race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:08:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 ‘Bro-Lite’ Truck Racing Is Ridiculously Fun, And You Can Afford It http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ridiculously-fun-off-road-racing-you-can-afford-112810.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ridiculously-fun-off-road-racing-you-can-afford-112810.html#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:14:07 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112810 ]]> Bro Lite RC featured

The thrill of speed and slides, the challenge of a dynamic dirt course, and the incredible action fender-to-fender off road racing is about to get a lot more accessible thanks to a group of enterprising Ultra4 racers. Introducing “Bro-Lites;” an upcoming spec-Ford Ranger racing series that could be your ticket to affordable off-road competition.

Bro-Lites are born from American-market 2WD Ford Rangers; 1989 to 1997 trucks generally referred to as second and third generation models. After welding the rear differential they get stripped, fitted with a robust roll cage, long-travel suspension, a fuel cell, and they’re good to go. No engine modifications outside maintenance are allowed.

These pickups are cheap, easy to find, cheap, easy to work on, cheap, and I don’t think anyone’s ever felt a pang of remorse taking an acetylene torch to one. And once an old Ranger is stripped down, it feels way faster than they have a right to be. What better base for an entry-level off-road racing series?

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Bro-Lites are the brainchild of Ultra4 racer Scott Decker. I caught up with him shaking his Ranger down with some of his friends and competitors after the Ultra4 event at Rausch Creek, a 1,000 acre off-road park in eastern Pennsylvania with a “high-speed” area for race truck testing. Here’s what he had to say about getting the idea of an accessible Spec Ranger series off the ground:

“Inspiration came from the TORC series in Charlotte a few years back.  We are always looking to have more racing experience.  Time behind the wheel is what wins races.  We were looking for another way to fine tune driving skills as well as satisfy our competitive spirits.  A level playing field of a true spec class like the Bro-Lites is the best way to have door to door competition. (In our practice run) all three trucks were basically exactly the same pace once we got used to the track.  This brings out driver skill and will be very interesting once there are 10-15 trucks at a time.”

Ultra4 trucks are expensive to complicated to build and expensive to race. That high cost of entry keeps a lot of potential talent out of off-road racing. Even if you can afford the sport, not too many folks are keen to drop $120,000 on something they may or may not enjoy.

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Bro-Lite Rangers offer an easy way for you to casually race for the sake of experience, or get a taste of dirt before you make the commitment to a full-on racing effort in bigger leagues.

Fellow Ultra4 racer and Bro-Liter Tim Diekmann said the trucks can come together “for a couple grand if you know where to get parts,” and that he and his co-founders hope to set up a system where people could get involved for even less money by renting them.

Diekmann went into a little more depth on how the truck comes together:

“Roll cage geometry on mine specifically was built 100% based on ease of manufacturing. The major safety items in these trucks are good triangulation behind the seats and solid door bars. The probability of a true rollover isn’t as high as contact hits to the doors from other trucks. That was the focus of my design. Otherwise, nothing really special about it.  Shock placement is basically ‘where it fits.’”

What kind of driving experience does that leave you with? With a full-face, bugs-in-your-teeth smile on your face.

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2012 King Of The Hammers champion Erik Miller, another Bro-Lite supporter, brought his own Ranger around the Pennsylvania corn field for some shakedown with Diekmann and Decker. More importantly, he let me have a shot behind the wheel of his rig.

I booted the throttle. What was left of the Ranger bodywork rattled like the crushed PBR cans that were rolling around the floorboards, but the seats were rock-solid to the reinforced frame. The shocks soaked up every rut and rock I could hit (pretty much “all of them”) and throwing down a big, satisfying power slide was as easy as modulating the throttle and flicking the wheel.

Had Erik and I been on the track together, I’d have had a much a chance to win the race as the KOH winner. Well, not really… I’d be in the weeds or in last place by lap one. But the prospect of being door-to-door with a pro on the same equipment has got to be enticing to those of you who have the skills to win races, but not the cash to enter them.

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Of course, the trucks at Sunday’s practice event spent more time with their hoods up than their throttles to the floor, but there’s still time to work out the kinks.

The first official Bro-Lite event is going down in September, which the organizers you just heard about hope will inspire you to order a Spec Ranger of your own over the winter. They’re hoping to line up a few tracks come spring time and get a real 3 to 4 race series for next season.

Bro-Lite races will probably be piggybacked on established events to get more spectator action and attention, and hopefully more competitors. In the long term, there might even be a short-course scene on the East Coast!

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Voss Continues Dominance at BITD http://www.race-dezert.com/home/voss-continues-dominance-at-bitd-112716.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/voss-continues-dominance-at-bitd-112716.html#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:35:18 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112716 ]]>

Winning races wins you glory, but being consistent wins championships. For Jason Voss and the Voss Motorsports team the 2014 BITD season has consisted of both. Voss is your 2014 BITD Vegas to Reno overall winner, and with the victory he has now won three of the four BITD races up to this point. Add in his second place finish at the Baja 500 this year and one has to wonder, why doesn’t this kid have a title sponsor plastered across the side of his truck?

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Voss qualified first days before out of 56 unlimited vehicles and he would use the clean air in front of him to his advantage. In a race as dusty as this one, having that clean air can give you a sense of false hope in that this race is notorious for having the overall winner being someone who started in the middle or towards the back (think Gordon in 2012 starting in the back and finishing 2nd overall, and Frietas winning it the same year starting 20th.) This year however Voss started first off the line and in 534 miles never gave up the lead on corrected time, finishing 15 minutes ahead of second place Dale Dondel. And did we mention he won this race last year as well?

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Many hard chargers were behind Voss all day battling out to try and take the lead from him but only a few would come close. Early in the race Tim Herbst and Justin Lofton would be on Voss’s tail only within about 5 minutes behind him, but Herbst would later DNF and Lofton would fall back later in the race (though still took the Class 1500 win 11 minutes ahead of the next car Keysar). Gary Weyhrich, Dale Donel, Steve Strobel, Jesse Jones, Cameron Steele, and Troy Vest all stayed with relatively close most of the race but none could outmatch Voss

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Two to look out for from behind were both Robby Gordon racing his Dakar truck the “Gordini” and Bryce Menzies who had to start in the back after a rollover in qualifying. Gordon looked good throughout the day starting 37th, and would work his way up to 9th on corrected time at one point, but would suffer a transmission issue at race mile 390 and would be forced to put the truck on the trailer. Bryce Menzies and co-driver Pete Mortensen were on a mission to work their way back up through the field after starting 56th off the line. After only race mile 100 they would be 6th on corrected time, and getting as close as 5th on time but somewhere before race mile 500 a mechanical issue would force them to stop at the pit. They would eventually get going again but would finish farther in the pack.

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Throughout the course it seemed as though a lot of racers were being a little more conservative then normal, either trying to save their equipment for the long race, or with the weather in the area the past week the threat of rain ruts and washouts could of been in the back of their minds. The course consisted of mostly flat roads that would start the race as a more rally race, but in usual Nevada style the course would turn into one big silt bed, especially in the northern section of the course.

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A few questions arose after the race. Is Voss’s new mustache his good luck charm? Will BITD start the UTV’s behind the four wheel vehicles next year? Should BITD ever start the race in Reno finishing in Vegas? The Vegas To Reno race is always an exciting one and is one of the premiere races in the states. What would you like to see happen next year?

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All results are unofficial until BITD releases official results. We heard from a few birds in the sky that there may be some penalties handed down from speeding violation in speed zones. As soon as they are released we will get them posted!

Next stop for BITD is the Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, see you there!

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography

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2014 BITD Vegas to Reno (Video) http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-video-112719.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-video-112719.html#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:05:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112719 ]]> jason-voss-vegas-to-reno-video
The 2014 BITD Vegas to Reno belonged to Jason Voss from the start.  Voss started out front after taking top qualifying honors in Wednesday’s Time Trials and remained there throughout the entire 533 miles.  Dondel and Weyhrich couldn’t catch Voss on the high speed terrain that primarily defined the course.  Congratulations to back-to-back V2R Champion, Jason Voss.

