The Sappingtons Take 2nd OA & Pro Prod Turbo at ’17 Parker 250

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Parker Arizona, January 7, 2017:

Opening event of the BITD 2107 season and Can Am’s Desert Toyz Race Team took 2nd Overall and 2nd in the Pro Production Turbo class, Cory and Darren Sappington out drove all but 1 in the field of 82, It was a great day of racing and the competition was fierce.


With the start of a new season, the excitement and pressure to do well in the opening race is high. This year is no different, and with the competition growing each race (39 Pro Turbo’s) this year looks to be the toughest. But the CanAm Desert Toyz Race team was ready for the challenge and while the team is still working on the new X3 they brought their super reliable and fast 2016 Maverick to the event, right off the line the Maverick got the jump by beating teammate Mark Burnett to the merge point, by midway pit RM 28 Cory was one minutes ahead of the leaders on corrected time, however as lap 1 completed the Maverick had 2 flats so the last 10 miles Cory had to drive on a flat, the crew made quick repairs and sent Cory off into the desert, when he approached midway a decision was made not to switch drivers as it would cost too much time, so after a quick fuel stop Cory was off again.

Unfortunately toward the end of lap 2 similar fate hit the Desert Toyz team and again had 2 flats, one was fixed out on course but the second the team repaired in the pit. With the problems we were about 10minutes on corrected time behind leader, again as the Maverick approached the remote pit a tire went down, fortunately it was close enough to just drive to the pit where the crew was able to change the tire and send Cory off to the finish with the leader about 10 minutes out and 2nd place 2:30 minutes out the Maverick was 4 car on track physically. With this information Cory was determined to at least get to 2nd and at the finish with a car that looked like a mud bogger he completed the task by finishing just 8 seconds ahead of 3rd to secure the 2nd place spot and a great start to the 2017 Best in the Desert season.

The Desert Toyz race team would like to thank all its sponsors for their support, CanAm BRP, DWT Wheels, CST, Elka Shocks, Tiger Lights, S3 Power Sports, Monster Seal, PCI Radios, Triple X Seats, Dirt Skins, Foddrill Motorsports and Shampa.