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KING OF THE HAMMERS UTVs

The King of the Hammers (KOH) has earned the reputation of being the toughest one-day off-road race in the world for 4x4s. Ultra-4 trucks have tackled the desert and rock-crawling race for 14 years, and UTVs have been racing for 12 years at the Johnson Valley OHV Area, which is northeast of Los Angeles. In both the Ultra-4 4400 class and UTV class, five drivers have dominated the King of the Hammers, but 2020 would bring new winners to Hammertown, a sprawling city that springs up every February on the  Means Dry Lake. Tens…

DAKAR RALLY: SAUDI ARABIA

Can-Am put up a huge effort at this year’s Dakar Rally, supporting Team South and others. American driver Casey Currie raced for Team South and followed up last year’s Rookie of the Year title with a historic Dakar Rally win. Currie was the first American driver to take a class win. American motorcycle rider Ricky Brabec also brought home the top trophy for American Honda. Hopefully, both wins will encourage others to come back in 2021 and take on the very popular SSV (UTV) class. NO BULL…

BROCK HEGER’S YXZ1000R RACER

-- Inside the Lucas Off-Road Racing Series Champ's Yamaha -- Defending Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Pro Production 1000 UTV champion Brock Heger took three wins in the first four rounds of the 2019 season, and he was well on his way to a fourth win in Sparks, Nevada when he suffered a freak wheel failure. Rebounding, he again led the sixth-round 1000 main until the very last lap, where misfortune struck again and he limped home in eighth. The two devastating rounds took him out of a solid points lead and…

GLEN HELEN WORCS WARFARE

-- UTV racing update -- Round six of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) was hosted by Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California. The course was fast and rough with lots of jumps. Using much of the Glen Helen Motocross National track and REM/Vet MX track, the WORCS course also used much of the Lucas Oil Off-Road short-course, dirt parking lots, and a sand-wash woods section. Add the brutal heat, and the Glen Helen WORCS round waged a war of attrition on the UTV and ATV racers. This was the first UTV round since…

CORRY WELLER’S CAN-AM X3 TURBO

-- What makes the champ's X3 so fast? -- Corry Weller won the 2018 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Production Turbo UTV championship in her Weller/DragonFire Racing Can-Am X3 X rs Turbo R, and she is leading the 2019 Production Turbo class after four rounds with three wins. She is also the defending champ in Lucas Oil Arizona Regionals and is three points out of the lead for 2019. Weller also won the 2017 Weller Racing SR1 title and the 2017 Arizona Production 1000 #1 plate in a Yamaha YXZ1000R. She was second to…

LUCAS OIL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES

Corry Weller is  the defending Pro Turbo Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series (LORORS) champion for the Arizona Regionals. The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series is the premiere short-course racing series in America, and there are actually two national-championship series for 2019, as the Lucas Oil Midwest Short-Course League replaces The Off-Road Championships (TORC) series in the Midwest. There is also a California LOORRS Regional series, bringing the total to four series. The regionals have classes for 150cc, 250cc and 570cc…

TESTING THE YAMAHA XZ1

-- Inside Nic Grandlund;s single-seater race build -- The Yamaha YXZ1000R has been very successful in short-course UTV racing with CJ Reeves, Corry Weller and others winning national championships in the manual-transmission triples. Nic Granlund has been racing YXZs in WORCS Pro Stock 1000 and Turbo classes for years, and we featured his Packard-supercharged YXZ in the November 2017 issue. He has won WORCS races and the 2017 UTV World Finals and BiTD UTV Winter Nationals in his 2016 LSR STV Motorsports GBC/DWT YXZ1000Rs.…

XX, X3, XP OR YXZ GAMES!

