UTVUnderground.com http://www.utvunderground.com Number One in UTV & SXS News and Information Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Polaris RZR Announces Race Contingency & NEW UTV Purchase Program http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-rzr-announces-race-contingency-new-utv-purchase-program-58353.html http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-rzr-announces-race-contingency-new-utv-purchase-program-58353.html#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:37:53 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58353

RZR XP Turbo Awarded to Highest-Placing Driver in Each Designated Series and Class at Select Races, Eligible Drivers can Join Team RZR

Minneapolis (April 12, 2018) – Polaris RZR® Factory Racing is now offering RZR drivers an unmatched contingency program for select race series. Each contingency series winner will be awarded a 2018 RZR XP Turbo. Qualifying racers will also be eligible to join Team RZR, giving them access to its industry leading purchase program. These programs are designed to support privateer RZR racers.

RZR has powered the most dominant race team. Within the last two seasons, Polaris RZR Factory Racing has amassed more than 45 wins and 122 podiums. That success, coupled with this year’s electric start, has attracted significant interest from privateers to race RZR.

“After a historic run last season, and a podium-filled start to 2018, we want to extend our support outside of the factory teams, awarding top privateer racers who drive RZR’s in 2018,” said Matt Boone, RZR and GENERAL Marketing Director at Polaris. “We have received enthusiastic feedback from privateer racers looking to capitalize on their success, and what better way to reward top racers than to offer an industry-leading contingency program.”

The Polaris 2018 FACTORY RACING’s contingency structure breaks down as follow:

Series Class  Winner Payout
Best in the Desert UTV Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Best in the Desert UTV Production 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
SCORE UTV Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
SCORE UTV Production 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
WORCS SxS Pro 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
WORCS SxS Stock 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
LOORS Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
LOORS Production 1000 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Grand National Cross Country UXC1 Pro Turbo 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo
Grand National Cross Country UXC2 Pro UTV 2018 Polaris RZR Turbo

Privateer racers who meet the eligibility requirements can join Team RZR and receive discounts on the purchase of any RZR XP or RZR RS1 units, as well as a one-time discount on any parts order.

This season, Polaris RZR Factory Racing has earned victories at the Desert and Short Course races at the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Casey Folks Parker 250, and the WORCS season opener at Orleans Arena, along with a podium sweep at the Can-Am King of the Hammers UTV Race. Most recently, Polaris RZR Factory Racing secured victories in all three UTV classes at the Mint 400, the UTV World Championship and SCORE season opener at the San Felipe 250.

To learn more about these programs, including eligibility details, visit Contingency Program and Purchase Program on the Polaris website.

More information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories, can be found at RZR.Polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Polaris 

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL® side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.


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Polaris® Introduces Completely Reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000 http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-introduces-completely-reinvented-2019-ranger-crew-xp-1000-58341.html http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-introduces-completely-reinvented-2019-ranger-crew-xp-1000-58341.html#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:18:22 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58341

Polaris® Introduces Completely Reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000
Fueled by More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, the All-New RANGER CREW XP 1000 Sets the New Standard for Six-Passenger Utility Side-by-Sides

More Rugged. More Refined. More RANGER.

More Rugged: 82 Horsepower, Industry-Leading 13 Inches of Ground Clearance and 1,750 Pounds of Payload Capacity
More Refined: All-New Interior with Unmatched In-Cab Hauling and Comfort for Six
More RANGER: More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, Standard One-Year Warranty and 200-Plus Accessory Options

Polaris RANGER®, the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side vehicle, today introduced the completely reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000, setting the new standard for six-passenger utility. It brings added passenger and payload capacity to the world’s HARDEST WORKING. SMOOTHEST RIDING.® side-by-side. Fueled by more than 100 owner-inspired improvements, including best-in-class power, towing, ground clearance and payload capacity, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 redefines what a six-person utility machine can do.

“After 20 years of building more than one-million RANGER vehicles, we know what it takes to deliver industry-leading innovation. The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 embodies our ongoing commitment to improving the owner experience and surpassing their lifestyle needs,” said Chris Musso, president of Off-Road Vehicles, Polaris. “This machine delivers an unparalleled balance of capability and comfort, offering the ultimate solution for any job that requires more people and more gear.”

Best-in-Class by Any Measure
The 2019 RANGER CREW XP 1000 is the undisputed king of six-seat utility side-by-sides. It has been engineered to outwork the competition, starting with the ProStar® 1000 power plant, which generates a class-best 82 horsepower. All that power is turned into productivity with a massive 2,500 pounds of towing capacity – 500 pounds more than the closest competitor. When the job calls for a full crew, the machine effortlessly hauls up to six people and their gear with an industry-leading payload capacity of 1,750-pounds.

Much more than just a workhorse, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 builds on the legendary ride and handling RANGER is known for. It boasts up-to 13 inches of class-leading ground clearance and more durable, 27-inch, 6-ply tires to conquer the toughest terrain. With an unrivaled 11 inches of suspension travel courtesy of RANGER CREW-specific shocks, the ride stays ultra-smooth even when the land is not. Thanks to a 10-percent tighter turning radius and standard EPS, drivers can navigate tight confines with precise control.

Unmatched In-Cab Refinement
Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the entirely reimagined in-cab experience of the RANGER CREW XP 1000. The cut-and-sew seats are thicker and more durable to provide all-day comfort, while entering and exiting the vehicle is made easier with an additional five inches of clearance for both front and rear passengers. A new digital/analogue gauge delivers information to the driver at a glance.

The vehicle’s innovative interior design allows riders to haul more gear with new flip-up front and rear passenger seats, plus a new under-seat pass-through for hauling items that require more space. It boasts an expansive 19 gallons of in-cab storage, including 8 cup holders and a huge double glove box.

Built for the Long-Haul
The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 is also proven to be tougher, stronger, and more durable. It features dozens of durability improvements, including a more rigid, one-piece chassis, a completely redesigned heavy-duty PVT clutch system, a full-body skid plate, and sealed suspension bushings – all backed by a standard one-year factory warranty.

Off-Road Climate Control
When the weather turns harsh, ride in comfort in the RANGER CREW® XP 1000 NORTHSTAR HVAC Edition. This special edition features a factory-installed heating and air conditioning system and the new, premium RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system –proven to have three-times better dust protection than competitive OEM offerings. Larger sealing surfaces and new gaskets help keep the controlled temperature in and dust out, while both front and rear ventilation provides better airflow and comfort for all passengers.

Next-Level Accessory Integration
The RANGER CREW XP 1000 takes accessory integration to new heights. The industry’s largest stock front bumper includes an integrated Polaris Glacier® plow mount as well as mounting points for lighting accessories and a Polaris winch – now featuring industry-first Rapid Rope Recovery technology. Additionally, the Polaris Pulse™ electrical system allows for plug-and-play installation of Polaris Engineered™ powered accessories.

With more than 200 options available, Polaris Engineered™ accessories – which have been designed, tested and validated with the machine – make it easier than ever to customize the RANGER CREW XP 1000 for any work or recreation application. For example, the RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system offers more than 1,800 customizable configurations; and Pro Armor Harvester® tires, developed in partnership with Pro Armor® specifically for RANGER, feature triple-belted sidewalls, a 10-ply rating and a 5,000-mile tread life.

Offered in Sage Green, Sunset Red Metallic and Polaris Pursuit® Camo, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 will be available in dealerships starting in late April. Even with the 100-plus owner-inspired improvements, the machine starts at $16,299 US and $19,999 CAN.

You can find more information about RANGER and the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 at ranger.polaris.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Feature Vehicle: 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo – CINDERELLA http://www.utvunderground.com/feature-vehicle-2017-polaris-rzr-xp-turbo-cinderella-58153.html http://www.utvunderground.com/feature-vehicle-2017-polaris-rzr-xp-turbo-cinderella-58153.html#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:58:31 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58153

Feature Vehicle: UTVUnderground’s 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo (#Cinderella)

UTVUnderground’s foundation was built on vehicle modification. Our love for off-road and specifically UTVs led us down a path of becoming a leader in the industry for building over the top machines. Our years of trial and error have led us to the point where we know what we want to build before we ever start. In the case of CINDERELLA, we set a plan for a pure dual sport vehicle with no frills, no disco and geared it towards reliable performance.

Last year we introduced phase 1 of this build and it took us the rest of the year to get the machine to the finish line. What we have today is exactly what we envisioned and CINDERELLA has become one of our most liked machines, not only internally here at UTVUnderground but by our fans and followers. Everywhere we have taken this machine it grabs attention mainly because of its simple yet stout appearance.

The first thing you notice when you look at this 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo is its stance and its clean and simple appearance. We maintained the factory titanium grey color throughout the entire car accented by candy red and black. Powder coating was applied by American Powdercoat in Escondido, CA and was matched perfectly. American Powdercoat also has a sister company called American Off-Road and they assisted in the phase 1 assembly of the machine as well. We used the candy red sparingly but just enough of it to break up the monotone titanium and black. What resulted was a look that stands out amongst some of the most flashy builds in the sport without the actual flash!

While every mod we made is bad ass and everything has purpose on this machine we first had to establish our cage. We went with the CageWRX Race Cage, CageWRX tire carrier and SDR Motorsports doors. We also utilized CageWRX rear light bar wing and pre-runner style front bumper. We have always loved the clean lines of the CageWRX race cage & looks, functionality and style of the SDR Motorsports door package. The cage set the car off and established our overall style of the car perfectly.

With protection in place we had to move to suspension. Over the years we have kept our suspension set ups fairly basic but we always like to upgrade the factory components mainly for durability. But in the case of CINDERELLA we wanted to go all out and that meant a big, beefy, and purely bad ass long travel kit by HCR Racing. We selected the HCR +4 Dual Sport kit and paired it with their HCR spec tuned King Shocks 2.5″ Internal By-Pass coil overs. The suspension provides for a wider stance and increases suspension travel to 21″! Many of the LT kits on the market simply increase track width while still utilizing factory length shocks. This system is a true LT kit that uses bigger shocks, a front shock tower changing motion ratio and has a boxed design that not only looks bad ass but increases durability. The HCR system uses OEM style ball joints which is shocking to many who expect uni-ball type pivots at uprights. While you can use the factory ball joints we upgraded to fully rebuildable and ultra strong RCV Performance ball joints. In addition, we ran RCV Performance Pro Series II axles. Assault Industries sway bar links and rear radius rods finished off what we think is one of the best suspension set ups for the Polaris RZR platform available in the aftermarket.

To finish off the exterior of the machine we moved to wheels & tires. Having a wider foot print demanded a taller tire not just for proportion but also for added ground clearance, performance and of course stance. We selected Method Race Wheels 401 bead locks and wrapped them with 32″ Tensor Tire DS race spec tires. They completed the overall look of the car perfectly and we couldn’t be happier with the performance of the vehicle. We do swap them out when running in the dunes but the DS’s are perfect for all other terrains including the harsh & rocky terrain of Johnson Valley or in the fast and aggressive trails of Ocotillo Wells.

While lighting on off-road vehicles is a must, we went with a rather simple package for CINDERELLA. Don’t be fooled by the limited amount of lights on the build, what we used puts out an insane amount of illumination. We selected Baja Designs for the project for a couple of reasons, the main being quality. There is a lot of really nice lighting products on the market but you will be hard pressed to find an off-road brand that can prove to be brighter while looking as good esthetically. We replaced our factory head lights with the RZR “Unlimited” headlight replacement kit which places one Squadron Pro Combo fixture & Squadron Racer Edition fixture per side, increasing punch and spread. The kit is full plug & play and installed with basic tools in a rather short amount of time. The same could be said for the Squadron XL’s that we placed on the bumper. The 6 total, and rather small lights we placed on the build do the work of what you are used to seeing out of 40″ long light bars + lights on bumpers. Best part is, we did it all in a compact, clean and simple way. To complete the lighting package we installed a pair of 4′ Buggy Whip’s. These whips have not only the best light output of anything on the market, they are also the most robust with the cleanest and strongest mounting bases. You have to really screw up to hurt one of these and we have yet to have a whip that we have to constantly “wiggle” to make contact and work.

With the overall exterior design in place we moved to the interior. We spend a lot of time behind the wheel of our UTVs so we know exactly what we like and how we like it set up. There is no one way to design your interior which is great. In off-road, we all have different needs and different things we like displayed and within arms reach. I anticipated spending a lot of time in this machine by myself and therefor I wanted everything within reach from the drivers seat. To do this meant I had to install a custom dash and so without question I called upon our friends at GlazzKraft. The team at GlazzKraft set us up with their carbon fiber XP1K dash and brand new VTX carbon fiber center console. The package totally changes the inside look of the RZR and gives it a high end race car appearance. It also allowed us to place our Rugged Radios intercom & race radio as well as our SwithPro’s touch panel right in front of the gear selector.

