Cage WRX
Monster Energy
Rigid Industries
Tensor Tire
Method Race Wheels
Magnum Offroad
SuperATV
BFGoodrich Tires
PCI Race Radios
SpeedStrap
Assault Industries
Fox
Douglas Wheel
UTV Inc.
AZ West
Rugged Radios
Impact
Proline Wraps
Walker Evans Racing
Holz Racing Products
Mad Media
B.I.T.D.
UTVUnderground.com
Race-DeZert
 

UTV World Championship BITD Desert Racers, please refer to BITD Rule Book by CLICKING HERE

2016 UTV World Championship Production “Short Course” & Youth UTV Requirements

Production UTV Requirements (Turbo,1000, 900, 700)
1. 6 Point Roll-Cage. (Factory cage OK as long as it meets 6 point minimum)
2. Side Panels / Doors (Doors must be secured to prevent from popping open)
3. Window Nets or Wrist Restraints
4. Roof Panel
5. One 2.5lb Fire Extinguisher Mounted On UTV w/ Quick Release.
6. 5- Point Seat Belts – 2” or 3” Wide Belts OK, 3” Preferred
7. One Piece Fire-Suit
8. Helmet w/ DOT or Snell Decal. Eye Protection Must Be Shatter Resistant.
9. Gloves and Neck Brace Are Recommended
10. Numbers On Both Sides Of Vehicle. Minimum 8” Tall Numbers, Yellow Background w/ Black Numbers (Refer To BITD Entry Form For # Assignment)
11.Two 2.5lb Fire Extinguisher In Your Pit. Must Be Near Vehicle During Fueling.
12. $25.00 Cash Only Tech Fee Due At Time Of Inspection

Production UTV RZR 170 Class Requirements
1. Polaris RZR 170 Vehicle
2. Aftermarket Cages & Suspension Are Allowed
3. Driver Must Be At Least 6 Years Old & No Older Than 12 Years Old
4. Polaris RZR 170cc Engine (MAX) Must Be Used.
5. Aftermarket or Reflashed ECUs NOT ALLOWED
6. Intake, Exhaust & Fuel Programmer Allowed
7. Driver Window Net Or Wrist Restraints Required
8. If Racing w/ A Passenger, A Passenger Net Or Wrist Restraint Also Required.
9. 5-Point Seat Belts Required For Each Occupant
10. All Occupants Must Wear Helmet, Eye Protection, Long Pants & Long
Sleeve Shirt. Fire Suit Is Recommended
11. Race Numbers On Both Sides Of Vehicle & The Rear Of The Vehicle. White Background w/ Black Numbers. Minimum 6” tall. (Refer To BITD Entry Form For # Assignment)
12. Aftermarket Roll Cage & A Roof Panel Is Recommended
13. Must Retain 2 Seat DESIGN
14. Roof Panel REQUIRED

Unlimited Youth 250cc (RZR 170) Class Requirements
1. Polaris RZR 170 Vehicle or SIMILAR
2. Aftermarket Roll Cage w/ Door Panels & A Roof Panel Is Required
3. Driver Must Be At Least 6 Years Old & No Older Than 12 Years Old
4. Engine up to 250cc, must match make & model of vehicle (No engine swaps)
5. Engine & Performance Mods ARE ALLOWED
6. Driver Window Net Or Wrist Restraints Required
7. If Racing w/ A Passenger, A Passenger Net Or Wrist Restraint Also Required.
8. 5-Point Seat Belts Required For Each Occupant
9. All Occupants Must Wear Helmet, Eye Protection, Long Pants & Long Sleeve Shirt. Fire Suit Is Recommended
10. Race Numbers On Both Sides Of Vehicle & The Rear Of The Vehicle. Black Background w/ White Numbers. Minimum 6” tall. (Refer To BITD Entry Form For # Assignment)
11. Aftermarket Suspension Allowed
12. One 2.5lb Fire Extinguisher Mounted On UTV w/ Quick Release.

Rules Infractions & Protest
If a racer does not meet all outlined requirements, he/she will not pass tech and not be allowed to race. All requirements must be met prior to the closing of Technical Inspection.

Post race technical inspection is left up to the discretion of the race director and / or tech director.

To file a formal protest either prior to or following the race, the driver must report to the race director and / or tech director no less than 1 hour before the race starts and no more than 30 minutes following that particular classes race.

You will be asked to fill out a formal protest form and you will be required to put up a $500 cash protest fee. Should the driver in question be found to have not violated any rules, that driver will claim the $500 protest fee. Should the driver in question be found to have violated any rules, the driver will be disqualified from the event and the driver who protested will get their $500 fee returned.

Should you be found guilty of cheating it is up to the organizers and race director to decide if you will be invited back to compete at the UTV World Championship, so PLEASE DO NOT CHEAT!

Please contact UTVWC Technical Director Cory Sappington with any additional rules or technical questions: [email protected] 602-769-6164

For all other questions please contact Joey DiGiovanni – [email protected]

Dear Best In The Desert Racers ~

First, let me say, I’m excited about this MOTORCYLE, QUAD and UTV ONLY RACE promoted by Best In The Desert, Mad Media and UTV Underground.com. This is a real piece of GOLD in our 2016 ~ “The American Off-Road Racing Series.” The POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for UTV’s, Motorcycles and Quads is here!

Every year, here at Best In The Desert, we are expanding the sport of off-road desert racing, widening our horizons and looking for bigger and better ways to give you, the Motorcycle, Quad and UTV participants quality events that are fun, safe and still challenging! The event will again run on the same team format as all other Best In The Desert events! We have had very successful Motorcycle, Quad and UTV long distance courses and for 2016 we are once again giving our very loyal MOTORCYCLE, QUAD and UTV racers their OWN GRAN PRIX STYLE EVENT, the Polaris RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and no questions about it, it will be “THE SUPERSTAR OF DESERT RACING!” Best In The Desert is mixing it up all the time; for the Parker “250” we gave you a long distance challenging loop course, in the “Vegas to Reno” race we will give you a 2-day staged event, and this year’s Polaris RZR UTV World Championship will be a challenging gran prix style event!!! Variety is the spice of life and Best In The Desert is offering you some very fun spice!

Best In The Desert is very proud to have POLARIS as the Title Sponsor of the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. I think it is very important that all of you racers realize just how important it is to our sport to have support from the Town of Laughlin and Polaris. I believe if we want the sport of off-road racing to continue and grow we must have the quality sponsorship involvement. The Colorado Belle-Edgewater Hotel is off-road racing headquarters in Laughlin! They like off-road racing and will treat us like gold!

The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is in Laughlin, NV; The Colorado Belle Hotel is a beautiful property and sits right at the edge of the beautiful Colorado River. The race will feature a one of a kind format that will feature a full scale Motorcycle, Quad and UTV desert race in the morning and a production style short course UTV race in the afternoon; it’s a very unique event, it’s got something for everyone including a Youth UTV Class!

Registration and Technical Inspection for the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship will be held at the Colorado Belle Hotel, on Friday, February 19, 2016, from
10:30 am to 5pm. The Race will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, and the Awards Presentation will be held on Saturday at the Colorado Belle. Don’t miss this great day of racing! Call today for your reservations at Colorado Belle Hotel Laughlin.

The event is created as a way to give the MC/Q and UTV’s the spotlight and to allow racers from the world of desert and short course/MX style racing to showcase their talents and their machines. The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is being dubbed the biggest UTV race event all year, just wait, it’s going to be the most awesome event you race all year! Best In The Desert Racing Association is thrilled to be bringing this race to life alongside UTV Underground.com and Mad Media. Send your entry form in today so you can be assured a spot in this new and exciting event! I look forward to seeing you in Laughlin, NV in February!

Sincerely,

Casey

Casey Folks, Director

Best In The Desert

For more information contact

3475 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV, 89121, (702) 457-5775, (702) 641-2431 fax, [email protected]

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2016 ~ POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. The Polaris RZR World Championship racecourse will feature several different race formats:
    •   Eight (8) laps (17-mile loop) for BITD Motorcycles & Quads for a total of 136 miles
    •   Ten (10) laps (17-mile loop) for BITD Pro/Turbo/Unlimited/Spt UTV’s for a total of 170 miles
    •   A special Youth Production 170 Class Race for 1⁄2 hour on a 1⁄2 mile course
    •   Ten (10) laps on a 6-mile loop for Production UTV’s for a total of 60 miles
    •   Note: mileages and laps are approximate and subject to change.
  2. Race Format: We will feature a full scale Motorcycle/Quad and UTV Gran Prix Style in the morning and a Production Style Short Course Race in the afternoon.
  3. The Desert Race will be the normal style Best In The Desert format, BITD team race and BITD points.
  4. In addition to the regular BITD format, Best In The Desert will sanction a Youth RZR 170 race and a Production Style Short Course Race in the afternoon.
  5. A Family Poker Run will be run on Friday, February 19, from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. You MUST BE IN A STOCK UTV, NO RACE UTV’s ALLOWED on the Family Poker Run. You must be PRE- ENTERED to attend the Poker Run. All people in the UTV must come to registration, 8-10 am!
  6. There will be one (1) Hot Pit for Motorcycles, Quads & UTV’s. You are allowed to fuel and switch riders at the Hot Pit only. You will only need one (1) pit support vehicle at the Hot Pit.
  7. GREAT NEWS!! A Motocross Style area will be open for spectators. Also, there WILL BE overnight camping allowed at Main Parking Area.
  8. Draw Date: The draw for start positions in Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, get your entry form by 2/816!
  9. HOST HOTEL: Colorado Belle in Laughlin, is the Host Hotel for the event. Please call (800) 677-4837, group code GRUTVWC and make your reservations by 1/22/16. The Tropicana Hotel will be our overflow hotel, call (800) 343-4533, and Harrah’s Hotel (866) 781-9572. Three great hotels to choose from in Laughlin, NV!
  1. The AWARDS PRESENTATION for the Polaris RZR World Championship Race will be held on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016, at Harrah’s Laughlin, by the river! Don’t miss an awesome day of racing and a wild night of celebrating in the fun town of Laughlin!
  2. The Laughlin Sidewinder and Spectating Areas will be in the Main Parking Area and you can camp there! The area will be a mile and a half of an all-new grand prix course with jumps and incredible excitement! The Main Parking Area and the Laughlin Sidewinder will be watered down so you’ll have a clear frame for watching your favorite racers race.
  3. The Polaris RZR World Championship will be filmed by off-road production powerhouse MadMedia on broadcast on national television.
  4. The Polaris RZR World Championship is an AWESOME MOTORCYCLE, QUAD and UTV race for the 2016 schedule and “The American Off-Road Racing Series!” Remember, the race vehicle must enter and start all points events to become CLASS CHAMPION!!!

About UTV Underground ~ UTVUnderground.com is the world’s fastest growing all-inclusive UTV website, that features content and articles by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike.

About Mad Media ~ Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency, with in-house film and television production. They craft authentic, culturally engaging brand messages, and deliver them across print, web, photography, and film platforms. Mad Media has been leading the online content revolution since 1995 producing major commercial, television, online content and viral film projects such as The Gymkhana Series and XP1K Series.

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For the Family Poker Run you will have to be PRE-REGISTERED. Also, all the people in the UTV must come to registration to sign all of the insurance release forms, Friday Feb 19, from 8am-10am, the run starts at 10:15 and will end at 12:15 pm. You cannot go out on the course after 12 noon on Friday.

Poker Run Entry Form CLICK HERE

Friday only (2/19) 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Registration 8-10am, Colorado Belle, 4th Fl.

Minors must have the Minor form notarized and bring with you to registration.

This is a non-speed event, race utv’s are not allowed in this event, including no production race utv’s, NO race vehicles per the BLM and BITD.

