Minneapolis, Oct. 20, 2011–For the second year in a row, Matt Parks took the checkered flag in his RANGER RZR 4 800, at the Best in the Desert’s Bluewater Grand Prix. Parks came into the two-day race seven points out of the BITD points lead and a win at Bluewater would help close the points gap.
The race consisted of racing three 25-mile laps both Saturday and Sunday with the cumulative time determining the finishing order. The race is unique as they start the side-by-sides every 30 seconds, in pairs, in a drag race to the first turn. To start out the day, Parks raced another RANGER RZR, got the hole shot and was quickly chasing dust from the two side-by-sides that started 30 seconds ahead of them. By race mile 3, he had caught both of the side-by-sides and by mile 4, was the second place UTV on course physically, but had to pass all of the Jeep Speeds and Baja bugs that started ahead of them. The only side-by-side Parks hadn’t passed was the Jagged X RANGER RZR XP 900 which had quite a lead on them and ended up winning the Saturday race by a minute-and-a-half with Parks in second.
Day two started the same way as day one with day one’s finishing order as the starting order. Parks and Jagged X would start side-by-side with Jagged X taking the hole shot. Jagged X and Parks were running one, two when they caught up to the first Jeep Speed. The Jeep Speed got out of the way, but didn’t realize that there were two side-by-sides behind them and they cut right in front of Parks after letting Jagged X by. After a few miles, Parks was eventually able to get by them. Coming into the hot pit, Parks was only 30 seconds behind Jagged X and by the end of the three-mile Parker Python infield section, they were within 20 seconds. They ran one, two for a few more miles until they got onto the river road and Parks was able to get by and try to make up a minute-and-a-half in a lap-and-a-half in order to take the win. They ended up winning on corrected time by making up the one minute thirty second deficit from day one.
‘We had a blast racing this unique two-day race,” said Parks. “We won this race last year which was the first race for my Holz built race RZR 4 nicknamed the Baja Bobsled. Winning it twice in a row makes it even sweeter.”
The final 2011 Best in the Desert race is the Transwest Ford Henderson 250, in Henderson, Nevada, on December 3rd.
Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans Shocks and Wheels, Maxxis Tires, Kroyer Racing Engines, Desert West Off Road Race Prep, Muzzy Exhaust, OMF, Tire Balls, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Valley Cycle – Bakersfield, Utendorfer Graphics
Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, BF Goodrich Tires, CR Designs- Custom Painting and design, Cutting Edge Manufacturing- laser cutting and CAD design, OMF Performance- Custom beadlock wheels, Elka Suspension- Shocks, Simpson- Harnesses & safety products, Total Auto Pros- equipment for support trucks, Affordable powder coating- durable high quality coatings, Summers Brothers- Axle shafts, Walker Evans-Wheels, Vision X- Off road lighting
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