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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIENDS!

August 18, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

DragonFire Racing's Queen Of The Desert Lacrecia Beurrier Is The Best In The Desert

 
Queen's historic rock anthem is apropos as Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing's own "Queen Of The Desert" Lacrecia Beurrier clinched the Best In The Desert Pro Unlimited UTV championship with a win at the infamous Vegas to Reno off-road this past weekend. Billed as the longest point-to-point off-road race in the country, Buerrier had a score to settle at V2R in addition to a championship on the line… she definitely doubled down by winning not only the 545-mile race, but also locking up the 2015 BITD title.

 

After suffering a heartbreaking DNF stuck in the silt last year, Lacrecia was looking for revenge this go round… but her chances weren't looking that promising. Recent storms made the challenging terrain even worse than normal — which is saying something in a race that three quarters of the field failed to finish last year. One thing stuck in the back of everyone's mind at the start was the fact that every time Lacrecia has tackled V2R in the past, she had been taken out. Two years in a row “The Longest Off-Road Race In America” was too much for the team. 

 

Hoping to avoid strike three, Lacrecia stepped up to the plate, taking the starting line just after 11:00am. At the green flag, the team rocketed off straight into the blinding sun in their Unlimited Pro UTV. They found that this racecourse more than lived up to its reputation. “The silt beds were so deep and long that even the high horsepower trucks and buggies were having issues with the dust,” says co-driver and DragonFire social media manager Chris Moore. “Mounds of silt were exploding in front of the RZR and would actually blot out the sun at times!” The team was flying blind in more ways than one due to GPS issues. The duo decided that line-of-sight was the only way to fly, so they put the hammer down and hoped for the best. “Lacrecia is a thoroughbred desert racer and she knew that the only way to compensate for a lack of horsepower and 35-inch tall tires was to keep it pinned to get through the sections torn up by the trophy trucks… or get stuck like last year.”

 
After nearly 200 miles in the silt and the dust churned up by hundreds of other racers, Team DragonFire was stoked to find out they were still running in the top three at the pits. A scheduled driver change pulled Lacrecia and Chris out of the car for some much needed rest before nightfall. With the temperature in excess of 90 degrees, the two were cooked, but unable to sleep, so they watched as the car disappeared into the distance in the capable hands of relief driver Brian Thomas and Dustin Hoffman (not Rain Man, but a real savant when it comes to race strategy). 
 
Shortly after leaving the pits, Brian came on the radio relaying the bad news that they had hit a rock in the dust and were in need of two tires. Problem was, they only had one spare onboard! Chris and crew chief Eric Beurrier were quick on their feet, grabbing a tire and taking off running through the pits. Chris located Brightside Racing pits where they were busy fueling their Can-Am Maverick. Despite racing a competing brand, the Brightside Team from Oregon didn’t hesitate to help a fellow UTV racer. They strapped an additional tire to the back of their own with instructions as to where the DragonFire car was stuck. Brightside dropped off the tire in no time flat (pun intended) and continued on. The DragonFire team's season was saved! "We can’t thank them enough for helping us out in a bind," said Lacrecia. "They are truly a stand-up group of racers!

 

After another 200 miles, Brian and Dustin came into the pits very ready to hand the car back over to Lacrecia and Chris. As Lacrecia strapped in, crew chief Eric delivered a simple message: “Just drive to the finish line!” The two were off into the inky blackness of the desert night, being as careful as possible and not taking any unneeded risks. The two battled through the massive washouts and rain ruts to cross the finish line at 4:00am in first place. Lacrecia received an extra pat on the back for being the first lady to cross the line that night and #100 overall finisher. 
 
Talk about a trifecta! First woman finisher, Pro Unlimited UTV class winner and the 2015 Best In The Desert Champion! The third time at V2R was definitely a charm for Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing. Time to crank up the Queen… We are the champions, my friend!

 

Special thanks to Denise and Jeff Scolman  and the entire Brightside Racing Team as well as all the sponsors who made the V2R win and the championship possible, including AO Coolers, Axxis Rod Ends, AZ West, Bell, BS Sand, Bulldog Lighting, CP-Carrillo, Dalton Industries, DragonFire, Factory UTV, Gates, ITP, Lonestar Racing, Monster Seal, Mothers Polish, Muzzy’s, Polaris Industries, Queen Racing, RadFlo Suspension Technology, Raceline Wheels, Rockstar Customs, Royal Purple, Rugged Radios, Tred 4x4 and Wicked Bilt.