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Jason Voss Wins the 2014 BITD Vegas to Reno http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-voss-wins-the-2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-112696.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-voss-wins-the-2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-112696.html#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 03:17:06 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112696 ]]> jason-voss-vegas-to-reno
For the second consecutive year, Jason Voss has won Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno.  Voss maintained a blistering average speed of 62.8 mph over 500+ miles and finished +00:15:12 ahead of second place finisher, Dale Dondel, adding another win to his 2014 season that may have solidified a back-to-back points championship. Gary Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and Jesse Jones took the remaining spots in the top five.  Word at the finish line is that penalties are in the works, which may stir up official results.  Stay close to Race-Dezert for the official announcement from Best in the Desert.

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See the other top finishers at Race-Dezert.com/live.

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Vegas to Reno 2014 Event Coverage //www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-event-coverage //www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-event-coverage#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:32:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112692 //www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-event-coverage/feed 0 Metro Motorsports heads to the longest off road race in the United States http://www.race-dezert.com/home/metro-motorsports-heads-to-the-longest-off-road-race-in-the-united-states-112683.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/metro-motorsports-heads-to-the-longest-off-road-race-in-the-united-states-112683.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:00:36 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112683 ]]> On the eve of the longest off road race in the United States, Jeff Proctor will lead the Metro Motorsports team to the Nevada desert in an attempt to endure and conquer the harshest terrain that Nevada has to offer; the Best In The Desert “Vegas to Reno”.

 

Located just outside of Mesquite Nevada in a little town called Beatty, over 300 competitors will take the green flag testing fate and preparation in order to tackle the 535 miles that Vegas to Reno has to offer.  At the helm of the Metro Motorsports TrophyLite will be that of Jeff Proctor and Kevin Davis.  Proctor and Davis have collaborated with the Metro Motorsports crew for months in an attempt to optimize fuel strategy, driver endurance, and vehicle preservation.

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“We have been working on this race since the beginning of the year, it’s by far one of the largest races for us.  Our pit strategy is key to winning this race.  We have gone through every scenario that could possibly take place and I believe that we have the right tools and the right crew to make the 2014 Vegas To Reno a success for Metro Motorsports”.  Jeff Proctor went on to say, “I have been conditioning myself for the past month or so, with temperatures exceeding the triple digits one minor oversight could potentially be very dangerous.”

 

Riding along side Proctor calling out cautions and making any necessary repairs will be that of Jason Rivera.  Deemed “the trunk monkey”, Rivera has a knack for field repairs making sure the Metro Motorsports TrophyLite makes it home safely.

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“Our motto for this race is to make time by not losing time.  Its something that has stuck with me and I truly believe that its my job as a co-rider to make sure we get to the finish without any major downtime” commented Rivera.

 

 

Kevin Davis and Justin Grossmann will handle the middle section of the 535-mile trek giving Proctor and Rivera a much-needed break and the opportunity to refuel before they reenter the Metro Motorsports TrophyLite later into the night.  Davis and Grossman will not only hand the wheel back to Proctor and Rivera after their driving stint in pure darkness but they will also start their journey in darkness as well.

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The Metro Motorsports crew has had their fair share of up’s and down’s in the 2014 season and with a little luck the Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno could be just the tipping point that the team needs in order to win a championship.

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The Metro Motorsports TrophyLite anticipates reaching the finish line in Carson City Nevada just after midnight early Saturday morning.  Barring any major downtime or unforeseen issues as the Metro Motorsports TrophyLite attempts to tame the longest off road race in the United States, we will see you all at the finish line in Carson City!

 

 

Metro Motorsports would like to thank all of the amazing companies who choose to support Metro Motorsports throughout the 2014 season:  Metro Honda, Metro Acura, Turn Key SEO and Digital Marketing, United Diesel Services, Claremont Automotive Electronics, MasterCraft, KC highlights, New Life Collision Center

 

 

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2014 BITD Vegas to Reno Time Trials (Video) http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-time-trials-video-112672.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/2014-bitd-vegas-to-reno-time-trials-video-112672.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:22:01 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112672 ]]> vegas-to-reno-time-trials
When it was all said and done, Jason Voss took top qualifying honors in yesterdays Vegas to Reno Time Trials.  Taking a look at the course, you wouldn’t have guessed it was as eventful as it was but deep rutted turns and a particularly tough hole through racers off stride just enough to separate the field from top to bottom.  As racers roll through Tech & Contingency at Aliante Casino and Hotel today, here’s a look at the action from yesterday.

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Jason Voss The Man to Beat in Friday’s Vegas to Reno http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-voss-the-man-to-beat-in-fridays-vegas-to-reno-112595.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jason-voss-the-man-to-beat-in-fridays-vegas-to-reno-112595.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:00:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112595 ]]>

As always, Jason Voss was cool and collected in the early hours of the morning, as Best in the Desert officials prepared to qualify seventy one unlimited racers at this years Vegas to Reno Time Trials.  After taking top honors in todays Time Trials, Voss will lead the field in the longest off-road race in the United States on Friday.  Having won two of the first three Best in the Desert races (Parker 425 and Silver State 300), Voss is on a quest to three-peat Vegas to Reno and defend his Championship in the BITD series.

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2014 BITD Vegas to Reno Time Trial Top 10

Overall PositionClassElapsed Time    Average MPH1. JasonVoss1400 00:03:21.68378.5392. SamBerri150000:03:25.91976.9233. JesseJones140000:03:27.64376.2854. JustinLofton150000:03:28.15776.0965. PatDean150000:03:28.71175.8946. RayGriffith150000:03:29.22275.7097. JoshDaniel140000:03:29.64475.5498. ShawnCroll140000:03:30.89375.1099. DaleDondel140000:03:31.67980.53710. JustinDavis1400 00:03:32.00174.717

Click here for full list of results.

Jason finished the two-mile loop with an elapsed time of 00:03:21.683, over four seconds faster than #1549 Sam Berri.  Averaging just over 1.5 mph faster than Berri, Voss finished nearly four seconds ahead of the pace Berri could set.  It will be interesting how the field shakes out during the progression of the race.  Four of the top six starting spots belong to Class 1500 – Berri, Lofton, Dean and Griffith.  Last year, the closest 1500 was CJ Hutchins, twenty one minutes behind Jason Voss.  Plus, Berri’s due.

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Dale Dondel has also proved his consistency with three consecutive fastest qualifying times this season.  It’s a shame he hit a cone on the this course, dinging him fifteen seconds on a run that would have granted him the starting position.  Dondel settled for ninth instead, despite averaging a speed of 80+mph.

The two miles that made up the Time Trials loop were less than impressive, to be honest.  The terrain itself was very flat and didn’t offer much punishment.  It was all about quickness.  An attempt was made by BITD to make things more interesting with the addition of three jumps and did however feature long, wide turns that by the middle of the BITD Official led practice lap were rutted deep enough to cause some major problems.

Bryce Menzies and Justin Matney caught the most of those problems.  After catching edges and rolling their vehicles, Menzies and Mayney will start from the back on Friday, which will make for some really, really interesting racing.

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Ricky Johnson, who’s never raced Vegas to Reno before, also crashed coming out of the only other part of the course that really gave people any trouble today.

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Todd Leduc was also back behind the wheel of a Trophy Truck for the first time in years.  “We’ve won this race five times.  To win this race again would be amazing,” Leduc commented.  “I think it’s going to be a big drift show out there.”

Like Dondel, Robby Gordon also was penalized after hitting a cone in his Trophy Tru…. Gordini, rather.  Robby is racing the #6 plate of Steve Sourapas in his HST Gordini.  In what could be a move to work out the kinks of his Dakar program, seeing Robby in his typical balls to the wall style driving or a more conservative stint could go either way.  We already know he’s been testing the Gordini in Parker.

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Josh Daniel powered his twin turbo trophy truck to a seventh place starting position, one place faster than early in the pack qualifier Shawn Croll.  Croll was fast but had a fresher track than most.

After talking with Steve Olliges at the finish line, I got the sense he was playing it safe after many crashes and cone penalties.  He still managed to qualify eleventh and with MacCachren in the truck AND the new paint scheme, sitting a ways back doesn’t seem all that bad.

Follow the race on Friday at www.race-dezert.com/live.

