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  • Valor Racing Vegas to Reno Race Report

    #959 Valor Racing Vegas to Reno 2017 Race Report by Kyle Miller

    Wow. What a ride! Vegas to Reno 2017 marked Valor Racing’s very first desert race. Ever! I have diligently been building my car for quite a while now and with its completion I figured why not, let’s hit V2R for my first race and see what I can learn! Like every race team we seemed to be working on the car up to the last minute trying to make sure everything was ready to go. But by race morning I was confident that me and my team were ready. I must say that the hardest part was the anxiety about the unknown. Having never raced in a desert race before there where many things that I was not sure about. How do I pass in dust? Will I be able to move out of the way for faster cars? What is it like to race for 10-20 hours? How do I make the car last? Did I plan my pits correctly? What is this catheter thing all about? Lol. Well I was soon to find out.

    Friday morning, we lined up with a pack of over 80 UTV’s all hungry for some V2R success. Finally, just after 11 a.m. it was my turn to go! The flag dropped and we roared off the line! My goal from the beginning was to be patient, make the car last, and finish this race. I tried to set a comfortable pace and not worry about who was passing me. And pass me they did lol. It seems everyone was gunning for the win! It was not long however before I started passing people back broke down on the road. V2R had already started claiming its first victims.

    We had decided to pull in to pit 1 for a quick once over and a splash of fuel. Everything looked good to go so off we went! I was starting to pick up the pace as I became more comfortable with the car and the race. We started making our first passes and working our way up. We did start to have some overheating issues when pulling the long hills. I had to take it down a notch and allow some cars we just passed to go back around which was a bit frustrating. We would later find out that overheating issues were plaguing many teams.
    Pulling into pit 3 we had lost a CV boot clamp. We topped off with fuel and fixed the CV. Onward we pressed. Man this is fun! We were having an absolute blast! Around mile 200 we had a tire puncture which we quickly fixed. My co-drive and I had not even had a chance to practice a tire change yet but we blasted it out in just a few minutes. We continued to cycle through our pits. Our pit crews were doing such an awesome job! For everyone being new they were making it seem like they had done this for years lol! They were doing awesome!

    Of course, my racing experience was limited, but with the UTV’s following the trophy trucks, class 15’s, and 6100’s the race course seemed incredibly rough and rutted. My suspension setup consisted of a bolt on long travel kit from RT Pro with their race springs and factory valved Fox shocks. I must say the car was performing awesome and the suspension was soaking up the rough course like it was nothing! I was thoroughly impressed! Many times, I would hit ruts, rocks, and rough terrain expecting the worst and the car would just soak it up!
    The silt was bad and the large load on the car caused me to have to replace a belt just before pit 8. Again, we knocked this out without too much trouble. The sun was starting to set and temperatures were starting to cool. We were no longer having the heating issues from earlier in the day which was nice! We had KC’s new Pro-6 and Flex lights on the car so we switched them on and lit the desert up! We made our way up into the mountains and into some super fun technical sections through the trees. We started noticing the voltage levels dropping on the car. Unfortunately, without a true charging system all the lights and equipment were starting to take their toll on the battery. We had to start cycling the lights off during the slow sections and let the stator catch up. At mile marker 374 we had our first major issue. We had just switch off our lights to let the charging system recover as we entered a canyon. Apparently, the trucks from earlier in the day had taken out the course markers and they had made their own road up on the side of the canyon instead of on the canyon floor. All the vehicles coming behind followed suit so there was their own road which abruptly ended with a 25 foot drop off back into the river bed. Of course, at night it looked like we were driving off a cliff so I slammed on the
    brakes just before we crested the edge. It was at this point I found out that silt had locked up my primary cutch causing the car to stall. There was not enough voltage left in the battery to start the car again. There we were stuck in the middle of the road right at the edge of the bank. Surprisingly, there was another UTV with the exact same battery issue stuck at the same spot! Together we pushed each other’s cars out of the way so we did not end up stuck in the grill of a trophy truck. Neither of us had a jump box and the canyon prevented radio signal and cell service. We hiked to the top of the mountains attempting to get service but to no avail. For 3 hours, we helped guide cars off the edge as everyone was having issues there. Finally, someone passing was kind enough to get our race numbers and radio BITD for help. Not 10 minutes later a BITD truck showed up and got both of our cars going! Wow! I thought we were out but now we were up and going again! We shut off the lights and air pumpers so we could keep the battery going and tried to maintain momentum since we could not stop the car with the clutch locked up. Finally, we made it to pit 11! We pulled off the clutch cover and cleaned the clutch the best we could with brake cleaner and compressed CO2 that we borrowed. Back on the course we started blasting through the miles with the end in sight!
    However, our troubles were not over yet…the car started bogging down and I had a feeling we were not getting any airflow. Finally, the car shut off and would not start. I jumped out and pulled the pre-filter off. It was clogged solid. I pulled the spare tire and heat shields and removed the air filter to find it clogged as well. I beat the filter against the tire and probably removed a mixing bowl amount of silt from the filter! We put everything together and the car roared to life! It was amazing the power was back and we were flying! At this point morning light was starting to pierce the night sky! Had we really been racing that long?