MORE TO BE ADDED – CHECK BACK OFTEN

2016 ~ POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

The Polaris RZR World Championship racecourse will feature several different race formats:
 Eight (8) laps (17-mile loop) for BITD Motorcycles & Quads for a total of 136 miles
 Ten (10) laps (17-mile loop) for BITD Pro/Turbo/Unlimited/Spt UTV’s for a total of 170 miles
 A special Youth Production 170 Class Race for 1⁄2 hour on a 1⁄2 mile course
 Ten (10) laps on a 6-mile loop for Production UTV’s for a total of 60 miles
 Note: mileages and laps are approximate and subject to change.

Race Format:
 We will feature a full scale Motorcycle/Quad and UTV Gran Prix Style in the morning and a Production Style Short Course Race in the afternoon.
 The Desert Race will be the normal style Best In The Desert format, BITD team race and BITD points.
 In addition to the regular BITD format, Best In The Desert will sanction a Youth RZR 170 race and a Production Style Short Course Race in the afternoon.
 A Family Poker Run will be run on Friday, February 19, from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. You MUST BE IN A STOCK UTV, NO RACE UTV’s ALLOWED on the Family Poker Run. You must be PRE- ENTERED to attend the Poker Run. All people in the UTV must come to registration, 8-10 am!
 There will be one (1) Hot Pit for Motorcycles, Quads & UTV’s. You are allowed to fuel and switch riders at the Hot Pit only. You will only need one (1) pit support vehicle at the Hot Pit.
 GREAT NEWS!! A Motocross Style area will be open for spectators. Also, there WILL BE overnight camping allowed at Main Parking Area.
 Draw Date: The draw for start positions in Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, get your entry form by 2/816!
 HOST HOTEL: Colorado Belle in Laughlin, is the Host Hotel for the event. Please call (800) 677-4837, group code GRUTVWC and make your reservations by 1/22/16. The Tropicana Hotel will be our overflow hotel, call (800) 343-4533, and Harrah’s Hotel (866) 781-9572. Three great hotels to choose from in Laughlin, NV!
 The AWARDS PRESENTATION for the Polaris RZR World Championship Race will be held on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016, at Harrah’s Laughlin, by the river! Don’t miss an awesome day of racing and a wild night of celebrating in the fun town of Laughlin!
 The Laughlin Sidewinder and Spectating Areas will be in the Main Parking Area and you can camp there! The area will be a mile and a half of an all-new grand prix course with jumps and incredible excitement! The Main Parking Area and the Laughlin Sidewinder will be watered down so you’ll have a clear frame for watching your favorite racers race.
 The Polaris RZR World Championship will be filmed by off-road production powerhouse MadMedia on broadcast on national television.
 The Polaris RZR World Championship is an AWESOME MOTORCYCLE, QUAD and UTV race for the 2016 schedule and “The American Off-Road Racing Series!”  Remember, the race vehicle must enter and start all points events to become CLASS CHAMPION!!!

CONTACT [email protected] for more information or questions

CLICK HERE to advertise in the 2016 UTV World Championship program. 

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Book Your Rooms for the UTV World Championship Now!
The Edgewater and Colorado Belle has signed on as host hotel for the second annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, taking place in Laughlin, Nevada February 18th – 20th. UTVUnderground.com is asking racers, teams, fans and sponsors to book your rooms now using the DISCOUNT CODE: GRUTVWC. You can book direct by calling 1-800-677-4837.
Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $22.00 $62.00 $70.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00
Edgewater Hotel & Casino (Official Host Hotel) | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $30.00 $75.00 $80.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00
Tropicana Laughlin | Discount Code = UTVWC | (800) 343-4533

Room Type Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20
Classic Rooms $33.99 $33.99 $55.99 $55.99
Resort Rooms $42.99 $42.99 $65.99 $65.99
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Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel | Discount Code = A02UTV6 | (702) 298-6822Weblink
Book 5 rooms receive a $50.00 comp to Guy Fieri’s EL BURRO BORRACHO
Book 10 rooms receive 1 free complimentary upgrade to a suite 
Room Type Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20 Sun 2/21
North Tower Deluxe $22.00 $22.00 $60.99 $64.99 $22.00
About The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada.  The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag.  The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.About UTVUnderground.com
The worlds fastest growing all inclusive UTV site contributed to by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. UTVUnderground is the go-to site for fresh, original content and is known for its dedication to hosting all of the latest news and insight surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.com for their daily dose of UTV news and information.

Contingency will take place on Friday, February 19th 2016.

Booth Space is a $500.00 flat fee! For additional sponsorship information, please contact [email protected] You must include EXACT dimensions of your footprint in the NOTES section inside your cart before you checkout. Examples — 10’x10′ or 10’x14′ or 17’x33′.

Tech and contingency will feature a manufacturers midway so enthusiasts can check out the newest stock and customized UTV models as well as the industries top aftermarket accessories.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE your spot at Tech/Contingency NOW. We will sell out!

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The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship returns to Laughlin, Nevada Feb 20th 2016! 
UTVUnderground.com and Best In The Desert to host two Championship Races 

In 2015 UTVUnderground.com teamed up with Mad Media and the Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association and created the first ever UTV World Championship on the edge of the Colorado River in Laughlin, NV. The multi-discipline UTV race was a huge success and brought desert and short course UTV racers together for one massive weekend of racing. No other UTV event has captured the spirit of the UTV culture like the UTV World Championship. The Multi-day event included desert racing, short course racing, enthusiast rides, an industry business summit, as well as a showcase for UTV manufacturers and aftermarket manufacturing companies.

“Seeing the UTV World Championship come to life last year was really exciting for our entire sport. This year we’re going even bigger with more events, more venues, more racers, more spectators, more coverage, and more prizes! With over two hours of national TV coverage, and unparalleled online and social media content, we are now the most visible UTV race in the world. Our goal is to showcase the best UTV racers on the planet, in multiple disciplines!” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO/Founder Joey “Joey D.” DiGiovanni.

The four-day event format will once again feature one full day of racing, contingency and tech in downtown Laughlin, demo and enthusiast rides, and a business-to-business UTV industry summit. Tech and contingency will feature a manufacturers midway so enthusiasts can check out the newest stock and customized UTV models as well as the industries top aftermarket accessories. Enthusiasts and racers will be able to pre-run the actual racecourse in stock UTVs during the family fun pre-run.

Classes will include a BITD Pro UTV Desert Points / Championship Race (Pro, Unlimited, Sportsman), AND Championship Pro UTV 1000cc Short Course / MX, Pro UTV 850cc Short Course / MX, and a Quads & Bikes desert race (BITD points). The course will consist of a 14.5 mile run for desert racing, and a 5-mile track for short-course / MX, with a custom moto-style (fan friendly) infield. By design, this will be the one event that brings all UTV racers from BITD, SCORE, GNCC, WORCS and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regionals together to compete for two separate championships!

“Last years event was a huge success! Especially for our first year. In 2016 we are building on that momentum and improving the event across the board. Everything from the track to spectating, to the size of our contingency will be greatly expanded. We are also focused on making the UTV World championship an event that attracts new users to come learn about UTV’s.  So we’ve added test rides, group rides and product displays and demonstrations. Laughlin, Nevada proved to be the perfect setting for the UTV World Championship, by offering modern amenities one block away from the race track – so we’re thrilled to be back!” commented Mad Media CEO Matt Martelli.

In the coming weeks, UTV World Championship staff will begin releasing important information regarding race classes, rules, event schedule, accommodations and other details. Stay tuned to UTVWorldChampionship.com and UTVUnderground.com.

For 2016 UTV World Championship sponsorship information, please contact Matt Martelli, Joey DiGiovanni or Ron Solomon.

About The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada.  The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag.  The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.

About UTVUnderground.com
The worlds fastest growing all inclusive UTV site contributed to by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. UTVUnderground is the go-to site for fresh, original content and is known for its dedication to hosting all of the latest news and insight surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.com for their daily dose of UTV news and information.

2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Schedule Of Events

Thursday February 18th

Tech & Contingency Set Up 12 noon  – 6pm
Colorado Belle – front parking lot

UTVWC B2B Summit 12 noon – 5pm
Colorado Belle – The Gallery Room 4th Floor

UTVWC Official Kick Off-Party 7pm
Colorado Belle – Pints

Friday February 19th

Family Fun Poker Run Registration 8am-10am
Colorado Belle – The Gallery Room 4th Floor

Polaris RZR Experience Demo Rides 9am-5pm
Race Track

Family Fun Poker Run 10:15am-12:15pm
Race Track

Pro UTV Clinic 2:00pm 
Colorado Belle Parking Lot

Polaris Team Meet & Greet 4:00pm
Colorado Belle Parking Lot

Racer & Media Registration 10:30am-5pm
Colorado Belle – The Gallery Room 4th Floor

Tech & Contingency 9:00am-5pm
Colorado Belle Parking Lot

Drivers Meeting 6:00pm
Colorado Belle – The Gallery Room 4th Floor

Saturday February 20, 2016
(all race times approx. depending on prior race & race entries)

BITD Motorcycle & Quad

Staging – 6am
Start – 6:30am
Finish – 9:30am

BITD Desert UTV World Championship Race

Staging – 9:30am
Start – 10am
Finish – 2pm

Youth Production 170 & Unlimited 250 UTV World Championship Race

Staging – 1:30pm
Start – 2pm
Finish – 2:30pm

Production UTV World Championship Race

Staging – 2pm
Start – 2:30pm
Finish – 4:30pm

Polaris RZR Experience Demo Rides – 9am-5pm
Race Track

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The Edgewater and the Colorado Belle named official host hotels for the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship!
The Second Annual UTV World Championship to be held February 18th – 20th in Laughlin, NV

UTVUnderground.com announced today that The Edgewater and Colorado Belle has signed on as host hotel for the second annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, taking place in Laughlin, Nevada February 18th – 20th. UTVUnderground.com is asking racers, teams, fans and sponsors to book your rooms now using the DISCOUNT CODE: GRUTVWC. You can book direct by calling 1-800-677-4837.

Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $22.00 $62.00 $70.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00

 

Edgewater Hotel & Casino (Official Host Hotel) | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $30.00 $75.00 $80.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE COLORADO BELLE & EDGEWATER HOTEL


PARTNER HOTELS

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Tropicana Laughlin | Discount Code = UTVWC | (800) 343-4533

Date Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20
Classic Rooms $33.99 $33.99 $55.99 $55.99
Resort Rooms $42.99 $42.99 $65.99 $65.99

 

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Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel | Discount Code = A02UTV6 | (866)781-9572 | Weblink
Book 5 rooms receive a $50.00 comp to Guy Fieri’s EL BURRO BORRACHO
Book 10 rooms receive 1 free complimentary upgrade to a suite 

 

Date Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20 Sun 2/21
North Tower Deluxe $22.00 $22.00 $60.99 $64.99 $22.00

Contingency will take place on Friday, February 19th 2016.

Booth Space is a $500.00 flat fee! For additional sponsorship information, please contact [email protected] You must include EXACT dimensions of your footprint in the NOTES section inside your cart before you checkout. Examples — 10’x10′ or 10’x14′ or 17’x33′.

Tech and contingency will feature a manufacturers midway so enthusiasts can check out the newest stock and customized UTV models as well as the industries top aftermarket accessories.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE your spot at Tech/Contingency NOW. We will sell out!

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CLICK HERE to advertise in the 2016 UTV World Championship program. 

Please submit final artwork to: bryan

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Media registration for the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
powered by Monster Energy is now closed.  See you next at the race!

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE 2016 UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDIA GUIDELINES

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW THE 2016 UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEDIA LICENSE

 

Justin Lambert and Mitch Guthrie Win The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
212 UTV Racers Take Over Laughlin, NV

Click here for motorcycle and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial quad and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Click here for time penalties. 

