Jeremiah Staggs Finshes 5th At Silver State 150

Jeremiah Staggs blasts around a corner at BITD's Silver State 150

From Jeremiah Staggs Racing:

With just a short time to get the Yamaha ready for Silver State 150 after the Vegas to Reno, our team would spend countless long nights after work and on the weekends replacing the fuel pump and prepping the car. Racing has really made me appreciate the fact that “time” is out of our control. It never stops and the closer you get to a deadline the faster it gets. My son also races and finding time to make everything happen is a challenge.

We would get the car ready and loaded and hit the road at 6 am on Friday. Driving up to Caliente, NV we had time to talk about how this race was going to be cold and fast. We would have to push the car to the limits if we wanted the win. Winning is always the goal. But a consistent finish is the real measure of a solid team. Prep, logistics, rest and patience is what makes a team great.

We would arrive at tech around 12 noon. Tech went fast and easy. With time to kill before dinner and drivers meeting we explored the town of Caliente. The locals welcomed the race teams and shared their towns rich history. We had some kids asking for stickers but we did not have any. So we pulled some team shirts out and hooked the kids up. Size was not an issue as they walked away wearing a shirt 3 sizes too big. They were now part of the team. We would attend the Best In The Desert dinner at the local fire dept. With a awesome raffle and then followed by the drivers Meeting.

Staggs Racing during Tech and Contingency at Silver State 150

We would then make our way to the hotel and turn in for some rest. At 5am alarms started howling. Race day was here and the team was rested and ready. It was a brisk 30 degrees for the start and the weather made for a awesome day. We started 1st row 4 wide, a dead engine start into a all out drag race. We were pushing hard from the start as everyone was. I never seen so many utvs pushing so hard in the start of a race. Carnage every where, utvs upside down and broken with in the first 10 miles. We had moved into 3rd but clipped a cactus, tree, rock. We suffered a flat.  My co-driver and I decided it would take longer to get out and change it. We opted to stay in the car and run into pit 1 and have the crew change it. We radio the crew to let them know we needed a tire.

This is where patience comes in. Car after car are passing us, it takes everything you have to hold back and let them go. We pulled into Pit 1 and the crew changed the tire fast. I knew from racing Silver State many times it’s a fast course. We pulled out of the pits and pushed the Yamaha hard through thick dust chasing down cars trying to make up lost time. Some of the sections were tight and technical single track motorcycle trails but it made it challenging in between the fast sections. We would roll through pit 2 with no stopping and get back after it pushing hard trying to make up time. The scenery in this race is awesome and sometimes you wanted to stop and take a look around and explore.

We would pass more rolled over and broken UTV’s but never caught any cars in our class. Around race mile 86 the GPS would stop working and my co-driver and I would have to read the terrain to figure what was next and where to push and slow down. As we came approached Pit 3 the crew told us how far we were behind and we knew we couldn’t make up time but still kept pushing the Yamaha harder then ever. Not stopping in pit 3 we continued to push on. Still no GPS we ran hard down the canyon to the finish.

 Jeremiah Staggs Racing kicks up dirt around a corner at Best in the Deserts Silver State 150

We crossed the finish line to see the top 4 utvs in our class there. They hadn’t been there two long telling us that without the mishap early in the race we would have been in the mix. Our custom fuel cell allows us run a short race like this without a fuel stop. We once again got 5th and have been staying consistent all year. The Yamaha platform and my teams dedication to prep makes our Yamaha a solid desert race machine. The 7 hour drive home gives you plenty of time to think. All I could think about was Tonopah 250 is only weeks away. And again it’s me vs the clock.

Thank you to my friends and family as always making our program what it is today. We have two races left and anything can happen. Thank you to all our sponsors as we couldn’t do it with out them and there solid products.

A big thanks to all the sponsors that helped me get here.

KMC Wheels . Walker Evans Racing . Alba Racing . PRP Seats . Yamaha Racing . Lonestar Racing . Rugged Radios . EFX Tires . STV Motorsports . Factory UTV . Suspended Fabrication . Magik Kustom Graphics .

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Father and Son, the Cobb’s take on Vegas to Reno

Racing this years Vegas to Reno is father and son team Jason and Josh Cobb (18), the youngest Vegas to Reno winner in the TrophyLite class, racing Safecraft’s #6066 (TrophyLite class 6000). Josh is sitting 3rd in points for the 2017 TrophyLite Championship and is in a good position to challenge for the title. After last year’s solo trek and win, Josh will be sharing driving duties with dad, Jason Cobb, veteran racer and coach.

“The #6066 Safecraft truck has never been better and we are going to run this race harder than we did last year,” said Josh Cobb. “We will leave nothing on the table to bring home another win.” – Josh Cobb.

“I have a lot of pressure on me this year,” said Jason Cobb. “The kid did it all alone last year when I was battling cancer and brought home the win. I need to make sure I don’t hold him back.” – Jason Cobb.

About Josh Cobb

Starting his racing career at 5 years old on a 50cc quad, Josh quickly moved on to motorcycles and ended up winning his first race ever at the BooKoo Arena cross series. He was invited to the KTM Jr. Supercross at 7 years old at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ and in 2014, at 14, he made the switch to four wheels full time and has not looked back. Josh has accomplished some amazing things in just a couple of years of racing.

  • The youngest Silver State 300 winner (Class 2000)
  • The youngest Vegas to Reno winner (TrophyLite)
  • Youngest TrophyLite winner
  • The youngest championship podium finisher (2nd Place TrophyLite)
  • Youngest Terracross Invitee
  • The Fastest Growing Name in Off Road Racing

For 2017, Josh will race in the WORCS Series, Best in the Desert, SCORE International, SNORE Series and Terracross. Expect great results and an extremely bright future in racing.

