The 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship started off with a bang on Friday, as competitors and fans alike got their first taste of this weekend’s festivities from Laughlin, Nevada. From Friday morning’s Dirt Co. Poker Run to the AZ West UTV Festival in the parking lot of the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino, this year’s opening day built up plenty of excitement for this year’s racing.
It all started with the fifth annual Dirt Co. Poker Run, as more than 150 pre-runners took to the 17-mile desert race course in the morning to have a look at the various challenges that the pros will face on race day. From stars of the sport like RJ Anderson to passionate recreational drivers, Poker Run participants were treated to the same exciting terrain that will determine this year’s UTV World Champions in dozens of race classes. The first 125 registrants were also treated to an exclusive Dirt Co. T-shirt produced to commemorate the event.
The AZ West UTV Festival also kicked off in the morning, with top brands from around off-road racing on hand to display their latest and greatest products, promote giveaways, and get the fans excited for Saturday and Sunday’s racing. While the 382 entrants for this year’s event went through their typical tech and contingency proceedings, fans had the opportunity to mingle with top racers before they go into battle over the weekend.
“The first day of the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship is always a ton of fun,” said UTV World Championship CEO Matt Martelli. “The Dirt Co. Poker Run is a great way for our fans to share our race course with our drivers before they do battle this weekend, and we’re always excited about the turnout for that. But even for the folks who didn’t head out this morning, the AZ West UTV Festival has plenty of exciting opportunities to check out new products and get involved with the sport. There’s no better way to lead into UTV racing’s premier event, and one of the most exciting off-road race weekends of the year!”
The 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship continues on Friday afternoon. The AZ West UTV Festival runs all day, while a full slate of youth racing takes place on the infield and short courses, and the UTV World Championship Pit Crew Challenge presented by The Fab School begins at 4PM at the Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino with both adult and youth contests. Follow along with all of the top stories from the 2019 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship at www.utvworldchampionship.com, and follow @UTVWorldChampionship on Facebook and Instagram for updates from throughout the event.