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Arctic Cat Prowlers Sweep Baja 1000

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Arctic Cat Prowlers Sweep Baja 1000

Thundercat H2 1000 Fifth

The finish line at the 41st Annual SCORE Baja 1000 was as dramatic as it was historic. Racing a pair of stock Arctic Cat Prowlers, the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team beat the brutal conditions to finish first and second place in the world’s longest, continuous off-road race. It was the first time in race history a side-by-side UTV vehicle has finished what is widely regarded as the most grueling off-road race in the world.

Reid Rutherford complemented the historic triumph with a fifth-place finish in the Pro ATV class on an Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000 H2 EFI.

“We were the first-time finishers and first-time winners in this greatest of all races because of a total team effort,” said Bi-Polar team co-owner and driver Jim Creagan of Yacott, Wash. “From start-to-finish, every person fulfilled their role perfectly and each Prowler performed magnificently.”

Finishing first in the 634-mile race with a time of 27 hours and 57 minutes was a stock 2009 Prowler XTZ 1000 driven by Creagan and co-pilot Tim Wagner for the first 409 miles, followed by driver/co-driver Chris Fallon and Aaron Bahner for the remainder of the course.

Taking second place at 28 hours and 13 minutes was a 2009 Prowler XTX 700 EFI driven by three driver/co-driver combinations: Shane Morgan and Tabor Cresap, Scott Sorenson and Justin Serface, and Casey Squires and Mike Connors.

It was just the second attempt at the Baja 1000 for the Bi-Polar/Arctic Cat team. In 2007 they made it to mile-810 before succumbing to a broken suspension bolt. They returned this year, ready to prove the Prowler’s durability and to support their sponsors: Arctic Cat, Wired Energy Drink, Vision X Lighting, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims and King Shocks.

“These were stock Prowlers except for the required roll-cage, extra night lights, King shocks and tires,” said Creagan. “Nothing broke on either machine during the race and we had only one flat tire on the 700. Our support crew never even had to put a tool to either machine. It was just gas-and-go at the pit stops, which is a testament to their durability and performance. ”

The fifth-place in Class 25 Pro ATV by Reid Rutherford, Ben Vernadikis and Tony Valerio aboard a stock Thundercat 1000 H2 EFI was equally compelling. It was the first time an Arctic Cat ATV attempted the Baja 1000, competing against and beating all but four modified racing models.

Rutherford credited his Thundercat for handling the extra-tough course: “This was my sixth Baja 1000 and it was the most difficult course yet. The Thundercat handled it without a problem, giving us an advantage over the sport models in the rocky and silt terrain. I know we finished stronger and fresher than the other teams, thanks to the suspension and comfort of the big Cat.”

With a stock suspension, stock chassis and stock engine, Rutherford’s Thundercat proved that the most powerful production ATV is equally durable. He was sponsored by Planet Motorsports, Speedwerx, Douglas Wheels, Rox, Fly and RTT.

Most competitors were in agreement that this year’s course was the toughest in race history. In addition to the usual array of car-sized boulders, horrible silt sections and surprise obstacles, the course delivered a 60-mile section of 4-ft. whoop-de-dos that claimed many of the 347 racers. Only 227 vehicles survived to finish the famed event.

“Team Arctic racers delivered a historic performance at the 2008 Baja 1000 and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Arctic Cat ATV Race Manager Ted Bettin. “The Bi-Polar Prowler team worked incredibly hard for two years. To earn the honor and distinction of being the first-ever UTV to finish the Baja 1000, and to finish first and second place, speaks volumes about their dedication and professionalism.

“The Thundercat team’s fifth place in their first-year effort with our program proves their capability as well as the awesome performance of our ATV. Everyone at Arctic Cat appreciates the hard work and success of our racers at Baja.”

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Modular Rapid-Convertible System

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Modular Rapid-Convertible System

Curtis Industries has introduced a new, revolutionary, modular cab system for the Yamaha Rhino utility vehicle that allows rapid transformation from a fully enclosed cab to an open-air ride in 60 seconds. The Curtis Rapid Convertible System (RCS) allows the user to choose one or all components for maximum flexibility as the weather changes.

A simple ROPS base frame with cab receiver mounts provides safety and easy installation of the modular components. The roof, windshield and rear panel feature a unique, easy on, no-tools, pin to slot connection and a heavy duty quick release latch. The strong but lightweight hard-coated polycarbonate windshield quickly vents for varying temperatures and is designed and tested for full speed travel with the windshield open or closed. An optional wiper kit is also available.

Cab panels are designed using advanced technology and materials. The Rapid-Convertible System uses thermoformed TPO material (not ABS plastic or fiberglass) for all body panels. TPO offers superior low-temp impact resistance, higher heat-deflection and greater dimensional stability than ABS or fiberglass. Side doors quickly convert to half doors - no tools required, Curtis half doors also provide safety and protection.
Available in black, cab components – base frame, roof, windshield, doors, and rear panel – can be purchased separately or as a complete cab.
US and Foreign patents pending.

Curtis Industries, LLC has designed, manufactured, and distributed vehicle cab systems and snow plows for more than 40 years. Cutis is a leading manufacturer of cab enclosures for tractors, utility vehicles and golf cars. Curtis is also a significant OEM supplier to top manufacturers of tractors and utility vehicles providing cab enclosures and snowplow systems. The company operates from a 145,000 sq. ft. modern manufacturing facility in Worcester, Massachusetts.
For more information on Curtis products visit or call 800-343-7676.

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Whiplash Round 10

This series is demanding attention. This weekend at Vulture Mine in Wickenburg AZ

UTV Classes Include:
Stock, Sport Modified, Pro Mod, Baja Pro, Trophy Karts & China Lites

To keep up with race results and the next stop on the series go to:

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BITD Henderson’s Fabtech 400

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BITD Henderson’s Fabtech 400

The 2008 race format is going to be totally different from the last four years. We are still going to be starting in the same location on private property out in the Eldorado Valley, 15 miles from downtown Henderson, with a brand new grand prix course in the infield. The infield will offer great place to spectate, where you can watch racing all day long. The new fun and challenging race course will be approximately 48-miles in length for all race vehicles; the motorcycle, quads and utv’s will race on the same CT course. There will no longer be two separate pit areas for motorcycle /quad/utv’s and car/trucks, there will be one large pit area for everyone, with the exciting infield track in the middle. The new format will be running three separate races. The first race will
start at 6:30 am with the motorcycles, quads and utv¹s starting and racing. The 2nd race and 3rd race start times are approximate depending on the time the previous race vehicles reach a certain mile marker and it is safe to start the next race. Below are the class divisions and time designations: 1st Race ­ 6:30 am ­ Motorcycle, Quads & UTV’s ­ The motorcycles and quads will race around an approximate 48-mile loop four times, with a grand prix finish. The UTVs will race around the approximate 48-mile loop two times with a grand prix finish. The Motorcycle, Quad and UTV course is the same course as the Car/Truck course.

2nd Race ­ (approx) 10:00 am ­ Class 1100, 1700, 1800, 2000, 3100, 3700, 4100, 5000, 7100, 7300, 8100 These classes will race around an approximate 48-mile loop four times, with a grand prix finish.

3rd Race ­ (approx) 2:00 pm ­ Class 1000, 1200, 1400, 1500, 7200, 8000. These classes will race around an approximate 48-mile loop four times, with a grand prix finish.

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