 

DragonFire Declassified

June 26, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

SWAT Team To Protect Your Side-X-Side

 
From SlickRock, Woods And Tight Trails (SWAT for short), tough situations require Special Weapons And Tactics. That is where DragonFire's new BlackOps gear answers the call to duty. From our HighBack GT seats and matching EVO belts, to the all-new Defender SS Folding Mirrors, DragonFire is here to protect and serve the UTV market! Adding our next generation of accessories is like calling in a SWAT team to protect your Side-X-Side! 

 

Trailside hazards can assault your rig when you least expect it! Although a sneak peek at DragonFire's all new Defender SS Mirror leaked out at Rally On The Rocks a couple weeks ago, details were still classified. Now that the secret is out, it is time to see what all the excitement is about! We have taken our popular SuperSport Side Mirror to the next level with the introduction of the fully folding Defender SS Mirror.

 

 
 

An indexed pivot mechanism allows mirrors to move out of the way of trail side or trailer hazards. A clever system of detent washers means that the mirror can fold flat and return to its former position with no adjustments needed. Once the hazardous situation has been cleared, the Defender can quickly be returned to its original position.

 

A full 4-inch convex mirror ensures a full field of vision. It is also push-adjust so that you can change your viewing angle without the need for any tools… or even getting out of the car. These mirrors are attached to the cage using a billet clamp with a two-bolt mounting system to make sure they stay put! These clamps are available in 1 3/4" for virtually all Polaris RZR applications and 1 7/8" which is common for most Kawasaki UTVs. There are even 2" clamps for the Can-Am contingent. 

 

The "BlackOps" anodized finish offers both style and longevity as the Defender serves and protects your Side-X-Side in tough situations. For more details, see the full video recap at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqnI7RHqwyg

 

But the mirrors are only half the story! The humble lap belt has finally evolved and the reEVOlution in harness technology has begun! The EVO Harness By DragonFire is a key component of DragonFire's top secret BlackOps program that was rolled out at the Rally On The Rocks in Moab. DragonFire chose ROTR specifically for the debut of the EVO… and built a BlackOps RZR just for the occasion!

 

“Off-road trips are a great time to enjoy family and friends while exploring all nature has to offer,” says DragonFire's social media manager Chris Moore. “But at the end of the day, how do you remember your trip? Scenic views or sore shoulders?” Rally On The Rocks was the perfect place to unveil the EVO Harness. “Mobility and visibility are key to negotiating the infamous “SlickRock” found on the trails around Moab,” he adds. “Craning your neck to see over impossible drops and around cliffside corners are par for the course.” 

 

Of course one slip can spell disaster, so DragonFire addressed the drawbacks to conventional restraints and focused on the biggest complaints from a full day on the trails. “A certain level of fatigue and outright pain also come into play,” Moore admits. “Sore shoulders, neck chaffing and sensitive pressure points stemming from the racing harnesses designed decades ago… at least this is how we used to remember trips to Moab.” That was before DragonFire developed the EVO Harness.

 

“It really is survival of the fittest out there, so the EVO Harness by DragonFire was created to provide the perfect fit,” he adds. This revolutionary harness is the brainchild of countless hours on tight terrain, radical departure angles and extreme rock crawling. Designed for comfort, without sacrificing safety, the ballistic nylon straps are body-contoured to improve the range of motion. 

 

“We had to change the way we think about fit first, so we started with the feel and reverse-engineered the rest.” From the fully adjustable sternum strap to the micro-suede collar trim and plush padding of the hip straps, this is the evolution of a superior species of harness technology. “The EVO Harness will change the way people think about protection, permanently.”

 

Of course there are more goodies coming from DragonFire's BlackOps R&D team… but you don't have the security clearance necessary to know more at this point! Stay tuned...

 

#OnTheRocks15

May 22, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

The 2015 Rally On The Rocks was one for the record books! The DragonFire crew loaded up and made the trek out to the iconic slick rock of Moab, UT to take place in the biggest UTV rock crawling group ride in the country! This week long riding event had some unusual rainy weather for this time of year but even that wasn't enough to deter the hundreds of UTV enthusiast and vendors from coming out too enjoy all that Moab has to offer!

 

 

This event is unique in that riders of all skill sets can come out and pick trails based on difficulty. Rally On The Rocks provides trail guides, all of which are rock crawling experts. Guides will not push you into anything you don't want to do and they are always willing and able to give instruction on how to safely navigate the obstacles. That being said if you want to push the limits of yourself and machine the guides will not stop you from having fun! Most of the rides are sponsored by one of the many vendors at the event and lunch is provided on the trail making each ride a true memory building experience. 