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The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy took over Laughlin, NV this weekend. Three championship races were held at the Laughlin Off-Road park and thousands attended to watch the biggest field of UTV’s throw down in all out battles to claim the overall wins. Final numbers amount to 76 motorcycles and quads, 212 UTVs (24 Youth) and 450+ total banded racers to amass the largest UTV race in the world.

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#1918 Justin Lambert won the Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race with a time of just over three hours (03:05:32.056) in his Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR XP1000. Lambert spent the majority of the race battling against the #951 RZR XP Turbo of Mitch Guthrie. Lap by lap, the two changed leading positions nearly six times and continued to battle within fifteen seconds of each other in the final laps of the 160-mile race.

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Guthrie eventually succumbed to the battle with Lambert after breaking the front differential and both rear axles, forcing him to limp to an 8th place finish overall. Lambert when on to cruise to an easy victory, finishing over ten minutes ahead of second place finisher and Turbo Class Winner, #960 Ryan Laidlaw. With a victory at the Best in the Desert season opener at the Parker 250, the win mark Lambert and Cognito Motorsports’ second consecutive win in 2016.

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Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race Overall Top 5

1. #1918 Justin Lambert – 03:05:32.056 (UTV P)
2. #960 Ryan Laidlaw – 03:16:38.822 (UTV Turbo)
3. #1954 Kristen Matlock – 03:21:56.091 (UTV P)
4. #905 Marc Burnett – 03:24:30.488 (UTV Turbo
5. #978 Dustin Jones – 03:27:54.420 (UTV Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.

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Guthrie bounced back and won the Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race in his #4503 Polaris RZR. The race was a nonstop blitz of action, with over 100 production vehicles in the race. With so many vehicles entered, BITD was forced to use the entire 16 mile loop, instead of the smaller track laid out. Lap traffic was drastic and racers battled four solid laps. Guthrie put on a clinic and finished fifteen seconds ahead of second place finisher, #144 Mickey Thomas. #4537 RJ Anderson took the last spot on the podium.

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Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race Overall Top 5

1. #4503 Mitch A. Guthrie Jr. – 01:13:23.050 (UTV Production Turbo)
2. #144 Mickey Thompson – 01:13:38.456 (UTV Production 1000)
3. #4537 RJ Anderson – 01:14:31.968 (UTV Production Turbo)
4. #116 Cody A. Rahders – 01:15:16.352 (UTV Production 1000)
5. #4505 Marc A. Burnett – 01:15:36.445 (UTV Production Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.

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Magnum Off-Road signed on this year to title sponsor both Youth Championship races. For the past two years, UTVUnderground.com has worked very hard to foster the growth of the RZR 170 race classes and give the younger drivers a place to begin racing RZRs, as well as a good starting point to grow into the sport of off-road.

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In his first UTV race ever, Julien Beaumer won the Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 race, completing 11 laps in 00:30:34:721. Julian is a champion motocross racer and first in the world on a jet ski. Julian borrowed the RZR 170 from the Gonzales Family, whose son Dallas Gonzales raced in the unlimited 250 Class.

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Casey Sims won the Magnum Off-Road Production 250 class and finished just under the thirty-minute mark. Casey competed last year and his team worked hard all year, building him a new RZR 170 to race at this years event.

Of the twenty-four youth racers, only four did not finish.

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Magnum Off-Road Youth Production RZR 170 Race Top 3

1. #299 Julien Beaumer – 00:30:34.721
2. #54 Luke Knupp – 00:31:06.562
3. #32 Ryder Chapman – 00:32:24.162

Magnum Off-Road Youth Unlimited 250 Race Top 3

1. #188 Casey Sims – 00:29:41.061
2. #21 Jimmy Berry – 00:32:27.782
3. #525 Stockton Bulloch – 00:32:32.362

Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Racers took home over $100,000 is cash & prizes and overall winner Mitch Guthrie, Justin Lambert, Casey Sims and Julien Beaumer all took home brand new Polaris RZR’s for their victories.

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The Warfighter Made Perseverance Award is given to the racer who perseveres through the trials and tribulations that is off-road racing. Warfighter Made provides combat wounded veterans and active duty service members options to their physical and mental therapy and long term wellness, through recreational therapy and by the adaptation and customizing of vehicles and adaptive equipment. To earn the Warfighter Made Perseverance Award, you have to show the intestinal fortitude of America’s military and stay in the fight!

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After suffering a bad crash that sent her Polaris RZR in a frantic barrel roll, #172 Katie Vernola was able to build her car back to working condition and limp to the finish line to finish the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy in 61st place. In doing show, Katie Vernola won the 2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award.

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2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award Winner, Katie Vernola

“We knew we were putting on the worlds largest UTV race event, but to see 212 UTV teams come out to compete totally exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank BITD, Polaris RZR and each and every team, racer, fan and sponsor for making this event happen!” thanked UTVUnderground CEO, Joey DiGiovanni.

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On behalf of UTVUnderground, Mad Media and Best in the Desert, to Polaris RZR, Monster Energy and all our supporting sponsors, our 80+ contingency vendors, 140+ poker run participants, our 76 motorcycle and quad racers, our 212 UTV racers, our 30+ guest media, our tremendous staff and all the fans and friends who made the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy – THANK YOU!

2016 UTV World Championship Contingency

The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy took over Laughlin, NV today.  Final numbers amount to 76 motorcycles and quads, 212 UTVs (24 Youth) and 450+ total banded racers to amass the largest UTV race in the world.  After an impressive Tech & Contingency, only race day remains at the biggest UTV gathering of the year.

2016 UTV World Championship Poker Run

The day kicked off with over 150 racers, sponsors and general enthusiasts getting their hand at the 14 mile UTV World Championship loop in the 2nd annual Poker Run. The Poker Run allowed both racers and fans alike to pre-run the exact same course that is home to tomorrow’s championship race.  Participants competed for numerous prizes dished out by sponsors and contingency vendors and #108 Nick Romero won 1st place, followed by #132 Kyle Melville and #48 Mark Montoga.

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Over 80 UTV manufactures, aftermarket companies and industry leaders took over to fill the parking lot of the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino for Tech & Contingency.  Thousands of fans wound through Contingency, scoping out all the latest parts, products and accessories in the UTV Industry.

“We knew we were putting on the worlds largest UTV race event, but to see 212 UTV teams come out to compete totally exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank BITD, Polaris RZR and each and every team, racer, fan and sponsor for making this event happen!” commented UTVUnderground CEO, Joey DiGiovanni.

Racing begins at 6:00am tomorrow morning and runs through the afternoon culminating with the awards ceremony on the beach at Harrah’s.

 

Over 150 racers, sponsors and general enthusiasts got their hand at the 14 mile UTV World Championship loop in the 2nd annual Poker Run earlier this morning.  The Poker Run allowed both racers and fans alike to pre-run the exact same course that is home to tomorrow’s championship race and compete for numerous prizes dished out by sponsors and contingency vendors.  #108 Nick Romero won 1st place, followed by #132 Kyle Melville and #48 Mark Montoga.

Click here to see photos from Tech & Contingency.

Racing begins at 6am tomorrow morning.  Click here for a complete Schedule of Events.

Poker Run Results:
1st – #108 Nick Romero
2nd – #132 Kyle Melville
3rd – #48 Mark Montoga
4th – #124 Daniel Ebersohl
5th – #32 Tucker Smith
6th – #64 Robert VanBeekon

Photography by Ernesto Araiza.

The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy is now underway in Laughlin, NV.  With racers, crews, sponsors and general public alike all finishing the Poker Run, Tech & Contingency is starting to fire.  Over 65 industry leaders have filled the parking lot of the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino and race teams are now beginning to storm contingency row.

Stay tuned for photos from the Poker Run and more photos from Tech & Contingency this afternoon.

Racing begins at 6am tomorrow morning.  Click here for a complete Schedule of Events.

Photography by Tommy Gun Images.

The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada. The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV

The 2nd annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy returns to Laughlin, NV February 19th and 20th. Come watch hundreds of off-road UTV racers battle at the Laughlin off road park and get all your aftermarket UTV accessories from all the top manufacturers in the UTV industry. Spectating is FREE and you can bring your UTV and drive the race course in the family poker run!

For more info visit www.utvworldchampionship.com

Fact Sheet

Beau Baron is no stranger to winning. The 6-time WORCS Champion can do it all! Whether it’s on a Motorcycle, Quad, or in his Polaris RZR, Baron is always a threat!

See Beau take on the field at the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship in Laughlin, NV Feb 18-20! Learn more at www.UTVWorldChampionship.com

Justin Lambert and Mitch Guthrie Win The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
212 UTV Racers Take Over Laughlin, NV

Click here for motorcycle and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial quad and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Click here for time penalties. 

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The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy took over Laughlin, NV this weekend. Three championship races were held at the Laughlin Off-Road park and thousands attended to watch the biggest field of UTV’s throw down in all out battles to claim the overall wins. Final numbers amount to 76 motorcycles and quads, 212 UTVs (24 Youth) and 450+ total banded racers to amass the largest UTV race in the world.

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#1918 Justin Lambert won the Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race with a time of just over three hours (03:05:32.056) in his Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR XP1000. Lambert spent the majority of the race battling against the #951 RZR XP Turbo of Mitch Guthrie. Lap by lap, the two changed leading positions nearly six times and continued to battle within fifteen seconds of each other in the final laps of the 160-mile race.

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Guthrie eventually succumbed to the battle with Lambert after breaking the front differential and both rear axles, forcing him to limp to an 8th place finish overall. Lambert when on to cruise to an easy victory, finishing over ten minutes ahead of second place finisher and Turbo Class Winner, #960 Ryan Laidlaw. With a victory at the Best in the Desert season opener at the Parker 250, the win mark Lambert and Cognito Motorsports’ second consecutive win in 2016.

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Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race Overall Top 5

1. #1918 Justin Lambert – 03:05:32.056 (UTV P)
2. #960 Ryan Laidlaw – 03:16:38.822 (UTV Turbo)
3. #1954 Kristen Matlock – 03:21:56.091 (UTV P)
4. #905 Marc Burnett – 03:24:30.488 (UTV Turbo
5. #978 Dustin Jones – 03:27:54.420 (UTV Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.

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Guthrie bounced back and won the Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race in his #4503 Polaris RZR. The race was a nonstop blitz of action, with over 100 production vehicles in the race. With so many vehicles entered, BITD was forced to use the entire 16 mile loop, instead of the smaller track laid out. Lap traffic was drastic and racers battled four solid laps. Guthrie put on a clinic and finished fifteen seconds ahead of second place finisher, #144 Mickey Thomas. #4537 RJ Anderson took the last spot on the podium.

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Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race Overall Top 5

1. #4503 Mitch A. Guthrie Jr. – 01:13:23.050 (UTV Production Turbo)
2. #144 Mickey Thompson – 01:13:38.456 (UTV Production 1000)
3. #4537 RJ Anderson – 01:14:31.968 (UTV Production Turbo)
4. #116 Cody A. Rahders – 01:15:16.352 (UTV Production 1000)
5. #4505 Marc A. Burnett – 01:15:36.445 (UTV Production Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.

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Magnum Off-Road signed on this year to title sponsor both Youth Championship races. For the past two years, UTVUnderground.com has worked very hard to foster the growth of the RZR 170 race classes and give the younger drivers a place to begin racing RZRs, as well as a good starting point to grow into the sport of off-road.

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In his first UTV race ever, Julien Beaumer won the Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 race, completing 11 laps in 00:30:34:721. Julian is a champion motocross racer and first in the world on a jet ski. Julian borrowed the RZR 170 from the Gonzales Family, whose son Dallas Gonzales raced in the unlimited 250 Class.

