Barker's Performance is thrilled to announce that Juan Pirrunas Dominquez and his awesome team won this year's San Felipe 250 in the competitive sportsman quad class. Time and time again we continue to be impressed not only by this young man's talent and dedication to racing but also his commitment to his team and sponsors.
We followed up with Juan after his big win at the San Felipe 250 to learn more about the race and how our exhaust performed under such intense pressure. Here's what we learned.
It was another intense San Felipe 250 for Pirruñas Racing. We were very busy the past couple of months in getting physically/mentally ready and in prepping a winning quad. My big brother Alonzo Dominguez and Mechanic Jose Nolasco can take all that credit in prepping us a winning racer! We had no mechanical issues at all. Our Motul Lubricants kept the same oil capacity level all race long and we used the same UNI Air Filter all day. Our Elka Suspension prepped and set up by Felipe Velez at Baja ATV Riders Only never faded away, even after over 250 miles of whoops, rocks, and more whoops! Our Barker’s Exhaust put the power to the ground and kept us in front of the pack all the way to the checkered flag! Like I said before, to be the best you have to run the best and we proved that at the 2017 San Felipe 250.
We drew first off the line out of 8 sportsman ATVs and our goal was to put time on the rest of the competition. So our game plan going into the race was to hold the throttle wide open for as long as we could. The whole team did a fantastic job in following the game plan by finishing over an hour ahead of the next sportsman ATV. However, Sunday we found out that SCORE International provided us with a heartbreaking 1-hour penalty due to missing 6 VCPs that we still don’t know which ones we missed. That gave us a finishing time of 7 hours and 25 minutes and only 7 minutes ahead of 2nd place. Thank god for our Barkers Exhaust!
Pirruñas Racing had a smooth race overall and the course got super rough as we pounded down the 271-mile course. One of our riders was enjoying his ride so much that he missed the first Baja Pits at race mile 41 and handed the quad off to me with an empty tank. We were lucky enough to get some fuel from the 2A team of Don Higbe and Chris Robinson which allowed us to make it to our next fuel stop. I owe you guys some cold Tecates and some tacos! Other than that, we had a flawless 2017 San Felipe 250 and already looking forward to the Baja 500 in June!
The team and I want to give special thanks to Barker’s Performance for giving us the confidence in putting their exhaust on top of the podium. This win wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our friends, family, and sponsors who have helped us along our Baja career.
Pirruñas Racing sponsors: Liberty Motorsports, Barker’s Performance, Baja ATV Rider’s Only, Fox Racing, YaDije Apparel, Master Exterminators, Yuma Mortuary, Elka Suspension, Motul Lubricants, JR Racing, Menudo Michoacan, Marcos Cousiño, RK Chains, UNI Air Filters, IMS Products, and My Big Brother.
Barker's Performance is looking forward to the Baja 500, the next race in the SCORE International series on June 4th-5th. Stay tuned for more awesome race updates!
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