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Polaris Factory Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. repeated his WORCS Round 3 success in Round 4 this past weekend taking both the SxS Pro and SxS Unlimited classes. Guthrie Jr., would pull the holeshot in the SxS Unlimited Class with his 2014 RZR XP 1000 EPS and never looked back, taking the win.
In the Pro Class, Guthrie Jr. would settle into second behind another Polaris Factory Racer, RJ Anderson with Polaris Factory Racer, Ryan Piplic right behind him. Guthrie Jr. would get around Anderson and was able to get a gap between himself and Anderson so he could take care of the car. He’d finish first with Piplic taking second and Anderson third. RZRs would take the top six spots in the class.
The single-seat class would see three Polaris ACEs line up with Ronnie Anderson in his Walker Evans/UTVUnderground/Polaris ACE 570 taking third. Anderson sits in second in the point standings with four races in.
Polaris Factory Racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. was on a tear at WORCS Round 3, in Peoria, Ariz., this past weekend taking both the SxS Pro and SxS Unlimited classes.
Guthrie Jr., who is currently standing in first in SxS Unlimited and third in SxS Pro would pull the holeshot in the SxS Unlimited Class with his 2014 RZR XP 1000 EPS and take the win. In the Pro Class, Guthrie Jr. would start in the second row with his 2015 RZR XP 1000 EPS. He was, once again, able to pull the holeshot and began to catch the first row racers. As the race went on, he was able to grab some clean air and begin to catch the leading pack and finished as the third car, but won by about 20 seconds on corrected time. RZRs would fill the podium in the Pro Class with David Haagsma taking second and Polaris Factory Racer Ryan Piplic taking third.
The SxS Pro Stock class would also see a podium dominated by RZRs with Ray Bulloch taking the win, Jacob Shaw taking second and Polaris Factory Racer Branden Sims in third. The single-seat class would see three Polaris ACEs line up with Ronnie Anderson in his Walker Evans/UTVUnderground/Polaris ACE 570 taking third. Anderson sits in second in the point standings with three races in.
WORCS Round 2 at Buffalo Bills, in Primm, Nevada, would see Polaris RZRs sweep the SxS Pro Podium with David Haagsma taking the checkered flag in his Polaris RZR and Polaris Factory Racers Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Beau Baron taking second and third.
Guthrie Jr., fresh off the win as a co-pilot at King of the Hammers (KOH), would change the tires on the KOH car and use it to race the WORCS SxS Unlimited Class. He would take second in the class showing the durability and versatility of the RZR XP 1000 EPS. He’d also take second with his WORCS RZR XP 1000 EPS in the Pro class.
The single-seat class would see three Polaris ACEs line up with Ronnie Anderson in his Walker Evans/UTVUnderground/Polaris ACE 570 taking the win.
Honolulu Hills Park, in Taft, Calif., would kick off the WORCS Racing Season for 2015 and Polaris Factory Racers would be back on the podium.
Polaris Factory Racer RJ Anderson in his new No. 37 Holz/Walker Evans/Polaris RZR XP 1000 would start in the first row, get the holeshot and never look back taking the SxS Pro Class. Second would go to David Haagsma in a RZR and third to Polaris Factory Racer Ryan Piplic in his new Nelson & Nelson RZR XP 1000. Defending WORCS Champion Beau Baron in his new Holz/Maxxis/Polaris RZR XP 1000 would work his way up to second but would need to change a belt during the race which had him finish in sixth. Mitch Guthrie Jr., who was running right behind Anderson for part of the race, would have a mechanical issue in the Pro SxS Class, but also would run the SxS 1000 Stock class and take first.
Honolulu Hills also would be the start of single-seat racing in WORCS and Ronnie Anderson, who took third is SxS Pro Stock with his Walker Evans/Holz RZR XP 1000, would line up his Walker Evans/UTVUnderground/Polaris ACE 570 in the Production 600 class, which allowed both one and two seat vehicles. There would be three ACEs entered and four cars total. Anderson would take third behind another ACE and the winner in a RZR 570.
Cody Rahders repeated his Round 1 results and won Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Regional Series XP Class and then followed it up with another second place finish in the Production 1000 class.
In what is already turning into a tight point’s battle, in both the Production 1000 and XP Classes early on in the season, Rahders has been continuing to turn in solid results. Starting with qualifying, Rahders set the pole in both Production 1000 and XP Classes. With the draw for the inversion, he started in the sixth position in the XP class and fourth position in the Production 1000 class.
Rahder’s first main event of the day was the XP class and within the first lap he moved into fourth place. As the laps wore on, he went to third, second and then traded the lead several times with the second place car. On the last lap, there was a full course caution which brought on a green/white/checker to finish the race.
At the restart, Rahders and the second place car traded the lead two more times during the green flag lap and as they approached the white flag, the two came together over a jump which sent Rahders off the track. He maintained control, got back on the track staying in second place and kept the leader within five car lengths. As the race progressed, Rahders managed to make up a couple of car lengths and as they went through the rhythm section the leader slowed and Cody was able to drive underneath him and take the win.
In the Production 1000 Class, the start was chaos due to the heavily watered track. It took Rahders two laps to sort through the carnage around him before he was able to start his drive to the front and what was beginning to be a repeat of the XP class. Rahders and the leader would trade first place several times during the race. On the white flag lap, the two came together fairly hard but both stayed on course and Cody settled in to finish out the race in second place.
The first race of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Southern California Regional, at Glen Helen Raceway saw 41 side-by-sides line up including 15 cars in the new Production 1000 class open to all manufacturers with a 1000cc side-by-side.
Cody Rahders, the 2013 RZR 900 Class Champion, would do a double-shift racing both the RZR 900 class and the new Production 1000 class. Rahders would take the 900 class after a great battle with Bryan Carr and hop into his new Cognito-built RZR XP 1000 for the Production 1000 class.
The new Production 1000 class also would see a podium full of RZRs with Ryan Piplic in his Cognito RZR XP 1000 taking the checkered flag. Second would go to Tommy Scranton, also in a RZR XP 1000, and third would be Rahders.