About Jason Cobb

Jason Cobb began his career in 1988 racing quads in the southwestern desert. He raced ATV’s because at the age of 18, he couldn’t afford to participate in the coveted and expensive car and truck classes he dreamed of driving as a youth growing up in Parker, AZ. He quickly enjoyed victory on the ATV’s but yearned for a greater challenge. He exchanged 4 wheels for 2 and began his motorcycle racing career. Jason’s success was immediate; in less than 2 years, he won the Arizona Triple Crown by holding the #1 plate in Whiplash’s Desert, GP and Stadium Warz series. Jason revered in his accomplishments racing motorcycles, but continued to covet the off road race cars and trucks.

Late in 1993, Jason’s dreams came to fruition when he was invited to drive a Class 7S truck in the SCORE series. He was asked to drive in the Parker 400, his hometown race that provided the inspiration for his racing dreams. Jason won his class by more than 30 minutes, which launched a very successful career in off road racing. He went on to his second win in San Felipe, Mexico by more than an hour ahead of second place. Jason now enjoys racing with his son and teaching him how to be a champion. The two have become quite a dynamic duo.

Follow the Safecraft team during the race by visiting www.racingtrax.com, click on the Vegas to Reno race and select #976, #6120 or #6066 during this exciting event.

CGYS Motorsports Battles to the Finish at Badlands

CGYS Motorsports at Badlands 2017

CGYS Motorsports: Ultra 4 East Round 2 Badlands

We loaded up and headed out about 9:30PM on Thursday night. We were making good time heading to St Louis. We were almost to Six Flags and we had our first flat. We pulled over and swapped it out quickly and were back on our way. Jeff had mentioned that the bus had a new vibration and it was very evident, but we couldn’t pin point it. In normal CGYS fashion we had hauled some parts to a customer in St. Louis to drop off. Shorty after our flat we made the delivery and Farmer took the wheel.

We pressed on wondering what the vibration was and trying to make time. It was just a short time later we heard an even stranger sound from the passenger side. I stuck my head out and could tell we had an issue, but couldn’t tell what it was. We pulled off the highway and got out to take a look. Well, it was pretty discouraging…as we walked back to the trailer. We had 2 flats on the passenger side (1 ruined wheel) and also a flat on the drivers side. We were shocked to see the situation at hand. We swapped some tires around, unloaded the race car and decided to gamble with the laws of current society and drive the race car 6 miles through town to the nearest Wal Mart.

We made it to Wal Mart without any law enforcement encounters and were pretty happy. We brought a few new spare tires, but had no good way to mount them ourselves. It was now 6am and Wal Mart opened at 7am. We hung out for a spell then got some tires mounted. Wal Mart didn’t have any trailer tires and I wanted all new at this point so we found a trailer shop and went after more tires and a wheel. Well, at about 2:30 PM we were finally sitting on all new tires and ready to press on. We stopped for fuel and decided to check the bus out again. This time Jeff noticed some play in the driveline u joints and we knew what our vibration was.

Since we were still in St Louis we located a Semi dealership and purchased 2 new u joints for the driveline. Pulling over on a side street nearby, we pulled the driveline, repaired it and reinstalled it. Happy as we could be, we loaded up and pressed on. Realizing we would miss the RCV dinner at the park we decided to stop and grab dinner and be ready for the weekend when we arrived. Arriving at 9:30PM 25 hours later (we lost an hour in time zone) we managed to get signed in and parked. We unloaded the trailer had a beer with friends and crashed for the night. The trip out was exhausting and time consuming.

Waking up bright and early for an 8:30 drivers meeting we were all in slow motion. We made the meeting on time and Tried to walk the qualifying course. We were called to the meeting before we could get a good plan for qualifying, but we were just happy to have some sleep and be on time. Qualifying began and we watched a few cars before lining up and taking a turn. We had a decent run, but knew that our backup would prob cost us a spot or two. We were right… we qualified 3rd in our class. Our race wasn’t until 4:15 PM and it was about 11AM so we had some time. We headed back to pits. We have been working with PSC motorsports to increase our steering speed and the box we had on wasn’t going to be quick enough for the woods sections so we pulled it off and put a faster box on. We had some time before our race began so Jeff and I loaded the course map on our GPS and went for a trail ride. We were pre running as well as testing the new box.

The car seemed great, the steering was nice and fast and the brakes were on point. We felt like we had a good chance to podium and possibly even win it. We have previously raced at Badlands two times and were yet to actually finish the entire race.

It was race time! We loaded up, got in line and patiently waited our turn. It was finally time… we started 3rd in our class, but around 16th in the race. We took the green flag and were soon to see the first car we wanted to pass. When we were finally close enough to pass them, they were being held by the last place car in the 4800 class. We were out of the woods and into the big bowl and rock section. We hit the rock with some aggression and accidentally bumped the car ahead and decided we would have to be very aggressive to pass to cars. Quickly out of the rocks and back into the woods we caught the 2nd place car and they pulled aside so we could pass. Driving pretty aggressively we managed to also pass two 4800 cars before gaining sight of the lead car in our class. Chasing the leader with all of our ponies and skills we were gaining ground. Into the desert sections we tried to go left when they went right and also tried right when they went left, but never gained rough ground to make a clean pass. Heading back into the woods it was mostly single track, but we split trees when we could and finally were close enough to make a clean pass. The leader graciously pulled aside and allowed us to pass and take the lead. We were stoked and beginning to drive even more aggressive because we knew the chase was on and it was exciting. We splashed through a huge mud hole waay too fast and lost visibility, but for just a second. Overshooting the turn and having to lock the brakes up to reverse and taking a mere second to wipe our visors, the OG leader was once again back in control and we were 2nd and on the hunt. The leader now knowing his pace wasn’t fast enough to stay out front was in full tilt race mode. We were close behind but not gaining much ground.