To go along with out communications and switching on the dash, we removed the factory digital gauge and replaced it with the all-new AEM Electronics CD7 digital dash. The CD7 allows you to customize your dash layout while remaining 100% plug and play. The CD-7 gives you a much larger and easier to read layout and can display all of the vehicles diagnostics such as boost, oil temp, RPM’s and more. Lastly, it added to the overall look to our interior by giving our dash that final premium layout.

To go along with the Rugged Radios intercom & race radio, we also installed their all-new M3 Extreme Air two-port race pumper. The new M3 Extreme has a carbon fiber & billet aluminum design that not only reduces weight and improves versatility from a mounting standpoint, it also moves some serious air through your helmet. The compact unit is powered by a brushless fan motor that comes with an adjustable switch allowing you to fine tune the amount of air being pushed into your full face blown helmet. This is handy when riding in certain conditions where more air, or less, is desired based on the external temperature of the area you are riding.

With all of our electronics in place it was time to wire the vehicle. When you break it down, this was a rather basic electronic package then we usually put in our machines. Normally our custom cars are covered in lights from top to bottom, stereo systems and more. Despite our basic set up, we still wanted it to be done right, and again, CLEAN! We enlisted the help of our friends at SXS Performance to tackle the install & wiring of our electronics which would all be pushed through our SwitchPro’s 8 button control panel. The SwitchPro’s system is amazing and keeps your wiring simple without the need of a bunch of rocker switches. In addition, we were able to eliminate the our actual key’d ignition and instead replace it with a hidden whole car kill switch and program an ignition & fire button on the SwitchPro’s. This is something we are all used to seeing on high end Motec & Life Racing electronic systems on race cars, rally cars and trophy trucks.

To make sure we were comfortable for long periods of time in the machine we installed two of the cleanest BEARD seats we have ever had. BEARD built us a custom set of Torque suspension seats designed specifically for CINDERELLA. Its hard to beat the fit, finish, stitch & sew of the BEARD products. The seats are comfortable and durable and when paired with their 5-point 3″ race harnesses, we are held in secure no matter what!

A myriad of accessories finished the build off including mirrors & grill from Assault Industries, billet body mounts from Packard Performance, suede steering wheel and disconnect from GRANT Products, fire extinguisher from Safecraft, Blowhole clutch fan by MTNTK Performance, and my favorite; the Fourwerx carbon fiber hood!

What resulted is one of our best builds to date. A clean and simple look yet full of form and function and it works as good as it looks. We have loved driving this vehicle and the few people we allowed to take a spin in it have loved it as well. While we will list and sell this machine like so many of our top builds, we can say for certain this will be a tough one to let go of. For sure we can say we are done with this build, but we can also say that its going to be hard to top this one!

We want to extend a huge thank you to Polaris RZR for providing another bad ass unit for us to build. The machine in stock form is already amazing, but paired with our mods its definitely one of the best performing UTVs money can buy. We also want to thank all of the build partners associated with CINDERELLA. Of course, none of this happens without your awesome support!


Model: 2017 Polaris RZR XP Turbo
Builder: Joey D. / UTVUnderground.com
Engine: Factory Polaris Pro Star Turbo Engine
Suspension: HCR Racing +4 Dual Sport Suspension
Axles: RCV Performance Pro Series II
Radius / Tie Rods / Sway Links: Assault Industries +4 HD Barrell Radius Rods / Tie Rods / Sway Links
Shocks: King Shocks 2.5” Coil Over Internal By Pass – HCR SPEC
Cage: CageWRX Race Cage w/ Rear Wing
Tire Carrier: CageWRX
Bumper: CageWRX
Doors: SDR Motorsports
Seats: BEARD Seats Torque
Harnesses: BEARD Seats 3X3 Padded 5-Point
Wheels: Method Race Wheels 401 Beadlocks
Tires: Tensor Tire 32” DS Race Tires
Mirrors: Assault Industries B2 Bomber
Lights: Baja Designs XL’s (Front Bumper) & RZR Headlight Replacement Kit
Steering Wheel: GRANT Products Suede Race Wheel w/ Billet Disconnect
Powdercoat: American Powdercoat
Assembly: UTVUnderground & American Motorsports
Fire Supression: Safecraft
Rear Storage: Polaris OGIO
Dash & Console: GlazzKraft Carbon Fiber
Digital Display: AEM CD7 Digital Dash
Communications: Rugged Radios
Whips: Buggy Whip
Switching: SwitchPros
Race Air: Rugged Radios M3 Extreme Air
Wiring: SXS Performance
Hood: FourWerx
Body Mounts: Packard Performance

Photos by: Jason Zindroski / Daniel Schenkelberg
Words by: Joey DiGiovanni

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Guadalupe Canyon Legends Rally https://www.thelegendsrally.com/pages/guadalupe-canyon-loop-may-4th-7th#new_tab https://www.thelegendsrally.com/pages/guadalupe-canyon-loop-may-4th-7th#new_tab#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:42:43 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58311 Guadalupe Canyon Loop // May 4th-7th, 2018

What: Lazo de Guadalupe Canyon
When: May 4th-7th, 2018
Honorary Legend: Larry Roeseler
Mileage: ~250 miles

Entry Includes: All meals, fuel on both days of riding, hotel accommodations (Friday & Sunday), camping arrangements in Guadalupe Canyon (Saturday), Legends Rally merchandise, photography & video, chase & mechanical support, and medical support.

Food includes dinner at Deckman’s in Guadalupe Valley outside of Ensenada and La Cava de Marcelo in Ojos Negros.



In the middle of, what is now called Cañon de Guadalupe; a lush oasis emerged with beautiful waterfalls, healing mineral hot prings, refreshing natural swimming pools and magnificent palm trees. Guadalupe Canyon was a paradise in its most natural form, complete with the historical rupestrian paintings from the Cucapa tribes which were the last known natives of the area.

The year was 1867. During an expedition exploring the Pacific Baja California Peninsula with family and fellow cattle ranchers, Don Guadalupe Loya Arce, a highly regarded cattle dealer, discovered a natural desert paradise.  Passed on form generation to generation and after many decades of hard work and dedication, Don Jose Loya’s sons continue the legacy of promoting the canyon as one of the jewels of Baja California.

The family is proud to offer the favorite getaway for Mexican families and the thousands of visitors that come every year to enjoy this natural desert paradise.  Join the Legends Rally May 4th-7th on the first ever Guadalupe Canyon Loop.  Participants will travel in on Friday, May 4th and travel out Monday, May 7th.

For this event, we will explore the most epic trails between Horsepower Ranch and mountains west of San Felipe, all while eating and drinking in typical Legends Rally fashion.  On day 1, we will ride from Horsepower Ranch to Ojos Negros, then straight north to the treacherous Rumorosa Grade.  Once at the bottom of Rumorosa, we will head East around the mountains then straight South to our end destination of Guadalupe Canyon.

Michelin Star Chef Drew Deckman will prepare Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning brunch in Guadalupe Canyon.  Participants will arrive to Guadalupe Canyon with camping accommodations waiting for them.

On Day 2, we will once again pass over the mountains on a new trail just pre-ran with legend, Larry Roeseler.  This trail provides some of the most epic views on the ride.  Once on the other side, we’ll head to Laguna Hanson for a quick photo op before dinner at La Cava de Marcelo.  From there, it’s one last stop at Rancho El Tule for epic sunset views 5 miles back to the city of Ensenada.  The Gaudalupe Canyon Legends Rally will conclude with a party at Horsepower Ranch.


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Wayne & Kristen Matlock Dominate 2018 San Felipe 250 http://www.utvunderground.com/wayne-kristen-matlock-dominate-2018-san-felipe-250-58100.html http://www.utvunderground.com/wayne-kristen-matlock-dominate-2018-san-felipe-250-58100.html#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:22:24 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58100

Wayne & Kristen Matlock Dominate 2018 San Felipe 250

Polaris RZR’s power couple, Wayne & Kristen Matlock, dominated the 2018 SCORE San Felipe 250 in a way that only they can. The two won their respective classes in dominating fashion furthering their status as the most succesful husband & wife racers active today in off-road. We are thrilled to share with our readers their personal race reports and want to extend a huge thank you for letting UTVUnderground.com publish these. We also want to extend a massive congrats to the entire Matlock Racing team for their amazing efforts!

2018 San Felipe 250 Race Report | Wayne Matlock #2971

It’s been awhile since I have done one of these, to be honest it’s been awhile since I felt like writing one. Thankfully now I have something worth writing about.

I have been looking forward to this year’s San Felipe 250 for a long time now. San Felipe is known for being the roughest race there is hands down and I love it!!! It has always been my favorite race of the season. It is a race where you have to prerun like it’s your job. You have to nail every line and tie them all together like a perfectly choreographed dance that lasts for seven plus hours through the most unforgiving terrain imaginable. When done right, it is amazing, and you feel like you want it to go on forever. But when you step out of rhythm it will slam you down, kick you, and you just want it to end quickly.

On race morning I was up early because I wanted to go over Kristen’s car and my car one more time. I also wanted to put a new belt on both our cars, so we could start the race with a fresh belt. That is where the wheels started to come off the bus a little bit. After we put a fresh belt on my car I took it out to run it down the road just to make sure that everything was good, and I am glad I did because for some reason my clutch tuning was way off. I pulled back into the garage and jumped on the phone with Adam from Airdam clutches. I explained to him that something wasn’t right and that I needed him to help me fix it. He told me that what was happening did not make any since, but he told me what he would do to help fix it. So, with only 30 minutes before we were supposed to be at staging I was pulling my clutch and changing the weights. I made the change and went back out to test it. I pulled back into the garage and my crew could tell by my red face and the pissed off look that it did not go well. Now, with no time to spare and completely stressed out we were pulling the clutch off again. Once I got the clutch off I called Adam back to try and help me figure this mess out. Luckily, he did not pick up the phone because as soon as I hung up one of our crew members walked up to me with a belt in his hand. He asked me if this was the belt I just took off my car? I am now beyond stressed out and I looked at him with agitation on my face and said, “Is it hot?!”. He replied with a, “Yes, it is real hot.” With a smart ass reply I said, “Then I guess that is it then.” Well, my face went from smart ass to dumb ass real fast when he told me that he was holding a belt from an XP1000 and not an XP Turbo.

With this new bit of info, we quickly put everything back to the right settings along with the proper belt on the car. …and what do you know, it worked perfectly. With that out of the way we headed to the starting line.

For this race I opted for a rear start. I would normally not do this, but for San Felipe I was confident in my lines and I knew where I could make some passes. With the green flag in front of us, time starts to slow, it’s as if the seconds turn to minutes. Then the flag drops taking your heart with it and shoving it down into your stomach. After about five miles, everything seems to calm down and fall into place.

We started weaving our way through the cars that started in front of us. My co-driver, Daniel Felix, kept me on the right lines as we weaved through the desert tying them together like a perfectly timed dance. By mile 70 we had moved up from 23rd to 6th UTV and everything was working great. By around mile 85 we passed the 2966 of Rhys Millen and that put us first UTV on the road. We kept our pace up all the way to our first pit at race mile 144 where we pulled in for fuel. After we left the pit they informed us that we were the first UTV on the road. About five minutes later they radioed us and said that the second car had just cleared the pit.

With a comfortable lead Danny and I just tried to hold a steady pace and not beat on the car too much. We passed our next pit at race mile 192 still holding down the number one spot. Again, after we passed they radioed us to inform us we had over six minutes on the next UTV. Around mile 214 the car was feeling sluggish in a sand wash, I kept pushing forward chalking it up to the deep sand. After a couple of miles of this I pulled over to have Danny check out the tires, sure enough we had been dragging a flat through the tight sand wash. He was lightning quick at the tire change and we were moving forward in no time.

The next section was Matomi wash, definitely one of my favorites. We were hitting all of our lines perfectly picking our way through the tight and technical sand wash. About half way through I felt the belt start to go. I told Danny to get ready and to change the belt. He was on it, he had everything in hand before I pulled over. He had the belt swapped out and back in the car in about three minutes. We kept pushing all the way to our next fuel stop at race mile 284.

