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The Mint 400 would be run in reverse this year adding to the already challenging 330-mile race. Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims in his No. 913 Lone Star Racing RZR XP Turbo EPS would get to the front of the pack on the second lap where he would be challenged throughout the rest of the race by Polaris Factory Racer Justin Lambert in the No. 1918 Cognito Motorsports RZR XP 4 1000 EPS. Sims would take the checkered flag for the Pro Turbo class and win the overall. When he turned around to see who was coming in second, he’d see Lambert and his co-driver pushing the No. 1918 to the finish line. In an act of true sportsmanship, Sims and his co-driver would run out to help push the car over the finish line giving Cognito their third consecutive Pro Production win and the third overall for UTVs.
Polaris Factory Racer Wayne Matlock in the No. 971 Terabbit RZR XP 4 Turbo EPS and his wife Kristin Matlock in the No. 1954 Terabbit RZR XP 4 1000 EPS would both take second-place finishes in their respective classes with Wayne finishing second overall for UTVs. Ryan Laidlaw would round out the podium in the Pro Turbo class taking a third place finish in the No. 960 Redlands RZR XP 4 Turbo EPS, and Benjamin Bischoff would take third in the Pro Production class in his No. 1923 RZR XP 1000 EPS.
The San Felipe 250 would see 13 UTVs line up to try to capture the first win of the season. Polaris Factory Racer Marc Burnett would pilot the No. 2905 RZR XP Turbo EPS to the win in the Pro UTV Forced Induction class. Mike Cafro, also in a RZR XP Turbo EPS, would finish third. Polaris Factory Racer Brandon Schueler in his Jagged X No. 2931 RZR XP Turbo EPS finished fourth
The Pro UTV class would see Polaris RZRs take the top two spots with David Nance and Thomas Graves going one, two in the class. Jorge Navarro, the sole entry in the Sportsman UTV class, also raced a Polaris RZR.
Fresh off a win at the Parker 250, Polaris Factory Racer Justin Lambert would be back in his Cognito Motorsports No. 1918 RZR XP 4 1000 to take the win in the Walker Evans Racing Desert Championship Race from the UTV Pro Class. Lambert would battle most of the race with Best in the Desert Newcomer and Polaris Factory Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his No. 1951 RZR XP Turbo. The hard-fought race would have the No. 1951 succumb to the battle with Guthrie Jr. finishing an admirable eighth. Lambert would have clear sailing and finish 10 minutes ahead of second place.
Second place for the Desert Championship Race would be the No. 960 RZR XP Turbo of Ryan Laidlaw who would take first in the Pro Turbo class. Kristen Matlock in the No. 1954 RZR XP 1000 would round out the podium for the Desert Championship Race and finish second behind Lambert in the UTV Pro class. Polaris Factory Racer Marc Burnett would finish second in the Pro Turbo Class and Michael Cafro in the No. 1975 RZR XP 1000 would finish third in the UTV Pro Class.
The Holz Racing Products Production Short Course Race would see Mitch Guthrie Jr. take the win with his No. 4503 RZR XP Turbo from the UTV Production Turbo Class. Polaris Factory Racer RJ Anderson would take third overall in his No. 4537 RZR XP Turbo and second in the UTV Production Turbo Class. Burnett in the No. 905 RZR XP Turbo would take third in UTV Production Turbo. Polaris Factory Racer and Best in the Desert Newcomer Cody Rahders would take second in the UTV Production 1000 class in his No. 116 RZR XP 1000 with Ryan Holz, also in a RZR XP 1000, taking third in the class.
The Magnum Off-Road RZR 170 race would see Julien Beaumer take the race in his first-ever off-road race. In the Magnum Off-Road Production 250 class, Casey Sims would take the checkered flag in his modified RZR 170.
Torey Rush was the odd man out in the desert running amongst the quads in his Polaris ACE 900 SP. Rush would finish second in the Quad Ironman Amateur class running the last lap and a half on a flat tire.
The Parker 250 would see more than 50 side-by-sides line up, with more than half being RZRs, for the first race of the season. Polaris Factory Racer Justin Lambert of Cognito Motorsports would line up his No. 1918 RZR XP 4 1000 in the UTV Pro Class and not only take that class but the overall, beating the turbo vehicles in the UTV Pro Turbo class. RZRs would sweep the podium in the Pro Class.