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Bumping, Banging, and Rolling at Del Mar

Posted in Events on August 18, 2015
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UTV Supercross is how one could describe Terracross. It’s Polaris vs Polaris. Competitors are literally given an almost stock Polaris RZR XP 1000 at the beginning of the season. The RZR comes with a Terracross crew member and is delivered to each of the 3 cities on the series circuit. At the end of the season, the competitor gets to keep the RZR. Of course that’s assuming it’s still in one piece! The UTV market continues to blow up big among off road enthusiasts and Terracross is the perfect series to do a little short-course door rubbing and hit some jumps in a stadium setting.

Terracross is Polaris vs. Polaris
Drivers await the main event to start.

TERRA CROSS FORMAT
The 2015 Terracross season opener was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds during the San Diego County Fair. Jumps and turns were built into what is normally a horse arena. The county fair already attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, so the fair was a perfect opportunity for Terracross to put on show. Where else can you get deep fried oreos, turkey legs, and watch exciting door banging racing? The format was simple. Run a few heat races for both mens and womens classes, run a LCQ and hold a main event. This kept action constant on the track. Of course for those who went a little too big and crashed during heats had to scramble to get their Polaris RZR’s fixed for the main event. Terra Cross crews bring plenty of spare parts and they were busy replacing parts plenty due to some spectacular crashes on the track. Polaris builds a pretty tough vehicle and takes a lot to break stuff. Somehow drivers managed to do just that. To top it all off, the event is televised on NBC Sports.

The Terracross track featured a series of jumps and woops sections
There was no shortage of door to door action
TerraCross-A pile of broken parts sits in the pits
James Hill does a quick tire change during heat races.

THE CELEBRITIES
There were several invited celebrities participating in the series. Freestyle motocross rider Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg knows four wheeled vehicles very well. Stenberg currently campaigns a Pro-Lite short-course truck in the Lucas Oil Off Road series, so the jumps and tight turns are familiar to him. Stenberg had a friendly bet with fellow competitor and radio host Jason Ellis. Whoever lost the bet would be required to get a tattoo of the others face. Unfortunately for Ellis, who is already known for his spectacular short-course crashes ended up on the losing end of the bet. We are still awaiting word on Eillis’ visit to a local tattoo shop to for his “Twitch Picasso.” Other celebrities like X-Games gold medalist Levi Lavalle was at Terracross to compete as well. Off-road desert legend Chad Ragland was given an opportunity to race a Polaris RZR. If an award was given to the best and most crashes, off-road radio host Jim Beaver would have been the recipient. Beaver crashed in both heat races rendering his Polaris RZR inoperable for both Day 1 and Day 2 main races.

Twitch leads the pack during one of the heat races
X-Games gold medalist Levi Lavalle competed in the Terracross event.
Radio host Jason Ellis was on the losing end of a tattoo bet with rival Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg.
Desert racer and radio host Jim Beaver completely totaled his Polaris during the first heat races.

THE WOMEN
Classes were divided up into a mens and womens class. Leading the women’s class was veteran racer Sara Price. Price is very comfortable behind the wheel of a UTV. Price started her career early racing motocross. Price turned pro at just 16 years old racing in the women’s class in the national outdoor motocross series. Since then, Price has competed in dozens of UTV series. Most recently Price competed in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, an all-womens rally held in the deserts of Morroco. It’s no surprise Price was out front dominating at Terra Cross even though her Polaris RZR was pulling double duty. Price’s boyfriend James Hill raced it during the mens classes which meant they had little prep time between events. She would go home with a nice weekend sweep. A young Shelby Anderson was also one to watch. Currently the points leader in the SXS 900 class at the WORCS series involved with desert racing.

Sara Price leads the women’s class
Sara Price swept the weekend both days in the womens class

STANDOUT STARS
Terra Cross brings out the usual suspects. RJ Anderson is known for winning. Anderson also has tons of track time racing short-course and a ton of seat time behind the wheel of a Polaris RZR. Anderson is the star of Polaris viral videos that have taken the internet by storm. We are talking about the XP1K series that has over 1 million youtube views. Branden Sims is another standout star in the series. Sims has raced quads in Baja as well as several stateside sanctions. Defending champion Jason Lurburgh was also back for another season. The Ohio native is locked in a tight points battle after the Del Mar Event and he wants to keep that #1 plate. Mitch Guthrie Jr. holds several wins at the King of The Hammers in the King of The UTV’s. For Guthrie who is used to navigating through extremely large boulders and challenging rock waterfalls, the course should be a piece of cake. In short, the Terracross series is hitting an ever growing market segment and rapidly increasing in popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the series expands its 3 event weekends giving drivers more racing opportunity. Of course the NBC Sports Television cameras will be right there to film all of the chaos and mayhem!

Jason Luburgh holds the #1 plate in Terracross
RJ Anderson has had some extensive seat time behind the wheel of the Polaris RZR
Mitch Guthrie Jr. is normally found racing UTV’s in the desert
Del Mar Fair goers had the opportunity to watch some exciting stadium style racing.
RJ Anderson took the main event win on day 2.

RESULTS BOX

MENS DAY 1 FINAL
1. #44 Mickey Thomas
2. #21 Cole Cottew
3. #1 Jason Lurburgh

WOMENS DAY 1 FINAL
1. #91 Sara Price
2. #8 Danielle Weatherly
3. #5 Shelby Anderson

MENS DAY 2 FINAL
1. #37 RJ Anderson
2. #13x Branden Sims
3. #1 Jason Lurburgh

WOMEN’S DAY 2 FINAL
1. #91 Sara Price
2. #8 Danielle Weatherly
3. #72 Katie Vernola

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