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2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Class Winners

Justin Bor, Abbie Farris Top UTV Rally Class at 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship

 
  
  Justin Bor and Abbie Farris crossed the finish line first among a deep UTV Rally field in Saturday morning action from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. The #U925 Can-Am was the beneficiary of multiple late-race lead changes, eventually scoring the victory over the #U951 of James Hill and IMG Motorsports.
  Coming into the pits before the last of six laps on the 17-mile desert course, Kyle Slater would take the first spot in the running order in the pits. But both Bor and Hill were able to make their way around Slater and co-driver Shelby Anderson, who will be competing as a driver in the short course action on Sunday. Slater would hang on to complete the podium.
  The UTV Sportsman class crowned a first-time winner on Saturday morning when Logan and Cameron Meister topped the standings. The Meisters were not only competing in their first UTV World Championship, but also their first UTV race overall. They were joined on the overall podium by runner-up Brook Jensen and third place Mike Heller.
  While relatively new to the sport, the UTV Rally class has grown quickly since its inception, with more than two dozen teams competing in this year’s event. Typical UTV Rally entrants include a mix of racers looking for a fun and approachable way to get involved, and competitors who use it to pre-run the course before participating in other classes.

The UTV Rally and Sportsman race marks only the beginning of the biggest day of action at the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. Motorcycles and ATVs will run to close out the morning, while UTV NA, Unlimited, and RS1 entries race at noon, and the premier UTV Turbo class takes center stage in the late afternoon. The race program finishes on Sunday with two short course races, closing out with Turbo entries as they wrap up at around 10AM.

Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.

Brett Comiskey goes back-to-back in UTV Unlimited

16-year-old Seth Quintero resumed his domination of the UTV Naturally Aspirated class in 2019 by taking home an impressive victory in Saturday afternoon’s race at the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. After taking wins in the first two rounds of the Best in the Desert season, including a marquee victory at the Mint 400, Quintero scored another triumph in this year’s UTVWC and avenged a DNF in last year’s action.

“First of all, I have to give a big shout-out to my sister—it’s her 23rd birthday today,” Quintero said before spraying sparkling cider over the assembled fans and media. “My Polaris RZR performed absolutely amazing. This is three in a row, and I’m on cloud nine!”

Quintero was untouchable for a majority of the event, leading most of the 10-lap trek through 17 miles of a rough and challenging course. He finished ahead of runner-up Mike DeLey, who improved on a third place finish in class last year. DeLey’s eight-year-old son Ryan served as co-driver, and landed on the podium in his very first race.

In the UTV Unlimited class, Brett Comiskey set himself up for a potential Saturday sweep by scoring the victory over Michael Isom for the second year in a row. Comiskey posted the fastest overall time of the mixed-class race, while Isom scored his third consecutive UTVWC podium in the Unlimited class, dating back to his victory in 2017.

“It was a good, clean race,” Comiskey said. “We had the belt temp go up a bit, it was pretty warm out there, but we just got through the traffic and ran our own race. We had no flats, no drama with the body. Thanks to all the crew and everyone involved, we had an awesome time!”

With the UTV NA and Unlimited classes in the books, desert racing from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship wraps up this evening with the premier UTV Turbo class. Over 60 of the world’s best racers, from defending race winner Phil Blurton to Mint 400 winner Mitch Guthrie Jr., will do battle to determine this year’s UTV World Champion. Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.

Colby Wemple Wins First Short Course Race From Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
Shelby Anderson and Sierra Romo also earn 1000 class podiums

The 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship will go down as a weekend to remember for Colby Wemple. On Saturday afternoon, Wemple co-drove for Seth Quintero on the way to a dominant UTV Naturally Aspirated victory; on Sunday morning, Wemple bested the field of 1000 class racers in the first short course race of the day.

“It was really muddy out there, that was the hard part,” Wemple said from the podium. “I just worked my way up and stayed consistent, and we’re up here now. I was trying to get behind people and wait for a good time to pass, because I thought I had a good start. My spotter told me we were good on corrected time, so we went from there.”

The race saw a number of position changes among the front-runners. Jacob Spitz took an early on-track lead over Shawn Hess and Larry Heidler, but Wemple posted a faster pace and led most of the event on corrected time despite drawing the 22nd starting spot. In the end, though, Shelby Anderson and Sierra Romo would complete the podium, marking the first time in this year’s event that two women drivers of record would finish in the top three in class.

