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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.    

DragonFire Draws #1 Starting Position At Silver State 300

April 27, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Queen Of The Desert Looking To Strike Gold At Silver State 300

 

First off, congratulations again to Team DragonFire/AZ West/Polaris UTV Pro Unlimited pilot Lacrecia Beurrier for winning her third Mint 400! But even the "Queen of the Desert" can't rest on her laurels and as tough as The Mint is made out to be, many desert racers will argue the Silver State 300 is even harder than the infamous 400 since it is a point-to-point format, challenging the entire team in terms of logistics, pit strategy and just plain perseverance! However, Lacrecia is ready to strike it rich at Best In The Desert Silver State 300 race on May 1-3, and is off to a great start, drawing the #1 starting position for Saturday's race!

 

The point-to-point format certainly changes pit strategy considerably. "Pit crews love the Silver State 300 because it gives them a chance to chase and be an integral part of the race," claims event promoter Casey Folks. Sure they do Casey! The format meant crew chief Eric Beurrier had to prep the chase truck as well as completely tearing down and rebuild the race car right after The Mint 400. "We gave the old Ford a new wrap and fresh fluids thanks to Royal Purple and we should be good to go," says our camera-shy crew chief.

 

Although event promoter Casey notes the eastern Nevada course is considered one of the most scenic race of the Best In The Desert Series, drivers still have to contend with the dust. Fortunately Lacrecia hit the jackpot and drew the #1 starting spot for the Silver State. “With 40 UTVs pre-entered, we are in the biggest class in BITD,” she says. "It will be nice to start up front and avoid eating the dust of two dozen UTVs for 300 miles!” 

 

Despite switching to the Unlimited Class this year, double points at The Mint 400 and 3rd place in the inaugural UTV World Championships race, put Lacrecia on top of the points chase headed into the Silver State 300 this weekend. With a combined total of 275, Lacrecia is 44 points ahead in the Best In The Desert championship standings. "We aren't counting our chickens before they are hatched," cautions Lacrecia. "Anything can happen in desert racing… and usually does." 

 

BITD also allows for a "throw-out" race which means every point counts. “We will automatically delete your lowest points when we calculate your Year-End Class Championship points, after the last race of the year," explains Casey Folks. “That makes finishing on the podium critical for us at the Silver State,” Lacrecia adds.

 

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, 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.

 

 

More details on the Canidae Tap It Silver State "300" can be found at:

http://bitd.com/best-in-the-desert-races/ss-300.html

UTV Racers Feeling The Heat Across USA!

April 16, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire Has A Red Hot Race Weekend

 

From coast to coast and everywhere in between, DragonFire racers had a busy weekend! The 2015 season is finally heating up and many of our racers finished out front. From Hans Waage, Bobby VanBeekum and Ken Benson in the wild west, to Jack's Excavating Racing in the woods back east, it was time to Feel The Heat! For years we have worked with some of the best Side-X-Side racers on the planet to help us test and develop race-worthy products. Congratulations to all of our racers, we are proud to have you representing DragonFire!

 

Hans Waage - Lucas Oil Regionals

Original DragonFire team driver Hans Waage brought DragonFire the Baja 250, 500 and 1000 titles back in 2009, but the fire to win still burns as brightly as ever! He put his Baja racer on a diet and he's back out mixing it up with the short course guys. Turns out he can do that too! Hans brought home a 2nd place finish on Saturday at the Lucas Oil Regionals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and then topped the podium on Sunday, finishing 1st in the Unlimited UTV class.

 

Bobby VanBeekum - Lucas Oil Regionals

If you are into UTV racing, you have probably heard Bobby VanBeekum's name before. A new addition to Team DragonFire, Bobby brings his years of racing experience to the table with unmatched excitement. Bobby has been on a roll this year in his new Polaris RZR XP 1000, and this past weekend was no exception. Bobby brought home back-to-back 1st place finishes Saturday and Sunday at the Lucas Oil Regionals at Wild Horse Pass. New team, same winning ways!

 

Ken Benson - Lucas Oil Regionals

Long-time DragonFire racer Ken Benson has switched to a new UTV for 2015. Although he is still getting used to his Can-Am/RideNow/DragonFire/Weller Racing-backed Maverick X ds 1000, Ken is a racer through and through and is a factor for the win every time he takes to the track. Ken was able to pull off a 3rd place finish on Saturday in the Production 1000 class and 2nd place finish on Sunday! All signs point towards to a win in the very near future!

