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by Hal Sanguinetti

                 elcome back to   Arizona  Roczen will be sitting out the AMA   the side-by-side world is headed  ray Fundora as its new CEO and
                 ExtrEmE  motorsports,  Outdoor  Nationals  this  year.  His  to  Lake  Havasu  City,  Arizona  in  president. Fundora has over 30
        WArizona’s only motorsports  wife Courtney is due with their first  October for the debut of the UtV  years  of  managerial  experience  in
        publication.  Unfortunately,  due  child,  and  Ken  decided  to  get  his  World Championship. Now, drivers  aftermarket  accessories  for  light
        to the CCP (Chinese Communist  health issues in order before starting  from your dealership who aren’t  trucks, automotive and specialty
        Party) Virus situation, there has still  the Sx season next year. We’ll miss  quite pros but want to check out the  vehicles.  His  work  history  includes
        been very little racing to report on.  the talented and personable German.  track can do so with the launch of the  guiding  major  companies  such  as
        We  were able  to have  a  monsoon                                    UTVWC Poker Run registration.      Nivel Parts & Manufacturing, TAG/
        madness motocross race on June 13    MX  Sports  Pro  Racing  has                                        LEER,  and  VEC  Technology.  Tom
        (report  & results elsewhere in this  announced  the intention to host a   the UtV World Championship  Schneider has been named as DPI’s
        issue), but the second race had to be  nine-round  schedule  to complete  announced  the return of  the  Poker  new CFO and has over 30 years of
        cancelled. As of this writing (August  the  2020  Lucas  Oil  Pro  Motocross  run on Wednesday, Oct.  7.  this is  experience as a financial leader. Kelly
        10)  we  had  the  final  round  of  the  Championship, sanctioned by AmA  the sixth consecutive year for the  Davis,  co-founder  of  Tuff  Country
        monsoon madness Series scheduled  Pro Racing.                         UtVWC Poker  run event, and the  EZ-ride Suspension, is now the
        for August 22.  Unfortunately, it has                                 first time being run on a 60-plus mile  general manager of DPI’s light truck
        been cancelled. But please - ALWAYS   The  season  is  scheduled  to  begin  course  through  the  surrounding  division.  John Grounds has been
        check with  every race track you  on  Aug.  15,  with  the  inaugural  desert of Lake Havasu City. It’s the  promoted to manager of engineering
        want to go to before you leave home  professional event at famed Loretta  event’s way of bringing enthusiasts,  and product development. Grounds
        - even for local races - to make sure  Lynn’s  Ranch  in  Hurricane  Mills,  racers, team members, and everyone  has  15  years  of  experience  in  off-
        you don’t get there and find out the  Tennessee.  The  next  eight  rounds  in  Lake  Havasu  together  for  a  fun,  road  racing,  snatching  multiple
        event has been cancelled.          will take place at well-known venues  family-friendly event behind the  podium-finishes   in   the   Ultra4
                                           ranging from Washougal MX Park in  wheel of their own UTV to kick-off   Racing  Series  and  back-to-back
          It’s been a very tough time everyone  Washington to Spring Creek MX Park  the week of festivities.     top  10  finishes  at  the  King  of  the
        in the AZ motocross community the  in  millville,  minnesota.  All events                                Hammers. Shane Jones, who is now
        past few months. First, the tragic and  on  the  2020  schedule  will  adhere   Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7  the company’s director of operations
        totally  avoidable accident to three-  to  social  distancing  guidelines  and   Time:  8:00AM – 5:00PM  and distribution for DPI’s light truck
        time  American motocross  National  health   management    protocols.   Registration / Check In:  8:00AM –  division, has been with Tuff Country
        champion,  icon  and  legend  Marty  Each  round will be conducted in  1:00Pm                            EZ-Ride  Suspension  for  24  years,
        Smith and his wife, in a dune buggy  accordance  with local  and  state   Entry Fee: $125.00 per vehicle  most recently as operations manager.
