Doors, a metal roof and stronger-than-stock roll cages are mandatory for the three
2012 championship WORCS classes. To outfit your UTV, give Holz Racing a call at
the course in his Polaris RZR XP 900.
Second-place driver William Yokely
in Class 1 was only a few seconds off
that pace. Class 2 winner Kyle
Melville drove his Polaris RZR S
around the track in 8 minutes, 15 seconds. Yamaha Rhino driver and
Class 3 winner Luke Rodgers had a
fast lap of 8 minutes, 31 seconds.
Unfortunately, Cain’s race didn’t go
that well. Here’s his account.
“Seeing how chewed up the
course got after hundreds of ATVs
had been racing on it all day, I knew
the race would be all about survival.
The UTV race is at the end of
Saturday’s ATV racing.
“There are only two ways to go
about starting a race when you are
using an engine with an automatic
CVT transmission. One is to let it idle,
and when the green flag drops,
smash the gas pedal to the floor and
hang on. The other is to hold the
brake down with one foot and try to
get the rpm up by easing into or
standing on the gas pedal. The latter
is dangerous and causes the drive
belt to heat up, slip and even break.
Keeping with my plan on survival, I
chose to idle the engine and stand on
“The drivers in front of me were fast
but not quick enough to pull away, so
it was interesting watching the lines
that the cars ahead of me took.
Unfortunately, a quad MX track is a
little narrow to easily make a pass on
a car that’s not as slow. If they are not
on one side of the track or the other,
room to get by is minimal and you
risk hitting wheels, which can easily
flip over the passing car.
“I waited to make my pass into
third, until we entered the LOORRS
‘truck track’ on the first lap. This is a
wide, smooth track that has huge
tabletop jumps and wide turns. I
could pin the throttle of the XP 900
wide open and launch over the
jumps at over 60 miles per hour—
what a rush! After exiting the truck
track, the WORCS course at Glen
Helen drops into a rocky, silty wash. I
was charging to catch the leaders
and hit the first rock out there, which
flattened a right rear tire instantly.
“My thoughts about a race for survival came true. I just didn’t think I
would be the first guy out. Well, I wasn’t. You can’t be competitive with a
flat tire, but you can still race. I relied
on the Walker Evans beadlocks to
keep the flat tire in place. Mistake
number two: I didn’t have a pit crew
in place for this event, and no other
team in the pit area was ready to kick
down a spare during the first lap.
“After sliding around the track for
another lap, I came back into the pit
area, and the pit crew members of
the Holz team gave up a spare, and
the crew of Class 2 winner Kyle
Melville gladly changed the tire for
me. Back out on the course for the
middle laps, I was back on the gas.
The XP 900 is amazingly good on a
motocross track. You could clear all of
the tabletops and even some double
jumps. The Walker Evans shocks
worked superbly over the bumps.
There was an uphill section of 3-foot-
deep whoops where you could hammer the gas, and the suspension took
the punishment. The rest of the RZR
XP 900 also proved to be tough. If any
section was going to stress parts or
break something like a drive belt, this
would be it. The XP 900 was solid.
“The WORCS crew does not grade
the track between races, so at the end
of the day, the track is miles of
whoops. The good thing about racing
a UTV with tires that can be as big as
27 inches tall, the whoops created by
20-inch quad tires are not that
demanding. The Walker Evans
shocks on my RZR XP 900 made the
whoops feel even smaller. You could
run the XP wide open over every
rough section, and the shocks took up
“In the final laps, cars were dropping out left and right. You couldn’t
go a half lap without seeing a racer
broken down on the side of the track.
Broken tie-rods and suspension components were the common causes.
“I made my way back into the top
10 (out of 20), but then suffered another rear flat with its cause unknown.
This time, instead of looking for
another spare, I ran the final two laps
on the flat. I could still keep up at a
respectable pace and only got
passed once. It goes to show you that,
especially with beadlocks as good as
the Walker Evans equipment, you
can run on a flat tire. So next time you
are in the woods or desert and suffer
a flat and have no means to repair it,
consider driving on it. Steering and
handling will obviously be affected,
but it’s better than being stranded,
walking or, in my case, watching the
race from the pits.
“Racing a UTV is just as fun as racing a sport or utility quad. We like the
class structure, and, for now, stock
machines are just as competitive as
modified ones. The race comes down
to protecting your equipment, driving
smooth and getting to the finish. In
the WORCS and GNCC Series, you
can even take along a passenger
and share the experience with them.
That’s something you can’t do on a
the throttle when the flag dropped. It
wasn’t a secret weapon since four
other RZR XP 900s beat me to the first
turn. However, they did have exhaust
systems, and I did not.