Break out the snow tires and ice studs, as King of the Elements kicks off its 2021 UTV racing series with the Arctic Derby, promoted by SxS Sports Racing and hosted by the World Championship Derby Complex. Can-Am’s Kyle Chaney won the Pro Mods at the 2020 Derby and Rod VanEperen won the Pro Stock A Main for a bLU cRU bonus.
The Arctic Derby Dash is touted as one of the ultimate UTV challenges and is the first race in the Monster Energy King of the Elements Series. Racing on a frozen lake with studded tires and sliding at speeds of 80+ mph is the ultimate frozen rush. Pro-class entries were $300 in 2020, Sportsman entries were $100, and SxS Mini (5-12) entries were $50. Spectator tickets are $15 per day for 2021.
Created in 2019 by Johnny and CJ Greaves, Monster Energy and SxS Sports, the $150,000 UTV Series tested racers’ skills and speed on ice, supermoto and short-course tracks. Now called the King of the Elements, the 2020 UTV Series crowned Scottie Lawrence (C-A) Pro Mod champion and Rod VanEperen (Yam) Pro Stock champion, with both earning $20,000 in series cash.
The 2021 King of the Elements starts with the Arctic Derby ice race at Eagle River on February 26th, holds a short-course round on May 21-22 at Dirt City, and does another dirt-track round with jumps on September 17-18. The finale combining short-course and woods is To Be Announced at a later date, with each round getting more than $25,000 in payouts.
KOE is also a series dedicated to grooming future stars with Youth 170 classes, and it partners with Race-Driven Polaris/KTM for 2021 to introduce a new UTV 570 class that bridges the gap from 170 to Sportsman UTVs. Reid Votis (Pol) is the defending Mini 170 champion, and Dylan Marquardt (Yam) is the Sportsman UTV champ.
World Championship Derby Complex
1311 N. Railroad St.
Eagle River, MN 54521
SXS SPORTS KING OF THE ELEMENTS SERIES
1. Feb. 26-27…Arctic Derby/Eagle River, WI
2. May 21-22…Short-Course/Lena, WI
3. Sept. 17-18…Short-Course/Maribel, WI
4. TBA, TBA…Elk River, WI