April 2, 2023 – Blythe, CA – My team and I headed to Shorty’s Sports Park in Blythe, CA on
Friday morning. We arrived at the track and got our pit set up. I checked in at registration and
got ready for practice. I had a few great practice laps and got a good feel for the track. My car
wasn’t performing as well as I know it can, so after practice we discussed some options and got a
plan together for Saturday. After closing up the pit for the night, we headed to the hotel.
On Saturday morning we arrived back at the track. I did some coaching with one of the RZR
170 racers and she finished 3rd in her class! After that, my team and I did some clutch testing
and my car felt much better. I was happy with the tweaks we made, and I felt ready for Sunday’s
On Sunday, after arriving back at the track, I checked the tire pressure and fueled my car. I was
ready to go! The SXS Pro Stock class was the last race of the day and when it was time, I went
to the start line. I picked my spot and got ready. The green flag flew, and we took off! I was in
P3 off of the line, chasing down P2. I was able to make a pass quickly, moving into P2, and
started chasing down P1. Unfortunately, about 3⁄4’s of the way through the first lap, my car
starting overheating and went into limp mode. I was able to get to the pits so my team could see
what was happening. After a quick pit stop, my team believed the car was not actually
overheating, but something electrical was happening, making the car think it was hot and then
sending it into limp mode. I had lost several positions, but kept going, taking advantage of the
times the car was not in limp mode. I made another pit stop coming into lap 4, but my team still
believed the car was not overheating. We made the decision to keep going so I could salvage
points for the round. For 7 laps I did everything I could to keep my car moving and crossed the
finish line in 4th place.
We have already begun testing to see what is causing the overheating/limp mode issue. I feel
confident that we will have it figured out and ready to go by round 5!
Thanks so much to all of these amazing companies and people that support my program: GBC
Tires, Elka Suspension, Benchmark Performance, Candle Motorsports, KMC Wheels, Crow
Safety Gear, Polaris RZR, Demon Powersports, PRP Seats, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing
Oils, Tireblocks, JAMAR Performance, Race Team Sites, Crown Performance Products, Got
Sand Performance, Oceanside Driveline, Dirt Rider Designs, ECP Powder Coating, and my
parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to WORCS for putting on the series and Harlen
Foley for the awesome pictures!