 

 

Ken Benson - SR1 Championship

Doing double time on race weekends, Ken Benson is also racing his DragonFire/Weller Racing-built SR1 this season. Always a contender, Ken is silky smooth in this 200hp monster. This is a very talented class of drivers and Ken showed everyone he is a contender by pulling off a 3rd place finish and 5th on Sunday! Ken is on track to be in the hunt for a series championship title by the end of the year.

 

Jack's Excavating Racing - GNCC XC1 

Known for being seriously fast in woods racing and leaving a positive impression everywhere they go, the Jack's Excavating Team wasn't digging the dirt at the Big Buck GNCC this weekend. Brothers Marcus and Mouse Pratt both suffered mechanical issues on lap one after contact with a hidden stump in the XC1 class. However they dug down deep and did what they had to do to finish the race. Mouse brought home a respectable 5th, while Marcus fought on to finish 23rd. 

 

Jack's Excavating Racing - GNCC XC2

Keeping it a family affair, the newest addition to the Jack's Excavating Racing/DragonFire team is the Pratt brothers' cousin, Joe Krcelich. Joe upheld the family honor in the XC2 class and continues to lead the pack with the season points lead after the first two rounds of GNCC. Joe battled hard all day and came across the line in 4th, padding his season points lead.

DUNERS CHOICE

March 24, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Our Picks To Click!

 

During our last trip to Glamis, we had to do a little work… if you call blasting through the dunes all day work! An invitation to attend the 4th Annual UTV Industry ride was a great opportunity to network with nearly 50 of the best companies in the industry. However it also had the DragonFire crew Feeling The Heat from a little peer pressure. 

 
 

 

No worries on the performance side as we had 3X Mint 400 winner Lacrecia Beurrier flying the Team DragonFire colors, but it would have been embarrassing for the rest of the crew not to put our best foot forward. Before heading out to Glamis, we took a poll and have compiled a list of dune-essential items. Then we made sure that all of the UTVs we brought to the de facto UTV industry trade show organized by UTVGuide.net were fully decked out.

 

All of the riders in our group outlined their favorite items to have while riding the sand dunes. Everything from 4-point harnesses for additional safety and control to vital spare parts to spare us the embarrassment of being towed back to camp by a competitor. All of the products on this list, in one way or another, have been used and tested by our crew in real world applications. Having fun and coming home safe are of equal importance and these products are our picks to click for any and all duners!

 

H-Style 4-Point 3" Harness

Features:

  • Extended sewn-in shoulder pads 
  • Memory foam for added comfort
  • Integrated sternum clip to keep shoulder straps in place
  • Easy in & out with sewn in lap/shoulder belts
  • Fully adjustable to fit all size riders
  • Unique Blacked out hardware
  • Also available DragonFire's 5-Point SFI, 2 Inch and Youth Harnesses
  • Available in 7 different colors to match any rig
 

 

Universal CVT Drive Belt Bag/Gates Heavy Duty Belts

Features:

  • Constructed from heavy duty water resistant ballistic nylon material
  • Extra large plastic zipper for longevity in dirty environments
  • List of required tools and basic installation instructions sewn inside bag
  • Fits CVT drive belts for nearly all Side-X-Side models
  • Integrated eye-hole tabs on backside for mounting
  • Retains shape of drive belt for longevity and ease of installation
  • Light weight and machine washable

 

RacePace Flying V-Bar

Features: 

  • Easy bolt-on installation to OEM roll cages
  • Light weight tubular design
  • Powdercoated to match OEM color schemes
  • Protects against cab intrusion
  • Available for popular Polaris, Can-Am and WildCat models
  • 6-Bolt cage clamp mounts

 

Removable Dome Light

Features:

  • Mount made of 304 stainless steel
  • Simple zip tie mounting system
  • Multi-function LED light
  • Easy installation, no wiring required
  • Removable light can be used as flashlight
  • LED light provides long lasting run times
  • Fits 1 ½" - 2" diameter tube
  • Available with all black or black/blue LED light housing

 

Quick Release Fire Extinguisher Mount 

Features:

  • Multi size tube fitment (1 ½" - 1 3/4") or (2")
  • 1 Pull-pin release
  • Uses 2.5 pound fire extinguisher size (sold separately)
  • Available in Black or Red anodized finish
  • Torture tested to withstand off road abuse
  • Designed for 3" diameter extinguishers

 

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