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Mobbin Racing Finishes Fourth at BITD Parker 250
Mobbin Racing’s Best in the Desert Parker 250 Race Report

St. George, UT (1/11/2018) – Mobbin Racing’s Michael Isom teamed up with engine builder and mechanic Jim Osier and finished fourth in a difficult Parker 250. Driving a Can-Am Maverick X3 in the Unlimited class, Isom was racing in the Best in the Desert season opener.

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Mobbin Racing's Michael Isom secures a 4th Place finish at the BITD Parker 250 Season Opener

The nearly 250-mile long race run over three laps definitely took its toll on the course and machines. With chatter bumps getting worse each lap, Isom and Osier had their hands full as they worked their way through the tough sand washes, rocky desert and canyons.

“We had to dig deep for the last hour of the race,” said Isom. “It was so rough and so dusty. We were spent, but we toughed it out and we finished. We had a hard-fought finish. The competition is getting tougher and tougher which makes it a lot of fun for us. Our team did a great job getting us into and out of the pits. We’re going to regroup and get ready for the Mint.”

The event was being held as a memorial for BITD founder Casey Folks. Folks passed away last year after the Parker event. Isom was personally touched being able to give a heartfelt boo-yah to the late off road legend.

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“I used to race dirt bikes and the 1990s and I was always around Casey,” said Isom. “Wendy and I drove down to say ‘hi’ to him last year. He had a bunch of people around him, so I thought I’d catch him later. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch him later.”

For the season opener, the Mobbin Racing Can-Am Maverick X3 was freshly wrapped by Union Graphics out of St George, Utah, which run by fellow desert racer, Corbin Wells.

“Corbin did such a great job on the new design and wrap for our Maverick, and he is just a pleasure to work with,” said Isom.

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Union Graphics' installed a new wrap on Michael Isom's Can-Am Maverick X3

Along with his factory support from Can-Am, Isom was also pleased to welcome Liqui Moly lubricants and DWT wheels to his team this year. Because the race started later, it finished after dark. Isom appreciated his VisionX lighting during that grueling final lap.

“Liqui Moly has come on in a big way and so has DWT Wheels,” said Isom. “VisionX Lighting was key here. Because of the late start and the mechanical issues we had, we definitely needed our lights. They helped a ton.”

Along with engine builder and crew chief, Addict Racing’s Osier can now add the title “co-driver” to his lengthy resume as he navigated for Isom for two laps with trusted pit crew member and experienced racer James Konces jumping in to navigate for the final lap.

“It worked because Michael and I communicate well,” said Osier. “I know what he’s talking about when he’s trying to explain a problem. It helps me to dial his car in that much better.”

Isom will welcome back Dr. Michael Buffington as his co-driver for the next BITD race, the Mint 400, scheduled for March 8-11 in Las Vegas.

Michael Isom’s 2018 Sponsors:
Mobbin Racing, Lone Star Racing, Can-Am, Addict Racing Engines, Vision X, Rugged Radios, Liqui Moly, Tensor Tires, DWT Wheels ,Fox, Union Graphics, UTV Underground, 212 Performance Gloves, Hostyle, Wake Up Warrior, Vault, AIS

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