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography

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Travis PeCoy Continues the Charge for a Championship at Glen Helen Raceway http://www.race-dezert.com/home/travis-pecoy-continues-the-charge-for-a-championship-at-glen-helen-raceway-112668.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/travis-pecoy-continues-the-charge-for-a-championship-at-glen-helen-raceway-112668.html#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:59:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112668 ]]> Octane Junkie Travis PeCoy and 20 of the most competitive Modified Kart drivers in the nation made their way to Southern California to do battle at the legendary Glen Helen Raceway.  Nestled in the heart of the Southern California lifestyle of off-road racing, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) played host to some of the most electrifying racing action we have seen in the 2014 season.

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With the “home field” advantage leaning towards the Octane Junkie himself, Travis PeCoy knew he would be bringing his family and sponsors to watch him attack a track he was very familiar with and could predict every inch of the track at Glen Helen Raceway.

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After qualifying on the third row for Round 9, PeCoy saw the green flag and hit the ground running at an attempt to quickly get out in front where he could get some clean air.  Unfortunately for Travis PeCoy he was spun from behind just two corners into the first lap causing him to turn sideways and create and instant log jam.  As a result of the incidental contact from turn 2, PeCoy suffered a punctured right front tire and was forced to make a trip to the hot pits for repair.  The Travis PeCoy Racing crew instantly got to work on the punctured tire and the Octane Junkie would be quickly back on his way to racing action, except this time he would be forced to restart the race at the rear of the field.

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Picking off competitors one by one as the laps clicked away, Travis was building confidence and progressively setting faster and faster lap times ultimately setting the pace for the entire race.  As if starting from the rear of the field wasn’t bad enough, Travis PeCoy would once again get turned around with some help from behind forcing him to go to the rear of the field for a second time.  Travis would go on to finish with a respectable 9th place finish awarding him with those much valuable Modified Kart Championship points to add to his charge towards a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Championship.

“If I said I wasn’t frustrated with today’s race I’d be lying, but I’m happy with my performance and the #573 ran flawless.  Points are what matter, we are in this for a championship”, Travis PeCoy commented.

 

After shaking  off the disappointment of Round 9, Travis PeCoy prepared for another day of racing action and yet another chance to stand on top of the podium.  Although luck didn’t go his way in Round 9, Travis had something to prove to himself and he was determined to do so in Round 10.

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Back in familiar territory, PeCoy started in the third row among the pack of angry Modified Karts all looking to claim the top spot.  When the green flag dropped the FMF Octane Junkie Modified Kart #573 of Travis PeCoy found the fastest line through turn one and quickly found himself within top contention.  The young Octane Junkie quickly made sure people knew he was on a hunt taking every opportunity he could take.  As the laps ticked away, Travis was able to avoid all contact and keep clear as he chased down the leaders.  After a near impossible pass on the outside on the last lap, PeCoy was able to pull off a well-earned third place finish, making this his 5th trip to the podium in 10 rounds of racing.

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Travis PeCoy went on to say, “I’m super pumped!  Everybody came out today to support me and I am just excited to be able to get this podium for them.  Driving a racecar is easy, but having the motivation and support you need is the hard part.  It isn’t always easy to find that kind of support but thanks to my family, friends, crew and sponsors I get to do the things I love to do.”

Travis PeCoy would like to thank all of the loyal partners that chose to support the Travis PeCoy Racing Modified Kart #573 – FMF/Octane Junkies, Action Sports Canopies, Oakley, CMI Precision, ThyssenKrupp Materials and Lucas Oil.

About Travis PeCoy:

13 year old Travis PeCoy has been around racing since his early diaper days. Father Bobby PeCoy is an experienced Pro Buggy driver with a strong history of placings in the old CORR and the current LOORRS racing divisions. Travis gained interest early on and jumped in eagerly to the Junior Kart division. After some years of on-track education, young PeCoy found his way to the podium and eventually winning races. After a stellar 2012 Junior Kart season, PeCoy-Racing decided it was time to move up to the even more competitive Modified Kart class. With a bright season ahead of him, and some fast lap times to boot, Travis has full focus on his new race truck, which seems to get faster every race.

Each race is a complete family experience with Dad Bobby calling the shots, Mom Tina handling operations & hospitality, Big Rick keeping the truck dialed in and a whole host of friends and family coming together for support.

2013 has seen early success with Travis back on top of that familiar podium position, as well as appearances in some new avenues including the Robby Gordon Stadium Super Truck series. Oakley has chosen Travis to be one of a limited number of supported drivers in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, along with FMF Racing promoting Travis as a featured young upstart in their new “Octane Junkies” collection.

When Travis is not burning laps, he’s splitting time between football, lacrosse, hanging out with a great group of friends and capturing all forms of racing action through the lens of his own camera.

Follow @TravisPeCoy73 on Instagram and Facebook

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Wednesday 4pm – 5:30pm

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Milk-N-It Motorsports Adds Blazing Lights To Blazing Speed At Vegas To Reno http://www.race-dezert.com/home/milk-n-it-motorsports-adds-blazing-lights-to-blazing-speed-at-vegas-to-reno-112579.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/milk-n-it-motorsports-adds-blazing-lights-to-blazing-speed-at-vegas-to-reno-112579.html#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:15:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112579 ]]> milk-in-it-motorsports-002

Santee, CA

The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race (V2R) is all about running flat out. The course has long fast stretches that have engines banging off the rev limiter for miles. Running at full speed is just the way Todd Tuls likes it. Some drivers like tight, technical courses; Todd likes to go fast. The 534 mile long course has plenty of pitfalls along the way to catch unsuspecting drivers but the only strategy here is to keep up the pace or get left behind.

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The Milk-N-It Motorsports team will be relying on their Jimco Class 1500 race car and components from the top suppliers in off road racing like FOX Shox, BFGoodrich Tires, BTR Wheels, Motec, Jamar brakes and their newest sponsor Baja Designs Off Road Lighting. The racers will set out in the morning, race all day and into the night. The last section of the course is rocky and super technical. The sun will be sinking fast and the racers will be putting in everything they have left to get to the finish. Todd’s Baja Designs LED lighting will give him an edge as the course turns to darkness in the final miles. “My son TJ and I are excited to be a part of the Baja Design’s Team Enlightened,” says Todd, “We will be running the OnX 6 LED Light bars and Squadron XL & Pro LED Lights for Vegas to Reno; pre-race testing went really good with the lights.”

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The crew also depends on Baja Designs. They will be chasing the race car from pit to pit across Northern Nevada. They will play a game of leapfrog all day as they service the car and then get to their next destination. Some pit crews are sacrificed along the way; they just can’t keep up with the car as it speeds north. At the end of the day, they need to make their way through the darkness to meet up with the rest of the team in Reno.

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Todd and the crew have had good results at Vegas to Reno in the few years they have competed there. They had a rough race in 2011 when the car suffered suspension damage that took them out but they have also posted strong top ten finishes. With much more experience under their belts and a well sorted car, they hope to climb up in the standings at this year’s event. It all begins this Wednesday when they qualify during time trials to establish their starting position on Friday.

Photography By: Brian Binkert

About Milk-N-Motorsports
Milk-N-It Motorsports was formed in 2011 when longtime motorcycle racer Todd Tuls and his son TJ
wanted to share the rewards and tribulations of four wheeled off road racing. They campaign a state
of the art Jimco Champion, Chevy V8 powered, unlimited, open wheeled race car. They compete in
both class 1500 in Best In The Desert series and class 1 in SCORE International competition. Milk-N-
It Motorsports is a family centric team that prides itself on their professionalism and commitment to winning.

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego, CA. Since 2003, Bink Designs has been committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients’ high-end graphic needs. Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography & Apparel.

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40 Trick Trucks will line up along with 33 open Class 1500 desert race cars to compete for their starting positions and see who can reel off the quickest lap at Time Trials tomorrow and claim the coveted Team Ford “Pole Award”. The first starting position at this long distance, point-to-point race can prove to be pivotal for a shot at the overall victory. This is where thousandths of a second can make or break your race. When they’re complete and results are posted, strategies will feverishly be formulated to see how you can either stay out front in the lead, or carve your way through an extremely fast and competitive field to work your way to the front.
 
