Can-Am Maverick Pilots Win at Oklahoma Gold Rush
Brothers Hunter and Cody Miller notched three overall wins and five total podiums at the 2013 Oklahoma Gold Rush event near Tulsa, Okla. The Louis Powersports / Can-Am racers each recorded a win with their Maverick 1000R X rs side-by-side vehicles. Hunter won the UTV XC race, while Cody Miller took the overall in the UTV Super Moto event.
“Hunter and Cody Miller had an outstanding weekend in Oklahoma, winning three total classes and showcasing the versatility and capabilities of the Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle,” says Jeff Leclerc, racing project leader, Can-Am.
The 18th Annual Oklahoma Gold Rush was held Nov. 1-3 at The Hallett Motor Speedway in Jennings, Okla. The event hosted both ATV and UTV cross-country and Super Moto events. The ATV and UTV XC events were designed similar to Grand Prix-style events, complete with wooded sections, technical terrain and a shorter asphalt sector. The Super Moto races were roughly eight laps in length and featured an asphalt course with a small dirt segment with a couple smaller jumps.
In the UTV XC event, Hunter Miller and co-pilot Johnny Hale started in fourth place, but gained one spot once they hit the asphalt section on lap one. Hunter was roughly a minute down at this point in the race. From there, he pushed his Can-Am Maverick, reeling in the leader after each lap. Finally, on the final turn of the race, Hunter took an aggressive line and made a pass for the victory. Chase Snapp, piloting a Can-Am Commander™, finished second behind Miller.
“My Maverick was dialed in and worked great for the entire race,” said Hunter Miller. “It really shined in the woods and rough spots and was a big advantage on the track’s pavement sections. I just kept driving hard each lap until I caught the leader with roughly 200 yards or so remaining. I then drove aggressively through the last turn, made a big pass, and came away with the UTV XC victory.”
Riding their DS 450 ATVs, Hunter and Cody went 1-2 in the ATV XC race at Gold Rush. However, Cody Miller also earned an overall victory, winning the UTV Super Moto with his Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs. He also earned third in the ATV Super Moto event.
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