race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:46:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Baja Race Fans Love HotSauce http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-race-fans-love-hotsauce-127842.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/baja-race-fans-love-hotsauce-127842.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:46:26 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127842 Baja Race Fans Love HotSauce Ensenada, Baja California Mexico Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. loves HotSauce; that’s how he got his nickname. Judging by the crowds at his pit and the number of posters and stickers handed out at the Lucas

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Baja Race Fans Love HotSauce

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Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. loves HotSauce; that’s how he got his nickname. Judging by the crowds at his pit and the number of posters and stickers handed out at the Lucas Oil Off Road, Rockstar Energy, Battle South Of The Border at the Baja International Short Course track in Estero Beach, the fans in Baja love HotSauce too. In an unprecedented move that was made possible by Rockstar Energy, the Ensenada based Papas&Beer team of Rodrigo Ampudia and Lucas Oil, rounds 11 and 12 of the series were held at Estero Beach resort in Ensenada, Baja Mexico. The brand new track got mixed reviews from the drivers but the fans loved it.

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“The fans were real motor heads,” said HotSauce, “They were really interested in our team and loved my Competitive Metals, Bilstein, ORW, Mickey Thompson Tires, ReplayXD, SPY, Lucas Oil, Bink Designs Alumi Craft Pro Buggy. We handed out every poster and sticker we had to the friendly fans that came out to the race.

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The track at Estero Beach was crazy; I’ve never seen so much crashing and action. The sand was deep; there was a lot of roost and deep ruts. On Saturday, I got crossed up in some ruts and went sideways. I landed on the sidewall and peeled a tire off the rim. The tire was fine but the bead was off the rim giving me a flat. We were not sure what tire to run but Mickey Thompson hooked us up with a real aggressive tread.”

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The Competitive Metals team changed the wheel quickly in the hot pits but it was under the green flag so HotSauce went a lap down. He finished round 11 in 7th place. With some valuable track time, the team knew what to do in round 12.

During qualifying for round 12 on Sunday, HotSauce ran the 2nd fastest time on Lap one. They had the car dialed in for the rough sandy track. During the race, HotSauce was in an intense battle up front with Kevin McCullough and Mike Valentine. “McCullough and I were going back and forth for the lead,” said HotSauce, “I was trying all different lines, the roost was blinding.

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I was going through tear-offs and it was tough hitting my braking points in the corners; I missed a few. We came real close to taking another win. We had bad luck on Saturday but we came back and got ‘em back on Sunday.” HotSauce earned another podium in round 12, he finished in 3rd place. His results moved him up in the season long points standings too; only 7 points back from 3rd place.

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Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. will be right back on the track Aug 22 – 23 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. The track is super-fast with big elevation changes and tricky corners. It will be another exciting race for HotSauce. Come out to the race or go to: http://darrenhardestyjr.com/ for the latest news and information about Darren’s racing program.

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Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty – ProBuggy #99

August 22nd-23rd / Sparks, NV LOORRS – Rounds 13 & 14
August 29th / Glen Helen, CA SoCal Regional Rd 6
September 18th-19th / Las Vegas, NV LOORRS – Rounds 15 & 16
October 3th & 4th / Pomona , CA Off Road Expo
October 10th & 11th / Lake Elsinore, CA SoCal Regional Rd 7 & Shootout
October 22nd-24th / (Night Race) – Lake Elsinore, CA LOORRS – Rounds 17 & Cup Race
November 3rd – 6th / Las Vegas, NV SEMA Show

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About Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr.
Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. is a third generation racer who is making his own mark on off road racing. Darren’s Father, Darren Sr. and Grandfather Earl, have both won the most prestigious off-road races in the world and own Championships in the premier SCORE International Desert Racing series. The competitive streak runs deep in the Hardesty family. Darren Jr. shares the same drive and has worked his way up the ladder from Dwarf cars and JR1 Kart, where he was named “Rookie of the Year”, to JR2 the fastest kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Modified Kart. In 2015, Darren Jr. will be racing in the highly competitive Pro Buggy Class in the Lucas Oil Regional Series and at select national events. At only 14 years of age, Darren Jr. already has a great deal of time behind the wheel of a race car and the insight and knowledge instilled in him from his accomplished family. Put him in the driver’s seat and he is guaranteed to spice things up as his nickname “HotSauce” suggests.

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In a first for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), Brian Deegan and his fellow racers travelled to Baja Mexico for the Rockstar Energy Battle South Of The Border at the Baja International Short Course track in Estero Beach. The unique event was made possible by a lot of hard work put in by LOORRS, Rockstar Energy, and the Baja based Papas & Beer team of Rodrigo Ampudia & family. The enthusiasm of race fans in Baja is legendary. Brian Deegan was anxious to give them a good show in his #38 Rockstar Energy / Makita Power Tools / Ford Pro-4 and Pro-2 trucks; he did not disappoint them.

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The Baja International Short Course track in Estero Beach is a brand new track and it showed. Getting a track into shape takes time. The first event will always expose areas that need to be addressed. In Estero Beach, it was the sandy soil. The track got loose; causing a lot of roost behind the trucks and some big holes. It looked more like the Baja 1000 than a short course race. It was spectacular for the fans but blinding for the drivers.

Deegan got a late start learning the track. An unavoidable scheduling conflict forced him to miss practice on Friday. That left him only a handful of laps before starting the main events on Saturday. Deegan might have gotten a slow start, but he was fast on the track. Pro-2 was first up; he started 6th but chipped away at the field as the laps went by. His rivals started on the front row and ran first and second all race. Deegan had to fight through the carnage in rough conditions. Despite the challenge, he made his way to the front to grab another podium; a solid 3rd place finish.

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During qualifying for the Pro-4 race, Deegan made his presence known and made some new fans at the same time. In a display of his determination, he rolled his Rockstar Energy Makita Power Tools Ford, landed on the Wheels, and kept going. He went on to run the second fastest time. During the race he was right back at it. The fans gasped as he got up on two wheels in turn 2. He was able to bring it back down on all 4 and continue the race. Battling tough track conditions and contact from another truck, Deegan got to the finish in 5th.

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On Sunday, Deegan was second fastest again. This time, it was in the Rockstar Energy Makita Power Tools Ford Pro-2. After the inversion, he was sent back to the third row. The Lucas Oil Series draws a number to determine the inversion. If the draw results in a zero, the qualifying position does not change. If a higher number is drawn, they invert, or move back the top qualifiers the number of spots that correspond to the number drawn. If the number is 5, they invert the top 5. The first qualifier starts 5th; the 5th fastest starts first. It’s a way to introduce some randomness for starting position and generates excitement in the fans. It can punish a driver or reward him; it varies. Despite his fast qualifying run, Deegan was inverted to the middle of the pack. He fought valiantly but traffic and the lack of vision had him penned in during the race. He finished 6th.

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The final race of the weekend would be the Pro-4’s. Deegan had proved his speed all weekend, but during qualifying in the Rockstar Energy Makita Power Tools Ford Pro-4, the truck was off its normal pace. He qualified 7th fastest. He got a great start when the green flag dropped, picking off a couple spots. As the laps clicked off, the issue in qualifying re-emerged; he was losing forward drive.

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He used every bit of experience and skill to stay in the hunt over the next couple of laps. A late caution set up a green/white/checkers finish. The re-start was not good to Deegan’s transmission. He had another podium in his sights but dropped to 6th place at the finish.

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“It was a fun race,” said Deegan, “The energy from the fans was incredible. It’s great that the Lucas Oil Series is expanding into new tracks; it was really unique racing right next to the Pacific Ocean. The track was big and very fast. It was one of the toughest races I have done but it’s good to be challenged. I can’t wait to take what we learned and have another crack at it.”

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Brian Deegan will be racing next in rounds 13 and 14 on Aug 22 – 23 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. The Sparks, Nevada track is known for its huge elevation changes that test the driver’s brakes and their nerves.

Photography By: Bink Designs

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About Brian Deegan
Motocross legend, 2014 LOORRS Pro 2 Champion, 2014 Pro Lite Runner Up and 2013 DirtSport’s Driver of the Year, Brian “The General” Deegan is one of the most decorated action sport athletes to date. He is the only rider to compete in at least one event each year since the X Games’ inception, including his Gold Medal run in X Games 17 Rallycross. In 2015, Deegan continues to test the limits in numerous racing categories including Freestyle Motocross, Pro 2 and Pro 4 Short Course, Global Rallycross, and Monster Jam. The Deegan Racing Team is powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, Makita Industrial Power Tools, Ford Motor Company, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, DVS Shoe Co., Deegan 38, ODYSSEY® Battery, Gibson Exhaust Systems, 4 Wheel Parts, Compex, Defender Skin, Flu War, KC HiLITES, PRP Seats, Smooth Industries, Alpinestars, Fathead, Feld, PPG, Brembo, Fortin, VP Racing Fuels, FOX Shocks, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, MSD Ignitions, FK Rod Ends, Eibach Springs, McKenzies, FiberwerX, JE Pistons, QTM, G2, Dailey Engineering, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ARP, AZ Driveshafts, Aeromotive, Answer, Rockford Fosgate, Weismann Racing Transmissions and Pro Taper.

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MICHELIN DEFENDER LTX M/S Delivers Strong, Long-Lasting Tire For Light Trucks And SUVs

Tire features EverTread™ compound designed to meet the demands of today’s hard-working vehicles

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 3, 2015) – Michelin announced today that it is extending the well-known DEFENDER® promise of outstanding durable tread life to light trucks, SUVs and crossovers with the launch of the MICHELIN® DEFENDER® LTX® M/S with EverTread™compound. EverTread uses a stronger, advanced tread compound that holds up in tougher conditions longer1 and helps deliver improved gravel wear, all-season confidence and excellent fuel efficiency.

An evolution of the long-time consumer favorite, the MICHELIN LTX M/S2, the DEFENDER LTX M/S with EverTread combines durable tread life and all-weather traction in a single tire that is designed to better meet the higher-torque demands of modern vehicles. Most light and heavy duty trucks produce twice as much torque as they did 20 years ago and some models produce nearly three times more torque. With the EverTread compound, the DEFENDER LTX M/S tire lasts 10 percent longer in severe conditions than its predecessor.2

“The MICHELIN DEFENDER LTX M/S was created to better address the size and power needs of today’s trucks and SUVs, giving drivers what they want — a combination of durability and longevity year-round — without sacrificing safety and performance,” said Scott Clark, chief operating officer of Michelin North America’s passenger and light-truck tire division. “As vehicles evolve, we must develop tires that match their powertrain performance, resulting in a tire that is stronger and lasts longer, even in tough conditions.”

DEFENDER LTX M/S tires are offered with a 50,000‒70,000-mile warranty. The DEFENDER LTX M/S is now available to consumers across North America through more than 10,000 authorized dealer locations, in 71 sizes ranging from 15-inch to 22-inch rim diameters, with 45 fitments available in 2015 and 26 fitments arriving in 2016. The starting retail price is $130.

For more information on the DEFENDER LTX M/S, visit www.michelinman.com/defenderltxms.

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Off-roading will never be the same. We can now off-road on the water! Check out this sick video featuring Robbie Madison as he tackles some of the heaviest, sketchiest waves on the planet at Tehapoo. Just wait until we get our water wings for a Trophy Truck! Go buy some of his shoes here and support the creativity!

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Barstow, California — El Niño did not pull any punches on Southern California on the weekend of July 18 and Hurricane Dolores definitely did not have mercy on the Transaxle Engineering MORE Freedom 250. The race teams that descended upon Barstow for the fourth event of the MORE season were treated to unseasonal wetness and sloppy conditions on top of the already rough 42 mile race course loop.

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The rain started just after the racers took off from Outlet Center Drive for the 4pm start and never let up through the finish at midnight. Racers usually welcome a little sprinkle that keeps the dust down, but Dolores brought more than a little sprinkle. The bone dry conditions before the race meant big mud holes and flash flooding with the amount of water that Dolores dumped on Barstow.

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Mother nature’s curve ball was not enough to deter a tough pack of competitors. John Bartol in his Albins AGB equipped 150 unlimited buggy snagged the over-all win with a time of 5:10:20, only a mere 2 seconds faster than Eric Hardin in the Albins ST6 equipped 79 Trophy Truck that snagged second place.

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Andy Marsoun in car 1036 equipped with Weddle Racing Gears, snagged first place in Class 10. He finished the race in 5:30:00. Weddle Industries had a great race day with more firsts: Class 12 winner Ralph Potts in Mendeola MD equipped car 1217, Class 16 winner Curt Geer in car 1634 sporting Weddle Racing gears, and Class 5 winner Adam Spitz in PBS equipped car 547.

A humongous congrats to all the finishers of this year’s tough Freedom 250. Next up, the KC HiLites Midnight Special in September.

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The Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border Round 12, presented by Lucas Oil, Keeps the Baja Fans Cheering http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-rockstar-energy-battle-south-of-the-border-round-12-presented-by-lucas-oil-keeps-the-baja-fans-cheering-127633.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-rockstar-energy-battle-south-of-the-border-round-12-presented-by-lucas-oil-keeps-the-baja-fans-cheering-127633.html#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:32:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127633 The Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border Round 12, presented by Lucas Oil, Keeps the Baja Fans Cheering Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada, Mexico (August 2, 2015) – It was an even busier day at Baja International Short Course at

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Estero Beach Resort, Ensenada, Mexico (August 2, 2015) – It was an even busier day at Baja International Short Course at Estero Beach, and the Baja fans were excited for more of the exhilarating racing they saw in Round 11. There were more firsts and some of the most exciting racing the Lucas Oil Short Course Series has seen all season. With standing room only, the Baja fans packed the stands cheering at every pass, and every dramatic contact. The Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border, presented by Lucas Oil, was a dream realized and the fans from Baja were thrilled to have short course racing brought to them.