    We made our way through the course and entered the last 15 miles. Apparently BITD thought that we should finish Ultra4 style as we were basically bouncing through boulder fields the last 15 miles. We crested the top of the hill and the end was in sight! With only 4 miles to go I felt the back of the car start to move around. “Crap…another flat tire” I thought. “I will just push through these last few miles.” It started getting worse so we jumped out prepared to fix a flat. Surprisingly, all 4 tires were good. The bad news is that somehow, I had broken the rear hub flange off the trailing arm! “Are you serious?” I thought…Well I was determined to finish even if I was dragging the car across the line. The last 4 miles crawled by and seemed to take forever. Finally! Finally! Finally! I saw the finish. We had made it! The mixture of emotions from the last 20 hours flooded over me. We had done it! We had completed the longest race in America and finished our first race! My team was there at the finish line cheering me on! It was awesome!
    I want to first thank God for blessing my life with opportunity like this and for keeping me and my team safe.

    I want to thank my team who took time off work and spent their own money to come help me out. They worked tirelessly all night to make sure I had whatever I needed. Not only did they support the car but also consistently encouraged us to keep pushing forward!
    I want to thank my co-driver Josh for calling turns, watching mirrors, gauges, and helping like he had been doing this for years!
    I also want to thank RT Pro for providing an amazing suspension system for me. Seriously, it is amazing how well this car works with just bolt on suspension mods.
    Thank you to KC Hilites for providing me with the industry’s leading lighting system for my car. Even when I was restricted to just a few lights I never felt like I was lacking for light. It was awesome!

    And finally, to HMF exhaust. I have used HMF for years and they are one of the best companies in the UTV industry period. Their product and customer service is the best there is. I run their Titan exhaust setup which provides a throaty sound that does not drone on especially when racing for 20 hours lol. I just love their product!
    -Kyle Miller, Valor Racing #959

  • UXC Heartland Challenge Race Report

    Team UXC arrived in Iowa from all corners of the earth to again take on the Heartland Challenge weekend. The weekend consisted of 4 hour UTV, 10 hour ATV and 1.5 hour Ace races. With GNCC finishing later into the summer than usual, it meant many late summer nights in the workshops in order to put 11 machines on the start line ready to race. Despite the usual challenges, it was always a pleasure to turn up to one of Andy Kyner’s events. His team is welcoming and accommodating and we are happy to be able to support the event weekend.


    The 4 hour UTV race took place half in daylight and half in darkness. With most XC races being an hour, it was going to put pressure on the machines as well as driver and copilot. Rigid Industries epic LED lights would be critical to allow our drivers to keep it wide open throughout the night. New for this year were four RZR classes; 800, 900, 1000 and Open. The latter to allow for turbo cars. Both Team UXC drivers were riding in the Open class using Polaris RZR XP1000’s (non-turbo version). The race kicked off at 7pm, and within seconds it was clear how the next 4 hours would go: extremely dusty. Both Swift and Trantham got off the line well but dust played a big factor in visibility. However, it was a long race and remarkably no damage was done!


