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October 28, 2016

Beurrier, Griffin & VanBeekum Rock At The BlueWater Desert Challenge

Best In The Desert's BlueWater Desert Challenge Presented By Polaris is as much a party at the Colorado river as it is a race… at least for the spectators. For Team DragonFire racers Lacrecia Beurrier, Russell Griffin and Bobby VanBeekum there was some real work to be done while everyone else was rocking at the River on October 6-8.


Lady luck smiled on Lacrecia Beurrier who drew 2nd position, just behind the legendary Larry Ragland. “The Desert Challenge is one of my favorite races,” says Lacrecia. “I was super excited to start just out of the top 10 and # 2 position in the Pro Production 1000 class.” Starting from the front was a good thing, since she is in a tight battle for the Best In The Desert season points standings.

“My co-driver, Preston Alexus, and I knew we had to push the limits if we wanted to finish on the podium,” says the 2015 BITD Unlimited Class UTV champ, but the two-day format also meant pacing yourself. “To finish first, you must finish, first,” she jokes. “Day 1 started out just as we expected, extremely dusty. Not a breath of wind was felt as we lined up next to fellow DragonFire racer, Bobby VanBeekum.”


It was a drag race between the two pros, and with his wealth of short course experience, Lacrecia knew that Bobby was going to be tough to beat. “When the light went green we stuck with him until the last second when he squeezed in front of us. We sped on, trying to keep his lights in sight. Suddenly, he veered off the track! And there we were sitting in a podium spot. We raced on, through the giant sand whoops in blinding dust. We made to the river and my favorite part of the track. The track is wet, less dust, tight corners, big whoops and a paved straight away!”


The paved straight away is where the fun really began. “We got my Polaris RZR up to 82.4 mph on the pavement before heading back under the bridge and into the sand! Thanks to the CP pistons and rods, head work with WebCam Racing Cams and tuning by Mark Queen of Queen Racing and the crank balanced by Kincaid Racing, we were faster than most of the other normally aspirated cars… and most of the turbo cars, too!”


While the spectators watched from party boats moored in the Colorado river, the racers continued to rock around the track for 6 laps. “Round and round we went, passing cars and trying to keep the rest of the pack behind us. We finished Day 1 5th place in Pro Production 1000 and 10th overall. Great start, but we knew we had to lay it down on Day 2 if we wanted to finish on the box and keep alive in the BITD title chase.” Woods racers Russell Griffin and Jimmy Keys brought the Keycrete car in just behind Lacrecia, lucky 13 in Production 1000, but no luck for Bobby VanBeekum who put it on the trailer and headed for home.  


Day 2 had Lacrecia starting up front in the top 10 again, but with a new co-driver. “Preston had to return to work at the Lake Havasu City Fire Department, so my good friend and crew member, Mike Colosimo hopped into the passenger seat. Mike was told to push me as much as possible as we wanted that podium spot! We lined up next to a turbo Can-Am and he proved to be no match for my Queen Racing-powered Polaris RZR. We left him in our dust!”


Dust was the word of the day for Day 2. “We raced in the worst dust ever and chased down #2907 and raced him for half a lap before leaving him in our dust as well,” says the 3X Mint 400 winner. When the dust finally settled on Day 2, Lacrecia and Mike finished the BlueWater Desert Challenge 3rd place in Pro Production 1000. “I drove my fastest ever and pushed myself harder than ever… guess Mike Colosimo did his job telling me to push?”


The Keyscrete boys bagged 13th overall and 5th in the Production 1000 class, but claimed they had more fun than anyone on the course. “Having fun is what it all about, and we definitely won the fun run!”


By finishing 10th overall, ahead of many of the Turbos, Lacrecia gained a great starting position for the final round of the BITD series in December. “We are currently in 2nd place in the championship points, but the top 5 are very close together,” she says. “The last race of the season will determine our final spot.”


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