race-deZert.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home Off-Road Racing News from Dakar to Baja Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:27:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Parkhouse and Albins AGBs crush the Baja 500 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/parkhouse-and-albins-agbs-crush-the-baja-500-126625.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/parkhouse-and-albins-agbs-crush-the-baja-500-126625.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:27:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126625 Parkhouse and Albins AGBs crush the Baja 500 Ensenada, B.C. Mexico—The Baja California peninsula epitomizes the heart and soul of desert racing. Its natural beauty, quaint towns, Pacific coastline and enthusiastic crowds make it like no other place in desert

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Ensenada, B.C. Mexico—The Baja California peninsula epitomizes the heart and soul of desert racing. Its natural beauty, quaint towns, Pacific coastline and enthusiastic crowds make it like no other place in desert racing. The 47th running of the Baja 500 held an additional treat for racers. Along with Baja’s amazing scenery and people, this year’s course took racers through areas that have not been raced in many years including the amazing Pine Forest and the challenging La Rumorosa grade as well as familiar places like Ojos Negros, Valley T and Uruapan. The challenge and diversity as well as the scenic beauty of the terrain make the Baja 500 legendary.

In the weeks prior to the race, teams arrived in northern Baja to pre-run the course that awaited them. Cody Parkhouse arrived in Ensenada with a mission: to defend his 2014 Class 1 Baja 500 title. Cody qualified 5th in the field of 19 Class 1 buggies. This year’s Baja 500 would claim almost half of it’s Class 1 starters before the race was over. The team of Cody and his dad Brian battled their way ahead of the pack in Jimco car 127 equipped with an Albins AGB 5-speed sequential gearbox and crossed the finish line at the top of the Class 1 heap.

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The elder half of the father/son team started behind the wheel out of Ensenada. During the first half of the race, Brian Parkhouse built a sizable lead. By mile 300, the Parkhouse team in car 127 lead by 25 minutes over the next Class 1 racer. Cody took the car to the finish and was pleased with his half of the race. He credits the hours and miles spent pre-running and a top notch car prep for an enjoyable victory. This year’s win marks the second straight for Parkhouse Motorsports at the Baja 500.

Car 127 was not the only Parkhouse car to snag a spot on the Class 1 podium. New to Class 1, Brent Parkhouse along with Baja veterans Chuck Sachs and Matt Cullen battled their way up from the bottom of Class 1 qualifying to take third in the Albins AGB equipped car 128. Brent and company completed the race a mere 8 minutes behind Class 1 second place finisher Rob Archibald. Very impressive for a driver with limited experience with the big boys. We expect to see great things from him in the future.

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Mayhem and mechanical maladies took a bite out of Roberts Racing at rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah. The team was looking forward to taking their momentum to Tooele after Dale Dondel had a convincing win at Lake Elsinore in round 5. The momentum they had got lost somewhere on the road to Utah.

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Having never been to the Miller Motorsports Park track, Dale Dondel had no set-up notes or guidance on what tire compound to run on his Pro Buggy. Race tires are modified for track conditions by cutting additional channels in the tread. Narrow grooves are typically for a hard packed surface, wider voids are for deep mud. The tread pattern they chose to run was basically a guess. His Toyo Tires were getting great grip on the slick blue groove that developed but tread pattern was challenging in the mud.

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The track was wet during qualifying on Saturday, Dale slide around a bit; qualifying in 8th place. After an inversion he started 6th; he would have a lot of work to do. “I got pushed out into the fluff and spun the car,” said Dale, “We set the fastest lap but it was a struggle getting to the front. It wasn’t obvious at the time but we hurt the engine. After the inversion on Sunday, we started on the pole. In the first corner second place drove around us. After a caution and the re-start, we kept dropping back; the car would not drive out of the corners. Eventually, it was so down on power I had to pull off. It was either a bad bearing or we stretched a rod and clipped a valve.”

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For Mike Dondel, this season has been a learning process; trying to get his Toyo Tires, Specialized Automation Services, Racer Engineering, MOMO, King Shocks, KC HiLites, Howe Power Steering and F&L Racing Fuel Pro-2 sorted out. He was trying out a new set of Jamar brakes during round 7 on Saturday.

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The results were both good and bad. “The Jamar brakes are phenomenal,” said Mike, “They grabbed so hard, the caliper mounts ripped off the rear end housing.”

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Round 8 on Sunday is still somewhat foggy for Mike. Another competitor took a bad hop and got sideways in the rhythm section of whoops. The truck hit Mike in the rear pinning him against the wall and then rolling him violently.

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He only remembers a couple rotations before waking up in the medical center. He is scheduled for a cat scan and is sore but hopefully will have no lasting effects from the crash. “I have some work to do before Glen Helen,” said Mike, “I was already putting together some of the spare parts that take a while to get, so I have a new rear end housing. The rear end was broken in half but the front heim joints on the trailing arms are fine. It must have broken during the collision when I hit the wall.”

The Roberts Racing Team is constantly evolving. It’s a huge undertaking to put together both a desert and short course racing team simultaneously. Thankfully, they have assembled a team that excels at getting the job done. It all starts at the top with team owner Jared Roberts. (Jared & Son Pictured Below)

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When a fan came up to Jared and Mike in Tooele asking for a team shirt, Mike apologized for not having any shirts left. Without hesitation, Jared peeled off his own shirt and gave it to the fan. The fan said it was even more special to him knowing it was Jared’s shirt. It looks like Jared needs to add a shirt to his list of spares he carries on a race weekend.

Roberts Racing will next travel to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. July 18 and 19 for rounds 9 and 10. For more info on attending go to http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com/
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29th, 2015 (Mesa, Arizona) – Gavin Harlien, professional off road truck racer, has caught the Global Rally Cross (GRC) fervor and is expanding his successful racing program to include a GRC SuperCar Lites effort. Harlien has teamed up with Tim Bell Racing and is assuming a GRC Lites Ford Fiesta formally driven by Geoff Sykes.

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The very first opportunity for Gavin to compete in GRC is this holiday weekend at MCAS New River at Camp Lejeune North Carolina on July 5th. Round 4 of the 2015 Global Rally Cross will offer spectators, soldiers and their families a historic blast with rally cross racing being held at an active military base.

Gavin recently made his second appearance in the Summer X-Games driving Formula Off Road Trucks and is noted as the youngest motorsport athlete to compete in X Games history. Many of the racers at X-Games were keen on the different motorsport events taking place and paying close attention to the opposite side of the paddock. Like the others, Harlien’s interests were peaked with the confrontational on track racing that GRC is known for. Gavin got up close and personal with several of the high profile GRC teams.

Since that weekend in Austin, Gavin has had one thing on his mind. Shifting focus and preparing to race in a new Olsberg MSE manufactured SuperCar Lite prepared by Tim Bell Racing out of North Carolina. Harlien is already heavily invested in this effort with significant testing taking place. GRC Lites is known as the feeder class and a stepping stone to the GRC SuperCars.

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Tim Bell has zero reservations about Gavin stepping into rallycross racing. “I have a very optimistic outlook with Gavin going forward through the rest of the 2015 season. We only met Harlien last week a few days before the Daytona event. From the start of his very first test in a GRC Lite, we recognized this kid was a naturally talented racer. After the initial warm up lap, Gavin seemed up to speed and as comfortable as any driver running respectable lap times when compared to many seasoned GRC pros at the session.”

“Gavin shadowed us all week and seems very professional.” Bell continued, “He clearly understands what it takes to be a competitive driver. His ability to communicate feedback about the car, making improvements and advancing the setup to better suit his driving style is something I am thrilled about. It is motivating and we are looking forward to the next round of Global Rally Cross with Gavin behind the wheel.”

Harlien has always been a fan of just about all forms of motorsports, but off road type racing is at the top of the list. “It is just the most fun,” Gaving declared. “You are literally on the edge of out-of-control, flying through the air, and swapping paint. We have seen great success in both the Formula Off Road Stadium Super Truck Series and Lucas Oil Off Road’s short course racing. Rally Cross looks to fit my style and the competition is ripe. I am looking forward to taking this challenge head on.”

One thing Gavin has going for him is the success that other short course off road racers have found in Global Rally Cross. Most notably is X-Games gold Medalist Brian Deegan and the winningest SuperCar Lites driver Mitchell DeJong are both racers who have found great success in GRC and short course racing. Between GRC Lites, Formula Off Road, Lucas Oil Off Road, kart racing, and the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Harlien is optimistic with his diverse driving background and extended time in the drivers seat racing in competitive motorsports.

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VITALS: Born – August 20, 1999
HOMETOWN: Mesa, Arizona (Born in Austin, Texas)
TEAM: #55 Harlien Racing – Tim Bell prepared GRC Lites

2014 ACCOLADES: Gavin’s 2014 racing honors include LOORRS ProLite Rookie of the Year, a 2nd place finish in the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, racing to two Top 5 finishes in Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, earning ten Top 10 finishes, competing in the Summer X-Games Austin Texas, being a featured driver in X-Games GoPro Course Preview seen by almost 1,000,000 viewers, finishing 4th in his first ever Formula Off Road event at St. Petersburg, FL, being a featured driver in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series special vignette piece which aired on CBS Sports Network, being featured in three commercials which included Travis Pastrana & Jeremy McGrath and aired during live telecasts of the 2014 Summer X-Games and Lucas Oil Motocross series, and increasing social media by over 50K new followers.

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ABOUT GAVIN HARLIEN : Gavin Harlien is a highly spirited youth who lives for competition. The 2x X-Games Athlete is a natural born competitor and an extreme apex contender up for any challenge, especially motorsports. Gavin competes at the top level in a variety of racing disciplines which include professional short course off road racing, Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals, Robby Gordon’s Formula Off Road Stadium Super Trucks, Go-Kart Racing, and now Red Bull Global Rally Cross racing. Harlien’s regular access to high profile national events and the corresponding media packages offers support partners an exceptional platform to maximize brand awareness through strategic sports marketing initiatives and social interaction campaigns which will put him in front of 1,000,000+ fans during the 2015 race season.

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Greaves Family Battle For Cup at Crandon: Johnny Wins FCP Community Cup. http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greaves-family-battle-for-cup-johnny-wins-fcp-community-cup-126575.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/greaves-family-battle-for-cup-johnny-wins-fcp-community-cup-126575.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:17:57 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126575 Incredible early summer weather continued to grace the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The race program ran all day with any major issues as Crandon once again was epicenter of the short-course off-road racing world. First up were the Classix and Stock

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Incredible early summer weather continued to grace the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The race program ran all day with any major issues as Crandon once again was epicenter of the short-course off-road racing world.