This is where things get interesting!!! As we pulled in Danny told the crew that we needed a tire on the rack and only one can of fuel to get us to the finish line 38 miles up the course. Our pit was flawless, and we were in and out of the pit in 21 seconds. As we left we asked for them to give us a time split when second place came by. They radioed us back informing us that we were 5:32 behind the 2977 Can Am of Chapo Racing. I was blown away and pissed off at the same time. At our last pit at race mile 192 the Can Am was over six minutes behind us and it was also behind Kristen as well. Neither one of us ever got passed by him and now he was 5:32 in front of us, to say I was pissed would be an understatement. Then to make matters worse I had not realized that this whole time Kristen was sneaking up on me. I was only two miles out of the pit when we heard on the radio that she was pulling in.

After hearing all this news, I was super excited that Kristen was right there with us, but I was also super pissed off that I was behind to someone that obviously cut the course. I put the hammer down and we went from conserving our lead and the car to I don’t give a crap about anything except beating Chapo Racing to the finish line. We were pinned everywhere, through the whoops through the rocks, I did not give a crap about anything except beating him!!!

After pushing as hard as we could for the last 38 miles of the race we pulled up behind the 2977 Can Am knowing we left it all on the track and we gave it everything we had. Bud from SCORE ran up to us and told us before we pulled up on the podium to inform us that we won by 41 seconds. Then he informed me that Kristen was almost in and she might have kicked my ass. I was really happy that we beat Chapo and super happy for Kristen and her performance.

After it was all said and done, Danny and I walked away with the Overall UTV win and 1st in class, Kristen walked away with 1st in class and 2nd Overall beating out all the Turbo cars but one in her Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR. I am so proud of her and our entire team’s effort. Everyone put in a lot of hard work to make this happen. And now we start all over again for the Baja 500, can’t wait!!!

Big thanks to all of our sponsors: Polaris, Maxxis, Fox Shox, Steel-it, Safecraft, Cognito, Baja Designs, Simpson, Cryoheat, Rugged Radios, Factory UTV, Monster Seal, Airdam Clutches, IMS, DWT, Alba, Maxima, Summers Brothers, Black Rhino, Motion Pro, NecksGen, S&B Particle Separator, satellitephonestore.com, MTVTD, UTVUnderground.com, Sand Craft, CopyBoy Printing

32nd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 Race Report | Kristen Matlock #1954

I have been dreaming of this day for so long!

Wayne, myself, our boys, my parents, and my navigator Matt all went down to San Felipe the day before Easter. The boys were worried that the bunny wouldn’t find them in Baja, but I assured them he would, but I warned them that they may end up with a basket full of Mexican candy! Well, that night the bunny delivered two sand buckets full of American candy and toys and in the morning the boys were all smiles! Sunday morning, we all jumped in our Polaris RZR prerunners and went to check out a small section of the course before Easter dinner. Wyatt navigated for Wayne since his navigator hadn’t arrived yet and said he did a great job calling out turns off the GPS! Clayton rode in my backseat while Matt sat in his usual navigator’s seat. Of course, this was the moment when our fearless kid would develop fear and start screaming at me to slow down when I started throwing the car into the turns. Thankfully he calmed down after a quick pep talk. We ended up having a great day of prerunning and it was time to head back to the condo for dinner.

Over the next four days we would prerun the entire race course once and in some sections, we would go over two or three times to make sure we had all our waypoints marked on the GPS. Prerunning didn’t go perfectly smooth as I had some issues with a clutch bolt snapping off, a few blown belts, my primary clutch went rolling passed me at one point, and we had to replace my transmission after I came down hard on a rock and poked a hole in it. Funny thing is…this actually put me at ease for race day because almost every time prerunning is a struggle, the race goes really well.

Before we knew it, it was Friday and time to head to contingency and tech inspection. Some racers dread this, but I on the other hand love it as it’s one of my favorite parts of being a pro racer. This is where you get the opportunity to take pictures with fans, sign autographs, pass out stickers, and inspire future racers to get out there and try it too! I love seeing the girls’ faces light up when I show up driving my pink race car and I see their parents telling them that she races against all the guys…and wins too!

That night our amazing crew loaded up all the chase trucks and got everything ready for the next day…race day!

I woke up the next morning feeling completely ready. I knew we had done our homework all week, the cars had been prepped by our amazing mechanic – Daniel Felix and Oscar Oropeza, our crew was by far the best we have had, and I had all the faith in my navigator, Matt Strandberg, to do his job 100%.

We drove the race cars to the start line approximately 10 miles from the condo we were staying in. We got there with plenty of time to take off our helmets and get out of our race cars for a bit and chit chat with the other racers before it was time to line up. It was in the 90s and we were all cooking in our black fire suits.

We jumped back in our cars about 20 mins later and lined up. All 25 Pro UTV Turbo and 5 Pro UTV Naturally Aspirated would start in front of us in 30 second intervals and 2 more Pro UTV Naturally Aspirated and 2 Pro UTV Unlimited would start behind us. I knew it was going to be a giant dust ball at first out there, but San Felipe has so many lines along side the course that you really don’t have to sit in anyone’s dust for long. As I drove up and over the stage towards the start line, everything seemed like it was in slow motion around me. I was getting into my zone and now all the external noises had disappeared as well. All I can see now is a hand in front of me now counting down the last 5 seconds with a red stop light behind it that will soon turn to green. 5…4…3…2…1…GO!! We were off and running!! The first ½ mile was a 20-mph speed zone but after that it was game on! We quickly started picking off cars and by our first pit at race mile 23 our crew notified us that we were the first UTV in our class through there! We were pumped, and this news just fueled my fire to see how far up in the Turbo class I could get.

We continued passing more UTVs, class 12 cars, class 1600 cars, and class 5 cars and by our next pit we were physically the 8th UTV. About 40 miles later, in a rocky wash, the car made this horrific sound. We were both pretty sure it was a belt, so we turned the car off and rolled to a stop on the side of the course. Matt jumped out, I through the belt bag out the window to him, and he yanked the belt cover off to find that the belt looked great. He put the cover back on, looked around the entire car trying to find something wrong and it all checked out fine. I put it in neutral, revved the motor up, and it sounded great, so he jumped back in and we took off. We had lost 5 minutes but at least we were back in the race and had only been passed by one class 12 car in the process.

We had just got back around him when all of the sudden a class 1600 car was coming at us head on. We passed him and continued on and figured we would find out soon why he was going the wrong way. Sure enough a truck had flipped upside down in a canyon and there was no room to inch by him. My choice was to either turn around and go a ways backwards on the course or put it in low gear and climb out of the canyon up a 15 foot embankment. I chose the quicker option. The 1600 car was just passing by when we got to the top and I was able to get passed him right away. We were back at it again…catching dust…reeling them in….and coming up for clean air. We were having the time of our lives out there!

When we came into Borrego, my chase crew were waiting excitedly to pit us. Wayne’s chase crew had just finished up with him and stuck around to help my crew. I came in with a big smile on my face knowing that I was keeping up with Wayne and at this point was beating him on adjusted time. I knew there was still 130 miles left to go though and anything could happen so I kept my cool, thanked my crew, and continued on. Just a few miles later I found myself passing the Jagged X team, followed by Chapo Racing, then Rhys Millen. I couldn’t believe it!! The only person left in front of me was Wayne. It felt like a dream that I was hoping I wouldn’t wake up from.

I just kept charging through the woops, railing the turns, and hammering through the rocky washes as hard as I could while taking caution not to hurt the car. At one point though, I hit a section of woops that had cactus hanging over the top and knocked a chunk of it into the car that landed onto my pants. Matt picked it off and threw it out the window and then 3 more huge chunks came flying off the roof and stabbed me deep in the left leg. I tried to fight through it but every time I went to hit the brake, the one in my knee dug in deeper. I unfortunately had to pull over and pull it out with our dust towels one at a time. Even though I couldn’t get it all out, a couple minutes later we were back on course. The pain took a few miles to subside. Now I know to avoid that at all expense in the future!

Coming into our last pit, we could hear Daniel – Wayne’s navigator on the radio calling out the mile markers. They were 4 miles ahead of us when we first heard them, and this of course encouraged me to pick up the pace. By the time they were pulling into the pit, they were only 2 miles ahead of us and requesting a tire be put on their rack. Matt wanted to call out our mile markers and I told not to until they were out of the pit because I knew if Wayne heard that we were that close he would skip the tire on the rack to try and get out of the pit quicker. I love my husband dearly and want nothing more than to see him win, but we are both ultimately competing against one another for the overall UTV title.

Wayne and I both pushed ourselves, our navigators, and our cars to the limits all the way to the finish line. In the end we both won our classes and he was able to beat me out of the overall by 2 minutes and 58 seconds…this time!

I’d like to thank Wayne, Matt, Daniel, Oscar, and our whole crew for all of their hard work, time, and dedication to our team!! This race was extra special having our family there to share this moment with us too…thank you for being there! Without our great sponsors none of this would be possible, so thank you: Polaris, Maxxis, Fox Shox, Steel-it, Safecraft, Cognito, Baja Designs, Simpson, Cryoheat, Rugged Radios, Alba, Factory UTV, Monster Seal, Airdam Clutches, IMS, DWT, Maxima, Summers Brothers, Black Rhino, Motion Pro, NecksGen, S&B Particle Separator, satellitephonestore.com, MTVTD, UTVUnderground.com, Sand Craft, and CopyBoy Printing

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Weller Racing Shines in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Season Opener http://www.utvunderground.com/weller-racing-shines-in-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-season-opener-58002.html http://www.utvunderground.com/weller-racing-shines-in-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-season-opener-58002.html#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:40:30 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58002

Weller Racing Shines in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Season Opener
Weller Racing’s Wild Horse Pass LOORRS Round 1 Race Report

Chandler, AZ (4/16/2018) – Weller Racing’s Corry Weller, Jason Weller, Brock Heger, and Paul O’Brien all recorded excellent results during the UTV racing season opener for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The event was held at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.

O’Brien finished second in Production UTV and third in Turbo Production UTV. Heger, the defending champion, was third in Production, Jason Weller finished sixth in Production UTV while his wife, Corry, was fifth in Turbo. The team is running Yamaha YXZ 1000s in Production, and Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbos in the Turbo class.

O’Brien ran both classes and had the distinction of earning podiums for two different manufacturers. The unique arrangement was made because Yamaha doesn’t produce a production turbo UTV.

“There were a lot of chances out there to pass, so I stayed cautious and just worked my way to the front,” said O’Brien. “You have to be smart out there or you can get into trouble really quickly. Weller Racing is my whole backing. They really put in the time in my car. Both manufacturers make a top-level car and I’m very appreciative of that.”

Heger started 10th in the Production race, and made his way through the field to finish third. The podium puts him good position early in the season to chase his second consecutive title.

“It feels good to get a podium right out of the gate; we’re off to a good start and we just have to fine tune it a little bit,” said Heger. “We’re coming. It’s going to be a good year.”

Corry and Jason Weller are running Turbo Production and Production, respectively. Each of them acts as a spotter for the other while they’re running in their respective classes and they rely on each other for setup advice. In Turbo, Corry Weller cut down a tire due to contact on the second lap, but due to the durability of both the Maxxis tire and Raceline wheel, she finished fifth.

“The Can-Am did so awesome that I was still pulling people with three tires,” said Corry Weller. “What amazed me were the sidewalls on these Maxxis Ceros tires. That tire is flat as a pancake and it never even shredded the sidewall. I ran 10 laps on that so kudos for that tire holding up. The Raceline wheel also held up to a lot of abuse today. I’ve run them for years and I’ve never had a problem.”

In Production, Jason Weller finished sixth. The result was especially important to Weller because it broke a string of rotten luck in the regional races leading up the event.

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck in the regionals before this race so I came in here with a little trepidation,” said Jason Weller. “I bought a brand-new car and it made it through with no problems. I finally got that monkey off of my back.”

The Weller Racing team will be back in action as the Lucas Oil Series heads next to the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico. That race is scheduled for May 19-20.

