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Murray Racing Finishes Top Five at BITD Parker 250
Jason & Derek Murray Parker 250 Best in the Desert Report

Downey, CA (1/11/2018) - Murray Racing’s Jason and Derek Murray got back into the thick of Best in the Desert Series competition by finishing fifth in the season opening Parker 250 in Arizona. The brothers were ready to shake off bad luck and start the season strong. And they did.
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Can-Am / ITP / LSR / Murray Racing's Jason & Derek secured a Top Five Finish at the Parker 250 Best in the Desert Season Opener

The three-lap race was held on an 80-mile loop through desert and canyons. Warm weather led to dusty conditions. After starting 22nd, Derek Murray quickly worked his way into the top five. Jason Murray ran the final lap and snagged the top five in the Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX.

“We worked our way into the top five and paced it there all day,” said Jason Murray. “We had no major issues and it’s great to be back here racing in 2018. We’re hoping to get back to the way we used to run and stay in the top five all year.”

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Jason & Derek Murray plan to race the Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX in the Best in the Desert Series this year

The Murrays were pleased at the progress they’ve made on the Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX. Although they’ve made minor changes to the car, it remains one of the fastest in the field.

“This is our fourth race on this Can-Am X3 MAX,” said Murray. “Every race we like it more and more. We’ve been making some finite changes to some little details, but all-in-all the car is wicked fast. I want to thank Can-Am for making such an awesome vehicle.”

The conditions got rougher as the race progressed. The Murrays were pleased at the way their Fox Shocks, Lonestar Suspension, and ITP Tires performed, especially in the changing conditions.

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Jason & Derek Murray shared driving duties on the way to their top five finish at the Parker 250

“These ITP UltraCross Tires are next level,” said Murray. “We were smashing through the rocks. In certain sections at the end I was trying to catch the leaders and they put up with a ton of punishment; not one flat all day.”

On the final lap, the sun began to set and the dust began to settle in the air just above the canyon floors. Thankfully, the Murrays outfitted their machine with a full complement of Lazer Star lights.

“The race started a little bit later, but thanks to our Lazer Star Lights we had no problems,” said Murray. “The lights really helped us get through the dust.”

The Murrays fought bad luck during most of 2017, a streak that ended with a strong and consistent run here. With 56 entries in the UTV Pro Turbo class, and BITD points set in part by car count, the Murrays are now in prime position to make a title run.

That run continues as the Murrays will have locked up a prime starting spot in the venerable Mint 400. That race is scheduled for March 8-11 in Las Vegas.

Murray Racing 2018 Sponsors:
Can-Am, ITP, Lonestar Racing, FOX, Yoshimura, Lazerstar, Torco, Beard Seats, K&N, Berts UTV, AMR Racing, Shoria, OMF, Rugged Radios, Streamline, Visual Impact, Pyrotech

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