Can-Am/XPS Lubricants/CT Raceworx driver Kyle Chaney won his second consecutive UXC1 Pro Turbo UTV race during the John Penton GNCC at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, OH. The victory moves Chaney up to third in points with two rounds left for the UTV classes.
With ideal track conditions, Chaney had prepared to go for the win in the race. However, the skies opened up just prior to the start, so Chaney switched his strategy to run consistently and try to finish. Though he started from the second row, he caught up with the leader on the first lap and then took the lead for good on lap two. So much for planning.
“About an hour before the race, it down poured for 20 minutes, so we changed our plans a little bit to try to cruise and finish,” explained Chaney. “About halfway through the first lap we had caught everyone on the first row and passed everyone except the leader. I followed him for a lap to let the track break in a little bit. I passed the leader and the track conditions got really good the last few laps.”
Chaney had what can only be described as bad luck in the first two rounds with minor mechanical issues taking him out of competition. He knows now that he has to win the final two rounds to contend for the championship.
“You have to have some luck,” said Chaney. “I had some bad luck the first couple of rounds, but now I have two in a row, and hopefully I can win the last two rounds. It’s going to be tough, though, but some of the other drivers may have bad luck. You never know.”
The move to third in points also puts Chaney on the front row for the next race. Track position will be key for him as he tries to sweep the rest of the races.
“I like to get out front and check out,” said Chaney. “While everyone else is spending the first few laps trying to get used to the track, that’s when I like to get away.”
GNCC now enters its summer break and won’t be back on track until October. In the meantime, Chaney will be running the Lucas Oil Off Road Midwest Series beginning at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in June.
“I’ll pick up my Lucas car next year and do some testing before Crandon,” said Chaney, who won the TORC Series title last year. “We’re changing a few things for this year, and we should be ready.”
Chaney will be ready to take on the top Midwest short course racers as the Lucas Oil Midwest Series kicks off June 15-17 at Crandon. The series will also visit ERX in Minnesota, and Bark River in Michigan throughout the summer
Kyle Chaney 2018 Sponsors:
Can-Am Off-Road, Maxxis Tires, CT Race Worx, XPS Lubricants, FOX, DWT Racing, Factory UTV, Ballistic Performance Components LLC, Bell Powersports, SCOTT Sports, The Tire Ball Company (TireBalls), Rival Motorsports, EVO Powersports, SSI Decals, Beard Seats, DP Brakes, STM Powersports, MPI Wheels, Gates belts, Addict Racing Engines, Millennium technology’s, NSK Bearings, Keller Ball Joints