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Pro 2

The Pro 2 class kicked off the day with some of the most exciting and intense battles. The top qualifiers were familiar names, but with a 6-truck inversion. The fast qualifiers, Bryce Menzies and Brian Deegan, were put on the 3rd row. The inversion put Rob MacCachren and RJ Anderson on the front row with Robby Woods and Sheldon Creed behind them in row 2. In lap 1, RJ Anderson took the lead after the rhythm section and would have to fight to maintain top spot. Bryce Menzies was working his way through the field battling with drivers Robby Woods and Rob MacCachren and made it up to second place in lap 6 when a caution came out. Sheldon Creed had an incident in turn 1 and was unable to finish. After the restart for lap 8, Menzies spun going into turn 1 and Patrick Clark went off track in turn 4 making the top 3 the 37 of RJ Anderson, the 21 of Rob MacCachren, and the 99 of Robby Woods. In the last lap Rodrigo Ampudia was closing the gap on Robby Woods, who was having mechanical issues but was able to fend off a hard charging Ampudia for the final podium position. With the fans cheering wildly, RJ Anderson brought home his first Pro 2 win, with Rob MacCachren in second and Robby Woods getting his first podium finish of the season.

1.) RJ Anderson
2.) Rob MacCachren
3.) Robby Woods
Optima Batteries’ Fast lap: Bryce Menzies

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After yesterday’s race the racers knew they needed to be on their A-game to make the podium. But even tough they still had the challenging rhythm section, the qualifying times today were notably faster than yesterday. A 2-truck inversion was pulled putting top qualifier, Jerett Brooks in the second starting position, and RJ Anderson on the pole. Casey Currie and Broc Dickerson, were in the second row, but hungry to get to the front. The green flag dropped and right away there was an incident with Brock Heger, but he was able to continue with no caution. Alan Ampudia bicycled in turn 4 of lap 2 making the crowd gasp, but held on and kept pushing forward. It was a battle between Brandon Arthur and Casey Currie for position 3 in laps 3, 4 and 5, but in lap 6 Arthur was able to over take Jerett Brooks for the second spot. The race continued without cautions, but the battles for 2nd, 3rd and 4th between Arthur, Currie and Brooks had the fans on their feet. At the end of lap 10, RJ Anderson brought home his second win of the day, with Brandon Arthur and Casey Currie finishing out the top 3.

1.) RJ Anderson
2.) Brandon Arthur
3.) Casey Casey
Optima Batteries’ Fast Lap: Casey Currie

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Pro Buggy

The Pro Buggy points championship has been a tight race and the leaders were pushing hard to get every point possible. Kevin McCullough put down the fastest qualifying time and pulled a 2-car inversion, keeping him on the front row with Darren Hardesty. But, behind them in row 2, however, was Garret George and Mike Valentine, the points leaders. Lap 1 got the fans on the edge of their seats when Sterling Cling and Taylor Atchison spun in turn 1 but they both were able to get back and continue on without a caution. Lap 4 Dave Mason nearly went over the edge in turn 4 but held on with a dramatic roost that got the fans cheering. The first and only yellow came out on lap 6 from an incident with Sterling Cling, and during the yellow Garrett George left the track, and was unable to finish. It was a battle for first as Darren Hardesty and Kevin McCullough went into turn 7 on lap 8, with McCullough taking the top spot. At the checkered flag, it was Kevin McCullough taking home the win, with Mike Valentine in second adding to his championship points, and 14-year-old Darren Hardesty in third to finish out the podium.

1.) Kevin McCullough
2.) Mike Valentine
3.) Darren Hardesty
Optima Batteries’ Fast Lap: Kevin McCullough

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Pro 4

The Pro 4 race was the highlight of the weekend. With the fans on their feet for the entire race, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series exceeded expectations. Kyle Leduc, once again, held top qualifier position, but pulled a 6-turck inversion, meaning he would be starting in the third row next to the second fastest truck, Bryce Menzies. At the start of the race, Adrian Cenni and Carl Renezeder were on the first row with Rob MacCachren and Doug Fortin in row 2. And it was a wild start! Cenni lived up to his nickname The Wildman when he nearly brought out the first caution of the race on lap 1, but the rest of the field was able to avoid the incident, which kept his truck in the hunt. The Pro 4 trucks were racing each other hard and in lap 2 a caution came out for metal debris on track. This bunched the group back up and in lap 3 the hard side-by-side racing left debris on the track brining out another caution. By this time, Kyle Leduc had worked his way up to third, but still had to get past Brian Deegan and Carl Renezeder for the lead. It would prove to be another Leduc win when he was able to overtake first and then build up a sizable lead, coming across the finish line for his 10th victory of the season, with Rob MacCachren second and Bryce Menzies, coming back from his earlier incident, to take third.

1.) Kyle Leduc
2.) Rob MacCachren
3.) Bryce Menzies
Optima Batteries’ Fast Lap: Kyle Leduc

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About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information, please visit: www.LucasOilOffRoad.com

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Kyle Leduc Wins His Tenth In A Row In Baja http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kyle-leduc-wins-his-tenth-in-a-row-in-baja-127546.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/kyle-leduc-wins-his-tenth-in-a-row-in-baja-127546.html#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 06:55:43 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127546 Yesterday the fans from Baja came out in full force and today was no different. Supporting the sport they love they packed the stands to watch short course’s best battle it out south of the border. With an exciting day

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Yesterday the fans from Baja came out in full force and today was no different. Supporting the sport they love they packed the stands to watch short course’s best battle it out south of the border. With an exciting day of racing the day before the drivers would have a hard time putting on a good show for the fans but they stepped it up and got the crowd cheering.

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With the new track both the racers and track officials are having to learn the course and how it handles 10 hard laps of racing. With the knowledge they learned LOORRS officials were able to give the drivers a better course that held together a bit longer. That doesn’t mean the track was still challenging however, as the drivers still had to look out for deep ruts in the turns and keep an eye out each lap on the condition of the jumps. As time goes on though the track should get better as more dirt is brought in.

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The word on the street is that if this event was a success Lucas Oil may decide to hold two events here next year and judging by the packed stands it would be a no brainer. And with the atmosphere of Baja and the passion that the fans bring to the track I don’t think any of the drivers would disagree. And the fans are really what made this event so great, the passion they have already for short course goes beyond what we see in the states. While only a handful of fans hang around for the final podium of the day, at Estero hundreds of fans surrounded the podium hoping to get an autograph or photo with their favorite driver.

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With the inversion being a six, RJ Anderson and Rob MacCachren would start on the pole and it would be RJ who would take the holeshot. The young but veteran racer would run a smooth and consistent race holding off Rob Mac and also the hard charging Bryce Menzies who was coming off a win yesterday. Eventually Menzies would get around MacCachren and while going into turn one late in the race some contact with the #21 would cause Menzies to spinout putting him in the back. From there RJ would cruise on to grab his first Pro 2 win with Rob Mac taking second and Robby Woods would find his way back on to the podium in third.

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Pro 2 Results
1. RJ Anderson
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Robby Woods

With all the carnage the day before in Prolite there were five trucks missing from the field as their trucks weren’t able to get put back together before race time. Brad DeBerti would take the green flag but in the last row and would pull off in turn two just to take the points as he was sitting third. Pro 2 winner RJ Anderson was once again sitting on the front row and just like his race before would take the holeshot, this time from Jerrett Brooks.

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In a repeat of Pro 2 RJ would lead the entire race, and while Brooks and Brandon Arthur came close at times to challenging RJ, it was just never enough to take the lead. Casey Currie would work his way up the field and battle hard with Brooks for the final podium spot and when the checkered flag waved it was Currie sitting on the podium.

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Prolite Results
1. RJ Anderson
2. Brandon Arthur
3. Casey Currie

The question in Pro 4 was with Kyle Leduc starting in the third row, would he be able to pass six trucks on this track to win 10 in a row. After qualifying first (by almost two and a half seconds) and inverting the top six Leduc wouldn’t have such an easy time winning the race. Those questions were answered though as lap by lap and with the help of a few cautions Leduc was able to make it 10 consecutive wins in a row.

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Adrian Cenni and Carl Renezeder started first row and Cenni held the lead for a short time before bicycling it in a few turns letting a few trucks go by. Renezeder took the lead but he was forced to pull off about halfway through the race. Eventually Leduc would get by Deegan, Fortin, Menzies and MacCachren (no easy task) and from there put it on cruise control on his way to the win. MacCachren and Menzies would round out the podium repeating yesterday’s.

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Short course racing is back in Baja and this weekend was a huge success, and we can’t wait to head back down here for more next year.

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography.
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The Inaugural Rockstar Energy Battle South of the Border, presented by Lucas Oil brought a new flavor to Baja

Estero Beach Resort, Baja Mexico (August 2, 2015)– It was a perfect day for racing on the sands of Baja at the Estero Beach Resort in Ensenada, Mexico and to start the races off right, the Mayor of Ensenada came by to greet all the fans and teams. Round 11 brought a lot of excitement to a whole new fan demographic…with desert racing being the norm, shot course has made it mark in Baja Community! it was received to cheers in the packed stands. It was a day of racers continuing to dominate their classes. There were dramatic wrecks and exhilarating passes. Overall the fans here in Baja are some of the most enthusiastic supporters, and Rockstar Energy and Lucas Oil will be bringing more to them for Round 12.

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Pro 2

The Pro 2 class started off the day with fast qualifying times putting Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren on the front row with Sheldon Creed and Jeremy McGrath right at their heels. The track was prepped and ready, but within the first few laps, Jeremy McGrath and Eric Fitch had a couple issues, Fitch pulling off and Mcgrath continued to circulate around the track salvage his championship run. Not much longer after the restart, Jesse Jones went off-track at turn 5 but made it back on without damaging his truck. Menzies and MacCachren were out front battling for the lead. Brian Deegan made an impressive run and finished third after starting sixth. After 10 grueling laps the track was in rough shape, but each pass and every near-wreck had the fans on the edge of their seats. A successful first running of the Pro 2 class finished with Bryce Menzies in first, Rob MacCachren in second and Brian Deegan in third – three names that the Baja fans know well, and were happy to see reach the podium.

1) Bryce Menzies
2) Rob MacCachren
3) Brian Deegan

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Pro Lite

The fans knew that the Rockstar Energy Pro Lite Battle South of the Border, presented by Lucas Oil, was going to be an exciting one from this morning’s qualifying session. The rhythm section proved to be the most technical part of the track for the Pro-Lite trucks – Qualifying was just a taste of what was to come in the race. Sheldon Creed was the top qualifier with RJ Anderson, Brandon Arthur and Brock Heger finishing out the top 4. To start the race however, there was a 4 truck inversion meaning, Heger and Arthur went to the front row to start. The green flag dropped, but it wouldn’t stay green for long as a tangle in the rhythm caused a caution. As a result of the incident Justin “Bean” Smith was unable to continue. Though dejected about his truck and being out of the race so early, Smith was alright. The race went green again and saw 6 laps of incredible passes, near-wrecks and door-to-door racing. Sheldon Creed had made his way back to the front after starting in fourth, but right after he passed the start finish line, he went off a jump and nosed his truck into the ground, flipping him end-over-end and ending his race weekend. He too was not hurt and also was unable to continue the race. After the restart Brad DeBerti and Cole Mamer got into each other in the rhythm section and sent each other tumbling into turn 4. Two more trucks were now out of the race, but once again, the trucks did their job and kept the drivers safe. All in all, it was a dramatic race the Baja fans will remember with a new winner, Brandon Arthur, a first-time podium finisher and the youngest Pro-Lite driver Brock Heger, and the consistently solid driver RJ Anderson finishing out the top 3.

1) Brandon Arthur
2) Brock Heger
3) RJ Anderson

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Pro Buggy

The Pro Buggy class was another that saw a lot of firsts today both in qualifying and in the race. Rounding out the fastest qualifying times were Kevin McCullough, Eliott Watson and Darren Hardesty, with Sterling Cling and Mike Valentine right behind them. A 2 car inversion was pulled so Watson sat on the pole to start the race with McCullough in second. Early on, Dave Mason had issues with his buggy and had to pull off the track causing the first, and only caution flag of the race. But after the restart, Garret George continued to make his way though the field while issues forced Hardesty to go to the hot pits for a quick fix. The fans cheered as the drivers got side-by-side down the front stretch and through the corners. In the end it was the Funco’s Garret George back on top, with first-time Pro Buggy podium finisher, Eliott Watson in Second and the championship points contender Mike Valentine in third.

1) Garret George
2) Eliott Watson
3) Mike Valentine

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Pro 4

With this brand-new track and very little time to get the trucks set up, it was a test to see if someone would be able to over take Kyle Leduc’s domination in the Pro 4 class. But in qualifying it was clear that there was still a lot of ground to be made as Kyle Leduc took the top qualifying time. Even though he rolled his truck in qualifying, Brian Deegan took the second spot, and Greg Adler, Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren finished out the top 5. The Rockstar Energy Pro 4 Battle South of the Border was a fan favorite with the trucks, drifting into the turns, near rollovers, and battling door-to-door through the sand pit and rhythm section and they did not disappoint. Brian Deegan nearly rolled it early on as he bicycled in turn 2. Soon after, Doug Fortin brought out the first and only caution when he hit Deegan and had to go off track to remove his hood. Greg Adler had a few close calls, but was able to save it from flipping. In the end, Kyle kept his grill clean and came across the finish line first, with repeat podium finishers, Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren behind him.

1) Kyle Leduc
2) Bryce Menzies
3) Rob MacCachren

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About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long-standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off-road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door-to-door action to challenging, fan-friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information, please visit: www.LucasOilOffRoad.com

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In 1976 off-road racing pioneer Norman T. Johnson and Gordon Grimmis wrote the essential bible of off-road racing culture titled simply “Off-Road Racer”. The book has been difficult to find because only 4,000 were made, 100 with a very special real leather cover and a personal plaque on the cover. The book immediately sold out and it has subsequently been out of print since 1979. If you are lucky enough to own one you know the treasure trove of stories it contains. Fortunately for me not only own the book but I am friends with Norm, as he is the one of the founders of The Mint 400. The book is an unabridged account of the colorful history of the birth of off-road culture, the founders, the racers, the supporters, the vehicles and the races everything that makes the culture so great.

We will be publishing excerpts from the book and eventually will re-publishing “Off-Road Racer” in it’s entirety because we think is should be accessible to the whole world!