First up were the Classix and Stock Truck group. Dale Chestnut once again led flag to flag for his second win of the season. Bill Wilson and Dillon Mischler had a great battle for second, but with one lap to go both went up in smoke. This put rookie Tyler Plamann on the podium in second place.

The Stock Truck race was a two truck scrum between Dillon Sharkey and Diesel Shanak. In the end it was Shanak taking the win as a late race departure put Katelin Weirzba in second.

Light Buggy saw Greg Stingle complete the sweep of the weekend, as the rest of the class had nothing for the veteran racer. Second place saw a great battle between 14 year old Jadin Lemke and former class champion Derek Tilkens. The young Lemke fought off Tilkens repeatedly to finish in the runner-up spot and a late charge by Tony Keepers put the area racer on third.

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The Super Truck guys really have a strong field, it seems like every racer has a shot at the top spot of the podium. The land rush start saw Kevin Hanegraaf take a good tumble across the Barn Jump, fortunately all the safety equipment did its job and truck and driver will be back to race another day.

The restart was a two wide rolling start. Quickly Gerrit Bancroft took the early lead, but on lap two he pulled off the track. This put Eric Ruppel as the leader of the pack. A lap later Troy Retzlaff was beginning to pressure Ruppel for the top spot. The final three laps saw Retzlaff get to Ruppel’s rear bumper, but the Northwest Wisconsin resident stayed out front for the win. Retzlaff, in his first race of the season, finished second and Tim Nelson completed the podium.

At post-race tech inspection second place was disqualified for an engine issue. This moved Tim Nelson to second with Mark Peterson moving up to third.

The running order changed slightly to give PRO-2 and PRO-4 racers more time to prepare for the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup. This saw PRO-4 line up for their Round 8 race. The race was similar to Saturday’s Round 7. Johnny and CJ Greaves were out front with Scott Douglas right behind in third. This time CJ took the win with Johnny a couple seconds back with Douglas finishing third just ahead of Chad Hord.

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The PRO-2 field had a great land rush start as Marty Hart and Keegan Kincaid were side by side coming out of Potawatomi Turn One. As the field came round Turn One for the second time. Arie Luyendyk Jr. caught a rut and went for a vicious barrel roll. Luyendyk was able walk away for the incident, but the race truck was finished for the weekend.

The two wide rolling restart had Greaves and Keegan Kincaid leading the field. The two fan favorites put on another great show with Marty Hart running third. The final result was the same as Saturday with Kincaid taking the win, followed by Greaves and Hart.

The combined Limited 4 and Formula 4×4 round of racing saw Dan Baudoux dominate the race during the first six laps, but on lap seven a driveline issue caused an early retirement. This put Jerry Conrad in the lead with Milan Mazenec in second as Brad Lemarche slightly trailed Mazenec for third.

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Formula 4×4 saw Dave Miah take the win trailed by Ryan Rebman.

The 1600 Buggy saw fifteen racers take the green flag and for the third time in as many days, Mark Steinhardt took the win. Behind the leader the next three racers were bumper to bumper. Officially Rob Kinner finished second, followed by Jeff Villemure.

The eleven Kids Kart had a great race as Braden Beauchamp took the win followed by Gage Garvin, and Easton Sleaper.

Fifteen Super Stock Truck lined up for the final time. Mitch Dorr won the race through Potawatomi Turn One with Matt Siorek a close second. By the third lap Saturday’s winner Danny Beauchamp had found his way through traffic to move in behind the leader. At the mandatory yellow the top three were Dorr, Beauchamp, and Siorek. The second half of the race had the podium running order remained unchanged with Dorr taking the win, Beauchamp finishing second, and Siorek third.

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The final Sportsman race of the weekend saw Rodney Van Epren take his third win of weekend. The Schwalbe family completed the podium with father Scott taking second and son Ryan finishing in third.

The PRO-Light final saw Travis Dinsmore get the hole shot and never looked back. Late in the race Luke Johnson began to make up ground, but ran out of laps before he could mount a serious effort for the top spot. This was Dinsmore’s first PRO win for the Ontario, Canada native. Yesterday’s winner Luke Johnson came in second as Doug Mittag completed the podium.

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The final race of the weekend was the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup. The ten lap all-out sprint puts the fastest PRO-2 and PRO-4 racers together for a $24,000 prize fund.

Early on PRO-2 driver Keegan Kincaid led the way, but about halfway the Greaves family came flying by to take control of the race. Johnny stayed in front of CJ until the final lap. CJ more than a few times was able to get along side his dad and inch forward to take the lead. Of course dad wanted nothing to do with that and the two trucks came through the final turn, side by side as the two family members actual changed positions in the last one hundred feet. At the finish Johnny somehow inched ahead for the win.

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It was a picture perfect weekend at “The Big House” and everyone is already anticipation an incredible World Championship Event on the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

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Saturday saw the scheduled weekend of racing begin as TORC set-up camp for two days of PRO and Sportsman Short-Course off-road racing. The weather gave the Northwoods of Wisconsin perfect conditions for racer and spectator alike. The race program is quite large so racing begins by 10am and typically ends around 6pm.

The first race of the day was the combined Classix and Stock Truck race. Perennial champion Dale Chestnut rebounded from an early retirement on Friday to take the convincing win in Round 3. Second place was long tine competitor Galen Gee as Dillon Mischler rebounded from a slow start to finish third.

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The Stock Truck group saw Diesel Shanak take a hard roll coming out of Turn One, but somehow got back going without losing a lap. Early on it looked like Dylan Sharkey would take the win but dropping a cylinder and later a flat tire put the hard charger well back in the running order. As Sharkey slowed Lon Jaskie picked up the pace and came home with the win meanwhile Shanak recovered nicely to take the runner-up spot.

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Twenty-five Light Buggy racers lined up two rows deep for the land rush star. Once again it was Greg Stingle leading Derek Tilkens as the field headed for Turn 2, or more commonly known as “The Barn Turn.” Then Tilkens never made it to the next corner as his buggy lost fire. This moved up his teammate Matt Mullin into second as Todd Lemke was just behind in third. The top three stayed the same all the way to the finish.

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Ten Super Trucks took the green flag as Mark Peterson grabbed the early lead. A quick mistake put Peterson back in the order as yesterday’s winner Jerry Edgerton assumed the lead. Now Eric Ruppel moved up to second with Tim Nelson third. As the race progressed Nelson moved around Ruppel and began to close in on Edgerton. The checkered flag came out before Nelson could make a serious challenge as Edgerton took his second win in a row. Just behind in second and third were Nelson and Ruppel.

Limited 4 saw another great performance by Dan Baudoux. The Northern Michigan driver grabbed the lead right from the start, as the rest of the field couldn’t mount a challenge. Second place saw another great battle between Jerry Conrad and Milan Mazenec. Ultimately Conrad finished second and Mazenec third.

Formula 4×4 race saw Dave Miah lead from start to finish as Ryan Rebman was a close second.

The1600 Buggy group was next and it was another Steinhardt and Fraley battle. Once again Steinhardt prevailed, but Fraley finished right on his rear bumper. Third place saw a fantastic run by Dave Luger as he continues to he impress the competition.

The eighteen Super Stock Truck competitors took to the track and probably put on the best show of the Sportsman program. Early on Matt Siorek took the early lead, but a late first lap issue moved the Indiana racer back in the pack. Then the race was all about Mitch Dorr and Danny Beauchamp. Yesterday’s winner led the entire race, as Dorr just couldn’t get around the leader. The final three laps saw Beauchamp’s truck dispersing smoke all the way to the finish, but Upper Peninsula prevailed to take the win. Another solid run by Nick Byng completed the podium celebration.

Eleven Kids Karts raced on a specially design track for a ten lap feature race. The land rush start put Owen Van Epren in the lead closely followed by Carter Vanden Heuvel. About three laps in, Vanden Heuvel made the pass for the lead, but Van Epren made another pass a few laps later to retake the top spot. At the finish it was Owen Van Epren first, Carter Vanden Heuvel second, and a very close third was Braden Beauchamp.

The final Sportsman race of the day saw Friday’s winner Rodney Van Ephren lead all twelve laps on the Crandon “Short Track”. Second place was Scott Schwalbe followed by a great race by veteran Herman Barnum.

The first Pro race of the day saw an epic battle between Luke Johnson and Travis Dinsmore. The opening lap had Dinsmore grab the lead with Johnson in hot pursuit. After the mandatory caution Johnson got a great jump and took the top sport from Dinsmore. On the final Dinsmore and Johnson made contact heading over the Walker Evans Racing Jump, fortunately their momentum kept the to trucks heading in the right direction. At the finish it was Luke Johnson with the win, Dinsmore taking the runner-up spot as Doug Mittag came back from a tire change during the mandatory yellow to finish in third.

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The PRO-2 race saw hometown driver Keegan Kincaid take the early lead. On lap two Doug Mittag made a clean pass to take the lead. Then a miscue by Mittag put Kincaid in the lead with CJ Greaves second and Mittag racing with his hood blocking his vision in third. During the Mandatory caution Mittag stopped in the Hot Pits to remove the hood. The restart saw only four laps until the finish with Mittag at the tail end of the pack. The battle between Kincaid and Greaves continued all the way to the finish, but the two positions never changed. At the checkered flag, Kincaid took the win with Greaves taking second and after another late charge, Mittag completed the podium.

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The final race of the day saw a fierce father and son PRO-4 confrontation. At the drop of the green flag Johnny Greaves took the lead followed by CJ Greaves and Scott Douglas. The top three racers put a little distance on the rest of the field before as well as after the mandatory yellow. The final lap and half saw a seesaw back and forth battle between the Greaves family. In the end Johnny kept his son at bay to take the win as Scott Douglas finished behind the duo in third place.

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Let’s hope the ideal weather continues as Sunday’s program includes the usual full day of traditional short course racing as well as the final race of the weekend, the heavy metal, all out sprint race known as the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup.

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— Appleton’s CJ Greaves Leads Both PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD Divisions —
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— Sportsman Classes To Wrap Up Three Days of Racing —

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CRANDON, WISC. — If the ultra-thrilling final laps of this afternoon’s TORC PRO 4WD race between Crandon favorite Johnny Greaves and talented son CJ (seen above) is any indication, tomorrow’s huge Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge is going to be one for the ages.

