Armstrong wins Triple Crown race

Florence resident and pro sand drag racer Gary Armstrong won the three-day Triple Crown Shootout in Winchester Bay last weekend.

Driving his Yamaha YXZ1000 race car, Florence pro sand drag racer Gary “G” Armstrong won the Crown in the Stock w/Turbo Class

Aug. 3, 2019 — Driving his Yamaha YXZ1000 race car, Florence pro sand drag racer Gary “G” Armstrong won the Crown in the Stock w/Turbo Class at the Sand Outlaws Triple Crown Shootout last weekend.

The three-day sand drag race was part of this year’s Oregon Dunefest, a week-long sand camping and riding event held in the Oregon Dunes at Winchester Bay that drew an estimated 10,000 ATV and UTV sand riding enthusiasts.

Armstrong has raced a winning Yamaha ATV in West Coast events the past 10 years. This year, he transitioned to a 2019 Yamaha YXZ UTV — or “side by side,” which these machines are called in the off-roading world.

“This is my first major win of a big racing event driving my new race car competing against other side-by-sides from all over the west, so I’m super stoked with the result,” Armstrong said of his win.  “The Triple Crown was one of the most tightly competitive races I’ve ever raced in, winning some of my rounds by just hundredths of a second.

“It was just amazing fun!”

UTV’s have become hugely popular in recreational off-roading around the country. Armstrong said races like the Triple Crown are exciting entertainment for spectators and racers as well.

Armstrong is sponsored by Florence Yamaha, Fullerton Sand Sports Tires & Wheels, Redline Racing, Dasa Racing, Direct Drive CNC, Oneal Race Clothing, Dirt Wheels Magazine and local businesses Jack Smoot Welding and Siuslaw Signs & Graphics.

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