Eagle River Derby Track hosts UTV/ATV Championship racing

It’s time to get your mud on at the Eagle River Derby track for the 2016 UTV/ATV World Championship Derby sponsored by Trig’s Smokehouse and Western Snowplows. This year’s dates are Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21 and it promises to be a spectacular weekend event!

While the UTV and ATV racing is exciting enough, the agenda for this event is packed with tons of thrilling competitions, eats and drinks and great shopping for all sorts of gear, accessories and more.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

The gates open at 9:00 a.m. and race practice starts at 8:00 a.m. running until 11:00 a.m. Click here for the complete rules and regulations for the UTV/ATV racing.

While racing is revving up, the Expo Hall opens at 9:00 a.m. featuring a wide variety of vendors. There is even a Happy Hour at Bull Falls from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Qualifying heats for the UTV/ATV races begin at noon and run until 4:00 p.m with Grand Prix qualifying at 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Qualifying racing will also be run on Saturday, however, racers only need to run once to qualify for the racing finals on Sunday.

Other Friday events include the Camso Sled/weight Pull 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Pre-registration for the Fly Racing Poker Run is 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Lawn Mower Racing is at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Live music begins at 9:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m.

No need for a motel or a long trip home - stay at the on-site campgrounds. Have a motor home and your UTV/ATV? Enjoy trackside parking and watch the track events from your comfy motorhome.

There are also on-site primitive campsites available with garbage disposal and showers available for a small fee at the school grounds.

Then again, there are several nearby motels and other campgrounds also available. Visit the Derby website or the Eagle River Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce website for a comprehensive list of locations.

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Excitement begins at 8:00 a.m. with the race drivers’ meeting, and the gates open at 9:00 a.m. Fly Racing Poker Run registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Then at 9:00 a.m., qualifying races begin for the short course; oval qualification races start at 2:00 p.m. with finals at 4:00 p.m. and the Grand Prix qualifications start at 5:00 p.m.

Bud Light sponsors a 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour - beer and soda for only $1; also serving Trig’s hot dogs and brats.

The Sedona Tire Mud Pit will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with racing beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the UTV and ATV divisions. Racers will spit mud sky high as they compete on the 150-foot by 14-foot track with mud more than two-feet deep.

Again, there will be live music after this event until midnight.

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

At last finals day arrives, with racing action beginning at 9:00 a.m. in all classes. The Grand Prix finals run at 1:00 p.m. Then the ATV World Championship races towards the checkered flag at 2:00 p.m. followed by the UTV World Championship race at 3:00 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the Awards Banquets in the Expo Hall at 4:30 p.m.

What a weekend! So what does it cost to attend this family-friendly event? A weekend ticket cost $25 and a family of four only $80 for the Family Pack. Additional weekend tickets may be purchased for $20 with this pack. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Not up to sitting on the ground in the heat? Enjoy the races in air conditioned comfort in the “Cool Seats” for $80 for the weekend.

Tickets are also available for each day: $10 for Friday and Sunday, $15 for Saturday.

For those who are staying on site, Motorhome parking is available trackside for $150 for the entire weekend, plus the cost of race admission tickets. Primitive camping, with no facilities, is $75 for the weekend plus the admission price for the races. Garbage disposal and showers are available for $5.00 at the high school and are payable to the school.

There are loads of details and information about everything there is going on - do visit the Derby website and plan on spending some time reading about all the great things going on!


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