Huge class fields for the race are not just limited to the Trick Trucks and open cars. 44 UTVs are also taking on the grueling 535 mile long journey starting in Beatty, NV, and finishing in Dayton, just south of Reno. Plus 28 solo Ironman motorcycle and Quad racers will taking on this incredible challenge.
 
Overall, 304 racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete – with entries coming now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.

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Team Ford owner, Steve Olliges will be unveiling his brand new Geiser Bros. Trick Truck at Time Trials for the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX.  To celebrate the anniversary of the Rough Riders, Steve, a former Rough Riders himself, has wrapped his new truck in the original Rough Riders paint scheme for the race.  Results of the Time Trials will be announced Wednesday night during the FOX and Team Ford “Kickoff Fiesta” at the Salted Lime Cantina located inside the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.

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WHEN:    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13
TIME:     8PM-10PM
WHERE:    ALIANTE CASINO & HOTEL – SALTED LIME CANTINA
PRESENTED BY:    FOX & TEAM FORD

The 2014 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX will start early Friday morning. First off the line at 5:45AM will be the motorcycle classes followed by the Quads, then the UTVs. The Time Trials Pole winner will take the green flag at 9:30AM, followed by the rest of the Car and Truck classes.

General Tire  “Vegas to Reno” schedule:
Wednesday August 13th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 14th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection, Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.
Friday, August 15th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center.
Saturday, August 16th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort

Who won last year?

2013 “Vegas to Reno” Car and Truck Class Winners
Class 1400 – Jason Voss
Class 1500 – CJ Hutchins
Class 1000 – Michael LaPaglia
Class 6100 – Jason Ruane
Class 8000 – Don German
Class 7200 – Randy Merritt
Class 1100 – Bryan Folks
Class 2000 – Max Hanberg
Class 6000 – Perry Coan
Class 7100 – James Burman
Class 8100 – John Webster
Class 3000 – Keith Waibel
Class 5000 – Steve Alexander
Class 1700 – Todd Jackson
Class 1800 – Luis Henderson
Class 4400 – Mel Wade III

2013 “Vegas to Reno” Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners
Open Pro – Nick Burson
O-30 Pro – Dan Capparelli
Open Exp – Paul A. Luce
Quad Pro – David Scott
O-40 Exp – Jason Lulis
O-30 Exp – Kris Chipman
IM Exp – Willy Elam
250 Exp – Anna Cody
Quad Exp – Jose Torres
Open Am – Bill Clarey
UTV Pro – Jason Murray
250 Pro – John Harbauer
Quad IM Exp – Gerald Nunes
IM Am – Mike Pattison
Quad IM Am – Pablo Costa
UTV Sprtsmn – Chris W. Edwards
UTV SR1 Pro – Brad Griego

Best in the Desert holds 6 races annually for their car and truck classes, attracting the leading off-road teams from around the world.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – Official Communications, Slime, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, Kartek, Rockwell Time and Sportsman Cycle Sales; along with Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”; and FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”.

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To Learn More About Impact or MasterCraft Safety Visit: 
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About MasterCraft Safety: 

Based in Santee, California, MasterCraft Safety is the leading manufacturer of driving suits, window nets, and innovative energy attenuating safety seating and restraint systems custom tailored to endure the most extreme environmental conditions and off-road terrain.  In addition to three decades of real world testing in the most extreme racing conditions, independent tests by nationally recognized laboratories indicate the MasterCraft Safety energy attenuating seat directly resulted in an 84% reduction of energy in a 55 “G” load event.  Additional testing in the +Z axis has resulted in impressive Dynamic Response Index data of 13.7 in a (nominal) 350G impact. These qualities and craftsmanship make MasterCraft seats the leading choice for environments where safety can mean the difference between life and death, from desert racing to hostile territory overseas.

 

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SCORE Secures Jim Ryan as SCORE Marketing & Sales Director http://www.race-dezert.com/home/score-secures-jim-ryan-as-score-marketing-sales-director-112563.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/score-secures-jim-ryan-as-score-marketing-sales-director-112563.html#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:58:55 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112563 ]]> Prominent industry professional Jim Ryan
named SCORE Marketing & Sales Director

Ryan–award-winning former Petersen, Primedia, Advanstar, Source Interlink executive

RENO, Nev.—Jim Ryan, the accomplished, award-winning media executive who has held key management positions with five of the world’s most influential and powerful media communications groups, has been named the SCORE Marketing and Sales Director it was announced today by SCORE officials. SCORE International, based in Reno, Nev., is the producer and sanctioning body of the SCORE World Desert Championship with races both in Baja California, Mexico and Southern California.

Ryan, of Long Beach, Calif., has assumed his new position effective immediately, working directly with SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman. Ryan, most recently the Off-Road Group Publisher for Los Angeles’ Source Interlink Media, joins the team of SCORE which is celebrating its 41st season as the world’s foremost desert racing organization.

“This is a truly remarkable opportunity for SCORE to have an individual with the impeccable reputation and remarkable resume of Jim Ryan be available at the same time as we confirmed our need for this key management position in the development of the new generation of SCORE International,” commented SCORE’s Norman.

“Jim’s presence will have an immediate positive impact on the growth and development of SCORE in extending the vision we have for the organization we acquired at the end of 2012. SCORE has a magnificent history and an unbelievable future and it is individuals like Jim who will help us to achieve both or short-term and long-term goals of the organization.”

A Journalism graduate of the University of Ohio, Ryan spent the last two years with Source Interlink Media, the company that acquired his Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines in October of 2012.

Commenting on his new position, Ryan said, “I have been aware of and worked with and around SCORE for nearly three decades through my positions in the publishing world and I thoroughly welcome this opportunity and challenge to help grow the new SCORE in the direction that Roger Norman has it headed. I welcome all that this new position involves for me and look forward to working with the SCORE team and family of sponsors to develop even further the vision Norman has laid out for the next chapters in SCORE history. SCORE is already implanted as a viable brand globally and we look to expand the entire reach of SCORE, the SCORE World Desert Championship and the world’s best desert racers even further.”

Among the many honors Ryan has received over the years, two of his most coveted are the 2012 SEMA Motorsports Council’s Robert E. Petersen Media Person of the Year award and the 2012 SCORE Journalist of the Year award.

Ryan spent his lengthy career in various sales and publishing positions with Petersen Publishing in Los Angeles (1980-2001) before a two-year tenure with Primedia and five years with Advanstar Communications (2003-2008) in Irvine, Calif. prior to going solo with his Ryan Communications Group to produce the highly-regarded Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines (2008-2012).

Ryan can be reached at SCORE International by either e-mail at jim@score-international.com or by phone at 818.333.3696.

NEXT UP
Round 4 of the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the 19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge to be held Sept. 25-28 at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex in Imperial Valley, Calif.

ON CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
Every race in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship and the special SEMA Show exhibition (SCORE Baja 1000 Experience) and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (from Las Vegas Motor Speedway) are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of twice on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.

The initial airing of the upcoming Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge will be at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts, the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge show will air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.

ON THE SCOREscope
In its 41st year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2014, the five-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, with three special events held in Baja California, Mexico, and two in the United States, started with the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1. Starting and finishing in Ensenada, the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was held June 5-8 and the third SCORE Baja race, starting in Ensenada and finishing in La Paz, the 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, a peninsula run, will be held Nov. 12-16.

The two U.S. races on 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship calendar started with the inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, Calif. (April 25-27) and concludes with the two-day, single-race 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, Imperial Valley, Calif. (Sept. 25-28).

CBS SPORTS NETWORK
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. CBS Sports Network will run a one-hour special on all five 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship races as well as a sixth show on the special qualifying for select classes for the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 that will be held Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas during the annual SEMA automotive industry trade show. All shows are scheduled to air in the next month following the event.

DAKAR CHALLENGE 2014
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was identified as a qualifying race for special entry packages into the 2015 Dakar Rally in South America. Winners in car and truck classes would come from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Class 10 along with another winning entry from Pro motorcycles (all with time adjustments). Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif. (Class 10) and Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif. (SCORE Ironman) were the two winners this year.

