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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - June 2011

Posted in News on June 1, 2011
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Polaris And Jagged X Get Crowned
A vehicle worthy of King of the Hammers is one thing; a vehicle that is built strong enough to win is a completely different ballgame. The new Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 proved its mettle amongst the top UTVs in the world and took home top honors at the 2011 King of the Hammers race. The Jagged X team has been dominating the UTV scene in recent years with the older-model Ranger RZR 800. This time around they opted for the new XP 900 and kept it nearly stock aside from various safety requirements and a set of Elka Elite Series shocks. To learn more, go to

Get $500 From Rancho
If you’re ready to head off-road or upgrade your suspension system, there’s no better time than during the Rancho No Limits program (available now through August 31). If you participate in the promotion, you can earn a $500 prepaid debit card when you purchase a qualifying Rancho suspension system and four Rancho RS9000XL shocks. If you spend a little less and choose to purchase a system and four Rancho RS5000 shocks, you will be eligible for a $400 prepaid debit card. You can even win a $100 debit card by purchasing a Rancho QuickLIFT setup or RS9000XL shocks. For more information, go to

Master-Pull and Hall Racing USA Join Forces
A brand new Trophy Truck will be rolling around Baja this year with the combined forces of Master-Pull and Hall Racing USA behind the wheel. Unlike most Trophy Trucks, the Hall Rally Truck (HRT) is four-wheel drive and much smaller than most of its competition. The truck was originally built to rally race around the world, including Australia and Africawhich is why they hope the HRT will have an advantage in the deep silt beds that litter the Baja Peninsula. It was in these silt beds that Master-Pull Super Yankers were put to the test by an H1 Hummer chase vehicle near the San Ignacio silt beds. Using the Super Yanker, the H1 was able to pull the HRT to safety after a broken part took out the four-wheel-drive system. For more information, go to

Olliges and Swift Hit the Dirt Again
For those familiar with desert racing’s rich history, the names John Swift and Steve Olliges are instantly recognizable. John Swift was an original member of the legendary Ford Rough Riders factory team, racking up an impressive list of wins against competition like Ivan Stewart and Rick Mears, while Olliges joined the team four years later in Class 8S. Olliges and Swift are not content to just talk about the good old days, on the contrary. They are still making history. For 2011, the duo will team up for the entire Best in the Desert schedule and select SCORE International and SNORE races in their new No. 28 BFGoodrich/MasterCraft Safety Trick Truck. For more information about this partnership and their upcoming races, go to

More than $50,000 Up for Grabs With Jeepspeed
If you’ve been thinking about pulling that Jeep out of your garage to give it a go around the racecourse, now’s the time. For 2011, General Tire and ATX Wheels are offering up $25,000 in prize money and more than $50,000 in free wheels and tires. Also, the first 30 teams that race with Jeepspeed in 2011 will receive six free tires from General Tire and six free wheels from ATX Wheels. For more information, go to

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