Team finished third in Pro UTV class
Lasher Motorsports continued on its quest for a points championship in the Pro UTV class at the Best In The Desert (BITD) racing series this past weekend in Henderson, Nev.
Coming off a second place finish at the Parker 250 back in January, Lasher Motorsports had adequate time to prepare for the second race of the season, the Bilek Silver State 300. Mike Lasher and his Monster Energy Kawasaki / Lasher Motorsports Team overhauled their Kawasaki Teryx in preparation for the remainder of this long and grueling desert racing series. Many test sessions were conducted on the # 1924 Teryx to ensure the Pro UTV was at its best.
During the break between the first and second races Lasher Motorsports and its engine sponsor Muzzys Performance hooked up to strengthen the UTV’s power plant. A powerful Muzzys 916cc Kawasaki V-Twin was installed and its benefits were quickly noticed during the ensuing test sessions. With the Walker EvansRacing 2.5″ shocks on Xtreme Machine & Fab suspension tuned and ready this Teryx and its team were prepared for the Nevada Desert. The team also installed Billet King’s rear brake kit allowing them to have the confidence of being able to stop the Teryx in the corners and out brake the competition.
The Bilek Silver State 300 would find Lasher and his team drawing the sixth starting position out of 17 UTVs entered to participate in this 300-mile desert race. Starting in Alamo and finishing just south of Alamo the course would loop through some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain the Nevada Desert has to offer.
Once off the line Lasher and his co-driver, Pete Negrete, would quickly make work of the first three cars in front of them, bringing them to the front of the pack to battle with the two other point leaders in the series. This battle would be waged clear through to the checkered flag, which would wave for the #1924 about seven hours after its start. The Monster Energy Kawasaki / Lasher Motorsports Teryx would run a flawless race in the powertrain and suspension department. Three trackside flat tire changes would be the only thing slowing the team down on the day as the IRC tracker would show the #1924 and its powerful engine reaching speeds in the 70 mph range multiple times throughout the race. Pit stops were quick and efficient.
Pit 4, which was located at RM162, would be where Mike Lasher would turn the wheel over to longtime teammate Rick “Wally World” Wallace who would bring the Teryx across the remaining 150 or so miles to the finish. Negrete would stay in the car guiding both Lasher and Wallace through the entire race. With only a 12-minute deficit between them and the leader at Pit 6 Wallace and the team would make a hard push in the final 60 miles of the race to overcome the time difference. Unfortunately the team would fall just short of a win but would still land on the podium with a very respectable third place finish and another chunk of hard earned series points, which kept the team in the top three for the season.
Lasher Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors: Monster Energy – Kawasaki – GBC Motorsports -Muzzys Performance – Walker Evans Racing – Xtreme Machine & Fab – Wally World Designs – Billet King – K&N – EPI – PRP Seats – Pro Armor – Hostyle – SIMPSON – OffRoadPress.com – UTVUnderground.com