The 2014 race season has just begun. Whether you want to test your racing skills or just witness some of the most exciting racing in the world, the following events are where to do it. We have gathered a list of the top national race series, along with highlights of some regional venues that are popular with ATV race action. If you don’t see events in your area listed here, check the racing section of www.dirtwheelsmag.com for additional schedules.
The AMA Pro ATV amateur MX series has always been the pinnacle of our sport. Yamaha’s Chad Wienen has been the sport’s top star for two years running. His closest competition this season will come from Can-Am’s Joel Hetrick, who has been racing the series most of his life. We first watched Joel competing on some of the trickest two-stroke mini ATVs ever built by the family business Hetrick Racing ( 676-0477).
This nine-round series has classes for all ages and skill levels. The schedule primarily runs up and down the East Coast at such famous tracks as Red Bud, Unadilla and Mt. Morris, and finishes off the season at the ever-popular Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee in August. Find complete rules at www.atvmotocross.com.
The Grand National Cross-Country racing series has the widest mix of ATV machinery on the track on any given day. Minis, women (fast women), 4x4s, UTVs, seniors and pros all have a chance to compete in the series. And the competition is deep. Some classes have upwards of 30 riders in them. In fact, the GNCC series had record turnouts all last year.
Chris Borich has dominated the 13-round series for five straight years. However, this Suzuki LT-R450 rider is not even close to matching Bill Ballance’s nine-year reign of domination in the Pro class.
GNCC woods racers get to ride unique tracks like Unadilla, New York, and a coupe ski resorts in West Virginia. The series ends in late October in Crawfordsville, Indiana. You can watch the racing live at www.gnccracing.com.
Another cross-country series with a huge following and a great schedule is the Off-road Motorcycle and ATV nationals (OMA). The season kicks off in April at Memphis, Missouri. Stops throughout the series land in Kentucky, Michigan and Iowa. The series finishes off in Morrison, Illinois, at the famous Moose Run held October 18–19. See www.united offroadracing.com.
EXTREME DIRT TRACK
Commonly known as TT racing, the Extreme Dirt Track series attracts a breed of ATV racers that is all about horsepower and traction. The eight-round EDT series has shifted a little toward the Midwest in recent years, giving the heartland half of the series and keeping it close to home. Race weekends have two points-paying rounds for a shorter season that is run over the summer and with some events under the lights.
Long-time TT racer and all-around ATV racing star Harold Goodman took another of his many titles last year, topping Brad Riley and Michael Coburn all on Hondas. Entry numbers are up, with some events having over 40 riders in multiple classes. The series is again making a stop in Sturgis, South Dakota, during the big rally this year. Other stops hit the famous track at Ashtabula, Ohio, and four East Coast stops, including Busco Beach, North Carolina. Sign up at www.edtracing.com.
WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Known as WORCS, this is the largest series out West. Honda-mounted Beau Baron has been the guy to beat lately in both the Pro ATV and UTV classes. Baron’s teammate Davi Haagsma and Josh Row (all on Curtis Sparks Hondas) are chasing after Baron for ATV glory. The tracks are a mix of motocross and high-speed desert trails, all at great venues. Stops like Lake Havasu, Arizona, and the forests of Olympia, Washington, are favorites, as well as historical tracks such as Glen Helen. Occasionally you see East Coast riders take on the WORCS pros and fare pretty well. Josh Creamer, William Yokley and Brian Wolf have had the most success. Several Youth ATV classes, as well as a 200cc UTV class, allow the kids in on the action too. Find out more at www.worcsracing .com.
Desert racing has been big for ATV racers for decades. Lately, the shift has been going to UTVs, but still the quad classes are just as competitive. In fact, SCORE International has just combined the ATV classes in hopes to increase the payouts. Score has also added two races in California to go along with their three Baja events: the 250, 500 and 1000. Check out www.score-international.com.
The other big desert racing series is Best in the Desert. For quads and UTVs, it’s a six-race series with two stops in Parker, Arizona, and at four different-sized tracks ranging from 100–600 miles in the desert surrounding Las Vegas, Nevada. The Jagged X Polaris RZR team and CT Racing/ Elka-equipped Honda TRX450 riders have been the ones to beat in each class. Log on to www.bitd.com.
All four corners of the country and the Midwest are covered with competitive ATV-racing series for amateurs and pros. In the Northeast, the New England ATV (NEATV) former MX Pro champions like Josh Creamer, Dustin Wimmer and Travis Spader can be found running the series regularly. The series has all classes of MX racing and UTVs at some events. See www.neatv-mx.com.
The Mid-America XC series is building lots of momentum as a less-crowded choice versus the GNCCs. The 10-round series runs at all different venues in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. It has all classes of XC racing. Visit www.themaxc.com.
Texas and Oklahoma have their own series that caters to quads and UTVs only. Called TQRA, this series played host to the big-money Mountain Dew ATV Pro Challenge last year that had top MX riders from both coasts competing together. The local Miller brothers are on top of several classes in the series when it stops at five different Texas tracks and four in Oklahoma. The ATV Pro Challenge will return again in October of this year. Offers all classes of quad and UTV MX racing. See www.tqra.com.
In the Pacific Northwest, the Quadcross Northwest series runs one round in Albany, Oregon, and the other six races in Washington state include a stop at the famous Washougal MX Park to round out the season in September. Phillip Open was the pro to beat in 2013. Offers classes for all quads and UTVs in MX racing. See www.quadcrossnw.com.
