Well, well, well. The UTV Classes at this past weekend's Vegas-2-Reno race faired very well...
Critics have been claiming that these over-sized "Golf-Karts" get in the way of "real" off-road racers. I say bunk X 10!!! Most of you don't know what you are talking about.
Here are some very interesting statistics:
1. According to the unofficial results, there were 274 entries and there were 109 UTV entries that started the race.
2. That's 44% of all classes in the V2R race. I don't believe there was ever that high of a percentage in one class in off-road racing, that's including (back in the day) when we used to get about 78 entries in Class 10 at the Mint or Parker "400" races
3. UTVs are the Biggest Class in the sport for the past three or four years...by far. Certainly the biggest class in BITD & SCORE
4. At V2R, 61% of all UTVs entered, in the longest race in the United States, FINISHED!!! That is just incredible.
5. This next one should convince you the power of these so-called "Golf Karts on steroid" have and its driver's capabilities...
a.) Placing 40th Overall was the first UTV of Phil Burton from Loomis, CA, finishing the event in 10:24:25 hrs. That's after they started at least 2 hours behind 47 Trophy Trucks!
b.) And just two OA spots & 1 min. from the first Overall UTV, and in 43rd Overall was the UTV of Jacob Carver, Prescott Valley, AZ!
6. The first Overall was on a Can-Am Turbo and 2nd Overall was a Polaris Turbo. What's this about Turbos not being good for the desert???
7. The Overal UTV beat 13 other Classes that started before them, including many cars in Classes 5, 5-16, 6, 7, 8, ...
8. Lastly; you can go to your nearest dealer and buy a UTV off the showroom floor and race it. Moreover, if your pocketbook allows it, you can plonk down enough $$$ to make your UTV one of the best and fastest racing machines. Where else in our sport can you do that? Just say'n.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL 109 UTVs FOR GIVING IT A SOLID TRY! Way to fo Phil and Jacob and crews!