    Both drivers found the going challenging as it was extremely hard to stay on the tail of the driver in front without running the risk of missing a turn, driving down a ravine or running into them under braking. After 1 very dusty, sketchy lap, Trantham came around in 3rd with a comfortable gap to 4th and plenty of time to run down 2nd. Swift was not so lucky and came round in 10th, but his race experience and fitness showed a coolness and determination to finish on the podium. While Trantham was catching and passing 2nd to catch the leader, Swift was making passes to reach the podium. Trantham found himself trading places with the leader throughout the race. He said that despite the dust, the car was handling superbly with the STM Powersports/Airdam-Tuned power going down perfectly. The Challenge section was brutal, but the RZR’s RT Pro cage, nerfs and bumpers soaked it up and our drivers loved being pushed.


    The dust never settled and once night fell, the issue of visibility became worse. Our Rigid Industries lights were amazing. Normally the roof mounted light bar would be sufficient to light up an entire field, but the conditions were unusual and the Rigid Dually Midnight Edition surface mount spots worked just like fog lights. So Swift and Trantham drove just as fast in the dark as they did in the daylight! The pit stops went well and Swift was up to 5th. Shortly after the stops Trantham’s belt went while racing wide open along the pit straightaway. Thankfully, he wasn’t too far from the UXC pits at the time and the pit crew was able to get him back out. Swift was not so lucky and suffered a race-ending mechanical issue with less than an hour to go. He was frustrated to not finish after all of the hard work, but glad that Trantham was still in the fight for a podium position. Both drivers said the track flowed fast and held up well. The only real issue was the dust and it made for an extremely grueling 4 hours with the throttle pinned most of the lap. As the checkered flag dropped after 4 hours, Kevin Trantham and his copilot, Nic Snycker’s, crossed the line in 3rd as highest placed Polaris. It was a well-fought race that put a Team UXC/Factory Polaris Team RZR on the box. On the podium, Trantham thanked SSI Decals for making all the team’s machines look on point as well as Evans Powersports for keeping the machine nice and cool in the Iowa humidity.


    Trantham wasn’t the only driver to put a Team UXC machine on the podium that day. Earlier in the day, Becky Widdicombe lined the Polaris Ace 900 XC up for a 1.5 hour race – 3 times longer than a normal GNCC event. Having walked the track, she knew it looked fast. The team had spent a lot of time working on the machine to dial it in to how she liked to drive. The new RT Pro cage and nerfs would mean making tight turns around trees would be less of a worry. Making 2nd into the first corner, she held her line around the start field and tucked in behind first. It was clear going in to the first wood section that staying on the leader’s tail was going to be difficult due to zero visibility. Rather than risk a race-ending crash, she settled in and drove her own race. Throughout the early laps she would check to see where the 3rd driver was and felt comfortable her pace was giving her a buffer. It would stay like this for the rest of the race as 1st and 2nd continued to lap the rest of the field. Widdicombe would cross the line in 2nd a few minutes behind 1st. She said it was the hardest and fastest she’d ever driven the 900XC, but was smiling throughout as the car felt so good. The car looked planted as it was coming down the pit straightway wide open and drifting before anchoring up hard with her DP Brakes to make the rock section before timing.


    Not done with UTV success, Swift and Trantham went on to take the Pro 4x4 ATV 10 hour win the following day after 4 hours in the RZR’s and making it 3 years in a row. Some achievement!! Our other riders also put on an excellent show. Graham Widdicombe finished 2nd in Ironman. Also racing Ironman, Nic Snycker’s finished in 13th after some issues with his twist throttle and #TeamUXCGuestRacer Kev Jones finished 6th. Josh Day partnered with Jeff Wright again and put their machine on the box 3rd in the 30+ class.

    The team will be back racing ATVs and RZRs when the GNCC season recommences in September.