“It was a tough race,” Anderson admitted. “Having a bunch of other cars in our class, it was hard to get around them sometimes. It was muddy—I know a lot of people ran out of tear-offs on the first lap. It’s not a first, but it’s a second, and I’ll take that. This track was fun, so thanks to the Martelli brothers and everybody for putting this on. I can’t wait for next year!”

“It was gnarly!” Romo added. “It was super muddy, and there was traffic everywhere. I’m just so glad to be up on the box.”

The 1000, 900, 800, and 700 classes were the second groups to take on the seven-mile short course this weekend, following the inaugural Youth 570 race on Friday afternoon. This morning’s race featured eight laps of action, with nearly 50 competitors taking to the Laughlin desert.

The short course action wraps up this morning with the UTV Production Turbo class, which features more than 50 entries and many of the same racers who competed in yesterday’s desert action. Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.

The UTV Turbo class wrapped up an exciting day of desert racing for this year’s UTV World Championship. Justin Bor and Abbie Farris (UTV Rally) and Logan and Cameron Meister (UTV Sportsman) won the morning race, while Seth Quintero continued a hot start to the season with the UTV NA win and Brett Comiskey scored his second straight UTVWC Unlimited class victory in the first afternoon race.

On Sunday morning, the attention turns to short course racing, as many of the same drivers who raced today will turn their attention to a smaller, seven-mile loop as the event draws to a close. Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.

 

Cody Miller Wins Nailbiter in Turbo Short Course Race From Polaris RZR UTV World Championship

Earns victory by four seconds over Kyle Chaney; Jacob Carver places third

The UTV Turbo short course race wrapped up the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship on Sunday morning, and its drivers saved the best for last. In an intense battle for the final victory of the weekend, Cody Miller came out on top by just four seconds over Kyle Chaney.

“I knew the attrition was going to be bad out here, and I tried to gauge the other drivers and get a feel where I was at,” Miller said after earning the victory. “I started off the race with a little bit of a conservative attitude, and by the end I was really laying the wood to it. But it held together, and I’m here on top of the podium! The package that I’ve got right now, with S3 Powersports who put this car together, is incredible.”

RJ Anderson came out swinging and took an early lead in the eight-lap race, but took a DNF before the halfway point after wheel bearing issues. Chaney then inherited the lead over Mitch Guthrie Jr., who was seeking his second podium in as many days after placing second in the UTV Turbo desert race, and Miller. But a rough course spared few drivers from issues, as Miller suffered damage to his right rear wheel and Chaney lost four-wheel drive. As a result, the leaders were engaged in a battle of attrition all morning long.

“Three laps before the end, I felt the rear end get smashed by somebody after I got around them, and I was like ‘oh no,” Miller said. “This thing was crabwalking down the straightaways, and I realized that if this wheel fell off, I was toast. But it didn’t! This is a tough machine, and I couldn’t be more happy with the result.”“I knew it was going to be close,” Chaney added. “I lost four-wheel drive on like the third lap, but just kept it going. The car was hard to drive, especially in four-wheel drive, and when I saw Cody in the infield I knew it was going to be close. I tried to push the last lap, but I’m still happy with second and to finish the race.”

Jacob Carver completed the UTV Turbo podium in third, coming home ahead of Eliott Watson and Guthrie. Carver, who also ran yesterday’s UTV Turbo desert race, elected not to use his shorter wheelbase car for the short course race, and earned redemption after suffering a DNF with the same car on Saturday.

“Yesterday I realized this course was extremely bumpy and extremely brutal, and I knew that the short wheelbase car wasn’t built for this terrain,” Carver explained. “We had some issues with this car yesterday, but we got them all fixed, and we took a shot at it.”

Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

Mitch Guthrie Jr., Jason Murray complete UTV Turbo podium

No Limit Race Development’s Phil Blurton completed the hat trick with his third consecutive UTV Turbo victory at the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship on Saturday evening. Blurton and co-driver Beau Judge scored the unofficial victory over Mint 400 winner Mitch Guthrie Jr. after a hard-fought day of racing, while Jason Murray completed the podium. The win made Blurton just the second three-time UTVWC race winner, following youth driver Dallas Gonzalez, who completed the feat yesterday with wins in both the 250cc and 570cc classes.
“It was a flawless day,” Blurton said from the podium. “It was a battle in the beginning, and we just kind of checked out towards the end. I’ve got the most amazing co-driver—between the two of us, we were reading lines and finding smooth spots. We tried every light possible, we flipped our visors up, got dirt in our eyes, and just drove towards blue lights ahead of us!”
Competing on a challenging 17-mile course, Blurton, Guthrie, and Murray spent much of the 10-lap race running in exactly that order, with Justin Lambert also in the mix for an overall podium before seeing his chances felled by mid-race mechanical troubles. But Blurton and Judge would extend their lead over Guthrie and co-driver Kurtis Elliott to nearly 10 minutes when they took the checkered flag after the sunset.
“It was a good race,” admitted Guthrie. “I always want to win, but I’ll take a second today. Phil drove a great race, and it was a lot of fun out there. The battles were on today! I love this race—it’s like a short course race out there, and I’m glad this car held together. I can’t thank Polaris RZR enough for building an awesome machine, it seriously is amazing what these things stand up to and what we put them through out here.”“It was a battle out there—super dusty and rough, and the course started deteriorating after a couple of laps,” added Murray. “But this thing just soaked up the whoops. We just had a blast out there, pushed this thing to the limits, and we couldn’t be more excited to be on the box.”
The UTV Turbo class wrapped up an exciting day of desert racing for this year’s UTV World Championship. Justin Bor and Abbie Farris (UTV Rally) and Logan and Cameron Meister (UTV Sportsman) won the morning race, while Seth Quintero continued a hot start to the season with the UTV NA win and Brett Comiskey scored his second straight UTVWC Unlimited class victory in the first afternoon race.On Sunday morning, the attention turns to short course racing, as many of the same drivers who raced today will turn their attention to a smaller, seven-mile loop as the event draws to a close. Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.

Dallas Gonzalez Rewrites UTV World Championship History Books in Friday Youth Races Becomes first-ever three-time UTVWC winner, earns two class victories

The future of any discipline of motorsports lies within its youth classes, and there’s no form of racing that supports them quite like off-road. The best youth UTV racers in the world got the action from this year’s Polaris RZR UTV World Championship kicked off on Friday afternoon, and the winning drivers just might be the sport’s next superstars.

Dallas Gonzalez went back-to-back with wins in both the 250cc and 570cc races on Friday, setting himself apart and earning a special place in UTVWC lore. The 250 victory made him just the first three-time and three-peat champion in UTV World Championship history, while the 570 win etched his name in the record books again as the winner of the first-ever UTVWC race for the class. Alongside Gonzalez’s pair of triumphs, Chase Mankin took the 170cc class victory.

The 170cc and 250cc races each featured 30 minutes of racing on the UTV World Championship infield course, while the 570cc racers stepped up to the seven-mile short course that will stage most of Sunday’s racing. Youth racers made up one of the largest groups of entries in this year’s event, with 93 entries combined among the three classes that competed in Friday’s action.

“The youth teams that compete in the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship represent the future of the sport, and judging by what we saw today, the future is bright,” said UTV World Championship CEO Matt Martelli. “Dallas Gonzalez managed to do something even the pros have never done with his three-peat win in the 250 class, and backed it up with another win in our first 570 race, while Chase Mankin earned the 170 win in another great battle. Congratulations to all of our youth competitors who finished, and good luck to the teams taking on the Youth Pit Crew Challenge later today!”

Justin Bor, Abbie Farris Top UTV Rally Class at 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
Logan and Cameron Meister best UTV Sportsman field in first race
Justin Bor and Abbie Farris crossed the finish line first among a deep UTV Rally field in Saturday morning action from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. The #U925 Can-Am was the beneficiary of multiple late-race lead changes, eventually scoring the victory over the #U951 of James Hill and IMG Motorsports.
Coming into the pits before the last of six laps on the 17-mile desert course, Kyle Slater would take the first spot in the running order in the pits. But both Bor and Hill were able to make their way around Slater and co-driver Shelby Anderson, who will be competing as a driver in the short course action on Sunday. Slater would hang on to complete the podium.
The UTV Sportsman class crowned a first-time winner on Saturday morning when Logan and Cameron Meister topped the standings. The Meisters were not only competing in their first UTV World Championship, but also their first UTV race overall. They were joined on the overall podium by runner-up Brook Jensen and third place Mike Heller.
While relatively new to the sport, the UTV Rally class has grown quickly since its inception, with more than two dozen teams competing in this year’s event. Typical UTV Rally entrants include a mix of racers looking for a fun and approachable way to get involved, and competitors who use it to pre-run the course before participating in other classes.
The UTV Rally and Sportsman race marks only the beginning of the biggest day of action at the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. Motorcycles and ATVs will run to close out the morning, while UTV NA, Unlimited, and RS1 entries race at noon, and the premier UTV Turbo class takes center stage in the late afternoon. The race program finishes on Sunday with two short course races, closing out with Turbo entries as they wrap up at around 10AM.

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