Off-Road Racer: The Excerpts
Chapter One: The Grandfather of Off-Road Racing:  BAJA 1000
Chapter Two: The Mint 400: 1968 to 1976
Chapter Three: One of the Great Off-Road Races: The Stardust 7-11
Chapter Four: Back To Baja — The Baja 500


Chapter Five: NORRA The Beginning

By Jack Brady

Spanish legend had it that Baja (lower) California was either part of, or near an island paradise peopled by long-limbed Amazons. It was reputed to be wealthy beyond dream, a Golconda in the new world.

Hernando Cortes, arriving in the Gulf of California about 1535, took a cursory look at the coast between La Paz and Loreto, decided it fit the bill and named it California. He then sailed off, as conquistadores had a way of doing, and left the dirty work to the priests.

The Jesuits, close on the heels of the first Spanish explorers, started to push their string of missions north from the mild and pleasant coastal area only to find a real “hell on earth”.

The good Fathers found nature in some parts of the stony desert so hostile that the simplest existence proved to be a continual battle. Fresh water was almost non-existent and it was not long before the mission buildings melted back into the earth from which their adobe brick had so painstakingly been created.

Even when the Mexican Government made land available for homesteaders in modern times, existence outside the fertile valleys along the border was almost as difficult as it had been 450 years ago.

Until the middle 1960’s when land reform measures in Mexico brought settlers to Baja California in large numbers, it was possible for the more adventuresome sportsman to roam almost the entire peninsula without ever seeing another person, let alone a fence. It was a jealously guarded playground for those who had motorcycles or four-wheelers that gave them access to this vast wilderness.

It is now a certainty the climate that encouraged the early speed record attempts from the border to La Paz will never be the same as it was when Dave Ekins, his brother Bud and Eddie Mulder broke Dave’s old record of 39:56 hours on a Triumph 650 in May of 1966. Dave had ridden a Honda 250 to La Paz in 39:56 hours in March of ’62.

Vic Hickey (r.) puts finishing touches on Boot prior to ’67 MEXICAN 1000.

Vic Hickey (r.) puts finishing touches on Boot prior to ’67 MEXICAN 1000.

In the late ’60s the highway to the south consisted of 60 to 90 miles of pavement south of Ensenada and another 125-130 miles from La Paz north to the area near Villa Constitucion. The figures are not precise because each year they added a few more miles. The right-of-way in between consisted of a series of surveyors’ marks that marched through the middle of nowhere.

It took the average truck with ranch supplies or live turtles about two weeks to run the full length of the peninsula on what was optimistically referred to at that time as Mexico One.

These were the conditions that faced Californians Ed Pearlman and Dave Cepek; Ed Orr and Claude Dozier; John Lawlor and Drino Miller when they made their assault on the elusive speed record from Tijuana to La Paz in June of 1967.

Dozier and Orr managed to herd their Chevy-powered Toyota into La Paz in 41:45 hours. By this time, record-seekers had begun to differentiate between the types of vehicles that claimed records. I guess you could accept this as the first four-wheel drive record, although the outright record of 34:45 hours had been set the previous April by Bruce Meyers and Ted Mangels in a well thrashed Meyers Manx. Meyers and Mangels had charted their own course on the run south to La Paz. They set their record from south to north using a totally different course than previous record seekers.

Pearlman and Cepek had run into serious problems during their attempt and trailed the Dozier/Orr Toyota into La Paz by some 15 hours.

This was a fateful 15 hours. Pearlman claimed most of the thinking that went into the founding of the National Off Road Racing Association was done while he was flat on his back, trying to jury rig a suspension so he and Cepek could nurse the Toyota into La Paz.

Pearlman, a successful florist in Woodland Hills, had a history of doing the unexpected that dated back to the time he hot-rodded the skipper’s Jeep during a tour with the Marines in World War II.

If you find certain incongruities around a florist tearing hell-bent through the back country of Mexico in search of obscure speed records, you do not understand the universal appeal of what has become known affectionately as “off-roading”.

’68 MEXICAN 1000—Jim Garner and John Hawley (l.) talk over a technical problem, or, “Sorry, John, we just haven’t got a part for you in the new picture!”

’68 MEXICAN 1000—Jim Garner and John Hawley (l.) talk over a technical problem, or, “Sorry, John, we just haven’t got a part for you in the new picture!”

The sport of off-roading pre-dated Vorda’s ’67 birth by several years. Most of the surplus Jeeps had disappeared from the market by the ’60s and the civilian models were into the third and fourth generation. Japan had even gotten into the business with the Toyotas. Brian Chuchua, one of the most successful Jeep dealers in the Los Angeles area, remembers running an event in the Anza-Borrego area a year or two before he started his Riverside Grand Prix. A closed course event, the GP was run in the muck and sand of a riverbed. It was an established event for some time before NORRA opened shop.

It remained, however, for Ed Pearlman to make the marathon concept of off-roading a reality.

“We had a dinner party at my place after our Baja run,” he recalled. “I told Cepek and Dozier that we ought to run a race. We would charge everyone fifty dollars to enter and use part of the money to fly to La Paz and wait for the racers to arrive. We’d give the first man into town half the entry fee and throw a giant party with the rest.”

Pearlman got the friendly horselaugh from some of his guests and was told he was crazy to expect anyone to actually PAY for the privilege of destroying their equipment.

However, the seed was planted! As the next six years would prove, it was dangerous to wave a potential under the nose of a mad florist.

Ed Pearlman learned to hustle early. He earned his money as a teenager by selling gardenias to sometimes unwilling customers in the New York subways. Money wasn’t all that plentiful and you learned to read people quickly or you did not sell many gardenias.

Over the years, his sales technique was refined and polished but the same kind of “street smart” surfaced every time he was faced with a tricky situation.

NORRA’s first official act, even before the organization was much more than an idea, was to present a trophy to Spence Murray and Ralph Poole for their latest successful assault on the Baja record.

Murray, a magazine editor, and Poole, a photographer, hammered a 1967 American Motors Rambler into shape and raced through their favorite playground in 31 hours at an average speed of 30.77 mph for the 960 miles. They trimmed almost four hours off the Meyers/Mangels time. Their record, set in May and considered by many to be one that would stand for quite a while, lasted less than three months.

Murray and Poole were old Baja hands. They had even written a book on the area. However, their most recent literary achievement was to rewrite the last page in the Baja record book before it became the toughest venue in the world for professional racers.

James Garner, a bit the worse for wear. ’68 MEXICAN 1000.

Jim Garner, a bit the worse for wear. ’68 MEXICAN 1000.

Although Ed Pearlman did not have a formal invitation to the American Motors party celebrating the Murray/Poole triumph, he was there with a plaque from NORRA. Somehow the plaque found its way back to Detroit and was presented to the President of American Motors by the Mexican Consul in Detroit.

All this was duly noted by the Detroit newspapers. NORRA’s first press notices did not appear in the California papers but at least they did appear. The fledgling had taken its first stumbling step.

Of the five prospective backers that agreed to put up $100 apiece to finance NORRA’s start, only Pearlman and his friend Pete Condos actually came up with any money. Condos had been involved in helping Pearlman build his record car and was a natural target for the first sales pitch.

NORRA had $174 and change in the bank after the bill for the Murray/Poole trophy had been paid.
On July 12th, Pearlman called a meeting of those people who had been involved in the closed-course record attempts and the closed-course racing. The plan was to do a little judicious brain picking and find out what kind of support he could count on in promoting and sanctioning off-road racing.

Drivers meeting at the Tijuana Bull Ring for the 1967 MEXICAN 1000—Chief Steward Jack Brady at the mic. (Image Intl. Photo)

Drivers meeting at the Tijuana Bull Ring for the 1967 MEXICAN 1000—Chief Steward Jack Brady at the mic. (Image Intl. Photo)

“There was no one to sanction this kind of racing and there was no one to organize it,” remarked Pearlman. We had a few people in the group who weren’t actually dissenters but I’m sure there were some doubts about our qualifications. The bill for the dinner came to $150. I thought the treasury was going to be wiped out before we even got started. However, as luck would have it, Bob Feuerhelm got up and suggested that everyone kick in. He said we would all benefit from the race (when and if it happened) so the least we could do was pay for our own dinner. NORRA actually made $30 on the transaction. It was a good omen!”

The discussion over dinner had brought up several problems that just could not be ignored.

Pearlman never admitted it in so many words, but it appeared that he was going to present the race to the Mexican authorities as a “fait accompli”. Once it was done, and successful, who would argue?

As the event grew in size and complexity, it soon became quite obvious that this approach was not feasible.

Radio Shack at Rancho Santa Ynez during 1967 MEXICAN 1000. Larry Shinoda, GM designer, talks to Car and Driver editor Dave Davis (r.) in foreground. (Image Intl. Photo)

Radio Shack at Rancho Santa Ynez during 1967 MEXICAN 1000. Larry Shinoda, GM designer, talks to Car and Driver editor Dave Davis (r.) in foreground. (Image Intl. Photo)

An early morning call from Vic Hickey, at that point doing research and development work for General Motors in Detroit, indicated that if the proper permits were forthcoming, NORRA could count on a 10-car entry from Detroit.

Ten cars at this stage of the game represented an estimated one-sixth of the field and they were worth some concern.

Later Hickey also suggested that the entry fee be raised to $250 and NORRA take care of the gas and insurance expenses.

The fat was in the fire and Pearlman was presented with his own “fait accompli”. This was going to be a thoroughly professional event or it probably wouldn’t come off at all.

Not one to be caught in the trap of having to do everything himself, Pearlman used everyone he could get his hands on to ensure the complicated job of organizing such an event would go ahead at top speed. He displayed a real knack for recognizing the necessity for a particular job and then getting the right person into that job, one way or another. The advisory committee and list of officials for the first event looked like the “Who’s Who” of racing.

’67 BAJA 1000 at the finish in La Paz. Some of the “wizards” (l to r): Lou Gross, Assist. Steward; Jeanne Allen, NORRA Secretary; Roger Musser, race Chairman; Ed Pearlman, the boss; John Christy, advisor; Charlene Megowan, NORRA staff; Norm Jacobson, Chief Scorer; Dick Kieth, Starter; Elmer “Ernie” Waring, Chief Tech Insp.

’67 BAJA 1000 at the finish in La Paz. Some of the “wizards” (l to r): Lou Gross, Assist. Steward; Jeanne Allen, NORRA Secretary; Roger Musser, race Chairman; Ed Pearlman, the boss; John Christy, advisor; Charlene Megowan, NORRA staff; Norm Jacobson, Chief Scorer; Dick Kieth, Starter; Elmer “Ernie” Waring, Chief Tech Insp.

In fact, you might run into two or three people working on the same problem simultaneously, not one of them knowing about the other. He also believed in a little insurance when he asked someone to do something. When you consider this was all volunteer help and everybody was operating in strange territory, this tactic was forgivable.

By the middle of July, the regulations for the first Mexican 1000 Rally were published and the race was set for November 1st. There was just 90 days left to pull the whole show together.

Now the long, tedious and sometimes frustrating attempt to find an ally in the Mexican Government began.

Sometimes the shotgun technique works and sometimes it fails. Pearlman’s first contact with Rolando Torres, head of the Tourism Department in Los Angeles was interesting.

“I told him (Torres) that we would be using thousands of gallons of gas, that the event would probably bring over 2000 people into Ensenada and that we would need at least 150 seats on an airplane to La Paz.” When Pearlman had finished outlining the possibilities, the response was anything but encouraging. “I wasn’t lying to the man. Quite frankly, I wasn’t even sure I was exaggerating. He just didn’t seem to comprehend and felt the whole thing was impossible.”

“At the time I was starting to try and make some phone calls into Mexico and that’s when things got really frustrating, especially since I had very little knowledge of the language.” Pearlman equates some of his early success to luck but as is usually the case with success, most of it can be traced to dogged persistence and a flair for “circus”. Circus is used here in its broadest sense and it means providing people with the grandest show possible with whatever material is at hand.

To watch and listen to NORRA’s President track down a person on the phone and then maneuver the unwary into a position where they had to give him what he wanted was pure circus. Sometimes he was subtle, sometimes blunt, but always entertaining.

During this whole exercise with the Mexican authorities, the deadline on Vic Hickey’s entry from Detroit loomed ever larger.

1968 MEXICAN 1000. Jim McKay interviews No. 1 Berquist/Preston Honda overall winner in ’68.

1968 MEXICAN 1000. Jim McKay interviews No. 1 Berquist/Preston Honda overall winner in ’68.

Finally, at the 11th hour, Pearlman was able to open up a contact with the Director of Tourism in

Ensenada, Eliseo Garcia Araujo. Garcia, after being advised of the problems, said he would sign a permit or letter that would indicate the cooperation of the Mexican authorities.

When the letter wasn’t in the NORRA office after four or five days, Pearlman started that interminable process of trying to put through a call to Ensenada. Finally a connection went through and the very welcome voice of Eliseo Garcia informed Pearlman, “You must be very lucky for me, Senor, I’ve just been selected for the position of Delegado (Chief) of the Department of Tourism for the whole state (the northern half of the Baja California peninsula). Give me a week to get settled in Mexicali and I’ll sign your letter. It will mean more that way.”
It wasn’t quite as easy as it sounded and evidently Garcia had some second thoughts. For a while, a real Mexican standoff developed. Garcia claimed he needed some evidence that the factories were going to be involved before he would issue the permit. Some of the more important entries claimed they needed evidence that a permit would be issued before they could go to the expense of preparing an entry. All this, with only 60 days left before the scheduled start.

Pearlman, caught right in the middle, was at his best. He was finally able to convince Garcia that his permission was the only thing holding up the flood of people and money which were poised to cross the border on the first of November.

It worked! Garcia issued the all-important letter on the 13th of September and Pearlman, rather than trust the mails or any other kind of providence, had his son Mike in Mexicali waiting for the document the morning it was signed!

