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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

 

Making Memories At The UTV Industry Ride

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

We don't make parts, we make memories! Sure, DragonFire has built a reputation for our innovative RacePace, RockSolid and ReadyForce product ranges, but our very tagline "Feel The Heat" is about the "feeling" and emotions evoked by this great sport rather than simply the hardware. With the possible exception of a couple of our engineers, staff scrapbooks of trips to Pismo, slick rock at Moab and other epic UTV vacations are filled with photos of cherished family memories, not spec sheets!

 

The great thing is that most people in this industry feel the same way. Given this context, we were stoked to be invited to the UTV Industry Ride in Glamis a couple weeks back. Organized by UTVGuide.net, this invite-only event is one of the most coveted rides in the UTV industry and a chance to meet some great people in a fun-filled environment. 

 

Four years ago Jon Crowley of UTVGuide.net fame and Dave Kuskie from Fullerton Sand Sports put together a group ride so industry vets and newcomers could network. They called it the “UTV Industry Ride” simply enough, from those humble beginnings the ride has grown to become a mini trade show with nearly 50 of the industry's leading companies participating.

 

“The UTV Industry Ride is a chance for parts manufacturers, custom shops, and motor builders to put together their hottest machines to unveil to other industry professionals,” says our friend Jon. “While it may seem rather introverted and private, many connections and partnerships have formed here, allowing for newer, even more spectacular products to be released to the public.”

 

 

What a great concept. The opportunity to mingle with the best in the business in such a low-key setting is invaluable, but more importantly the memories we made are priceless! Rather than Feel The Heat, we are feeling the love for this great industry! 

FEELING THE HEAT AT THE MINT 400

March 17, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire Wins America's Toughest Off-Road Race

Since the inaugural event back in 1967, the Mint 400 has earned its reputation for being the toughest off-road race in North America. In fact, last year DragonFire-sponsored athlete Lacrecia Beurrier was lucky to even finish. A move up to the Unlimited Pro Class just one race ago also had her Feeling The Heat going into the Nevada desert.

 

Actually it would have been nice to feel a little heat when Lacrecia and co-driver Chris Moore took their places in the DragonFire-backed XP 1000 at 6 a.m. on a frigid morning out in Primm, Nevada. With a sea of UTVs in front of them (nearly 60 Pro Class UTV entered the race), they knew they were in for a wild ride! With 25 different classes, more than 300 competitors and the biggest field of UTVs in race history, Lacrecia was facing a stacked deck. Being shuffled to the back of the Pro UTV pack on the starting grid didn't make things any easier. Things went downhill from there… literally as the starting line dropped racers downhill onto the Lucas Oil short course track. 

 

Getting off the line at about 7:00 a.m. Lacrecia came out swinging, tearing through the short course start and blasting out into the desert. Dust quickly became an issue as more than 80 vehicles on the track battled it out for positions in front of Team DragonFire. Lacrecia was able to deal with the dust and stay on the gas through the first pit. Then the wildcard: Shortly after leaving Pit A, the infamous Mint rocks jumped out and took out the driver's side front tire. Despite a quick tire swap, several racers went past.

 

In a very high speed and rocky section Lacrecia let her skills shine as she was passing vehicles left and right when bang! Another tire blew. The two didn’t want to risk the vehicle being further damaged, so they reluctantly they jumped out and swapped the tire… while watching all their hard work get past them once again.  They climbed back in the car to finish out the lap, only to get a raw deal at the main pit. 

 

Although the pit crew flew through swapping tires and gassing up, more time was lost to changing a suspicious looking rear axle. A fellow competitor even commented on Facebook after the race that Lacrecia should have won the "perseverance award." At that time co-driver Brian Thomas took to the driver seat to give Lacrecia some much needed rest after a very tough lap.

 

Lacrecia had worked her way back up to 4th physically before the time it took to make the axle swap. Brian and Chris took off back into the desert finding an extremely chewed up race track. They put the hammer down trying to make up time lost to the flats. The RZR XP 1000 showed why it's king of the hill as the duo flew through the lap with no issues and minimal dust to deal with.

