Robert Stout seized the Production 1000 UTV National Championship in just his sophomore year! The 2018 Rookie of the Year put on an impressive performance during the 2019 season behind the wheel of the #915 Magic Dry Absorbent, Yawpower Suspension, Yamaha, earning 7 out of a possible 10 Poles, 2 Wins, 6 podiums, 8 top 5’s and set the quickest lap of the race 4 times.
The competition was tough provided by the factory Yamaha backed and two-time Champ Brock Heger along with the factory Polaris effort of Myles Cheek and the rest of the Production 1000 class.
Stout entered the final round at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park with a 7-point lead. He quickly sent a message to the rest of the class by setting a quick time in both practices but an uncharacteristic mistake at the end of the 2nd practice session ended in a violent flip that destroyed the front end of the car!
“Everything felt great,” said Stout, who had won at this track earlier in the year. “I threw it into turn 3 hooked a rut and it sent me. There’s never a good time to flip but this was horrible timing as we only had a little over an hour before our qualifying session. I knew I’d flip one sooner or later but the timing of that one was tough on the guys!”
The Magic Dry Absorbent crew feverishly went to work on the #915 Magic Dry car. The crew of Chris Boodram and Asa Carney along with Paul Yaw replaced a steering rack that was broken in two, both front axels and all four upper and lower control arms. Then they aligned the front end as best they could and sent him out. To the dismay of Heger, Stout pulled in line just 2 minutes before the qualifying session began.
“It was tense, to say the least. With bonus points to the top five qualifiers, we stood to lose almost the entire points lead we came in with if I didn’t qualify well.”Robert Stout
Stout somehow mustered up the courage to push the car hard once again and for his efforts earned his 6th Pole of the season as he qualified 1st and grabbed the 5 bonus points that went along with it.
The stage was set and the task was simple, stay out of trouble and finish close to Heger.
In front of a packed house for the final round of the season, Myles Cheek grabbed the early lead with Heger in second and Stout third. The top three cars checked out from the rest of the field as Stout played it smart and just followed in line. After the halfway point Heger made a bid for the lead as he and Cheek battled but again Stout just needed to stay close, there was no reason to get in the fight for the win. At the finish line, it was Heger that won the battle but Stout had unseated the two-time champ to win the war and claim his first Off-Road Racing National Championship!
2019 Champ Robert Stout said, “I can’t thank my crew enough for all they have done this year but what they did yesterday after I flipped this thing saved us this championship! There’s a lot that goes into winning one of these and no one person can do it. Tommy Thompson of Magic Dry Absorbent gave us the means to go racing. Paul Yaw of Yawpower Suspension was also a big financial help but that pales in comparison to what he is capable of when it comes to setting up this car, he is the best I’ve ever worked with! Chris, Asa, Joanna, my dad, I mean, this is a team effort and we battled right to the last round to earn it!”
This is Stout’s third National Championship and 5th overall. With a quick offseason, the crew will prepare to defend their Championship in 2020.
Photos by HighRev photography Jason Zindroski