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Casey Sims won the Magnum Off-Road Production 250 class and finished just under the thirty-minute mark. Casey competed last year and his team worked hard all year, building him a new RZR 170 to race at this years event.

Of the twenty-four youth racers, only four did not finish.

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Magnum Off-Road Youth Production RZR 170 Race Top 3

1. #299 Julien Beaumer – 00:30:34.721
2. #54 Luke Knupp – 00:31:06.562
3. #32 Ryder Chapman – 00:32:24.162

Magnum Off-Road Youth Unlimited 250 Race Top 3

1. #188 Casey Sims – 00:29:41.061
2. #21 Jimmy Berry – 00:32:27.782
3. #525 Stockton Bulloch – 00:32:32.362

Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Racers took home over $100,000 is cash & prizes and overall winner Mitch Guthrie, Justin Lambert, Casey Sims and Julien Beaumer all took home brand new Polaris RZR’s for their victories.

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The Warfighter Made Perseverance Award is given to the racer who perseveres through the trials and tribulations that is off-road racing. Warfighter Made provides combat wounded veterans and active duty service members options to their physical and mental therapy and long term wellness, through recreational therapy and by the adaptation and customizing of vehicles and adaptive equipment. To earn the Warfighter Made Perseverance Award, you have to show the intestinal fortitude of America’s military and stay in the fight!

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After suffering a bad crash that sent her Polaris RZR in a frantic barrel roll, #172 Katie Vernola was able to build her car back to working condition and limp to the finish line to finish the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy in 61st place. In doing show, Katie Vernola won the 2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award.

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2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award Winner, Katie Vernola

“We knew we were putting on the worlds largest UTV race event, but to see 212 UTV teams come out to compete totally exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank BITD, Polaris RZR and each and every team, racer, fan and sponsor for making this event happen!” thanked UTVUnderground CEO, Joey DiGiovanni.

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On behalf of UTVUnderground, Mad Media and Best in the Desert, to Polaris RZR, Monster Energy and all our supporting sponsors, our 80+ contingency vendors, 140+ poker run participants, our 76 motorcycle and quad racers, our 212 UTV racers, our 30+ guest media, our tremendous staff and all the fans and friends who made the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy – THANK YOU!

 
UTV Inc. is an American company that manufactures parts and accessories for most major branded UTV models.  UTV Inc. uses the highest-grade equipment, machinery and materials in the construction of UTV INC's products.
UTV Inc. is an American company that manufactures parts and accessories for most major branded UTV models.  UTV Inc. uses the highest-grade equipment, machinery and materials in the construction of UTV INC's products.
 

2016 UTV World Championship Contingency

2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Powered By Monster Energy
Story | Extended Gallery | Results

Words by: Joey DiGiovanni // UTVUnderground.com
Photos by: Vincent Knakal | Ernesto Araiza | Jason Difuccia | Sebastian Krywult | Tom Leigh | Harlen Foley

The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy was everything we thought it could be and more. 288 registered Motorcycle, ATV & UTVs, a total of 450 banded competitors which included 24 youth racers, all came to Laughlin, NV to participate in this years event. What shocks me the most was that of the 288 entries, 212 were UTVs. I still can’t get over that. In 2015 we knew we had a successful event for year one, but this year it felt like something that had been going on for decades, it felt exactly how I always dreamed our event would feel, huge. We finally have our own UTV version of the Mint 400 or Daytona 500. I am still blown away.

Planning for an event like this is a massive undertaking. It takes a full team and a lot of man (and woman) hours to pre-plan and then execute. Multiple meetings, hundreds if not thousands of emails, text messages, phone calls, site visits, merchandise designs, website designs, social media planning, race class structure, rules discussions, course design, BLM permitting, city planning, hotel coordination, sponsorships, contingency layout, party planning, competitor communication, travel, television, media registration, banners, vehicle prep, booth designs, volunteer coordination, trophies, awards, prizes, parties, book & program layout, marketing, and the list goes on and on. We had over 50 people on our staff assisting on-site during the event and that doesn’t include Best In The Desert’s staff. The UTV World Championship (UTVWC) isn’t a basic race, its a full blown traveling circus, it is the biggest UTV race in the world and is now also the biggest UTV event our sport has. I am proud of that more than words could ever describe and even more proud of what our team at Mad Media & UTVUnderground.com have put together.

The week kicked off on Thursday as vendors began to roll in and set up their displays at the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino where we would host contingency and most of the weeks events. While our contingency manager Rusty Baptist moved over 90 companies into position throughout the day, Matt Martelli (co-owner of the UTVWC) of Mad Media began to prepare for the first real event of the week, the Business-To-Business Summit. Here is where Matt, his brother Josh Martelli (also co-owner of the UTVWC), and I along with some guests gather the industries company leaders together to discuss our industry and share ideas. The B2B Summit is still very much in its infancy but one day we envision this to be as big of a reason for companies to attend the UTVWC as it is for them to be there for the racing and showcasing of products. This year Todd Clement of Horsepower Ranch and formally of Wide-Open Baja sat on the panel to discuss the power of corporate and group off-road adventures and how adventure riding can strengthen the sport and your company.

Later that evening we hosted our 2016 UTVWC kickoff party which was sponsored by Monster Energy. We all gathered at Pints inside the Colorado Belle and had drinks, ate dinner and really celebrated that the 2016 UTVWC was actually upon us. You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air. Everyone piled into Pints and had a blast! Monster Energy even picked up the tab and I think everyone was stoked on that.

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Friday arrived and I was boiling over with excitement. I made it down to contingency early to make sure everyone was set to go. Racers were already staging their vehicles before Cory Sappington who handles Tech Inspection for the event was even parked in place. Companies were buzzing around popping up their tents, parking their fresh machines and setting up their displays. I moved my kids Polaris RZR 170 into the UTVUnderground.com booth and put our SDR Motorsports built Polaris RZR XP Turbo on display inside of the BFGoodrich Racing / Jackson Motorsports Group set up. Upstairs inside the Colorado Belle, the BITD registration staff and our wives who double as volunteers to pass out merchandise and driver bags, were busy getting in place and set up to handle the 450 competitors who would come through that day to register for the race and collect their merchandise. I want to take a minute to apologize to those of you who did not get all of the cool items we were passing out. We greatly underestimated the amount of walk up racers for this year and because of that many of you did not get a jacket or shirt in some cases. While we provide these items for fun and to give you guys something cool to come away with, we still don’t ever want to upset anyone because they did not get their free drivers only swag. We will work to improve our counts again next year to make sure everyone gets a piece of UTVWC driver only swag.

The first event to kick off for Friday was the “Family Fun Poker Run”. This year saw around 150 UTVs take advantage of driving the race course and participating in the poker run challenge which is put on by Best In The Desert (BITD). The Poker Run gives racers and enthusiasts a chance to take on the entire UTVWC race course all while collecting a poker hand which can win you some really cool prizes. Racers use the Poker Run as a chance to pre-run the course while enthusiasts use it to see exactly what the racers are up against in Saturdays races. For us its a way to add value to the event and to involve enthusiasts who want to also ride. We plan to expand our enthusiast based events in the future adding more days and surround those days with enthusiast based rides around the Laughlin, Needles & Bull Head areas. There are thousands of miles of amazing trails in the area and we see a huge opportunity to turn the UTVWC into a week long rally event that then culminates at the end of the week with the worlds biggest and best UTV racing. This years Poker Run went off without a hitch and we doled out some great prizes from our sponsors to those with the best poker hands.

With the poker run complete, everyone grabbed their race cars and made their way to the Colorado Belle for registration and technical inspection. By the time the poker run participants arrived Contingency was in full swing with the biggest and best companies in the sport of UTV lined up to showcase their products, offer specials and just plain support and participate in this event. Last year our contingency was huge, but this year it took on a whole new level. We were smack dab in the middle of downtown Laughlin, NV for all to see. The only other contingency in off-road that even compares to what we had on display is the Mint 400, King of The Hammers & the Baja 500/1000. Racers snaked through this crowded row of vendors, spectators, fans and media as they made their way to technical inspection at the end of the row.

This sport does not grow unless all of us involved in it band together and drive it. That goes for us at UTVUG & Mad Media, you as companies, media, racers and enthusiasts and of course it goes for the OEM’s as well. I am going to be very blunt here, if you are a media outlet and or company that makes your living inside of the UTV Industry and you aren’t attending the UTVWC then you are doing you and your customers a disservice. This is the largest UTV race event in the world and is quickly going to become the largest UTV event period as it pertains to media, exposure, buzz and attendance. Don’t be left behind. Get involved for 2017 and experience it for yourself. Use it to network and to engage. Be a part of helping us grow our sport! For those of you media outlets who refuse to cover the UTVWC because it is owned by UTVUnderground.com, well thats on you. We had over 50 media outlets, multiple television crews as well as local and national print magazine editors who are waiting for us to send them images and story lines to create their own pieces because they couldn’t attend. You are only hurting yourself and your readers as well as the sport we are all trying to grow by ignoring this event because you view us as a competitor.

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The weather was perfect, the sun was shining, youth racers, teenage racers and adults all pushed and worked their race machines through the crowd. Tim Shelman, our MC for the weekend, was on the mic hyping up the crowd, interviewing sponsors, racers and people in attendance and making sure everyone was having a great time. Polaris RZR was passing out free swag and Monster Energy was giving out drinks and manning the tunes. UTVUnderground.com hosted our first Driver Meet & Greet in front of our display and some of the biggest names in our sport took time out of their day to sit down and sign autographs and spend time with fans. As the day went on, the line of race cars never seemed to end. It was about 4pm when Casey Folks of BITD called Matt & I into a quick meeting to express a concern. It was here that he informed us that we had too many racers for the Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course Race. We had so many walk-ups registering that we were about to hit 100 UTVs just for that race alone. Based on the starting grid and the length of the course, it was determined that by the time the last row was to be sent off the line that the leaders of the race would already be coming back through. This was a huge problem and one we had to solve quickly. Our first hope was that the BLM and sheriffs would allow us to deviate from our BLM permit plan and allow us to have the production race run on the full desert course. Our backup plan was going to have to be to split that race into two separate races and calculate the overall time. I knew racers would freak out over that so we kept our fingers crossed. Casey worked his magic and it was decided that the short course racers would get to run the full 16 mile loop.

The drivers meeting was scheduled for 6pm that evening and tech was supposed to be closed by 5pm. Well, 5pm rolled around and there was still a line full of cars all the way through contingency. Cory Sappington was going to be a busy guy for a while. Most of us headed to the drivers meeting inside the Colorado Belle. There were so many people we had to move the meeting into the hallway and it still wasn’t big enough. You could feel the buzz in the air. For those of you who have never attended a Casey Folks hosted BITD drivers meeting, it always kicks off with a big “BOOYAA” from Casey and is followed up with about 100 more. Casey fills everyone in on the course, the racing format, general notes and bits of information. For this event we are also allowed to speak a bit and say some thank you’s, we also use it as a chance to introduce Robert Blanton of Warfighter Made to the crowd. Robert explains the Warfighter Made organization and shows off the Warfighter Perseverance Award which is given to a racer following the race who perseveres and never gives up despite the obstacles they may face in that days competition. We also use it as a time to raise a few quick bucks for Warfighter and on Friday night we were able to help Warfighter Made raise a quick $11,000.00 thanks to donations from racer Scott Yancey, Polaris RZR, and many many more who walked up and handed Robert cash right out of their pockets. The drivers meeting wrapped up and I made my way right back to the parking lot to see how contingency was going. This is where things got really interesting.

