The 2015 racing season got underway in Parker, AZ at the Best In The Desert THR Parker 250 Presented by Polaris RZR. 55 UTVs would show up to take on the season opener.
As the race wore on, Johnny Angal in the 1921 UTV Inc. Polaris RZR would set his sights on being the first to cross the finish line. Johnny, still riding high on his 2014 Baja 1000 win would push on to capture the win at Parker. Johnny came out swinging last year at the Silver State 300 and hasn’t slowed up since. The UTV Inc. team is operating like veterans and are quickly showing the rest of the class that this year isn’t about finishing or podiums, its about winning!
Pulling in only minutes behind Angal in 2nd place would be the 1931 Jagged X Polaris RZR of Craig Scanlon. Scanlon who is the General Manager of Off-Road Products at Polaris RZR has come on strong the past year and has proven himself as a valid competitor. Scanlon was overlooked by much of the competition who chose to give the 1919 Jagged X RZR of Schueler the bulk of the respect, and rightfully so, Schueler is the 6 time champ. But Scanlon is no slouch. Not only did he finish 3rd in points last year, he has knocked on the door of a win multiple times in his career. Scanlon has proven to not only be fast but consistent, traits that every champion possesses. Last year at this race Scanlon suffered some new car blues which set him back, this year with a 2nd place finish under his belt to start the season, we expect big things from the RZR “boss”. The pressure is on the 1931 this year, and we know Scanlon is up for the challenge.
Finishing 3rd was the 1962 Supercross.com Polaris RZR of Ryan Poelman. Poelman is a veteran of the Trophy Truck ranks who recently moved into the UTV world as a way to get his son acclimated to the world of off-road racing. With that goal of teaching his son the ropes, Poelman himself has found the class to be a lot of fun and extremely competitive. The 1962 machine was built only months ago by Cognito Motorsports and only has we think 2 races so far. Not a bad way to kick off its first full season at BITD with a podium at the Parker 250. We are excited to see the Supercross.com team join the UTV class and we look forward to watching them compete further on into the season!
As is the case each and every race, UTVUnderground.com wants to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who runs our colors and represents UTVUnderground.com on and off the race track. You know nothing makes us more excited to cover these races then to see you all repping up on your machines and for that we are forever grateful. We also want to extend a personal invite to each and every racer, fan, sponsor and family member to come out and attend / participate at the 2015 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com next month in Laughlin, NV. We promise you a good time, and more than that we promise you an even that will represent this sport like no other!
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