 

DragonFire brought something special to this year’s event, a project car code named "Black Ops"! This wild RZR XP 1000 features a wrap done by our friends at Rhino Wraps that seems to be straight out of the future. This was very suiting considering that this car debuted two brand new products from DragonFire. First off the new EVO™ Harness by DragonFire was proudly on display, this new body contoured unified harness is truly the "evolution of harness technology" and it was put to use all weekend on the challenging trails. The Black Ops car also featured our new Defender SS Mirrors. These mirrors have a folding feature similar to highway vehicles on the road today with detents that allow the mirror to move out of the way and then return to the same location. This product was also tested severely on the trail, the tight squeezes found in Moab had the DragonFire crew glad that the mirror moved instead of braking when the rock walls got a little too close. Top it all off with tremendous power provided by the new DragonFire Performance Kit by Weller Racing our XP 1000 was able to make it over anything we pointed it at.

 

All in all the Rally On The Rocks is hands down the best way for UTV rock crawlers to go experience one of the best riding areas in the world. Whether you're a beginner or expert this is one event that can cater to all!

BENSON BAGS A BIG ONE, WAAGE WINS TWO

May 14, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire Lights Up Lucas Oil Night Races!

 

 

Team DragonFire lights up the night! Looking to beat the heat, Rounds 5 & 6 of Lucas Oil AZ Regionals were held at night under the lights at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this past weekend. The spotlight was on DragonFire in both UTV Unlimited and Production 1000 classes as the team pulled off a clean sweep of both classes! Defending Unlimited Class champ Ken Benson switched up to Production 1000 for this season, and made the move pay off splitting wins with the DragonFire newcomer Bobby VanBeekum, while long-time DragonFire supported racer Hans Waage swept the Unlimited class in Benson's absence.

 

Round #5 Production 1000

A beautiful day was a bit misleading when the night became quite the roller coaster ride for Ken Benson as he went from DNF to the top of the box! Heading into the evening program Ken was looking forward to competing in his all new Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000 racer. Qualifying in the middle of the pack meant Ken had his work cut out for him when the green flag dropped. Driving like a man possessed, Benson blasted past many of the racers and found himself battling with the top 5 in short order. At about the halfway point Ken hit a jump only to see his tire pass him by. A fluke failure of a rear stub out shaft on the axle allowed the tire and wheel to break free from the car, bringing Ken’s race to a screeching halt. This left the door wide open for Bobby VanBeekum who was blazingly fast. Bobby's top speed was literally just a tick under 67 mph… 66.935 to be exact.

 

Round #5 Unlimited UTV

 
While Benson was bumming and VanBeekum was winning, wily veteran racer Hans Waage was saving the best for last, literally. He set his fastest lap of the race on the last lap pulling away for the win in the Unlimited class. Way to go Hans!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Round #5 SR1

Bummed about his Production 1000 DNF, Benson was determined to make something happen in the SR1 class. Ken found himself in the 7th qualifying spot with the best-of-the-best SR1 racers in his way of a win, including Jason & Corry Weller, the creators of the class. An all out dogfight ensued at the green flag as these racers were all dicing to get out front and away from the nasty roost of SR1. Ken was making up ground and mixing it up with the leaders when “POP!”  — the chain gave out, leaving him stranded trackside for the second time on the night.

 

Round #6 Production 1000

What a difference a day makes! With fire in his eyes, Ken was determined to make up for the night before. Quickly the race became a two-car fight between Ken and fellow DragonFire driver VanBeekum. Back and forth the drivers diced trying to find the edge needed to get out front. Ken kept the pressure on throughout the race and was able to capitalize when VanBeekum broke… leaving Benson to cruise to the victory. This is the first win Ken has had in his new Can-Am racer but it won't be his last.

 

Round #6 Unlimited UTV

Once again the limelight was on Team DragonFire as Hans Waage was looking to double up his win total. In a carbon copy of Round #5, Hans uncorked his best time on lap 10 and led the field to the checkers. There is no replacement for displacement… or experience and Hans has both in spades in his former Baja-racer turned short-course car!

 

Round #6 SR1

Again the stacked field of talent made for an interesting race as nearly every driver in the class had an extensive SR1 resume. Ken fought hard throughout the race and was able to stay up with the front runners finally finishing in 7th place.

 

When the dust settled, a DragonFire driver was on top of the podium for each of the Production and Unlimited UTV races for the wild weekend at Wild Horse Pass. Talk about "Feeling The Heat!" DragonFire is red hot going into the summer break! Next round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Regionals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will be September 11th. Click here for more details: http://lucasoilregionalaz.com/event/round-7/?instance_id=104

Team DragonFire Wins Redemption At Silver State 300

May 07, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Lady Luck Smiles On Lacrecia Beurrier


Photo courtesy of ITP

 

Last year at this time, Team DragonFire was crying in their beer, this year we were popping corks on the champagne bottles at the top of the podium! What a difference a year makes, especially in desert racing. Applying some hard lessons learned last year upgrading the race car changed DragonFire's leading lady racer Lacrecia Beurrier's luck in the Canidae/TapIt Silver State 300. 