Its just before 7pm and there is still a good 20-30 vehicles trying to get through tech. Many vendors are still set up selling products while others are breaking down to move to the race track where they would be set up for race day. As I am speaking with a couple people who are in line the parking lot lights go off. I immediately look at my watch and see it is 7pm so I assume its a timer or something. I jump on my handheld radio and call out to our guys to go tell the hotel manager to turn them back on. I am met with a response of  “Joey, all the lights in the hotel are off.” I look around and notice the street lights are out and all hotel lights in Laughlin are off. The sound of fire engines and diesel generators take the place of almost everything, but the racers in the parking lot could have cared less. Everyone just kept on pushing through. There was no panicking inside, well except for maybe our buddy Jason D. with Polaris who was stuck in an elevator. Poor Jason didn’t want to go out in an elevator he told us after, we all had a good laugh. What happened was a transformer exploded at a local transfer station knocking out power to all of Laughlin. I still can’t believe how calm everyone was, it was like no one really cared. Power was restored by 10 or 11pm that night and everything wrapped up at tech. Race-day was quickly approaching.

My alarm went off just before sunrise on Saturday. As I headed out into the parking lot I could hear the sound of motorcycles and quads revving and preparing for their early morning race. The smell of the desert and the sound of motorcycles early in the morning is better than coffee for me. Its one of those things that you love and you forget how much you love it until the next time it hits your senses. My daughter and I loaded up the truck and made our way to the track up the road to prepare for the day. As I pull up I am immediately bombarded. Questions from racers on where to park, who to talk to for pit passes, how many laps are we racing, where is Casey, how come I can’t go over there, how can I get a shirt, do you have any stickers, what time do we stage, are you racing, are you hungry, do you have a radio, and on and on and on. But its all good, its what we do and I love it. I took a moment to just look around and absorb the event. I tried to hang on to every moment and really enjoy everything that was taking place. I was excited to see our hard work come to life and I know the racers were excited to battle it out over the trophies, awards, $100,000 in cash and prizes and of course the 4 new Polaris RZRs that were up for grabs.

The pits were buzzing! Motorcycles and quads were battling hard on the course while the 212 UTVs and their teams were flying around preparing for their races. I have an interesting role to play at the UTVWC and this year was even more fun for me as I added being “race dad” to my already full list of responsibilities. It is pretty special to think that not only do I get to be a part of building this great event for others to enjoy, but now I too also get to watch my kids participate and it allows me to also get to enjoy the event from that side of the spectrum. My 12 year old daughter Mia would be navigating for 2015 Youth UTV World Champion Seth Quintero in the afternoon short-course race while my boys Enzo (8) & Cristian (7) would be riding together in their Polaris RZR 170 competing in the Youth Championship Race. There is no way I could pull this off without the team we have handling the other responsibilities from TV & Video production to race ops to logistics. I never was so excited for a race day in my life.

Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race

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Racers began to stage for the Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship race around 9am. By this time the lead bikes & quads were wrapping up their race. 82 UTVs in total would stage for the first UTV race of the day, a record for UTVs in desert racing. I was like a kid running up and down the rows fist bumping and wishing good luck to the racers. I was so proud to see these guys and girls all staged ready to compete in one of the most exciting races all season. Some I could tell were nervous as all hell, others were calm and laughing, and then you had a few which showed no emotion. As the start time drew nearer you could feel the tensions rise and before we knew it Casey Folks was dropping the green flag and the first of many rows of racers rocketed off the line and into the unforgiving 150 mile long course. The dead engine land-rush start is unlike any other start in UTV desert racing. Watching 18 UTVs at a time battle into turn 1 and then fight there way into the desert is not only exciting for the fans its the most intense action these racers will ever feel all year long. The wind was blowing just enough to keep the dust moving and as racers began to spread out the pace began to increase.

I will save the blow by blow race coverage for the race reports from the racers and for our 2 hour show we were filming, but here are some things I would like to touch on. There was carnage everywhere on the course. Because I am so closely attached to this race, hearing someone is broken or wrecked really sucks for me. I know how much time, money and effort is put in to come to a race and I think its fair to say that winning this race is a top priority for teams right next to winning The Mint 400. So to hear someone is out of a race due to mechanical or crash hurts more than other races for me and so for those of you who did not finish or damaged their machines my thoughts are truly with you and I extend a special thank you to each and everyone of you for coming out and taking on this race.

There were a ton of quality racers competing this year, truly the best of the best in the world. Watching the top guys battle out front was insane. Lambert, Jones, Schueler, Guthrie Jr., Angal, Sims, etc etc etc, I mean it was a knock down drag out taking place in Laughlin and with each lap the course got rougher and harder on both man and machine. The race lead was swapped numerous times and the win literally would be determined by attrition. The pace these racers had set was the fastest I have ever witnessed, and that also carried over to the Production Short-Course race. So to see Justin Lambert finish the race under full power and with a 10 minute lead over the next finisher was nothing short of amazing. Coming into the final section of the race Lambert was actually in second place with Mitch Guthrie Jr. holding the lead. We could see the helicptor come back into focus and then we could see Guthrie’s bright yellow RZR XP Turbo break the horizon but as quickly as the announcers could say his name his machine came to a halt. Seconds later both he and his navigator were out of the vehicle and it was at that point we knew something had gone wrong with the machine. It was then that Lambert came blasting by Guthrie heading into the infield with a head full of steam. When Lambert crossed the line you could see the exhaustion on his face. Justin is a fit guy, but never have I seen him look so drained at a finish line. It took everything he had to maintain that pace through this course. It was a victorious moment for him and the entire Cognito Motorsports Team. This was Lambert’s second win in a row and his second overall in a row beating out all of the Turbo machines and once again proving that the naturally aspirated machine is still the dominant vehicle so far in 2016.

Ryan Laidlaw in his Polaris RZR XP Turbo would finish just over 10 minutes behind Lambert in second place overall and securing the win in the Pro Turbo class. This was a huge feat for Ryan and the Redlands Racing team who debuted their new machine at this years UTVWC. Not only is this one of the most advanced UTVs ever built, its also one of the best looking and Laidlaw proved its also one of the best performing. We can’t wait to see how this new machine and team shakes up the Pro Turbo class the rest of this season. One things for sure, people will be paying attention to them!

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Finishing 3rd overall and 2nd in the Pro 1000 class was Kristen Matlock. Kristen is wife of Baja 1000 champion Wayne Matlock and was racing in one of their Terrabit Racing Jimco built RZR XP 1000’s. She battled through the dust and field like a seasoned pro, clearly showing that Wayne isn’t the only one in the family with the skills to pay the bills. Kristen finished with class and was clearly thrilled to be claiming her podium trophy amongst some of the best in this sport. I am not sure what the plans are for Kristen this season but I think many others in the sport agree when I say that we hope she continues to come out and shake it up with the boys this season.

Marc Burnett is a name we hear a lot of ever since he blasted onto the UTV scene back in 2014. The former SCORE UTV champion switched from Can-Am to Polaris for 2015 and faced every bit of bad luck one could ever experience. He parted ways with his crew chief, he suffered numerous mechanicals, he had a failed backflip attempt at DuneFest in his RZR, broke his foot and had numerous surgeries to repair it and it still isn’t fixed, had a falling out with a car builder and then had to watch 2 of his RZRs burn to the ground during a pre-run at last years SCORE Imperial Valley event. But despite all of these obstacles in 2015 Burnett never once quit or gave up. Burnett is the epitome of what it means to be a desert racer. Some may not like him as a racer but they can never knock his drive to compete both on the course and in life. Burnett had one of the worst years anyone could ever experience in 2015 but at the end of a storm is always a rainbow and Burnett came to the UTVWC on a mission! Burnett would finish the race 4th overall and second in the Pro Turbo class, and I want to go on record as saying that I was stoked to see him get on the podium! Kudos to Mark and the entire MB Motorsports race team.

5th place overall and rounding out the podium for the Pro Turbo class was first awarded to Branden Sims who drove like a man possessed. Despite numerous obstacles mechanically, Sims fought as hard as anyone else and displayed some of the most intense driving I have ever seen. His speed on course was unreal and it was amazing that his machine even made it to the finish line. But soon after the celebrating was done BITD was calculating times and issuing penalties and Sims would be at the receiving end of one of those time penalties. It was determined that since Sims had pulled into the pits over the berm and not through the required pit entrance that he would be assessed a five minute penalty thus resulting in him being knocked off of the podium. This gave Dustin Jones and his S3 Powersports Can-Am turbo team the final spot on the Pro Turbo box and also the 5th place overall finish. Sims acknowledged that he did indeed drive over the berm and explained he had only done that because it was at that moment that he suddenly blew a belt. His decision was based out of safety as the part of the course he was on was a high speed danger zone. Any racer in his position would have done the same thing and Jones also acknowledged that. When I sent Dustin a text to congratulate him on the change in results he expressed that Branden had already called him to notify him. Jones told me the same thing he told Branden which was that he will accept the ruling by BITD but he did not want Branden’s trophy. Instead, he told me that he doesn’t want to win or take a trophy away from someone based on a technicality like this. I expressed to Dustin that you shouldn’t feel guilty for accepting this podium, that he still had to fight to even be in a position to be a benefactor from such a situation. But according to him, Sims beat him and Sims deserves that award. So while Jones will go down as the official 3rd place finisher in class and Sims 4th, I think its fair to say that they both will share this podium finish together. Both of these guys are true sportsman, and I hope everyone in this sport, young and old can learn something from this story. I congratulate them both.

Michael Cafro would finish 7th overall and 3rd in the Pro 1000 class. Cafro is another name that many may not have heard a lot of prior to this race. Cafro is local to us here in Southern California and is a dedicated UTV racer. He came to Laughlin with hopes of a strong finish. He not only accomplished that goal, but he found himself up on the podium taking home a trophy that others will only every dream of having. We want to wish Michael and the entire 1975 Polaris RZR team a huge congrats!!

Carlo Caya would take home the big win in the UTV Unlimited class in his Yamaha while Maddie Cox would take top honors in the UTV Sportsman class in her Polaris. Props to the both of them on their big wins at this years UTV World Championship!

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Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race Overall Top 5

1. #1918 Justin Lambert – 03:05:32.056 (UTV P)
2. #960 Ryan Laidlaw – 03:16:38.822 (UTV Turbo)
3. #1954 Kristen Matlock – 03:21:56.091 (UTV P)
4. #905 Marc Burnett – 03:24:30.488 (UTV Turbo
5. #978 Dustin Jones – 03:27:54.420 (UTV Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results

Magnum Offroad Youth Championship Race

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I wanted to stick around and hear all of the desert racers stories and see them all cross the podium but I had another role to play. It was time to remove my race promoter hat and throw on my race dad hat and get my boys suited up for the Magnum Offroad Youth Championship race. The youth race in 2015 stole the show and we were set to put the kids on a pedestal for 2016. in 2015 we had invited the kids out as an exhibition and to show the rest of the industry that there was a movement taking place amongst kids competing in Polaris RZR 170’s. This racing had been taking place for a couple of years but I think its fair to say that the 2015 UTVWC pushed RZR 170 racing into a whole new level. Last year an unknown kid with a privateer team named Seth Quintero took the win and it changed his life in a way that I never could have envisioned. The win would lead into a series of events that would find Seth being awarded a RedBull sponsorship and making him the youngest athlete to ever sign with the worlds top action sports energy drink company while becoming the only UTV racing athlete on their program. Alongside the success of the race in 2015, what happened to Seth further motivated us to want to push harder for the expansion of the Youth RZR 170 racing program. 2016 was to be a year where the Youth Championship race became not just a side show or exhibition, but a major part of the UTV World Championship.

