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Austen Dinger, shown earlier this season, won Thursday’s Expert Turbo main event at MidAmerican Outdoors in Jay, Okla. (MAO photo)

Many Winners As MAO Racers Battle At Visions

JAY, Okla. — MidAmerican Outdoors SXS Championship Series racers were in action Thursday morning during the spectacular Visions Off-Road event at MidAmerica Outdoor Events Center.

Austen Dinger took top honors in the Expert Turbo division, bringing his Can-Am to the finish line in 15 minutes and 12.778 seconds after logging seven laps on the challenging MAO short course.

Donovan Willis came home second, 9.877 seconds behind the winner, with Austin Braden, Jordan Colichia and Jason Roper rounding out the top five in the 25-entry event.

Making seven laps in 15 minutes and 9.063 seconds, Kyle Chaney topped the Pro Turbo race to claim victory in that class, beating Cash Lecroy by just more than three seconds.

“I got a good jump on Cody, I just stayed real calm and smooth, then at the halfway, hammered down for a lap, got a decent lead and just kind of cruised,” Chaney said.

Kendall Hawks (106), leads Ian Lehn in the amateur turbo division. (Cody Ray Photo)

Though Chaney has found immense success in the 4900 UTV class of Ultra4 USA, he’s struggled to find his groove in the side-by-side division. With his race one win at Visions, the Can-Am driver is optimistic that his MAO season is turning around.

Kory Willis, Hunter Miller and Jacob Geisendorff rounded out the top five in the event that featured 22 starters.

The Expert N/A race saw Luke Safrit get the holeshot and run to a 4.205-second triumph over Kaden Isabella, with Blake Helms rounding out the podium.

Meanwhile, in the Pro N/A division, Chase Carr also got a jump on the field, but had to hold off the charges of Shawn Hess to win by a mere 1.661 seconds after seven laps. Third went to Connor Barry.

Josey Watkins outran Bella Birchard by 6.33 seconds to win the Women N/A class main event, while Brooklyn Singleton finished third.

Watkins also scored a triumph in the Women Turbo class main event, outpacing Leticia Bufoni by 7.20 seconds. Marissa Smith finished third.

Charlie Stewart romped to a 10-second triumph over Hank Hall in the Amateur Turbo division, with Randy Boyter finishing third.

Driving the No. 04 machine, Terry Lackey came home the winner in the Vet 40+ class. He finished 2.59 seconds ahead of Rick Schroeder, with Briar Taylor third.

Can-Am-mounted Sean Murphy claimed top honors in the Vet 40+ Turbo race. Murphy brought his No. 39 machine home 1.131 seconds ahead of Mike Buccafusco, with Kevin Hall third.

Paxton Schendel conquered the Amateur N/A division, defeating early leader Ryder Vanbeekum by 5.916 seconds. Josey Watkins, a two-time winner earlier in the day, finished third.

Rounding out the day’s events, Nissan driver Kyle Greaves grabbed the early lead and romped to an 8.772-second victory over Connor Barry in the Pro-Lites Truck division feature that wrapped up the day. Johnny Holtger finished third in the eight-lap contest.

Racing continues at Visions Off-Road with the Ultra4 USA classes in action this afternoon and tomorrow. Check out the action at MidAmerica Outdoors Events (Aoe.tv)