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Blais Racing Services Race Report!
District 37's Summer Night Race Series hosted by Prairie Dogs MC, Sponsored by Baja Designs

Patty Blais approaching pit row.
Patty Blais approaching pit row.
Photo by Matt McGowen.

Garrett, Sean & Patty
Garrett, Sean & Patty

Johnson Valley OHV, Lucerne Valley, CA. 6/19/10 - It was another great night out in the Southern California Desert!  The weather has been much cooler this year with temps dropping down into the 50's on this night.

46 teams mounted up lights and geared up for the 4th Annual Prairie Dogs MC night race!  They marked a 25-mile loop with reflective tape and arrows up and around the North Anderson dry lake area in Johnson Valley OHV.  The race teams had the option of racing for a total of 5 hours or 3 hours, depending on their skill level.

The Expert ATV team of Patty Blais and Garrett Severen would take to the start line at 8:00pm with Patty running the first lap.  There were four ATV teams participating in this night race and as the banner dropped at approx 8:15 for the ATV's, off they raced into the dusk.  Patty had a flawless first lap and came into the pits in 3rd overall, in just about 55 minutes.  After some minor clutch adjustments in the pits, teammate Garrett Severen would hop on the quad for his first time ever ATV race.  "I was worried for my teammate as this course was more technical than expected and this would be his first ever race on a quad" stated Patty.

Garrett came into the pits in just around the 60-minute mark, surprising Patty with his wonderful lap time.  "I high centered on a rock and the quad rolled over but I got going again pretty quickly with no other issues".  Garrett was excited when he came into the pits and was having a great time.  "We had to make another clutch adjustment in the pits; it was slipping a little and the course was so technical that we really needed our clutch to be working well" he stated.  Patty hopped on the quad for her 2nd lap, the team's third lap.  "I had a minor issue and got wedged between a tree and a huge 10-foot high boulder, ha ha.  It happens!"  Patty spent only a few minutes trying to get dislodged.  She headed into the pits at approximately 11:45 pm and handed off once again to Garrett, which would possibly be there final lap - it would be cutting it close for the 1:00am cut off time.  Garrett's second lap was going great until just after Checkpoint 2 where he would find a hidden rock behind a bush with the front end, which would send him up and over the handlebars and having the quad land on top of him.  The course workers saw this and ran over to help him.  He got up, straightened up the lights as the light bar was luckily the only thing that was bent, and off he went.   As Patty and her crew were awaiting Garrett's arrival, the clock was ticking closer and closer to 1:00am.  Patty was geared up to do another lap but at around 12:55, she decided that this would be there final lap.  Garrett pulled into the finish chute at 1:02am in 2nd Overall!

"I had a great time on Patty's quad.  Her Honda TRX450R is one mean desert racing machine and I now have new found respect for quad racers.  We had no flat tires all night long as all of the other ATV teams did.  Thanks Patty!  I would team up with her again for any team race." Patty states, "We finished and that's all that mattered to me tonight!  When you have a new person racing with you, you only care about two things - their safety and finishing; and finishing in 2nd Overall was pretty dang sweet too!  We had a great time.  Thank you to the Prairie Dogs MC, Baja Designs, and to my friend Garrett for racing with me.  It was so much fun and I can't wait to do it again!"

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