The Southwest has its own Quadcross series that runs mostly in Southern California known as QuadX. UTVs have been added this year to the eight-round series. The two final rounds of the series in August and September are held under the lights. Honda’s Davi Haagsma will be carrying the number one plate this year. Offers all classes of MX racing. UTVs have just been added. See www.quadxseries.com.
By far the biggest mud event in the country is the High Lifter’s ATV Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, Texas. This event in March kicks off the championship mud-racing season in the South. CMR runs seven races, with stops in Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Multiple classes can be run in the oval-track mud pit for two-lap heats and three-lap finals. Offers ATV/UTV mud-bog racing. Contact www.championshipmudracing .com.
New series are popping up all over the country strictly trying to attract the growing UTV classes. In the South, the UTV Rally Raid series garners the most attention. Each race is two hours long on high-speed tracks that are not that rough and don’t tear your car apart. At press time, UTVRR was still working on securing a venue for this season. Again, three classes will be available—from entry level to unlimited. UTVRR also has a short-course series in the works, and you can find details about it at www.utvrallyraid .com.
Out West, Alta Vista Events puts on the Pure Series. All eight rounds take place near the town of California City, about two hours north of Los Angeles. The desert-style races grow in length during the year, from 125 miles up to the 275-mile double-points finale in October. Offers Sportsman to Pro desert UTV racing. Enter at www.ave racing.com.
The GBC Heartland Challenge is a 10-hour endurance race for quads and a four-hour test for UTVs. The event takes place every fall in Carlisle, Iowa. The course is a fast woods track with some man-made obstacles thrown in. See this year’s race dates at www.heartland challenge.com.
California’s Lake Elsinore GP is a race with more history than any other. The event is held early November. The track is on fast fire roads with a few MX jumps thrown in to impress the huge crowds on hand. Classes for all quads and UTVs. See www.lake elsinoregp.com.
AMA/ATV MX NATIONALS Mar 22-23 Washington, GA Apr 5-6 Blountville, TN May 17-18 Mt Morris, PA May 31-June 1 Walnut, IL June14-15 Nashport OH June 28-29 Millville, MN July 12-13 New Berlin, NY July 26-27 Buchanan, MI Aug 9-10 Hurricane Mills, TN Contact www.atvmotocross.com
GNCC Mar 8 Bunnell, FL Mar 15 Washington, GA Mar 29 Morganton, NC April 12 Union, SC April 26 Springville, IN May 10 Hurricane Mills, TN May 24 Masontown, WV June 7 Millfield, OH June 21 Snowshoe, WV Sept 6 New Berlin, NY Sept 20 TBA, PA Oct 4 St. Clairsville, OH Oct 25 Crawfordsville, IN Contact www.gnccracing.com
Extreme Dirt Track April 25 TBA May 30 Sioux Falls, SD May 31 Sioux Falls, SD June 21 Batvia, NY July 19-20 Pine Lake, OH Aug 9 Sturgis, SD Aug 23 Busco Beach, NC Sept 5 Muskogee, OK Sept 6 Muskogee, OK Contact www.edtracing.com
TEXAS OKLAHOMA QUAD RACING ASSOCIATION Feb 22-23 Ft. Worth, TX Mar 8-9 Lane, OK April 26-27 Yantis, TX May 10-11 Blanchard, OK June 21-22 Sherman, TX July 19-20 Poteau, OK Aug 2 Paris, TX Aug 23 Boyd, TX Sept 13-14 Wellston, OK Oct 10-12 ATV Pro Challenge TBA, TX Contact www.tqra.com
WORLD OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Mar 14-16 Lake Havasu, AZ April 11-13 Hurricane, UT May 9-11 Ridgecrest, CA July 11-13 Pala, CA Aug 1-3 Straddeline, WA Sept 12-14 Devore, CA Oct 17-19 Primm, NV Contact www.worcsracing.com
CHAMPIONSHIP MUD RACING Mar 29 Jacksonville, TX April 19 Forest, MS May 24 Burkeville, TX June 28 Enterprise, AL Aug 2 Jacksonville, TX Aug 30 Kiln, MS Oct 4 Fluker, LA Contact www.championshipmud racing.com
NEW ENGLAND ATV MX April 12-14 Walden MX May 3-4 MX207 May 24-25 Hurricane Mills MX June 7-8 Hemonds MX June 28-29 Jolly Rogers July 26-27 Capway Rovers Aug 2-3 Twister Valley Aug 30-31 Hurricane Mills MX Sept 13-14 MX207 Sept 27-28 Jolly Rogers Oct 11-12 AK Farms Oct 19 TBA Contact www.neatv-mx.com
OMA NATIONALS April 19-20 Memphis, MO May 3-4 Dawson Springs, KY June 14-15 Newark, MO July 5-6 TBA, MI Aug 23-24 Clay City, KY Sept 27-28 Council City IA Oct 18-19 Morrison, IL Contact www.unitedoffroadracing.com
QUADCROSS NW Mar 29-30 Woodland, WA April 26-27 Richland, WA May 31-June 1 Toutle, WA June 21-22 Albany, OR July 19-20 McCleary, WA Aug 9-10 Spokane, WA Sept 6-7 Washougal, WA Contact www.quadcrossnw.com
QUAD-X Mar 30 Devore, CA April 27 Hesperia, CA May 18 Anza, CA June 15 Anza, CA July 27 Devore, CA Aug 16 Moreno Valley, CA Sept 27 Devore, CA Contact www.quadxseries.com
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear. Copyright 2008 Hi-Torque Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Console Login