-- How to improve the X Games -- By Tim "Lumpy" Tolleson I have an idea that would improve the X Games. The X Games have progressed to the point where they would benefit greatly from including UTV racing. Travis Pastrana grew the popularity of the X Games exponentially, just as early X Games shot his popularity into the stratosphere. Pastrana is now a world-renowned freestyle motocross icon, largely from his X Games-fame trifecta: ghosting his RM Suzuki into the San Francisco Bay, the back flip and the double back flip.…

WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

-- Hot UTV racing hits Arizona -- Round three of the UTV/ATV World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) schedule was held at Canyon MX in Peoria, Arizona, and Corbin Leaverton (Pol) and Matt Hancock (Pol) were big Pro-class winners. The Canyon MX round drew more than 149 UTV entries, and the course was gnarly, with plenty of rocks and cacti to punish those that overcooked turns. The Canyon MX course provided plenty of tabletop jumps, and most of the course was laid out on a large plateau adjacent to Peoria Airport, but it…

2019 KING OF THE HAMMERS UTV RACE

-- Can-Am Sponsored Event -- King of the Hammers has grown to be known as the toughest UTV race on the planet. However, there is only one name who has figured out how to conquer the now 160-mile rock and desert event—Guthrie. Mitch Guthrie and his co-driver Mitch Jr. have won the grueling event six times. Five of the wins saw Mitch Jr. in the passenger seat learning the ropes. After winning his second consecutive KOH in 2019, it looks as though Mitch Jr. has taken over the reins and is filling up the record books on his…

NEW RZR 570 YOUTH CLASS

-- 10 to 16 year olds in the UTV World Championships -- Youth off-road racing has now grown beyond the age limit of the 170 and 250 classes. In 2019, the UTV World Championship will introduce the Youth Production 570 Class that will showcase racers from ages 10 to 16. “ “We have never had such an explosive growth in the history of off-road racing. Youth racing and participation seeds the future of our sport. We started UTV youth racing here at UTV World Championship and it's exciting to be apart of the continued growth.…

HOW TO DO YOUR FIRST UTV RACE

-- It's easier than you think -- My name is Madeline Wedeking, and I’m a 15-year-old off-road lover from Temecula, California. I have been off-roading with my family for all my life, so I was ecstatic when I got the okay from my dad last year to take a chance at racing. I have always wanted to race ever since I was little, so I researched and found the California City Pure AVE series. I’m sure glad I did! If you are interested in UTV racing and are not sure where to start, this is the series you’re looking for.…

LONESTAR RACING MAVERICK X3 X RC

-- Building a fast, but bulletproof race machine -- Needing a lightweight “Monster Maverick” for the one-off King of the Hammers and UTV World Championship short-course races, Marc Burnett called on LoneStar Racing (LSR) to build a Can-Am Maverick X3 X rc race car. Unlike most of Burnett’s Monster Mavericks, this car wouldn’t get the usual Pyrotect under-seat, 32-gallon fuel cell (starting at $3850). The BITD UTV Worlds and KOH don’t require a special fuel tank, so the OEM Can-Am 10.5-gallon tank went into this Maverick X3…

HOW-TO: GET IT DONE IN THE MUD

-- PRO DRIVING SECRETS -- UTVs can truly be a blast in the mud. In the South, “muddin’” is so big that it has created its own culture. Thousands upon thousands of Southerners flock to the swamps and mud pits for their own kind of high-powered entertainment. With that said, an extremely muddy racecourse is a whole different story. Whether it’s a muddy GNCC race or heavily rained-on WORCS racecourse, wet weather opens up a whole new can of worms for the racing crowd. The biggest racing issues in the mud are overheating,…

LUCAS OIL’S NEW RED N TACKY

-- A great product for your UTV -- No petroleum company supports off-road racing more than Lucas Oil. It's hard to keep track of all the racing series they sponsor. Along with motocross they support every form of dirt track events for cars and this includes UTVs as well. The guys who work for Lucas Oil are totally involved in the high-performance side of motor vehicles and they make sure their products meet or exceed every test. Lucas Oil also makes sure to have every kind of lubricant you'd need. The list includes…