Chandler, AZ (9/28/2011) Coming off of a challenging weekend at Glen Helen for rounds nine and ten, Weller Racing was looking forward to racing once again at their hometown track of Speedworld, AZ, where Jason Weller had just won the SR1 class the weekend prior in the Arizona Short Course Championship Series. Unlike most of the SR1s that compete in the LOORRS series, Corry Weller’s #810 Yamaha does double-duty all year long, competing in two different series with two different drivers – and is leading in points in both!
With some solid practice and qualifying times under her belt from Friday, Corry hit the track for Saturday’s main event with only one thing on her mind – winning a championship. At the drop of the green flag, she rocketed into the lead and began to distance herself from the field a bit more with each lap. Just before the mandatory caution, Weller bicycled her Tilted Kilt/Lucas Oil SR1 in turn four and had to steer off of the berm to save it from going over. She was quick to get back on track, but not before she had lost several positions. From that point, it was difficult to make up any ground on the very fast front runners in the field, and she had to settle for a fourth place finish for the day.
“Of course I always want to be on the podium for my sponsors, and it’s easy to get frustrated when I don’t make it on the box,” stated Weller, after her race on Saturday. “But, when I look at the big picture, I am very happy to have finished this race and maintain my points lead, especially considering all of the bad luck people seem to be having this weekend.”
Weller would start in the second row for Sunday’s main event, and when the green flag dropped, the whole field shot forward into turn one. When lap one had sorted itself out, Weller was in second place and in pursuit of Dempsey, who had gotten a great start and was leading the field. Weller was moving fast in second place when turn four once again put a rare stop to her run, this time putting Weller on her lid as she hit a rut and couldn’t save it.
“All I could think about was getting back on my wheels and finishing that race!” said Weller. “The track crew pushed me back over once everyone went by, and I fired my SR1 back up and took off after everybody, trying to make up time.”
Weller was able to stay on the lead lap despite her mishap, and at the mandatory caution she was able to catch back up to the rear of the pack, putting her in a position for a run at the front when the green flag dropped for the last time.
“You know, I knew something was broken up front after my flip, and I was asking my spotter to tell me if he could see it, but something had happened to our radios and I couldn’t reach him,” Weller commented. “My steering was way off, and I had no brakes, so I figured something had happened to my right front wheel and rotor. At this point in the series, I had to finish that race and get in every lap that I could, so I just tried to feel out my car in every turn and every jump, and I pushed it as hard as I thought it could handle.”
Weller’s determination paid off, and she managed to race her damaged SR1 home to a third place finish, despite a shattered wheel bearing and broken rotor.
“I figured that, either my wheel was going to fall off, or we were going to make those checkers – I just decided to go as fast as I could until one of those things happened! I really want this championship!”
Corry and her team will be heading into Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November with the points lead still intact, and the determination to do whatever it takes to put the #810 SR1 on the box for both rounds.