    Photo Credits: ATVRiders.com

  • C Sims Race Report DIRT Series Stop 7

    Pala, CA- August 13, 2017- Pala Raceway is one of my favorite places to race.  It’s close to home, and I love the track!  We headed out to Pala on Saturday morning for practice.  Everything went perfect during my first practice run.  The car was running great and I was able to figure out my lines.  I was hitting the double jumps too which I knew would help me during the race.  When it was time to start the second practice session, I went back out just to fine tune everything and make sure I had the track down. JSJ_46841 On my last lap, I decided I would try to clear another double jump that didn’t have a smooth landing on the other side.  After I hit the jump, my car stayed flat in the air and didn’t nose in like it usually does.  When I came down, I cased it pretty hard and it knocked the wind out of me.  Luckily, my car was fine and nothing broke!  I was glad I tried the jump in practice and not during the race!  Going into the race on Sunday, I felt really confident in the course and my car.


    We had a quick practice session on Sunday morning before racing started.  I went out and ran the course again and was feeling great!  My class was race number one in the lineup for the day, so after the driver’s meeting, I headed back to my pit quickly to get ready.  I lined up with the other 8 cars in my class.  Pala has a narrow start, and with 9 of us charging it, I knew I had to get out in front fast.  The green flag dropped and we took off!  I was running neck in neck with one of my competitors to the first turn.  We were both determined and neither one of us let off the gas as we headed up the hill and around the first turn.  I had the inside line and as we made the turn, my competitor and I hit.  I turned sharply to the left, but she flipped on her side.  I stayed on it and settled in.  I remembered my lines from the day before and was able to keep my lead through the entire race.  I finished the first moto in 1st place!


    When it was time, we lined up again for moto two.  I picked a different spot on the line, but I felt confident I could get to the turn first.  As we took off, one of my competitors and I were neck in neck again.  Neither one of us let off going up the hill and into the first turn.  This time, I had the outside line and I stayed on it.  As we headed out of the turn, I was able to get out ahead with the rest of the pack behind me.  My competitor stayed with me until we hit the first set of double jumps.  I hit the gas and cleared the first set, then I cleared the next set that immediately followed.  Clearing those jumps gave me a huge advantage and I gained three car lengths of space between us.  I stayed on it throughout the race, and each time hitting those jumps helped me keep a cushion between myself and the others.  I finished the second moto in 1st place and took home the 1st place spot overall for the day!


    Our team has one weekend off, and then we will head to 333 MX Park in Victorville, CA on August 26th for round 3 of the Quad X & UTV Racing Series.  333 is a track we’ve never raced at, so we are looking forward to it!


    Thanks so much to all of these amazing companies that support my program: Got Sand Performance, Addict Racing Engines, Red Rock, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, RT Pro, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G-Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me!  Thanks to Steve at the DIRT Series for another great day of racing, and thanks to Mad Moose Media for the awesome pictures!  You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

  • RT Pro New Product Announcement #103: Ranger 2" Lift Kits


    PR #103:

    August 1,2017


    2" Lift Kits

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    2013+ Polaris Ranger FS 570

    2013+ Polaris Ranger XP 900

    2013+ Polaris Ranger XP 1000

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    RT Pro 2" Lift Kits for Polaris Ranger

    Coldwater, MI — Looking for a quick and easy solution to fitting larger tires under your 2013 or newer Polaris Ranger Full Size 570, RZR XP900 or XP1000  that won't break the bank? RT Pro has the solution for you with new 2" lift kits designed specifically for late model Polaris UTVs. These new 2" lift kits maintain the OE geometry for predictable handling characteristics with room for 27" tires to be installed. CV axles are kept at safe operating angle throughout full cycle of the front and rear suspension. These kits include front and rear 2" lift brackets, as well as rear sway bar link extensions, complete hardware pack and detailed step-by-step instructions. All brackets are CAD designed for a precision fit built from 3/16" laser cut, American steel and finished in a durable black powdercoat for Lon lasting corrosion protection. Installation is a breeze as no cutting or drilling is required. Upfit your Polaris UTV with these new 2" lift kits from RT Pro.

    Kit Notes:
    Does not fit Northstar Edition models, Ranger midsize models, or any other models fitted with MacPherson struts.