The Greaves family is currently at the top of their collective games. CJ came into this weekend’s Crandon Brush Run with white-hot momentum after going four-for-four in both TORC PRO 4WD and 2WD races last week at Chicagoland, Illinois. With the younger Greaves coming in second in today’s PRO 2WD race behind winner Keegan Kincaid, today’s final competition was a father and son slugfest that thrilled a huge Crandon crowd. Johnny took the win at the finish line by less than one second.

Kincaid’s father Jeff was also on the track, himself a two-time FCP Community Cup winner in 2010 and then again the following year.

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Veteran Wisconsin short-course racer Johnny Greaves is a three-time FCP Community Cup winner (2013, 2006 and 2003). The resident of Appleton will bring this Monster Energy Toyota TORC PRO 4WD truck into tomorrow’s race as a popular favorite. (TORC Image)

After a full day of racing, the 2015 Crandon FCP Brush Run weekend on-track will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD classes together on the same track with a staggered start, the intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $24,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $15,000 payday. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.

Last year’s winner Chad Hord is hoping his switch from a TORC PRO 2WD to the faster four-wheel drive TORC PRO 4WD division in 2015 will give him an edge in making it two Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup wins in a row.

On Saturday, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by Amsoil PRO classes included a great battle in the large PRO Light class, with Luke Johnson taking victory over Travis Dinsmore. Son of off-road legend Ricky Johnson, it was Johnson’s first win at the legendary track.

This weekend’s Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run represents Rounds 7 and 8 of a 16-race 2015 TORC season, and Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the Sportsman Off-Road Series. As is tradition, TORC and Crandon Sportsman racers will conclude their year at Crandon International Raceway’s huge season-ending races taking place Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015).

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Last year, Crandon International veteran Chad Hord claimed his first Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Cup victory driving a TORC PRO 2WD. For this season, Hord has made the transition to unlimited TORC PRO 4WD division driving this Caterpillar-sponsored truck. (TORC image)

Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forest land surrounding the small town. The event grew so large that in the 1980s track officials added a spring race — renamed the Brush Run — to augment the hugely popular fall World Championship Off-Road Races ®.

The Crandon Sportsman Series classes ran the second of three race days today as well. Winners included Greg Stingle (Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy), Dale Chestnut (Parsons Chevrolet Classix), Jon Lassie (Londerville Steel Stock Truck), Mark Steinhardt (Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy), Rodney VanEperen (Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy), Owen VanEperen (Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts), Dan Baudoux (Miller Lite Limited 4), Brad Lamarche (MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4), Danny Beauchamp (Mountain Dew Super Stock Truck) and Jerry Egerton (Country Hearth Super Truck).

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Bright summer skies and warm weather brought out a large and enthusiastic crowd today to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway’s “Big House.” With dry weather forecast for Sunday, track officials are preparing for an even larger crowd to enjoy a full schedule of racing tomorrow. (Peter Murphy image).

Crandon International will open its gates to the public on Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM. Racing begins at 10:30 AM for Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series racers with on-track racing all day. The 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup is scheduled just after 5:00 PM.

Admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free.

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LAKE FOREST, CA (June 26, 2015)

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Only three weeks after the last race, Team Renezeder headed to Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah for rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

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Father’s Day weekend started out for Renezeder with Saturday’s Pro-4 Race. With a 4th place qualify, the team’s hopes were high for the Pro-4. Two laps in, the engine wasn’t cooperating with their hopes and Renezeder had to contend with a re-peat of the last race. Renezeder, being the true professional that he is, focused on the next race of the day and he didn’t disappoint. Starting the Pro-2 race from 10th place, Renezeder gave an incredible performance to capture a second place podium finish. ” I couldn’t have done it without my team!” was the first thing Renezeder said.

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Sunday’s Pro-4 race had Renezeder back in great form, Lots of action on the track and Renezeder finished with a third place podium after a close battle with Menzies, Deegan and MacCachren. The Pro-2 race was an exciting finish to a great Father’s Day. Renezeder ran an great race, and again #17 and #21 gave the fans a great opportunity to see some good racing action.

It was a pretty exciting weekend for Renezeder and the team, with 3 podium finishes out of 4.

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The Crew was feeling pretty good as they packed up for the long trip back to the shop. Lots of racing still left for the year and the team will be getting the trucks ready for the next race , July 18-19 at Glen Helen Raceway.
Check the Lucas Oil website for information: http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com

Recap of both races on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjKdYhPaFipZuG1RnwbhdYQ

Results from 2015 LOORRS Rounds 7 and 8 at
Miller Motor Sportspark in Tooele, Utah

June 20-21, 2015

Round 7
Pro 4 Qualify 4th Race DNF
Pro 2 Qualify 10th Race 2nd
Round 8
Pro 4 Qualify 6th Race 3rd
Pro 2 Qualify 3rd Race 3rd

A BIG Thank you to all our sponsors – we could not do it without your support:

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RJ Anderson Finds The Top of The Box at Miller Motorsports Park
Wins Pro Lite Rd. 8, 4 Top 5 Finishes On The Weekend

Riverside, CA 6/24/15 – After a fantastic performance in Lake Elsinore three weeks ago, including a sweep of the weekend’s Pro Lite racing, RJ Anderson and his crew were anxious to ride the momentum into rounds 7 and 8 in Tooele, Utah. The racing takes place at the beautiful Miller Motorsports complex just outside of Salt Lake City. With paved pits, beautiful facilities and a go-kart track, Miller Motorsports park is a favorite of fans and racers alike.

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Rj Anderson was able to put down some fast laps and qualified first in the Pro Lite class for Saturday’s race. The three row inversion for the main event meant that Rj would be starting back in fifth and have his work cut out for him. As racing got underway RJ began to push towards the front but on the very first lap he would have to check up hard to avoid a collision, ripping off a right rear brake caliper in the process. Approaching the race a little differently without brakes RJ stayed composed and was able to pick his way through much of the carnage, battling hard with points leader Brad Deberti and salvaging a 5th place finish.

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The Pro 2 class would take the field last on Saturday with RJ Anderson next to Rob MacCachren on the front row. At the drop of the green flag RJ shot out in front and began to tick off the laps. Miller Motorsports park is an exceptionally tight and technical track and there was a lot of carnage during the race but RJ stayed out front until lap ten where a bauble in turn 1 would drop him back to 7th. He pushed hard for the remaining couple of laps and was able to claw his way back to a 5th place photo-finish over Rodrigo Ampudia.

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Round 8 came with beautiful racing weather for Father’s Day. RJ qualified first again with no inversion this round, meaning he’d be starting up front with clean air. As the green flag dropped the #37 pulled out to an early lead with a train of hungry Pro Lite drivers in tow. Defending the lead would be no easy task with many cautions and a hard charge from second place on lap 14, but in the end RJ lead every lap and took home the top spot on the podium.

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In Sunday’s Pro 2 main event RJ would start in 3rd position after qualifying and inversion. He battled hard through a ton of carnage, banging doors and swapping positions in pursuit of the top 5. Throwing it in to turn five in a battle for 5th place RJ was able to emerge ahead and make it stick. He continued to lay down quick laps despite the repeated cautions but ultimately RJ and the team would be forced to settle for 5th.

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RJ Anderson and the whole team are thrilled with the progress they’ve been making and with a top five in all four races this weekend the results are starting to show. RJ would like to thank the crew and all of his friends and family who came out and supported him along with all of the sponsors that allow him to perform at this level. Next up Lucas Oil Offroad Racing heads back to southern California for rounds 9 and 10 at Glen Helen Raceway July 18-19 under the lights! Keep up with RJ on social media and come out to the races to support!

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Tyme Agency’s Jerett Brooks Wins Round 7 of LOORRS in Utah

San Diego, Ca.- June 25th, 2015 – Tyme Agency(OTC – NBDR), Tyme Agency athlete Jerett Brooks had another strong performance this past weekend at Rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.

Brooks was strong from the get go in Utah, qualifying 2nd fastest in the Pro Lite division for Round 7. With the field inversion, he started in 6th position but as soon as the green flag dropped in the Main, Brooks immediately started making passes working his way up to 2nd place by lap 6. It took just a few more laps for him to complete his charge to the front and he was able to secure his 2nd victory of the season in the first 7 races.

In Round 8, Brooks was able to lock down the 3rd fastest qualifying time, which placed him in the 3rd row for the start of the Main. When the green flag dropped, Jerett had a bit of bad luck and was pushed to the back of the field. He was able to work his way methodically through his competition and ended the race with a hard fought 3rd place finish adding another podium to his total for the 2015 race season.

“I was so pumped to get back on the top of the box this weekend, we work so hard between races and it feels so good to see my teams hard work pay off!” Says Jerett Brooks “ My General Tire/Rigid Industries/GoPro/Maxima backed truck was so good this weekend and I want to thank everyone who backs me and gives me the opportunity to be out here racing!”

Jerett will compete next at Rounds 8 & 9 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series to be held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. He looks to extend his points lead in the division as he continues his quest for the Pro Lite Championship in 2015.

About Tyme Agency: Tyme Agency is a boutique sports marketing agency, offering customized consulting packages tailored to fit any brand, team or athlete. Built on sixteen years of sales, marketing and consulting experience, Tyme specializes in athlete/team representation, loyalty program management, business consulting and social media strategy.

For sponsorship inquiries please contact Jason Fierro:
P. 858-900-8989
E. jfierro@thetyme.com

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Sportsman Off-Road Series: Round Two – Crandon

The annual “Spring” Crandon race saw Sportsman racing on Friday afternoon. Three weeks ago at the Londerville Steel Off-Road Super Challenge, the Sportsman Off-Road Series had their opening weekend of racing, but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and the second round of racing had to be cancelled. The round was rescheduled to run the Friday afternoon before the scheduled TORC “Keys to the Big House” and Sportsman Off-Road Series event.

The racing included the traditional Crandon land rush start, but the actual racing would see the drivers compete on the one mile long “Short Track”.

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The first class up was Light Buggy. Reigning points champion Greg Stingle was the first competitor out of Potawatomi Turn One with Derek Tilkens right on his bumper. Quickly Tilkens put the pressure on the leader, but on lap four his transmission failed moving Jake Nelson up to second with a fast charging Tony Keepers in third. Behind Keepers another twenty Light Buggy racers were swapping positions throughout the ten-lap race. With Tilkens retired, Stingle cruised to the win, as Nelson held onto second and Keepers finished a very closed third.

