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Arctic Cat/Bi-Polar Finishes Third Overall in Best-in-the-Desert Series

By any stretch of the imagination, the goal for Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar Prowler race team for the 2009 race season was daunting: Compete against fully-modified UTVs in the seven-event Best-In-The-Desert (BITD) off-road race series using a stock Prowler XTZ 1000 H2. And by any measure, third place overall is an exceptional accomplishment.

“We came into this series committed to show the world that the major stock components comprising a Prowler XTZ can run with the wild, one-off creations that our competition use,” said team owner/driver Jim Creagan of Yacolt, Wash. “Aside from the required roll cage, extra lighting and King shocks, our Prowler is stock, including the engine, axles and suspension arms. That makes it very satisfying to blow past the other guys.”

While the 1000 H2 EFI engine delivered speeds the fully-modified UTVs couldn’t match, BITD races throw down wicked-rough routes of rocks, holes, ledges, drop-offs and miles of whoops.

Nevertheless, the Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar team attacked each race in the Nevada desert with the same go-for-it attitude that delivered a 1-2 finish in last year’s Baja 1000 off-road race. Two second-place finishes in the series’ longest races proved the durability of the team and Prowler, while top-fives at other events showed their consistency. Seven races entered, seven finished for third place overall series, which is an accomplishment few teams can claim.

Just as impressive, this was the first season of racing the BITD series for the team.

“Knowing the race courses makes a huge difference,” remarked Creagan. “With a year’s experience, we’ll return next year in a better position to challenge for race wins and the series championship.”

The team’s success coupled with the Prowler’s outstanding durability was an impressive combination that drew the immediate respect of other racers.

“The Nevada desert is an unforgiving place,” said Ted Bettin, Arctic Cat ATV Race Coordinator. “For a first-year effort, to finish every race and take third overall in the series proves the best-in-class performance and durability of our machines.”

The Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar race team is sponsored by Arctic Cat, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims, Tire Balls, Vision X Lighting, King Shocks and Dragonfire Racing

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Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ Poised for Best In The Desert Championship

Jon Crowley

Photo courtesy of Jon Crowley, UTVWeekly.com

Once a race team is the first to finish and win the Baja 1000 in the UTV class that should speak loud enough for the team and the durability of their Prowler. Not if you’re Jim Creagan and the BiPolar/Arctic Cat team. Currently second in the Best in the Desert points with three races remaining, this hard-charging Prowler team is poised to take home another monumental championship in the Prowler XTZ 1000.

The team’s second place finish in the recent Vegas to Reno race came down to a neck-and-neck, 998-mile battle separating the two positions by 15 minutes. Deemed the longest, toughest, point-to-point race in the United States, danger-packed rocks, silt, sand and nastiness were dominated by the Prowler XTZ 1000.

“Bottom line, we wanted to win, but were really happy with the way the Prowler XTZ performed. Our stock 1000 H2 engine is seriously fast and it makes our competitors nervous knowing this. If we hadn’t had a couple teething issues common to racing a new vehicle, we would have beat the first place competitor by three hours! It was a hell of a fun race,” said Creagan.

Team Arctic Race Coordinator, Ted Bettin said, “This 1900 UTV class is showing some true racing potential. Now that competitors are finally finishing races, the battles are raging right up until the checkered flag drops! We’re proud of the BiPolar Team and look forward to the next race.”

The BiPolar/Arctic Cat team is unofficially 6 points out of first place. The next race is the Bilek Racing Silver State 300, September 25-27, in Mesquite, Nevada.
For more information on Arctic Cat Prowlers, log on to www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. To learn more about BiPolar Racing, log on to www.bipolarracing.com.