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Weller Wraps Up SoCal Series

October 19, 2016

Adds Another SR1 Title & Second In Hotly Contested Production 1000 Class

It's a wrap! Weller wins again as the final round of the Lucas Oil Regional SoCal Series is in the books as Corry battled all series long with Yamaha teammate Dustin Nelson in both the Production 1000 Class and the SR1 championship. The two were clearly the class of the field as Nelson won the Production 1000 title with seven first place finishes (he never finished lower than second all season). Corry had six podium finishes and between the two racers, Yamaha’s YXZ1000R won every race in the series.

 
Corry finished the SoCal regionals an impressive 47 points ahead of the rest of the Production 1000 class in her Weller Racing/DragonFire YXZ1000R, and is also running second in the Lucas Oil Regional Series in Arizona. For good measure she won The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series’ first ever Pro Stock UTV Championship last month, becoming the first driver to win a national championship in the YXZ1000R, and the first woman to win a TORC series of any class.
 

 

Even without traveling east to take the TORC crown, Corry had a busy couple of months! “We headed into this weekend of racing still running full steam ahead from three straight weekends of displaying our YXZs at the Sand Sports Super Show, the AZ Offroad Expo and the Lucas Oil Off Road Expo in Pomona,” she says. She did more than display in Pomona though as she took lucky winners on the rides of their lives around the MAVTV Proving Grounds all weekend long! 

 

“After the shows, we gave the Optima Batteries SR1 and my DragonFire Racing/Yamaha YXZ a quick race prep and headed out again to California for the final round of racing in SoCal. We arrived just in time to jump in both cars for practice. There were some track changes for this race, and we wanted to be sure we were dialed in on those changes before the racing started.”

 

QUALIFYING

Production 1000 qualifying was first, and Corry searched for the fastest lines on a not-so-great track.  “We turned some solid laps, and came away with a 2nd place qualifier. With a two-car inversion drawn, that would give us the pole position for the start of the race.” Then she switched to her “Honey Badger” SR1 and headed back out to the track.  

 

“After a less than stellar weekend at Elsinore the race prior, I wanted to put down a solid qualifier to be sure Elsinore knew she didn’t beat us! Despite a flat right rear tire, I ripped off some quick laps and grabbed the fast time. Jason pulled a 6 for the inversion which would give me a 3rd row, outside starting position for the race (yes, I made sure to thank him for that!).”

 

MAIN EVENTS

Production 1000 would be first, with Corry in 2nd place in the Championship chase just behind Yamaha teammate, Dustin Nelson. “If he finished well, he had the title locked up, and I wanted to be sure I did the same, to give Yamaha a solid 1-2 for the Championship overall. I got a good start, but the track started off pretty bad, and between the dicing for line choice and some pretty rough driving all around me, I got shuffled back a little each lap.”

 

Not good enough for the recently crowned TORC Champ. “I found myself in 5th place at some point, and knew that wasn’t going to cut it, so I changed up my lines, put my head down and made a drive to the front. I quickly passed everyone except for Nelson, who was running a solid race up front.” When the checked flag came out, Corry crossed behind Dustin for a 1-2 finish, and a 1-2 finish in the Championship as well. “Consistency wins championships, and we had a few issues that put us behind this season,” she says. “But we have learned from them and will come back stronger in 2017.”  

 

Once the podium celebration was over, Corry jumped into her SR1 and headed back to staging to hopefully wrap up another SR1 Championship! “Honey Badger was feeling great, and I just needed to finish with a 5th place or better to get the Championship,” she says. “As we rolled to the green flag I was looking forward to the battle ahead.”

 

Green flag! “My side got a good start and we all railed along the outside of turn one. I quickly slotted into the third position and waited for my chance to get around another DragonFire guy, Ronnie Renner.” That chance came on lap 2, as Renner lost traction out of turn one. Corry then set her sights on 1st place, Curtis Frost. “He had built up a nice lead, but I had a lot of time to reel him in, so I just worked on my lines and focused on not making any mistakes. I got my chance to pass as he lost a left front tire going into turn 1, and then I had clean air and a wide open track.”

 

“I was leading at the mandatory caution, but knew Nelson was right behind me. On the restart, Dustin dove down low and managed to get ahead of me, but I got a good drive out and it was an all-out drag race to turn 2.  From then on, we had a really close battle, swapping the lead a few times and racing hard until he bobbled in turn 2. Then I was able to extend my lead and get a little breathing room.”

 

On the final lap, I just stayed out of trouble and crossed the checkers as the winner of the race as well as the Championship. It was a great race, and I got a lot of comments from the fans that they thought it was the best race of the year!”

 

Next up, Corry still has to battle Dustin at the Lucas Oil Regional Arizona wrap up in November, where she will be racing for three more Championships that weekend. “Then it is on to the Best In The Desert Pahrump 250 in December, so our season isn’t over just yet!”

 

 

 
Round 8 Prod 1000 Podium:

Dustin Nelson

Corry Weller

Keith Brooks 

 

Round 8 SR1 Podium:

Corry Weller

Dustin Nelson

Matt Land

 

Overall Points Championships:

Production 1000

Dustin Nelson 

Corry Weller

Brad Deberti

 

SR1 

Corry Weller

Dustin Nelson

Matt Land

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