Next up was the combined Class and Stock Truck race. The original grassroots racers run together on the track, but compete for separate prize money and contingency. The start had Dale Chestnut take the early Classix lead, but by the end of the first lap, a mechanical issue ended his day. Then the lead battle was between Crandon residents, Bill Wilson and Mike Mischler. Late in the race Mischler began to pressure Wilson when his Monte Carlo began to smoke. The overheated racer had to slow and eventually end his day early. This put Wilson at the top of the podium with a very happy Galen Gee in second.

The Stock Truck racers also had considerable attrition, but Diesel Shanak made it to the front of the pack and stayed their all race to take the win.

Next up was Super Buggy and Appleton, Wisconsin’s Rodney Van Epren led flag to flag. Behind Van Epren it was a family battle between father, Scott Schwalbe and son, Ryan Schwalbe. Scott held second place for much of the race as Ryan paced himself as he followed his dad. Then an ignition issue very late in the race stopped Scott putting Ryan second at the checkered flag.

The 1600 Buggy group, which always has plenty of wheel to wheel action, had the “Master”, Mark Steinhardt grab the early lead. It seemed like the rest of the class just didn’t have an answer for the reigning class champion. Las Vegan Bruce Fraley stayed close all race, but had to settle for second as Rob Kinner completed the podium in third place.

The second combined race of the day had Limited 4 and Formula 4×4 compete for one race purse, but separate points. The race began with Dan Baudoux getting the hole shot, but halfway through the opening lap, Al Drews drove his big block Chevy into the lead. Then three laps later Baudoux returned the favor and regained control of the race as he continued on to the win. Drews never gave up and was awarded with a hard fought second place. Just behind Drews, Jerry Conrad finished just ahead of Milan Mazenec for third and fourth respectively.

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Next up was the always entertaining and competitive Super Stock Truck. The field of fifteen trucks saw Mitch Dorr lead the pack through Potawatomi Turn One. In fact he lead the entire race. Second place saw Danny Beauchamp push his truck to the limits, but couldn’t quite get close enough to make a serious charge for the lead. After all the dust cleared from all the pushing and shoving, Nick Byng completed the podium.

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The final truck race of the day saw ten Super Truck drivers line up for the land rush start. The Super Truck division is basically a PRO-2 truck with a slightly limited powerplant. As the field came out of Turn One, Tim Nelson was in the lead. On lap two, Round 1 winner Eric Ruppel made a pass for the lead. Quickly Jerry Edgerton made a similar move to claim second place. Just past the midpoint of the race, Ruppel pulled off will a driveline issue putting Edgerton in the lead. As the laps wound sown Nelson begins to reel in Edgerton, but a last lap miscue ensured the win for Edgerton, as Nelson finishes second and Tim Hanegraaf comes home in third place.

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The final race of the day saw eleven Kids Cart compete on specially designed course. The ten lap race saw Carter Vanden Heuvel take first place, followed by Easton Sleaper and Owen Van Epren.

Saturday will see both Sportsman and PRO racers in action as the TORC “Keys to the Big House” begins its two days of short-course off-road racing. Look for additional event coverage tomorrow.

Words by Mike Ruesche

 

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Tune in and watch Round 4 of The Lucas Oil Regional Live Series from Glen Helen live here as it happens!

Support some of the best local and up and coming talent in short course off-road cut their teeth at the Lucas Oil Regional Series.

The stream of the main event starts at 12:30 and goes until 6:00PM this Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th

Saturday/Sunday Event schedule:
6:30 AMGates open
7:00 AM – Tech/Registration Open
7:15 AM – Track Crew Safety Briefing
7:45 AM – Media Safety Briefing
8:00 AM – MANDATORY Driver’s Meeting
9 AM-12 PM – Qualifying (6 laps)
12 – 12:30 PM – Track Prep/Crew lunch
12:30-5:45 PM – Main Events

Running Order for all sessions is as follows:
(subject to change based upon number of entries per class)
1. J2 Kart
2. AM Ortega J1 Kart
3. GMZ Unlimited UTV**/Walker Evans Racing RZR**
4. Mini Open**/ Open V8**/Full Stock**/Desert Buggies**
5. Mickey Thompson Mini Stock
6. Titan Electric Modified Kart
7. Production 1000
8. McKenzie’s Limited Buggy**/1600 Buggy**
9. Weller Racing Sr1
10. AMA Plastics Pro Buggy
11. PAC Racing Springs Pro Open**/Fuel Off-Road Wheels Pro Lite**
12. Beehive Championship
** indicates class will be scored separately**

2015 Southern California Regional Schedule
Dates – Venue
January 17 – Regional test day Lake Elsinore
February 13 – 2014 Award Ceremony Glen Helen, CA
February 14 – Round 1 Glen Helen, CA
March 7-8 – Round 2 & 3 Lake Elsinore, CA
June 27 – Round 4 Glen Helen, CA
June 28 – Round 5 Glen Helen, CA
August 29 – Round 6 Glen Helen, CA
October 10 – Round 7 Lake Elsinore, CA
October 11 – Shoot Out Lake Elsinore, CA

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Eric Fitch Heating Up the Competition in Utah

Scottsdale, Arizona (June 22, 2015) – On a very hot weekend in Tooele, Utah, Eric Fitch brought a new level of competition to the Pro 2 class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Going door-to-door with past champions, the Pro 2 rookie showed the rest of the class that he not afraid, and has the talent and speed that they are going to be rivaling more and more.

Miller Motorsports Park is one of Eric favorite tracks as it was where he got his first Pro-series win in the Pro- Buggy class. Being familiar with this very technical track, Eric had his Pro 2 truck flying around the tight corners and narrow straightaways. The truck looked great into Saturday’s race until he broke in lap 8. That night Eric’s team was able to put the truck back together and had him ready to go for Sunday.

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When asked about Saturday’s race, Eric replied, “Of course, it is disappointing to break mid-way through the race when I know I was running so well. But it happens, and we are doing all that we can to get ready for tomorrow. This is a very technical track, and I am confident that tomorrow I will be able to show just how competitive I am.”

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Without fail, Eric brought his a-game in Sunday’s qualifying and ended up starting on the fourth row. At race time, Eric was ready to take on the Pro 2 class at the drop of the green flag. By lap four Eric was up to fifth place. He was running fast and on lap 12 was door-to-door with last year’s Pro 2 champion, Bryce Menzies. They got into each other and Eric ended up spinning putting him to the back of the pack. However, undaunted, Eric drove his way right back up and came across the line with a top 10 finish.

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“Wow, I felt great out there. To have other teams telling me that their spotters are telling them to watch out for me coming through the ranks, that shows me that I am on the right track and making an impression. I am happy with the top 10 finish, but ready to break into the top five…and I know I am close!” said Eric about his Round 8 performance.

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Now, it is back to Southern California where Eric will be racing at the historic Glen Helen track for rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Halfway through the season, Eric’s confidence is at an all-time high; and the highly competitive Pro 2 class has another driver hungry for the win.

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Eric Fitch (20) transitioned from Motocross to Pro-Buggy racing three years ago as the youngest competitor in the Pro series for the 2012 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing season. His practice, qualifying- and race-time have been among the fastest in the Pro-Buggy class, gaining the attention of competitors, officials, and sponsors.

In championship point standings, Fitch and team finished the 2014 season at 7th out of 25 competitors. During that season, over 50% of the races landed the team in the Top 5; of the six podiums, Fitch earned three 1st place finishes, one 2nd place finish, and two 3rd place finishes. One of those 3rd place finishes was in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup, the toughest race of the season, where Fitch fought his way through racing carnage to earn his place on the podium.

With Fitch’s growing confidence, maturity, and ease behind the wheel, he has decided to bring his skills to the even more competitive Pro 2 Unlimited class for the 2015 season.

Want the inside scoop on what Eric is doing? Follow him on Facebook and Instagram to see what he has been up to and hear his latest news.

For photos please contact Rachel Speir, at rachel@rachelspeir.com

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GHA Racing recently joined the growing list of racers building Spec TT 6100 trucks. Alex Gonzales is a transplant from Class 1, previously racing a Porter built car before deciding to step into the ever so popular 6100 class. Alex might be new to the class but his record shows that he is a real threat with a 3rd place finish in his first race and winning his third at the BITD Silver State 300.

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The combination of GHA Racing and Camburg seems to be a winning one. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.

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GHA Racing Camburg Built 6100 Spec TT
Chassis: CE KINETIK 6100
Drivetrain: Chevy LS3 Spec Race Engine, Turbo 400 Trans
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Overall Length: 220 inches
Overall Height: 68 inches
Track Width: 91 inches
Overall Weight: 4,450 lbs
Body: CE KINETIK Class 6100 Woven Body
Front Suspension: KINETIK Dual A-Arms, Hubs and Spindles
Front Shocks: Fox Racing Shox 14in, 2.5 Coilovers and 3.5 Five-tube Bypass
Front Wheel Travel: 24 inches
Rear Suspension: CE KINETIK Four-link
Rear Shocks: Fox Racing Shox 16in, 2.5 Coilovers and 18in, 4.0 Five-tube Bypass Shocks, Fox Racing Shox Hydraulic Bump Stops
Rear Wheel Travel: 32 inches
Front Brakes: Jamar TT Calipers
Rear Brakes: Jamar TT Calipers
Plumbing: XRP Fittings and Hose
Cooling: CBR Radiator and Coolers
Rear End: Camburg heat treated TT rear end housing. Camburg TT hubs, 10″ Ring and Pinion
Wheels: Ultra Beadlocks
Extras: Rugged Radio System
Odyssey Batteries
Weldon Fuel Pumps/Filters
Magnaflow Mufflers
Motec C125 Color Display
Motec PDM
FK Rod Ends and Uniballs

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The Stinger, Brandon Arthur, Doubles Down In Tooele http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-stinger-brandon-arthur-doubles-down-in-tooele-126465.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/the-stinger-brandon-arthur-doubles-down-in-tooele-126465.html#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:27:35 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126465 The Stinger, Brandon Arthur, Doubles Down In Tooele Tooele, UT After landing on the podium in Lake Elsinore, Brandon Arthur was right back up on the box when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series travelled to Tooele, Utah. Racers

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The Stinger, Brandon Arthur, Doubles Down In Tooele

Tooele, UT
After landing on the podium in Lake Elsinore, Brandon Arthur was right back up on the box when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series travelled to Tooele, Utah. Racers covet speed and pray for luck but the most sought after attribute would have to be consistency. Consistency wins races and builds the foundation for a championship. In rounds 7 and 8, Brandon was perfectly consistent. He finished second place in both rounds.

