning started off with prelims for the UTV main event this afternoon. Crazy action for the UTVs since those hills and holes and jumps are awfully huge when you’re in such a small vehicle. Next up was the prelims for the limited classes. They had 1/2hr to put down the fastest time which would determine the starting order for the 1.5hr main event at 2pm.  Then it was onto the prelim heats for the 4400 class. There was so many drivers they split the prelims into two separate heats. When the dust settled the starting order was set for the main event with Loren Healy holding the pole followed by Tom Wayes, Jason Scherer, Levi Shirley and Wayland Campbell. The top 5 cars were all IFS cars owned by some of the fastest men on the plane. There was a quick break for lunch and track tuning and watering and then it was time for the UTV Main Event. The UTV Pro was won by John Duckworth and UTV Sportsman by Brendan Child.

                Up next was the limited classes put down an hour and a half on the brutal dirt track at Glen Helen. With all of them on the track at the same time making for some wild action and lots of passing in the corners. The 4500 modified class was won by Jordan Townsend followed by my buddy Justin Hall in a close 2nd place. The 4600 stock class was won by Ben Varozza, 4700 spec class by Ricky Johnson, and the 4800 Legends class by Dave Schneider.

Main Event              

  Then it was time for the grueling 2hour 4400 Unlimited Main Event. The course was hard on cars and 3 of the top 5 starters (Wayes, Scherer, Shirley) had to bow out with engine trouble. Wayland finished the race with only a single front tire powering his rig. Up until the drive train troubles he was nipping on Loren Healy’s heels for most of the race. With only 1 wheel drive he couldn’t make it up the big climbs, forcing him to bypass a portion of the track giving him a time penalty. He was racing for the first time in his Dad Shannons old single seat car. Since Shannon’s new car isn’t finished yet he was in a loaner solid axle rig that just couldn’t keep up with the pack. With all the carnage and some stellar driving, Jon Cagliaro finished the last 2 laps with a shredded rear passenger tire and a fist sized hole in his front tire. He rolled across the line to a 3rd place finish, first time on the podium for Jon in his IFS rig. The surprise of the day was Jason Blanton. He qualified as the fastest solid axle rig in 8th place and with some crazy driving, pushing his LSX to the limit he moved up 6 spots for his first 2nd place finish.

The man that was so dominant on the circuit last year and so fast that he even rolled his car and still held the lead for the entire race Loren Healy came away with another win to add to his resume. What an exciting track and another great Ultra4 event, if you want to make it to one Ultra4 race besides KOH this would be the one to see. Fantastic facility, great crowds and tons of exciting action make Glen Helen one to put on your racing bucket list!  

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