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2016 M.O.R.E. Powder Puff Race Towards A Cure

November 04, 2016

Since 2005, the Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.) Powder Puff event has been raising money and awareness to beat breast cancer. On Saturday, October 15, a full field of female racers headed to the desert just outside Barstow, CA, to race towards a cure. The Powder Puff race has always been special to DragonFire, but this year was exceptional and a key component of our efforts to “think pink” that included raffling off 15 sets of pink restraints at the Sand Sports Super Show, Arizona Off-Road Expo and Off-Road Expo in Pomona. 


DragonFire's Pro UTV racer Lacrecia Beurrier teamed up with our own operations controller, Amy Johnson, for this year's Powder Puff. “I have never forgotten how it all started for me at the M.O.R.E. Powder Puff event,” says the 3X Mint 400 winner and emergency room nurse. “I had never even driven the Rhino before my first Powder Puff. I finished 4th out of 10 girls and racing became a passion after that. I continue to race and raise money to help breast cancer awareness to this day.”



Breast cancer remains a serious issue: Nearly 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2016 alone, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer according to non-profit 


“The 2016 Powder Puff was a huge success for us this year,” she says. “We didn’t win, but we raced our hearts out.” Although Lacrecia and Amy had some of the fastest lap times on the day, they sacrificed their race to help another team in need. “At an event like this, everyone is a winner!”

It began on a beautiful Saturday morning with friends and family supporting the race towards a cure. “Amy and I climbed in my amazing Polaris RZR to see how many laps we could get in a 3-hour race.” They lined up with six other UTVs and a multitude of buggies and trucks, including everyone’s favorite, the stock VW Bugs. When the green flag dropped, Team DragonFire took no prisoners and began passing everyone in front of Lacrecia's hot pink RZR. 


About half way around the first 12.5 mile loop, they ran into two slower buggies and a Side-X-Side. “The dust was terrible, making it difficult to get around them. Finally, coming to a widened portion of the track, we jammed around and headed for pit row for another lap.” As luck would have it, the slower traffic made it possible for the #1946 Polaris RZR to catch up and go around just before Amy and Lacrecia hit the 50mph zone through the pits. 



“Not to worry, we kept her in sight and the two of us ran a blistering 2nd lap with only one other buggy keeping us from being the overall cars on the track.” But the beginning of the 3rd lap brought trouble as the Rockstar Racing-built RZR blew a belt and Amy was unable to get the remaining strands of belt out of the clutch. “The team lost a lap, by the time the crew could catch up, but Lacrecia was confident she could make up the time. 


“About a half mile later we came across a VW bug on its side with the girls still inside. We immediately pulled over and jumped out to help. The girls were beginning to panic, so we helped them out as quickly as we could. We decided that no one else was coming to their aid, so we pulled out a tow strap and hooked it up to our RZR and pulled their car over. The girls assured us they were okay so we strapped back in and continued to race. Even though we were now several laps down, we continued to see how fast we could push this little pink car around the track.”


Around and around they raced, across the toughest whoops, deepest holes and an awesome downhill rock crawl track. “We were ecstatic to see the VW bug that we had helped also continuing to race,” says our resident Good Samaritan. “We gave them a siren as we went by on our way to pit row. We came upon some slow vehicles again and as we passed them in the dust we once again (just like last year), were heading the wrong way on the track! The #2911 RZR was right behind us and began to search for the correct line. We followed her and were soon back on track! Thanks for the help Renee! Not sure exactly how that happened, but we motored on laughing at ourselves.”


The last lap went by fast and Amy and Lacrecia crossed the finish line in 6th place. “Not the finish we had hoped for, but we were not at all disappointed. We were so glad that we were there in the right place at the right time to help those girls out of the bug that nothing else mattered. Not only did we have a great day racing, we made some new dirt friends! I would sacrifice my race any day to make sure fellow racers are safe as I know they would do the same for me.”


In the end, the MORE Powder Puff Race Towards a Cure was able to raise approximately $16,000 for breast cancer research! In addition to her annual donations to the Cedars Sinai Breast Cancer research fund, Lacrecia stepped it up this year raffling off a custom-painted replica helmet and matching pink jersey with the drawing for the winner taking place at the Powder Puff race. 


“Nearly 12% of American women can expect to develop breast cancer in their lifetime,” she adds. “I have the pink highlights and ribbons on the race car for those that have lost, are fighting or have won their battle with cancer. I want to honor them and hopefully give them or their family a smile.”


“Special thanks to Monster Energy, Mothers Polish and AO Coolers for supplying some great prizes for the raffle! Thank you to DragonFire Racing, MSR, Rugged Radio and Chris Shelton for the helmet that we able to contribute an extra $320 to the cause! Congratulations to Aaron Farris for winning that amazing helmet. As always, thank you to all my great sponsors for giving us a superior car to race with!”

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