Monroe, NC (8/16/2017) -
Mills3 Racing continued its growth during
its rookie season in the TORC Off Road Championship.
Father and son racers Chris and Payton Mills
battled through rough track conditions during
the Rumble at Redbud at Redbud MX in Buchanan,
MI. The Mills3 team is running in the Pro
Modified and Pro Stock UTV classes, driving
Yamaha YXZ 1000s.
Racing's Chris Mills finished just outside
the top ten both days of the TORC doubleheader
at Red Bud
The doubleheader weekend was held on a specially
built course constructed just adjacent to
Redbud’s famous motocross track. The sandy
soil and tight course proved difficult for
all the teams here and setup was a tough nut
Suspension setup was troublesome for the
team, but they soldiered on and ran competitive
races. Chris Mills finished 11th and 12th
in the Pro Modified races and battled through
both 10-lap races.
“Our setup just didn’t work this weekend,”
explained Chris Mills. “We had some dialing
to learn. Once we get that figured out, we’ll
be good. Redbud was a lot of fun. It’s legendary
and it was challenging, but it was rough.
The dirt is different. It was sandy and soft.
It was challenging, but I had some the best
battles I’ve ever had in TORC. We’re doing
the best we can and we’re learning the car.”
it's for praying or talking with young
fans, I always feel better after being
on my knees!!! Times like these humbles
this old man!!! Thanks to TORC- The
Off Road Championship series for allowing
the fans to have open access to the
pits," said Chris Mills
Payton Mills was walking wounded all weekend.
During Friday practice his car bottomed out
over a jump. Despite severe neck and head
pain, the younger Mills toughed it out in
the Pro Stock class.
Moly 's Payton Mills on the gas with
Chris Mills looking on from the sidelines
“It was a downhill and I landed on a bump,”
said Payton Mills. “It was bad. My suspension
bottomed out and it hit the skid plate and
totally stopped me. My head and neck were
hurt and I really didn’t feel 100% this weekend.
I was just taking it easy because I was hurting
so bad. I just tried to salvage some points
and make the most out of the weekend.”
The Mills next head to Crandon. Both are
looking forward to racing at the vaunted track,
known for its challenging racing and huge
“We’ve talked about it this morning and we’re
happy to have both cars running so we’ll be
ready for Crandon,” said Chris Mills. “This
will be the biggest race we’ve been involved
in and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Wood made his return to TORC racing
at Red Bud after he was surprised with
a new Yamaha ride when he arrived at
Mills3 Racing is already working on their
notes and will be ready for action as TORC
heads to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
in Wisconsin September 1-2.