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February 13, 2013

Nothing But Bad Luck In Nevada… But Benson Proves A Point! After a great start to the 2013 WORCS season including highlighted by 2nd place in the Pro Production 1000 class, Team DragonFire was eager to put their cars on the podium in Primm, Nevada. However a run of bad luck meant a win wasn’t in the cards this weekend at round #2. If it wasn’t bad luck, it seems like Team DragonFire had no luck at all at Buffalo Bill’s.

Maybe it was the fact there were only 13 days between the two races? Very limited prep time meant the team was all-in, spending many late nights getting both the Pro 1000 and Production 850 cars ready. Lady Luck even looked to be smiling on Team DragonFire’s hard work as round 2 brought sunshine and clear conditions, unlike the mudfest in Arizona at round 1. The good weather stacked the deck, drawing an amazing SxS racer turnout of more than 60 cars!

Although the day started out great, a stock engine component crapped out on the Pro Production RZR XP racecar during the parade lap. It definitely wasn’t the CP-Carillo pistons or the Gates belt that failed, but terminal damage meant that Ken Benson was going to have to fold… until DragonFire’s Sales Manager Brice Ginn took one for the team. Brice withdrew his RZR from the Production 850 race so that Ken could race the stock DragonFire RZR 800 in the premier 1000 class. The team quickly swapped number plates and a couple of other components needed for the RZR 800 to compete in the Pro class.

Team DragonFire’s RZR 800 rolled up to the starting line with less than half the horsepower of the race-built RZR XPs, Can-Am Mavericks and Arctic Cat Wildcats. Although lack of horsepower was a huge disadvantage, Team DragonFire had a couple aces in the hole: the Elka ProSpec suspension and Benson’s driving skills. With a full house of 5 cars per row, five rows deep, Ken’s front row starting position put him on the button.

Thanks to ITP’s excellent TerraCross tires for hooking up so well, Ken launched from the line and exited the first turn in 4th heading into the short course section of the track. The “little” XP 800 exceeded expectations by keeping up with the race pace — Benson even made a few passes on competitors with double the horsepower. In fact, Ken’s pace would have kept him in a top ten finishing position, but the bad day for the team got worse. Much worse!

After suffering a flat rear tire on lap 3, the pit crew did their best NASCAR impression and swapped it quickly to get him back into action. Unfortunately the team’s luck got even worse on the next lap with a failed rear A-arm/spindle connecting bolt, which kept Benson from completing the rest of the race.

Based on elapsed time and completing more than half the race, Benson was credited with 17th overall… pretty good with the production 850 racecar in the Pro class, but not exactly what we wanted. Luckily WORCS allows one “throw-away” race and the team is hopeful that this will be the one. Even with this setback, Benson is in the lucky number 7 position over all going into round #3.

Although the team was dealt a bad hand at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, it was remarkable to see Ken mixing it up with the bigger/faster cars and still remaining competitive. This is proof that Team DragonFire and its sponsors have built two of the best racecars in the SxS industry! With six full weeks until the next WORCS race in Lake Havasu, the team is already hard at work getting both cars ready. A special thanks goes out to Brice who sacrificed his race to give the team a chance in the premiere class, along with all the sponsors for their support.

Click here for some exclusive race footage!

Elka ProSpec suspension, CP-Carrillo pistons, Dirty Dawg Performance, Elka shocks, Gates G-Force drive belts, HiPer wheels, ITP tires and Vance & Hines exhaust all help support and sponsor DragonFire’s 2013 race program featuring the DragonFire-built Polaris RZR XP 900 #995 & RZR 800 #22 that compete in the WORCS racing series.

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