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Catching Up with K&N-Sponsored, LOORRS Racer and Young Gun Cody Rahders

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When I was 10, I clipped a double while practicing, and landed square on my head and suffered a Grade 3 concussion.
When I was 10, I clipped a double while practicing, and landed square on my head and suffered a Grade 3 concussion.
They say racing is in the blood. With young gun Cody Rahders, it's pretty easy to believe. "I started racing both motocross and BMX when I was 5 years old," Cody explains. "Dad was racing MX so I wanted to do what dad did." Yet, success in racing doesn't come without its cost. Shortly after competing in the 2003 KTM Challenge at the San Diego Supercross where he rode before 65,000 fans, Cody broke his femur keeping him grounded for 6 months.

Undaunted, Cody returned to the motocross course, sweeping both motos during his first race back, beating out 12 other racers. Unfortunately, Cody suffered yet another severe injury. "When I was 10, I clipped a double while practicing, and landed square on my head and suffered a Grade 3 concussion," stated Cody. It was a year and a half before he rode an MX bike again. "I wanted to start racing MX again, my mom said 'Play ride all you want, but race something with a cage.' We decided to race UTVs. I was 13 when I raced a Super Stock Yamaha Rhino at the M4SX series and finished the season in 5th place. The second year we bought a used modified Rhino, fixed it up and won the M4SX Armature Championship. My 3rd season we converted the Rhino from a UTV to the SR1 platform (two-wheel-drive with a 1000cc street bike engine) and raced at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series; I finished out the season in 5th place."
My mom said, 'Play ride all you want, but race something with a cage.'
My mom said, 'Play ride all you want, but race something with a cage.'


Cody's impressive record- including winning every race he entered during the 2009 M4SX Amateur Series, his first win in his SR1 at Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) in 2010, and sweeping rounds 5 and 6 at Glen Helen in 2011- was capped this past seasons with three first places, three seconds, and two third finishes, landing him a fourth place for the season.

Earlier this year, LOORRS announced the end of the SR1/UTV class at the National level, so Cody picked up a Polaris RZR570 to compete in the Production 700 class at the World Off-Road Racing Series (WORCS). With the exception of the roll cage, the RZR was all stock, stock motor, stock suspension, stock wheels and tires, stock clutch, so placing 4th overall in a completely stock RZR against the highly modified regulars in the Production 700 class was a true feat! As the season progressed the RZR570 had been modified to level the playing field and he won the Round 4 of WORCS. Cody's also currently racing a SuperLite Truck at both the Lucas Oil Regional Series (LORORS) as well as the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

In fact, it was after Cody took the win during Round 5 at LOORRS last season that K&N Filters' Thomas Walden stopped by Cody's pit to chat. Cody remembers, "He saw we were already using K&N products and has been helping support our racing with the best filters ever since." The use of K&N's filters have proven invaluable during last season as their Yamaha R1 engine regularly turned 13,500 RPM, "At that speed the last thing I needed to worry about was my oil filter," Cody remarked, continuing, "This season in our WORCS car I've raced in both the muddiest race and dustiest races I've ever competed in, K&N filters keep my oil and air clean and dry."

Cody would like to extend thanks to Polaris Industries, Cognito Motorsports, UTVunderground, Superchips, Black Rhino Performance, Pro Armour, RacerX Race Radios and especially K&N Filters for all their support.

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