piplic-polaris-off-road-sxs-8-14-13Minneapolis – Polaris Racing’s Ryan Piplic, in his RZR XP 900, took the checkered flag this past weekend at the WORCS race, at Glen Helen. The win was the first of the season for Piplic who has three second place finishes on the year.

The win, moved Piplic into second in points for the class and has three Polaris Racing team members at the top of the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron took fourth and is still in the points lead. Polaris/Blingstar Racing’s Nick Nelson and his RZR XP 900 is sitting in third place for the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing/Loan Mart/Walker Evans RJ Anderson finished off the podium and is currently sitting in fifth for the series.

The Production 1000 class was dominated with RZRs and saw Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his Holz Racing RZR XP 900 take the checkered flag. Robert Mowrer and Michael Gonzales in their RZRs finished second and third.

The Production 700 Class has been dominated by RZR 570s and this race was no different with the top four spots occupied by the vehicles. Polaris Racing’s Cody Rahders finished second and sits third for the series.

The next WORCS race is Honey Lake, in Milford, Calif., Sept. 13-15.

BITD-silver-state-5-6-13Minneapolis, May 6, 2013–After a win at the last Best in the Desert Race, The Mint 400, Holz Coastal Racing’s Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in their No. 1934 RZR XP 900 would line up for the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 with hopes to make it two in a row and their second Silver State 300 win. When the dust settled, they would not disappoint.

With Cognito Powersports and their RZR XP 4 900 getting the nod to start first, the teams would have to work hard through the typical high-speed, dusty conditions to overtake the leader. Coastal Racing would start right after Brandon Schueler’s Jagged X No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900 setting up a speed dual to take over the lead. With Kiger driving the morning half, he would pass Schueler and all but one of the remaining cars that started in front of him, Cognito. Holz would take over for the second half of the race and suffer a couple flats moving him back to third, and putting the No. 1919 in second behind Cognito. With Cognito sitting with a 7-minute lead and Jagged X and Coastal running neck-and-neck, Cognito would suffer a clutch failure ending their reign and setting up an exciting finish between Jagged X and Coastal Racing. In the last miles of the race, Holz in the Coastal car would make his move finish first with Schueler in the No. 1919 finishing second.

Minneapolis – After the swamp-like conditions at Canyon MX Park, in Peoria, Ariz., last month, the dry weather of Primm, Nevada for WORCS Round 2, Buffalo Bills, was a welcomed change! RZRs would, once again, take the top spot in all the side-by-side classes offered.

Polaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron would, once again, steer his new RZR XP 900 to the win in the Pro Production class and first overall. Second would go to Ryan Piplic also in a RZR XP 900. Baron and Piplic sit one, two in the series standings after two races.

The Production 1000 class saw 16 RZRs line up and Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his Holz Racing RZR XP 900 again took the checkered flag. He also placed third overall behind Baron and Piplic. Jacob Shaw and Holz Racing’s Jake Greco in their RZRs finished second and third.

Minneapolis – Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race is the longest and toughest, off-road desert race in the U.S., and Polaris RANGER RZRs were out in full force. In the starting field of 14 for the 553-mile race, was the four-time defending champions, Jagged X in their No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 and Polaris Regional Sales Manager, Matt Parks in his Holz Racing RANGER RZR 4 800. When the dust settled, Jagged X would have their fifth consecutive Vegas to Reno win with Parks finishing second. With only five Side-by-Sides finishing, RANGER RZRs would sweep the podium with a RANGER RZR XP 900 also finishing third.

The Jagged X team dedicated most of their summer race break preparing and fine tuning the No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 race car. The XP has performed well since its debut at the Silver State 300 in April, but the team has been working on small refinements and adjustments to make this machine the best it could be. Jagged X, with much help from Chad Riccio of CR Designs, stepped up their game on the support side of things with two completely equipped chase vehicles.

All this work combined with some great drivers and co-drivers paid off when the flag dropped early Friday morning. The No. 1919 driven By Brandon Schueler with Mike West in the navigation seat took no time to take their seventh starting spot to the front of the pack. By Pit 4, they found themselves chasing the always-consistent Polaris RANGER RZR 4 of Matt Parks, watching for any chance to get out front for some fresh air. The two RANGER RZRs swapped the lead several times in the first 350 miles with both teams being plagued by minor problems. With an elapsed time of 13 hours, 27 minutes and 42 seconds the Jagged X RANGER RZR XP 900 finished 52nd overall out of 99 car and truck finishers proving just how tough Polaris off-road vehicles are. The win moves Brandon Schueler into the points lead for the 2011 BITD championship series with two races left to go.

Parks and co-driver Jason Spiess were fortunate enough to draw the first starting position and had a clean run and had a nice lead at the half way point in the race when Mark Holz and his co-driver Rob Utendorfer took over. Holz held the lead until he noticed that battery was losing voltage and at the next pit stop, they pulled the hood to get more air to the rectifier and returned to the race in second place. Holz and Jagged X swapped the lead several times and the top two cars were running nose to tail 425 miles into the race and still hadn’t been caught by the Trophy Trucks and unlimited buggies.  Unfortunately, the car had a rear A-arm bolt snap which took them out of contention for the win. They patched the car together to get him to a pit with the proper parts and Holz was on his way to the finish line.

“We came into Vegas to Reno with the points lead and knew that we had to finish this 553 mile race in order to stay in the hunt for the championship,” said Parks.  “We had a blast racing out front and dicing with the Jagged X guys.  Without the more than three hours of down time, we might have had a shot for the win, but honestly I am super stoked to finish this race and to get second.”

Matt Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans Wheels and Shocks, Kroyer Racing Engines, Maxxis Tires, Tire Balls, OMF, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Valley Cycle, Utendorfer Graphic Design, Desert West Off Road Race Prep, Muzzy’s.

Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, Cutting Edge Manufacturing, Vision X Lighting, BF Goodrich Tires, Wicked Built, CR Designs, Summers Brothers, Simpson, OMF, Affordable Powdercoating, Mountain States Contracting, Total Auto Pros, Walker Evans, Elka Suspension, UTV Underground