Off-road superstar Kyle Chaney is focused and driven — a force to be reckoned with in any racing environment. He once told me, “I just like to race.” And it shows. A beast in the rocks, Chaney crushed the UTV competition at this year’s King of the Hammers, and took the crown for the third year in a row! He also won the Pro Turbo UTV World Championship last year. Chaney shows no signs of slowing down, easily transitioning his championship-winning mentality to short-course Pro 4×4, proving he has the talent to challenge any competition.
I had an opportunity to catch up with Kyle Chaney and talk about what drives his success, how his season is going and what he does when he’s not racing.
LT: What inspired you to pursue racing?
KC: My dad raced dirt bikes, so when I was old enough to race, I started racing dirt bikes too. I eventually transferred from two wheels to four and 25 years later here we are.
LT: What was your most emotional racing experience?
KC: I’m not a very emotional person, I don’t get overly excited when I win, I just really dislike losing. But if I had to pick one, it would be when I rolled the car at King of the Hammers 2020, and it ran over me during recovery. We worked our way back to second. To be so close to winning and just getting edged out was a humbling experience.
LT: What are you doing when you’re not racing UTVs or Pro 4?
LT: What was it like winning UTV King of the Hammers for a third time in a row.
KC: I don’t think about wins much at all after they happen. I mainly focus on what we need to improve on for the following year, so we can stay on top. It’s not an easy road becoming the King, but it’s even harder to sustain the crown. We do a lot of prep and training for that one event. I definitely have had some luck on my side, but we put a lot of work into King of the Hammers every year.
LT: You are in the middle of several racing series, how are things going?
KC: We are having a great season. We are leading Ultra 4 East and West, leading MAO Pro Turbo, and currently the runner up in the Champ Off-Road Pro Turbo class.
LT: Congrats on all the podiums this year, including some good finishes at Visions!
LT: How do AMSOIL products help you perform in the extreme heat and rough terrain of events like King of the Hammers?
KC: For me to perform, my equipment has to perform. For my equipment to perform at 100% in the harshest off-road racing environments, it needs the best lubrication possible, which is why I choose AMSOIL.
LT: What is your favorite AMSOIL product?
KC: My favorite is DOMINATOR® Racing Oil. Pretty much anybody in Pro 4 has to run it, even if they’re not sponsored by AMSOIL, because it is the only oil that will make the engines last.
LT: What is your favorite thing about working with AMSOIL?
KC: I enjoy working directly with all my partners and creating relationships, not just adding another logo to my race vehicles for random products. That’s one thing I like about my partnership with AMSOIL, it goes beyond the products and is a family brand.
Tell Tiffany Stone, she’s the second-best thing (laughing).