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The 2013 Lucas Oil regional series would wrap up in Lake Elsinore CA. The last round has been labeled by Lucas Oil as “The Shoot Out”. This round brings racers from all 3 of the regional series (CA, AZ, UT) and pits them against each other for bragging rights.  With almost 20 SR1’s and 20 Polaris RZR XP900’s this is the biggest weekend of UTV racing all season at the Lucas OIl Off-Road Racing Series.

Racers from Utah, Arizona and California would converge on Lake Elsinore motorsports park on Saturday the 12th. Qualifying was action packed in both classes. In the SR1 class Jason Weller would take the top spot with a 54.09 and a top speed of 66.58mph. Brandon Kilgore and Robert Wilson would round out the top qualifiers in SR1. In the Unlimited UTV Class a name that has graced the pages of UTVUnderground.com for years, Winbury was back on top. This time it was not Tyler but his younger brother Dylan who would be representing the Wagon Burners in the 694 Kawasaki Teryx. Dylan Winbury is stepping up from trophy kart into a UTV for 2014. Dylan looked at home behind the wheel of his Kawasaki Teryx laying down a 58.23 time at 61.81mph. The Walker Evans Racing spec RZR XP900 class had 15 utvs line up. When the dust settled Cody Rahders who has competed all season in UTVUnderground’s very own machine would set the fastest lap with a 59.68 at 60.31mph. He was the only RZR to break the 1 minute mark per lap. Jeremiah Staggs and Bryan Carr would round out the top 3.

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The stands filled up for the main events. The sound of 18 SR1’s powering around the 1 mile track can be heard for miles. Jason Weller and Dustin Nelson would battle for first until a broken chain would end Jason’s day and hand the win to Dustin. Dylan Winbury would hold onto first in Unlimited UTV giving Kawasaki a return to the winners circle in short course UTV racing and show that the old Teryx still has a little left in her! Brandon Hong and Ken Benson would also make the podium. The unlimited UTV class is slowly making a comeback and with the emergence of the new Polaris RZR XP1000 its going to be interesting to see which class has the most growth next year.

With championship points on the line this last race was a make or break for many in the Walker Evans Racing spec RZR XP900 class. Cody Rahders and Jerimiah Staggs were only separated by 4 points coming into the shootout so all eyes were on them. The 2 have battled it out since round 1 and for us at UTVUnderground.com it was a little like watching your kids box. You loved to see both win since both are racing as teammates under the UTVUnderground.com umbrella. Unfortunately for Staggs he would suffer mechanical troubles thus allowing Cody in the UTVUnderground.com / FOX / Magnum Offroad Polaris RZR to do his thing and not only win the final round of racing but clinch the 2013 season championship. His presence on the track is felt by all and its hard to argue that Cody is the fastest driver to make his way around the track. Years of racing Lucas Oil has certainly paid off for Cody and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Cody bring home another championship for UTVUnderground.com, Polaris and all his other sponsors! Jake Greco and Brandon Altmann would round out the podium respectively.

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This season was great for UTV racing. There was rumors floating around the pits that the Walker Evans Racing RZR 900 class may be invited into the national series for 2014. We have also heard rumors of an arrive-n-drive or spec Xp1000 class for the big series as well, something to replace the retired Super Lite class. This would be great news for our sport but we know not to put too much into rumors. No matter what, we are just thankful to Lee Perfect, Ken Johnson and all of the others working hard behind the scenes at Lucas Oil Off-Road to make sure that UTVs have a place to run in their series. These guys / girls have gone above and beyond to create a solid short course racing series thats fun and affordable for all. Would we like to see UTVs back in the big show? HELL YEAH! But we like the growth UTVs are experiencing in the regional series. We were there from day 1 when UTVs were running in the big series and we saw what caused the demise of the class. I am not sure we as a UTV race community are ready for the costs associated with running the big series at Lucas Oil but if they (Lucas) gives us the opportunity you better believe UTVUnderground.com will be there in full force to represent our community and make sure those competing get the love they deserve!

To close we at UTVUnderground.com want to extend a HUGE thank you to each and every single racer and team who represents UTVUnderground.com on and off the track. While we try to make it to every single round of racing at all series’ its very tough for our small crew to do so, so to still see so much love and return respect from you guys racing by running our stickers it means a ton to us! Thank you to all of you, and special congrats to those who found a way to run each and every round this year! Lastly we want to extend props to the Merrell brothers, otherwise known as the UTV Wolfpack. Many don’t realize this but these 2 guys have worked tirelessly for 2 years to not only get this spec 900 class off the ground at Lucas Oil but to also race and represent our sport in a huge way. These guys are the epitomy of what a race team is all about and represent themselves and their sponsors to the fullest both on and off the track. If you as a racer want to know what you should do to get more sponsors or to get more exposure for the sponsors you have then take a look at what Jeremy and Jason do. They are first class friends of UTVUnderground.com and more than that, they are first class reps for our sport of UTV racing!

