Jagged X launches the 2017 Race season with a solid performance at the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals presented by Polaris RZR in Parker, Arizona. There is always great anticipation for the first race of the season and this year was no different. The sport of UTV racing continues to grow with no signs of slowing. This was evidenced by the massive field of entries for this race which has been enhanced greatly by GMZ Racing Products. GMZ has stepped up big to make this race huge a success. Big prize money, product offerings and more events helped lure nearly 100 UTV racers to this great race. Let us not forget Polaris RZR for standing behind the sport 100 percent and for their generous vehicle prizes.
The Jagged X team arrived in Parker ready to do battle on this familiar piece of battered ground. Recent weather promised to make the course fast with little to no dust. The BITD points race was scheduled for a 1:00 pm start, racing the full three laps to make it a true “250” ending in a grand prix finish which would take most of the field into the darkness. Brandon Schueler and Pat Stone were staged in the 7th starting position (4th row) behind some truly talented performers. When the green flag dropped the 919 Polaris XP turbo 4 wasted no time leaving the start and reeling in the field. At around mile 18, already running in the third physical position, the car would suffer a broken drive belt. Even a quick repair would cost the team several positions but they began work through the field once again. Later on the first lap another unfortunate mechanical issue would slow the Jagged RZR but once resolved at the main pit the car ran flawlessly the remainder of the race. Smart steady driving allowed Brandon and Pat to grab the 7th spot in the highly competitive Pro Turbo Class and an overall 10th spot. With this level of competition, consistent driving and solid finishes will be the key to capturing yet another BITD championship this year.
The GMZ Winter nationals were packed with tons of other exciting events and the Jagged X crew was on hand to take part in as many as we could. Earlier in the day Pat Stone drove his Stock XP 1000 play car to an impressive 3rd place finish in the production 1000 race while in the Production Turbo class Bill Schueler was able to pull off a 4th place finish.
On Friday evening the backbone of the Jagged team competed in the first ever UTV pit crew Challenge out pitting several other pro teams to win the title.
At Jagged X we are consistently trying to improve our program while striving to positively promote the sport of UTV racing and our great sponsors. For 2017, Jagged X is proud to announce partnerships with some awesome companies.
POLARIS RZR – Jagged X is now entering our 10th year as a Polaris factory supported race program. It has been an exciting journey seeing the evolution of the Polaris RZR. We are just as excited today and even more excited for the future.
BFGoodrich Tires and Jackson Motorsports group – Tires are an integral part of any off road race program and we are very happy to have the support of the most committed tire company in the sport. BFG products are the best in the industry and their support is second to none.
Vision X USA – Vision X has supported the Jagged X effort since day one and we are once again grateful to have them on board providing the highest quality lighting products available.
Polaris Engineered lubricants – We trust only genuine Polaris Lubricants in all of our race cars, pre runners and Play cars. We thank them for yet another year of great support.
Varta Power sports Batteries – Joining our team again this year and providing quality AGM batteries for all our vehicle starting and power needs.
Walker Evans Shocks – Longtime supporter providing innovative, quality shocks and outstanding support. Thank you for your commitment.
Factory UTV products– Another great product sponsor, overlooked by many but these products protect all of our assets and have been the reason we finish many races.
OMF Performance – Long time product sponsor and great friend providing the best off road wheels made.
This promises to be a great action packed season! Our next event will be King of the Hammers where Blake Van de Loo will try to defend his title and then on to the famous MINT 400.
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