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Murray Brothers Take Second at BITD Pahrump 250
Jason & Derek Murray Finish Second in BITD Turbo UTV Championship

BEST IN THE DESERT
Pahrump Nugget 250
Downey, CA (12/7/2016) - Can-Am / ITP / Lonestar Racing’s Jason and Derek Murray drove through the field to finish second in the Pahrump Nugget 250, the season finale for the Best in the Desert Series. The brother’s runner-up effort handed them second in the BITD Pro Turbo UTV Class Championship.

After experiencing mechanical issues in the last race, the brothers started second to last in the field on the difficult, silt-covered and rocky 255-mile course. They drove through the field and overcame brake issues to net the runner-up result.

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The Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing Team finished off the year 2nd in the Best in the Desert Pro Turbo UTV Championship just a few weeks after wrapping up the SCORE BAJA Championship

“We were a couple of minutes off, but this Can-Am X3 ran awesome,” said Derek Murray. “We are running a bone stock suspension and drive train and it can compete with the rest of them. We left nothing on the course and another great season is in the books. Can-Am has made an amazing machine.”

The Murrays started the race with the deck stacked against them. They knew, however, that they had the most competitive ride in the field in Can-Am X3. Jason Murray won the Vegas to Reno event in the Can-Am X3’s debut.

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The Murray's started toward the back of the field on one of the toughest courses of the year with plenty of rocks and silt beds

“We knew we had our work cut out for us because this is one of the roughest and rockiest courses out there,” said Jason Murray. “It was fast and rough. Our X3 ran amazing. We had a virtually flawless day until the end. We’re running a bone stock X3 with suspension, arms, and powertrain. It’s pretty amazing to see what this X3 can do right out of the box.”

The Murrays add the second-place BITD trophy to their 2016 SCORE International Championship award. In addition, the pair kept their finishing string alive.

“It’s a good year for Murray Racing,” said Derek Murray. “We’re first in the SCORE Championship and second in BITD. We’ll be back for 2017. That’s about 45 consecutive finishes in our Can-Ams. That has got to be a record in BITD. There is nothing more reliable, faster or better than Can-Am. We’re super happy about our consistency and reliability.”

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ITP's Derek & Jason Murray charged their way into the 2nd spot, but they weren't able to reel in the leader before the checkered flag

In the heat of racing finishes, it’s easy to lose sight of all the people that made it possible for the Murrays to be so competitive. Derek Murray made sure to mention those that helped them get to where they are this season.

“My brother Jason does all of the dirty work behind the scenes in the shop,” said Derek Murray. “Our program is at the top of who is out there. Shawn Srader is our lead mechanic. He’s only been with us a few months, but the bar has been raised. We have Eric doing a great job to keeping our team moving. Bill, Bob, Monty are all great guys. Of course we couldn’t do it without our sponsors: ITP, Lonestar, Fox, Rugged Radios, Beard Seats, Torco, LazerStar, K&N, and of course Can-Am.”

The Murrays will return to BITD next season. Since debuting the X3 in the middle of the season, they will spend the month off further developing the competitive Can-Am.

“We want to build up the Can-Am X3 next year,” said Derek Murray. “Right now, though, stock seems to be doing great.”

The Murrays will kick off the 2017 BITD season at the UTV Nationals Parker 250. That race is scheduled for January 6-7, 2017 in Parker, AZ.

Murray Racing 2016 Sponsors:
Can-Am, ITP, Lonestar Racing, FOX, Lazerstar, Torco, Beard Seats, K&N, Berts UTV, AMR Racing, Shoria, OMF, Rugged Radios, Streamline, Visual Impact, Pyrotech

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