We decided that we needed to expand the Youth Championship race to not only accommodate the faster and more experienced amateur racers competing in highly modified 170’s, but keep the spirit of the class and this level of racing in mind and still give true beginners a place to compete for a win and have some fun. We made the decision to add an Unlimited 250 class which would allow for any modifications to the chassis and motor up to 250cc while maintaining a Production 170cc class that kept the engines stock while allowing for safety and suspension mods. In addition to the classes, we also went to Polaris and asked for some amazing grand prizes for the winners and they obliged putting up two new RZR 170’s as prizes! While I want to maintain my position that this level of racing is for fun and for gaining experience, I do always want the kids to come away with a feeling of what its like to compete at the higher level. I want the youth race to boost the young racers confidence, to improve their drive for competition and to show them that hard work and dedication pays off even at their young age. I want the families to use this event as a chance to further bond and to celebrate each other. This isn’t a race just to see who is the best or fastest, this is a chance to embrace our kids and our sport in a way that we as parents only could have dreamed of when we were kids. With that said, this race has a different meaning for me, this race I feel is something that I think will leave a lasting mark on our event, its bigger than just another race, we are building our future! When we found out that Kaeden Danbury was going to be celebrating his birthday at the UTVWC again this year, we thought it would be cool to get him set up at the UTVUnderground.com Driver Meet & Greet at contingency. It was so cool seeing him sit their between all the pros, signing autographs, taking photos and doing interviews. Things like this are what make the UTVWC what it is. I hope he and his parents will forever share that memory.

One of the coolest moments for me this year was the drive to the start line in my RZR with my wife and our 2 boys behind us in their race ready 170. All these years of off-road racing I have seen parents share these moments with their children and finally I was getting to share in this experience with my own. I held no expectations for my kids other than that they had fun. I loved watching them go through the process of tech and contingency and now watching them in their suits laughing and smiling as they staged, words couldn’t express how excited I was for them. This was all about them and we were living it up as a family. As they got in their starting position I was able to step back and see just how many kids had came out to take part in this fun race. 24 Youth racers in total, 170’s built from mild to wild, boys and girls and parents were beaming with both excitement and even some serious stress. Maybe its because I just don’t take it serious enough yet, but I felt zero stress. I had a bit of anxiety but I equate it to the feeling you have as you get ready to go on a roller coaster ride. You know its going to be fun but you’re still a bit anxious in anticipation of the actual drop off. It was so cool seeing the little kids all over the start line in their fire suits and helmets, revving their little engines and preparing themselves for their own battle.

Once staged Casey Folks raised the green flag and with the drop the Unlimited 250 class rocketed off the line. Each one of the kids in that class was driving a really cool machine, a few were even modified to be single seaters and you could see the talent and speed these kids and their RZRs had. Just behind them the green flag dropped again and the Production 170 class charged off the start line. It was at that moment that I think my son Enzo who was driving realized that he wasn’t exactly Robby Gordon just yet. In the desert when we go ride he is pretty confident that he is the fastest boy alive, but he quickly realized these other kids are pretty good and so he settled into the back of the pack and just drove his race having the time of his life and it wasn’t long until he began to feel like he was Robby Gordon again. With each passing lap the kids all got faster. A few of the really fast kids that led the race early on dropped out due to engine troubles. I was really bummed for them and their parents. There are lessons being taught in all realms of this race, from land rush start, to passing, to being passed to dealing with mechanical failure. Its all a part of motorsports and sometimes the lesson is a hard one to learn but in the end we have to remember that we are building character in our youth and we are giving them experience that they will be able to apply later on in life and in competition. The Youth race was set for 30 minutes and for me as a parent with a kid actually racing a part of me thought the race felt like forever, the other part of you never wants it to end.

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Casey Sims, a podium finisher in the 2015 UTV World Championship, took over the lead from a broken Jacob Peter on lap 5 and never looked back. Casey would maneuver his way through the course and lap traffic like a seasoned pro and would lead the Unlimited 250 class all the way to the finish line. Casey and his parents worked hard preparing a new RZR 170 to unveil at the UTV World Championship and their hard work and dedication to Casey’s driving paid off! Casey is one of the more experienced youth racers at the UTV World Championship. The 2015 Dirt Series champion competed all last year with a goal to return to the UTV World Championship and come home a winner. But what impresses me more than Casey’s skills as a young driver, is his personality and sportsmanship. He is polite, always smiling and on race day while the desert race was underway he made his way down to the UTVUG media pit to come say hi. Well, thats what I thought anyway, but then he asked where Enzo and Cristian were and I told him they weren’t there yet and he said “oh, well I just wanted to come down and wish them good luck today.” At that point it didn’t matter what happened in the race, to me the kid was already winning at life.

Finishing second overall and first in the Production 170 class was Julien “JuJu” Beaumer. Julien was racing in a borrowed vehicle that the Gonzales family had loaned him. Dallas Gonzales was also racing in the Unlimited 250 class and after a hole-shot and leading for 2 laps he had an engine failure which took him out of the race. But despite his bad luck, the Gonzales family as well as Julien’s father were right there to congratulate the mild mannered boy who turns out is a world class stand up jet ski champion and moto-cross stud. His skills as a racer showed as he piloted a Production 170 RZR to the podium with a time that was only a hair off of the Unlimited winner Casey Sims. “JuJu” just smiled, said thank you and you could tell this kid had seen his share of podiums before. With this win, Julien won’t have to borrow a 170 any longer because like Sims, they were going home with a brand new Polaris RZR 170 as a prize for winning their class!

Kids filed on down the line into the podium area and I made sure to come down and spend a second with each one. Every single kid seemed to have had a fantastic time which was all that mattered to me and I really enjoyed hearing them share their excitement with me as they took off their helmets. You would have thought some of these kids had just raced the Baja 1000 the way they talked about the turns, jumps and passes they were making out there. I stayed there so long with the kids that I actually missed my daughter starting the Production Short-Course race with Seth and I felt terrible for that, but I knew she would understand and even she knows how important these kids are to us. I made my way down the line and finally got to that #23 UTVUnderground.com RZR. My boys finished a respectable 15th in class, and I say that with pride and a smile. I asked Enzo how it was and he told me he had a blast and he was sure he was about 4th place. I laughed and said, yeah you may be right, but I am pretty sure you are a little further back than that. He agreed, we hugged and Cristian said he needed to go pee. Life is good.

This race is a big deal, but it shouldn’t be so big that it isn’t fun anymore and I want all the parents involved in youth off-road racing to remember that. I know there was questions if people actually raced with legal engines and I know that some weren’t happy with how we handled the rules as the race got nearer. I promise to get better with how we handle and structure the classes, and I promise that we will never lose site over why we are doing this which is to have fun with our children and to foster the growth of youth UTV / off-road racing. I thank you all for bringing your kids out to share in this experience. Trust me when I say, this race is without a doubt my highlight of the weekend!

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Magnum Off-Road Youth Production RZR 170 Race Top 3

1. #299 Julien Beaumer – 00:30:34.721
2. #54 Luke Knupp – 00:31:06.562
3. #32 Ryder Chapman – 00:32:24.162

Magnum Off-Road Youth Unlimited 250 Race Top 3

1. #188 Casey Sims – 00:29:41.061
2. #21 Jimmy Berry – 00:32:27.782
3. #525 Stockton Bulloch – 00:32:32.362

Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results

Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course Race

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Let me just start by saying that I have never in my life seen such fast driving in a UTV race. You would have though that the racers hated their machines the way they pounded them through that race course. The Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course race was the most intense UTV race I have ever witnessed and I know those who competed felt the same way. Over 100 UTVs would take the start line of the afternoons production race. By now the course was destroyed and because we had so many competitors arrive in Laughlin we had to make the decision for these racers to compete on the full 16 mile desert course. It would be decided that they would do 4 laps meaning some would still need to stop for fuel, something that these WORCS and Lucas Oil racers aren’t exactly used too. But racing at Worlds is supposed be bigger, harder, and faster. With prizes and a RZR up for grabs, you got to earn the win and beyond that we always want the racers to leave feeling like they got their money’s worth.

With the afternoon sun at eye level and the wind all but gone, the race was just as much about survival as it was being faster than your opponent. Like the desert race, attrition would be key and their was carnage strewn all over the race course. One racer told me that it looked like a yard sale all over the course. There were rolled over UTVs, wheels and tires in the track and body panels everywhere. It was as close to a war zone as a UTV race could be and many of them loved it! For most, this was as close to a desert race that they would ever compete in and they got a taste of what its like to run a course so long that you can’t memorize every turn, jump or bump. Skill played a huge role in this race, but so did vehicle prep and suspension. Flat tires, broken axles and blown belts were the norm for almost everyone who competed. And those who didn’t experience this probably weren’t on the lead lap. Racers pushed their machines to the breaking point.

Out front Mitch Guthrie Jr., RJ Anderson, Branden Sims and many others diced it up showcasing speed and talent in a way we have never seen. Teams were on edge with every passing lap, waiting to see who that helicopter was following as the vehicles came back into site. Guthrie had led much of the desert race before breaking on the last lap with less than a mile to go. No he was also leading this race and despite what happened in the desert race, he was pulling no punches. Cody Rahders was looking for redemption as well. He had some bad luck in the mornings desert race, as did Branden Sims, both were battling in the lead pack. Marc Burnett also entered the short-course race and was putting his injured foot through the ringer as he fought to keep pace with these fearless young racers. Mickey Thomas, Ryan Holz, Dustin Jones, and Cody Bradbury all fought to remain on the lead lap as well and fought hard to chase down the leaders.

As lead racers headed out onto their final lap they fought through the blinding dust and lap traffic while racers like Mike Gardner and Katie Vernola fought to overcome some intense crashes. Katie was able to finally get some help turning her car back over while Gardner was rushed to the hospital with fears of a potential head injury. Mike would come out ok and Katie would fight on to finish the race which also resulted in here being awarded this years Warfighter Made Perseverance Award. Her badly damaged RZR limped to the finish line while Gardner’s team was out on a recovery mission to drag his machine back to the pits.

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Finally, after 4 laps and 1 hour & 13 minutes of hardcore racing, Mitch Guthrie Jr. would cross the finish line first in his Polaris RZR XP Turbo. His team waited anxiously to find out if he was able to edge out RJ Anderson & Mickey Thomas who both finished on his heals. It was determined that Guthrie would in fact hang onto the win separated only by seconds between he and Thomas who was driving a naturally aspirated RZR XP 1000 further proving the XP 1000 is nothing to ignore. Both would celebrate as winners, but Guthrie would claim the top spot as overall winner and would be taking home a new Polaris RZR XP Turbo!

We would later find out that RJ Anderson, who finished only 1 minute behind Guthrie may have actually threw his race away by stopping to check on Gardner. RJ saw the wreck happen and said it was the worst crash he had ever seen in a RZR. That says a lot coming from a guy who has had his fair share of wrecks as the star of the XP1K viral video series. RJ is the poster boy for UTV racing, and with that comes a lot of criticism and always a huge target on his back, but many who know RJ know that he is one of the most respected racers in the sport. Always a clean racer and always a guy you can lean upon. While RJ had to settle for 3rd overall and second in class, he still takes home a little something extra in the form of racing karma.

We want to also mention that there were 2 other class winners in this race. James Walker would take home the Production 900 win in his Polaris RZR XP 900 with Jim Berry winning the Production 700 class in his Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport. While the focus always seems to stay on the big guys running in the 1000’s and Turbo’s, we must always acknowledge the racers competing in all the classes at the UTVWC. It is important to us to include as many classes as we can and give as many racers a chance at competing as time will allow.

