Jagged X Takes 'Best in the Desert' Title
Jagged X and its No. 1919, Ranger RZR finished the ‘Best in the Desert’ series strong with another win at the Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic Dec. 6. The win helped bring a second consecutive BITD championship to Jagged X.
The Jagged X/Polaris Racing RangerRZR team had already secured the season championship but was determined to finish the season as strong as possible. The field had a surprising number of entries with 10 teams lining up at the start for the approximately 150 mile race. The No. 1919 started in the sixth position driven by Blake Van De Loo and performed perfectly for the four-hour race. After swapping the lead several times, the Ranger RZR was able to pull ahead and take the first place finish by more than 10 minutes.
This race marks the fifth consecutive win for the Jagged X/Polaris Racing team which began the season with two second place finishes. This is the first time a side-by-side has completed every single race mile for an entire racing season in the BITD series. The side-by-sides also are the only class competing in a seven race season, with all other classes competing in five races. The race marks the 14th consecutive finish for the Jagged X Ranger RZR.
“Polaris would like to congratulate Jagged X on their second Best in the Desert Championship,“ says Craig Scanlon, product line sales manager for the Polaris side x side division. “The Jagged X team has been extremely dedicated to the Ranger RZR racing effort and their continued success and second championship is well deserved. We look forward to the 2009 race season with hopes Jagged X will continue its win streak and secure another championship.”
In the first-year of production for the RANGER RZR, Jagged X did the unthinkable and won the 2007 BITD championship. Jagged X got its first podium, taking second, at the 2007 Blue Water Grand Prix and took its first first-place at the 2007 Vegas to Reno race and never looked back. They finished the season with three first-place finishes and one second-place and the BITD championship.
In 2008, Jagged X and the No. 1919 started the season with two second-place finishes and then went on a tear finishing the season with five consecutive first-places, and the 2008 championship.
“The Ranger RZR is an amazing platform for our desert race program and we have to thank Polaris industries for their continued support,” says Bill Schueler of Jagged X. “We all work very hard together to finish and win races, and will stay on the cutting edge of side-by-side racing as our sport’s popularity continues to grow.”