New Fines Double Racing 500 report

Elk Hunter

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Fines Double Racing Wins the 41st Annual Baja 500!
Arctic Cat’s “Thundercat” is on target to be crowned the first ever SCORE utility class champion

The Fines Double Racing Team has successfully defended its 2009 SCORE championship run with a victory in class 26 Pro Utility ATV at the 41st Annual SCORE Baja 500. Riders Reid Rutherford, Tony Valerio and Benn Vernadakis were extremely pleased with the way the Arctic Cat Thundercat performed at its first ever Baja 500. The team is now two for two, with just one race left in the series—the Baja 1000.
“We felt we were prepared for anything, that is until we lost our pit captain Alex Waters to a prior injury,” said Rutherford. Waters had to be taken to a San Felipe hospital during the team’s week of pre-running. An injury he received, while riding his ATV in Utah the week before, turned into a serious infection shortly after he arrived in Mexico. The guys kept running their sections, but with frequent calls to the San Felipe hospital. Waters was never far from their minds. Unfortunately, Walters would not be able to leave the hospital before race day, due to complex surgery and high doses of antibiotics. After some changes to the pit strategy, the Fines Double Team was once again ready to race.
The team took some time off from pre-running to visit the Door of Faith Orphanage in the small town of La Mission, located in Mexico between Ensenada and Tijuana. Before leaving home in Colorado, the team collected clothes, toys, school supplies, food and other necessities to donate to the orphanage. “It was a great way for our team to give back to the people of Mexico, whom have given us so much, and allows us to race in their country,” said Rutherford. Anyone interested in making their own donations to Door of Faith Orphanage can go to for more information.
On Race day, Rutherford, Vallerio and Vernadakis were all suited up in Klim off-road riding gear. They had practiced with this gear in the extreme desert heat, and were more than impressed by the unmatched ventilation, especially when temperatures topped the 100-degree mark. While Klim kept the riders comfortable, a first of its kind Fluidyne radiator cooled the mammoth 950cc V-twin engine. For all it knew, it was still up in the cool Colorado mountain air.
GBC Dirt Commander Tires tackled a week of pre-running and 500 race miles with absolutely no flats. “We knew we would replace fewer tires with GBCs product, but zero flats is a first for this team!” exclaimed Vernadakis.
The Fines Double Race Team would like to thank its sponsors that made this win possible: Arctic Cat, Green Ball Tires, Fluidyne Radiators, Klim, Rox Risers, Speedwerx, RTT Stabilizers, Elka, Vision X Off Road Lights,, Douglas Wheels, Motion Pro and Spider Grips!
Another thank you goes out to Trail Nation Television, which chased and documented the teams total effort during the week-long adventure. Trail Nation Television will air on FOX Sports in the spring.
Look for the Arctic Cat and Fines Double Racing Team at the BITD Vegas to Reno “The Long Way” Race in August, and then again at the Baja 1000 in November, where the team intends to nail down the first ever SCORE Utilty Class Championship.
For more information, photos and race videos, check out the teams website at By Jeff Hensen

Elk Hunter

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