In only his third ever SXS race Granlund claims his first victory beating 17 other competitors in the super competitive SXS production 850 class at Round four of the WORCS racing series in surprise Arizona.
As Nic is beginning a new venture into the SXS world he has chosen the WORCSs series to hone his driving skills.
The WORCS series has grown tremendously in the UTV market, At round two it was almost a total of 70 entries between the classes.
After not competing in round one due to not having a UTV to race, Nic chose to begin at round two in Primm Nevada.
Beginning by complying to all the safety rules including a Pro Armor five point harness and racing a completely stock Polaris RZR S with the exception of a set of FOX 2.0 shocks, Nic was ready to go racing .
After finishing an impressive fourth place in his first ever SXS race Nic was looking forward to the new challenge.
As round three at crazy horse campgrounds in Lake Havasu came around Nic was still learning about the car.
At this point Nic was pleased to start working with STI tires and wheels as it will be a great relationship for the season.
After breaking a belt in testing Nic decided to upgrade the clutch system. After some broken parts Nic drove to round three with a car in pieces.
Thanks to some fellow competitors and the great crew at Dragonfire racing allowing Nic to borrow some parts from them so that he could compete in the race, Nic’s pit crew, Mike G and Ted K worked feverishly to get the car ready for the race.
As the race started Nic was running in fifth place and made some moves and managed to get into third place. As the first lap was coming to an end Nic got caught in a unexpected rut and rolled a car over on its side.
While other competitors drove by some spectators came to assist and rolled the car back onto its wheels. At this point Nic put the hammer down and drove as smooth and hard as he could making up time and finishing a respectable fifth place.
As round four was getting closer Nic decided to do some engine upgrades to be more competitive. Nic contacted longtime sponsor CT racing to come up with a game plan, Between NGR (Nic Granlund Racing) and CT a great package was selected. To finish it off a Dragonfire exhaust system was installed.
In the week prior Mike G with got tools racing was an incredible help in getting the car ready for round four of the works racing series.
Heading to the race with some brand-new STI tires and bead- lock wheels and fresh Torco synthetic oil in the engine Nic was excited for the weekend.
During Friday’s practice Nic was geting the car dialed in and with the great help from Rick at the Fox shox trackside support did some final tuning on the shocks.
When the green flag drops Nic goes into the first turn in fourth position, Then within the next few turns Nic moves in to third place. The course was over 6 miles with lots of tight turns and fast straightaways, In the back section the leader made a mistake and sliped back to 3rd .
Nic was now in second the as new leader pulled a slight advantage, Nic put his head down and made up some great time, coming into the MX section Nic was right on the rear bumper of the leading car, A short while later Nic made a move and took over the lead. At that point Nic’s Dragonfire racing teammate in the 999 drove hard and aggressively to take over the lead.
As the leader was pushing hard, Nic was keeping a steady and controlled pace.
Coming back into the MX-section the 999 car had pulled a few seconds advantage but then suffered a mechanical failure and Nic assumed the lead again. Over the next few laps the Fox 2.0 Shox and STI Black Diamond tires worked great as Nic drove mistake free and had a great flow going.
As the final lap was ending Nic made no mistakes and cruised to take the win.
To finish off a great weekend Nic decided to race his quad in the 40+ A/Expert ATV class on Sunday.
The race went off without a hitch and Nic took first place in the 40+ class, Also managing to beat all of the 30+ A riders whom started 30 sec ahead.
All photos by Jill Teixeira
Nic would like to thank Mike Geiger for all his help before, during and after the races.
Nic would also like to thank his sponsors.
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