SCORE SPONSORS…
Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.

Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship series at www.score-international.com.

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Vegas to Reno – The Ones to Watch http://www.race-dezert.com/home/vegas-to-reno-the-ones-to-watch-112538.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/vegas-to-reno-the-ones-to-watch-112538.html#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:10:57 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112538 ]]> jason-voss-vegas-to-reno-2
The Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno. The longest, hottest, endless silt infested off-road race in the United States that transverses some of the most inhospitable terrain in Nevada. It is one of the most grueling and unpleasant events in desert racing. The evidence of the terrains unforgiving tale is sprinkled throughout the countryside and along side the race course with countless abandoned towns, homesteads and forgotten holes of promise. It is the last place you ever want to be.

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Jason Voss has shown to be a force to reckoned with over the last year and a half. Last years V2R winner and series Champion has continued to show his dominance this year with outstanding performances at the Parker 425, Silver State 300 and the Baja 500.

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Having grown up in racing Justin Lofton is no stranger to winning races. His performance at the Silver State 300 solidified his position in class 1500 showing he is a force to be reckoned with. Look for Justin to in the hunt for the overall.

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Currently leading the class 1500 points and most certainly in the hunt for a win is Corey Keysar. His smooth and consistent driving style always makes him a threat for the win.

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The Beal’s are probably some of the nicest people you can meet and they’re family affair with off-road racing is one that everyone should take note as they absolutely love it. The Texan has finished well in every race this year has put Carl at #2 in the overall points. Consistency over speed wins championships, that being said, Carl is getting faster every race.

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If you’ve been around off-road racing for any period of time you know who the Freeman’s are as their family has been a dominate force in the limited car ranks for many years. Cody Freeman, currently the leader in Class 1000 points, is definitely one to watch.

Over the two years class 1000 has become the most competitive class out there, but long before its recent popularity the Banning’s were there and they’re not going away anytime soon. Currently 2nd in points you can never count them out.

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Camburg Racing has become a dominant force with their new Kinetick 6100 Trucks and are currently first in points. Jerry Zaiden will be piloting the first half of the race, only to hand the truck off to former Class 7200 Champion, Sean Backus, to finish.
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Just 3 points behind Whelchel, Tony Smiley is battling hard for the Champioinship. The ex-buggy driver has adapted well to truck racing and will most certainly be there at the finish.

In the pro bike ranks there are a lot of familiar names amongst them is the N1 entry of Ricky Brabec and Robby Bell, who are fresh off their win at the Baja 500, will be a threat for the moto win for sure.  Starting first off the line will be veteran racer Ty Davis teaming with up and coming racer Justin Morgan on the Husky 510. Ty Davis won the very first Vegas to Reno race in 1996 and Justin Morgan has been in the top ranks consistently this past two years, definitely keep an eye out for this dark horse team.

David Scott is on fire with two wins in BITD this year but Jose Torres and Cody Mitchell are close behind and still within striking range to take the points lead. These three will have to be patient enough to know when to push and when to lay the whip to it. Anybodys game at this point.

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Brandon Schueler has a solid lead in the UTV’s coming into Vegas to Reno with Scott Kiger and Craig Scanlon close behind. V2R is notoriously hard on UTV’s and one misstep or a DNF could put Brandon on the bubble for the Championship, this race is most important for his hopes to clench.

Overall these are the races within the race at this years General Tire Vegas to Reno, but when all is said and done nothing is promised and nothing is what you get if you push that envelope too hard. Good luck to all our racers and friends who are attempting to tackle the longest off road racing in the United States. Stay tuned to RDC for full coverage.

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Steve Olliges’ “Rough Riders” Geiser Trophy Truck http://www.race-dezert.com/home/steve-olliges-rough-riders-geiser-trophy-truck-112507.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/steve-olliges-rough-riders-geiser-trophy-truck-112507.html#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:00:06 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112507 ]]> rough-riders-trophy-truck
The Rough Riders were the ultimate off-road super team. Backed by both FORD and BFGoodrich, the desert and short course team dominated off-road racing for almost five years before they dissolved. Their impact is still felt today. Pretty much any off-road fan worth their salt has a Rough Riders poster hanging in their garage. As a way to celebrate the anniversary of the Rough Riders, Steve Olliges – himself a Rough Rider – wrapped his brand new Geiser Trophy Truck in the original Rough Riders paint scheme. Check out this magnificent Geiser Trophy Truck before it takes its maiden voyage at The Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race.  More information here.

Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media

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Owner: Steve Olliges
Chassis: 2014 Geiser Brothers Chassis number 52.This is the newest variant from Geiser brothers with several new refinements.
Engine: Ford Racing block, 454 C.I. By Dougans Racing Engines. Kinsler 8 Stack EFI with Life Racing engine management. 800++ horse power
Transmission: Rancho Drivetrain Engineering. Ried SH-400 case.
Shocks: Fox racing shox.4.4 5 tube bypass rear, 4.4 4 tube bypass front.3.0 coil over front and rear.

28″ travel rear, 20″ travel front.

Springs: Eibach
Seats & Safety: Mastercraft 3G seats, Impact belts, Mastercraft Nets.
Rear Axle: Tubeworks housing with Geiser Brothers hubs.Gearworks third member 10.0″ ring and pinion.Gearworks 36 spline axles and drive plates.
Brakes: Brembo brake system, calipers and master cylinders.Coleman brake rotors.
Steering: Howe Performance steering rack, servo and power steering pump.
Wheels: 17×8.5 Trail Ready “Steve O” edition.
Tires: BFG 39×13.50×17 KR and KR2 depending on race course
Lighting: KC carbon fiber HID “POD’s” & KC LED’
Body: Geiser Brothers Ford Raptor
Special Notes:
  • This is a 20 commemorative Factory Ford, Rough Rider, throw back paint scheme.
  • Steve Olliges and Rob MacCachren are the only current, full time, remaining Rough Rider drivers racing.
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Josh Daniel has moved on from driving for other trophy truck teams into his own ride. True to his “Pedal to the Metal” style Josh didn’t just build any trophy truck, he he built the first twin turbo 1000 HP trophy truck. Go with Josh and his team as they test his truck “Gemini” in preperation for longest off-road race in America, Vegas to Reno.

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CODE Jacume-gram2 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/code-jacume-gram2-112494.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/code-jacume-gram2-112494.html#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:35:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112494 Steven Eugenio on 2 wheels

Steven Eugenio on 2 wheels

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Toyota Enters 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/toyota-enters-2015-tundra-trd-pro-series-in-the-47th-tecate-score-baja-1000-112352.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/toyota-enters-2015-tundra-trd-pro-series-in-the-47th-tecate-score-baja-1000-112352.html#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:15:16 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112352 ]]> toyota-baja-1000
It looks like Toyota will be returning to the SCORE Baja 1000 this November.  Toyota announced they will enter their “lightly modified” 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series in the Full Size Stock Class on November 12-16th.

Of course we’d like to see 22-time SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart behind the wheel but Toyota recruited the legendary Toyota off-road racer to head the TRD Pro Desert Race Team.  Team drivers consist of two Toyota athletes including 9-time X-Game Gold BMX Rider Jamie Bestwick and Freestyle Motocross Rider andSCORE Baja 500 Champion Andy Bell.

2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series Racing the Baja 1000

2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series Racing the Baja 1000

Ryan Millen, son of off-road legend Rod Milllen, and Toyota Racing Development Enginerr, Ted Moncure, will also share part driving duties.  Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Toyota Truck Chief Engineer, Mike Sweers, will be navigating the 1000+ miles of putting the new Tundra to the test.

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2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series Racing the Baja 1000.

“My job is to ensure that the Tundra exceeds the expectations and demands of every single one of its owners,” said Sweers. “With over 1,000 miles of harsh terrain, The Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development that helps us to continuously improve our trucks.”

Competing in the Full Size Stock Class will allow Toyota to R&D the new close to stock conditions. Unforgiving Baja will be the perfect terrain to test the trucks resilience. 