2018 Weller Racing Sponsors:
Yamaha Motor USA, Dragonfire Racing, Full Throttle Battery, Demon Powersports, Maxxis Tires, Axia Alloys, PAC Racing Springs, Raceline Wheels, Factory UTV, SPARCO USA, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Lucas Oil Racing Products, AIM Sports, Tubeworks, Action Sports Canopies, Lazer Star Lights, AZ Drive Shaft, XTC, Powersports, Weller Racing, LLC

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2018 SEASON-OPENER GOES BIG IN ARIZONA http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-season-opener-goes-big-in-arizona-58092.html http://www.utvunderground.com/2018-season-opener-goes-big-in-arizona-58092.html#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:33:33 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58092


After a long and patience-trying off season, which was made even more lengthy thanks to mother nature, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, was finally back in action at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park here in Chandler, AZ, just outside Phoenix this weekend. In the first of what will be multiple one-round race weekends here in the series this year, LOORRS changed things up a bit, at least as far as this track is concerned, making the Round’s racing into an evening/nighttime affair for the first time at this track. Under the gorgeous glow of the setting desert sun, tonight’s races were a big hit with the local fans, who’ve always packed the stands in droves here in Arizona since the series first ventured here in 2009, back in the old days of Speedworld up in Surprise. In this, the series’ tenth season, fans will now get to see nine classes racing in the National Series, and those nine classes’ drivers all brought their A game here tonight, putting on an excellent show for the fans to kick the season off right.


Pro 4 Unlimited

The final race of the night was Pro 4 Unlimited, and right off the bat, the field was missing one major player as they got into formation on the front straightaway before the start. Rob MacCachren had had a mechanical failure after qualifying, and was unable to make repairs before tonight’s race, so it would be Kyle LeDuc in his all-new Evvo 2 truck starting all alone on row one. LeDuc led the field after lap one in the new-look grey #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, ahead of Carl Renezeder (again, filling in for the injured Bryce Menzies this weekend), RJ Anderson, Doug Mittag, and Scott Douglas. On lap three, Greg Adler got past Douglas at turn two to move up to fifth, and on lap five, Adrian Cenni then stalled in turn three, forcing a full course caution on the next lap. Just ahead of the caution, Renezeder had been starting to reel LeDuc in, and would now get an even better shot at LeDuc on the restart. Unfortunately for Renezeder, LeDuc made an excellent restart and shot back out ahead, but further back, both Mittag and Adler got by Anderson for third and fourth on that same restart lap, though Anderson then managed to get back past Adler at turn two to retake fourth on lap eight. Bradley Morris, driving the #24 K&N Filters/Maxxis Tires Ford, then got by Adler coming out of turn one on lap ten to move into fifth, just ahead of a second full course yellow. This caution came after Randy Minnier, class rookie driving LeDuc’s 2017 championship-winning Evvo truck, rolled in turn two. Safety crews were able to right Minnier, who was then able to continue, much to the delight of the fans in attendance, and after the restart, the top five drivers held their positions until lap 14. On that lap, LeDuc got up on the bike in the second half of turn two, and rode that bike for what seemed like an eternity, or several seconds-worth anyway, before finally managing to get the truck back down on all fours. This was just the opportunity that Renezeder needed, and he squeaked by on the inside and into the lead with just two and a half laps to go. This was looking like the 2016 Lucas Oil Challenge Cup all over again, and when Renezeder just over-rotated slightly out of turn three on the final lap, LeDuc tried hard to exploit the mistake. This time, however, Renezeder was too quick to catch the error, and managed to hold LeDuc at bay, as he picked up a highly-popular win in the #7 Red Bull/KMC Wheels Ford. LeDuc was just behind in second, a strong debut for his new truck, with Mittag (driving yet another ex-LeDuc truck) third in the #81 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Dragon Alliance Ford, Anderson fourth in the #37 Rockstar Energy Drink/Polaris RZR truck, and Morris fifth.


Pro 2 Unlimited

Following Opening Ceremonies, it was time for Pro 2 Unlimited. Moved up in the order from their usual position of show closer, Pro 2 Unlimiteds have now become our show opener, and they certainly got things kicked off right here tonight. Rob MacCachren and RJ Anderson started up front, and ran one-two after lap one, with reigning champion Jeremy McGrath, Jerett Brooks, and Rodrigo Ampudia close behind. Contact between Bradley Morris and Carl Renezeder (filling in for the injured Bryce Menzies this weekend) resulted in Renezeder winding up nosed against the right side wall just before the start/finish line at the end of lap one, and that brought out a full course yellow on lap two. Once Renezeder had been cleared, racing resumed, and after the restart lap, Ampudia was all over Brooks in the race for fourth on lap three. A second full course yellow then dropped at the end of that lap after Erik Jacobus had rolled in turn two. Jacobus was righted by safety crews and was able to continue, with the top five continuing to hold station after the restart. On lap six, Ampudia then ran wide at turn one, which gave class rookie Brandon Arthur, running the ex-Justin Peck truck at select rounds this year (in addition to his full-season Pro Lite program), room to get by on the inside and up to fifth. Arthur then biked in turn two on the next lap, giving Ampudia and Brian Deegan room to try and sneak by inside. Unfortunately for the two of them, they made contact and slowed each other, so it was actually Bradley Morris who got by Ampudia, Deegan, and Arthur to move up to fifth in the #24 K&N Filters/Dynamic Motorsports Ford. Up front, meanwhile, MacCachren and Anderson were separating themselves from the pack, but were still locked very close to each other in the race for the lead on lap nine. Back in that hotly contested race for fifth, Deegan then got by Morris to move into the top five in his #38 Monster Energy/Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Toyota. Several more laps passed, with the top five drivers again maintaining their positions, until the last lap, when a major malfunction (likely transmission-related) suddenly struck second-placed Anderson. Anderson’s pace slowed to a crawl, and as the field streaked past, he was even reduced to weaving his front tires back and forth to try and claw his way forward to the start/finish line. Anderson did manage to get there, but he’d fallen well out of the top five by that point, a very unfortunate ending to an extremely well-driven race. Up front, MacCachren opened the season with a win in the #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford, ahead of McGrath in the new-liveried #1 Maxxis Tires/Icon Vehicle Dynamics Ram, Brooks in the #77 Rigid Industries LED Lighting/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Ford, Deegan, and Morris.


Pro Lite Unlimited

Despite starting on row two, Christopher Polvoorde got up to the lead on lap one in the #94 Steel-It/TIS Wheels Nissan, ahead of Cory Winner, Ryan Beat, Brandon Arthur, and Brock Heger in the initial top five for Pro Lite Unlimited. Beat got by Winner for second early on lap two, with Arthur then getting by Winner for third at turn three. Heger then passed Winner as well, although it took Heger from turn two to turn four on lap three to get the pass done, before Heger was then a bit slow out of turn three on the next lap, which briefly allowed Mickey Thomas (who’d also gotten by Winner at this point) to get by Heger. Heger got right back by Thomas, though, before a full course caution then fell at the end of lap five when Winner’s truck came to a stop just out of turn one. On the restart lap, Beat forced Polvoorde wide at turn two, allowing both Beat and Arthur to get by the leader and into spots one and two. In the next corner, Heger got spun around after Thomas hit Heger in the right front and broke Heger’s suspension. Heger, unaware of the extent of the damage, tried to continue, only to auger in at turn four, roll, and catch out an innocent Mason Cullen in the process. The whole incident brought out a full course yellow, with Beat, Arthur, Polvoorde, Mamer, and Thomas now running in the top five as the field readied for the restart.

These five held their positions on the restart lap, before Thomas then got past Mamer for fourth at turn three on lap eight. Up front, it was a great race for the lead between Beat and Arthur, with Arthur biking into turn three and nosing into Beat on lap 10. Both drivers escaped unharmed, though, and just behind, a second great race, between Polvoorde and Thomas, was now developing over third spot. On what would’ve been the final lap, a rollover for Kyle Knott, as well as a breakdown for Sarah Burgess, forced officials to call a full course caution. Just before the field had started that potential final lap, Thomas had gotten past Polvoorde for third after incidental contact between the two out of turn four had cost Polvoorde a bit of momentum. On the restart, Mamer then got by Polvoorde for fourth, while up front, Arthur tried valiantly to make a final push past Beat for the lead. Unfortunately for Arthur, Beat was just too strong, and he took the new-livery #51 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/KMC Wheels Chevrolet to the top step of the podium here tonight. Arthur finished a close second in the #6 MAVTV/Toyo Tires Chevrolet, with Thomas third in the #44 Maxxis Tires/Walker Evans Racing Chevrolet, Mamer fourth in his new #35 Falken Tires/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Nissan, and Polvoorde fifth.


Pro Buggy Unlimited

Class rookie Trey Gibbs, who’s moved up from Modified Kart this year, led the Pro Buggy race after lap one, ahead of Trevor Briska, Sterling Cling, Eliott Watson, and Brady Whitlock. Up front, Gibbs was quickly pulling away from the pack in the opening laps, while further down the order, Watson got past Cling for third on lap three. Gibbs had opened up a sizeable gap in the first few laps, but by lap seven, second-placed Briska had started to close that gap back down, just ahead of the Competition Yellow, which fell at the end of that lap. When that yellow flag dropped, it was now Gibbs, Briska, Watson, Cling, and Bud Ward in the top five, with Ward then passing Cling for fourth right away on the restart lap. In turn two, Briska then passed Gibbs for the lead. In the next corner, close racing with Briska, combined with some help from behind by Watson, caused Gibbs to spin, dropping the young hotshoe well down the order. The incident wound up causing a full course caution, as Watson also ended up stopped on track, and when racing resumed, it was now Briska, Ward, Cling, Chris Nunes, and Matthew Brister in the top five. Brister got by Nunes for fourth spot early on the restart lap, and on the next lap, Cling made easy work of Ward down the inside at turn one to move up to second in the new #77 Cling’s Aerospace/Southwest Waterjet and Laser Foddrill. Brister, in the #5 LAT Racing Oils/King Off-Road Racing Shocks Funco, and Nunes, in the #2 Kicker Performance Audio/BFGoodrich Tires Racer, then got by Ward in and out of turn two to grab third and fourth, while up front, Briska was now streaking away in the lead in the #59 Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Arizona Chapter/The Fab School Funco. Sammy Ehrenberg got by Ward for fifth on lap 11 in the #4 Wilson Motorsports Inc./Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Alumi Craft, but after that, no further passes were made within the top five, and it was Briska who picked up his first career National Series Pro Buggy win- congratulations Trevor! Second was Cling, third went to Brister, fourth was Nunes, and fifth place went to Ehrenberg.


Modified Kart

The always-exciting Modified Karts took to the track next, and were the first class out on the full-length track this evening. Mason Prater and Luke Knupp started on the front row, and it was Prater who led the way after lap one in the #505 Mod Kids USA/Tire Masters machine, ahead of Bronsen Chiaramonte, Knupp, Mia Chapman, and Ricky Gutierrez. Gutierrez got by Chapman on the inside at turn one to move up to fourth on lap two, before making another inside pass, this time on Knupp at turn two, to take over third spot on the same lap. Chapman and Braden Chiaramonte then got past Knupp in and out of turn three to take over fourth and fifth spots, with Braden then passing both Chapman and Gutierrez near turn two on lap four to move up to third. Braden’s pass may have been due in part to an incident that may have happened between Chapman and Gutierrez near turn two (out of sight of this viewer), and with two karts then getting stuck together up in that same corner, a full course yellow followed soon after. Prater, Bronsen, Braden, Gutierrez, and Chapman made up the top five for the restart, and when Braden ran wide at turn one on the restart, Gutierrez got by to move up to third spot. Ahead, Prater then biked in turn three, causing Bronsen to bobble, and that let Gutierrez get by them both and into the lead in one fell swoop. Early on the next lap, Brody Eggleston moved past Braden and into fifth spot, before a stall by Connor Barry in turn three forced a full course caution at the end of that lap.

Several drivers badly jumped the restart, forcing officials to call the field back to give the restart a second try. On that second go around, Braden got back by Eggleston on the inside at turn one to get back into the top five. Then on the next lap, Bronsen then moved up to third in the #574 RTL Traffic & Equipment Rentals/OGG Motorsports truck, and Eggleston passed Braden a second time for fifth. Chapman then rolled, with a little help from behind by Eggleston, as she exited turn one on lap seven, which brought the full course yellow back out. Eggleston got the black flag and was sent to the back of the pack, and as the field circulated under yellow, leader Gutierrez suddenly shot into the Hot Pits. That put Prater back out front for the restart, with Bronsen, Braden, Knupp, and Trey Eggleston now making up the rest of the top five. Trey got by Knupp for fourth on the restart lap, but then broke down at the exit of turn three on the next lap, causing another full course caution, and allowing Knupp and Barry to take over fourth and fifth. On the restart lap, Barry ran wide out of turn one, before spinning and finding himself facing backwards, hoping the rest of the field wouldn’t plow into him. Fortunately, the field all managed to steer clear of Barry, but shortly afterwards, Braden and Gutierrez collected after the ski jump out of turn two, causing yet another full course caution. After several laps of caution running, Knupp was finally moved up to third spot for the restart in the #554 Ultra Xtreme Race Wheels Motorsports/Super Clean kart, behind Prater and Bronsen, and ahead of Brook Jensen and Chance Haugen. These five held their positions on the restart, as well as the remaining two laps, and at the finish, it was Prater who collected his first National Series win in Modified Kart- congratulations Mason! Second went to Bronsen, third to Knupp, fourth to Jensen in the #519 ITP Tires/Vixen Offroad entry, and fifth to Haugen in the #518 Pinnacle Off-Road Motorsports/Cage Wrx machine.

