The final day of action at the inaugural California 300 kicked off on Saturday morning with the UTV World Championship Youth Races, a slate of four separate rounds on the event short courses in Barstow. Dozens of talented young racers packed the entry lists, with some drivers even pulling double duty as they looked to become the first winners in the history of the new event.
Jackson Mandle kicked off the proceedings by scoring the Youth 170 Open and overall win, beating second place Landon Morrow over 14 laps by more than 20 seconds. Dexter Warren headed up the 170 Production entries in the combined race. The margin of victory got even closer in the Youth 250 race, as Paxton Schendel beat Jacob Williamson by 13 seconds as the only two lead-lap finishers in the 25-minute timed race.
Schendel got right back after it in the Youth 570 race, topping both the Open and overall standings as the only lead-lap finisher; second place overall Evan Atkins was the top Production entry in the race. Finally, in the Youth 1000 race, Chaden Zane Minder earned the victory over Chase Mankin, with Mason Cotter completing the podium.
“Youth racing is a hugely important part of off-road racing, and we’re psyched to have had such a great turnout at the inaugural California 300,” said California 300 CEO Matt Martelli. “We have no doubt that the kids who took part in today’s races are the Limited and Unlimited class winners of tomorrow. Congratulations to all the class winners, and thanks to everybody who took part—you’re helping to keep our sport strong for the future!”
Live coverage of the California 300 is available all weekend long at live.thecalifornia300.com. The site includes live timing and tracking, results from completed races, PCI Race Radios’ Weatherman feed, and much more.
The inaugural California 300 continues throughout the afternoon, as Unlimited Trucks, Class 1, and many of the sport’s other most powerful classes are on track right now. Be sure to visit TheCalifornia300.com for a full schedule and information on how to spectate, and follow @thecalifornia300 on social media for live updates throughout the event.