Wins WORCS ATV Pro Race, Suffers Bad Luck in Side by Side
Primm, NV (2/2/2016) – CST’s Beau Baron won the Pro ATV race at Round 2 of the WORCS Championship at Buffalo Bill’s Casino and Resort. Unfortunately, bad luck struck in side by side competition as driveline problems sidelined Baron in both the Pro and Pro Unlimited races.
In the ATV Pro race, Baron inherited the lead for good when former teammate David Haagsma broke on the final lap. The victory was anything but easy. Baron drove from the back of the pack at the start and picked his way through the field to end up second as the white flag waved.
“I ended up fifth off the start,” said Baron. “Dead engine starts get me sometimes. I battled with Collins for a while, then it was Sloan and Robbie. I wasn’t going to get near David, but sometimes things happen. This is what we work hard for and this is what we want.”
In true show of sportsmanship, Baron actually offered to tow Haagsma in on the final lap.
“I pulled over and offered to tow him in,” explained Baron. “He said ‘No. Go ahead.’ “I like to go out there and win heads up. It’s a shame that happened. I’m bummed. This is a good thing for my points, but I don’t like to win this way.”
Baron apparently inherited some of Haagsma’s bad luck in the side by side races. He experienced several driveline failures and didn’t finish the Pro Unlimited race. In the Pro race, he actually drove around in reverse after the forward gears on his machine stopped working and finished 15th, securing important points.
“I spun some axles and snapped some axles and I really don’t know why,” said Baron. “We’re going to have to back to the drawing board with Holz and try to figure this thing out. The side by side program is a big deal. I definitely had the speed. I started in fifth in Unlimited and made it to second before I broke. I drove backwards in the Pro class to avoid the DNF because points are really important. My car wouldn’t go forward any more. It went into reverse so I just drove it backward.”
Baron’s CST teammate Mitch Anderson finished 11th in the Pro 2 Motorcycle race after a rear brake failure put him in the pits while he was running third.
“I lost my rear brake, came in and took off dead last,” said Anderson. “So I just had to work forward and salvage whatever I could. The CST Tires were excellent. I haven’t been able to try all of their tires, but the sand tires were excellent. The traction worked in all conditions.”
Baron and Anderson will look for excellence as WORCS heads to Las Vegas February 26-28 for Round 2 of the championship.
Beau Baron 2016 ATV Sponsors:
CST Tires, Sparks, Elka, Dwt, Tireblocks, Roll Design, Fasst Co., IMS, Hinson, Quad Tech, Maier USA, Maxima, RPM, TCS, Sunstar, Works Connection, Precision Racing, Bolt, Pro Motorsports, LKH Farms, H&M Motorsports, Impact Solutions, Atvriders.com, Gaerne, Shoei, FLY, X Brand Goggles
Beau Baron 2016 SxS Sponsors:
Polaris, CST Tires, Holz, Sparks,Walker Evans, Tireblocks, Pro Motorsports, Shoei, X Brand Goggles, Atvriders.com, H&M Motorsports, Paso Polaris
Mitch Anderson 2016 Sponsors:
CST Tires, Bolt Motorcycle Hardware, FLY Racing, WPS, Rekluse, FMF, Goolsby Motorsports, EKS Brand Goggles, Dirt Tricks, IMS, Paso Robles Polaris/KTM, RAW Racing, Leatt, Acerbis, Pivot Works, Cylinder Works, Vertex, Hot Rods, Hot Cams