In one case it was too late. Whether it was internal politics or just too tight a schedule was never established, but the projected 10-car entry in the “rally” from General Motors never materialized. Hickey, not one to take his commitments lightly, built the first “Baja Boot”, a highly specialized experimental vehicle, in just 30 days. It was trailered to the coast by Drino Miller and was still “under development” when it pulled away from the starting line in November. George Hurst of “Shifter” fame had taken over the sponsor’s role.

Shortly after this first event, Hickey came back to California and opened up his own business making off-road equipment. Today, he is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the field. Miller, his former driver, also has a successful business building and preparing off-road equipment.

Bill Stroppe, who cut his teeth in Mexico during the “Carrera Pan Americana” road races in the ’50s, had been very vocal during the months preceding the race about getting the cooperation of the Army. Even Bill had fallen into the trap. Baja was not like mainland Mexico. There was not an Army detachment in every whistlestop along the 1000 mile course. In fact, there were not any whistlestops, only the lonely ranchos. The only army garrisons were in Ensenada and La Paz. In between, there was nothing! Neither of these garrisons was large enough, nor did they display any inclination to patrol the “crazy” race course.

Stroppe, in spite of some early misgivings, sent two beautifully prepared Broncos to the starting line. In the last analysis, the factories were represented, but not in the more obvious ways.

Don Francisco, later to become Pearlman’s partner in NORRA, had been helping Hickey with the “Boot” project. Francisco, a quiet, meticulous gentleman with enormous mechanical talent and an equally fine talent for organization, was also quite a good bush pilot.

John Barnes shared ride with Dick Hansen. Had race for most of distance, lost lead when he couldn’t find checkpoint personnel at Villa Constitucion. (Image Intl. Photo)

John Barnes shared ride with Dick Hansen. Had race for most of distance, lost lead when he couldn’t find checkpoint personnel at Villa Constitucion. (Image Intl. Photo)

Pearlman enlisted Francisco as NORRA’s official pilot about five days before the event and the two went to Tijuana “just to have a look around.” They checked through the border, circled the City of Tijuana and Pearlman said, “I’ve seen what I came to see, let’s go home.” What he had seen was the giant parking lot adjacent to the new Plaza de Toros near the beach.

“For the next few days, I really tried to get in touch with the owner of the bull ring. What I found out was that the owner was in Mexico City and not expected back for several weeks. Well, if the boss wasn’t in town and I couldn’t get his permission, I’d just have to take my chances. At least he wouldn’t be there to say no.” It seemed that one of the major problems, a starting area, had been solved, at least for the moment.

The entry list now numbered 70 vehicles. It was one of the miracles of the event, and there were quite a few, that everyone found out about starting areas, etc. even though decisions were being made within days, even hours, of the start.

Pearlman and his collection of “wizards” congregated in Ensenada early on the weekend prior to the November 1st (Wednesday) start.

The last event of the Sports Car Road Racing Championship was held at Riverside on the weekend preceding the start. A good part of the press contingent from all over the world had found out about this weird new thing called off-road racing, and more filtered into
Tijuana just to see what it was all about. The press group was nearly as large as the entry.

Concurrent with the political problems that Pearlman was facing on a day-to-day basis were the logistical nightmares.

Primary amongst these was the problem of communications. Word had gone out to the stateside amateur operators and the response was overwhelming. However, they could only be there (in Mexico) in an advisory capacity. By law, the actual operation had to be done by Mexican operators. This was ok if you had a good interpreter handy at your elbow every minute, but that was not always the case.

Checkpoint personnel and radio operators either had to drive or be flown to their positions and retrieved afterwards.

Fuel had to be purchased and trucked from both ends of the course to the checkpoints.

This first Mexican 1000 had all the problems of a major military campaign without the resources of a government to back it up.

Fortunately, the checkpoint people were desert wise. Almost all of them had set aside two weeks, sometimes as much as a month, to get into position and then get out after the race. Remember, in most cases, they traveled the same road as the racers, albeit not quite as fast.

Early casualty: the Mark Rees, Ed Orr ID 195 Citroen, which was finally abandoned near Santa Ynez. This car, or pieces of it, acted as a course marker and spare parts bin for several years. (Image Intl. Photo)

Early casualty: the Mark Rees, Ed Orr ID 195 Citroen, which was finally abandoned near Santa Ynez. This car, or pieces of it, acted as a course marker and spare parts bin for several years. (Image Intl. Photo)

Don Francisco, Harry White, Mal Fink and several other pilots helped immeasurably at the last minute when things and people weren’t where they should be.

There was a certain spirit of adventure that seemed to take hold of everyone associated with the first race. This spirit made it possible for them to get a lot of things done which bordered on the impossible.

Everything was really “held together with spit” as the first entrant lined up, appropriately enough, in the shadow of a large statue of a fighting bull, for technical inspection. No one was completely aware of this except Pearlman and a few of the officials. Most of them had worked to the point of pure exhaustion by that time, just to keep things glued together.

’68 MEXICAN 1000. Don Prudhouse in one of Steve McQueen’s solar plastics car. Everyone had to try off-roading at least once.

’68 MEXICAN 1000. Don Prudhouse in one of Steve McQueen’s solar plastics car. Everyone had to try off-roading at least once.

Predictably, the Bull Ring manager showed up just about the time Dave Blackmer from STP was hanging one of his banners on the statue. This incensed the gentleman so much that it was almost impossible for the interpreter to understand what he was saying, but the intent was clear. He didn’t know anything about off-road racers and he didn’t want to know. All he wanted was the immediate evacuation of his parking lot.

This problem, like all the others that faced NORRA officials for the next week, was overcome by sheer momentum. Finally, the manager, after an hour of heated exchanges, shrugged his shoulders in that way of a man who understands the inevitability of fate, and disappeared, not to be seen again that night.

Assist. Steward Lou Gross hands that first beer to 1967 MEXICAN 1000 winners Vic Wilson (l.) and Ted Mangels. (Image Intl. Photo)

Assist. Steward Lou Gross hands that first beer to 1967 MEXICAN 1000 winners Vic Wilson (l.) and Ted Mangels. (Image Intl. Photo)

At 12:01 a.m. on November 1st, Ed Pearlman walked to the starting line and flagged off the first vehicle. He handed the flag back to starter Dick Kieth, walked over to his wife Shirley, put his arm around her shoulder and remarked, “Well, that’s the end of the flower business.”

Over the next six years, there were to be thousands of competitors in the NORRA races and each one was a story. Hopefully, we’ll have time and space in future editions to tell the best of them.

Murray and Poole, the record holders, ’68 MEXICAN 1000.

Murray and Poole, the record holders, ’68 MEXICAN 1000.

 

 

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Lucas Oil Brings Back Short Course Racing To Baja http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lucas-oil-brings-back-short-course-racing-to-baja-127498.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lucas-oil-brings-back-short-course-racing-to-baja-127498.html#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 04:38:26 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127498 They say if you build it they will come and thats what happened today in Estero Beach. The people of Baja who have loved the sport of offroad for generations came out to the inaugural Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series

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They say if you build it they will come and thats what happened today in Estero Beach. The people of Baja who have loved the sport of offroad for generations came out to the inaugural Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series “Battle South of the Border” and packed the stands. With the help of the Ampudia family, the Estero Beach Hotel and the city of Ensenada, LOORRS was able to put together a first class event for the fans to enjoy. From opening ceremonies you knew the fans have offroad in their heart, as when the Mexican national anthem was sung, the majority of the crowd sang with it.

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Racing here in Estero Beach isn’t something new, legends like Leduc, Renezeder, Huseman, Greaves and more used to race here but it wasn’t until now that short course was brought back. With fans in Baja used to desert racing in the SCORE, CODE and Record series they’re no stranger to offroad racing, but short course gives everyone an up close view of all the action and today their was plenty.

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With a new track comes new challenges to the drivers and they need to learn the track and the course at Estero is nothing like the racers have seen on the circuit. The dirt here is more like sand being so close to the water so the track falls apart much quicker then other tracks. After only a few laps the turns get large ruts in them and the faces of the jumps can get much softer. What that does is lap after lap the drivers are having to adjust to a new track in front of them which makes this track a true drivers track.

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Opening ceremonies today honored Rodrigo Ampudia Sr. and his family for all their hard work in getting this track completed, and really without them LOORRS wouldn’t have been able to put the event on. The first race for the fans was Pro 2 where Bryce Menzies qualified on top where he has been all practices. It seems in P2 no one can touch him and today was no different, with Menzies getting out front and keeping it there the whole race. While this track is pretty wide and offers a lot of passing, with the nature of the dirt you’re always getting roosted if you’re behind so it makes it difficult. The rockstar duo of Rob MacCachren and Brian Deegan battled it out for second and just could never put any pressure on Menzies.

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Pro 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Brian Deegan

Up next was Prolite and thats where the fans got their moneys worth. Everyones concern was how the Prolites would handle a full field going through the new rhythm section and there were three trucks who would battle the section but come out on the wrong end. First off the start Justin “Bean” Smith who was in the mid pack after not being able to see wasn’t able to time the morgals correctly and with a little help from another driver would go end over end. While he ended up being ok his truck wasn’t so lucky and him and his crew have a long night ahead of them. Joe Gibbs would also not fair well in the section, but it was Brad DeBerti who took the worst tumble. Battling hard with Cole Mamer the two trucks would touch causing DeBerti to land sideway and go into a violent snap roll. After about 10 rolls DeBerti’s truck would stop and he would get out under his own power, but would be taken to the hospital for precautionary measures.

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The real story of the race though was Brandon Arthur who after a few races where he would lead the majority of the race and slip up last minute, this time he would find himself on top. Sheldon Creed who led most of the race would end up crashing on the front stretch after the last jump started getting soft and causing his truck to endo at full speed. Arthur took the lead after the caution and held on to it the rest of the way. Brock Heger would take second place in his first podium in Prolite and RJ Anderson would grab some much needed points rounding out with third.

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Prolite Results
1. Brandon Arthur
2. Brock Heger
3. RJ Anderson

With his win today in Pro 4 Kyle Leduc would make it 9 wins in a row, and become the holder of the most consecutive wins during one season, ever. His continued dominance has the other drivers scratching their heads on what they can do to catch him. Off the start Brian Deegan was able to get an edge on Leduc but going into turn two Deegan would put it on two wheels after some small contact giving Leduc the lead. Menzies who is in his rookie season in Pro 4 said he hasn’t drove that hard in a long time battling the beat up course took second place behind Rob MacCachren.

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With the race course deteriorating like it is Lucas officials decided to make the races only 10 laps which means every race is an all out sprint which makes for exciting racing for the fans. Tomorrow racers will do it all over again so we’ll see who ends up on top.

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Best in the Desert Sets New Racers Record for “Vegas to Reno” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/best-in-the-desert-sets-new-racers-record-for-vegas-to-reno-127491.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/best-in-the-desert-sets-new-racers-record-for-vegas-to-reno-127491.html#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:41:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127491 Best in the Desert Sets New Racers Record for “Vegas to Reno” More Than 330 Entries to Date for the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX – August 13 – 15, 2015 – Casey Folks, director of Best

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Best in the Desert Sets New Racers Record for “Vegas to Reno”
More Than 330 Entries to Date for the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX

– August 13 – 15, 2015 –

Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert – the world’s largest desert off-road racing organization, announced today he set a new record for entries for 2015’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by Fox, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, when 330 cars, trucks, UTVs, ATVs and motorcycles signed up in time for the drawing. Now with just 12 days before the race, there will be 39 Trick Trucks and 24 Unlimited 1500….and they’re still taking entries so the number will go even higher.

The 19TH General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, runs August 13-15, 2015, and is the beginning of the second half of the Best In The Desert 2015 schedule. Teams will be gathering in Las Vegas as they prepare to match their skills against some of the most unforgiving terrain Nevada has to offer. This year’s event celebrates 19 years for Best In The Desert promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada. It will feature an extremely challenging 545-mile point-to-point course that only Casey Folks can create.

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Jason Voss will be looking for his third consecutive overall victory at this year’s “Vegas to Reno”.

Racers from nearly every state in the union, and around the world are set to compete – with entries now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.

The race weekend gets started Wednesday, August 12, for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars when they qualify for their starting positions at the Time Trails and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best shot at the coveted overall finishing spot.

Race festivities continue in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 13, at the Aliante Casino & Hotel. There, race fans will see the most unbelievable collection of high-tech cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs that are specially built for racing today as they parade through contingency and tech inspection.

The 2015 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX will start early Friday morning, August 14th near Beatty, Nevada, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. First off the line will be the Motorcycle classes followed by the Quads. After a substantial delay for safety reasons, the Car, Truck and UTV classes will head out on their quest to reach the finish line and hopefully a victory. The race finishes south of Reno, Nevada in the town of Dayton. Due to the extreme distance of the racecourse, a 24-hour time limit has been set, so racers will still be coming across the finish line well into Saturday morning.

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The team of Ricky Brabec and Robby Bell claimed the Open Pro and overall Motorcycle victory at last year’s race. Their winning time was only bettered by the Trick Trucks of Jason Voss, Dale Dondel and Gary Weyhrich.
After having taken their race vehicles from the rugged desert to the high elevations of the Nevada mountains, raced back down to the dusty desert floors, crossed over dry lake beds at over 100 MPH, and raced in some of the most tight and twisty sand washes in the world, competitors will then celebrate their accomplishments and share stories, as they gather at the Grand Sierra Resort Saturday evening for a BBQ dinner and the awards ceremony.

Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.

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General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX schedule of events:
Wednesday, August 12th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 13th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas
Friday, August 14th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center
Saturday, August 15th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort

Who won last year?

