“El Nazy,” the fastest Raptor on record.
Owner Victor A. Lopez Bonilla founded
the ATV Wars Sand Drag races in 2013.
The races attract racers in numerous
classes from the USA, Canada and
Puerto Rico with fast racing, “bankable”
awards and trophies.
❏ Since its inception in 2013, the ATV
Wars race series has become one
of the most popular ATV sand drag
racing competitions in the country.
The event draws some of the fastest
racers in the sport to four yearly speed
contests at North Carolina’s Lumber
River Sand Drags track.
The final rivalry of the 2015 season
pitted racers and machines from
Puerto Rico against sand drag pilots
from the USA and Canada in a race-off on October 29–31, 2015. When
the smoke cleared, three new ATV
elapsed-time world records emerged,
along with the winners of the various
Michigan’s Steph Bennett rocketed
to a 3.23-second elapsed-time pass
and record at an eye-blurring 101
mph aboard Ohioan Paul Moore’s
stroked-and-bored, 990cc, Rotax, two-stroke, triple-cylinder, drag-frame
quad. “El Nazy,” Team Puerto Rico
Victor A. Lopez Bonilla’s turbocharged
735cc Yamaha Raptor, became the
fastest Raptor on the planet, clocking
a 3.45-second/88-mph run.
In the Full Plastic class, Kelvin Cruz’s
521cc, 10-mil Super Cub Banshee
claimed a new record of 3. 94 seconds,
breaking his own previous record of
4.02. Virginia racer Jesse Tomlin took
home the $1000 prize money in the
Open Bracket competition, racing his
two-stroke-powered drag-frame quad
against a field of 57 competitors.
ATV Wars’ 2016 races are
scheduled as follows: March 31–April
2, June 2–4, August 4–6 and October
26–29 at Lumber River Sand Drags,
Maxton, North Carolina. For more
information, visit www.facebook
A lot of custom-built drag-racing ATVs don’t run radiator
systems for their engines. Instead, some use a type of coolant
gel that allows you to run your engine for a short period of
time, race it down the strip and turn it off without hurting the
Sand drag racers from all around the States faced off against
competitors from Puerto Rico to see who could put down the
fastest runs around.