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Brandon’s performance is attributed to his talent behind the wheel and great support from Competitive Metals, Pro Traffic Services, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Toyo Tires, HRT Motorsports, Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, F&L Racing Fuel, Impact, FOX shocks, Heatshield Products, Maxima Racing Oils, Summers Brothers, Wirefab, ECP Powder Coating, Bink Designs and Redline Performance. He also relies on strong support from his crew and his parents. His Dad Todd got a great Father’s day gift; watching his son compete with the best drivers in Pro Lite.

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“I’m a super proud Dad,” said Todd Arthur, “Since Brandon was small, we would build cars together in the shop. We are a tight-knit family and working in the shop lets us spend time together.

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Brandon gets up at 3 am to get to his school in Rancho Cucamonga by 5 am. He gets back home around 2 pm and we work together until 7 or 8 at night. Brandon and I built his Trophy Truck and his Pro Lite truck in our shop, HRT Motorsports. It takes a lot of work but he is doing what he loves; racing does not come easy. We have been working to get the new truck dialed in and Brandon has made a tremendous improvement as a driver. It feels really good getting on the box.”

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“On Saturday, we qualified 2nd in our group,” says Brandon, “That put us outside the front row. I was battling with Ryan Beat for the lead. After a couple of laps, we pulled away from him. I led all the way until lap 10 then we had a caution. After the re-start, I left the door open and Jarrett Brooks slipped past me for the lead when my roof panel came loose and covered the windshield opening. For the last three laps, I could barely see. I kept digging and finished second.”

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“For Sunday, we qualified 4th in our group which put us inside on the fourth row. I had a really good start, made some moves and came out of lap 1 in 5th place. I made the pass for 4th on lap 2, then 3rd on lap 3. I was running down Ryan Beat when he broke. That put us in 2nd place behind RJ Anderson. I battled for the rest of the race with RJ but could not get around him. We had our second podium of the weekend.” (Brandon ran the fastest lap of the race on lap 6 when Ryan Beat dropped out and he took off after RJ.) “It was a great weekend for our team. We finally caught some luck and came home with two solid podium finishes. The truck was fast this weekend. It was a great weekend to have with my dad for Father’s Day!”

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Brandon heads back to Glen Helen Raceway for rounds 9 and 10 July 18-19. For the latest news about Brandon’s results in the Lucas Oil Series and select off-road racing events go to: http://brandonarthurracing.com/

Photography By: Bink Designs

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About Brandon Arthur 
19 year old Brandon Arthur has already achieved two championships and a rookie of the year award in his diverse racing career. A fan favorite, he won the 2012 HDRA, 1400 championship in a truck he built from his grandfather’s F-150 that was used on the farm. In 2013, he ran select races in his Pro Traffic Services HRT Motorsports Trophy Truck capturing a victory in its first time out. Brandon tested the limits of the Trophy Truck on a few occasions but overall he held his own against seasoned veterans with deep pockets. In 2014, his rookie year of Pro Lite competition in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, he ran consistently fast; posting a victory and several top finishes. With years of Trophy Truck competition and a Pro Lite win under his belt, he is ready to get down to business in the desert and on the track in 2015. Brandon will be back stronger than ever racing his Trophy Truck at select events and competing fulltime in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series in a newly constructed HRT Motorsports Pro Lite race truck. Brandon is anxious to apply all the knowledge gained racing against the best drivers in the sport during his rookie season in Prolite.

Visit // www.brandonarthurracing.com

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Alumi Craft Launches Two First Time Winners Onto The LOORRS Podium http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-launches-two-first-time-winners-onto-the-loorrs-podium-126463.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/alumi-craft-launches-two-first-time-winners-onto-the-loorrs-podium-126463.html#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:23:04 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126463 Alumi Craft Launches Two First Time Winners Onto The LOORRS Podium Tooele, UT Alumi Craft Race Cars has helped launch two new Pro Buggy drivers into the winners club at rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road

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Alumi Craft Launches Two First Time Winners Onto The LOORRS Podium

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Alumi Craft Race Cars has helped launch two new Pro Buggy drivers into the winners club at rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah. In round 7, Alumi Craft racer Darren Hardesty Jr. took his first win in the professional ranks of the Pro Buggy class. Fellow Alumi Craft racer Mike Valentine finished third. In round 8 it was Valentine’s turn to take his first pro win with Hardesty finishing right behind him in second. Both drivers have had impressive results racing in the Lucas Oil Regional series. They have already reached the podium in the Pro series this season; now they are winners.

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The recipe for success in racing is no secret. It takes talent, hard work and great equipment. When you are putting a team together and learning new set-ups, you need a solid base that you can count on; you need a great car. That’s why Mike Valentine chose Alumi Craft when he began racing in the Pro Buggy class. “The reason we went with Alumi Craft is they are fast cars right out of the box,” says Valentine, “We don’t really mess with our set-up too much; just a few tweaks here and there; it works well everywhere we go.”

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For Darren Hardesty Jr. the choice to go with Alumi Craft was easy. His Father, Darren Sr. has won the Baja 500, Baja 1000 and a SCORE series, class 10 championship behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft desert car. When Darren Jr. stepped up into the Pro Buggy class from a Modified Kart, he wanted his son to be competitive but also be safe. The well thought out design and excellent craftsmanship built into every Alumi Craft chassis also makes car set-up predictable and gives a racer confidence when driving on the edge.

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“It was a big win for us,” said Hardesty Jr., “I think my Grandpa was the most excited out of everyone. (Darren is a third generation driver. His Grandfather Earl has many prestigious race wins and championships of his own). I have the most amazing team behind me. Our team is quality, not quantity. We also had Matt Majors from Alumi Craft helping us. They are always at the track to support us.”

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“Our race on Saturday was eventful,” said Mike Valentine with a laugh, “We passed a couple cars but then got tangled up and fell back to 9th. I put my head down and battled back up to 3rd. On Sunday, we were on the front row after the inversion. We had a brake issue in qualifying so I was nervous heading into the first turn. The brakes were fine and I got out front. Second place stuck his nose in a couple times but I held him off. When he got a flat I checked out; winning by 8 seconds on the rest of the field. Alumi Craft has always been there for me. I’m stoked to be putting them on the top of the podium! ”

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Racers prove the Alumi Craft advantage every weekend. The superior performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars gets results. Whether you are racing in the desert, prerunning, or competing on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.

Photography By: Bink Designs

About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier racecar chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins and twenty-one points championships; eight in short course and thirteen in the desert. Rob MacCachren, Chuck Cheek, Cameron Steele, Luke McMillin, CJ Greaves, Matt Cullen, Darren Hardesty, Darryl Smith, Gunnar Peterson, Mike Porter, Mitchell Dejong, Roger Starkey and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.

Visit // www.alumicraft.info

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.

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Tooele Gets Spicy With HotSauce On Top http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tooele-gets-spicy-with-hotsauce-on-top-126441.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/tooele-gets-spicy-with-hotsauce-on-top-126441.html#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:20:03 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126441 Tooele Gets Spicy With HotSauce On Top Tooele, UT Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. brought the heat to rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah. HotSauce, a third generation racer, has been chipping

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Tooele Gets Spicy With HotSauce On Top

Tooele, UT

Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. brought the heat to rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Tooele, Utah. HotSauce, a third generation racer, has been chipping away at the lead pack in his first season racing fulltime in the professional series. He has run out front on occasion and landed on the podium in round 3. In Tooele, he broke out from the pack to take his first win and backed it up with a second place finish the following day. The win was the perfect Father’s day present to his Dad and Grandpa who are both part of his small, family centric team. In fact, the race was a guy’s weekend with his Father Darren Sr., Grandfather Earl and Alumi Craft’s Matt Majors all making the road trip to Utah.

Hardesty 2015 LOORRS Utah PR1“I’m a super proud Dad,” said Darren Hardesty Sr., “Darren has been working hard to race with the top pros. He knows these guys are fast. He takes it very seriously. Darren has always been a fast learner but I really didn’t think he would have this kind of success so early. We had originally planned to race in the Regional Series but he’s proven he can run in the Pro Series. His Grandpa and I, (both racing champions in their own right) warned him that these guys are going to put some pressure on you but he has handled it all very well.”

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“It was a big win for us,” said HotSauce, “I think Grandpa was the most excited out of anyone about my win. This will go down as one of my best memories in racing. I have the most amazing team behind me and to have my Dad, Grandpa and Matt Majors all at my first pro win; it couldn’t have been any better.”
Hotsauce put his Competitive Metals, Bilstein, ORW, Mickey Thompson Tires, ReplayXD, SPY, Lucas Oil, Bink Designs, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy on the front row for round 7. He lost the drag race into turn one but was right on the leader’s bumper.

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About halfway through the race, HotSauce took the lead and held it to the checkers. In round 8 he started on the second row. After the start he took a huge blow to the head. A clump of mud the size of a basketball was kicked up into his wind screen. It bent the wire mesh, collapsed the wind deflector on top of the dash and hit his helmet. He wrestled with the bent screen and crushed sheetmetal on the dash until he got situated again in the cockpit. Once he regained vision out the front he charged towards the front. He worked his way up to 2nd place for back to back podium finishes on the weekend.

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HotSauce will be back behind the wheel in SoCal for the Lucas Oil Regional Series at Glen Helen Raceway on June 27 and 28. Come on out 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

July 16th-18th / (Night Race) – Glen Helen, CA LOORRS – Rounds 9 & 10
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.

Visit // www.darrenhardestyjr.com

About Bink Designs
Bink Designs is a premier graphic design company located in San Diego. Since 2003, we have been committed to providing cost-effective solutions to our clients’ high-end graphic needs. Whether you want to create, maintain, or revamp your corporate identity, Bink Designs will work with you to develop a strategy that matches your goals. Bink Designs offers a number of services, including: Identity, Print Design, Vinyl Graphics, Web Design, Photography and Apparel.

