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By: Robert Janis

Polaris, Walker Evans Racing Show Success in M4SX/Dirt Alliance Series

Those of us who are interested in powersports probably concentrate on the ATVs that race in the desert or in the well-known series like the GNCC. Many may not be aware that there are smaller racing series that involve UTV racing. Polaris Industries, maker of the Ranger RZR, understands these races and along with such racing teams as Walker Evans Racing, who have been sponsored by Polaris and is racing the RZR Side-by-Side, they have found a great deal of success.

Witness the M4SXDirt Alliance Series. The series is a group of stadium-style racing events that are held at the Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. The site includes a half-mile clay oval and hosts all types of racing including the M4SX Series.

The series includes a number of categories:

Stadium Kart Jr. Stock
Stadium Kart Jr. 1
Stadium Kart Jr. 2
Stadium Kart Mod
SXS (Side-by-Side) Amateur
SXS (Side-by-Side) Pro
Stadium Single
Stadium Pro
Stadium Trucks
Prerunners

M4SX events schedule is:

March 14, 2009
April 11, 2009
May 9, 2009
June 20, 2009
July 18, 2009
August 22, 2009
September 12, 2009

RJ Anderson, a member of the Walker Evans Race Team and driver of a Polaris Ranger RZR, won Round One of the M4SX/Dirt Alliance Series in the Side-by-Side category.

Anderson is 16 years-old and a resident of Riverside, California. His first UTV race was in Pomona, California in the CORR in April, 2008. He has raced Short Courses, Stadium, and GP.

He first got involved with the M4SX when he raced trophy carts. “We liked the series so when we made the transition to UTVs we stayed with them,” he said. He finds the series to be “fun.” “It’s not a lot of pressure, and it’s only a one=day event,” he said. “It’s also a much smaller track than others I have raced, and that makes it more about the driver and less about the car.” He has won four races using a UTV.

This is the first year Anderson is racing the RZR. And he is quite happy with it. “The RZR is a great machine,” he said. “It is well balanced, light and nimble, and corners extremely well.”

Of course, since the machine is being raced, it went through some modifications. “It would be easier to list what isn’t done to it,” joked Anderson. “We started with a stock Polaris RZR and Extreme Machine and Fab. We built a roll cage and a Plus 8 long travel kit. We then put on some Walker Evans shocks and safety equipment from Mastercraft. To finish it off, we bolted in a Kroyer Racing engine and put on Goodyear MTR tires. Now it is one serious machine.”

His First Round victory proved to be an exciting one. “It was great to come out and win the first race of the year,” he said. “I had a great battle going on all night with Robert Vanbeekam. We battled bumper-to-bumper, back-and-forth until the mandatory caution halfway through the race. He started behind me at the re-start and broke an axle going into turn one causing his wheel to fall off, and that ended his night. From there on I kept calm the rest of the race and brought home the win.”

A stadium race is somewhat different than other events. The Friday before the race there is an optional practice. The next day, Saturday, is race day. According to Anderson, there are eight different race classes. They run a practice/qualifier, a heat race, and the main event. Anderson said that the biggest thing in preparing for a stadium event is to make sure that the car is prepped and ready to go before the race, especially since it is a one-day event.

His sponsors include Walker Evans Racing Shocks and Wheels, Goodyear, Kroyer Racing Engines, Polaris, South Point Hotel and Casino and Team Industries.

Anderson’s future plans are to finish the M4SX Series this year.


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