2014 “Vegas to Reno” Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time:
Class 1400 – Jason Voss, 8:29:28
Class 1500 – Justin Lofton, 9:00:12
Class 1000 – Cody Freeman, 10:03:21
Class 6100 – Tony Smiley, 10:03:29
Class 7200 – Jeff Horsley, 11:01:24
Class 1100 – Steve Melton, 11:17:41
Class 8000 – Macrae Glass, 11:56:28
Class 6000 – P.J. Guglielmo, 12:06:57
Class 3000 – Cole Pfister, 13:07:20
Class 2000 – Max Hanberg, 14:15:31
Class 4400 – Mel Wade III, 14:48:12
Class 1800 – Dwayne Reinert, 15:08:29
Class 1700 – Jeff Sherrill, 19:57:12
Class 8100 – John Webster, 22:14:52

2014 “Vegas to Reno” Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners Winners by Overall Time:
Open Pro – Ricky Brabec, 8:54:52
O-30 Pro – Ryan Dudek, 9:25:24
Open Exp – Ed Sellers Jr., 10:02:45
IM Exp – Tony Gera, 10:20:23
250 Pro – Jeremy Purvines, 10:34:31
O-40 Exp – Trevor Pacheco, 10:35:51
Quad Pro – David Scott, 10:47:42
O-50 Exp – Lance Horton, 11:14:26
1900 UTV Pro – Scott Kiger, 11:18:03
O-30 Exp – Joseph DeLucie, 11:19:53
Quad Exp – Gilbert Davila, 11:30:55
Open Am – Kimberly Bussing, 11:46:31
250 Exp – David Watts, 12:28:20
SR1 UTV Pro – Matt Krimple, 14:55:12
850 UTV Pro – Dave Lytle, 16:24:26
Quad IM Am – Clark Marcy, 18:45:42
Quad IM Exp – Daniel Pirrie, 20:24:29
Quad Am – Chris Dunn, 21:07:04

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.
2015 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, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Rockwell Watches, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.

The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
Further information is available at:
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email: bitd@bitd.com
phone: (702) 457-5775

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Top masthead photo inset of CJ Hutchins provided by MikesRacePhoto.com
Jason Voss photo provided by Str8illphotos
Ricky Brabec photo provided by DirtFocus.com
Important notice:
THE USE OF DRONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT ANY BEST IN THE DESERT EVENT. Please be aware, Drones are VERY DANGEROUS to the safety of all concerned, both people in the air and on the ground.

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Walker Evans Continues Legacy At Crandon International Raceway Via Newly Renamed “Legendary Launch” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/walker-evans-continues-legacy-at-crandon-international-raceway-via-newly-renamed-legendary-launch-127483.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/walker-evans-continues-legacy-at-crandon-international-raceway-via-newly-renamed-legendary-launch-127483.html#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:09:05 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127483 Walker Evans Continues Legacy At Crandon International Raceway Via Newly Renamed “Legendary Launch” CRANDON, WISC. — Mirroring the lifelong relationship his old friend Parnelli Jones has with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, off-road icon Walker Evans recently added to his Crandon

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CRANDON, WISC. — Mirroring the lifelong relationship his old friend Parnelli Jones has with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, off-road icon Walker Evans recently added to his Crandon International Off-Road Raceway legacy. Thanks to a new track partnership with his highly successful business enterprise of Walker Evans Racing, the man nicknamed “The Legend” can enjoy watching the sport’s best racers literally fly into history via the renamed “Walker Evans Racing Legendary Launch.”

Along with Crandon’s famous Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1, the Walker Evans Racing “Legendary Launch” represents one of the track’s most historic landmarks. Located after a fast but steep uphill climb that lies at the exit of Crandon’s Polaris RZR Gravel Pit Turn, this extreme jump launches competitors toward the track’s Calamity Corner and the Amsoil Finish Line. More often than not fearless racers will attack this portion of the track side-by-side with two or even three competitors.

While today’s increasingly powerful TORC (The Off Road Championship) series PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD unlimited race trucks are coming ever closer, the Walker Evans Legendary Launch all-time distance record was set in June, 1996 by Jed Flannery, who sailed his Chevrolet truck 165.4 feet – just over half the length of a regulation football field!

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Recently inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America, Walker Evans was a winning driver and team owner no matter the off-road discipline. Seen here being interviewed in Crandon’s winner’s circle, Evans was a major influence in building the track’s legacy. (Crandon image)
The Walker Evans Legendary Launch is sure to be a major attraction for the massive 46th annual Crandon International World Championship Off-Road Races ®. Held over the Labor Day holiday weekend on September 4-6th, the event represents the largest short-course off-road race in the world. With a record crowd and all 2,000 camping spots expected to be reserved in advance, spectators will enjoy a full schedule of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman competition as both series wrap-up their 2015 seasons. The weekend will be topped with the huge Amsoil Cup race, featuring the largest cash prize in off-road motorsports.

Since heading east to race in Crandon from his Riverside, California home, Walker “The Legend” has been one of the sport’s best racers, innovators and ambassadors. Over his long and successful career, Evans earned 142 victories in both desert racing and short course competition — claiming 21 championships and five Baja 1000 wins in the process.

Evans was a figure in bringing national media and factory attention to Crandon International Raceway. He won his first SODA race in 1986 at the Lake Geneva Raceway in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In 1994 and 1995 he took home the SODA Class-8 (two-wheel drive) championships and completed his SODA campaign with three overall and 31 class wins. He moved to the CORR series, where he claimed three race wins and the 1999 and 2000 CORR Pro-4 season title before his subsequent retirement from short-track off-road racing.

Walker Evans has been honored as an inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) in 2004 and just recently into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America.

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That legacy of racing excellence is being carried on by young talent RJ Anderson, son of Walker Evans Racing President and long-time team Crew Chief Randy Anderson. Starting from the tender age of 14, RJ is now a professional short-course racer and TORC Rookie of the Year, in addition to being a Pro-Lite champion. Last year, Anderson brought his Monster/Polaris-sponsored Pro-2 to race the World Championships weekend, dazzling everyone with a hard fought podium appearance in the weekend’s finale Amsoil Challenge Cup.

“Crandon’s relationship with Walker Evans and Walker Evans Racing runs deep,” explained Crandon International President Cliff Flannery. “We are proud of this historic relationship, and honored his company has agreed to this new partnership. To rename this historic part of Crandon as the ‘Walker Evans Racing Legendary Launch” is about as good as it gets.”

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Adler and Team to Race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ First International Event in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico

Compton, California (July 29, 2015) – For the first time ever, the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series are crossing the border into Baja, California and Greg Adler will be bringing the high impact excitement of his 900HP Pro4 to the brand new Baja International Short Course facility at Estero Beach in the port city of Ensenada, Mexico. The purpose-built track on the grounds of the popular Estero Beach Hotel and Resort, with the beautiful Ensenada Bay providing a scenic backdrop, will host Rounds 11&12 of the Series’ 18-Round schedule this weekend, August 1-2.

The passionate off-road fans of Baja have lined the courses of some of the most famed off-road races in the world for decades to merely catch a glimpse of the vehicles as they roared past. Now, Lucas Oil Off Road and short course are taking their place in the storied history of Baja off-road racing while the expected capacity crowds will have a view of the entire course from the grandstands while Adler and the word’s best off-road drivers slug it out at this inaugural event.

For Adler, a seasoned desert racer in addition to competing in the Series’ marquee Pro4 division, the return to Baja represents bringing his career full circle as short course off-road racing makes its debut in Ensenada. “There’s something special about racing in Baja. I started desert racing down there more than 20 years ago with Estero Beach in Ensenada serving as the base for our team,” he said. “Now, having the opportunity to go back there and race short course is definitely going to be one of the highlights of the season.”

Mike Seat and Team 4 Wheel Parts returned from Round 10 at Glen Helen Raceway, having replaced their motor onsite only to face the cancellation of the event due to rainstorms that drenched Southern California with record rainfall. This weekend will provide the opportunity for the team to set the tone for the remainder of the season at the newly constructed Estero Beach facility.

“This is going to be big,” said Adler. “We’ve only had a few weeks to get everything turned around to prepare for the event and it’s been tough on the team, but we’ll be ready. We’re expecting huge crowds of passionate off-road fans and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Gates to the Baja International Short Course facility at Estero Beach open to the public at 8 a.m. and the spectator friendly event allows for full access to the open paddock as the Team 4 Wheel Parts crew makes final preparations to the #10 Pro4. Practice and qualifying sessions are also open to the public, providing a full day of racing action, culminating in each afternoon’s main event featuring Greg Adler and the 900HP Pro4 division.

In addition to this inaugural Baja, California weekend, the 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road calendar will also see two-day events in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada before returning to Southern California for the season ending Challenge Cup. Follow Greg Adler Motorsports on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Team4WheelParts.com. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing is broadcast all season long on CBS, the CBS Sports Network and MAVTV.

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‘SCORE Sunday’— Aug. 2 on CBS Sports Network features
repeats of first 3 rds of 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship

Coverage of multiple classes with telecasts of first 3 rounds of SCORE World Desert Championship—
Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 and Bud Light SCORE Baja 500—
featuring classes for Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads
repeat telecasts of all three 2015 races Sunday on CBS Sports Spectacular show

RENO, Nev., USA—August 2 will see a very special ‘SCORE Sunday’ on the CBS Sports Network as all three of the opening rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will have repeat airings as one-hour specials on the same day as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular programming. Following the early morning showing of the first three races of the season, the recent Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 show will also have two additional repeat showings on Sunday late afternoon and in prime time in the evening.
All three races were held in Mexico and the repeat broadcasts on Sunday, running in a three-hour time block in chronological order will start at 6 a.m. ET with the 29th annual Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 followed by the Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 and finishing with the 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Round 1 was held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico in mid-January, Round 2 was held entirely in Baja California Sur, Mexico, starting in Cabo San Lucas and finishing in Loreto and Round 3 started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
From award-winning show producers BCII TV of Southern California, announcers for the first round were Cameron Steele and Andy Grider, for the second race were Ricky Johnson and Steele and for the third round were Johnson and Gus Vildosola Jr.

‘SCORE Sunday’ on CBS Sports Network – August 2, 2015
All three completed rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will have
repeat airings on the same day on Sunday, Aug. 2 on the CBS Sports Network.
Here is the announced broadcast schedule:
Sunday, Aug. 2
6am ET, 29th SCORE San Felipe 250
7am ET, Inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500
8am ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
7pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
11pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500

RACE REWINDS
While the three TV shows highlight multiple classes in each race, the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race winners in the first three rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship have all been Mexican nationals.
Earning the overall victory for the third consecutive year in the season-opening Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 on the 259-mile course was Gus Vildosola Jr, 33, of Mexicali, Mexico, driving the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Mexico’s young gun Eduardo Laguna, 24, of Mexicali, came from behind to capture the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 in mid-April in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado on the 424.52-mile race.
In early June, another SCORE young gun racer, 20-year old Carlos Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, blazed past a field that included the world’s best desert racers on a rugged 510.58-mile course to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 driving the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
The trio of Mexican desert racers will be spotlighted during Sunday’s repeat telecasts of their respective races on the CBS Sports Network.
2015 SCORE WORLD DESERT CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUMS…
ROUND 1—BUD LIGHT SCORE SAN FELIPE 250
Trying to chase down Vildosola Jr all race long in this year’s Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck just two minutes, 45.58 seconds behind was Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin in the No. 97 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while completing the podium was Mexico’s Carlos Lopez, who stayed behind the wheel of driver of record Clyde Stacy’s No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck for the entire race to finish third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck.
ROUND 2—BUD LIGHT SCORE BAJA SUR 500
Spending over half of the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 trying to run down early leader Carlos Lopez, another RPM Racing young gun who started first and kept the physical lead for over 300 miles, Laguna had a victory margin of three minutes, 49 seconds over defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany) and their No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Third in SCORE Trophy Truck and fourth overall was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
ROUND 3—BUD LIGHT SCORE BAJA 500
BFGoodrich Tires not only officially swept the podium but also were the tires of choice for all of the top 11 overall finishers in the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren, 50, who finished second, just 51 seconds behind Lopez in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 and third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck for the second straight year was Jesse Jones, 49, of Phoenix in 8:54:08 in the No. 76 Ford F-150.
BFGOODRICH TIRES—84/40
Their third overall victory of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship at the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 also represented the 84th overall win in SCORE Baja racing for long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires which is celebrating its 40th season in SCORE Baja racing in 2015.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
Hoping to regain the No. 1x plate they lost in 2014, Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., won both of the first two rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship riding solo on the No. 5x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X.
With a lot of help from his friends Max Eddy Jr, Ian Young and Justin Morgan, Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif., riding on the factory-supported No. 1x THR Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F was the rider of record for the overall motorcycle and Unlimited motorcycle class winning team in Round 3. With a one-race excused absence rule in SCORE, Brabec still earned the season points as the defending SCORE Unlimited class champion saw his team when the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 for the second straight year.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — SCORE Baja 500 TV show trailer)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
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.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS SMOOTH
The top nine overall finishers in this year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 were all SCORE Trophy Trucks for the second straight year and they were all BFGoodrich Tires drivers. Following Lopez, MacCachren and Jones to the checkered flag were Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (No. 21 Ford Raptor), Jason Voss, Cupertino, Calif. (No. 35 Ford F-150), Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 9 Ford F-150), Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif. (No. 19 Ford F-150), Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (No. 1 Chevy C-1500) and Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (No. 91 Ford F-150). Just 28 total minutes separated first from ninth in the illustrious field for the 510.58-mile race.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, held June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd Rigid Industries SCORE Imperial Valley 250, presented by the city of El Centro, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE JOURNAL
Issue No. 6 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous linked video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-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, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
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, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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YORR – Yellowstone Off Road Racing http://www.race-dezert.com/home/yorr-yellowstone-off-road-racing-127398.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/yorr-yellowstone-off-road-racing-127398.html#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:14:40 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127398 Great news for anyone living outside of Southern California, Vegas, and Arizona. There is a sanctioning body operating out of the upper Western states that is gaining more and more momentum each year. We reached out to Erin Zindler of

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Great news for anyone living outside of Southern California, Vegas, and Arizona. There is a sanctioning body operating out of the upper Western states that is gaining more and more momentum each year. We reached out to Erin Zindler of YORR for a little background on their events and she also included some pictures for us. This is perfect for people outside of the local SCORE, SNORE, and BITD races that might want to venture into racing but not have to travel a few days to get to an event.