Visit // www.binkdesigns.com

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Introducing the UTV Racepak IQ3RZR Dash Kit, available for the 2014-2015 Polaris RZR 1000, and 2015
RZR 900. The complete kit replaces the factory dash panel and gauge with a rugged, pre-programmed
digital display that easily connects to the factory ECU harness, and a mount panel that installs into the
factory dash mounting location.
With plug-and-play simplicity, the IQ3RZR can be installed in minutes, and provides vital engine
information, GPS speed, heading and time, and can be upgraded with additional Racepak inputs to
monitor belt temperature, oil pressure and temperature, and much more. Up to 24 different functions
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The mounting panel attaches to the factory location using OEM hardware, and provides mounting
locations for the OEM 4WD, high beam and ignition switches, as well as the 12v power port. (Switches
and power port are shown here for illustration, and easily transfer from the OEM dash. They are not
included with the IQ3RZR kit). The IQ3 display dash and wiring harness are also available without the
mounting panel for those who desire a custom installation.
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IQ3 Display Dash with Mounting Panel Kit: 250-KT-IQ3RZR
To learn more, visit www.utvracepak.com or call Racepak at 949-709-5555.
Founded in 1984, Racepak has been the most recognized name in data acquisition for 30 years. The company
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You can learn more about the IQ3RZR dash and check out our information and installation videos at www.utvracepak.com.

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Final Tooele Bittersweet For Brian Deegan http://www.race-dezert.com/home/final-tooele-bittersweet-for-brian-deegan-126358.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/final-tooele-bittersweet-for-brian-deegan-126358.html#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:39:32 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126358 Final Tooele Bittersweet For Brian Deegan Tooele, UT The final race for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah was bittersweet for Brian Deegan. Miller Motorsports Park will be ceasing operations in

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Final Tooele Bittersweet For Brian Deegan

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The final race for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah was bittersweet for Brian Deegan. Miller Motorsports Park will be ceasing operations in October of this year. Unless a new lessee comes forward to take over the track, it might have been the final race there for the Lucas Oil Series. It was also the first podium for Brian Deegan in his new Rockstar Energy / Makita Power Tools / Ford Pro-4. After a hard fought race in round 7 that saw several re-starts, Deegan worked his way up from the 7th spot to finish on the podium in third. Due to all the starting and stopping, his engine was running a bit hot. He had to drive at a restrained pace in the closing laps. He knew there was more left in it for round 8 on Sunday. He set a milestone for the new truck but at a track that will be relegated to history and therefore never repeated.

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Achieving a first podium for the new Pro-4 was a great boost for the team but there were other events in Tooele that they hope will also be relegated to history and therefore never repeated. The track there gets very rough. Deegan’s Rockstar Energy / Makita Power Tools / Ford Pro-4 has the front end drive to pull him out of the deep ruts. The Rockstar Energy / Makita Power Tools / Ford Pro-2 has no front drive. As the laps grew, so did the depth of the ruts. There was also plenty of blue-groove in the corners. Blue-groove is when the dirt becomes hard as concrete and just as slick. Skid marks from the tires sliding over the hard packed dirt take on a blueish hue.

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Deegan’s Mickey Thompson Tires get great bite on the blue groove but when you transition from blue-groove to soft dirt and ruts, it can upset the truck. In round 7, Deegan was in the top five until he over-rotated and dropped a couple positions. He then ran out of laps to get back up to the front. In round 8,he did something practically unheard of for him; he caught a rut and tipped the #38 over. Very few drivers are as skilled on two wheels as Brian Deegan and yet, the track got the best of him. This was after he had a very contentious race in the Pro-4. Battling door to door on the last lap, he had contact with another driver that drew a black flag from the officials. To be fair, the black flag has been raised on nearly all of the front runners in the past. It could probably come out on every lap. If you haven’t gotten a black flag, you aren’t driving hard enough. You just hope they catch the other guy first.

Deegan 2015 LOORRS UTAH Post Race PR3“We are really happy with all the progress we are making on the Rockstar Energy / Makita Power Tools / Ford Pro-4,” said Deegan, “It’s feeling better behind the wheel and our adjustments are working to get our Mickey Thompson tires really hooked up. This weekend was kind of crazy but we are looking forward to heading back to southern California to put on a great show for the fans at Glen Helen.”

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Rounds 9 and 10 will be held July 18 and 19 at Glen Helen Raceway in Glen Helen, Ca. Brian Deegan will be right back in the heat of the action. If you can make it to the track in person don’t miss it.

For more information and tickets visit http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com/.

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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There can be a lot of factors attributed to the dwindling entries in Class 1 lately. Let’s see if we can figure this out with some truth, some rumor and some made up “facts.”

Outside of our desert racing circle, the dune buggy, the buggy or the dune hopper as people refer to it, is probably the most recognized vehicle amongst non-desert racing fans. When you tell someone you are going to Baja for a race they typically ask what type, motorcycle or dune buggy? So why would the most recognizable vehicle entry be slowing down? We have some of the latest and greatest top dollar equipment with phenomenal drivers currently running both of the big series.

Here is what we think. Class 1 used to contend for the overall at most desert races but those days are fewer and further between. Some promoters have even instituted qualifying to give the Class 1 guys the chance to start mixed in with the Trick Trucks and not just behind them. Currently TT entries are seeing 30-40 trucks at most races and 60+ at the Mint 400 and you need to qualify well if you want to finish in the top 10 overall. Add a buggy in that mix and you not only have the challenge of smaller tires and less horsepower but of having to work your way through big wide trucks stinking up the trail.

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One of the biggest changes that happened in Class 1 in the last century has to be the introduction of the Herbst Truggy around 1997. This vehicle changed the way we thought about the traditional buggy. No other Class 1 was running 37” tires front and back, front V8 engine and four link. It just was not being done. The Truggy aka Land Shark dominated for many years. But was it the downfall of Class 1? We don’t think so at all. There were only a handful of Trick Truck entries at races and the Herbst Brothers did not have to race against each other in the same class so it made sense at the time. A trouble free truggy was hard to beat even by the fastest Class 1 racers.

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Class 1 cars have progressed rapidly over the past decade. The vehicles went from beam front ends to a-arms. The trailing arms out back got bigger and longer as well as the brakes and hubs to run 35” tires. Most Class 1s were running a skinnier tire up front which meant beefing up the arms, hubs, shocks and steering to accommodate a full size tire up front. The Trick Trucks starting out front with the 37” tires (now 39″) were chewing up the courses, leaving big holes for the buggies to follow through. The next step was to take the buggies to 37s which meant pretty much redesigning the cars around the bigger, heavier tires and wheels making the older cars obsolete. The RPS car of Steve Sourapas was the first to go this route. Drivers needing new bigger and stronger cars to stay competitive was great news for builders and bad news for budget racers.

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The new, much heavier Class 1s were closer to the TTs but still not the same animal. Class 1s skip over bumps while the TTs drive over them keeping traction with a much plusher ride. As the drivers get older, comfort has to be a key in which vehicle they choose to race. The next step would be a TT.

With the ban of the live rear axle, you won’t see the occasional TT without a body compete in Class 1. Fortunately there are not a lot of them so the class did not get hurt by the new rule.

Switching to Trick Trucks from a Class 1 has a lot of factors that not everyone realizes. We contacted Steve Sourapas to help us differentiate between the two.

Steve stated the TTs with big horsepower these days eat up tires. They need to be switched out every 150 miles where as the Class 1 can go an entire race on a set. Trucks go through lots of heim joints because of the weight difference. Bodies on a buggy can go several races, but trucks tear up bodies almost every race, especially bed sides. Steve also said buggies run parts until they break or crack whereas the truck is a time/mileage deal. Once they have been run a couple of times, they get thrown in the parts bin even if they Mag fine. Lastly, Steve said if you have $250k for a Class 1, you probably have the money to buy a Trick Truck so stepping up to a class that can compete for the overall and start out front is a factor in the decision.

So there you have it. Our thoughts on the reason entries could be getting lower. The Class 1 still has a home within every organization and in the hearts of fans. We love them around here as they are the backbone of the sport. Hopefully people are taking time away to take care of business and families and will be back with higher entries in the future.

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CRANDON, WISC. — It’s a phenomenon that started nearly half a decade ago in the backwoods of northwest Wisconsin. It has evolved into a major stop in America’s off-road racing calendar.

As it has since 1970, this weekend Crandon International Raceway will be the epicenter of the short-course off-road racing world as it gets ready to host the 22nd annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run event. Held at the legendary facility’s purpose-built race track located in the heart of Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, the Brush Run schedule features nearly three full days of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman racing from Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th.

The weekend’s on-track action will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD classes together on the same track with a staggered start, the intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $24,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $15,000 pay day. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.

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Wisconsin’s Chad Hord, winner of last year’s Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup, will be returning to Crandon International Raceway this weekend to defend his title. This year, however, Hord has moved up to the powerful and unlimited TORC PRO 4WD division. (Jeff Keeble image)

On Saturday and Sunday the stars of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by Amsoil will take to Crandon’s legendary high-speed dirt track including the ultra-competitive PRO 4WD, PRO 2WD and PRO LIGHT truck classes. Leading the field will be Wisconsin native CJ Greaves, who leads the PRO 2WD division while second in the PRO 4WD points battle behind father Johnny Greaves. Kyle Hart, whose father Marty is also a short-course racing legend, comes to the Brush Run weekend atop the TORC PRO LIGHTS points standings.

This weekend’s Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run represents Rounds 7 and 8 of a 16-race 2015 TORC season. As is tradition, TORC and Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series racers will conclude their year at Crandon International Raceway’s huge World Championships event taking place Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015).

Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forest land surrounding the small town. The event grew so large that in the 1980s track officials added a spring race — renamed the Brush Run — to augment the hugely popular fall World Championship Off-Road Races ®.

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Wisconsin native CJ Greaves will bring his considerable talents to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run riding a huge wave of racing momentum. Son of Crandon legend Johnny Greaves, CJ won all four TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD races this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. (Chris Hord images)

A backbone of off-road racing in the American Midwest, the Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series will host 10 unique classes of unique short-course machinery during next weekend’s Brush Run event. Track officials will stage a special schedule of racing for these classes on Friday afternoon as a make-up for a rained-out Sunday at the Londerville Steel Enterprises Super Challenge several weeks ago. Friday’s racing will represent Round 2 of the 2015 Sportsman season, with Rounds 3 and 4 scheduled for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

The Crandon Sportsman classes and their sponsors include Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy, Parsons Chevrolet Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy, Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy, Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts, Miller Lite Limited 4, MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4, Mountain Dew Super Stock Truck and Country Hearth Super Truck.

