Only two UTVs finish grueling race
Team Jagged X earned its second straight ‘Vegas to Reno’ victory aboard the No. 1919 Polaris Ranger RZR.
Jagged X, made up of Brandon Schueler, Blake Van De Loo, Justin Schueler and Craig Scanlon, finished the Best in the Desert Series race in 17 hours and 26 minutes, which was one hour and 18 minutes faster than the only other finisher – the team of Cory, Jeanette and Darren Sappington.
Known as the longest and most grueling off-road race in the U.S., this year’s ‘Vegas to Reno’ race was 457.5 miles with varying elevations consisting of 2,500 ft on the desert floor to more than 9,000 ft. in the mountains.
“The second ‘Vegas to Reno’ win proves there’s nothing the RANGER RZR can’t dominate,” says Scanlon, product line sales manager for Polaris. “This race threw everything at us; desert, mountains, steep climbs, extreme temperature changes and the Ranger RZR gobbled it up looking for more.”
Jagged X’s Ranger RZR, piloted once again by Brandon Schueler with co-driver Van de Loo, took off in second place and within a few miles had taken the lead and was on track to keep it. Temperatures were more than 100 degrees as the Ranger RZR made its way north towards Reno, Nev. and the finish line.
After nearly 400 miles of dirt and rocks, the No. 1919 hit a ledge hidden in the deep silt and damaged the left front suspension. Driver and co-driver managed to three-wheel the car into the last pit where the pit crew was able to repair the damage and send the Jagged X team, which was still in the lead, to the finish.
The next race for Jagged X is “The Bilek Racing Silver State 300,” in Mesquite, Nev., Sept. 26-28.