Until 2014…..

Words & Photos: Rusty Baptist // UTVUnderground.com

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WALKER EVANS RACING XP900 CLASS

pos start no. competitor laps total time diff best time best lap best speed
1 716 CODY RAHDERS 12 15:05.393 59.213 11 60.797
2 777 JAKE GRECO 12 15:06.724 01.331 59.290 10 60.719
3 764 BRANDON ALTMANN 12 15:09.445 04.052 59.876 10 60.124
4 718 JASON MERRELL 12 15:11.181 05.788 59.737 10 60.264
5 757 MYLES CHEEK 12 15:11.667 06.274 59.643 11 60.359
6 711 BROC DICKERSON 12 15:12.216 06.823 59.884 12 60.116
7 785 ROGER DIAZ 12 15:13.912 08.519 01:00.328 11 59.674
8 776 JEREMIAH STAGGS 12 15:15.303 09.910 59.506 12 60.498
9 722 NIKO SKIPARNIAS 12 15:19.232 13.839 01:01.185 12 58.838
10 749 JACOB YUBETA 12 15:28.801 23.408 01:04.302 11 55.986
11 702 JORDAN COCHRUM 4 06:13.261 8 laps 01:03.173 3 56.986
12 713 BRYAN CARR 2 02:06.429 10 laps 01:02.051 2 58.017
13 703 TYLER PARKS 2 02:12.352 10 laps 01:03.699 2 56.516
14 788 MARK PATRIDGE 2 02:15.507 10 laps 01:04.866 1 55.499

 

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WELLER RACING SR1 / BLACK RHINO UTV / PILOT / ADULT TK

pos start no. competitor laps total time diff best time best lap best speed
1 94 DUSTIN NELSON 15 19:58.149
2 835 BRANDON KILGORE 15 20:01.287 03.138 54.629 11 65.899
3 1 GARY THOMPSON 15 20:02.042 03.893 54.704 10 65.809
4 18 CORRY WELLER 15 20:02.902 04.753 54.596 15 65.939
5 866 BRANDON BLYTH 15 20:05.159 07.010 55.777 10 64.543
6 876 KENNY FROST 15 20:05.473 07.324 56.122 15 64.146
7 853 TUCKER CORNIA 15 20:07.302 09.153 56.438 3 63.787
8 814 ROBERT WILSON 15 20:07.342 09.193 55.699 10 64.633
9 694 DYLAN WINBURY 15 20:08.830 10.681 56.657 15 63.54
10 617 BRANDON HONG 15 20:08.950 10.801 57.103 15 63.044
11 842 SCOTT WEBSTER 15 20:10.160 12.011 57.246 15 62.886
12 815 LYN GRANT 15 20:11.144 12.995 57.645 15 62.451
13 42 DJ NOERR 15 20:13.474 15.325 58.345 11 61.702
14 35 COLE MAMER 15 20:13.910 15.761 58.712 11 61.316
15 74 BRADLEY MORRIS 15 20:14.788 16.639 59.003 11 61.014
16 1 ADAM GRUENDER 15 20:14.858 16.709 57.022 7 63.134
17 856 SEAN LORENZ 15 20:15.385 17.236 58.240 9 61.813
18 995 KEN BENSON 15 20:19.622 21.473 59.198 9 60.813
19 881 BRIAN SMITH 15 20:22.452 24.303 01:00.754 15 59.255
20 811 CLAYTON GRAHAM 15 20:22.469 24.320 01:00.858 14 59.154
21 22 CORI ANDREWS 15 20:27.820 29.671 01:02.253 14 57.829
22 20 STEVE BEILMAN 15 20:30.268 32.119 01:01.163 5 58.859
23 122 PHILLIP MARTIN 14 20:18.467 1 lap 59.100 9 60.914
24 5995 MYKII SMITH 13 20:42.447 2 laps 01:07.609 12 53.247
25 680 DAVID NAGY 14 19:17.355 1 lap 57.924 4 62.15
26 888 BLAKE MALGREN 10 12:23.319 5 laps 55.367 10 65.021
27 1 JASON WELLER 6 06:59.286 9 laps 54.715 5 65.795
28 692 WAYNE MATLOCK 6 07:10.672 9 laps 01:00.208 4 59.793
29 40 STEVE BUCARO 6 07:16.676 9 laps 01:03.268 2 56.901
30 657 NICOLE BUNGARTZ 4 04:27.026 11 laps 01:03.040 3 57.107
31 623 HANS WAAGE 05.803 15 laps
32 854 BRYAN OSBORN 20:56.749 15 laps

 

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