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Cheek and Leighton Win Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Season Opener http://www.utvunderground.com/cheek-and-leighton-win-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-season-opener-58003.html http://www.utvunderground.com/cheek-and-leighton-win-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-season-opener-58003.html#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:18:11 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=58003

Cheek and Leighton Win Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Season Opener

Chandler, AZ (4/15/2018) –Myles Cheek in his Walker Evans Racing / Polaris RZR XP1000 and Trevor Leighton in his KRYPTEK / Walker Evans Racing Polaris RZR XP Turbo, won the opening UTV rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Cheek won the Production UTV race, while Leighton finished first in the new Turbo Production UTV class.

The race became the season opener when the original round one at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA was postponed due to rain to make the fall round at Glen Helen a doubleheader on September 21-22.

The Wild Horse Pass track is one of the shorter tracks on the circuit, and also includes a unique mixture of high- and low-speed sections, as well as one of the series’ best opportunities for passing in turn one.

In the Production UTV race, Cheek took the lead with a hard inside move into turn one on the second lap and dominated from there. Paul O’Brien finished second in a Yamaha, scoring his second of two podiums at the race, ahead of defending champion Brock Heger, who was also in a Yamaha.

“The past few times we came to this track I got second, so it feels good to finally get a win,” said Cheek. “We were second in qualifying and the invert was zero. I followed Josh for the first lap, he made a mistake in turn one, I went inside and took the lead from there.”

O’Brien started on the third row in his Weller Racing Yamaha and showed great patience during the race. He took second early in the race and followed Cheek to the finish. “There were a lot of chances out there to pass, so I stayed cautious and just worked my way to the front,” said O’Brien. “You have to be smart out there or you can get into trouble really quickly.”

After trouble in qualifying, Heger knew he had a lot of work in front of him. After starting 10th, Heger moved his way through the field, taking third from Mickey Thomas at the end of the hard charge and nearly took second on the final lap.

“We had a lot of work to do, but we had a fast car so I put my head down and charged,” said Heger. “It feels good to get a podium right out of the gate. We’re off to a good start and we just have to fine tune it a little bit. I’m pumped on the whole race. We’re coming. It’s going to be a good year.”

In Turbo Production UTV, Leighton started third. He dived into turn one hard and passed O’Brien for second, and then took the lead from Ronnie Anderson to score his first Lucas Oil victory. Anderson finished second in a Polaris, ahead of the O’Brien’s Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo. After taking the lead, Leighton explained that he was in uncharted territory.

“I got on the radio with my dad for him to help me because I had never been up front before,” said Leighton. “This is my second year racing UTVs and this was my fourth race ever. I’m really excited to be running this new RZR. The track is unbelievable.”

Anderson’s car popped out of gear early in the race moving him back to sixth. He turned up the wick and made up five positions to finish second to his teammate.

“I’m stoked for Trevor Leighton,” said Anderson. “He’s brand new to the dirt stuff and I’m glad to be helping him out. Polaris RZRs just dominated. I came from the back to the front and Trevor held it down all race long. This sets the tone for the whole season.”

O’Brien started sixth and moved his way all the way to second before Anderson nosed him out of position to take the spot. O’Brien is running a Can-Am in Turbo in a unique arrangement with his Weller Racing team, since Yamaha doesn’t currently produce a production turbocharged YXZ.

“The track was super slick and everyone was running hard,” said O’Brien. “Ronnie poked his nose in there pretty hard into turn one. That’s racing. I know that’s coming next time and I’ll do the same.”

The Lucas Oil will be back in action as the series heads to the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico. That race is scheduled for May 19-20.

We want to extend a huge thank you to Walker Evans Racing for supporting our 2018 coverage from the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series!

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POLARIS HOSTED ‘RANGER COUNTRY™ USA’ CELEBRATION FOR PINEDALE http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-hosted-ranger-country-usa-celebration-for-pinedale-57988.html http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-hosted-ranger-country-usa-celebration-for-pinedale-57988.html#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:49:27 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57988 POLARIS HOSTED ‘RANGER COUNTRY™ USA’ CELEBRATION FOR PINEDALE, WYOMING WITH HELP FROM COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR JAKE OWEN

Official Naming Celebration Featured a Performance and Three New RANGER® Vehicle Donations

Minneapolis (April 13, 2018) – Polaris®, the industry leader in off-road vehicles, awarded Pinedale, Wyoming, with the title of “RANGER Country™ USA,” and hosted a celebration for residents of Sublette County with a performance by country music superstar, Jake Owen. During the April 12 event, Polaris unveiled a “RANGER Country™ USA” mural depicting the RANGER-lifestyle embodied by Pinedale that will live at town hall along with donations of the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 to Tip Top Search and Rescue, M.E.S.A. Therapeutic Horsemanship and Boy Scouts of America, Pinedale.

“I can’t thank Pinedale and Polaris enough for having me be part of their RANGER Country USA celebration,” said Owen. “I am honored to have been part of this program that pays tribute to my people, small town Americans. I hope the residents of Pinedale had as much fun as I did last night.”

“We are honored to have celebrated Pinedale and award them with their well-deserved RANGER Country USA title,” said Kyle Duea, vice president Off-Road Marketing at Polaris. “RANGER Country USA represents the thousands of small towns and Americans that helped us reach the one-million RANGER milestone. We hope to continue building on this campaign and pay homage to hardworking Americans.”

To celebrate building its one-millionth RANGER utility side-by-side vehicle, Polaris kicked off the search for “RANGER Country USA” with country music star Jake Owen. The two-month campaign featured video profiles devoted to five small towns from across the United States, including Pinedale, and asked consumers to vote for the town they believed was most-deserving of the title. After three weeks of voting, Pinedale, Wyoming, was voted “RANGER Country USA”.  Corning, Arkansas; Darlington, Wisconsin; Spring Creek, Nevada; and Stephenville, Texas were among the four other towns vying for the title and were awarded for their participation in the campaign with three RANGER vehicle donations.

Since its introduction in 1998, Polaris RANGER has continuously set the standard for utility side-by-side vehicles with its industry-leading capabilities. With over one-hundred owner-inspired improvements, the all-new 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000 represents the culmination of nearly two decades of innovation.

For more information about Polaris and “RANGER Country USA”, visit ranger.polaris.com and rangercountryusa.com. Also visit us and join the conversation by using #RANGERCountryUSA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

For tour dates and more information, visit www.jakeowen.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jakeowen,and follow him on Instagram @jakeowenofficial & Twitter @jakeowen.

About Polaris 
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL® side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.

About Jake Owen
Owen has had six No. 1 singles to date – the 2X PLATINUM anthem “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” PLATINUM-certified hits “Beachin’,” “Anywhere with You,” “Alone with You,” “The One That Got Away,” and, GOLD-certified “American Country Love Song.” Owen’s fifth studio album, AMERICAN LOVE, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. Most recently, Owen signed a new label deal with Big Loud Records, reuniting him with Joey Moi, who produced his biggest hits to date. Owen and Moi are currently in the studio working on a forthcoming project. 

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Yamaha Steadfast in Supporting SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation http://www.utvunderground.com/yamaha-steadfast-in-supporting-seal-naval-special-warfare-family-foundation-57984.html http://www.utvunderground.com/yamaha-steadfast-in-supporting-seal-naval-special-warfare-family-foundation-57984.html#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:14:17 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57984

Yamaha Steadfast in Supporting SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation
Yamaha Vehicle Raffles Raise More Than $100,000 for SEAL Families

KENNESAW, Ga. – April 16, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, recently provided a new Viking VI Ranch Edition Side-by-Side (SxS) to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation (NSW) for auction at their annual fundraiser near San Diego, California. Built in the U.S. at Yamaha’s Newnan, Georgia factory, the Proven Off-Road Viking VI Ranch Edition donation raised capital toward the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families. This marks Yamaha’s fifth-consecutive year of aiding NSW, totaling more than $100,000 in funding for the much-deserved recipients.

“It has been an honor to support the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation and its mission of assisting the families of those who defend our freedoms,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s ATV / SxS group marketing manager. “Each year we appreciate the opportunity to work with this highly esteemed organization and support their efforts to raise awareness and assistance for the brave and heroic SEAL-NSW families.”

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation is a San Diego based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the NSW families on a local, national and global scale. Further details about the NSW organization and fundraiser can be found at www.SealFamilyFoundation.org/events.

“Yamaha has been a great supporter of our event, and their vehicles are an auction favorite, raising more than $100,000 for SEAL members’ families over the past five years,” said William R. Fenick, CAPT, USN (Ret), Executive Director for SEAL-NSW. “The generous donations from partners like Yamaha allow us to support the needs of these important families and provide the right programs – both now and in the future.

In addition to all of the standard attributes of the Yamaha Viking line, the 2018 Viking VI Ranch Edition comes equipped with a high-quality Metallic Sand painted bodywork featuring aluminum wheels, color-matched seats, a sun top, rearview mirror, over fenders, under seat storage and unique Ranch Edition badging, all at an MSRP of $15,599.

Every Yamaha SxS and full-size ATV is proudly Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s advanced manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. View additional details on the Viking VI Ranch Edition, along with the full lineup of Proven Off-Road vehicles at www.YamahaOutdoors.com.

Follow Yamaha Outdoors at www.facebook.com/YamahaOutdoors, www.instagram.com/YamahaOutdoors or www.twitter.com/YamahaOutdoors #Yamaha #AssembledinUSA #YamahaOutdoors #REALizeYourAdventure #ProvenOffRoad #SEALFamilyFoundation #FamiliesFirst #NeverForget

About Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, (YMUS) a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com.

SxS Vehicles are recommended for use only by licensed drivers 16 years and older.

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CAN-AM OFF-ROAD RACERS DOMINATE THE WEEKEND http://www.utvunderground.com/can-am-off-road-racers-dominate-the-weekend-57762.html http://www.utvunderground.com/can-am-off-road-racers-dominate-the-weekend-57762.html#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:45:25 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57762


· Can-Am Maverick X3 Racers Earn Multiple UTV World Championship Victories
· Renegade X xc ATV 4×4 Pro Kevin Cunningham Wins in North Carolina
· Two Podiums for Can-Am Racers at SCORE San Felipe 250

VALCOURT, QUEBEC, CANADA, April 10, 2018 – Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers put in a dominating performance this past weekend across North America, earning numerous wins in multiple disciplines proving Can-Am vehicles are built for success on and off the track. At the 2018 UTV World Championship event in Laughlin, Nev., Can-Am Maverick X3 pilots earned wins in the Best In The Desert (BITD) Pro Turbo and Pro Unlimited classes in Nevada, as well as the UTVWC short-course event and the Laughlin Leap jump competition. In action in the Mexican desert, two Can-Am teams earned podiums. Can-Am ATV racers ruled on North Carolina soil, winning five 4×4 classes at round four of the 2018 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series.

“This was an awesome weekend for Can-Am, because we won several races and continue to showcase the Maverick X3 side-by-side as the ideal platform for rugged off-road racing,” said Jeff Leclerc, Team Leader, Can-Am racing. “But, it’s also huge because we’re all part of the same off-road family, so to see our racers and their entire families on the various podiums is very rewarding for me personally and for Can-Am. When we say, ‘we’re built for this,’ it’s more than a tagline, it’s speak to our devotion to building innovative products that cater to this lifestyle, whether that’s competitive racing or pushing the limits just for fun.”

Four Champs Crowned at 2018 UTV World Championship
Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racers had a fabulous weekend in the Nevada desert, winning four titles at the 2018 UTV World Championship in Laughlin. Utilizing the industry’s most powerful performance side-by-side vehicle, the teams capturing six of the top 10 finishing spots in the UTV Pro Turbo ranks and sweeping the UTV Unlimited class podium.

Headliner and reigning BITD UTV Pro Turbo class champion Phil Blurton put in a stellar performance at the UTV World Championship main event, winning his class in his No Limit RD / XRS / Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle. The victory also gave Blurton impressive back-to-back UTV World Championship victories, solidifying the Can-Am Maverick X3 vehicle’s status as the go-to vehicle for desert racing.

