Polaris Industries Inc.

10/14/2019 | Press release | Archived content


Minneapolis (Oct. 14, 2019) - This weekend, Polaris RZR® Factory Racing prevailed at the Best In The Desert Fourth Annual Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic with two wins and three podiums, and Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Seth Quintero clinching the overall Best In The Desert series championships in their respective classes.

Guthrie Jr. and fellow RZR Factory Driver Branden Sims completed the short-course in a neck-and-neck battle resulting in Guthrie Jr. securing his second win of the season. The victory allowed him to overtake three drivers in the overall points standings and bring home the series championship.

As the UTV Turbo race settled in, Guthrie Jr. sat at 10th place, but he charged the course in dramatic fashion, running a pace nobody could keep up with and ultimately stealing first. Polaris RZR Factory Driver Branden Sims finished in second place in only his second race behind the wheel of his RZR. Polaris RZRs claimed six of the top 10 spots with Polaris Supported Athlete Randy Romo coming home fifth and Factory Racers Justin Lambert and Ryan Piplic finishing sixth and eight respectively. Fellow Polaris Supported Athlete Sierra Romo celebrated her belated 19th birthday with a ninth-place finish.

RZR Factory Driver Seth Quintero fell short on a UTV Pro Production perfect season but still brought home the Best In The Desert series championship. After pulling the hole shot and keeping the lead for six laps, Quintero got stuck behind a lapper on the second-to-last lap costing him the lead. Quintero battled back in a fast whoops section regaining the lead until an arm pin bolt backed out, causing a long repair and relegating Quintero to an 11th place finish.