Its only fair as the guy writing this story to say a little something about my daughter who was navigating for Seth Quintero in his Polaris RZR 570 in the Production 700 class. I missed them at the start due to the podium celebrations following the youth race so I didn’t get to see them off. I did see them charge into the desert from a distance and I couldn’t help but feel proud. Mia is 12 and Seth is 13, they were both heading out into one of the most hostile and longest races of their lives. Shortly after getting out into the desert they popped a belt. Like pro’s, they jumped out of the RZR and together they got that sucker fixed up and back on course. They only were able to complete a couple of laps due to a flat tire and then a near collision when a bigger and faster 4 seat Maverick which monster trucked up the side of them. But they did finish, and they came out of that race with a ton of experience. They rode home together in the Quintero family truck and from what I heard they traded war stories the entire way. They didn’t win or make the podium, but that 5th place finish was the best 5th place finish of their lives!

2016 UTV World Championship Short Course Race

Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race Overall Top 5

1. #4503 Mitch A. Guthrie Jr. – 01:13:23.050 (UTV Production Turbo)
2. #144 Mickey Thompson – 01:13:38.456 (UTV Production 1000)
3. #4537 RJ Anderson – 01:14:31.968 (UTV Production Turbo)
4. #116 Cody A. Rahders – 01:15:16.352 (UTV Production 1000)
5. #4505 Marc A. Burnett – 01:15:36.445 (UTV Production Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results

2016 UTV World Championship Awards

The event wrapped up with a fun and festive awards ceremony down on the beach behind Harrahs Hotel & Casino. Drinks were served, trophies handed out and stories were shared. Winners and losers traded their experiences and everyone celebrated the weekends events. I was met with so many thank you’s and props that I was overwhelmed. The love everyone showed for our event was beyond anything I could have expected and it made all of the hard work, stress and sleepless nights worth it. Its been a busy 7 months for our team. While my life is surrounded by good people and good times it also has its fair share of stress. But I left that awards ceremony like I was floating on a cloud. Surrounded by friends and family we headed off to the last party of the weekend and I felt like I had just won a championship myself.

I want to thank everyone who came out to Laughlin, NV to participate in this years Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Powered By Monster Energy. Sponsors, friends, family, racers, fans and teams, you guys make this event what it is. I want to thank my partners in this event and my brothers from another mother Matt & Josh Martelli. These guys are the best at what they do and their team at Mad Media is the most amazing group of individuals I know. We laugh together, we cry together, at times we are ready to fight each other, but in the end we celebrate together. There is no other group I would want to go through this career with then then Matt, Josh and the entire Mad Media crew. To Rusty Baptist, one of my closest friends, we not only have grown up together we get to raise our kids together and we also get to do some of the most epic stuff together. Rusty always has my back and he knows I have his. He made contingency amazing this year and everyone who walked through that parking lot has him to thank! Casey & Diane at BITD, they are also the best at what they do. While we may not always like Casey’s way of doing things in the end there is a reason why BITD is the biggest and best desert racing organization in off-road. Their team and staff work tirelessly and often without thanks. They make sure the course is dialed, everyone is safe, registration is seamless and that we are always able to come back due to their diligence with BLM and local officials. We can’t thank BITD enough! Tony & Sherry Vanillo, little Tony and the rest of the Off-Road Management Group – THANK YOU! OMG works with us from start to finish to make sure everything and anything as it pertains to banners to awards to track and everything in between is dialed in and looking pro. You guys always rock! And to our wives, Camille, Janel and the rest of the ladies who dedicate to help pass out merchandise, watch the kids, bring us food, and keep us in check, we love you so much!!

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Lastly, thank you to Mark, Jason, Danyel, Craig and the entire Polaris RZR staff for your commitment to the UTV World Championship. A lot of people I feel do not give Polaris enough credit for what they do for this sport not just as a provider of vehicles to the industry but as supporters for core events like the UTV World Championship & Mint 400. Polaris lives and breathes this sport right along side us and without their support there is no way we could ever put on events like the UTVWC. To Monster Energy, Walker Evans Racing, Holz Racing Products, Magnum Offroad, and all of our UTVWC partners, sponsors and contingency participants THANK YOU!! You guys make this event for us when it comes to reach, size, and growth. Your financial support and dedication to attending the event give everyone a reason to come and we are forever grateful for your involvement. Thank you to Colorado Belle, Edgewater, Harrahs and Tropicana Hotels & Casinos for your involvement and to the entire city of Laughlin, NV. The UTV World Championship is as much yours as it is ours and we cannot wait to come back in 2017!!

See you all next year…

Joey D.

Justin Lambert and Mitch Guthrie Win The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
212 UTV Racers Take Over Laughlin, NV

Click here for motorcycle and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial quad and ironman results.
Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.
Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Click here for time penalties. 

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The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy took over Laughlin, NV this weekend. Three championship races were held at the Laughlin Off-Road park and thousands attended to watch the biggest field of UTV’s throw down in all out battles to claim the overall wins. Final numbers amount to 76 motorcycles and quads, 212 UTVs (24 Youth) and 450+ total banded racers to amass the largest UTV race in the world.

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#1918 Justin Lambert won the Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race with a time of just over three hours (03:05:32.056) in his Naturally Aspirated Polaris RZR XP1000. Lambert spent the majority of the race battling against the #951 RZR XP Turbo of Mitch Guthrie. Lap by lap, the two changed leading positions nearly six times and continued to battle within fifteen seconds of each other in the final laps of the 160-mile race.

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Guthrie eventually succumbed to the battle with Lambert after breaking the front differential and both rear axles, forcing him to limp to an 8th place finish overall. Lambert when on to cruise to an easy victory, finishing over ten minutes ahead of second place finisher and Turbo Class Winner, #960 Ryan Laidlaw. With a victory at the Best in the Desert season opener at the Parker 250, the win mark Lambert and Cognito Motorsports’ second consecutive win in 2016.

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Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race Overall Top 5

1. #1918 Justin Lambert – 03:05:32.056 (UTV P)
2. #960 Ryan Laidlaw – 03:16:38.822 (UTV Turbo)
3. #1954 Kristen Matlock – 03:21:56.091 (UTV P)
4. #905 Marc Burnett – 03:24:30.488 (UTV Turbo
5. #978 Dustin Jones – 03:27:54.420 (UTV Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race results.

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Guthrie bounced back and won the Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race in his #4503 Polaris RZR. The race was a nonstop blitz of action, with over 100 production vehicles in the race. With so many vehicles entered, BITD was forced to use the entire 16 mile loop, instead of the smaller track laid out. Lap traffic was drastic and racers battled four solid laps. Guthrie put on a clinic and finished fifteen seconds ahead of second place finisher, #144 Mickey Thomas. #4537 RJ Anderson took the last spot on the podium.

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Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race Overall Top 5

1. #4503 Mitch A. Guthrie Jr. – 01:13:23.050 (UTV Production Turbo)
2. #144 Mickey Thompson – 01:13:38.456 (UTV Production 1000)
3. #4537 RJ Anderson – 01:14:31.968 (UTV Production Turbo)
4. #116 Cody A. Rahders – 01:15:16.352 (UTV Production 1000)
5. #4505 Marc A. Burnett – 01:15:36.445 (UTV Production Turbo)

Click here to see the unofficial Holz Racing Products Production Race results.

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Magnum Off-Road signed on this year to title sponsor both Youth Championship races. For the past two years, UTVUnderground.com has worked very hard to foster the growth of the RZR 170 race classes and give the younger drivers a place to begin racing RZRs, as well as a good starting point to grow into the sport of off-road.

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In his first UTV race ever, Julien Beaumer won the Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 race, completing 11 laps in 00:30:34:721. Julian is a champion motocross racer and first in the world on a jet ski. Julian borrowed the RZR 170 from the Gonzales Family, whose son Dallas Gonzales raced in the unlimited 250 Class.

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Casey Sims won the Magnum Off-Road Production 250 class and finished just under the thirty-minute mark. Casey competed last year and his team worked hard all year, building him a new RZR 170 to race at this years event.

Of the twenty-four youth racers, only four did not finish.

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Magnum Off-Road Youth Production RZR 170 Race Top 3

1. #299 Julien Beaumer – 00:30:34.721
2. #54 Luke Knupp – 00:31:06.562
3. #32 Ryder Chapman – 00:32:24.162

Magnum Off-Road Youth Unlimited 250 Race Top 3

1. #188 Casey Sims – 00:29:41.061
2. #21 Jimmy Berry – 00:32:27.782
3. #525 Stockton Bulloch – 00:32:32.362

Click here to see the unofficial Youth 170 and 250 results.

Racers took home over $100,000 is cash & prizes and overall winner Mitch Guthrie, Justin Lambert, Casey Sims and Julien Beaumer all took home brand new Polaris RZR’s for their victories.

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The Warfighter Made Perseverance Award is given to the racer who perseveres through the trials and tribulations that is off-road racing. Warfighter Made provides combat wounded veterans and active duty service members options to their physical and mental therapy and long term wellness, through recreational therapy and by the adaptation and customizing of vehicles and adaptive equipment. To earn the Warfighter Made Perseverance Award, you have to show the intestinal fortitude of America’s military and stay in the fight!

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After suffering a bad crash that sent her Polaris RZR in a frantic barrel roll, #172 Katie Vernola was able to build her car back to working condition and limp to the finish line to finish the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy in 61st place. In doing show, Katie Vernola won the 2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award.

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2016 Warfighter Made Perseverance Award Winner, Katie Vernola

“We knew we were putting on the worlds largest UTV race event, but to see 212 UTV teams come out to compete totally exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank BITD, Polaris RZR and each and every team, racer, fan and sponsor for making this event happen!” thanked UTVUnderground CEO, Joey DiGiovanni.

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On behalf of UTVUnderground, Mad Media and Best in the Desert, to Polaris RZR, Monster Energy and all our supporting sponsors, our 80+ contingency vendors, 140+ poker run participants, our 76 motorcycle and quad racers, our 212 UTV racers, our 30+ guest media, our tremendous staff and all the fans and friends who made the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy – THANK YOU!

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The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy took over Laughlin, NV today.  Final numbers amount to 76 motorcycles and quads, 212 UTVs (24 Youth) and 450+ total banded racers to amass the largest UTV race in the world.  After an impressive Tech & Contingency, only race day remains at the biggest UTV gathering of the year.

2016 UTV World Championship Poker Run

The day kicked off with over 150 racers, sponsors and general enthusiasts getting their hand at the 14 mile UTV World Championship loop in the 2nd annual Poker Run. The Poker Run allowed both racers and fans alike to pre-run the exact same course that is home to tomorrow’s championship race.  Participants competed for numerous prizes dished out by sponsors and contingency vendors and #108 Nick Romero won 1st place, followed by #132 Kyle Melville and #48 Mark Montoga.

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Over 80 UTV manufactures, aftermarket companies and industry leaders took over to fill the parking lot of the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino for Tech & Contingency.  Thousands of fans wound through Contingency, scoping out all the latest parts, products and accessories in the UTV Industry.

“We knew we were putting on the worlds largest UTV race event, but to see 212 UTV teams come out to compete totally exceeded our expectations. We can’t thank BITD, Polaris RZR and each and every team, racer, fan and sponsor for making this event happen!” commented UTVUnderground CEO, Joey DiGiovanni.

Racing begins at 6:00am tomorrow morning and runs through the afternoon culminating with the awards ceremony on the beach at Harrah’s.

 

Over 150 racers, sponsors and general enthusiasts got their hand at the 14 mile UTV World Championship loop in the 2nd annual Poker Run earlier this morning.  The Poker Run allowed both racers and fans alike to pre-run the exact same course that is home to tomorrow’s championship race and compete for numerous prizes dished out by sponsors and contingency vendors.  #108 Nick Romero won 1st place, followed by #132 Kyle Melville and #48 Mark Montoga.

Click here to see photos from Tech & Contingency.

Racing begins at 6am tomorrow morning.  Click here for a complete Schedule of Events.

