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Matt Hancock Finishes on Podium, Gareth Dihel Wins
Matt Hancock Takes Pro Stock Podium & Gareth Dihel Wins SXS Stock

Tempe, AZ (10/12/2017) - Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock continued his strong late-season run and finished second in the WORCS Pro Stock race in the season finale at Adelanto Stadium. Hancock finished sixth in the Pro turbo class. Teammate Gareth Dihel won his sixth SXS 1000 Stock race, after clinching the championship in the last round.

Matt Hancock WORCS Racing
Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock claimed 2nd in the WORCS Pro Stock SXS Championship

In the Pro Stock, Hancock was battling with two cars on the final lap and took second just feed from the finish. The runner-up finish handed him second in points and marked his third consecutive podium and fifth of the season.

“I made it back to second on the very last few feet,” said Hancock. “That put me second in points. It was so unbelievably competitive this year. The Pro Stock class is a ton of fun because the cars are so similar. That pass was the difference maker in the points. That was a big pass.”

Matt Hancock WORCS Racing
Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock charged his way to a 2nd place finish at the season finale in WORCS SXS Pro Stock

Hancock was again running Elka’s new 3.0 shocks here. Along with the Maxxis Tires, and Sparks engine and clutching, the new suspension has made a huge difference for Hancock.

“I’ve been on the box for the last three races, I’ve led laps, and I’ve gotten holeshots,” said Hancock. “I have to give that all to Elka Suspension. Maxxis Tires and Sparks have given me holeshots. Curtis Sparks gets these clutches so dialed in.”

Doug Roll from Elka chose Hancock and Beau Baron to help develop the new shocks. He said Hancock’s progress this season was nothing short of remarkable.

“I don’t know if it’s confidence, but Matt has changed this year,” said Roll. “I don’t think anyone has progressed as much as Matt this year.”

Gareth Dihel WORCS Racing
Gareth Dihel (right) clinched the WORCS SXS 1000 Stock Class Championship at Glen Helen

Fresh off clinching the SXS 1000 Stock title at the last race, Dihel wasn’t content to hang back in the season finale. He took the holeshot and led every lap to finish the year with his seventh victory of the season.

Gareth Dihel WORCS Racing
Gareth Dihel grabbed the holeshot & held on to claim his 7th Win of the season

“I wanted to get one good finish in before I move up next year,” said Dihel. “The track got rough at the end of the day, and I knew I had to get the holeshot because passing wasn’t going to be easy. I watched the flag, got the holeshot and stayed out front. I switched to the new Elka 3.0 shocks and that was a big help. It took a lot of worry out of the race and the car handled really well.”

Hancock and Dihel plan to return to the WORCS Series next season. The season opener is scheduled for February 2-4 at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

2017 Pro Motorsports Team Sponsors:
Maxxis Tires, Pro Motorsports, LKH Farming, Elka Suspension, Tireblocks, ROLL Design, Sparks Racing, FLY Racing, K&N Filters, Method Race Wheels, IMS Products,, JR Publications, Finish Line Signs, VisionX lights, RCV Axles, Fasst Co., Polaris Lubricants, Dragonfire Racing

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