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Here is what Erin sent us. “YORR began with one race in Columbus, MT in 2009 (on an 8 miles/lap track, 8 lap race). Two years later, we added two more races. One in Powell, WY (3.5 miles/lap track, 10 lap race), and one in Broadview, MT (34 miles/lap track, 6 lap race). The series has been growing each year, more racers are getting involved and more races. In 2014, we added a second race at the Broadview track. We ran the UTV class at night, making that our first night race in our series. For the 2015 season, we also have 4 races. We started the season off in Broadview, then ran a race at the Buffalo Chip Power Sports Complex in Sturgis, SD. That track was 4 miles/lap. We will race in Powell, WY next week, then the season championship race is in Columbus, MT in September, where we will pay out the points champion in each class.”

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YORR has 5 classes: Stock-mod, Comp-mod, Ultra-4, Pro, and UTV

Currently Al Hogan is chasing Monte Tibbitts for the championship in the Pro class.
There are 12 Pros, and 20 UTVs.

For a list of all the racers go to http://www.yorracing.com/points-2/current-point-standings/

Also check out the website www.yorracing.com

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Lucas Oil Invades Ensenada http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lucas-oil-invades-ensenada-127423.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/lucas-oil-invades-ensenada-127423.html#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:56:09 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127423 We’ve reached many pivotal turning points for our culture. However, many go unnoticed and uncelebrated. As the first Lucas Oil Short Course event comes to Estero Beach, in Ensenada this weekend, we are at one of those moments. Off-road racing

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We’ve reached many pivotal turning points for our culture. However, many go unnoticed and uncelebrated. As the first Lucas Oil Short Course event comes to Estero Beach, in Ensenada this weekend, we are at one of those moments. Off-road racing as we know and celebrate it today would not be here without Mexico. In 1962 when Dave Ekins and Billy Robertson Jr. completed the first peninsula run from Tijuana to La Paz, they birthed an idea that later spawned a culture.  What led to everything we have today could not have happened in any place other than Baja California, Mexico.


In 1970 in the northern woods of Wisconsin, a bunch of racers got together and created the first ever “Brush Run” that eventually led to the establishment of the infamous Crandon International Raceway. Although the first vehicles were crude “run what you brung” type vehicles, it didn’t take long for midwest races to adapt the vehicle design and technology that was being used out West to develop a whole new form of short course racing. The “Brush Run” eventually led to the SODA series which included Crandon, Bark River, Lake Geneva Raceway, Red Bud MX Track and many more. The SODA series was televised on ESPN during the 80’s and 90’s.

Then, in 1979 Mickey Thompson decided to bring desert racing to the masses rather than “being seen by nothing but cactus and jackrabbits” and formed the Mickey Thompson Series starting with the Los Angeles Coliseum. Under Mickey Thompson’s leadership, off-road had its “Golden Years” with tons of spectators and unparalleled television coverage on ESPN, TNT and CBS.

In 1998, CORR evolved out of the SODA series and brought outdoor short course racing to the West coast reining for nearly ten years with tracks in Primm, NV, Glen Helen, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and more. CORR was also able to get mainstream coverage of short course off-road racing to millions of fans on TV via their coverage on SPEED and game changing epic live coverage on NBC.


In 2009 Lucas Oil picked up the pieces and built a solid short course off-road racing league, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS). Now we are in the enviable position of having six consecutive successful years of short course, with LOORRS growing every year. Lucas has had consistent TV coverage on NBC, CBS and MAV TV, reaching millions of new fans. The challenge now is not stability, rather expansion. Targeting the fastest growing segment of the population of America (Hispanics) via racing in the third largest city in Baja is an obvious next move. Not to mention the fact that 30 million people a year pass through Baja via Tijuana, the busiest land border crossing in the world. So, if we can convert a small percentage of those people to off-road racing enthusiasts, we have a game changer.

Papas & Beer, Ensenada
Rodrigo Ampudia Sr., proprietor of the Papas & Beer restaurant chain and father of short course racer Rodrigo Ampudia Jr., has been hard at work as the Mexican liaison making sure this event happens and is fully supported by the powers that be in Ensenada and Baja.  An off-road racer and enthusiast, Rodrigo Ampudia Sr. had this to say about the event.

“We are really excited to share short course off-road racing with the people of Ensenada. This is the home of off-road racing in Baja, so this is an important event for the race fans here and for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Please come down with your friends and family and have a great time in beautiful Ensenada! Enjoy the great food, beautiful weather and friendly people!”

Les dejo una parte de lo que será la pista en Estero Beach Ensenada este 1 y 2 de Agosto. Vamos con todo!! #fuerzamexicana

Here is a preview of the Estero Beach Ensenada track. See you there August 1&2!

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Rodrigo Ampudia Jr. has also been heavily involved in putting this event together and is excited to share the sport with his hometown.  “I am extremely proud that I finally get to share Lucas Oil Short Course Racing with my friends and family in Ensenada. I grew up racing bikes and cars in the desert here and evolved into a short course racer. I am stoked that now I get to share my love of short course with all the Mexican fans!”


Steve Menzies, father of off-road champion Bryce Menzies, was also an instrumental part of the team that made this event a reality. “I love off-road racing and Baja. Sharing it with people is just as fun as discovering its beauty and allure for the first time. Bryce and I spend a lot of time in Baja both racing and having fun with family and friends. When the idea of having a short course race came up with Rodrigo Sr., I tried everything I could to help make this happen. I think it will be great for our sport and culture. This could very well develop into the West coast Crandon. The people here love off-road racing and it’s a fantastic destination to come visit with family and friends.”

Now is one of those pivotal moments and you can be a part of. We will look back at this event as one that should have happened a long time ago. One of the qualities of off-road racing is that it brings cultures together through the common denominator of the experience of racing. An undeniable glue that binds us regardless of race, religion, economic backgrounds or political beliefs.

What will this lead to? Well it could become a blueprint for racing in other countries. It’s a big planet, and off-road racing is a universal language. Just imagine how many countries we could race in and what their people would think of our sport.

So if there is one short course race you are going to this year, this is the one! Come join us in Ensenada for some history making in progress and while you are in town, go to Papas & Beer and haves some tacos and beer and support the people who support off-racing!

Gates open to the public at 8:00am Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd.
Click here for the full schedule of events.

Click here for ticket information.

Words – Matt Martelli

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GREG ADLER MOTORSPORTS from Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway, for Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rds. 9&10 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greg-adler-motorsports-from-southern-californias-glen-helen-raceway-for-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-series-rds-910-127440.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greg-adler-motorsports-from-southern-californias-glen-helen-raceway-for-lucas-oil-off-road-racing-series-rds-910-127440.html#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:17:09 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127440 Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts kicked off the weekend with a strong showing in early practice sessions, but the weekend ended in the disappointing postponement of Rd. 10 as record storms pounded Southern California. Despite the deluge, the

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Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts kicked off the weekend with a strong showing in early practice sessions, but the weekend ended in the disappointing postponement of Rd. 10 as record storms pounded Southern California. Despite the deluge, the team worked feverishly to replace the motor lost in Rd. 9 while racing against the clock to ensure that the #10 Pro4 would be ready to take the green flag.

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Greg Stingle Wins Bark River Rd. 5 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greg-stingle-wins-bark-river-rd-5-127388.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greg-stingle-wins-bark-river-rd-5-127388.html#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:16:22 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127388 Greg Stingle Wins Bark River Rd. 5 Leads Light Buggy Championship Black Creek, Wisc. (July 23, 2015) – After two Sportsman weekends at Crandon, Greg Stingle headed to Bark River for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Sportsman Off-Road Series

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Black Creek, Wisc. (July 23, 2015) – After two Sportsman weekends at Crandon, Greg Stingle headed to Bark River for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Sportsman Off-Road Series looking to extend his win streak. The Light Buggy class continues to see huge numbers at every race, but Stingle seems to find a way to get to the front. The past weekend in Bark River saw the familiar #172 Badger State Transport, Country Bar, Sassy’s, Ben’s Small Engine, Geno’s Steakhouse, BFGoodrich Tire sponsored Light Buggy end the win streak, but still has a commanding lead for the 2015 Sportsman Light Buggy Championship.

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The weather for the weekend saw warm temperatures and sunny skies. That is except for Saturday’s Light Buggy race. The first race of the weekend experienced a light rain just before and during the first half of the race. Early on during the seven-lap race, the track was somewhat slippery, but as the race went on track conditions were quickly improving.

The familiar #172 Light Buggy started on the outside of row six as the top twelve racers in the championship standings were inverted on the starting grid.

When the race began Stingle knew he didn’t have anytime to waste if he wanted a chance at victory. When the green flag dropped, Stingle really went to work. At the mandatory caution after lap four, the #172 Buggy was lined up right behind the leader, Derek Tilkens.

As the field when back to racing for the final three laps, Stingle he had to capitalize on any slight mistake by the leader. Tilkens definitely felt the pressure of the current class champion and a lap later, there was a miscue and Stingle drove into the lead to continue on for the team’s fifth win of the season.

“I really had to work for this win,” remarked Greg Stingle. ” When I finally got on his rear bumper, I knew the real work was about to begin. I think I pressured him into a mistake and we capitalized on it. Tomorrow’s race and the rest of the season will be tough to get to the front.”

Overnight the Stingle Motorsports crew cleaned up the buggy and was race ready by dinnertime.

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Sunday’s race saw the #172 Light Buggy start from the familiar twelfth position and like every weekend, Sunday’s race seems to bring out more aggression in the drivers. As soon as the green flag was waved that aggression from another driver spun Stingle just as he crossed the starting line. This put the orange racer dead last headed into the first corner. Regardless Stingle pressed on. Just after the halfway caution, Stingle had moved up to eleventh place when another driver caught a hole wrong just as Stingle was attempting to make a pass. This saw the other driver lose control and Stingle make a maneuver that caused his racer to lose its momentum causing a move back down in the running order. The veteran driver recollected the racer and continued on, eventually getting back most of the positions lost from the incident to finish eighth.

Stingle Motorsports PR2“Some of the guys out there today were driving with their spotter,” commented Stingle. “Regardless we took the top prize on Saturday and the points lead is still intact. I have to thank the Bark River Lions Club for hosting the Sportsman race and my family for all their support. I can’t wait to get back here in a month and start another winning streak.”

After six rounds of racing Greg Stingle leads the 2015 Sportsman Light Buggy Championship.

The next weekend of racing is August 15-16 in Bark River, Michigan.

Greg Stingle would like to thank all his sponsors including:
Badger State Transport – Sassy’s Bar and Grill
Geno’s Steakhouse – Ben’s Small Engine
JJ Malloney’s – Kountry Bar – Lake Shore Cleaners
A & S Poured Walls – Kurt’s Service –
Brownie’s Pumping and Conveying Service
Rod End Supply – BFGoodrich Tires

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South Australia’s Jack Rhodes and David Pullino have for the second year in a row won the Toyo Tires Riverland Enduro in their #91 Rhodes Racing Pro Buggy at Round 3 of the Australian Off Road Championship today in Waikerie.

Having qualified second fastest in yesterday’s shootout, Rhodes ran an incident-free race on his way to victory with a time of 3h13m36s, ahead of reigning champions Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#1) who jumped up to second place outright from a ninth-place start, and event pole sitters Chris Western and Stuart Bishop in the #61 Element Prodigy who crossed the line second on the road but third on times.

“The team was incredible today,” said Rhodes. “We’re certainly very grateful for all the support the team gets. Every year the team gets stronger and stronger. Things that would have stopped us before, we can now fix and keep going.”

Off the two-by-two startline, Rhodes was determined to win from the outset, beating Western into the first corner and clocking the fastest lap time of the day on Lap 1, a 37m12.25s lap. Maintaining the lead for the rest day, it was the battles in the minor places where the competition was fierce.

Rentsch made up the most time on the first lap, jumping into second place first time across the timing lines and remaining there into the mid-day service break, followed by SA local racer Aaron Haby third and Western fourth. The battle order continued that way into the second half of the day, until Haby found a seven second lead over Rentsch heading into the final lap but was unfortunately forced to withdraw the #57 Element Off Road Racing Buggy due to a split fuel tank. That left Rentsch and Western to continue the battle for the podium, where they eventually finished second and third.

Rounding out the top 10 was Queenslander Talbot Cox (#16) in fourth, Carl Haby (#56) in fifth, Scott Schiller (#971) in sixth, followed by the two Prolite Buggy entries of Andrew Mowles (#135) seventh and Dale Martin (#133) eighth. Extreme 2WD class winner Bruce Muir (#422) settled into ninth and the second Rhodes Racing entry of Dave Fellows (#92), who was unable to capitalise on his 3rd place start due to mechanical issues on lap one, pushed through to an eventual 10th-place finish by Sunday afternoon.

In the battle of the classes, the Prolite Buggy battle between Mowles and Dale Martin was intense all day, with Mowles overtaking Martin on the first lap and never yielding to take his first victory with navigator Matthew Morgan since winning the class title back in 2013. Matthew and Kerri Martin (#102) finished third, while AORC class champions Tony Fehlhaber and Garry Howell (#101) failed to finish due to engine issues.

South Australian Trophy Truck heroes Brad Gallard (#454) and Greg Gartner ($410) fought tooth and nail early in the day, with the former getting the jump off the start and leading the class after lap one. However a broken axle for Gallard and mechanical issues for Gartner put paid to their weekends, leaving the team of Bruce Muir and Ben Piggot (#422) to capitalise and take the Extreme 2WD class win.

Performance 2WD’s Jeff and Jai Loader (#513) held the lead from class pole position to class finish over Darren Vanderwoude (#544) and Darren Hille (#555). AORC class champions Paul Youman (#501) from Hillbilly Racing failed to finish due an early radiator leak that couldn’t be fully fixed.

Production 4WD’s Jason Galea and Markus Christie (#706) put in a solid drive all day to hold off Amy Perret (#770) and Desley Kelly (#711). While Victorians Alistair McClelland and Stephen Newick (#228) took the win for Super 1650 Buggy over Daniel Schiller (#280) and Shanynn Fitzgerald (#209). AORC class champions Chris Browning and Chris Clark (#201) finished fifth in class and completed the required three laps to be the first AORC finisher home for points.

