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LAUGHLIN, NV – April 7, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 2018 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy continued into its second day of contingency and tech inspection as the largest gathering of UTVs celebrated its youth racers. Friday’s festivities moved to the track with the two youth class races sponsored by Carr One Fabrication.
Weather was beautiful with temperatures in the mid 90s. The course was tamed down from last year’s circuit with one small jump, several long straightaways and plenty of passing room in the turns, making high speeds was key to success. The size of the entry list necessitated running two classes of youth racers: 170cc and 250cc with record combined 68 youth entries.
In the 250 class, Dallas Gonzalez won the event for the second year in a row. He took the lead early and dominated the event in his newly built Polaris RZR. Jacob Peter was second after battling his way through the field with aggressive moves in the corners. Kaden Danbury put bad luck behind him and scored the final spot on the podium for the second straight year.
“The throttle got stuck a bunch, so I spent some time on two wheels today,” laughed Gonzalez. “The car was like a rocket this year. We got this brand new Polaris and built it. We tested it, rebuilt the motor and came out here to win. Pete from GSP built the car and prepped it. This is a big deal. Thanks to Polaris and the win, I get another RZR to build for next year. I can keep rebuilding the cars, making them faster, and hoping for another win.”
Peter’s RZR wasn’t geared high enough for the high speeds, but he made the most of his setup. Getting into the corners late and exiting faster worked out well for Peter as he scored the runner-up finish.
“I had to stay on the gas longer than others and hit the corners harder,” said Peter. “The Polaris RZR worked really well on the jumps and turns out there. I had to do some sketchy turns to get past people. It is awesome to get a second place finish at the UTV World Championship where tons of people come to race.”
In the 170 class, more than 30 UTVs started the race and Travis Sallee took his first big win. After starting on the second row, George Llamosas charged through the field to finish second followed by Ethan Groom in the third spot.
“Eventually, I passed the leader,” said Sallee. “I got out front and stayed there. I’m stoked to get this win. This is my first win in the UTV World Championship. I want to thank Jagged X, Polaris, Benchmark, and Elka.”
Llamosas took the holeshot on the second row and drove his heart out to score the second-place finish, bettering his 2017 results by 20 places. It marked the young racer’s first podium.
“I was impressed how the GSP Polaris RZR worked for me today,” said Llamosas. “It’s just amazing to be here. It was a pretty good race and the track felt amazing with this car. It got rougher lap after lap.”
About The UTV World Championship
The UTV World Championship is the world’s biggest UTV race and takes place every year in beautiful Laughlin, Nevada. The UTV World Championship draws the best UTV racers in the world to battle in both short course and desert races to decide who is the best UTV racer on the planet! The race features an ultra exciting side-by-side land rush start and intense door to door racing all the way until the checkered flag. The UTV World Championship has the biggest TV, online, and school media coverage in the sport of UTV racing.
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