 

Coming back around to the main pits Lacrecia was literally bouncing waiting to climb back in the car. She strapped in and dropped the hammer! The pit crew radioed in that there was only one person in the Pro Unlimited class out front, “don’t try and chase them down, just run your race” came the word over the radio. However Lacrecia runs at RacePace!

 

Quickly she was once again in the dust picking off cars along the way. Proving her pink RZR is not there just for show, Lacrecia pounded through the brutal track and laying down a lap only 10 minutes slower than lap 2 despite the ever worsening conditions. Coming across the Red Bull finish line jump, co-driver Chris gave the okay to “send it” — she launched it in style soaring through the air and completing the 2015 Mint 400!

 

The DragonFire/Rockstar Racing Team was there was at the finish anxiously waiting to find out where they finished. Although she had physically worked her way up through the pack, it was tough to know where officially timing and scoring had her. After rolling her car on top of the podium in total silence, the announcer said, "you have just won the Mint 400!" The crowd went wild as Lacrecia climbed on top of her car and popped the cork on the champagne in celebration of her third Mint 400 title and first Pro Class win!

 

“Thanks to friends and family for volunteering for Pit Crew duty,” says Lacrecia. “That is what won the race for us.” Special shout-out to Rugged Radios for hosting her at the official autograph signing. She would also like to thank all the sponsors contributing to her third Mint 400 title, including DragonFire, AZ West, Polaris Industries, Bell, BS Sand, Bulldog LED lights, CP-Carrillo, Dalton Industries, Elka, Gates, ITP, Lonestar Racing, Monster Seal, Mothers, Muzzy's, Queen Racing, Raceline Wheels, Rockstar Customs, Royal Purple and Rugged Radios. 

THE MINT 400

March 09, 2015 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Team DragonFire Looking For Another Win At America's Toughest Off-Road Race

 

Never bet on a sure thing? Although the odds are usually against players beating the house in Las Vegas, DragonFire is betting on a podium finish at The Mint 400 on March 14th. Pro Racer Lacrecia Beurrier is on a roll after finishing third at the inaugural UTV World Championship… and she has a history hitting the jackpot at The Mint. 

She won The Mint 400 twice in the Sportsman Class, but this year Lacrecia is stepping up for The Mint 400 this year, literally. The recent UTV World Championship was the first time Lacrecia had competed in the Unlimited UTV Pro Class. Taking third in a Polaris XP 1000 that didn't get finished until the night before the World Championship in Laughlin is a testament to both Lacrecia's talent and Rockstar Racing's car building prowess.

Run by her husband/crew chief Eric Beurrier, Lake Havasu-based Rockstar built her previous Mint 400 winners, so they know what it takes to win the toughest race in America. "How much is too much? We are gambling between unlimited horsepower and building a car that will hold together for 400 miles at race pace, says Lacrecia. "Finishing on the podium first time out was just what the doctor ordered," says the ER nurse-turned Pro UTV racer. "I'm betting Eric stacked the deck in our favor for The Mint 400, too."

Since the inaugural event back in 1967, the 400-mile race through the Nevada desert has earned its reputation for being the toughest off-road race in North America. Last year Lacrecia was lucky to even finish, but this year she definitely has her swagger back!  "Bring it on, the tougher, the better!"

If you are headed out to Las Vegas for the race, plan on getting there early. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, Lacrecia will be part of the race vehicle procession that starts at South Point Casino and parades all the way to Fremont Street. The Mint 400 kickoff party starts at 4 p.m. at 10th and Fremont, followed by the Mint 400 Pit Crew Challenge Qualifying at 5 p.m. In addition to seeing Lacrecia's hot pink Polaris RZR in the procession, fans can get her autograph and some DragonFire swag at the Rugged Radios Meet & Greet at 4:30 p.m. on March 12th or at tech and contingency on Friday the 13th.

 

Thanks to all of Lacrecia's sponsors for helping her get back on the podium, including DragonFire, AZ West, Polaris Industries, Bell, BS Sand, Bulldog LED lights, CP-Carrillo, Dalton Industries, Elka, Gates, ITP, Lonestar Racing, Monster Seal, Mothers, Muzzy's, Raceline Wheels, Rockstar Customs, Royal Purple and Rugged Radios. Get all the race details at and a full schedule of events: http://themint400.com 

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