Trying to focus on clean driving and braking we kept our cool and the leader was in sight and we felt like we were gaining but very slowly. Racing through the qualifying course and back up the mountain , down the huge drop section and back around the WE Rock courses we found that the leader was being held up by a 4800 car. The small hold up allowed us the once again catch up and make another clean pass to once again regain the lead and check in the fastest 1st lap in our class. (Just short of the start finish line is a decent drop and while coming off that drop I felt the brake pedal go to the floor. Although alarmed, this has happened previously and the fluid was just hot and the brakes pumped back up fine.)

Passing through the starting line and checking the lap in felt good and we were once again in the lead. We headed up the first hill and back down the other side when the brakes hit the floor again. I pumped them several times and there was no pedal. We somehow managed to miss several trees and make the turn headed back up another good slick climb. Knowing we had no brakes and not wanting to stop at the bottom and cause a major cluster we decided to Baja the hill and pray we didn’t slide back down. Making the climb cleanly and working our car off the main track we pulled over and jumped out to address our issue. The OG leader was hot on our trail and regained the lead in a matter of seconds.

Jumping out and looking for a torn brake line! We were lost. No lines were damaged and we were a bit puzzled. Jeff pressed the pedal and we realized that somehow the drivers side rear caliper was leaking internally. Shit! We didn’t have a brakeline cap or vise grips so we decided to smash the line with a hammer. Upon completing this great idea we soon realized we had actually cut the line and it was leaking even worse. Great! Now what? We decided to cut the Stainless brake line, bend it over and hose clamp it to the link. This was an awesome plan until we realized our Hose clamp was too large. We decided to grab a short, fat stick and use it to take up the slack.

Man we are quick thinking guys now, im hear to tell ya.

Tightening the clamp tight enough to keep the line crimped and tight to the link we soon realized that the stick was crushing and it only took another turn or two and the stick collapsed into mush. Dammit man, we are pressed on time, several cars had passed us and we were stressing. We dug around in the tool box and found a 3/4″ bolt. We clamped it on, it took up the slack and we were headed to the pits for some brake fluid and a tire change. I failed to mention I KO’ed a huge rock with the drivers side front and compromised the tire just before the largest drop of the race. Oh well. Tire balls are awesome and we were still racing. Loaded in the car and driving Semi cautiously we raced to the pits.

We had radioed in what we needed and when we arrived Farmer was on point and had rallied up the Fults crew from Rockrock Express Racing. They pulled the hood, the cowl and the left front tire. Topping off the brake fluid, vise gripping the rear brake line for added security and a new tire. All super quick and efficient. We were off and running again. With no idea what position we were in we knew we had lost a lot of time and had to rally to gain position and finish well. We raced out of the pits back on course. We managed to catch another car or two and made quick aggressive passes. Having a lot better idea of the track we were able to go a lot faster with comfort and gained ground. We approached the start finish line for the second time and cars were still on the biggest climb of the track (we were required to make the climb 1 time, any lap before finishing the race) so we once again bypassed it in hope of it being open on the end of lap 3.

Checking in our second lap and driving even more aggressively we passed another 4800 car or two, several broken cars and even caught site of another 4500 car. Knowing nothing of our position we went into hunt mode and tracked the 4500 car we could see. Guessing he had caught sight of us in his mirror he added a bit more lead to his pedal and was running from the evil eyed #26 car.

Driving with not much regard for the car or our personal safety we tried to pass several times on dangerous lines before finally gaining an inside corner advantage and making an aggressive zero f’s pass. We still didn’t know our position or if the car we just passed had already made the huge climb so we pressed on hard and fast. Jeff radioed in to see if we could get a position and we were told we could back off a bit. The leader was in sight of the finish line and we were still 10 minutes or better out. With a lot of exhaustion and disappointment we peeled back a lot and decided to try to save the car and finish. We were still making good time and having fun, but we knew the win was out and a podium was the best currently available. The more we thought about the big climb we were gonna have to winch and still not 100% about our current position or who close had already made the climb we decided to gas it back up and finish strong.

We quickly made the last corner before the big climb and was super stoked to realize it was wide open and ready for us. Jeff was out quickly and we had already pulled winch line for a quick pull. When he pulled the line from the car and toward the tree it managed to spider web and seemed to be the end of our podium hopes. As I sit patiently in the car trying to not freak out I watched Jeff and his newly formed puzzle unwind. I could tell he was super frustrated and I radioed to the pits. I described the situation and explained that we were almost unwound (literally). Lol.

Jeff kept his cool, solved the puzzle and hooked the line. I calmly eased up the climb with our awesome Warn winch, General Tires, Yukon Gears, RCV Axles and Raceline wheels. Once at the top Jeff tossed the winch line slack in the car and I left him in hopes of gaining extra time and finishing faster. When we crossed the finish line we were told we had finished in 2nd place and couldn’t be caught (on corrected time).

CGYS Motorsports wins second an gets to the podium at Ultra4 East Round 2 Badlands

Whew! What a relief… we finally managed to get the Attica Triangle monkey off our back and finished an entire race at the Badlands Offroad Park.

It was a long hard fought battle from all sides, but it was one of the funniest tracks we have raced in awhile. It was a great breakup of terrains. We had wide open desert style racing with tons of whoops, huge Sandhills, wooded areas, man made rock sections as well as big nasty drops and challenging climbs all the while having just enough mud and water to create visibility issues. It wasn’t the win we wanted, but it was super fun swapping leads, passing cars and enjoying the Ultra 4 Eastern Series second race.