Fans are expected to invade Crandon’s immense 400-acre facility from around the country. The on-site camping is part of the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many camp sites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis.

In keeping with Crandon tradition, Saturday night will feature a festival-style concert featuring The Cougars Band, a unique rock group fronted by three female vocalists. Highly popular all around the state of Wisconsin, the Cougars Band specializes in “belty, high-energy songs with lots of harmony.”

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Wisconsin’s own The Cougars Band will entertain Crandon International Brush Run fans on Saturday night, June 27 beginning at 8:00 PM on the Crandon Monster Energy stage. The concert is free to fans camping at Crandon for the weekend or those attending Saturday’s races. Gates will open for concert-only attendees with a $10.00 charge. (Cougars Band image)

“After the success of the Londerville Steel Super Challenge weekend earlier this month, the staff at Crandon International Raceway is looking forward to hosting the biggest Brush Run event in our history,” said Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Our schedule is packed from Friday afternoon through Sunday, and we know our fans will enjoy a great show.”

Crandon International will open its gates to the public all three days beginning at 8:00 AM. Weekend admission is $40 for adults, with children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older getting in free. One-day admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free. Crandon will also offer Saturday night-only admission to enjoy the Cougars Band concert for just $10.

All weekend, camping and concert tickets for the Crandon Brush Run races will be available when the gates open beginning at 12:00 noon Thursday, June 25th .

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ANNOUNCING RALLY COMP http://www.race-dezert.com/home/announcing-rally-comp-126334.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/announcing-rally-comp-126334.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:47:44 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126334 ANNOUNCING RALLY COMP New Device Adds Safety and Compliance Functions to BAJA RALLY ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com has released the first details of a brand new metering device to be used by racers participating in the 2015 BAJA RALLY here

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New Device Adds Safety and Compliance Functions to BAJA RALLY
ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com has released the first details of a brand new metering device to be used by racers participating in the 2015 BAJA RALLY here this September 28 –Oct 2. The first of its kind Rally Comp is an on board odometer, speedometer, compass built around a compliance and safety management resource. The “event management” tool is the brainchild of veteran Baja champion and FIM Rally racer Mike Johnson.

“It’s a game changer.”
-Erek Kudla, Director of Timing and Scoring

Rally Comp promises to open a new door for rally competition and training with the objective of attracting increasing numbers of participants. BAJA RALLY will be the first widely recognized rally event to deploy the Rally Comp devices, which are being provided to riders free of charge with their standard entry fees. Entrants in the BAJA RALLY have received RIDER BULLETIN 3.12 previously to prepare for the requirement to “make space” to install the units for the event.

At technical inspection day September 28, riders will be required to install Rally Comp, which has the same footprint and standardized connectors as traditional odometers (ICO), unit onto their navigation tower to be used as a primary or backup odometer. A small attached antenna and alert buzzer connect to Rally Comp, which is externally powered by the bikes battery or an external power source (for bikes without a battery)

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Primarily, Rally Comp times the rider from start to finish of each special stage, tallies waypoints hit or missed, and calculates WP and speed penalties in real time. When riders approach preset “masked” (hidden from rider) waypoints, an arrow pointer on the larger screen guides the through the waypoint and automatically calibrates the Rally Comp’s odometer to the correct mileage. If a rider becomes misplaced from the course (ie: lost) they can push a button and unlock (open) the next waypoint so the Rally Comp pointer can show the direction back to the course. A significant time penalty will be logged in real time when this happens.

Upon finishing each day, the rider can see their gross and net adjusted times the instant they arrive from the stage. Simultaneously, Rally Comp sends the data to an RF (radio frequency) receiver to the scoring tent. The resulting benefit is BAJA RALLY can post provisional standings as each rider arrives.

Secondarily, Rally Comp is a GPS based 4-in-1 odo/speedo/cap repeater, clock that connects to standardized thumb switches, power and antenna connections.

As a third and critically important element, Rally Comp attaches to a small buzzer (horn) that is audible to the rider when they start and finish each stage, cross a waypoint or when speeding in speed zone.

The long term effect is Rally Comp’s application as an entry level training tool to fill the growing demand of rally hopefuls needing to take their first step. Johnson, 2-time BAJA RALLY finisher and the only American finisher in the 2014 DAKAR RALLY has been entrenched in the development of RALLY COMP for over 2 years.

Erek Kudla, BAJA RALLY Director and Chief of Timing & Scoring, oversees more than 25 race events per year and considered one of the most prolific arbiters of the sport.

“It’s a game changer”, explains Kudla, “Our team has run multiple days of testing in the US and Baja CA and looking forward to refining our process around Rally Comp. I think the racers will love it”. Kudla continued, “I could create an entire event just based around Rally Comp.”

“Mike (Johnson) has hit a grand slam with Rally Comp and his mission is worthy”, says BAJA RALLY Director & Chief of Competition Andy Grider, we’ve been collaborating with him since the last BAJA RALLY 2.0. Mike knows international rally and shares our values and vision for growing the sport, making it safer and more accessible and adding new riders.”

Rally Comp, which is due for public release in Winter 2015 will be a mandatory for every vehicle competing in the upcoming BAJA RALLY and the unit will be entirely furnished by Rally Comp in a collaborative “launch” of this groundbreaking technological safety advancement.

We owe a huge “thank you” to Rally Comp and Mike Johnson for choosing BAJA RALLY as the first rally event to deploy this breakthrough device”, Rally founder Scotty Breauxman concluded, “Our team is optimistic about the difference Rally Comp will make for the rider experience and overall safety of the event.”

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Round 8: a fine way to spend Fathers’ Day

Following an intense afternoon of action here at Miller Motorsports Park in Round 7 yesterday, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, was right back in action here in Utah this afternoon, as the drivers returned to do battle in Round 8. This is an absolute gem of a facility, world class without a doubt, and the highly enthusiastic fans here in Tooele packed the stands right in. With partly cloudy skies and a nice breeze to balance out the warm temperatures, it was a great day to be at the races. Once again, the drivers put on some fantastic performances, and we again had a nice mix of dominant driving, very close and intense racing, and another first-time winner. All the fathers in attendance must’ve been enjoying spending their special day in such an exciting way, and indeed, so must have everyone else.

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Modified Kart

Once again starting things off with a bang were the Modified Karts, and today, it was rising star Trey Gibbs who grabbed the early lead in his #515 K&B Engineering/FT1 Trophy Karts machine. Christopher Polvoorde ran second in the #594 Horizon Solar Power Racing/The Palms River Resort kart, with points leader Travis PeCoy third in the #573 Action Sports Canopies/Adidas truck, Hailie Deegan fourth in the #538 Dirt Princess/Deegan 38 entry, and Broc Dickerson fifth in the #523 X-15/Walker Evans Racing Wheels & Shocks kart. Deegan passed PeCoy at turn one to move up to third on lap two, and after having to slow to avoid contact with Deegan in the next corner, PeCoy dropped another spot to Dickerson. PeCoy then passed Dickerson back at turn five, while up front, Gibbs was on an absolute tear; by the end of lap three, he was already ahead of Polvoorde by 1.68 seconds! A full course yellow then came out on lap four after Ronnie Anderson had come to a stop in turn three; Anderson got moving again with help from the track crew, and racing resumed on lap six. The field then botched two successive restarts, but after getting the third one right, it was PeCoy who got by Deegan coming out of turn three to get back up to third spot on the restart lap. The top five then held their positions through the Competition Yellow at the end of the tenth lap, at which point it was Gibbs, Polvoorde, PeCoy, Deegan, and Dickerson running in first through fifth places.

The running order further back in the pack needed some sorting under the yellow, and that situation wasn’t helped when five cars stacked up coming into turn five on the second yellow flag lap. However, everyone eventually got themselves into their correct positions, and racing picked up again on lap 15. Dickerson got by Deegan for fourth at turn four on that restart lap, with PeCoy then passing Polvoorde for second in the next corner. On the next lap, Gibbs bicycled in turn three, allowing PeCoy and Polvoorde to close right in and make it a very tight race for the lead. PeCoy out-braked Gibbs into that same corner on the next lap, and slid convincingly into the lead as the field rushed into the corner. Just down the order, Conner McMullen got by Deegan for fifth on that same lap (lap 17), but Deegan got the position back at turn four on the following go around. Deegan then dove down the inside on Dickerson going into turn three on lap 19, only to then see Dickerson go right back past coming out of turn four. The race for second spot was on in earnest now, as Gibbs, Polvoorde, Dickerson, Deegan, and McMullen were running nose to tail with just one lap to go. On the final lap, Polvoorde got by Gibbs for second coming out of turn three, and going into the next corner, Deegan wasn’t able to make the corner without running right into Gibbs, and she pushed their two karts across the corner, dropping them both well down the order in the process. At the finish, PeCoy came across first for a convincing fourth win of the season, ahead of Polvoorde, Dickerson, McMullen in the #588 Monster Energy/Kevin McMullen Fabrication & Transaxles machine, and Trevor Briska in the #559 JH Sims Trucking Co., Inc./Prolong Super Lubricants entry.

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Once again, Kyle LeDuc scored the pole in this morning’s Pro 4 Unlimited qualifying session, just as he did yesterday, and again, the competition must’ve slumped collectively as his spotter drew a zero for the inversion for the starting grid, just as he did yesterday. LeDuc led the field away in his #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, and was still out front at the end of the first lap, ahead of Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren, Eric Barron, and Brian Deegan. Carl Renezeder moved up to challenge Deegan for fifth spot by lap four, but after running closely behind for a few laps, a bicycle by King Carl in turn four on lap seven cost him a little ground. Renezeder got right back up on Deegan again on lap nine, but was still unable to make a move, with a full course caution then coming out at the end of lap ten thanks to debris at the entrance to turn five. Further debris needed clearing from turns three and four, but racing then picked up again on lap 13, and after a little melee in turn four, somewhat centered around another bicycle by Renezeder, Deegan managed to get past Barron for fourth spot. Doug Fortin then stalled in turn five, forcing a second full course caution, and on the restart lap, Renezeder went BIG over the tabletop between turns two and three, setting himself up to go by Barron for fifth into turn three, which he did. Menzies then bicycled in the next corner, which allowed both MacCachren and Deegan to get past him. Out front, LeDuc now had a bit of a gap, and the rest of the top five looked to have their spots relatively locked in. However, on the final lap, Menzies made a beautiful pass on Deegan going into turn four, moving himself back up to a potential podium finish. Deegan must not have liked that idea, as he then dove deep into the final corner, where he hit Menzies hard and shot him all the way over to the outside wall, nose-first. Menzies dropped to last and was actually unable to finish, and Deegan drew an immediate black flag for his actions. Following Deegan’s punishment, the final five drivers were LeDuc (who has now won seven in a row), MacCachren in the #21 Rockstar Energy/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford, Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford, Barron in the #32 Tonka/Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota, and Adrian Cenni in the #11 Wildman Bites/Maxxis Ford.

