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Hot Laps: Cory Winner

Tell us about your racing background and what brought you to the Lucas Oil Regional Series: I went to my first short course race at Chula Vista in 2006 when CORR was still around. My dad’s company Fabtech was one of the series sponsors and sponsored Rick Huseman for a few years so after that point we were always at the races scraping mud off of Rick’s Pro4! When Trophy Karts came out, my brother and I got JR.1 karts. He finished 2nd and I finished in 3rd in the championship. I raced those for a couple years and raced Mod Kart for 1 year. Last year I made the jump into Prolite and decided to run the Lucas Oil Regional series so I could get valuable seat time and get used to that class of racing.

When you’re not at the track, what can we find you doing? I like to do some mountain biking and if we aren’t at the river, mountains, or desert, I am usually at our shop prepping my race truck or working on some of my own little projects there. I love learning how to work on everything race car related and the mechanics that go into it. It keeps me busy and I really enjoy it!

Family and friends play a big role on most regional teams. How important are your family/friends to your success and what role do each of them play on race weekends? Well without my parents, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this so family plays a pretty big role. We usually have about 40 people show up to our pit on race weekend so there are a lot of us! My dad likes to organize everything in the hospitality area for everyone and my mom and all her friends make all the meals for everyone at the races. The crew and myself usually unload and load, setup, and work on the trucks all weekend so everyone has their specific job they like to do.

You have a teammate this year. How does working with other drivers enhance your team? Yes my teammate is Cory McClenathan and coming from a drag racing background, there is obviously a huge learning curve! He can bring a lot to the table and I can relay my experience in the truck to help him when he’s on the track. Also, when he tells us things he sees or is doing during the race, it really helps out on deciding what he is doing right or wrong and how to improve. It’s been a great experience for all of us.

What is your advice to someone looking to start out in short course off road racing? I think for someone starting out, they should get a reliable vehicle and try to get a lot of seat time on the tracks and maybe watch some experienced racers. That’s what I did! That’s what is great about the Regional series is how it is affordable and you get different level of racers out there. The more you’re out on the track, the more comfortable you get and faster you get.

What/who is your biggest challenge on the track? I’ll have to say my biggest competition is Brad DeBerti. The speed we’re showing this year compares to the National series, but Brad is always the one to beat, even when he starts in the back! Been so close this season, I think he has won all the races but 1 this year, and I have gotten three 2nd places and a 3rd! There are about 5 of us that are all running the same pace so it is anyone’s race. It has been a really clean and fun year!

Take us through a typical weekend at the track with your team. How does it work for you? A typical weekend at the track starts with a practice to shake the truck down and possibly make changes. Come back and clean everything and retorque bolts. Then there’s the driver’s meeting and qualifying after that. Always want to have enough room in qualifying so you can get some clean laps in with no pressure. Usually ride around the pits to see fellow racers and get myself ready mentally. Then it’s on to the 14 lap race and try to just focus having fun and making your way to the front.

Any goals for the next few years and beyond? Next year I will have a new truck and plan on running the National series with it but will race my old truck in the Regionals to still get seat time and have fun. I’m really excited to see what our team can do next year and years after!

We know it takes a lot of support to race and you seem to backed by some great companies. Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support? I’d like to thank my family, friends and crew, along with Fabtech, General Tire, Ultra Wheel, Impact Safety, Maxima Oil, Traxxas, Signpros, Dirt Logic shocks, Think Technology, Powertrain Industries, Eibach, Inland Empire Recycling, QTM Brakes, Power Steering Solutions, Gary Turner BMX, and Motive Gear!

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