Huge thanks to Aaron Faucher aka “Farmer” and my co-dawg Jeff Speer for all their dedication and hard work. Thanks for not giving in when everything is collapsing around us and always making each trip as fun as we can.

Duane Garretson
CGYS Motorsports

Adrian Orellana of Rancho Racing takes SECOND in Baja 500

Adrian Orellana on his way to a second place finish in the Baja 500

Congratulations, Adrian! Second place in the Pro UTV class of the 2017 Baja 500 is a huge accomplishment!

“Coming into Baja we had some bad luck prerunning and wrecked my buddy’s car..it was just a bad day in Baja for me. With that, we only ran 60 miles of the 516-mile course so needless to say we were going in blind.

We drew 4th out of 15 cars and felt confident we could make something happen car felt great and strong! Starting the race, we quickly saw that we would have our hands full keeping up with people who pre-ran the course but knew Baja is rough on fast pace cars! I was soloing the race so I knew my pace had to be solid! To sit in a vehicle for 500 miles and 16+ hours is one thing but to do it in a race and to finish top 3 is totally different! Only one way I could have lasted that long in a seat…PRP! Thank you guys so much for believing in me and MY program!

We knew we just had to keep moving no stopping. We hit the mid-way point and saw we were 2nd and 1st had me 22mins behind him. We closed the gap and got the lead by race mile 400 but killed the car doing it. We decided to let off just a bit to get a strong finish and battled with the 2nd place car for a bit. He eventually got the pass and beat us by just under 7 mins. We are pumped about our performance and Team efforts and know we couldn’t be here without our sponsors. PRP personally took a chance with us and I will be forever grateful. Thank You for making the most comfortable and durable seat in the game!!!”

Rancho Racing's XP 1000 Best in the Desert Car

Derek West wins another 1st place in the Outlaw Off Road Racing Series

Derek West takes first place

Derek West's Ultra4 BuggyFriday, June 9th & Saturday, June 10th….The West Family headed to Columbia, Kentucky for the third race of the Outlaw Off Road Racing Series which was held at Pumpjack Off Road Park. The courses were tight with steep climbs, but Derek’s Jimmy’s, Nitto Tire, KMC Wheels Ultra 4 buggie had smooth runs on both timed courses. He had the fastest overall combined times giving Derek another WIN for the 2017 season!  We would like to thank the racers that put on this series! They do an amazing job creating good courses, promoting the events, and making it all accessible & fun for the spectators and racers.  Our team highly recommends checking out their events & also these awesome off-road parks we’ve been telling ya’ll about. They all have lots to do for the entire family.
It was another great weekend racing in a beautiful part of the Midwest.

Next up for the #20 team, they will be heading out to Attica, Indiana for the second East Coast Ultra 4 Series race on June 23 & 24. Then July some much needed time off to enjoy some down time with his family.  The last race of the Outlaw Racing Series will be held on Sept 9th in Alabama.

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Thanks to our partners:

  • Jimmy’s 4×4
  • Nitto Tires
  • KMC Wheels
  • Spidertrax Off-Road
  • Slime
  • Permatex
  • Lazer Star Lights
  • Airaid Performance Filters
  • Yukon Gear and Axle
  • Radflo Suspension
  • Edelbrock Racing
  • AEM Electronics
  • Rugged Radios
  • Griffin Radiator
  • FK Rod Ends
  • Warn Winch
  • PSC Steering
  • Aeromotive
  • Fast Orange
  • John’s 4×4
  • Sho-Me Speed
  • Trail Worthy Fab
  • PRP Seats
  • Branik Motorsports
  • Eibach Springs
  • Off-Road Solutions
  • Valvoline Racing oil
  • Magnaflow
  • Metal Conditioner Squared
  • Wilwood Braking
  • Northstar Battery
  • Mega Hi9 Differentials
  • ATI Perfomance Products
  • Spal Fans
  • Factor 55

CGYS Motorsports Earns a Win, in the Muddiest Ultra 4 Race in Memory

CGYS Motorsports wins their class in Ultra 4 Davis Oklahoma

The CGYS Motorsports team loaded up early Friday morning and made the short 4.5 hour drive to Davis, OK for the 1st Eastern Series Race of the Ultra 4 2017 Season.

We had been checking Facebook for updates of the park, track and arriving teams. It looked to be a muddy mess, but we were already committed and on the way. When we arrived at the park we had already witnessed several teams being drug through the slop by the dozer and we didn’t want any part of that. We decided to park on the high side of the road away from the starting line and meeting tent where it was nice and dry.

We thought long and hard but made the tough decision to Not pre-run the course. We were afraid to compromise the electronics on the car and knew it would be 100% ready if we didn’t. The rain was off and on all day and the track was so washed up the U4 officials decided to cancel all qualifying and every team would start by random draw. We drew #6 in our class. That meant we were the 3rd to last car to start the race due to running with 2 other classes. We were ok with that since we didn’t really have any idea about the course.

During the drivers meeting the rain had just started to begin. We had just thought it was messy. After several tornado warnings, thunderstorm warnings and over 6″ of rain through the night everything was a real mess, the creek has trapped teams in as well as trapped teams out. Our buddy Wally was trapped at the creek and had to sleep in his truck. We didn’t really have much to do so we all crashed early. We were up early and ready for the UTV race when we were informed that we had a 2 hour delay. Usually disappointed with delays, but we welcomed this one. The UTV Class only ran the upper course and their race went quick, but it wasn’t without plenty of carnage.