While Rentsch still leads the Australian Off Road Championship points ladder, Carl Haby has moved up one place to second, Rhodes up two places to third, followed by Michael Marson (#32) in fourth and Steven Sanderson (#403) in fifth.

Marson was a notable early charger, gaining 10 places by the end of Lap 1 from 23rd outright to 13th. Despite suffering power steering loss on Lap 3, Marson still soldiered on to the finishline to collect valuable championship points to keep him in the title hunt come the final round in September.

CLASS WINERS (Provisional):
Pro Buggy – #91 Jack Rhodes: (5 laps) 3h13m36s
Prolite Buggy – #135 Andrew Mowles: (5 laps) 3h36m14s
Super 1650 Buggy – #228 Alistair McClelland: (4laps) 3h22m20s
Extreme 2WD – #422 Bruce Muir: (5 laps) 3h37m22s
Performance 2WD – #513 Jeff Loader: (5 laps) 4h3m10s
Production 4WD – #706 Jason Galea: (4 laps) 3h28m27s

A full list of results can be found online here: http://saorra.com/2015%20Events/WAIKERIE/racetime.html

The fourth and final round of the Australian Off Road Championship will be the Coffs Coast 400 in New South Wales from September 11-13, where the AORC will line up alongside the stars of the World Rally Championship (WRC) at Rally Australia.

For more information on the Australian Off Road Championship head to www.aorc.com.au

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CODE Kendall Motrix Hechicera GrandPrix http://www.race-dezert.com/home/code-kendal-motrix-hechicera-grandprix-127328.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/code-kendal-motrix-hechicera-grandprix-127328.html#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:15:56 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127328 Last year was my first time shooting the CODE Jacume GP. I totally fell in love with the race, a short mileage track with different heats for each class make it one of the best races to enjoy as a

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Last year was my first time shooting the CODE Jacume GP. I totally fell in love with the race, a short mileage track with different heats for each class make it one of the best races to enjoy as a fan and a photographer. For 2015 CODE officials decided to shake things up a little bit changing the race location from Jacume town to La Hechicera Ranch just across the highway laying out a completely new course loop. New courses are always exciting for everyone.

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Contingency was held near the start/finish area and started at 5pm. People slowly rolled into contingency and by 9pm the place was packed with people and race vehicles. Nearly 200 entries for the Kendall Motrix La Hechicera Grand Prix would guarantee great action for Saturday’s racing.

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Because the race location is far from any big city in Baja, CODE offers the option of camping, allowing everyone to bring their RV’s, BBQ’s and all the camping stuff to spend the night there. I took the opportunity to be in a dark place to get some cool photos of the Baja night sky. In the picture you can see the light at the bottom of the frame of all the campers out there.

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The next morning at 6:45am the race started with the first heat of the slower categories; Classes 5/1600, 11, 9 and 15. There was a total of 4 heats in the morning and another 4 heats in the afternoon, each class raced two heats. Each heat consisted of 3-4 laps. Vehicles started in 15 second intervals, there is no place for mistakes with such close starts.

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This race format is perfect for spectators, an EZ-up shade, some burritos and a cooler full of beer and you have a complete day of fun, filled with friends and great racing. One of the racers at contingency said this is like the “Laughlin of Baja”.

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In the Open Class everyone was expecting a battle between the big favorites Juan Carlos “PIN” Lopez and Steven Eugenio similar to those years ago between Tavo and PIN in some CODE races. At 10:15am the first heat of the Open Trucks started and Steven was on fire behind the wheel of Zeus, the current Trophy Truck Champion in the SCORE series. Steven was on a roll passing a few other drivers in the first mile of the race. Unfortunately for Juan Carlos, an accident took him out of the race at race mile 7. Steven had a great run until the second heat when he collided with the Class 1 of Jaime Huerta putting them both out of the race.

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During my day of chasing the race I found a lot of wrecked cars around the whole race course. I had to help some drivers out there along with other fans that were able to pitch in and help. Helping fellow racers get a finish after a problem is something that some people may never forget when they talk about Baja fans.

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At the end of the day with a time of 2:06:10, the overall winner was the Class 10 driver Otoniel Huerta, besting the first place finisher in Open Trucks by 3 minutes. Kevin Shields, Eduardo Guitron and Fidel Galindo made up the 1-2-3 podium in the open class respectively.

For a complete list of winners from the weekend click -> LINK

Winners:

Group 1
Class 5/1600
557 Jason Ledezma 2:34:32

Class 15
1511 Eric Muller Jr. 2:53:26

Class 9
902 Ulises Morquecho 3:11:23

Class 11
1101 Cisco Bio 2:48:53

Grupo 2
Class 10
1002 Otoniel Huerta 2:06:10

Class 12
1203 Alberto Medina 2:10:04

Class 1-2/1600
1602 Javier Valenzuela 2:20:29

Class 5
500 Jose Luis Lopez 2:26:40

Class 14
1404 Daniel Pacheco 2:31:56

Grupo 3
Class 1/OP
147 Kevin Shields 2:09:04

Class 8
803 Beny Canela / Art Peterson 2:32:05

Class 7
707 Aaron Celiceo 2:26:56

Grupo 4
Class 18
1820 Ted Bradey 2:27:13

Class 3
302 Mj Kennedy 3:08:10

Class 1850
1899 Julian Rivera 2:53:33

Class 7s
722 Sergio Duron Jr. 2:46:48

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This article is in memory of Beny Canela, God Speed.

 

 

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    RENO, Nev. – Undergoing rounds of aggressive chemotherapy treatments since early May, long-time SCORE Mexican Liaison Oscar Ramos Jassen, 52, of Tijuana, Mexico, died Thursday following the second day of his fourth round of chemo sessions, SCORE International announced.

Ramos was originally diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late April with a large tumor in his stomach area. He had been receiving testing and treatment at the Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia in Mexico City prior to his death on Thursday late afternoon.

It was reported by his family that Ramos returned to the home where he was living in Mexico City between chemo sessions Thursday afternoon and he suffered a severe drop in blood pressure and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His memorial service was held Friday evening in Mexico City.

“We are all in a complete state of shock this is so unbelievable for us because we thought he was truly on the road to full recovery,” jointly commented SCORE owners Roger and Elise Norman. “Oscar and his doctors said prior to the start of this final round of chemo that he was really responding well to treatment, the tumor was shrinking and tests indicated that the cancer had not spread. We were with him for three days July 8-10 at the FIA Sports Convention in Mexico City and he looked good, said he felt good and was looking forward to the final round of chemo, the series of radiation shots that would follow and his surgery that was tentatively scheduled for mid to late September.”

“We really don’t know what happened to Oscar other than the Good Lord said it was time for him to be done on this earth. What we do know is that for two decades he was a dedicated, committed, creative and loyal SCORE key executive and more importantly he was a wonderful husband, loving father and gracious friend. Oscar was also a great leader and he was amazingly adept at delegating his responsibilities. This is yet another testament to him as to how well the SCORE staff stepped up in his absence during last month’s SCORE Baja 500 and produced another memorable SCORE Baja race.”

“Oscar never met a stranger he would not help, as well as many others along the way. Right now, with his wife Maritza, his son Oscar Jr and the rest of his family and extended family, our hearts grieve almost beyond control.”

“Oscar Ramos will never be forgotten and we are developing a program to help perpetuate his memory as the healing process begins. We are overwhelmed with sorrow and just pause and remember his wonderful spirit and the impact he has had on all of our lives.”

Born on September 20, 1962 in Mexico City, Ramos graduated from Universidad Ibero Americana, prestigious private Catholic university under the guidance and supervision of the Jesuit order of priests in 1987.

Licensed to practice law in Mexico and the United States, Ramos opened his practice in Tijuana in 1991 where his firm worked on corporate and business law.

Ramos was originally hired as a consultant by SCORE in 1996 by Sal Fish, who was part of SCORE for 39 years until he sold his company to Roger and Elise Norman on Dec. 20, 2012.

Reacting on the passing of Ramos, former SCORE owner Fish stated, “It is very hard to think that Oscar is gone and that he will no longer be a part of SCORE. I was blessed to lead SCORE for almost 40 years, but if I was the head for all those years, the last half of my tenure was made so much more pleasurable with Oscar as my very capable right hand man. Oscar was a dear friend for many years and he made my final years with SCORE so much more enjoyable. I thank God for the privilege of knowing and working with Oscar and for spending memorable times as well with Maritza and Oscar Jr.”

“With all the wonderful things that Oscar did in helping maintain the solid position that SCORE has in Mexico, one of the things I will always remember will be the time about five years ago when just he and I went on a three-week driving tour around Mexico’s beautiful Yucatan Peninsula. I cherish the time we spent together and I salute his memory and all that he did to help SCORE, the racers, the media and the fans of Mexico for over 20 years.”

Ramos worked diligently at the inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500 race in the state of Baja Sur in mid-April and was hospitalized several days after the race in Tijuana when the symptoms of his condition became apparent.

SCORE, with headquarters in Reno, Nev., produces the internationally televised five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, and also stated it will announce details for a memorial tribute for Ramos in the next few days on its website at www.score-international.com.

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The Race-Dezert.com family was very saddened to read the news of Oscar’s passing. We had high hopes for him beating this terrible illness and returning to races. Oscar was Sal Fish’s right hand man for 30 years and you rarely saw one without the other when south of the border for a race. He will truly be missed. He did so much for off road racing in Mexico that people never saw.  There will never be another like him. Godspeed.

There is a thread going currently with talk about Oscar. Please share your stories for everyone to read. CLICK HERE

SCORE press release HERE

Thank you Art Eugenio from GETSOMEphoto.com for the great photo.

 

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CBS Sports Spectacular show Sunday on CBS Sports Network
airing premier broadcast of 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500

Coverage of multiple classes part of Rd 3 of five-race SCORE World Desert Championship show,
the 510.58-mile race featured Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads;
airing at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday; promo video of one-hour show available at
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RENO, Nev., USA—Twenty-year old Carlos Lopez of Tecate, Mexico, who blazed past a field that included the world’s best desert racers to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory at the 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 desert race, will be spotlighted during Sunday’s premier telecast of the race on the CBS Sports Network. The debut of the one-hour special will air on the CBS Sports Spectacular show at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, followed eight additional scheduled airings of the popular programming through Sunday, Aug. 2.
Round three of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship started and finished in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
From show producers BCII TV, a video preview of the telecast is available at
SCORE Baja 500 TV show trailer.
Announcers for the CBS Sports Network telecast of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 are SCORE racers Ricky Johnson and Gus Vildsola Jr.
RACE REWIND
After qualifying in the fifth starting position in the elapsed-time race, Lopez, racing with the discipline and patience of a much older and more experienced desert racer, stayed the course against the heavyweights of the sports like Robby Gordon, Rob MacCachren, Gus Vildosola Jr, Bryce Menzies and fellow SCORE young gun Luke McMillin to take the lead three-fourths of the way through the grueling 510.58-mile race. Lopez powered his way to the finish line with a time of 8 hours, 48 minutes and 38 seconds, averaging 57.95 miles per hour in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck over the colorful course around the northern part of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula.
For the youthful Lopez, it was his first career SCORE race win as well as first in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. He defeated a talented field of 210 starters, including 30 SCORE Trophy Trucks, from 26 U.S. States, and 10 countries competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads.
REPEAT PERFORMANCES
After the premier airing, the CBS Sports Network will also air the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 six more times up to Aug. 2…
Sunday, July 26 – 9pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
Monday, July 27 – 1am ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
Tuesday, July 28 – 10am ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
Wednesday, July 29 – 7pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500 AND 11pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
Thursday, July 30 – 3am ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
Plus three more times on SCORE Sunday on Aug. 2. (see special schedule below)
SCORE PODIUM
Following complete data tracking review of the vehicles, BFGoodrich Tires not only officially swept the podium but also were the tires of choice for all of the top 11 overall finishers in the race. Second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck was Las Vegas’ MacCachren, 50, who finished second, just 51 seconds behind Lopez in 8:49:29 in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 and third overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck for the second straight year was Jesse Jones, 49, of Phoenix in 8:54:08 in the No. 76 Ford F-150.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
With a lot of help from his friends Max Eddy Jr, Ian Young and Justin Morgan, Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif., riding on the factory-supported No. 1x THR Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F was the rider of record for the overall motorcycle and Unlimited motorcycle class winning team after being the eighth motorcycle off the starting line early Saturday morning.
With a one-race excused absence rule in SCORE, Brabec still earned the season points as the defending SCORE Unlimited class champion saw his team when this race for the second straight year. With teammates Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif., Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif. and Justin Morgan handling the riding, Brabec’s team finished the race in 10:09:55, averaging 50.23. mph to win for the first time in three SCORE races this year.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — SCORE Baja 500 TV show trailer)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
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.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCKS SMOOTH
The top nine overall finishers in this year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 were all SCORE Trophy Trucks for the second straight year and they were all BFGoodrich Tires drivers. Following Lopez, MacCachren and Jones to the checkered flag were Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico (No. 21 Ford Raptor), Jason Voss, Cupertino, Calif. (No. 35 Ford F-150), Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. (No. 9 Ford F-150), Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif. (No. 19 Ford F-150), Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (No. 1 Chevy C-1500) and Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif. (No. 91 Ford F-150). Just 28 total minutes separated first from ninth in the illustrious field.
STAY TUNED – SCORE SUNDAY – August 2, 2015
All three completed rounds of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will have repeat airings on the same day on Sunday, Aug. 2 on the CBS Sports Network.
Here is the announced broadcast schedule:
Sunday, Aug. 2
6am ET, 29th SCORE San Felipe 250
7am ET, Inaugural SCORE Baja Sur 500
8am ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
7pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
11pm ET, 47th SCORE Baja 500
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, held June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, presented by the city of El Centro, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE JOURNAL
Issue No. 6 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital.
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous linked video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-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, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
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, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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Casey Currie Soars and is Fastest at Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/casey-currie-soars-and-is-fastest-at-glen-helen-127311.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/casey-currie-soars-and-is-fastest-at-glen-helen-127311.html#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:21:05 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127311 Casey Currie Soars and is Fastest at Glen Helen CORONA, California (July 19, 2015) – It was a short but fast weekend for Casey Currie at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Glen Helen. After a successful

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Casey Currie Soars and is Fastest at Glen Helen
CORONA, California (July 19, 2015) – It was a short but fast weekend for Casey Currie at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Glen Helen. After a successful practice on Friday, rare thunderstorms came through the San Bernadino Foothills, postponing Round 9 until Sunday morning and Round 10 had to be rescheduled to the Lake Elsinore event at the end of the season. But even with the track drastically changing with all the rain, Casey had another strong points weekend and put down the fastest lap time of the Pro Lite class.