TRD PRO DESERT RACE TRUCK SPECS
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax 4×4 5.7L V8
Item Manufacturer Details
Front Shocks Bilstein TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
Rear Shocks Bilstein TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
Front Springs Eibach Coil
Rear Springs Deaver Leaf
Tires BFGoodrich® 37″ Baja T/A KR
Wheels TRD 17″ Forged
Brakes Toyota TRD Performance Brake Pads
Tube Roll Cage Herbst/Smith Fabrication 2″ .120 Wall Chromoly
Oil Accumulator Accu-Sump 3 Qt. Capacity
Fuel Cell Fuel Safe Custom
Batteries Optima Blue Top
Race Seats (Qty. 3) Mastercraft 3G
Seat Harnesses & Window Nets Mastercraft  N/A
Front Lights Hella HID
A Pillar Lights Hella LED Rally 4000
Cold Air Intake TRD Custom Cold Air
Exhaust TRD Custom Cat-back Exhaust
Control Arms Toyota OEM component
Uprights Toyota OEM component
Tie Rods Toyota OEM component
Wheel Bearings Toyota OEM component
Hubs Toyota OEM component
Driver GPS/Nav Lowrance 6″
Navigator GPS/Nav Lowrance 10″
Race Radio Kenwood TK-790H 110 Watts
Intercom PCI Comlink 10 Elite

 Photos from Toyota News Room.

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Kincaid Earns First Ever TORC Pro2 Victory, Another Greaves Father-Son Victory http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kincaid-earns-first-ever-torc-pro2-victory-another-greaves-father-son-victory-112346.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kincaid-earns-first-ever-torc-pro2-victory-another-greaves-father-son-victory-112346.html#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:19:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112346 ]]> keegan-kincaid-torc-sturgis
Monday at the Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex, Jeff Kincaid crashed his Traxxas-sponsored PRO 2 during practice, for the TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL race here, rendering it unusable. Kincaid used a PRO 2 from fellow racer Mike Jenkins and put his son, defending PRO Light champ Keegan Kincaid, behind the wheel for the Battle at The Chip.
That decision paid off immediately.

Keegan lead Rd. 11 Tuesday but fell to fourth after a tire went down but on Wednesday, the recent winner of five-straight PRO Light races earned his first-ever PRO 2 race win, topping class points leader CJ Greaves for the top step of the podium. It was also a strong race for Nick Tyree, who ran in the lead pack for most of the race and moved up one spot in the points standings.

In PRO 4, Johnny Greaves returned to his accustomed position atop the podium after putting his Monster Energy machine at the front of the pack early in the race. Tuesday’s race winner, Mark Jenkins, took runner-up honors with Scott Douglas and his AMSOIL ride rounding out the top three. The battle between Douglas, Mark Jenkins, and Mike Jenkins, who finished sixth, was intense and the best action on the track. Douglas was second with only a couple turns to go to the checkered flag, but Mark Jenkins was able to overtake the experienced veteran.

Finally, in PRO Light, it was a flip of the PRO 2 race with CJ Greaves holding off a hard-charging Keegan Kincaid for the victory. Tuesday’s winner, Jerett Brooks, finished third. Doug Mittag, who has led the class points standings for much of the season, is now tied for third with CJ Greaves. Mittag and Brooks, Team Cooper Tire teammates, made incidental contact at one point in the race while battling for position, but Brooks apologized during the post-race interviews.

TORC returns to action Labor Day weekend for the season finale at the Big House at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The Keys to the Big House takes place Aug. 30-31 with the AMSOIL Cup race wrapping up the season following the final PRO race of the day at Crandon. For ticket information, visit TORCSeries.com.

Words and photo by TORC Series.

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Weldon Pump Is Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification http://www.race-dezert.com/home/weldon-pump-is-awarded-iso-90012008-certification-112133.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/weldon-pump-is-awarded-iso-90012008-certification-112133.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:41:02 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112133 ]]> Cleveland, OH – Weldon Pump, a manufacturer of fuel pumps and fluid systems for a wide range of high performance race vehicles has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification for establishing and maintaining an approved quality management system.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has accredited Weldon with ISO 9001:2008 certification after the company was audited for its standards in quality management systems. Evaluation criteria included the demonstrated ability to consistently provide product quality meeting customer, statutory and regulatory requirements, and a continuous effort towards improving customer satisfaction.

“With 70-plus years of USA manufactured product, and over 35 distribution and repair facilities in seven different countries, obtaining ISO 9001:2008 certification has been a momentous accomplishment for Weldon,” says Tony Coletto, President. “This award validates what has been an ongoing effort to standardize our operations and provide our customers with consistent quality and excellence.”

To view a copy of the Weldon Pump ISO 9001:2008 certification visit, http://weldonpumps.com/pdfs/Weldon_ISO_Certificate.pdf

About Weldon Pump
Weldon Pump has been designing, engineering and manufacturing quality fuel pumps and fluid systems for high performance racing and aircraft vehicles since 1942. Weldon is a Production Approval Holder (PAH – FAA) and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. The company provides aftermarket support with complete design-build capabilities and testing procedures. For more information visit, www.WeldonRacing.com

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Special Vegas to Reno Event http://www.race-dezert.com/home/special-vegas-to-reno-event-112123.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/special-vegas-to-reno-event-112123.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:37:33 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112123 ]]> bitd-vegas-to-reno-03

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RUGGED RADIOS ANNOUNCES SPECIAL “VEGAS TO RENO” TEST N TUNE!
Attention all General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX Race Competitors!

EVENT: TEST N TUNE
WHEN: MON / TUE AUG 11th / 12th
TIME: 9am until we’re done
WHERE: Champion Race Works, 2765 N. Lamb Blvd, Las Vegas

Rugged Radios will be at Champion Race Works in Las Vegas to provide free communications tech support and radio programming for ALL Vegas to Reno Competitors.

T.J. Flores has made his facility available for these two days to give Rugged Radios the ability to provide communications tech support. Join Rugged Radios on Monday or Tuesday August 11th and 12th to get your communications dialed in (see map link below).

Rugged Radios will also be set up and operating for tech and contingency at the Aliante Casino and Hotel August 13th and 14th.

The Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno race is one of the biggest events this year! No matter whose equipment you’re running, Rugged Radios is here to make sure you have the best in communications.

Rugged Radios would like to thank Best In The Desert and T.J. Flores for making this Test N Tune possible and for getting the information out to all teams and drivers.

In Vegas early? Need some communications assistance? We’re there for you!

Please call 805/541-1696 to schedule your Vegas to Reno Test N Tune.

Further information about Best in the Desert is available on their web site at:

http://www.bitd.com

LOCATION MAP – CLICK HERE

RUGGED RADIOS website: http://www.ruggedradios.com
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” schedule:
Wednesday August 13th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 14th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection, Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.
Friday, August 15th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center.
Saturday, August 16th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – Official Communications, Slime, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, Kartek, Rockwell Time and Sportsman Cycle Sales; along with Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”; and FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”.

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Mitchell DeJong On Pace for Record Wins, Interview on NBC this Sunday http://www.race-dezert.com/home/mitchell-dejong-on-pace-for-record-wins-interview-on-nbc-this-sunday-112076.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/mitchell-dejong-on-pace-for-record-wins-interview-on-nbc-this-sunday-112076.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:30:41 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112076 ]]> mitchell-dejong-grc-09

Mitchell DeJong On Pace for Record Wins in Red Bull GRC Lites
Watch Television Interview this Sunday on NBC, 4pm ET

Temecula, CA (8/1/14) — Mitchell DeJong claims his third win of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites season at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. The multiple wins put him on schedule to be the winningest GRC Lites driver with this years extended 9 race schedule, but the fierce competition will be doing their best to stop his momentum.

NBC Sports catches up with Mitchell in an interview at mid-season to talk about the three wins, including a hard fought second place in New York. Watch the Sunday, August 3rd airing on NBC at 4pm ET.

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What’s a teen do with champagne? Take showers of course! Mitchell DeJong celebrates the Charlotte victory.

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Dirt is his specialty. Mitchell DeJong leads the pack on the blue grooved course at Charlotte.

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A balance between caress and carnage, Mitchell DeJong airs out the Red Bull Olsbergs MSE GRC Lite.

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Earning respect off the track is the hardest for any racer. Mitchell makes new friends during autograph sessions.