Poker Run Results:
1st – #108 Nick Romero
2nd – #132 Kyle Melville
3rd – #48 Mark Montoga
4th – #124 Daniel Ebersohl
5th – #32 Tucker Smith
6th – #64 Robert VanBeekon

Photography by Ernesto Araiza.

The 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy is now underway in Laughlin, NV.  With racers, crews, sponsors and general public alike all finishing the Poker Run, Tech & Contingency is starting to fire.  Over 65 industry leaders have filled the parking lot of the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino and race teams are now beginning to storm contingency row.

Stay tuned for photos from the Poker Run and more photos from Tech & Contingency this afternoon.

Racing begins at 6am tomorrow morning.  Click here for a complete Schedule of Events.

Photography by Tommy Gun Images.

Over $100,000 in Contingency Cash & Prizes up for Grabs at the 2016 UTV World Championship

As racers compete for the coveted championship in Laughlin, NV, they will also race for over $100,000 in cash & prizes! Sponsors of the event have provided everything from shocks to wheels to cash and Polaris has put up the grand prize of 4 brand new RZRs for race winners! Here is a complete list of cash & Prizes for the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy:

Polaris RZR
1 Polaris RZR XP Turbo – Overall Winner Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race
1 Polaris RZR XP Turbo – Overall Winner Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course Championship Race
1 Polaris RZR 170 – Winner of the Magnum Offroad Youth Production 170 Race
1 Polaris RZR 170 – Winner of the Magnum Offroad Youth Unlimited 250 Race

Walker Evans Racing
1 Set of Velocity Series Shocks Top Finisher in Either Turbo / 1000 Desert Class (that doesn’t win the RZR)
1 Set of 15” Walker Evans Racing Beadlock Wheels – Winner of the Desert Sportsman Class
1 Set of 15” Walker Evans Racing Beadlock Wheels – Winner of the Desert Unlimited Class

Holz Racing Products
$250.00 GC – Class Winners in the Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race
$250 GC – Poker Run 5th Place
$250 GC – Poker Run 6th Place

CageWRX
$1000 To Any Class Winner Running CageWRX Cage
$500 To Any 2nd Place Class Finisher Running CageWRX Cage
$250 To Any 3rd Place Class Finisher Running CageWRX Cage
$350 To Any Class Winner Running CageWRX Bumper

GMZ Race Products
1 Set of GMZ Wheels – 2nd Place Production Turbo
1 Set of GMZ Wheels – 3rd Place Production 1000
1 Set of GMZ Wheels – 2nd Place Production 900
1 Set of GMZ Wheels – 2nd Place Production 700
1 Set of GMZ Tires – 3rd Place Production Turbo
1 Set of GMZ Tires – 3rd Place Production 900
1 Set of GMZ Tires – 3rd Place Production 700
1 Set of GMZ Tires – 3rd Place Poker Run

Method Race Wheels
$1000 Overall Winner Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course Championship Race – Must Run Method Wheels & Stickers
$1000 Overall Winner Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race – Must Run Method Wheels & Stickers

Tensor Tires
$1000 Overall Winner Holz Racing Products Production Short-Course Championship Race – Must Run Tensor Tires & Stickers
$1000 Overall Winner Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race – Must Run Tensor Tires & Stickers

Jackson Motorsports Group / 1800RaceBFG.com
200 Poker Run Gift Bags w/ Shirts, Stickers, Hats & Posters\

Magnum Offroad
$300 Product Certificate – Winner Youth Unlimited 250
$300 Product Certificate – Winner Youth Production RZR 170
$200 Product Certificate – 2nd Place Youth Unlimited 250
$200 Product Certificate – 2nd Place Production RZR 170
$50 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Youth Unlimited 250
$50 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Youth Production RZR 170

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1 Clutch Kit – Winner of Desert Pro Turbo
1 Clutch Kit – Winner of Desert Pro 1000

FOX
1 Set Of Shocks – Winner of Desert Unlimited
1 Set of Shocks – Winner of Desert Sportsman
1 Set of Shocks – Winner of Production 900
1 Set of Shocks – Winner of Production 700

SpeedStrap
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Desert Pro Turbo
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Desert Pro 1000
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Desert Sportsman
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Desert Unlimited
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Production Turbo
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Production 1000
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Production 900
1 Product Certificate – 3rd Place Production 700

Assault UTV
1 set of Front Shock Guards – Winner Production 1000
1 Fire Extinguisher – Winner Production 900
1 Set of Bomber Mirrors – Winner Production 700
1 Set of Stealth Mirrors – Winner Desert Sportsman
1 Set of Front Shock Guards – Winner Desert Unlimited
1 Set of Front CV Guards – Winner Poker Run
1 Set of Front CV Guards – 2nd Place Poker Run
1 Registration Plate – 3rd Place Poker Run
1 Registration Plate – 4th Place Poker Run

STI Wheels & Tires
Set of STI Wheels – Winner Production 900
Set of STI Tires – Winner Production 700
Set of STI Wheels – Winner Poker Run
Set of STI Tires – 2nd Place Poker Run

PRP Seats
1 Set of PRP Seats – Winner of Desert Sportsman Class
1 Set of PRP Seats – 4th Place Poker Run

Raceline Wheels
Set of Raceline Wheels – 2nd Place Production 1000
$1000 To Any Class Winner Running Raceline Wheels (Stop at Raceline Booth for Rules / Sign Up)

RJ Anderson
1 Day Driving Camp – Winner of Youth Unlimited 250
1 Day Driving Camp – Winner of Youth Production RZR 170

Over 200 Teams head to 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Powered By Monster Energy
Over $100,000 in contingency cash & prizes up for grabs!

UTVUnderground.com and Best In The Desert (BITD) are proud to announce that over 200 teams have pre-entered the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Powered By Monster Energy. Of the 200 teams, 158 were UTVs with many more expected to arrive onsite in Laughlin, NV to register.

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“When BITD told us we had 200 UTVs pre-entered into the race we were extremely excited. Our team at UTVUnderground.com & Mad Media have worked hard to build the biggest and baddest UTV race in the world and we could never do it without the sponsors and racers supporting us in these efforts. To see the support we are receiving from all sides is very humbling and I cannot wait to see these competitors race into the Laughlin desert next week!” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO & Founder, Joey DiGiovanni.

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As racers compete for the coveted championship in Laughlin, NV, they will also race for over $100,000 in cash & prizes! Sponsors of the event have provided everything from shocks to wheels to cash and Polaris has put up the grand prize of 4 brand new RZRs for race winners!
The 188 pre-entered teams were able to participate in the BITD drawing for starting positions. Racers who missed the drawing will be placed in the order for which BITD receives their entry forms. The start will be a dead engine land rush start with racers filing rows of up to 18 vehicles! This land rush start is the most exciting in UTV off-road racing.

You can view the full UTV World Championship entry list by CLICKING HERE

You can view the full UTV World Championship starting draw order by CLICKING HERE
The 2016 UTV World Championship goes down next week in Laughlin, NV on February 18-20. Schedule, Hotel, Spectating Information, Rules, and more information is all listed at www.UTVWorldChampionship.com. More race related information can be found at www.BITD.com

The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada. The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV

The 2nd annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy returns to Laughlin, NV February 19th and 20th. Come watch hundreds of off-road UTV racers battle at the Laughlin off road park and get all your aftermarket UTV accessories from all the top manufacturers in the UTV industry. Spectating is FREE and you can bring your UTV and drive the race course in the family poker run!

For more info visit www.utvworldchampionship.com

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$60k in Polaris RZR’s up for grabs at the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy
Two new 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo’s & Two new 2016 Polaris RZR 170s up for grabs!

UTVUnderground.com is proud to announce that with support from Polaris RZR, four brand new Polaris RZR machines will be awarded to race winners of the 2016 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powerd by Monster Energy. Last year the event set the industry on fire when it announced that it would be giving away two new RZR XP1000’s at the event.  For 2016, event organizers have certainly one upped themselves by dishing out over $60,000 in RZRs. The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy takes place February 19th -20th in Laughlin NV.

UTVUnderground.com & Polaris RZR will award the overall winners of the Production UTV (short course) race and Desert UTV race with brand new 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo’s! The XP Turbo is the hottest machine on the market and adds even more incentive for racers to win the biggest UTV race in the world and go home with the title of UTV World Champion!

In 2015, the UTV World Championship put youth racers on the big stage, hosting a fun and exciting Youth RZR 170 championship race. Both Polaris RZR & UTVUnderground.com enjoyed the Youth Championship battle so much, they decided to not only increase the Youth classes for 2016 but also put up new 2016 Polaris RZR 170s to the winners of the Production Youth 170 race and the Unlimited Youth 250 race. Two very lucky youth champions will go home with brand new 2016 Polaris RZR 170s, a first for the sport of UTV racing!

“In 2015 we set the bar extremely high as it pertained to the prizes awarded to winners of the UTV World Championship. All year long racers have wondered and asked us if we would be putting up RZRs as the grand prize again. Well, we are not only doing it again, we are adding two more new RZRs to the prize list! I can’t express how excited I am to see the best UTV racers in the world compete for Championships in their respective classes and also see the Youth champions and overall champions take home these awesome Polaris RZRs as well. We could never do this without support from Polaris and their team at RZR!” stated UTVUnderground.com CEO & Founder Joey DiGiovanni

In addition to the new RZRs, competitors in all classes will have opportunities to win even more cash, prizes and awards. The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is dedicated to making racers feel welcome and rewarded from the moment they arrive on site. This is the biggest UTV race in the world and the racers are the stars of the event.

You can find more event information including race registration, rules, requirements, accomodations and more at www.UTVWorldChampionship.com

Don’t wait to get your company or brand noticed at this years 2015 UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy For sponsorship information please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

About The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada. The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.

About UTVUnderground.com
The world’s fastest growing all inclusive UTV site contributed to by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. UTVUnderground is the go-to site for fresh, original content and is known for its dedication to hosting all of the latest news and insight surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.comfor their daily dose of UTV news and information.

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Book Your Rooms for the UTV World Championship Now!
The Edgewater and Colorado Belle has signed on as host hotel for the second annual Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, taking place in Laughlin, Nevada February 18th – 20th. UTVUnderground.com is asking racers, teams, fans and sponsors to book your rooms now using the DISCOUNT CODE: GRUTVWC. You can book direct by calling 1-800-677-4837.
Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $22.00 $62.00 $70.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00
Edgewater Hotel & Casino (Official Host Hotel) | Discount Code = GRUTVWC | 800-677-4837

Room Type Thursday, February 18th Friday, February 19th Saturday, February 20th
Standard Room $30.00 $75.00 $80.00
Riverview Room $40.00 $95.00 $100.00
Suites $105.00 $155.00 $155.00
Tropicana Laughlin | Discount Code = UTVWC | (800) 343-4533

Room Type Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20
Classic Rooms $33.99 $33.99 $55.99 $55.99
Resort Rooms $42.99 $42.99 $65.99 $65.99
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Harrah’s Laughlin Casino & Hotel | Discount Code = A02UTV6 | (702) 298-6822Weblink
Book 5 rooms receive a $50.00 comp to Guy Fieri’s EL BURRO BORRACHO
Book 10 rooms receive 1 free complimentary upgrade to a suite 
Room Type Wed 2/17 Thu 2/18 Fri 2/19 Sat 2/20 Sun 2/21
North Tower Deluxe $22.00 $22.00 $60.99 $64.99 $22.00
About The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada.  The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag.  The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.About UTVUnderground.com
The worlds fastest growing all inclusive UTV site contributed to by both enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. UTVUnderground is the go-to site for fresh, original content and is known for its dedication to hosting all of the latest news and insight surrounding the UTV industry. Thousands of monthly visitors from over 100 different countries around the world go to UTVUnderground.com for their daily dose of UTV news and information.