❏ Shredding sand dunes on an ATV
is a blast! Every time we go out to
the dunes we always see people side
by side, pinning the throttles on their
machines, trying to beat their buddies
up the hills. Riders show up with custom-built rides with engines tuned to
go fast and churn up the dunes. Some
people may only take their machines
out recreationally; however, there is
a whole world of riders who pit their
quads head to head against their
competition in true sand drag racing. The staging lights go from red
to yellow, and once the green lights
shine, it’s full-throttle racing at speeds
reaching over 100 mph!
The 2016 U.S. ATV sand drag racing season roared to life at the ninth
annual Bako Sand Drag Race held
at the Kern County Fairgrounds in
Bakersfield, California. Where over
200 racers filled the staging lanes for
four days of fast-paced competition
A busy schedule of morning-in-to-night racing included Sportsman
and Pro bracket races; Pro Heads-Up
index races; single-, double-, triple-and four-cylinder heads-up competition; sport shootouts; and kids’ classes.
Basically, there was something for
every ATV and riders of every level
of expertise—from the first-timer to
Epic battles were also waged on the
track between the newest high-performance creations of builders and
tuners, like RacersEdgeAz, Redline
Racing, Spitali Racing, Siquiatria
Sdm, ATV Parts Central, Cuervo,
FSA Motorsports, Lokomoto and RBT
Motorsports just to name a few.
Following a full day of open testing/
practice for all racers on the well-
Racers line up before each pass during the competition. In this shot you can see
how popular Yamaha two-stroke ATVs are in this sport.
ATCs are not left out in sand drag racing. This machine has a four-cylinder street
bike engine in its frame to provide a ton of power.
There is no doubt that this quad has a powerful engine. A lot of custom-built drag-race machines don’t run radiators to save weight. They use a secret gel as coolant
to keep their engine from blowing up.