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January 29, 2013

WORCS Round 1 Mud Bog

Soggy conditions didn’t put a damper on the debut of Team DragonFire’s two new RZRs at Round 1 of the 2013 WORCS series. Ken Benson put in a heroic performance to take second place while our Sales Manager Brice Ginn managed to lead the Production 850 class until a mishap on the sloppy track put him out of contention while leading in his very first race.

This really was a team effort… Our partners from Elka even flew their application engineer in from Canada to make sure our Pro-Spec series shocks were properly dialed in. The entire DragonFire team went above and beyond the call, putting together one heck of a race car for Ken to drive and special thanks to our primary sponsors CP-Carrillo pistons, Dirty Dawg Performance, Elka shocks, Gates belts, HiPer wheels, ITP tires and Vance & Hines exhaust.

Despite the storm of biblical proportions flooding the race track, DragonFire drivers Ken Benson and Brice Ginn overcame and adapted to the conditions. A quick change to taller profile ITP Blackwater tires on the HiPer wheels, and softening up the Elka shocks was all it really took to get the new DragonFire RZR XP 900 & RZR 800 to the starting line.

PRO Production UTV

Starting on the far outside of row #1, Ken Benson shot out of the gate but was pinched off by sliding vehicles, resulting in an 8th place start. Within the first few corners all of his tear-offs were gone, leaving Ken with only his bare hand to clean his faceshield. By lap two, he had no choice but to flip up his visor and take on the roost of the other machines face-first. Despite the relentless flood of muddy water, Benson made quick work of the competition, moving up into 4th. Moments later a combination of getting T-boned and a blown corner dropped Ken out of contention. However, Ken was able to focus on making ground up, despite not being able to see. As the track conditions continued to deteriorate, the competition began dropping like flies with everything from overheating to broken-off wheels.

He was able to avoid the carnage and work himself into 2nd place behind Beau Barron at the end. Ken took the checkers and rolled into the pits in agonizing pain from the muck that had been injected into his eyes. The team rallied around their driver and tried their best to clean out Ken’s eyes, but a decision was made to get Ken immediate medical treatment. Doctors reported they had never seen such a bad case of impacted dirt, saying that it was amazing Ken was able to finish at all.

Showing that he is a true racing warrior Ken checked in the next day to report he is okay and looking forward to bringing the heat (and some extra tear-offs) to the next WORCS round in Primm, Nevada.

Production 850

Also qualifying well and starting in the first row was DragonFire’s sales manager Brice Ginn. After a 3rd place start, Brice was ready to challenge the leaders until a couple corners later, when the 2nd place car struck a rock and brought Brice and the 4th place car to a dead stop. Somehow Brice managed to battle and capitalize on a mistake that caused everyone in front of him to blow a turn. Squeezing by, Ginn gassed it into 1st place!

The blinding mud and water proved to be a great equalizer though, causing him to miss a turn while in the lead. Brice pushed the Team DragonFire RZR 800 to the limit and was making up ground until he found a hidden surprise in a muddy berm. A massive rock hidden in the berm tore the lower right A-arm off, effectively ending his first race.

The silver lining to the situation was that because of his completed laps and fast times, Brice was awarded 6th place. Back in the pits it took multiple saline solution flushings to get the mud out of his eyes and a tractor to get his broken race car off the track, but it didn’t wipe the smile off his face. “Our crew builds great cars,” said DragonFire’s elated sales manager. “Next time I will make sure to look out for the hidden rocks so I don’t destroy all their hard work!”

Speaking of next time, see Team DragonFire in action at Round #2 of the WORCS series at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, Nevada, February 8-10. Click on for the schedule of events and the points standings showing Team DragonFire sitting 2nd in Pro Production UTV and 6th in the 850 Production class.

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