We lined up and it was time for our race to start. We started about 15 seconds apart and it seemed to take forever for us to actually start. We left the staring line and soon figured out it would be very easy to overdrive the car. The track was slick and nasty. We managed to keep a good pace and passed several cars before the first big water crossing. When we came to the first big crossing we came up on about 5 cars waiting to cross. As we approached the crossing we noticed a rig was stuck and several were waiting/helping, we couldn’t really tell and we knew this was a great opportunity to pass a few more. We drove hard right and looking for a good area to cross. We quickly found shallow water and made a clean pass. We were running hard and the car was all over the place. As we approached the next crossing we saw several more cars stalled/stuck and broke down. We found another line and made another pass. At this moment we realized that we needed to hit the water with respect and protect the car if we wanted to finish.

Duane Garretson after the Ultra 4 race in Davis OK

We made the 1st 1/2 lap, checked in and had managed to move up into 1st/2nd place. We weren’t sure because the cars were so nasty few knew if 4500 cars or 4800 cars were coming through. We started the second 1/2 of our first lap and then shit got real. The mud was out of control, the water crossing were 3.5-4′ deep and traction was very limited. We kept a good pace and approached the big climb. There was 4-5 paths to the top and the 2 easiest were jammed up. We decided to try the big ledge and make time. We hit it a bit too conservative and slid all the way back down to the bottom. The other climb was slick and off camber, but we decided to hit it. We hit it hard and made the climb easily, but couldn’t make the turn clean. We backed up a few feet and pinned the gas making it to the top, but the motor was maxed out and as soon as we crested the top the transmission quit pulling. We were immediately stopped and worried we were finished 3/4 of a lap in.

We sit and discussed our options for a minute or so then decided to try it in low range since everything had cooled a bit. To our surprise, the tranny pulled hard at about 4000 RPM’s so we left it in low range and continued to finish lap one. We checked in lap one and were confident we were in top position and wanted to drive smart and finish this race. As we began lap 2 we saw even more cars stranded. We took it easy through all the deep water and tried to be smart in the mud. Passing more and more cars we started to feel good about the slower pace we were keeping.

Checking in lap 1.5 we were sure we would be cut to 2 laps instead of 3. We kept radioing to the pits for confirmation, but were surprised to hear we were still on for 3! We made the big climb easily on lap 2 as it seemed the hills were drying up nicely. As we approached the deep mud we saw several rigs stuck and decided to blaze a new trail. We soon were stuck too; Mark Klingele Jr pulled cable for us and got us moving quickly. JT Taylor and the crew were busting ass everywhere helping as many as they could, but some were doomed already. Checking in lap 2 we knew we only had 1 more to go and our goal was to keep Jeff In the car and finish smart. We cruised to check in at lap 2.5 and knew we had a solid chance to win it.

CGYS and Duane Garretson show off a very muddy vehicle after Clash at the Crossbars 2017

Pressing on we approached the quick sand and saw cars everywhere. Some were doomed, some were winching and some were trying to make new trails. All our our new trails from lap 2 were already taken and already had rigs winching on them all. Ken Fults was out of his car and directed us around. Once we pulled around all the stuck rigs a tree branch had somehow got tangled in our engine and kindly removed our engine belt. Jeff and I fought the steering for a few minutes and decided to pull up and fix the car. We jumped out and went to remove the hood. We tugged a bit more than usual and when the hood broke free of the pin mounts it was about 70 lbs. I couldn’t believe how much mud was on it!

We quickly replaced the belt and were on our way again. We knew we lost a lot of time and had no idea where we were at this point. Knowing we needed to stay in the woods for another 20 yards or so we popped out on the trail, mashed the gas and were soon stuck. We were stuck again. Jeff was quickly out and pulling cable. We decided to pull 50-60 feet and winch 1-2 times instead of 5-6 times like several other teams we had previously watched. We were out and on our way.

CGYS Motorsports wins their class in Ultra 4 Davis Oklahoma

Approaching the next muddy section we pinned it and hoped for the best. Having to keep the car on low range we could only safely reach 45 MPH and soon realized that wasn’t going to cut it. Stuck Again! Dammit man! Our goal was keep Jeff in the car and make a clean lap. Jeff was quickly out and pulling cable like a boss. We winched 2 more long pulls and we’re confident we could make it under our own power. Jeff once again climbed into the muddiest rig ever and managed to strap in and we were on our way.

We slowly navigated the last section of lap 3 and crossed the finish line!We hoped we had won it, but really had no idea! Our communications were wet and all crossed up. I could hear Jeff, but he couldn’t hear me, the pits could hear me, but not Jeff and Jeff could hear the pits and I couldn’t. Lol. It was difficult to communicate, but we managed and the race was finally over. We stopped to be congratulated by Gene And he notified us we were 1st in our class. We couldn’t have been happier that it was over, we had pulled it off and the car was still actually moving under its own power.

It was a long, wet, nasty weekend and race , but that’s how it goes sometimes. East Coast Ultra 4 is very unpredictable and unforgiving at times. Our Warn winch never let us down and our General Tires kept us moving. We wood like to thank each and everyone of our marketing partners, our crew Aaron Faucher, Jeremy Tipton and Jason Wally Lovell.

Duane Garretson
CGYS Motorsports

Derek West Battles Mud and High Water in Oklahoma

Derek West Battles the mud at the start of Ultra4 Davis Oklahoma

Derek West: May 19-20, 2017… Ultra 4 at Davis, OK for the 1st East Coast Series Race of the 2017 season was one for the books! Tons of rain, thunderstorms, tornado warnings, roads flooded, motor homes & cars stuck in the heavy mud, but the race went on!

