Justin Creech, right, with one of his racing UTVs. Courtesy Justin Creech.

Justin Creech’s father started him racing go karts when he was about 12 years old, and Justin has been racing ever since. His latest endeavor is building out the utility terrain vehicle (UTV) side-by-side racing community in Alaska. He hopes to turn it into a year-round sport.

“One of the most exciting races was a $10,000 bet race we had for ice racing. That was between myself and my buddy Billy Long, who has been a UTV racer who races desert racing down south. He called us up and bet us $10,000 on a heads-up race, so we met out at the lake. We took off at the starting line and he didn’t make it around the first corner, and he rolled his car. I walked away with 10 grand that day. I got a feeling there might be another one of those races coming up this year. Probably 200 people showed up to that race to watch and he didn’t make it out of the first corner.”


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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