Mike Penland is an 11-time GNCC 4×4 quad-racing champion, and he has also won seven SCORE Baja races and 150 nationals—from the infamous Blackwater 100 to the Daytona short-track to 6-/12-hour endurance races. A long-time factory pilot for Can-Am, Penland made the switch from ATVs to UTVs, now racing a Maverick 1000R X ds in Super Stock XC. Having raced Mavericks for several years now, Mike knows how to make Mavericks survive the abrasive mud of the Grand National Cross-Country Series and Brimstone’s King of the Mountain. Short and stocky, Penland also modifies his Maverick for his size and driving style. Here are some of the tricks he used to finish fourth in the 2016 SSXC UTV class.
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear.
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