Ben Boal

Roswell, NM. 88203
D.O.B.: 02-24-72
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Type Riding: Desert Racing, TT/Flattrack, Drag Racing, Dunes, Recreational
Vehicle: 1996 Yamaha Banshee
Plate: #131

Team Name: Wide Open Racing

    Quad Amateur Class:
  • Ben Boal, #57
  • Jason Quintero, #56
  • Dustin Walters, #50
    Quad Novice Class:
  • Danny Apodaca, #131
  • Josh Gallegos, #121
  • Danea Lattin, #145
  • Terry Lattin, #144
  • T.J. Lattin, #143
  • Juaquin Omega, #122
  • Chris Ortega, #120

2005 Season Updates:

June 26,2005 New Mexico Desert Racing Club series, Rattlesnake 100 in Espanola, NM.
2nd Place: Ben Boal, Wide Open Racing, #57

   June 12th ATVCCS put on a race in Big Spring, Texas at the Outback Adventure Park. This was a really fun track with a dry lake section and some extremely tight trails. Open A ran 6 1aps this time on the 8.5 mile course, it was a hot & dusty race but I still managed 2nd place and another 5th overall.
   After 5 rounds and despite missing the first two races, I'm in 3rd place overall for the season with ATVCCS, not too bad for my first year, and there's five races remaining in the season to try to move up higher in the standings.

   On June 5th Wide Open Racing attended the "Oh My God 100 NMDRC desert race" in Cuba, NM. This 32-mile course was brutal, as evidenced by Jason Quintero wrecking on the pre-ride and tearing ligaments in his left knee, that injury will put him out for a couple races. On race day Danny Apodaca flipped his Banshee and broke his collarbone, and Terry Lattin also had a mishap that cracked some ribs. The rest of the team fared well on the tough course;

June 5, 2005 New Mexico Desert Racing Club series, 2005 Oh My God 100, Cuba, NM.
Quad Amateur Class: 5th Place: Ben Boal, Wide Open Racing, #57

   On May 15th I went to the ATVCCS race in Jayton, Texas. I raced Open A, five laps on the 9+ mile course, and even with a rainstorm halfway through the race and despite hitting the same damn tree on both the first and second laps, I finished 1st in my class and 5th overall.

   On April 24th the NMDRC held the Sandia GP desert race in Albuquerque, NM. The whole team turned out and we had a good time. The preride Saturday had clouds of choking dust and relatively smooth highspeed sections tying in to the motocross track, but overnight rains eliminated the dust on race day. The rain also brought out some nasty braking bumps and whoops, but at least it let up enough for us to race.
   This time the Quad Novice class ran first, then Amateur bikes, then Quad Amateur. New team member Juaquin Ortega had some bad luck on this race, after half a lap he had to DNF after one of his carb-mounted K&N's fell off the Banshee. Danny Apodaca charged hard on the first of four seven-mile laps and had the lead but faded as the race took it's toll. In the Amateur class I got a good start in 4th, passed for 3rd on the first lap and held on to it until teammate Jason Quintero flew by me on his new TRX450. He had stalled on the start, and worked his way through the pack from dead last. Jason had to pit for fuel on the 3rd lap of 6, crashed four times, and still finished 2nd, crazy fast. I had a lock on 3rd place, got passed about a mile from the finish but stayed close, the guy stalled on some big whoops about 50 yards from the finish, but when I weaved to pass mine died. While kicking furiously and switching to reserve, he got going and crossed the finish line, along with another racer, before I figured out my cheapo kill switch was partially disconnected. I finished 5th but shoulda had 3rd, oh well next time I'll have a better tether. Had a good weekend riding and racing with the team, and even got to see "Dust to Glory" at the movies, great Baja 1000 coverage but wish it had more quad coverage. Here's the results:

2005 New Mexico Desert Racing Club series April 24, 2005 Sandia GP in Albuquerque, NM
Quad Amateur Class, 5th Place: Ben Boal, Wide Open Racing, #57

   April 2005 was a pretty good month for racing'. On April 17th I tried my hand at cross-country racing in Texas, with ATVCCS in Cisco. The Dirt Devil was aptly named with all the dust, but the course was a blast and ATVCCS put on a great race. I entered Open A and managed a 4th place finish out of 7 riders, not bad for the first time out and a long haul drive (about 6 or 7 hours) the night before and immediately after the race. Their next race is coming up on May 15th in Jayton, TX.

2004 Season and Before:

2004 NMDRA Desert Race Season, Quad Novice class: (7 race points series, results after first two races)
8th place Tarantula 100 in Alamogordo, NM
lst place Rio Puerco GP in Rio Rancho, NM
5th place Oh My God 100 in Cuba, NM
5th place Rattlesnake 100 in Espanola, NM
9th place Socorro 100 in Socorro, NM Currently in 2nd place overall

2003/2004 Tularosa, NM TT Amateur Class Championship (9 race points series), 1st

2003 RPM Extreme Weekend Prescott, AZ: 3rd place Novice TT, 3rd place 2-Stroke Drag
June 2003 Brashear, TX: 17th place Open Amateur Oval 14th place Open Amateur TT
August 2003 Brashear, TX: 4th place Open Amateur Oval 3rd place Open Amateur TT

2002/2003 Tularosa, NM TT Novice Class Championship (9 race points series), 1st

Current ATV Mods:
FMF Fatty pipes, Powercore silencers, K&N air filter, Outerwear, UMI Racing air filter adapter plate, ported reed cages, TORS removed, head shaved .030", Wiseco 0.020" over pistons, Dyna FS ignition, Ricky Stator stock output stator, Custom Innovation case saver, T.M. Designworks chain slider, Powerlip rollers and Swingarm roller guide, D.I.D. X-ring chain, Sunstar sprockets, Lonestar +2" axle, Ricky Stator +2" a-arms, Works triple-rate front shocks, Wildskinz shock covers, FMF 909 handlebars, MSR Raptor clutch lever & DCX grips, Motion-Pro clutch & throttle cables, CEET gripper seat cover, DG bumper & nerf bars, Pro Design tether kill switch, ITP Holeshot XC tires, ITP wheels, Skat-Trak Xtreme Haulers & Mohawks, Hoosier TT tires, EBC brake pads, Rand's swaybar, Alloyspecialties locknut, decals, and a lot of custom work (-2" footpegs, custom number plates, additional grease fittings, graphics, polishing, etc.), PRM belly skidplate, PRM swingarm z-plate.

2005 Sponsors: Patriot Racing, Works Performance, Denton Racing, PRM Products, Ag Services, Shull Oilfield Services, and Frazier Oil, I appreciate all your help!

2004 Sponsors: Patriot Racing, Works Performance, PRM Products, Inc., Ag Services, Frazier Oil, Shull Oilfield Service

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