Friday due to the storms qualifying and all events were cancelled. Saturday things were delayed 2 hours due to all the water on the course. They went with a random draw for starting order for the main 4400 race. Derek got 12th in line to start with 10 second intervals between each car. There were a total of 41 cars that showed up to race with a couple opting out due to all the mud and severity of the course.

Derek West before the Race at Davis, OK

It was a rough one!! Derek and co-driver David Fox took off the line 12th and quickly moved up to 2nd place. Then mechanical issues set in due to all the water causing the alternator to fail. They made it to the pit and replaced it out. The guys took off for their 2nd lap and got stuck on a tree that was embedded into a mud hole, but managed to winch out and come in with a finish of 22nd out of 41 race teams. They finished 2 laps of the 3 since Ultra 4 shut the course down once all outlets became plugged with stuck cars they couldn’t finish their 3rd lap.

Overall they did great under the circumstances. The team is now back home and working on cleaning all this mud up and prepping for the next event.

Ultra 4 at Davis Oklahoma 2017Getting stuck in mud in the pits at Ultra4 Davis Oklahoma

Team #20’s next event is the weekend of June 9th at Pumpjack Off Road Park for the 3rd event of the Outlaw Off Road Racing Series. Then after that the 2nd Ultra 4 East Coast Race in Attica, Indiana the weekend of June 23rd.

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Proving Ground Racing Takes On Ultra4 Texas

Proving Ground Racing during Ultra4 Texas

Sierra Blanca, a small town 60 miles south of El Paso; You wouldn’t know the small town was there unless you stopped in to smell the race fuel. Each year, Valora races along the desert silt beds and washes from the heart of town through local ranches, and along the Rio Grande River. This year Ultra4 teamed up to host an epic race with class 15, 10, and 1 cars all the way to Trophy Trucks and Ultra4 cars. The Proving Grounds Racing team set out on the journey from SoCal to Texas to battle the elements and fight for the checker flag.

Race Course:

Sierra Blanca was a mix of Rocks, Silt beds, High speed sections through the ranches, and technical turns with switch backs through some of the canyons leading to the Rio Grande. The car was solid and the prep was clean. The team had worked day and night to ready themselves for the hot spring Texas had to offer.

Leaving Socal the team set of on the adventure to Texas, the farthest race for the Western Ultra4 Series. Helping other teams that had struggles on the way to the race with trailer problems, we knew there was a race just to get to the race. 

Helping fellow Ultra4 racers with a blowout on the way to Texas

Prerunning/Qualifying:

Prerunning with the new LeadNav GPS made marking the course for cattle guards, hairpin turns, and danger zones easy to call out and repeat during the race through the PCI coms. We were able to adjust pressures in our BFGoodrich Tires and lighten up the front inner fender panels to help with the heat Texas beat down on us keeping the motor cool. 

That same afternoon we hit the qualifying course to set the pace for Saturdays race. Setting the team at sections of the course, getting feedback and notes for our run, we hammered down and qualified right in the center of the pack with a 9th starting position. With a few tweaks to the car, the sun set for the last time before we took the green flag.

PGR and Poison Spyder at the Starting line of Ultra4 TexasRace Day:

The start/finish line was set in the heart of the town. Stores were shut down and roads blocked off as every farmer, rancher, and citizen in town glued their eyes to the streets as 90 Ultra4 cars took off from the start line. We qualified 9th the previous day keeping mid pack allowing us to pick off each car one by one though out the day. We set off for the first section of high speed desert and course as we got caught in a dust storm of traffic. Fighting our way through the dust not to take out one of the steel cattle guards as they were spread across the 96 mile course, we quickly caught up to the 7th and 8th position cars. 

Hitting the rock section there was carnage at every corner and backups through the canyons. We fought around a few clusters of cars picking off positions to get a clear view in front of us and motor through the rocky canyons. Picking a tougher line to get around another vehicle we caught sharp rock that punctured our tire along with bending our steering ram. We were able to pull over and change the tire in a flash while inspecting the power steering ram and working on getting back on track. losing a few positions we had to get back into the race!

We were out of the rocks and back on track in no time at all. We drove the switch backs up and down the canyons battling for positions on the tight narrow course with drop offs 10 plus feet down. Just before pit 2A we ran into Poor Boy Racing who fell into a washout and rolled over off the side of the course. We stopped to lend a winch line, to get them back rubber side down and back on track. Shortly after we were off to Pit 2A for the crew to check over the car and race us back to the finish! The third section was uphill soft sand washes and silt beds. We took this wider section to pick up positions and speed as we were close to our leading competitors. while making passes and gaining positions in our class along with 4800 cars scattered in the wash, our temperatures went up and had to back down some to stay in racing temperatures for the remainder of the race. As we came back into town and sent it over the roller jumps, we were home free blazing into town with a 7th place finish!

Proving Grounds in the pits at Ultra4 Texas

All day we battled positions and overcame issues with the car along with helping other teams make it across the finish. Poor Boy Racing was able to cross the finish line with our help, aiding them back to track from their roll over. Hard work always pays off. The team did just as we wanted and that’s keep the car together, race hard, and finish in the front of the pack! We can’t thank our sponsors enough for such a great day and such a well built car. 

Looking Ahead:

As our adventures continued we made few seldom changes to the rig shortly after we crossed the finish line to make our way to Moab Utah for Easter Jeep Safari where we trail ran and lead guided trails through the canyons with TMG and Poison Spyder. To know our car can withstand the brutal assault of an Ultra4 Race, Wipe it down, and wheel for a weeklong event in Moab Utah, lets us know we have gone far and above for our race prep, and have a sound car for the rest of this season. 

