The Polaris/Lone Star/Eichner Racing Team enjoyed a warm Easter weekend and an awesome team performance at WORCS Round 3, held March 21-23, 2008, at Lake Havasu, Arizona.
The relaxed, but always-focused and determined ATV racing super-star, Doug Eichner added two Pro wins to his credit, the first in Pro Production with a smooth ride over a rough and demanding course which Eichner used to test his machine for the Pro Main Event.
The Pro Main saw 24 highly-competitive machines and athletes all vying for the chance to claim victory. Eichner launched his Polaris Outlaw 525 S off the start like a bullet and grabbed the holeshot like he meant business. He railed through the first corner than sailed over the jumps and sped away on his wicked-fast Outlaw 525 S complete with FOX Racing Shox, enhanced performance from Yoshimura R&D of America Inc. and tires by MAXXIS, and never looked back taking the checkered flag to the thrill of his entire team.
Pro team rider John Shafe on his Polaris Outlaw 450 MXR followed Eichner in hot pursuit setting a blistering pace and capably holding off the competition for several laps. The Polaris Outlaws looked fierce running 1 and 2 but Shafe, who had been under the weather the night before, finally fell victim to his illness. He finished seventh with a commendable effort.
No stranger to winning, Angela Butler put her Outlaw 450 MXR out front in the Women's A class and easily demonstrated why she carries the points lead in this division at WORCS. Butler also took on the challenge of the Pro-Am division where she claimed a seventh place finish out of 21 entries.
Ten-year-old, youth rider and four-time National Champion, Caide Hunt rode her Outlaw 90 MXR with stock motor and suspension to a sixth-place finish out of the 27 bike line-up in the 8-15 year old class and a seventh-place finish in the 71-90cc Mod class out of a field of 18. The team is anxious to get this tough cutie in full race order for WORCS round 4.
"Polaris is very excited about the performance of the team this WORCS round," said Eric Nault, Race Team Manager for Polaris. "Eichner's two Pro wins to Butler's continuing domination of the Womens class further proves the Outlaws' prowess on the track."
WORCS Havasu witnessed a record number of Side by Sides in the Rhino Mod class where 19 machines lined up for the start. With extremely-modified machines on the course, this race gave spectators a thrill as Eichner and his co-pilot, Polaris Engineer, Kevin McNutt, put on the best Side by Side race WORCS has seen to date in the Polaris RANGER RZR, leading most of the 45-minute race. Eichner and Mc Nutt fell victim to another unit that blocked their path on the final lap and settled for a fourth place finish. Eichner's Polaris RANGER RZR sports FOX Racing Shox, arms and bumpers and roll cage by Lone Star Racing, exhaust system by Yoshimura, Fullbore Innovations body with seats, harness and nets by MasterCraft. "Eichner sure impressed me," stated Kevin McNutt, but the smile on Kevin's face said it all. Eichner remains the points leader in the WORCS Rhino Mod SxS division.
"I'm thrilled to have put the Outlaw back on top of the Pro podium at WORCS," stated Eichner. "But it is the team effort and personal contributions of each team member, sponsor support and Polaris Engineering team that is the most commendable part of the weekend. And, I can't thank WORCS enough for putting on a top-notch national competition."
Official Sponsors of the Polaris/Lone Star /Eichner Racing Team:
Polaris Industries, Inc.
Lone Star Racing
FOX Racing Shox
Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc.
Rage'n Luxury Toy Haulers
Douglas Wheel Technologies, Inc.
IMS / PowerMadd
WISECO Performance Products
ARC Racing - MX240V Boots/Corona Boots
Golden West Cycle