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Polaris Factory Racing Sweeps 2014 WORCS Season Opener at Honolulu Hills Raceway

Polaris RZR XP 1000
RJ Anderson

The 2014 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) kicked off in Taft, California on January 18, 2014 and the Pro SxS race turned into a Polaris Factory Racing sweep.

Honolulu Hills Raceway is a unique track set in the hills outside of Bakersfield California among a sea of oil wells. The track itself is actually run on a network of access roads and canyons that snake up and down some pretty large hills. The lower portion of the track has one of the coolest MX tracks of the series, complete with some big table tops and one 140 foot step up that is impressive for a side by side. The 7.3 mile course has over 500 feet over elevation changes and Director of Operations, Tim (TPQ) Shelman made sure there were plenty of challenges.

The Polaris RZR XP 1000 was just introduced last August, and WORCS racers have flocked to this new RZR in the Pro SxS class. With an industry-leading 107 horsepower, 90-inch wheelbase and 18-inches of rear wheel travel, the XP 1000 was well suited to dominate the WORCS on paper, and after round one, it looks like it is on the track as well.

Polaris RZR XP 1000
Mitch Guthrie Jr. takes the holeshot

Mitch Guthrie Jr. moved up from Production 1000 to Pro SxS this year and took the holeshot in the first row of racers in his new Muzzys Performance powered XP 1000. Guthrie would hold the physical lead the entire race, but end up in second after RJ Anderson who started on the second row beat him on corrected time. With less than a second between 2nd and 3rd place, Ryan Piplic who finished second for the 2013 season in Pro SxS would round out the podium.

Polaris RZR XP 1000
Ryan Piplic
Last year’s champion Beau Baron was running out in front of RJ when he suffered a mechanical breakdown. Baron had enough laps in to avoid a DNF and was awarded 13th place.

Next stop for the 2014 WORCS season is Buffalo Bills at Primm, NV. This track is a perennial favorite and the turnout should be exceptional.

2014 WORCS Round 1 Pro SxS Results:

  1. RJ Anderson
  2. Mitch Guthrie Jr.
  3. Ryan Piplic
  4. Michael Camp
  5. Keenan Rogerson
  6. Jeff Obering
  7. Cody Bradbury
  8. Stacey Pike
  9. Clint Roberts
  10. Niko Skiparnias
  11. Jacob Shaw
  12. Andrei Isaac
  13. Beau Baron
  14. Dean Price
  15. Tyler Winbury
  16. Pablo Veglia
  17. Gilbert Flores
  18. Dana Creech
  19. Richie Laatz
  20. Jamie Annony
  21. Ray Bulloch
  22. Justin Dawes
  23. Doug Eichner
  24. David Martinez
  25. Nolan Remlinger
  26. Greg Row
  27. Nick Thompson
  28. Tim Wyatt

2014 WORCS Racing Schedule

Round Date Track City, State
1 January 17-19, 2014 Honolulu Hills MX Taft, CA
2 Febuary 7-9, 2014 Buffalo Bills Primm, NV
3 March 14-16, 2014 Crazy Horse Campground Lake Havasu, AZ
4 April 11-13, 2014 Sand Hollow ORV Hurricane, UT
5 May 9-11, 2014 TBA
6 July 11-13, 2014 Pala MX Track Pala, CA
7 August 1-3, 2014 Straddleline ORV McCleary, WA
8 September 12-14, 2014 Glen Helen Raceway Devore, CA
9 October 17-19, 2014 Buffalo Bills Primm, NV


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