On the rise for us is Jeep Jamboree USA in Big Bear. we are trail leaders for the weekend event. shortly after we are heading to Barstow for High Desert Round up for Poison Spyder as trail leaders and support for the event. Jun 9th we head to the Ultra4 Western Series Stampede in Sacramento for some short course action. We are looking forward for what this season has to offer as we come close to the half way mark through the year! Stay tuned for what’s next on our adventure list and racing schedule. 

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Three Races In, Wes Miller Recaps His Season So Far

Wes Miller Bomb Squad 989 Rzr

Wes Miller’s DWT Bomb Squad RZR Team

#989 Pro UTV Turbo Race Update

Carlsbad, CA (4/20/17) – We are 3 races into the 2017 season and we have had flashes of brilliance mixed with moments of extreme frustration. I am proud of the team that we have assembled and believe we have one of the best UTV’s in the field. None of this would be possible without the great group of companies that support this program. We truly have the best of the best on this RZR. We have already garnered quite a bit of attention, but my goal is to translate this into results. At the end of the day, the scoreboard speaks loudest and that is why we are 100% focused on winning races and competing for the SCORE Championship.

At the Mint 400, we were against the clock and barely had the car done in time. We didn’t have the time to test like we wanted and went into the race needing some luck to do well. As it played out, we had numerous clutch issues and had to call it a day early.

Wes Miller in front of the new factory team Polaris 2017 RZR

San Felipe

Going into San Felipe, we made some changes and brought on Airdam Clutches. Adam at Airdam helped dial us in and we were good to go. We also had some CV problems at the Mint and decided to make the switch to Summers Brothers axles. We spent a week pre-running and shaking down the race car. I was feeling extremely confident and felt we would be right there competing for the win. The course was one of the roughest that I have seen. My game plan was to set a good pace, but go just fast enough to stay with the lead group. There were 13 Pro UTV Turbos and I started 8th. Off the start, I didn’t want to push too hard but we were moving pretty easily through the pack. By race mile 15 or so, we had already passed towards the front and were running with the leaders on adjusted time. About that same time I noticed we had lost a right rear CV. We were fairly close to our first visual pit, so I decided we would get it to the pit and change the axle there. We made it 2000 feet from the pit and lost the front differential. Luckily, we were close to the pit and had the parts to fix it. My crew did a great job of fixing the car and getting us back on course again. We were quite a ways down now and went into finish mode.

Wes Miller racing around a corner at UTVWC 2017

Wes Miller in the pits after a broken CV in San Felipe

We made it to race mile 72 and lost the left rear CV. We had a spare on the car and fixed it on the side of the track. We got back going, but now had no spare. I drove at a very conservative pace with the single goal of crossing the finish line. We fueled at race mile 130 and gave the RZR a once over. At race mile 200, we stopped to do a quick visual and saw that we were about to loose another rear CV. There wasn’t another spare, so we plugged it and did the last 70 miles in 3 wheel drive. In the end we were 10th in our class and finished much later then I wanted. But at least we finished and earned those points to stay in the hunt for the Championship.

UTV World Championship

There was only 8 days to get ready for the UTV World Championship after San Felipe. The guys over at Rhys Millen Racing did a great job getting the RZR prepped in time. The team worked with Summers Brothers and made a few changes on our axle/CV set up. I went out early and met Adam from Airdam to tune our clutching for the Laughlin race.

The UTV World Championships are a one off race that is totally different from the rest of the races we do. It is a dead engine land rush start leading into 10 laps on a 16 mile course. The race has a reputation for aggressive driving and lots of carnage. My goal was to get through the first few laps clean and then see where we were and adjust accordingly. I felt confident with this style of racing because of my years of racing quads in stadiums, motocross, and gran prix. My team had the DWT rig set up in the pits and also displayed in contingency with both my race and pre-run RZR’s. The race was a who’s who of the industry and it was awesome to catch up with so many people.

Wes Miller and Bomb Squads RZR at the DWT Tires booth. Bomb Squad RZR during UTVWC contingency. I drew 26th out of 50 plus Pro UTV Turbos in the desert race. That put me on the 3rd row with some very well know racers. When the flag dropped, I got a great jump and came off the line 2nd. I started towards the outside and Dan Fisher in the LSR car got the holeshot. Jacob Carver showed me a wheel, but I was able to box him out and had a comfortable 2nd down the first straight. We went through turn 2 and over a rise towards turn 3. There were 2 cars stuck in the inside of the turn and a flagger waving a cation flag. I slowed a little and set up to the outside to take a high line through the turn to avoid the wreck. To my surprise, another car tried diving to the inside and passing under caution. I knew he had no where to go since the inside was blocked by the wreck and I was already ahead on the clear line. I thought we were good until about midway through the turn I felt contact to my left rear and we immediately went on our side. I was shocked since I felt I had already established myself in the turn and this was all under caution. Because there were 2 other cars already in the turn, the course workers wouldn’t flip me back over. Snake Livernash was on his lid below me and they had to move him first. It ended up taking them about 8 minutes to get me turned back over. The entire time, oil was leaking out of my motor.

When we got going again, the check engine light came on and I had a boost sensor error code. I pulled over and my co-driver looked everything over. There wasn’t much we could do, so we decided to just turn as many laps as we could and hope the error code cleared. The car cleaned out a little and we started rattling off some laps. As we continued, the course was riddled with broken and crashed cars. I felt like with the rate of attrition, we could still end up with a respectable finish even in limp mode. I think we had worked our way back into the top 10 in our class.

