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2009 GBC Heartland Challenge
ATV & UTV Endurance Racing Events
Carlisle, Iowa
August 22-23, 2009

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GBC Heartland Challenge Endurance ATV & UTV Race Report
1.5 Hour Mini Rzr, 4 Hour UTV, 3 Hour Youth ATV, & 10 Hour ATV Race

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Carlisle, IA – Sun and plenty of fun was on tap for the second annual GBC heartland Challenge where after a grueling 10 hours, Dirt Works Motorsports claimed the Pro ATV win, while in the Pro Utility class podium was dominated by Can-Am’s.

This year’s event was held in August instead of November in order to avoid any inclement weather that plagued last year’s event and the plan worked flawlessly. Rain fell a few days in advance of the event making for perfect track conditions as things kicked off on Friday.

Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
For 2009, the GBC Heartland Challenge race date was moved to August, which coincided with the famous Iowa State Fair. The fair is one of the largest in the country and attracts over 1 million visitors each year, and for good reason. There is some many things to see and do, and if you are a music lover, the fair has probably a dozen different bands playing at once throughout the day, and to wrap-up the Iowa State Fair week, Heart & Journey performed to a sold out crowd, which was an incredible concert experience. (Iowa State Fair Photo Gallery)

First up on Friday afternoon was the Milwaukee Pit Stop Challenge presented by Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation that gives pit crews the chance to put their skills to the test and compete against each other for over $800.00 in prizes.

Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
Yamaha's Brian Wolf, Walker Fowler & Donald Ockerman (above left) quickly found out that HiPer Wheels may work great on the track, but they don't come off half as easy as stock wheels as they struggled to get the wheels free from the lugs, but regardless, it was apparent that they were still having fun. The Winning Team (above right) took home a pair of 18volt Impact Guns (Milwaukee Pit Stop Challenge Photo Gallery)

New to the agenda for 2009 was the addition of a 1.5 hour Mini UTV endurance race. With the growing popularity of these vehicles, event promoter Andy Kyner thought it would be a good idea to add a class for them and see how things went. “It turned out to be really fun for everyone. The kids had a good time and it was really fun to watch them, said Kyner, who will be incorporating them into next year’s event with the help of Polaris.

Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
Heartland Challenge ATV Endurance Race
The Heartland Challenge featured the 1st Ever Mini Polaris Rzr 170 UTV Youth Race, which attracted only 2 teams in its debut, but we expect to see this class grow in the future. C&D Racing's prepped unit run by the Kyner boys (above left) claimed the win when High Energy Racing's (above right) HLS shocks blew out after an hour of racing, which sent them to the pits.
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