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With the GRC official tapping his watch, Vince DeJong and Olsbergs MSE team overcome mechanical issues just in time. A cut tire eventually slowed Mitchell into a hard fought 2nd place finish at the New York event.

Photos by Tolga Chen and Olsbergs MSE.

Mitchell’s Red Bull GRC Lites Partners:
Red Bull
Olsbergs MSE
Sparco
Replay XD
Method Race Wheels
DeJong Off-Road
XUXA Socks

About Mitchell:
At age 16, Mitchell DeJong has taken a different path than most teenage youth, instead of playing ball sports he wakes each day with racing on his mind. Whether it’s a casual game on iRacing driving simulator, racing r/c cars, or strength training, he takes every step today poised to live his dream as a racing champion in every sport he competes in. The passion to drive grew at an early age while helping his dad in the family off-road shop building high-end off-road cars. At first chance Mitchell won karting and off-road championships in 2007, at only age 9. Since then, he has accumulated 9 total championships. Global Rallycross and racing in X Games has always been a dream for Mitchell. He’s turned great success on the track into an opportunity to race Red Bull GRC Lites and he will begin working hard to be the best amongst great drivers from around the world.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross:
Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to- door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0- 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

The series’ 10-race schedule features a number of new events in exciting and high- profile locations, and will be broadcast on network television. New partner NBC Sports Group will carry nine race broadcasts on the NBC broadcast network, primarily live, with re-airs on cable on the NBC Sports Network. The full 2014 Red Bull GRC schedule is as follows:
May 17-18: Barbados
June 7: Austin, TX*
June 21-22: Washington, DC
July 19-20: New York, NY
July 25-26: Charlotte, NC
August 2-3: Detroit, MI
August 22-23: Daytona, FL
September 19-20: Los Angeles, CA
September 26-27: Seattle, WA
November 5: Las Vegas, NV

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Family OffRoad Racing Enthusiasts (FORE) Labor Day Race to benefit Race for the Wounded http://www.race-dezert.com/home/family-offroad-racing-enthusiasts-fore-labor-day-race-to-benefit-race-for-the-wounded-112097.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/family-offroad-racing-enthusiasts-fore-labor-day-race-to-benefit-race-for-the-wounded-112097.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:28:56 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112097 ]]> SAN BERNARDINO, AUG 1, 2014 — Family Off Road Racing Enthusiasts (FORE) was formed by a group of off road friends that wanted to hold races in which the entire family could race for the weekend at an affordable price while also benefiting charities. The FORE Labor Day race at Glen Helen Raceway will benefit Race for the Wounded, a grass roots organization that enables wounded veterans a chance to ride and drive in off-road race trucks. Race for the Wounded mission is to raise awareness to the challenges that wounded veterans face on a daily basis.

The FORE Racing series was started last year and is unique for a couple of reasons. The first being that every type of vehicle is included: Trucks, Buggies, UTVs, Trophy Karts, Quads and Motos. The Labor Day race will be an afternoon race which will include separate heats on an eight to ten-mile loop at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. The second reason is that women have the unique opportunity to race in heats with only women drivers. FORE Racing mission is for racing to be a fun experience for racers, their families and friends.

“The off road community has the opportunity through our series to give back, not only to
The community itself, but to causes that specifically affect many men, women and
children. We are the only series to donate the profits of every race to a charity, and we
are so excited to support to Race for the Wounded” said Julie Pierce, president of FORE. This year’s organizations or charities have included FAST-Aid, Prostate Cancer and now Race for the Wounded.

Glen Helen, a privately owned raceway, supports FORE Racing by enabling FORE to hold all of its events at its facility. Bud Feldcamp, the owner of Glen Helen, believes strongly in supporting grass roots family racing. Camping for this event begins on Friday July 29th, from 12-8 PM. Cost: $10 per person, $10 per camper.

The public is invited to attend this two-day racing event. Racing begins Saturday, Aug. 30, 3-9 p.m., and continues Sunday, Aug. 31, 3-9 p.m. Cost: $10 per person.

Glen Helen Raceway, off the I-215 freeway at the Devore Exit, is located at 18585 Verdemont Ranch Road, San Bernardino, CA 92407.

For more information, visit FORE-Racing.com Raceforthewounded.com

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FOX / TEAM FORD “VEGAS TO RENO” KICKOFF FIESTA & OFF-ROAD RACING TRIVIA NIGHT…. AND – TIME TRIALS RESULTS! http://www.race-dezert.com/home/fox-team-ford-vegas-to-reno-kickoff-fiesta-off-road-racing-trivia-night-and-time-trials-results-112061.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/fox-team-ford-vegas-to-reno-kickoff-fiesta-off-road-racing-trivia-night-and-time-trials-results-112061.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:22:03 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112061 ]]> bitd-vegas-to-reno-trivia-03
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th 2014
TIME: 8PM-10PM
WHERE: ALIANTE CASINO & HOTEL – SALTED LIME CANTINA
PRESENTED BY: FOX SHOX & TEAM FORD

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FOX along with Team Ford of Las Vegas have teamed up to kick off the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX race weekend in style with a special night of celebration and hard core bench racing.

The grumpy old guys and online forum junkies from your team with endless amounts of useless off-road racing knowledge now have a new found purpose – Off-Road Racing Trivia Night. Gather your team and compete for sponsored prizes by answering entertaining and mentally challenging off-road racing questions. Questions will be continuously read with prizes awarded throughout the night.

The Salted Lime Cantina is located just inside the Aliante Casino & Hotel, the host hotel for the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX.

Hosted bar stocked with Azunia Tequila serving your favorite cocktails and ice-cold beer. Complimentary hot Mexican appetizers and finger foods will also be served.

General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX Time Trials results to be announced and accompanied by the release of race-dezert.com’s highlight video.

Mad Media will be showing unseen Mint 400 coverage on all of the Salted Lime Cantina’s screens
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General Tire “Vegas to Reno” schedule:
Wednesday August 13th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 14th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection, Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas.
Friday, August 15th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center.
Saturday, August 16th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – Official Communications, Slime, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, Kartek, Rockwell Time and Sportsman Cycle Sales; along with Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”; and FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”.
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Brandon Arthur Puts The Sting On The Pro Lite Field With A Convincing Win At Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brandon-arthur-puts-the-sting-on-the-pro-lite-field-with-a-convincing-win-at-glen-helen-112055.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/brandon-arthur-puts-the-sting-on-the-pro-lite-field-with-a-convincing-win-at-glen-helen-112055.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:14:58 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112055 ]]> brandon-arthur-loorrs-glen-helen-06
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The Stinger, Brandon Arthur, turned his venom loose on the Pro Lite field at round 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca. Brandon has been constantly moving up through the ranks in his rookie season in Pro Lite. In round 10, he put it all together with a convincing win over a hungry field of top-notch racers.

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Brandon was finally on even footing going into Glen Helen. Most of the tracks he has raced on this season were brand new to him. Not only has Brandon raced at Glen Helen before but he had an opportunity to test there weeks before the race. The work testing paid off as Brandon was dialed in right off the trailer. After running fastest in practice, he went out and qualified 4th despite a transmission issue that developed during the session. It was actually lucky that the transmission went south when it did. The crew got a chance to change it and get the truck prepped before the race started. During the race Brandon got bottled up mid-pack finishing 7th. Decent results but Brandon knew he could run much better given the chance.

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The following day he would get his chance. Not only was he fastest qualifier in his group but the draw for inverted starting position was a zero; meaning Brandon would start on the outside of row one next to past Pro Lite Champion RJ Anderson. In turn one it looked like RJ would jump out in the lead but Brandon was having nothing of it. He put the bright yellow Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries Pro Lite in the lead for good, taking the win and setting the fastest Pro Lite lap of the weekend. “We got a good drive off the start thanks to my Toyo Tires and took the lead,” says Brandon, “I battled with RJ the whole way but he ran me clean. We had a great race and came home with the win.”