Wes Miller on his side in a turn during UTV World CHampionship Midway through lap 7, I noticed I was having to counter steer and thought I had lost another CV. We radioed to the pits to look at it. I backed it down a little, but the car started to lean over to the right side. My co-driver hopped out and gave me the signal that we were done. The RZR had a problem with the right trailing arm and wouldn’t be able to continue. We limped it back to the pits and put it in the trailer.

So far this year has been tough. I really believe that we have the ability to be right there for a win. But that is why it is called racing and not winning. Overall, the RZR is the best that I have ever driven. There have just been one or two small things at each round that have held us up. But all of this is going to make it that much sweeter when we finally win one.

 

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Jeremiah Staggs Runs A Lead Pace At UTV World Championship

Jeremiah Staggs racing during the UTV World Championship

UTV World Championship

The UTV World Championships is a very special race for me. Being able to share the stage with my son is something I will always remember. After the MINT wrapped up we quickly had to jump into prepping the Yamaha for the worlds as well as my sons RZR 170. With the youth class blowing up, I had to make sure his car was ready for battle. The weeks leading up to the event were very busy. But my team came together to get everything done.

First thing Thursday we were on the road heading for Laughlin NV. With a projection of 300 racers, a good pit spot was very important. We made the trip out with no issues, after getting settled in the pits we took the rest of the day to enjoy friends and family.

Brock Staggs 176 raced between the Desert and the Short Course race. He lined up next to 52 other youth racers. The stacked field was full of very capable drivers. He finished 32nd and had a blast doing it. This young man piloted his RZR 170 for nearly 35 minutes. These young races are the future of our sport and Brock has a bright future.

Brock Staggs in his RZR 170, before the start of the UTVWC

Brock Staggs racing at UTVWC in the 170 Class

Brock Staggs in his PRP Seat and Harness

Friday morning we got up early and headed to registration, the line was already stacking up.

With many walk ins the entries this year totaled over 300 in all the classes. We got through registration and headed back to the pits. We jumped in the race cars and drove down to tech. The tech area was huge, it took over half the parking lot of the Riverside Hotel.

Tech went pretty fast and smooth this year. We would then drive back to the main pit for a few last minute adjustments and then head to the drivers meeting. This years meeting was pretty cool and major props to Mad Media and UTVUnderground for taking an idea and making it a reality. This was the 3rd year for this race and it had tripled in size from the first year. We then headed back to grabbed some dinner and hit the bed.

UTV World Championship's Tech and Contingency

Staggs in his car during UTVWC tech and contingency.

 

Saturday morning came early, it was race day for the 2017 UTV World Championships. We would get up and check tire pressure and and load up the chase truck to go to the hot pit. This format only allows for one pit. With our top 10 finish at the MINT we knew we would be on the first row. Being this is a dead engine….. land rush start, where we line up is critical. There was a accident of some sort and delayed our start big time all while the first few lines of the turbo class already left.

Staggs Racing around a corner during UTVWC 2017

Jeremiah STaggs races ahead during the UTVWC

Jeremiah Staggs rips around a corner while racing UTV World Championships 2017

We got the green flag I started the Yamaha and stalled it, got it started again and we took off. Winning in the first mile isn’t possible but losing is a real risk. We decide to be patient and consistent. the course was dusty, visibility zero at times but my co-driver Brandon did a great job of keeping us on course. We started moving through the field which was already littered with accidents and broken cars. The race consisted of a 16 mile loop 10 laps making it a 160 mile race. The desert class had a total of 117 entries which would mean the course would break down fast. Coming around lap after lap the course would change every time and more broken cars every where. We stuck to the same plan as the MINT and keep the car together and push when we can. We know there are spots the Yamaha will be fast on and the proving grounds we have to be smart in. Lap 6 we had the exhaust come loose and went ahead and hit the hot pit. the crew was fast to fuel the car and determine there was no fix for the muffler and we took off again. through the infield section and over the jumps and back into the desert again.

Staggs takes a jump while racing.

Jeremiah Staggs races over a crest at UTVWC.

Staggs tests his suspension during the UTVWC

The chatter bumps in the washes and soft sections had developed and were teeth chattering. The course was now torn up with deep grooves and holes as well as rocks appearing. We made the determination to not run a spare tire this race due to knowing the course and we knew we had a solid KMC wheel and EFX tire combo. We had stayed consistent and smooth and it was starting to pay off. Bouncing around the top 5 most of the race but on lap 8 we took the lead. We hit lap 9 still leading and would later get passed, we decided to stay smooth and charge hard on our last lap and try to get the position back. Unfortunately coming in to the hot pit ending lap 9 and about ready to charge our last lap hard another racer would hit us in the corner snapping a rear axle forcing us to pit. The crew worked fast to change the axle but unfortunately we would lose time and get passed while in the pits dropping us back to 5th. We charged hard the last lap and salvaged a top 5 finish. We couldn’t be more happy with how the Yamaha is proving it self against the other manufactures.

We had a great time spending Easter weekend racing and with our family and friends. Without them we wouldn’t be a team, and I can never thank them enough as well as all our sponsors that back us. I also want to thank my wife for holding it down and getting our son ready for his race since his race was after mine. Time to tear the Yamaha down and get ready for the longest off-road race in America Vegas To Reno.

Staggs Family

Brock Staggs enjoys the company of some fine ladies during Tech and Contingency

A big thanks to all the sponsors that helped me get here. 

KMC Wheels . Walker Evans Racing . Alba Racing . PRP Seats . Yamaha Racing . Lonestar Racing . Rugged Radios . EFX Tires . STV Motorsports . Factory UTV . Suspended Fabrication . Magik Kustom Graphics .