The Jagged X team didn’t have long to celebrate its 2013 Best in the Desert championship as the 2014 season got off to a early start this past weekend at the THR Parker 250 in Parker, Ariz. What the team could celebrate was a victory in its No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900 piloted by Brandon Schueler and Blake Van de Loo. Coastal Racing’s 1934, piloted by Scott Kiger and Mark Holz, finished second.
The inaugural race of the year for BITD saw the largest UTV entry yet with 33 side-by-sides competing. Schueler and Van de Loo started in thirteenth position. Thanks to some great driving and a trouble-free day, they were able to work their way to the front and pass the No. 1934 Coastal car for the win.
Team UXC Racing’s Michael Swift and Don Higbee made the inaugural run of the Scrambler XP 1000 at the Parker 250 and came home with a second place, competing as the only utility quad in the Expert Class. The result was impressive given the unit was mostly stock except the wheels, tires and Flexx bars and ran with an auxiliary gas tank to minimize fuel ups.
The next Best in the Desert Race is the General Tire Mint 400, March 13-16, in Las Vegas.