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“We would not be where we are today without Pro Traffic Services, Competitive Metals, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Toyo Tires, Magnaflow, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, Trailready Beadlocks, FOX Racing Shox, Wirefab, Summers Brothers, ECP Powder Coating, F&L Racing Fuels, Maxima Racing Oils, FiberwerX, graphics by Bink Designs and Mastercraft Safety Equipment. We also welcomed Heatshield Products to our group of sponsors this race. They help us with heat shielding and thermal protection on the truck. The crew and I have been very determined to run out front. We finally got a little luck to go with all the hard work we’ve been putting into the team.”

Brandon’s goal at the beginning of the season was to learn the tracks and work his way onto the podium. He has reached that goal and then some; shattering the expectations of many along the way. It was obvious during round 10 that he’s won over the crowd as well. His rapid ascension may be surprising to some but not to those who have seen him succeed in everything he does. He wanted to return to shortcourse racing and it looks like he has picked up right where he left off.

Brandon next heads to Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. August 22-23. The last time he was there he battled for the lead with Brian Deegan. With the momentum from his win at Glen Helen and good set-up notes from last time in Sparks, it’s going to be another wild one at Wild West Motorsports Park.

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About Brandon Arthur
At just 18 years old, Brandon has already achieved two championships and a rookie of the year award. A fan favorite, he won the 2012 HDRA, 1400 championship in what was originally his grandfather’s farm truck. In 2013, he ran select races in his newly built HRT Motorsports Trophy Truck capturing a victory in its first time out. For 2014 Brandon will be racing the Trophy Truck and returning to shortcourse racing in the ultra-competitive Pro Lite class. He will be behind the wheel of a newly constructed HRT Motorsports Pro Lite race truck. Brandon saw the incredible racing taking place amongst his peers in the Pro Lite class and had to get a piece of the action.

In addition to the driving skill and motivation to succeed, Brandon has a dedicated team behind him. His HRT Motorsports team has decades of racing experience; they know what it takes to win. They maintain an aggressive marketing program to maximize impressions that includes team apparel, print collateral, professionally designed website, social media networking, continuously distributed press releases and generous cross-promotional exposure in print media and commercial advertising. Don’t hesitate to get on board with Off-Road Racing’s Brightest Young Star!

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego, CA. Since 2003, Bink Designs has been committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients’ high-end graphic needs. Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography & Apparel.

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Last phase prepping the El Martillo Racing’s Durango http://www.race-dezert.com/home/last-phase-prepping-the-el-martillo-racings-durango-112045.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/last-phase-prepping-the-el-martillo-racings-durango-112045.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:08:49 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112045 ]]> The last phase of preparation for El Martillo Racing’s Durango race car heading to the 2015 Dakar Rally has started and it is almost ready for a final testing session.

Almost one year ago, July 2013, the Durango was no more than a design and a dream, the building process started in this same month, starting a rushed race to finish it and have it ready for the 2014 Dakar Rally; after 5 hard work months, the car was delivered on December the 9th, just 27 days before the “green flag” in Rosario, Argentina.

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This year, before July ends, the car is ready with a lot of improvements such as the torque converter (the word “clutch” was taken away of the team’s dictionary), a brand new industrial air conditioning system and the tire inflation system, among other minor but not less important systems, like cooling upgrades for oil and gasoline and some modifications to the suspension. The team is certain all this will make the car better.

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To complete the task of prepping the Durango for its 2nd Dakar challenge, early August, the team will drive up from the tip of Baja, Mexico, to the sand dunes and desert of Altar, Sonora. The purpose of this trip is to duplicate the weather and terrain environments expected in the deserts of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile in the next Dakar Rally.

The trip is being planned to test all the improvements of the car and to try to find any weak points or surprises… This will not be only a trip to test the race car, but to start developing a good relationship between the team’s crew that will go the Dakar 2015. The complete team will attend this important test trip for El Martillo Racing.

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This trip will also be the 1st event for El Martillo’s new Crew Chief, Canadian Scott Rattray and two other new members. Scott has extensive off road and stage rally experience, working for Subaru Rally Team Canada and with Robby Gordon on his Trophy Truck and Dakar team. He will interact for the first time with most of his mechanics crew for the 2015’s Dakar in South America, January 3th to 17th.

This will be a very important test trip for the team.

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Rigid Industries Torture Team Members Kyle LeDuc, Bryce Menzies, RJ Anderson and Brandon Arthur Outshine The Competition At Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rigid-industries-torture-team-members-kyle-leduc-bryce-menzies-rj-anderson-and-brandon-arthur-outshine-the-competition-at-glen-helen-112031.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/rigid-industries-torture-team-members-kyle-leduc-bryce-menzies-rj-anderson-and-brandon-arthur-outshine-the-competition-at-glen-helen-112031.html#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:04:40 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=112031 ]]> loorrs-glen-helen-07

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In a season that few would call anything less than amazing, Rigid Industries Torture Team member Kyle LeDuc continued his winning streak taking his seventh and eighth consecutive victories in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro-4 class. It has been anything but easy for Kyle but when it counts, he’s been the first to the checkered flag, again and again.

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Rounds 7 and 8 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca. were more of the same with one exception; the competition is getting fed up with Kyle’s domination. Series sponsor LoanMart put up a $5000 dollar bounty on Kyle. Whoever beat Kyle in rounds 7 or 8 would get $2500 dollars cash for each round. If Kyle went undefeated, he would take the cash. When the green flag dropped each night, Carl Renezeder and the rest of the Pro-4 field was ready to do whatever it took to beat Kyle but to no avail.

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Kyle was driving impeccably, pivoting beautifully in the corners and flicking it sideways off the jumps to set-up for the turns. The crowd was going wild watching Kyle master the Glen Helen course. “This was a big weekend for me and the team,” said Kyle, “They tried to put pressure on us with a bounty but we answered with a win in both rounds. We took the bounty home with us and increased our points lead!”

Rigid Industries Torture Team member Bryce Menzies put on quite a show for the fans in Pro-2. Friday nights round 9 saw an intense battle for the lead with Bryce right in the mix. After a re-start, he had contact with Rob MacCachren that dropped Rob to the back of the pack. Bryce then squeezed past Carl Renezeder to take the second spot and set out after Brian Deegan for the lead. Unfortunately Lucas Oil officials did not appreciate Bryce’s aggressive driving and gave him a black flag after the race that dropped him a lap down in the standings.

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In round 10, Bryce would not be denied. His solution to the black flag the night before was to leave the rest of the field behind; running alone out front. He passed Rigid Industries Torture Team Member Jeremy McGrath for the lead on lap 4 and never looked back. Jeremy held off Deegan and MacCachren to finish second place. It was Bryce’s third win of the season.

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In Pro Lite competition, Rigid Industries Torture Team racers won both nights. RJ Anderson led wire-to-wire Friday night, (round 9), taking the win with fellow Torture Team members Casey Currie in second and Kyle Hart in third for a perfect sweep of the podium. Torture Team member Brandon Arthur has been making steady progress as a rookie in the Pro Lite class.

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Maybe it was the huge Rigid Industries logo across his bright yellow hood that gave him the luck he needed to break out and grab his first Pro Lite win. He was fast all weekend at Glen Helen running quick in practice and then sharing the front row with teammate RJ Anderson after qualifying for round 10. He and RJ battled throughout the race with Brandon running the fastest Pro Lite lap of the weekend on his way to the victory. It’s the first time this season that a rookie has won in the ultra-competitive Pro Lite class. RJ held off the rest of the hard chargers in the field to secure second place on the podium.

The next rounds of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing will be at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. August 22-23. It will be another wild one at Wild West Motorsports Park for the Rigid Industries Torture Team. Kyle LeDuc will be trying to keep his amazing streak alive and the rest of the team will be going door to door to continue outshining their competition.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Rigid Industries
Thanks to its unparalleled patented Hybrid, Specter and new Hyperspot optics and its torture-tested housings, Rigid Industries® is a world leader in the forward projecting LED lighting industry. Rigid LED lighting products can be used in a plethora of applications across industries such as: agriculture, construction, emergency response, industrial, marine, military, mining, and off-road and power sports. Rigid Industries® is committed to providing innovative technologies and always guarantees a quality product which has been designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA.

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego, CA. Since 2003, Bink Designs has been committed to providing cost-effective solutions for clients’ high-end graphic needs. Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography & Apparel.

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