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Can-Am Racers Dominate GBC Heartland Challenge, Moore Wins NEATV-MX Pro Class

| 22 August 2013 11:13 pm

Iowa ATV Hare Scrambles Series
Heartland Challenge
CARLISLE, IA

NEATV-MX Series
Round 6: Twister Valley MX
FORT PLAIN, NY

Courtesy of Can-Am
AUG. 17-18, 2013

Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers won three ATV classes and one UTV class and put another team on the Open UTV podium at the sixth annual GBC Heartland Challenge in Iowa. Meanwhile, in New York, Can-Am Pro rider Travis Moore rode his DS 450 ATV to victory at round six of the NEATV-MX Series.

Driving a Maverick 1000R X rs, Mike Penland and co-pilot Mike Edwards took third in the Open UTV (Pro) class at the Heartland Challenge.

Driving a Maverick 1000R X rs, Mike Penland and co-pilot Mike Edwards took third in the Open UTV (Pro) class at the Heartland Challenge.

“We had several Can-Am racers battle in the thick dust at the Heartland Challenge event in Iowa and came away with victories in the Pro 4×4 Iron Man, 4×4 Open, ATV Iron Man and UTV Unlimited classes,” said Can-Am race manager Jimmie O’Dell. “Mike Penland’s team also earned third place in the prestigious Open UTV class with the Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs. DS 450 racer Travis Moore also continued his successful NEATV-MX season with another overall Pro-class win at round six.”

Heartland Challenge
The sixth annual GBC Heartland Challenge, which features a full weekend of racing for both ATV and side-by-sides, was held outside of Carlisle, Iowa. Despite a challenging course (which featured both man-made and natural obstacles) and blinding dust, Can-Am ATV and side-by-side racers did very well, earning the top five finishing spots in the Pro 4×4 Iron Man class, as Kevin Trantham outlasted fellow Can-Am pilots Michael Swift and Forrest Whorton for the top spot on the podium.

“It’s great to get this win!” said Trantham. “We had a good track, and I felt great all day. My Can-Am Outlander 500 ran strong for the entire 10 hours. The stock motor in the 500 was really smooth and easy to handle.”

Can-Am Outlander 500 racer Kevin Trantham (30) won the Pro 4x4 Iron Man class, edging fellow Can-Am pilots Michael Swift and Forrest Whorton for the top spot on the podium.

Can-Am Outlander 500 racer Kevin Trantham (30) won the Pro 4×4 Iron Man class, edging fellow Can-Am pilots Michael Swift and Forrest Whorton for the top spot on the podium.

In SxS action, Can-Am racers netted one victory and another podium finish. In the Open UTV (Pro) class, the top finisher was Mike Penland and his teammate Mike Edwards, who finished third in the four-hour event. Team JB Off-Road/ Can-Am’s husband-and-wife team of Tim & Julie Farr finished fourth, behind Penland, in the Open UTV class.

Tim Farr & his wife, Julie, finished fourth in their Maverick in the Open UTV class.

Tim Farr & his wife, Julie, finished fourth in their Maverick in the Open UTV class.

Joe Weissenburger’s Team Hicklin Racing/ Can-Am Commander took the overall in the UTV 850 Unlimited class and finished fourth overall in the combined SxS results.

Driving a Can-Am Commander, the Team Hicklin Racing team (16) won the UTV 850 Unlimited class at the Heartland Challenge.

Driving a Can-Am Commander, the Team Hicklin Racing team (16) won the UTV 850 Unlimited class at the Heartland Challenge.

“The Maverick was awesome throughout the entire race, and I couldn’t be happier,” said Mike Penland. “This is a huge deal for me, Can-Am, Maxxis, and everyone else that helps. I am just so happy that we made the podium. The track was very dusty and you had to be careful. We just went over the bumps, humps, rocks and sticks until we crossed the finish. We really had a great time.”

DS 450 racers Justin Steck and Team Bash Brothers went one-two in the ATV Iron Man class. Can-Am riders also went one-two in the 4×4 Open class, as Team Leer’s Cycle edged Team Conflict for the win.

Justin Steck took home a cool $1,500 for his overall win in the ATV Iron Man class with the DS 450 ATV.

Justin Steck took home a cool $1,500 for his overall win in the ATV Iron Man class with the DS 450 ATV.

Team JB Off-Road/ Can-Am, comprised of Pros Jarrod McClure, Jeffrey Rastrelli & Randy Hamilton, finished fourth in the ATV Pro (Double A) class.

BCS Performance/ Can-Am Pro rider Josh Creamer competed in the ATV Iron Man class as well. He held the second-place position at one point during the race, but a mechanical issue with the transmission forced him to withdraw.

[For more from the Heartland Challenge event, please see “Team ITP Racers Win Vegas To Reno, Heartland Challenge”… Editor]

NEATV-MX
Travis Moore raced his BCS Performance/ Wide Open Racing-supported Can-Am DS 450 to the Pro-class victory at round six of the NEATV-MX Series, held at the Twister Valley MX compound in Fort Plain, New York. Moore finished second in moto one, but he won moto two to earn the overall and increase his class points lead.

With a 2-1 moto scorecard, Travis Moore won the NEATV-MX Pro class at round six in New York.

With a 2-1 moto scorecard, Travis Moore won the NEATV-MX Pro class at round six in New York.

Can-Am racers also earned four wins and 10 podiums at round six. Jake Chamberland won two classes (Four-Stroke A and Collegeboy), while Nykea Williams and Max Baskin also recorded wins, in the Production Stock C and Production Stock B classes, respectively.

Round seven of the NEATV-MX Series will be held on August 31 at Hurricane Hills MX in Clifford, Pennsylvania.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the 2013 schedule, the 2013 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, visit www.can-amxteam.com.

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