“I was raised in the racing world and I am extremely proud to carry the flag that my father gave me,” stated Blurton. “To have him, my mom, my wife and daughter all on stage with me to celebrate my second consecutive UTV World Championship is fabulous. And thanks to Can-Am for building us an awesome platform to achieve this victory.”

S3 Racing / Can-Am driver Dustin “Battle Axe” Jones, who finished third in the UTV Pro Turbo class rankings also took home a victory in Nevada. Jones finished the FOX Short Course race in under an hour, winning by more than two minutes of the runner-up finisher. He then quickly got in another S3 Racing / Can-Am desert vehicle to compete for the UTV Pro Turbo class win. Fellow S3 / Can-Am racer Logan Brezina took third place in the Short Course competition.

“This was one of the roughest races we have had in a long time. The short course was especially demanding, because I was driving at nearly full capacity to outrun the fastest guys in the country,” stated Jones. “I fully believe that running a superior machine in the X3 was a huge advantage for this type of race and no doubt attributed to being able to put over two minutes on my closest competitor. This was truly a great weekend to be racing a Can-Am!

“It is an amazing feeling to travel roughly 1,500 miles across the country to join an incredible group of passionate teammates,” added Jones. “To come up on top of the box with this Maverick X3 makes everything greater. The beauty in this is that I am also doing all this with my closest friends. I’m having the time of my life.”

Not to be outdone by his fellow Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle racers, Australian Brett Comiskey drove his Lonestar Racing-backed Can-Am to an easy victory in the UTV Unlimited class, winning by more than 30 minutes. Fellow Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle pilots Michael Isom and Randy Raschein also completed all nine laps and joined Comiskey on the class podium for the sweep. The Can-Am team earned two additional podiums with the 172hp Maverick X3 platform, as Garrick Lastra and Casey Currie finished in second and third, respectively, in the Stock Rally Class (Desert Race).

Cole Freiday started things off smoothly Thursday evening for Can-Am, as the Arizona driver outdistanced the competition at the Method Wheels Laughlin Leap jump contest, which officially kicked off UTV World Championship weekend. In his first UTV event behind the wheel of his personal Maverick X3 X rc, which features a class leading suspension from the factory, bought in November of last year, he dazzled under the lights, leaping 117.9 feet to grab the win and roughly $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Untouchable at Steele Creek GNCC
Two-time defending 4×4 Pro class champion Kevin Cunningham has been on a roll in 2018, having won all three GNCC events this season aboard his Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000 ATV. Cunningham, who didn’t disappoint at Steele Creek in North Carolina, notching another convincing victory on his way to a perfect 4-for-4 output this year. In fact, dating back to 2017, Cunningham has won 13 of the last 17 rounds and recorded 15 podium finishes. Can-Am 4×4 ATV racers notched full podium sweeps in four classes and won a total of five classes this past Saturday in North Carolina, showcasing the Can-Am 4×4 ATV’s dominance in the national series.

SCORE San Felipe 250 Podiums
The SCORE International San Felipe 250 on the Baja Peninsula ran on the same weekend as the UTVWC, but the Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side racing teams did outstanding in the Mexican desert as well. Lonestar Racing / Chapo Racing / XPS / Can-Am pilot Justin Elenburg was the first side-by-side vehicle to physically finish the race, but ended up with the runner-up spot in the UTV Pro Forced Induction class after time and penalty adjustments were made. Can-Am Maverick driver Jesus Mendez Jr. won the Pro UTV Unlimited class at the San Felipe 250.

For more information about Can-Am off-road products, the family of championship-winning Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by- side vehicles and the Can-Am racing program, visit CanAmOffRoad.com.
Professional racers photographed on closed courses. Do not attempt.

About BRP
We are a global leader in the world of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems built on over 75 years of ingenuity and intensive consumer focus. Our portfolio of industry-leading and distinctive products includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. We support our lines of product with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business to fully enhance your riding experience. With annual sales of CA$4.5 billion from over 100 countries, our global workforce is made up of over 10,000 driven, resourceful people.

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Polaris Names Craig Scanlon as New Transamerican Auto Parts President http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-names-craig-scanlon-as-new-transamerican-auto-parts-president-57759.html http://www.utvunderground.com/polaris-names-craig-scanlon-as-new-transamerican-auto-parts-president-57759.html#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:10:51 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57759

This is huge industry news that we are proud to share. Our good friend and one of the driving forces at Polaris RZR (Polaris ORV) has been promoted to President of Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP), also knows as the parent company of 4 Wheel Parts. Scanlon has done more for the UTV industry then most people would realize. Sure, he worked for Polaris where his work there is well documented. But inside and outside of the office he is one of the most passionate and influential members of our industry both as an enthusiast and racer. Scanlon not only pushed UTV racing by spearheading the Polaris RZR racing division, he also directly influenced the culture by approving such projects as RJ Anderson’s XP1K video series. To list all Craig has had his hands in would take a year to write out.

I have personally grown close to Craig over the course of the past 8 years. He and his team at Polaris have supported so many of our wild ideas and have put us in a position to grow well beyond the average media outlet by always supporting the cool (and expensive) projects & content we wanted to create. Whether it was a custom build for our own brand, a giveaway machine for a wounded veteran, or a trip to the middle east to spread the gospel of UTVs, Craig was always in support.

In addition, he and the ORV team built up a brand at RZR that changed the landscape of our culture and cemented the UTV industry in a way that far surpassed anyones expectations. We at UTVUnderground.com are thrilled for Craig’s huge promotion, a well deserved one. It is bitter sweet in some ways, but he is now going to be a resident of the west coast where we will be able to continue our work and spend even more time now in the dirt together. The ORV team he leaves at Polaris is as strong as anything he has ever worked with over the course of his tenure and are well prepared to forge the brand much further into the future. It has always been an honor working alongside him and the ORV team on so many great projects, and many more are in the works for the future.

To the average enthusiast they may not know the affect Craig has had on this industry. But to those of us in the know, this man has pushed the sport in ways that have directly affected us all. With all that said, we congratulate him on his new role at TAP. We wish him and his awesome family all the best in their transition. Lastly, on behalf of everyone at UTVUnderground.com, we thank you Craig Scanlon for all that you have done for the sport, industry, me personally, and our brand at UTVUnderground.com. You believed when no one else did, you supported when no one else would, and you stood along side us no matter what. For that, we will always be appreciative and are ready when you are to take on the next challenge!!!

With Respect,

Joey D. & The entire UTVUnderground.com Family

Polaris Names Craig Scanlon as New Transamerican Auto Parts President

MINNEAPOLIS (April 9, 2018) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) announced today that Craig Scanlon has been named president of Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP), effective immediately. Scanlon will succeed Greg Adler, who is assuming a new role as executive vice chairman for TAP. TAP continues to be a strong component of Polaris’ growing Aftermarket segment; Scanlon and Adler will both report to Steve Eastman, president of Aftermarket, Parts, Garments and Accessories for Polaris.

“For more than 50 years, TAP has led the 4×4 Jeep and truck aftermarket thanks to the vision, leadership and passion of the Adler family. As executive vice chairman, Greg’s extensive industry knowledge, strategic insight, and strong relationships will continue to play a critical role in supporting the long-term success of the business,” said Eastman. “I have full confidence that TAP’s market leadership will continue to grow and flourish with Craig at the helm. Craig has an exceptional track record as a proven leader whose clear, strategic vision has been instrumental in helping to shape and grow Polaris’ largest business segment. His dedication and passion, combined with his experience building brands and delivering results, makes him well equipped to accelerate growth and drive long-term success for TAP and Polaris.” 

“This is an exciting time for the 4×4 Jeep and truck aftermarket industry and I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead this talented TAP team,” said Scanlon. “TAP’s history of industry leadership and culture of customer-first values have been core to its success. I look forward to building upon its strong foundation and continuing to drive momentum and stronger collaboration across all areas of the business including leveraging synergies resulting from the 2016 acquisition.”

An experienced leader in the powersports industry, Scanlon most recently served as vice president and chief retail and marketing officer for Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) at Polaris. During his 14 years at Polaris, Scanlon has held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and general management supporting both the ORV and Slingshot businesses. Prior to his roles at Polaris, Scanlon held various sales and accounting roles at Ingersoll Rand. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland. 

In his new role as executive vice chairman, Adler will be responsible for supporting long-range strategy, pursuing inorganic growth opportunities through TAP’s strategic acquisition framework, and serving as a TAP brand ambassador. Adler joined TAP in 1994 and served in various areas of the business before being named TAP’s president and CEO in 2005.

“My father founded this business in 1961 as a source for Jeep parts. Today, TAP is an industry leader with a growing portfolio. Craig’s vision and enthusiasm leaves me feeling confident in his ability to honor both the Adler legacy and company vision of putting the customer first, while continuing to deliver growth for TAP and Polaris. Craig is inheriting an incredibly talented and dedicated team.  The foundation is built for continued success under his highly experienced leadership,” said Adler. “I imagine TAP’s next chapter will see even more success than its last.  On a personal level, my new role as executive vice chairman will allow me to focus on an area of work that I’m extremely passionate about:  discovering fresh opportunities, new brands, and untapped segments for TAP.”

TAP is a leader in the growing $10-plus billion Jeep and truck accessory market. Acquired in 2016 by Polaris, TAP operates as a distinct business unit reporting to Eastman. TAP sells and installs an extensive line of accessories for Jeep and truck enthusiasts, including products manufactured under its seven proprietary, industry-leading aftermarket brands: PRO COMP®, RUBICON EXPRESS, SMITTYBILT®, POISON SPYDER™, G2™, LRG® and TRAIL MASTER®.  TAP is the largest retailer and installer in the North American market, selling through its own retail and on-line network while also supporting numerous independent accessory retailers/installers. 

About Transamerican Auto Parts

Transamerican Auto Parts is the world’s leading manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of aftermarket parts and accessories for trucks, Jeeps, SUVs and four-wheel drive vehicles. Transamerican operations are comprised of 90 4 Wheel Parts retail locations in North America, Transamerican Wholesale sales and distribution, Dealer Services International and the Transamerican Manufacturing Group which includes Smittybilt, Rubicon Express, G2 Axle & Gear, Pro Comp, LRG Wheels and Poison Spyder. We Sell It. We Own It. We Live It. For more information about Transamerican Auto Parts, Dealer Services International and Transamerican Manufacturing Group, please visit: www.transamericanautoparts.com.

About Polaris 

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, Switchback® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.


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(Photos & Story) Phil Blurton ‘Flawless’ in UTV World Championship http://www.utvunderground.com/phil-blurton-flawless-in-utv-world-championship-photos-story-57568.html http://www.utvunderground.com/phil-blurton-flawless-in-utv-world-championship-photos-story-57568.html#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:21:29 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57568 Phil Blurton ‘Flawless’ in UTV World Championship

Click here for full unofficial results of the Walker Evans Racing Desert Turbo Championship Race.

Click here for full unofficial results of the Walker Evans Racing Naturally Aspirated Desert Championship Race.

Laughlin, NV (4/9/2018) – Defending Best in the Desert Series champion Phil Blurton scored his first victory of the season, winning the Polaris UTV World Championship. Driving a Can-Am X3, Blurton finished first in the Turbo class, ahead of Ryan Holz, Dustin Jones, Jacob Carver and Bill Zemak. Dodge Poelman won the Production class, while Cody Bradbury finished first in Sportsman, and Australian racer Brett Comiskey won the Unlimited class.

The nine-lap race was held Saturday following the short course event, which was held on the same course. The earlier racing made for a rough surface with plenty of braking and acceleration bumps, long whoops through the Fox Proving Grounds, and plenty of carnage. Temperatures were in the high 90s, and a stiff breeze late in the event cut down on dust.

Blurton started on the front row and was fifth going into the first corner. About three quarters of the way through the first lap, he took the lead and dominated from there. He added a minute on his nearest competitor every lap and cruised the final go around for the win.

“Another flawless UTV World Championship for us,” exclaimed Blurton. “This car really excels here because the whoops are so big here and the chatter bumps are so rough. With all of the wheel travel it has, it just soaks it up. This put us back into a really good position in points right now. As long as we can stay on track, we should be in the hunt for another championship.”

Though he drives a Can-Am, Blurton won one of five Polaris RZRs Polaris Industries awarded for race winners. Polaris also awarded brand-new rides for the winners of the two Youth class races, the short course race, as well as both Production and Turbo in the desert race.