    RT Pro UTV, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
    (517) 278-7768 | rtproutv.com | sales@sporttruckusainc.com

  • RT Pro New Product Announcement #102: RZR Bed Delete Kit


    PR #102:

    July 27,2017


    RZR XP1000 Bed Delete Kit

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    2014-2017 Polaris RZR XP 1000 (non-turbo)

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    RT Pro XP1000 Bed Delete Kit

    Coldwater, MI — The late model Polaris XP 1000 continues to be an extremely popular UTV for both both recreational users as well a competition racers. In true racer fashion the engineers at RT Pro have developed a bed delete kit to reduce overall weight by nearly 30lbs and allow quick-easy access to the engine. Rather than gutting the rear bed this kit offers a clean, attractive, factory-looking deck lid. The components are built from 16-gauge aluminum offering light weight and strength finished in a semi-gloss black powdercoat. This bed delete kit includes replacement firewall, top deck plate and upper fenders supports as well as all the necessary brackets, hardware and step-by-step installation instructions to complete the install. The design eliminates the factory tail lights and requires rerouting of the engine and clutch intake tubing. For non-turbo models only. Reduce weight and prep your XP1000 for competition with RT Pro.

    RT Pro UTV, 491 W. Garfield Ave. Coldwater, MI 49036
    (517) 278-7768 | rtproutv.com | sales@sporttruckusainc.com

  • C SIMS DIRT Series Stop 6 Race Report

    Adelanto, CA- July 23, 2017- Another race weekend is in the books, and it was a good one! I was able to make it to practice the day before the DIRT Series round 6 at Sunrise MX Park. I have never raced there, so I wanted to get a feel for the track. Practice went really well on Saturday. The car ran great and I was able to figure out which lines I wanted to take. The track was fun and had awesome whoops and jumps, but it was pretty tight and there were only a few places to pass. My plan was to get out in front of the pack as quick as I could.

    Sunday was race day and it was another hot one! I had thought about the track overnight and I wanted to try a different line over one of the jumps. We had a brief practice session before racing started so I thought I’d give it a try. I lined myself up straighter coming off of a hill at the back of the track instead of veering to the left and it worked perfectly. I knew I could do it in the race and it was a faster line!

    After the drivers meeting, I headed back to my pit quickly because my class was race one in the line-up for the day! There were 5 cars in my class. I picked an inside line at the start and I hoped it would be good. The green flag flew and we were off! It was a short distance from the start line to the first 90 degree turn. I fell in to second place at the first turn but I stayed on the car in front of me. I knew there were only a few places to pass, so I took the opportunity early on and hit a double jump. I flew over the jump and landed just ahead of the first place car. I hit the gas, and was able to make the pass! I had to stay on it and make no mistakes. I remembered all of my lines from practice the day before and the new line I had tried during practice earlier. Coming down off of the hill, I lined myself up straight and hit the jump head on. It worked! I was able to stay in the lead and won the 1st moto!

    The day got hotter as it went on, and by the time we were lining up for moto 2, it was 106 degrees! I knew I was going to have to be on top of my game and I was pretty nervous as we lined up. I decided to pick a different spot on the line. I went to the far outside because I thought it might be a straighter shot to the first turn even though it was more distance to travel. The flag flew and we took off again. I got the hole shot and rounded the first turn. The second place finisher was on my bumper. I knew there was no room for error, so I focused and stayed on the gas. I was able to stay in the lead for the entire race, but it was not easy. I was stoked to see the checkered flag fly after 5 laps and I crossed the finish line in 1st place. I took home the overall 1 st place spot for the day in my class!

    Our schedule picks back up in August! We will be attending a local dirt lifestyle festival called Off Road Nights on August 5 th . Then, on August 13 th , we will head to Pala Raceway for the DIRT Series round 7. We will round out our month on August 26 th with the Quad X Series round 3 at 333 MX Park. Thanks so much to these awesome companies that support my program: Got Sand Performance, Addict Racing Engines, Red Rock, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, RT Pro, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Butter Supply Co, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me!
    Thanks to Steve at the DIRT Series for a great day of racing, and thanks to Mad Moose Media for the rad pictures! You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at

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