        accident at the Imperial Sand Dunes.  ordinances, as identified between the   the UtVWC Poker  run is  In other changes, DPI has segmented
        According to TMZ Sports, the buggy  event  organizer  and  local  officials.  expected to sell out.      its brands bnto three distinct
        that  marty and Nancy Smith were  the paddock will be  closed to the    Each  entry receives  a  t-shirt  divisions: Light Truck, Powersports
        riding in flipped and rolled down a  general  public,  with  access  limited  and commemorative poker chip,  and  E-Commerce.  These  changes
        hill. Marty was not wearing a safety  to properly credentialed  parties  as well as having the chance to get  have  created  a  strong  platform  to
        harness,  while  Nancy  was  wearing  only and  facemasks  required at all  the best poker hand to win prizes  provide  better  service  and  more
        only a lap belt. Neither were wearing  times.    Hand-washing  stations  and  & cash.  Prizes will be handed  out  innovation for our customers, the
        helmets.  marty and Nancy are  hand sanitizer stands will be placed  Wednesday  evening  at  the  Kick-  company says.
        survived by their three children and  throughout the venues and personal  Off Party at the UTV Festival site at
        grandchildren.                     hygiene  education  signage  will  be  Windsor Beach inside Lake Havasu   the Sand Sports Super Show
                                           prominent. Select events will feature  City State Park. “the Poker  run is  presented by Nitto will have a new
          Closer to home,  Arizona’s own  limited spectator capacity, while  a  way  for  fans  and  racers  to  get  a  date and location this year, bringing
        motocrosser Jimmy Donald was  others will be conducted exclusively  glimpse of what the racecourse will  the sand  sports  community  and  its
        killed in a mega-freak street accident  for  participants,  professional  and  look  like on  race  day,” said  CEO,  heavy side-by-side presence together
        in a friend’s brand new side-by-side  amateur,  with  attendance  limited  Matt  Martelli.  “We’ve  tripled  the  on the West Coast.
        only blocks from his home. See the  to crew members and family.  All  distance to make it a full one-day
        memorial article elsewhere in this  events will feature an amateur racing  event with friends and families and   Originally  scheduled  for  Sept.
        issue.                             component, both before and after the  have some great sponsors on board,  18-20  at  the  Orange  County  Fair
                                           professional race day. Ticketing and  contributing some awesome prizes.”  &  Event Center in Costa  mesa,  the
          Finally,  AZ motorcycle jumper  amateur  race  program  information   the UtV World Championship  Sand Sports Super Show will be
        Gary Wells passed the week this was  will be posted Monday, July 20, on  is  the  world’s  biggest  UTV  race  moved to Oct. 17-18 at WestWorld of
        written. Gary had many friends here  the event websites.              and  takes  place every year in Lake  Scottsdale in Arizona. The show will
        in AZ, and was considered by many                                     Havasu City. It draws the best UTV  be run concurrently and share the
        to be one of the best jumpers of all   We’re  approaching  the  end  of  racers in the world to battle in both  venue with the Off-Road Expo.
        time. rIP to all...                summer and start  of the busy  short course and desert races to
                                           riding season here in Arizona - but  decide  who is the best UtV racer   Remember  that  the  August  22,
          As has always been  said, safety  will  anything  in  2020  be  normal  in the world.  the race features an  monsoon  madness  at Canyon,
        first.  No  matter  what  you  think  and  regular?  It’s  also  the  time  for  ultra exciting side-by-side land-rush  has just been cancelled due to the
        may or may not happen, accidents  many of our industry’s new model  start and door-to-door racing all the  governor’s  asinine  restrictions  on
        happen, and without the proper  introductions,    and   I  normally   way to the checkers. It also has the  outdoor activities. Now please now
        safety equipment and protocols, bad  put some of them in this column.  biggest TV, online, and social media  enjoy YOUr paper!   v
        things happen to good people, with  However, with as much information  coverage in the sport of UTV racing.
        tragic consequences.               as I’ve accumulated, they’ll be on a
                                           separate  page,  again  elsewhere  in   Daystar, an  Arizona company
          It was just announced  today  this issue.                           with  a  long  history  of  supporting
        (Aug  11)  that  Honda  MX  star  and                                 AZ  MX  and  manufacture  of  off
        former World  mx Champion Ken                                         road   components   has   named

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