Friday’s practice allowed Casey’s team to make all the right final modifications to give Casey the best truck for Saturday’s race. But that night, the storms started coming through and it resulted in all of the remaining practice and qualifying sessions to get cancelled. Though Casey was ready to put down fast qualifying laps, the LOORRS officials decided to line the Pro Lite trucks up by their points standings to start the race. However, the weather would continue to not cooperate and Saturday’s race was postponed until Sunday morning.

The Round 9 race on Sunday morning went off without a hitch and Casey was soaring over the competition. This was the largest field that had started a Pro Lite race, so there were several cautions that bunched the trucks back together. Ultimately, Casey found the fast line and put down a lightening-fast lap. Keeping his consistently good finishes and fast times, Casey was looking forward to Sunday nights Round 10. But once again the weather was not in the racers’ favor. More thunderstorms arrived and the LOORRS officials called the Sunday night race, with it to be rescheduled later on in the season.

“It is disappointing when you have such a fast truck ready to go, but we were able to get one race in this weekend and we are still gaining ground in the Championship points. Between the rain, and the largest starting grid for Pro Lite this season, it was a warzone out there, but my team gave me a great truck and it is awesome to be the fastest one out there,” said Currie about the weekend’s events.

Next on Casey’s race schedule is the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Rounds 11 & 12 in Estero Beach, Mexico. This is a brand new track and event this season. With a significant following in Mexico, Casey is sure to have a lot of people cheering him onto victory.

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ABOUT CASEY CURRIE
Casey Currie not only grew up around racing—he lives it. Born into the world of Off-Road and NASCAR through the likes of his Father and Grandfather, the name Currie has been synonymous with racing since before Casey’s time. His penchant for chasing checkered flags was inevitable, and on a dirt bike at the age of 5, Casey began his racing career. If it was meant for driving, Casey has driven it and driven it well. With a long line of podiums and wins in Baja, Super Moto, and Short Course racing, Casey is arguably the most multi-faceted driver in the Off-Road space. Earning his seat with Monster Energy and winning his first Pro Lite Championship in the TORC series in 2010, while still an avid participant in as many other races as he can attend, the California native continues to push the envelope. No matter the field, or class in which he races, Casey’s consistent focus is on how to be faster. “We never go home and just prep—we always go home and make better.”

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HotSauce Gets Drenched At Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/hotsauce-gets-drenched-at-glen-helen-127305.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/hotsauce-gets-drenched-at-glen-helen-127305.html#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:14:24 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127305 HotSauce Gets Drenched At Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA After taking his first pro class win in round 7 and a second place podium in round 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah, Darren “HotSauce”

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HotSauce Gets Drenched At Glen Helen

San Bernardino, CA

After taking his first pro class win in round 7 and a second place podium in round 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah, Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. was anxious to get back on the track. The series returned to Southern California for two more rounds of racing at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. SoCal is known for sunshine but HotSauce and his fellow competitors got torrential rains instead. He got a few laps of practice before a huge storm blew in that soaked the track and left standing water. Round 9 had to be rescheduled for the following morning. The day was already slated for round 10 to be run in the afternoon so the plan was to run both rounds on the same day.

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Because qualifying was rained out, starting positions were determined by the points standings; HotSauce started 6th. “The track was in perfect shape considering all the rain we had; the Lucas Oil crew did a great job,” said HotSauce, “We were waiting until the last minute to make our tire choice before the race. We had some mud tires but I like my usual Mickey Thompson tires so much we decided to go with them; they work perfectly with my driving style. I had moved my seat around during practice and did not move it back. It made the shocks feel stiff and took away some of my forward bite. I got a pretty good start but I was busy grabbing tear-offs.” (Tear-offs are thin plastic sheets drivers put on their helmet visors. When they get muddy, the driver pulls them off one at a time to give them clear vision).

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The truck classes in the Lucas Oil series are like American muscle cars. They are big, heavy and can stand some fender bashing. Darren’s Competitive Metals, Bilstein, ORW, Mickey Thompson Tires, ReplayXD, SPY, Lucas Oil, Bink Designs, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy is the formula one car. It’s lightweight and very responsive and with exposed wheels and delicate suspension parts, contact usually ends badly. Car set-up is critical. Slight changes can make a huge difference.

“I had a great battle going with Dave Mason,” said HotSauce, “I was stuck to his bumper going into turn 2 when he started to over-rotate. I gave a flick to the steering wheel and drove around him. It felt great to dodge him and make the pass without losing any momentum in the corner. Because the shocks were not working with the seat position, my back tires were not planted like usual; I was losing time to the leaders. If we had a caution, I could have closed up and maybe had a shot. We ran caution free to the end; I finished 4th.”

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After the race, Darren knew exactly what his car needed for the next round. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance. Another storm blew in; round 10 was cancelled. “I was in the trailer trying to relax before the next round,” said HotSauce, “I am usually so filled with adrenaline after the race I am shaking. I could not rest so I went for a walk. The skies were clear and sunny when all of a sudden, it turned dark and cloudy. The rain and winds were back and the round was called. We are now concentrating on Estero Beach.”

The next rounds of racing are right around the corner as the Lucas Oil Series heads south of the border for rounds 11 and 12 and possibly 10? On August 1st and 2nd the Lucas Oil Series will be in Ensenada, Baja Mexico for the Baja International Short Course race at the beautiful Estero Beach. The course layout looks challenging. The new track means every team will be starting from a blank sheet of paper. HotSauce will feel right at home eating tacos and drawing energy from the legendary race fans of Mexico. Come on down to watch him race or go to: http://darrenhardestyjr.com/ for the latest news and information about Darren’s racing program.

Photography By: Bink Designs

2015 EVENT SCHEDULE
Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty – ProBuggy #99

August 1st-2nd / Baja California, MX – Estero Beach LOORRS – Rounds 11 & 12
August 22nd-23rd / Sparks, NV LOORRS – Rounds 13 & 14
August 29th / Glen Helen, CA SoCal Regional Rd 6
September 18th-19th / Las Vegas, NV LOORRS – Rounds 15 & 16
October 3th & 4th / Pomona , CA Off Road Expo
October 10th & 11th / Lake Elsinore, CA SoCal Regional Rd 7 & Shootout
October 22nd-24th / (Night Race) – Lake Elsinore, CA LOORRS – Rounds 17 & Cup Race
November 3rd – 6th / Las Vegas, NV SEMA Show

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About Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr.
Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. is a third generation racer who is making his own mark on off road racing. Darren’s Father, Darren Sr. and Grandfather Earl, have both won the most prestigious off-road races in the world and own Championships in the premier SCORE International Desert Racing series. The competitive streak runs deep in the Hardesty family. Darren Jr. shares the same drive and has worked his way up the ladder from Dwarf cars and JR1 Kart, where he was named “Rookie of the Year”, to JR2 the fastest kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Modified Kart. In 2015, Darren Jr. will be racing in the highly competitive Pro Buggy Class in the Lucas Oil Regional Series and at select national events. At only 14 years of age, Darren Jr. already has a great deal of time behind the wheel of a race car and the insight and knowledge instilled in him from his accomplished family. Put him in the driver’s seat and he is guaranteed to spice things up as his nickname “HotSauce” suggests.

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Byng Steps In for Chestnut – Continues the Winning Streak http://www.race-dezert.com/home/byng-steps-in-for-chestnut-continues-the-winning-streak-127299.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/byng-steps-in-for-chestnut-continues-the-winning-streak-127299.html#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:42:34 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127299 Byng Steps In for Chestnut – Continues the Winning Streak Atturo Tires and Ultra Wheels Added to Program Verona, Wisc. (July 23, 2015) – The first question everyone had when the #613 Double D Trailer Sales & Services/Off-Road Fraternity/Control Solutions/Mueller

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Atturo Tires and Ultra Wheels Added to Program

Verona, Wisc. (July 23, 2015) – The first question everyone had when the #613 Double D Trailer Sales & Services/Off-Road Fraternity/Control Solutions/Mueller Graphics/Atturo Tire Classix racer was unloaded at Bark River was “Where’s Dale?” The driver and owner of the familiar blue Bronco was on an Alaskan vacation. Even without Dale driving, the team never missed a beat as the truck finished both days on the top of the podium.

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So the next question was, “So who’s driving?” Earlier in the year Dale convinced Super Stock Truck racer Nick Byng to be his back-up driver knowing there would be a conflict with the planned vacation. Friday afternoon in Bark River, Byng took the time to get familiar with truck as the next morning; he ran the three-lap practice session. The brief time in the truck saw Byng turn some very competitive laps.

There was another change to the familiar race truck. The team switched to Atturo Tires and Ultra Wheels, as Bark River would be the first test of the new combination.

Then a couple of hours later, Nick Byng suited up to take on the rest of the Classix racers. The race saw the blue Bronco start from the back of the field and at first glance many wondered if Byng could keep the team’s win streak alive.

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Well, it took the back-up driver three laps to get to the front and when the field went back to racing after the lap four mandatory caution, Byng built up a comfortable lead to take the win.

The next day was literally a carbon copy of Saturday’s race. The new tire and wheel combination worked flawlessly as Byng brought the truck home without any damage and on top of the podium for the second time during the weekend.

“First off I have to thank Dale and Rob for this great opportunity,” noted Nick Byng. “The Bronco has a shorter wheelbase, but it has more horsepower, more suspension and made it is sure fun to drive. The guys on the radio definitely helped me a ton. The truck was so much fun to drive, they had to remind me to take it easy more than a few times during the weekend. Hopefully I gave enough feedback on the new Atturo Tire – Ultra Wheel combo. The truck really seemed to be hooked up.”

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Dale Chestnut would like to thank all its sponsors including:
Double D Trailer Sales & Services
Off-Road Fraternity – Control Solutions
Ryan’s Auto – Mueller Graphics – Atturo Tire

Next Race Weekend: August 15-16, in Bark River, Michigan.

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Dale Chestnut has marketing opportunities for the remainder of the 2015 race season. Interested parties can contact either Dale Chestnut, doubledservice@tds.net or Rob Wipperfurth, wipp3815@yahoo.com

– Double D Racing

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Roberts Racing Gets Washed Out At Glen Helen http://www.race-dezert.com/home/roberts-racing-gets-washed-out-at-glen-helen-127291.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/roberts-racing-gets-washed-out-at-glen-helen-127291.html#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:38:26 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=127291 Roberts Racing Gets Washed Out At Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA When the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, (LOORRS) showed up at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California for rounds 9 and 10, there was a question as

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Roberts Racing Gets Washed Out At Glen Helen

San Bernardino, CA

When the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, (LOORRS) showed up at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California for rounds 9 and 10, there was a question as to who would be the most dominant. Every racer would be vying for that position but unfortunately, it was Mother Nature who was the most aggressive. Torrential rains postponed round 9 on Saturday until Sunday morning and to the dismay of racers and fans, the rains returned on Sunday afternoon; postponing round 10 until a later, undetermined date.

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The rains wreaked havoc on the anticipated LOORRS schedule. Some got to practice but nobody was able to qualify. The result was that starting positions were determined by the driver’s standings in the points. For those who had earned spots at the top, it was a free pass. For those who were fighting their way up, it gave them a greater test. At Roberts Racing, they thrive on challenge. Drivers Mike and Dale Dondel made the best of the situation.

Mike Dondel had his Roberts Racing, Toyo Tires, Specialized Automation Services, Racer Engineering, MOMO, King Shocks, KC HiLites, Howe Power Steering and F&L Racing Fuel Pro-2 repaired and ready to go after a bad crash in round 8. The downpour cancelled qualifying and practice for the Pro-2’s. The team would have to go into the main event with no time on the truck.

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“It was a tough one for us,” said Mike, “We had no practice on the truck and had to start in the back. We were trying something new in the rear suspension and it didn’t work out. An upper arm broke and when that happens there is nothing you can do to get around the track. We’ll go back to the set-up we had before. We’ll be ready to go in round 10 if the weather holds out.” Due to the rain, Mike never got the chance.

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Dale Dondel was a little more fortunate in the Roberts Racing, Toyo Tires, Specialized Automation Services, Racer Engineering, MOMO, King Shocks, KC HiLites, Howe Power Steering and F&L Racing Fuel Pro Buggy. He was able to run some laps in practice before the storm hit on Saturday.

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“We were excited because we were fastest in practice,” said Dale Dondel, “Then we got this rained out situation where nobody could qualify so we started in the back. We battled up through there and got up to 5th or 6th, I don’t know. We were banging handlebars all the way up through there; got turned around and bent the tie rod so it was tough to steer.

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I got back up there decently again and someone hit me in the rear, turned me sideways and bent a wheel. All and all, it was a lot of fun but we didn’t have a great day. It doesn’t look like we’ll have a second chance today either. Awnings are blowing down, there’s a crazy wind and another storms coming. It’s so unlike California weather.”

Roberts Racing will move from the track to the desert when they take on the Best In The Desert series Vegas to Reno race on August 13-15. The race is the longest off-road race in the United States. For all the latest about Roberts Racing, be sure to head over to http://www.roberts-racing.com/ News, photos, videos and a full report after every race can be found there.

Photography By: Bink Designs

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About Roberts Racing
Roberts Racing is comprised of an extraordinary group of individuals who have all achieved noteworthy distinction in their own endeavors. Together, their objective is to apply their extensive technical expertise and business acumen to advance off-road racing and to maximize their sponsor’s brand awareness through aggressive multi-media motorsports marketing. Combining their many talents and passion for motorsports in three unique off-road racing series, Roberts Racing is poised to change the off-road racing landscape in many new and exciting ways.

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