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The UTV market is taking over the off-road industry with more UTVs entering every type of off-road racing event. The UTV World Championship took place this past weekend in Laughlin, Nevada with more than 300 entries.

This year’s event had three events: desert, short-course, and youth. The youth races saw an increase in entries with more than 50 total entrants, up from 24 last year. Of the more than 300 entries, approximately 70 percent were RZRs and for the second year-in-a-row, the company offered vehicles as the grand prize to each race winner.

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RJ Anderson atop is Polaris RZR after taking home the win in the short-course race.

In true short-course fashion, there was a land rush start. All the drivers lined up and gunned for the hole shot. When the dust settled RJ Anderson came home with the win in addition to fellow Polaris RZR drivers Ryan Holz and Branden Sims rounding out the podium.

“Polaris RZR is ecstatic with the success of the UTV World Championship,” said Matt Boone, Polaris RZR Marketing Manager. “The sponsorship and vehicle giveaways are our way to thank racers for their dedication to our sport. We look forward to continuing to be part of such a successful event.”

The drivers of the future put on a show for everyone out at the 2017 UTV World Championship.

The youth race could have easily been argued as the must-watch race this year. Youth racers took to the track in the RZR 170 EFI and the new ACE 150 EFI for some fun racing. In the Youth 250, Dallas Gonzalez took the win and in the Youth 170 race, Luke Knupp topped the podium.

Stay tuned for a full recap and gallery of everything that happened at the river.