 

Last year, Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing's Beurrier battled brake issues, a couple crashes and finally suffered a heart-breaking DNF stuck in the silt for hours. This year, the UTV Pro Unlimited points leader hit the jackpot instead of crapping out. A lightning fast Polaris XP 1000 courtesy of a big bore kit from our friends at CP-Carrillo, a well thought-out pit plan and plenty of pure talent saw Lacrecia get the gold at the 2015 Best In The Desert Silver State 300.

 

Lady Luck turned her fickle finger of fate Lacrecia's way from the start. In fact even before the start, as she drew the #1 starting position. Good thing, too! Conditions were extremely dusty, making passing pretty sketchy! Taking off around 11:00 a.m. all of the UTV classes were facing some seriously nasty ruts left behind by the Trophy Trucks and half a dozen other classes. But Lady Luck continued to smile on our lady racer.  Just before the green flag, the buggy right in front of Lacrecia had battery issues and had to be pushed off the starting line. This meant that Lacrecia had an extra gap between her and the last car of the previous class. Given this lucky break, Lacrecia seized the opportunity to get out front fast with minimal dust and stay there!
 
Although she set a blistering pace, Lacrecia still ran clean to avoid any damage to the car. At 304 miles long, the Silver State 300 has a well deserved reputation for destroying cars and crushing dreams. Remembering last year's bad breaks (and bad brakes), Lacrecia showed her skills running flawlessly through the high speed sections as well as technical mountain pass at the beginning of the race. "It really makes it easier to race when you have some brakes when you need them," laughed Lacrecia at the finish line.

 

She blasted through the first 150 miles with no issues before handing the car off to teammate Brian Thomas at Pit 3. Brian was instructed to simply deliver a working car to Pit 6 for Lacrecia to belt in and take it home. Brian was able to maintain the pace until a drive belt began acting up. Co-driver Chris Moore was able to change out the bad belt in a matter of minutes and the team was back on the gas! Large silt beds and tricky sections through higher elevations required every ounce of Brian's talent to cope with loss of horsepower. However he was able to stay in front of the thundering herd of Pro Unlimited UTVs thanks to the sizable lead left by Lacrecia.

 

At Pit 6 Lacrecia climbed back into her Polaris RZR knowing that the silt bed that ended her race last year was right around the corner. Luckily for Lacrecia, her experience winning the 2014 Baja 1000 and the 2015 Mint 400 gave her the confidence it took to shake off the bad memories. The silt bed looked like a war zone with so many lines going every which way picking the correct line was a crap shoot. “I don’t care what happens, don’t lift," co-driver Chris instructed her. Lacrecia clearly got the message as the duo flew through the extremely deep silt. Unlike last year, they managed to make it through the silt bed without having to rely on the hot pink TRED 4x4 recovery ramps that had been bolted on specifically to get though this section!

 

With their nemesis behind them, it looked like Team DragonFire was home free… NOT! The large number of Trophy Trucks and other racers passing through earlier in the day made for large silty ruts all the way to the finish line. Once again Lacrecia showed she is as tough as they came and wrestled the wheel without ever slowing down to take the win! This marks back-to-back wins for Lacrecia in her Unlimited Pro Polaris XP 1000 and her first win ever at the Silver State!  

 
With wins at The Mint 400 and Silver State 300 and third at the inaugural UTV World Championships, Lacrecia is now in the points lead for the championship… however the next Best In The Desert Race is the toughest event on the schedule! The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented By Fox race is the longest off-road race in the United States and at 600+ miles, twice as challenging as the Silver State 300 was! Mark your calendars for August 13-15, 2015 or get more details here:

http://bitd.com/best-in-the-desert-races/general-tire-vegas-to-reno.html

 

If you cant't wait until August to see Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing in action, check out the redemption win coverage of the Silver State 300 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YryXD0hdgQo

 

Lacrecia would like to thank all the sponsors supporting her drive to strike it rich with the Best In The Desert Pro Unlimited championship this season, including DragonFire, AZ West, Polaris Industries, AO Coolers, Bell, BS Sand, Bulldog LED lights, CP-Carrillo, Dalton Industries, Factory UTV, Gates, ITP, Lonestar Racing, Monster Seal, Mothers, Muzzy’s, Queen Racing, Raceline Wheels, Radflo, Rockstar Customs, Royal Purple, Rugged Radios and TRED 4x4.    

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