Primm, NV (2/25/2012)
- On a
resent trip out west I experienced something I
honestly have never thought I would do, race a
SxS /UTV in the WORCS Racing Series. Being from
the Midwest, I have never even been to a WORCS
race nor have I ever raced a Side-by-Side, but
this would all change. To my surprise, I was asked
to get behind the wheel of Scott Kiger’s
Coastal Racing / Polaris RZR XP 900 SxS and race
at my first WORCS event!
After two days of riding side-by-sides at the
Sand Hallow OHV park (article to come) in St.
George, UT we headed 40 miles west of Las Vegas
to a small town called Primm, NV for Round 2
of the WORCS Racing Series at Buffalo Bill’s
Casino & Resort.
Guard / Coastal Racing / Polaris Team
Owner Scott Kiger & ATVriders.com's
Jeff M. Vanasdal at Buffalo Bill's WORCS
round 2 in Primm, NV
The original plan was for ATVriders.com’s
Harlen Foley to race the National Guard / Coast
Racing Polaris RZR XP 900 UTV, but as his schedule
for the weekend soon began to fill up, I was
asked if I wanted to race the red white and
blue machine! At first, I was kind of hesitant
just because I have never raced a UTV and didn’t
want to go out and wreck a $30,000 race prepped
side-by-side! But I put my nerves to the side
and said yes.
Round 2 of the WORCS Racing Series
had a record setting 70 SxS / UTV race
entries at the Buffalo Bill's Casino in
Primm, Nevada, which prompted the 38 entries
in the SxS Production 1000 class alone
to be split up into 4 rows
The National Guard / Coastal Racing SxS Race
team is made up of Scott Kiger and 2011 WORCS
and GNCC SxS Class Champion, William Yokley,
and each of them race modified Polaris RZR XP
900 SxS machines.
Racing's lead mechanic, Joe Waligora,
did an excellent job of going over every
aspect of the Coastal Racing Polaris RZR
XP 900 & preparing Jeff for his first
ever SxS Race
Before hitting the track the Coastal Racing’s
head mechanic, Joe Waligora, really made me
feel like a factory racer. Joe went through
an overview of the RZR XP and gave me a few
pointers on how to race a side-by-side, and
he was by my side until the green flag dropped.
”This is our second year in our race
program. Jeff raced one of original cars from
last year. We run exit shocks, 300m axle shafts,
Ron Davis radiator, Tire balls, and a few other
small changes. The Coastal Racing Polaris RZR
XP is a standard width 64-inch car. It’s
been a good car for us and it runs real strong.
We have had a lot of success with this car.”
Stated Joe Waligora.
any SxS racers heads to the starting line,
their SxS must go through WORCS Tech Inspection
to verify the SxS is equipped with all
the required safety modifications. Also,
a scoring transponder needs to be secured
to the SxS, so ours was mounted to the
side of the front wheel well, and ofcourse,
the Coastal Racing Polaris RZR XP 900
passed the inspection without any issues.