By Larry Sobolewski
#1807 Polaris RZR
Well another exciting BITD race and our first UTV World Championship has come and gone… The team had finished preparations for the race a week ahead of time and we felt confident in our RZR. We headed out Thursday mid-day and made a stop in Barstow, CA to test a few suspension adjustments we had made. We literally drove the car less than a mile. We were so happy with the way it handled we wanted to get it back on the trailer quickly before we broke it.
We were now on our way to Laughlin, NV for the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship! We got there and scrambled for a pit spot. Once camp was set up we got the car cleaned up for tech the following morning. Tech went off without a hitch, then drivers meeting. We stopped by the casino and donated a couple hundred bucks.
We go into our second lap and are running good catching cars when about MM12 we have a class nine car come up on us which we let pass us about 10 seconds later we get plowed by an unlimited car, no siren, no love tap. He just hammered us breaking our rear axles on impact. At that point, I called into the pits letting them know what had happened and we were pitting early.
We made the decision to switch drivers at that point as we would be refueling and changing axles. With our mileage calculations, we would be able to make the rest of the race without another pit stop. Chase made the decision to let his little brother stay in the car so he could get more seat time. The whole stop took less than 10 minutes. Our crew was on it! Duane took off and went out to try and make up time lost. On the 4th lap we got the dreaded call on the 2 way… the rear passenger suspension was ripped from the car. We were heart broken, at that point we were on a top 5 pace. But as we all know in desert racing, you must first finish to finish first…
We learned some valuable lessons and also found a few weak points in the new car that we now know need to be addressed. We had a great time and always meet a bunch of great people! We are looking forward to the V2R in August and going after a podium finish!
For more information on the Best In the Desert racing series visit – https://bitd.com/
For more information on the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship visit – https://utvworldchampionship.com/