Big-time sand-throwing By Gee Armstrong Photos by Juli Moore, Dirt-N-Dunez Photography

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A veritable case of pure OREGON DUNACY! As giant plumes of sand roost blasted forth from the spinning paddle tires of 500-plus-horsepower UTVs, a crowd of thrilled spectators (socially distanced and masked) were at round three of the General Tire Sand Outlaw UTV Drag Race Series held in the Oregon Dunes at Winchester Bay.

Sand drag racing has always been the centerpiece of the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual DuneFest festivities at the Oregon Dunes. The plan was to host the Sand Outlaw Series Race as part of the event and racing this year. COVID-19 changed all that, and DuneFest had to be canceled for 2020.

However, DuneFest Director Jody Morrow noticed that DuneFest attendees were not canceling their camping reservations for the event and were still planning dune fun anyway. So, she and the Chamber of Commerce successfully proceeded with the Sand Outlaw race as a scaled-back event.

Utah’s Jeremy Herron of Packard Racing took second place in the Outlaw class. Herron’s Yamaha is ferociously fast and very light. It wheelies easily.



This year’s Outlaw Series is a six-race championship-points competition with cash at the end of the season for the top-10 points leaders in the Outlaw, Mod Turbo and Stock Turbo classes. Races are being held at Glamis Dunes, California; Sand Mountain, Utah; St. Anthony Dunes, Idaho; and Oregon Dunes, Winchester Bay, Oregon. While some races are 300-foot flat-track drags, others are hill-shoots at popular dune locations.

Evolution Powersports has a potent Can-Am that it races. Evo-modified cars swept the top three in the Modified Turbo class.

In round-three action, Oregonian Gee Armstrong’s Florence Motor-sports/Alba Racing Yamaha YXZ 1000R SS highlighted the Stock Turbo-class rounds. He dominated the racing until the final round when he was disqualified for hitting the rev limiter, launching an infraction of Stock Class rules. Evolution Powersports Can-Ams raced to claim a complete podium sweep in the Mod Turbo class, while in the Outlaw class, Pace Off-Road, Packard Racing and Evo Powersports battled for the podium, with Scott Hughes’ Pace Off-Road Polaris XP taking the win.

Gee Armstrong’s Florence Motorsports/Alba Racing Yamaha YXZ 1000R SS dominated the Stock Turbo class. He is leading here in the final round, but was disqualified for hitting the rev limiter. That gave the win to Dan Picht’s Can-Am. Picht also won the Mod Turbo class.


The St. Anthony Dunes, Idaho, was the venue for round four of the series. For more information and rules and regulations, visit Sand Outlaw Series on Facebook or see www.sandoutlaw
. And, you will want to check out the rules. There are a lot of rules in an attempt to keep the competition fair and costs under control. For example, there are weight penalties (sand bags) for two-seat machines and weight advantages for four-seat cars like the winning Pace Off-Road Polaris.

DuneFest is scheduled to return in 2021. For information, visit DuneFest Event on Facebook or visit www.dunefest.com

Jason Wolf’s clean Polaris took third in the Outlaw class. Like Herron’s Yamaha, Wolf’s car has the front drive deleted to save weight.



Stock Turbo class:

1. Dan Picht, Can-Am

2. Robert Barker, Can-Am

3. Taylor Starr, Yam

Mod Turbo class:

1. Dan Picht Can-Am

2. Brandon Ristau Can-Am

3. Conrad Garza, Can-Am

Outlaw class:

1. Scott Hughes, Pol

2. Jeremy Herron, Yam

3. Jason Wolf, Pol

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