“I really appreciate the RZR and I think it’s awesome,” said Blurton. “The more competition makes us faster as drivers. It keeps us pushing to build faster cars and coming back for more wins.”

Holz finished second after driving the entire event with his father, Mark, as co-driver. It marked the second year in a row that Blurton and Holz finished first in second in the UTV World Championship. Despite having boost issues, Holz used the durability of his Polaris to his advantage and snagged second.

“We lost boost on the second lap, but we worked with what we had and ended up second,” said Holz. “The new car goes exactly where you want it to go and it’s pretty durable. It goes through the holes, so no complaints. The competition is really deep here so if you can get on the podium that’s a really good day.”

Jones, who won the short course race earlier in the day, finished third and made UTV World Championship history in the process. He became the first driver to podium in both events in one day. After running a short-wheelbase Can-Am X3 in the short course event, he switched to the long wheelbase Maverick Max X3 for the desert race.

“This is a monumental day, not just for S3 Powersports, but for the UTV World Championship,” said Jones. “The wheelbase really makes the difference. Dustin Henderson is my co-driver and he is the reason we did so well in this race. He did all of the work. All I did was steer the wheel and push the gas. For the first time in a long time it’ll make the trip back to Louisiana easier.”

In Production, Poelman won his second consecutive race driving a Polaris RZR. Though hesitant during the dead engine, land rush start, he took the lead on the first lap, but his car had a mechanical issue and the entire pack passed him. He recovered, picked his way through the field and scored the victory. It turned into send-off victory for Poelman, who will embark on a two-year mission trip for his church and won’t return to racing until 2020. Mike De Ley finished second, ahead of Jeff Obering.

“We chased Seth Quintero all the way until mile four and passed him, but then we went into limp mode and got passed by the entire pack,” said Poelman. “It was a lot of determination and consistency from there. I had never done a lapped race like this, so I memorized the track. I knew were the turns and the rocks were. Just having the future in mind helped us out. The last lap the track was beat up. There were braking bumps everywhere, broken cars, car parts, and it was mayhem. We’ll be back at it in two years. So, in 2020 they better watch out!”

De Ley was third off the starting line in his Polaris. He passed Seth Quintero on the first lap and held onto third for the entire race.

“Once we got in front of Seth, we just cruised,” said De Ley. “This is awesome and I’m happy just to finish. The car got hot and we had to slow down a few times, but the course was fast and it was fun.”

Obering drove his Yamaha to second after starting on the third row. Obering witnessed most of the carnage. Avoiding the many rocks in the racing lane, he scored his first BITD podium of the season.

“I am so happy to be here and this car held up amazingly,” said Obering. “There was a lot of carnage out there: a lot of cars flipped over and rocks in the middle of the track. It was important to miss those rocks. We’ve always been there, but something always happened at the end so it was nice to get this podium.”

In the Sportsman race, Bradbury prepared his 2016 WORCS Polaris RZR XP Turbo, put a passenger seat into it and went to it. Though he had some bad luck during the race, including two broken axles on the final lap, Bradbury was able to pull it out for his first victory of the season. Garrick Lastra finished second in a Can-Am X3 ahead of the similar car of Cody Currie.

“I had a couple issues early on, and I broke both rear axles on the final lap, but I’m pumped to put it on top,” said Bradbury. “I’ve had a bunch of bad luck this year, so it’s nice to go home and put my head up, happy with the results.”

Clutching limited Lastra’s top speed, but he was challenging at the end and was close to passing Bradbury when tragedy hit. With his co-driver and girlfriend Jackie Kelly, Lastra flipped his Can-Am on the final lap. Though he only lost a few minutes, it was enough to put him second at the finish.

“We had a rollover at the end and that was unfortunate, but got it back going and still finished second,” said Lastra. “This thing got on top of everything and we passed the majority of cars through the Fox Proving Grounds. This car is amazing.”

Currie had a number of issues he had to overcome to secure the final spot on the podium in his Can-Am. Though he was running essentially a bone stock Can-Am X3, he fought his way to a third-place finish.

“We pushed hard all nine laps and this Can-Am rips,” said Currie. “We had a turbo hose fall off on the first lap, got two flat tires, lost our spare and we found it in the middle of the desert. These Can-Ams are fast right out of the box. To come out here and get third place is awesome. The course had a little bit of everything and there was some serious chop.”

In Unlimited, Comiskey scored his first BITD victory. The Australian driver couldn’t get his Can-Am running at the start and had to make up time, driving from last to first to score the win. Michael Isom finished second, ahead of Randy Raschin. Both were driving Can-Am X3s.

“We had a bad start when the car wouldn’t run, so to come from last to first is amazing,” said Comiskey. “This is my passion and I love the sport. To come over here to get the opportunity to race in another country is great. The people make me want to do this. This is like a big family.”

Isom was looking for a repeat win the UTV World Championship. A throttle issue, however, took its toll and put him second at the finish.“We were definitely going for the win, but we had a throttle issue that held us back,” said Isom. “We’ll persevere. The Can-Am is an amazing machine. It is just so fast.”

Raschein was driving one of Cory Sappington’s Can-Ams. The Oregon native turned around bad luck experienced in the Mint 400 to secure the final spot on the podium.  “We had some issues at the Mint 400, so this was a nice way to come back,” said Raschein. “As the race went on, the track got rougher, but I love everything about this race; the community, the people, and the competition.”

The Best in the Desert Series returns to action with the Silver State 300. That race is scheduled for May 3-6 in Alamo, NV.

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(Photos & Story) Dustin Jones and Shelby Anderson Win UTV World Championship Short Course Races http://www.utvunderground.com/dustin-jones-and-shelby-anderson-win-utv-world-championship-short-course-races-57567.html http://www.utvunderground.com/dustin-jones-and-shelby-anderson-win-utv-world-championship-short-course-races-57567.html#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:01:14 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57567 Dustin Jones and Shelby Anderson Win UTV World Championship Short Course Races

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Laughlin, NV (4/9/2018) – Dustin Jones won the short course portion of the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. Driving his S3 Powersports Can-Am X3, Jones finished first overall and first in the Turbo class. Shelby Anderson scored her first-ever Pro victory, driving a Polaris RZR in Production 1000. The event was part of the Best in the Desert Series.

Short course was a bit of a misnomer as it was run on the regular desert racing circuit, but scheduled just three laps. Another record turnout of racers and fans enjoyed beautiful weather during the Saturday morning race with temperatures in the high 90s.

Jones, who made the trip from Louisiana to compete in the event, made quick work during the land rush, dead engine start. Despite running what he termed his “parts car” in the race, Jones took the lead going into the desert at the start and he dominated from there. Getting in front early was key, as the rough course quickly claimed several cars that fell out with mechanical problems. Branden Sims was second in his Polaris RZR, ahead of Jones’ S3 Powersports teammate Logan Brezina.

“We got the car fired up, got into the desert first, and tried to run a pace that conserved the car but kept us up front,” said Jones. “We got into traffic pretty quickly, but the wind was blowing, the conditions were good, the track was rough, and the car was running hot. The track was rough; it was the roughest I’ve ever seen it. The infield was fun, but the backside Fox Proving Grounds were torn up. There were cars scattered everywhere and a ton of carnage. A fast conservation is what we had figured out to get to the finish first.”

As part of his winnings, Jones won one of five Polaris RZRs presented to the winners by Polaris Industries. Though he races a Can-Am, Jones was happy to see how much Polaris has stepped up to support the sport of UTV racing.

“It’s so nice to have all of the major manufacturers out here supporting us,” said Jones. “This is what we love and what we choose to do, so Polaris, Can-Am, or Yamaha, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just happy people are out here racing and I’m so thankful to have an opportunity to win a car.”

Sims started on the second row and was off to a quick start. So quickly, in fact, that he nearly tipped over going into the first turn. That bobble let Brezina pass him. Sims was quickly back on the gas, caught Brezina at mile five on the first lap and held second from there. The podium marked his fourth in the UTV World Championship in just four years of the event’s history. Interestingly, he drove the same car in which he finished second in the King of the Hammers.

“I had to chase him down, but I really had no idea where I was on the track so I drove it as hard as I could to finish,” said Sims. “The car was the same one I finished second in the King of the Hammers and I changed nothing on it. It has the same skid plates and the same tires and wheels. I just took out the passenger seat and raced it.”

Brezina fought his way through the rough course. After losing second to Sims, he settled into third and carried that position to the finish.

“The course is always brutal, but I found good lines and pushed all the way through the race,” said Brezina. “We carried it on from the second row. Branden Sims pushed by me at mile five and I just tucked in behind him from there.”

Wow. Pulled 22nd in the draw and started 2nd row in Pro Production. Was 4th off my line and started battling through the dust and carnage. Came off the track physically 3rd and hopped straight into the desert car with @j_drizzzle. Came off the track hearing I won, and finished 9th overall out of 91 cars that race. So pumped to bring home this first big win for my sponsors and family. Thanks to everyone who supports me, this ones for you @chadrag2 👊❤ #TeamChad @cagewrx @polarisrzr @walkerevansracing @budstirepros @gbcmotorsports #ANP @superatv_com #rhinoaxles @holzracingproducts @ipdgraphics #IPDAthlete @getnrg @ruggedradios @bajadesignsofficial @benchmarkperformanceinc #SDPC @k1racegear @hostyleinc #CMIPrecisionMachining @knfilters @buttersupplyco

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In Production 1000, Anderson pulled off the victory in her Polaris RZR. Anderson has been flirting with victory all season in her first year as a Polaris factory driver. Despite driving what was essentially a stock car from a 22nd starting position, Anderson made the most of it, avoiding the widespread carnage and winning. Randy Nix finished second, followed by James Hill on the all-RZR podium.

“I knew we were going up against built cars so I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do,” said Anderson. “I just started picking them off one by one, found my lines and my Walker Evans Shocks were just perfect. Since I got picked up by Polaris, we’ve been trying to dial in the new RZR, so this is definitely the turning point for the season and I’m really excited for the next WORCS race.”

Nix was making his first start in the UTV World Championship. His RZR ran so perfectly, he was ready to turn some more laps. “These Fox Shocks were killing it through the Proving Grounds,” said Nix. “Everything is solid; I’m ready to do it again! I had some momentum from WORCS coming into this race and I’m really happy with the results.”

Hill recorded his first ever finish in the UTV World Championship. Though he hasn’t been running a full UTV racing schedule with any series this year, he wanted to make sure this race was on his calendar.

“We jumped over to rally last year and have been picking up UTV races here and there, but this is the UTV World Championship and we wanted to represent IMG Motorsports and do it for the fun,” said Hill. “I started in the second row and made it through some carnage. There was a lot of dust out there and the course was rough. I made some passes, didn’t get passed, and just tried to stay in front.”

The short course was race was only part of the weekend that also included a nine-lap desert race. Many of the competitors hopped out of their short course cars and got into their desert cars immediately following the checkered flag.

The next race for the Best in the Desert Series is the Silver State 300. That race is scheduled for May 3-6 in Alamo, NV.

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Phil Blurton Wins the Walker Evans Turbo Championship Desert Race http://www.utvunderground.com/phil-blurton-wins-the-walker-evans-turbo-championship-desert-race-57528.html http://www.utvunderground.com/phil-blurton-wins-the-walker-evans-turbo-championship-desert-race-57528.html#respond Sun, 08 Apr 2018 01:24:05 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57528

With a time of 03:07:27.066, Phil Blurton won the Walker Evans Turbo Championship Desert Race in his #944 Can-Am X3. This race consisted of Turbo and Unlimited classes. Second and third place finishers Ryan Holz & Dustin Jones rounded out the podium.

Top 5 Unofficial Results from the Walker Evans Turbo Championship Desert Race
#944 Phil Blurton – 03:07:27.066
#964 Ryan Holz – 03:14:14.267
#978 Dustin Jones – 03:14:29.502
#936 Jacob Carver – 03:19:20.611
#935 Bill Zemak – 03:22:05.753

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Dodge Poelman Wins the Naturally Aspirated Walker Evans Desert Race in His #1962 Polaris RZR http://www.utvunderground.com/dodge-poelman-wins-the-naturally-aspirated-walker-evans-desert-race-in-his-1962-polaris-rzr-57512.html http://www.utvunderground.com/dodge-poelman-wins-the-naturally-aspirated-walker-evans-desert-race-in-his-1962-polaris-rzr-57512.html#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 22:50:46 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57512

With a time of 03:15:04.272, first time UTV World Championship racer Dodge Poelman won the First Walker Evans Desert Race in his #1962 Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR. This race consisted of Naturally Aspirated, Sportsman and RS1 classes. Second and third place finishers #2953 Cody Bradbury & #2955 Garrick Lastra rounded out the podium.

Top 5 Unofficial Results from the Naturally Aspirated Walker Evans Desert Race
1. #1962 Dodge Poelman – 03:15:04.272
2. #1902 Jeff Obering –  03:18:03.074
3. #1907 Mike DeLey –  03:18:51.708
4. #1927 Joe Loomis – 03:19:42.278
5. #1895 Kaden Wells – 03:26:58.368

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Dustin “Battle Axe” Jones Wins the FOX Short Course Race http://www.utvunderground.com/dustin-battle-axe-jones-wins-the-fox-short-course-race-57511.html http://www.utvunderground.com/dustin-battle-axe-jones-wins-the-fox-short-course-race-57511.html#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 20:51:27 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57511

With a time of 55:28.945, Dustin “Battle Axe” Jones of S3 Racing won the FOX Short Course Championship race in his #4507 Can-Am X3. Second and third place finishers #4513 Branden Sims & #4539 Logan Brezina pushed all day but settled for the remaining spots on the podium at the finish line.

Top 5 Unofficial Results from the FOX Short Course Championship Race
1. #4507 Dustin Jones – 55:28.945
2. #4513 Branden Sims – 57:46.412
3. #4539 Logan Brezina – 58:28.256
4. #4521 Jacob Carver – 58:30.814
5. #4521 Cody Bradbury – 59:15.744

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We are live from the 2018 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy.  Share this stream for your chance to win a UTVUnderground & UTV World Championship swag pack! 

Today’s schedule includes:

8:30 AM Staging – Short Course UTV
9:00 AM Start Short Course Race
9:45 AM Staging – Desert Race 1 Classes – NA, Sportsman, RS1
10:15 AM Start Walker Evans Racing Desert Race 1
11:00 AM MC Quad Awards Presentation Finish Line, Ford Mesa
1:30 PM Staging – Desert Race 2 Classes – Turbo, Unlimited
2:00 PM Start Walker Evans Racing Desert Race 2
8:00 PM UTVWC Awards Presentation Harrah’s Laughlin – Beach
9:30 PM UTVWC After Party Loser’s Lounge – Riverside Resort & Casino

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Youth Racing Highlights Day Two of the UTV World Championship http://www.utvunderground.com/youth-racing-highlights-day-two-of-the-utv-world-championship-57423.html http://www.utvunderground.com/youth-racing-highlights-day-two-of-the-utv-world-championship-57423.html#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 11:56:06 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57423 Youth Racing Highlights Day Two of the UTV World Championship

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Laughlin, NV (4/6/2018) – The 2018 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy continued into its second day of contingency and tech inspection as the largest gathering of UTVs celebrated its youth racers. Friday’s festivities moved to the track with the two youth class races sponsored by Carr One Fabrication.

Weather was beautiful with temperatures in the mid 90s. The course was tamed down from last year’s circuit with one small jump, several long straightaways and plenty of passing room in the turns, making high speeds was key to success. The size of the entry list necessitated running two classes of youth racers: 170cc and 250cc with record combined 68 youth entries.

In the 250 class, Dallas Gonzalez won the event for the second year in a row. He took the lead early and dominated the event in his newly built Polaris RZR. Jacob Peter was second after battling his way through the field with aggressive moves in the corners. Kaden Danbury put bad luck behind him and scored the final spot on the podium for the second straight year.

“The throttle got stuck a bunch, so I spent some time on two wheels today,” laughed Gonzalez. “The car was like a rocket this year. We got this brand new Polaris and built it. We tested it, rebuilt the motor and came out here to win. Pete from GSP built the car and prepped it. This is a big deal. Thanks to Polaris and the win, I get another RZR to build for next year. I can keep rebuilding the cars, making them faster, and hoping for another win.”

Peter’s RZR wasn’t geared high enough for the high speeds, but he made the most of his setup. Getting into the corners late and exiting faster worked out well for Peter as he scored the runner-up finish.

“I had to stay on the gas longer than others and hit the corners harder,” said Peter. “The Polaris RZR worked really well on the jumps and turns out there. I had to do some sketchy turns to get past people. It is awesome to get a second place finish at the UTV World Championship where tons of people come to race.”

In the 170 class, more than 30 UTVs started the race and Travis Sallee took his first big win. After starting on the second row, George Llamosas charged through the field to finish second followed by Ethan Groom in the third spot.

“Eventually, I passed the leader,” said Sallee. “I got out front and stayed there. I’m stoked to get this win. This is my first win in the UTV World Championship. I want to thank Jagged X, Polaris, Benchmark, and Elka.”

Llamosas took the holeshot on the second row and drove his heart out to score the second-place finish, bettering his 2017 results by 20 places. It marked the young racer’s first podium.  “I was impressed how the GSP Polaris RZR worked for me today,” said Llamosas. “It’s just amazing to be here. It was a pretty good race and the track felt amazing with this car. It got rougher lap after lap.”


BC Vaught from the Road 2Recovery Foundation announced a sweepstakes where participants can get the chance to win a custom built $44,000 Polaris RZR Turbo. Road 2 Recovery helps professional AMA licensed professional motocross/supercross members with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries. The winner will be picked after Camp RZR in October.

“Basically, Polaris donated the RZR to Road 2 Recovery and we’re running a sweepstakes through the end of Camp RZR when a winner will be picked,” said Vaught. “It’s a $44,000 RZR Turbo that someone can win for $5. We’ll display it at certain Lucas Oil events, Sand Sports Super Show, Off Road Expo and after we’re done someone will win it. Winners don’t need to be present and shipping is covered so it will ship right to your doorstep.”

Besides some incredible youth racing action, there was plenty going on at Contingency, and Travis Pastrana’s mechanic and everyone’s “favorite redneck” Hubert Rowland drove his Polaris RZR across the desert from Phoenix, AZ to get to the event. The ultimate trail ride comprised over 200 miles and it took him 17 hours to get to the event after running through the desert. Rowland is competing in both Pro events on Saturday.

“The Polaris RZR worked great,” said Rowland. “This one is built for desert racing, so what better way to get it broken in than running 200 miles? This is my first year in the desert and it’s pretty wild and really neat. This is more of a true spectacle with vending and little events. It lets people get involved, have fun and go racing. I help with a lot of big events like Nitro Circus, Supercross, and Monster Jam, and each of them have their own following. This is a mix of all of the followings. It’s really neat to see people from all realms come here. This event is going to be amazing.”

Russell Porter from Buggy Whips participated in its first UTV World Championship this year. Porter showcased his unique products in the extensive vendor row on both contingency days. Many racers are running the lighted Buggy Whips to help their teams easily identify their cars during racing conditions.

“This is our first year here and the event and the people are incredible; I just can’t believe the excitement around the two-day event,” said Porter. “I cannot believe how many UTVs are out here and you can see how much this sport has grown in the last five years. Polaris has done so much for this industry and they have changed what we have now.”

The evening was capped off with the top three youth racers receiving there awards at the drivers meeting, which also included an emotional memorial to the Chad Ragland who lost his battle to cancer this year, and he will be truly be missed by anyone that ever had the pleasure of knowing him.

The UTV World Championship continues on Saturday with the short course race taking the green flag at 9 a.m., followed by two longer desert races at 10:15 a.m. and at 2 p.m, and be sure to watch the live stream at utvunderground.com.

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UTV World Championship Kicks off with First Day of Events http://www.utvunderground.com/utv-world-championship-kicks-off-with-first-day-of-contingency-events-57346.html http://www.utvunderground.com/utv-world-championship-kicks-off-with-first-day-of-contingency-events-57346.html#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:50:16 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57346 Laughlin, NV (4/5/2018) – The 2018 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy Best in the Desert Series race kicked off Thursday with its first of two days of contingency events. The event continued its unprecedented growth with its largest entry list and a growing list of sponsors.  The contingency events are run as part of technical inspection and are being held in downtown Laughlin. It features a large vendor midway, plenty of chances to interact with the drivers and their machines, and is the perfect way to get fired up for this year’s races.

Highlighting the night’s festivities was the return of Laughlin Leap jump contest. Sponsored by Method Race Wheels, the event was held under the lights at the infield jump. Beating out 31 other competitors vying for prizes and bragging rights was former motorcycle racer Cole Freiday, who jumped his Can-Am Maverick X3 117.9 feet to win $10,000 in prizes. Larry Heidler was second with a 106.3-foot jump in his Polaris RZR XP Turbo, ahead of Mark Queen’s 106-foot mark.

“I just wanted to send it,” said Freiday. “This is awesome, and I am so stoked. It just shows that you don’t need all that backing to come out here, have a good time, and win.”

Leading the way into tech was a large contingent of youth class racers getting prepared for Friday’s racing events. Due to the large number of entries, the youth class is split into two classes: 170cc and 250cc. Racing action will be live streamed on utvworldchampionship.com beginning at 12:30 p.m. PDT on Friday.  Dallas Gonzalez looks to defend his win in the 2017 youth race. This year, he’s competing in both classes. He will run a brand new car in the 250cc and will be running an essentially bone stock Polaris Ace 150 in the 170cc race.

“Polaris gave it to me last year if I agreed to race it, so I had to build a cage and get it ready to race,” said Gonzalez of his new Ace. “I can race my Ace and my brand new RZR with the two classes. This event is easier for us because it doesn’t have a lot of big, crazy jumps that our suspension can’t hold up to.” Kaden Danbury will run his fourth UTV Championship on Friday. He finished on the podium last year and is looking to make the jump to the top step this year. “It’s really fun to see everyone here and the track is always a lot of fun,” said Danbury. “I got a third place last year. I’m looking to step it up this year.”

The youth racers also competed in the first-ever Youth Pit Crew Challenge. Hailing from Oklahoma and Texas, the team of Blake Helms, Wyatt Hubanks, Izzy Hubanks, and Luke Collins won the event.

Sponsorship and vendor participation was again on a massive scale. Organizer Joey “D” DiGiovanni was astounded by the amount of growth the event has seen in just four years.  “We have a ton of people that came in a day early to be a part of the event,” said DiGiovanni. “We have over 100 vendors out there, the Kids Crew Challenge and the Method Wheels Laughlin Leap. I’ve never seen the pits this full this early in the event.”

Jason Hess with Liqui Moly was excited to see the success of the event. Showing the overall growth in the UTV industry, Liqui Moly is in its first year of sponsorship of the UTV World Championship. The company is quickly becoming a mainstay name in UTV racing.  “Liqui Moly is excited to be a part of the UTV market,” said Hess. “Liqui Moly is based out of Germany and we brought our product over here a year and half ago. The UTV World Championship is ideal because anybody that wants to have everyone in one locked location it’s ideal.”

Mitch Guthrie, Jr. is teaming up with RJ Anderson and is running a new Polaris RZR Turbo S in the short course race on Saturday. The race-ready machine is essentially bone stock with the addition of a rollcage and other safety modifications. Guthrie likes his chances in the new machine.  “We’re racing it pretty much bone stock to show just what it’s capable of,” said Guthrie. “It’s an awesome and capable car so we’re excited to see how it does in a race. All we really have is a cage and belts. All the suspension is race ready and bone stock.”

Ronnie Anderson is returning to competition with his Polaris RZR RS1 single seat UTV. Anderson and the RS1 made their competition debut in the WORCS season opener and swept both classes.   “We swept the Turbo and Production 1000 classes at the WORCS opener, so we’re super excited to see how it does in the desert,” said Anderson. “I’ve had some testing time, but this will be my first time racing it since Las Vegas. The car is ready to go for sure.”

The UTV World Championship continues on Friday with youth racing, as well as the second day of contingency. Pro racing is scheduled for Saturday with the short course race taking the green flag at 9 a.m., followed by two longer desert races at 10:15 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

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Live from the UTVWC Laughlin Leap http://www.facebook.com/utvunderground http://www.facebook.com/utvunderground#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:53:23 +0000 http://www.utvunderground.com/?p=57340

The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Leap competition consists of 32 UTV competitors battling head-to-head over the famed infield jump of the Laughlin Off-Road Park.  Each set of (2) racers will hit the jump simultaneously.  All jumps will be tallied and the top six competitors will compete in a final round.  Winners of the competition will receive cash and prizes courtesy of race sponsors, Best In the Desert and Method Race Wheels.

For complete rules visit:  http://utvworldchampionship.com/method-race-wheels-laughlin-leap-rules-regulations/

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