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Pro Lite Unlimited

In Pro Lite Unlimited, 2012 champion RJ Anderson had the lead at the end of lap one, ahead of fellow front row starter Ryan Beat, defending champion Sheldon Creed, outstanding rookie Cole Mamer, and another rising talent, Brandon Arthur. Arthur forced Mamer out wide at turn four by putting himself in Mamer’s line on lap two, and coming out of the corner, points leader Jerett Brooks got by Mamer as well. Arthur then passed Creed for third in the turn one/two complex on the next lap, before Beat suddenly came to a stop just a few corners later, the victim of a very sudden issue that put him out of the race. Beat’s coming to a stop brought out a full course yellow, and after racing back to that yellow, it was Anderson, Arthur, Creed, Brooks, and Brad DeBerti in the top five when racing resumed on lap six. On the restart lap, DeBerti made a beautiful inside pass on Brooks at turn three to take over fourth, before then passing Creed coming off of turn five as Creed recovered from an over-rotation brought on by his attempt to try and pass Arthur on the inside in that same corner. Lap seven then saw a second full course yellow, this time for on-track debris, and after the restart, it was Creed who was trying desperately to get his provisional podium back from the rookie DeBerti. DeBerti wasn’t having it, though, as he was driving brilliantly to hold Creed at bay. A rollover by DJ Noerr in turn four then brought a third full course yellow on lap ten, and on the restart lap, Brooks got by Creed coming out of turn five after getting alongside coming off of turn four and running side-by-side with Creed all the way through the rhythm section.

Arthur made a pass for the lead down the inside of Anderson at turn three on lap 14, but Anderson got right back by in the next corner. The following lap saw Brooks make a nice out-braking move on DeBerti into turn four to move himself up to third spot, and just behind, Creed was now hounding DeBerti again. Near the end of lap 17, Creed was finally able to get it done, as he passed DeBerti coming out of turn five after making several attempts at passes in the couple of preceding laps. After that, the top five drivers held their positions, and it was Anderson who grabbed his second win of the season in his #37 Loan Mart/BFGoodrich Tires Nissan to close up the already-tight points race. Arthur took another second in the #6 Competitive Metals/HRT Motorsports Chevrolet, Brooks finished third in the #77 General Tire/Synergy Electric Nissan, Creed was fourth in the #1 Traxxas/A.M. Ortega General Engineering Contractor Inc. Dodge, and DeBerti was fifth in the #70 Mickey Thompson/Hawk Performance Ford.

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Pro Buggy Unlimited

The penultimate race of the weekend was Pro Buggy Unlimited, and this one saw Mike Valentine jump into the early lead in his #78 Mickey Thompson/Wiks Racing Engines Alumi Craft. Dale Dondel ran second in the #33 Roberts Racing/SAS Racer, with Chad George third in the #42 ASL Builders Inc./Gray Area Technologies Funco, Darren Hardesty Jr. fourth in the #99 Competitive Metals/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Alumi Craft, and Garret George fifth in the #71 Redline Performance/Slime Funco. A spin by Kevin McCullough up in turn three ended up catching out Taylor Atchison and Sterling Cling on the opening lap, and while all three drivers got going on their own, McCullough wasn’t able to do so before a full course yellow came out; front end damage on McCullough’s car then reduced his pace for the remainder of the race. On the restart lap (lap three), both of the George boys moved up a spot to second and fourth, respectively, and Atchison then passed Hardesty Jr. coming out of turn four and through the rhythm section to turn five on the next lap. Hardesty Jr. got the spot right back early on the next lap, though, and he, Atchison, and Cling then began a good scrap for fifth, which lasted several laps. On lap ten, Dondel suddenly pulled off coming out of turn two, apparently the victim of what looked to be an engine issue. Valentine still led the way, but he now had Chad and Garret George running second and third, with Hardesty Jr. and Atchison in fourth and fifth.

Chad closed in on Valentine a bit on the next lap, but wasn’t quite close enough to make a move yet. Hardesty Jr., though, had also closed in on the man ahead of him, in this case Garret George, and when Garret appeared to miss a shift at the end of lap 12, Hardesty Jr. was right there to shoot past and up to third spot. Less than half a lap later, Chad then had his right rear tire come clean off of the wheel going into turn three, and while his pace had to slow somewhat, he opted to stay out on track, knowing he was better off to keep running on three tires than to lose more time getting a new tire in the Hot Pits with just over two laps to go. Hardesty Jr., Garret George, Atchison, and Cling all got by Chad before the checkers, though, and up front, it was Mike Valentine who, after Chad’s misfortune, cruised home to take a well-deserved first career win in the National series- congratulations Mike! Second was yesterday’s first-time winner, 14-year-old Hardesty Jr., and points leader Garret George rounded out the podium in third. Fourth went to Atchison in the #30 Tonka Off-Road/AMA Plastics Alumi Craft, and fifth was Cling in the #77 Cling’s Manufacturing/L&D Power Alumi Craft.

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Closing out the action this weekend were the Pro 2 Unlimiteds, and after starting up front, Jeremy McGrath ran first at the end of lap one in his #2 Loctite/Fuel Off-Road Wheels Nissan, ahead of Brian Deegan, RJ Anderson, Carl Renezeder, and Bryce Menzies. On lap two, McGrath just checked up a bit to avoid over-rotating in turn three, and behind him, Deegan checked up more to avoid a collision, and ended up spinning instead. This caught out several other drivers, and took Deegan down to last place; by the end of the lap, it was now McGrath, Renezeder, Menzies, Rob MacCachren, and Anderson in the top five. MacCachren then got by his former protégé Menzies coming out of turn four on the next lap, as Menzies got a little bit squirrelly coming out of the corner. On lap four, Eric Fitch bumped Anderson door-to-door at turn two to make a pass for fifth, while just ahead, Renezeder, MacCachren, and Menzies were running very close in a good race for second spot. A hard rollover into turn five by Mike Dondel then forced a full course caution as the field began lap five, and after a couple of laps to clear Dondel’s truck, racing resumed on lap eight. The end of that lap saw another full course yellow following an uncharacteristic rollover by Deegan in turn four; Deegan needed a little time to get re-fired after being righted, but he was able to continue.

Racing picked back up again on lap 12, and on that restart lap, Fitch got into Menzies hard in turn three, but wound up half spinning himself, and dropping back to last place in the process, while Menzies got away pretty much unscathed. Sheldon Creed moved up to inherit fifth place in his #74 Traxxas/Amsoil Ford, and up ahead, it was still a good three-way race for second between Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford, MacCachren in the #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford, and Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford. Renezeder got a little wild in the rhythm section on lap 14, but managed to hold his second place, despite his two rivals closing in even more. Renezeder then started to make a little ground on McGrath in the latter part of the following lap, while further back, Anderson was all over Creed in a good race for fifth place. Anderson got by briefly at turn five on lap 16, but after Anderson got squirrelly coming off the corner, Creed got back past just before the start/finish line. With less than three laps to go, MacCachren was all over Renezeder on lap 20, and coming out of turn three, MacCachren nicely out-jumped Renezeder into turn four to shoot ahead and into second. The two then made contact in the corner, causing both they and Menzies behind to slow, but they all held their positions as they got back up to speed. Debris in turn four then brought out a full course yellow at the end of the lap, and on the restart lap, Creed got by Menzies with a nice outside run at turn three, only to see Menzies go back past in the next corner. In turn five, several trucks piled brutishly into the corner in the battle for fifth, and Anderson came out ahead of the rest to grab the position, with Creed then collecting a banner on the final lap, which began to tangle up on his truck, and may have contributed to his failing to finish the final lap (he crawled to a stop less than 50 painful yards from the checkered flag). At the stripe, it was fan favorite McGrath who took a very popular win, his first since forming his own team last year, and his first since his first-ever win back in Round 11 at Las Vegas in 2011. Second went to MacCachren, third to Renezeder, fourth to Menzies, and fifth to Anderson in the #37 Polaris RZR/Traxxas Ford.

That brings our racing here at Miller Motorsports Park to a close, and it’s certainly been a very exciting weekend. A very big thank you to all the fathers who came out to participate with us today; whether it be as a driver, crew member, race official, or spectator, thanks for being with us on Father’s Day! Up next, the series returns to southern California and the legendary Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino for Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2015 championship. With just four weeks to go, the drivers and crews will be working overtime to get their minds and vehicles right as they rapidly approach the halfway point of the season. Join us July 18 and 19 for a return to night racing; get your tickets quick, as this one always packs the stands to capacity!

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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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Racers dazzle Utah fans in Round 7 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/racers-dazzle-utah-fans-in-round-7-126315.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/racers-dazzle-utah-fans-in-round-7-126315.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:37:13 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126315 Racers dazzle Utah fans in Round 7 Just three short weeks ago, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, was tearing up the track down in southern California. This weekend, the series now brings the action some

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Racers dazzle Utah fans in Round 7

Just three short weeks ago, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, was tearing up the track down in southern California. This weekend, the series now brings the action some 700 miles north, and into the beautiful grounds of the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, just outside Salt Lake City, for Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2015 championship. Often a team favorite for many drivers, who are afforded the opportunity to spend the long evenings with their families and crews after the afternoon races, this track also poses a formidable challenge for those wishing to find success. Unusually tight and technical, the track often becomes extremely rough, and drivers must constantly be on their game to avoid spinning on the slick blue groove or catching one of the many deep ruts and ending up on their lids. Experience usually pays off here, but sometimes, youthful exuberance perseveres as well, and here today, the highly enthusiastic Utah fans were treated to some great racing, for which they cheered wildly all afternoon.

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Kicking things off this afternoon were the Modified Karts, which were running on the full-length track for the first time at this venue, and front row starters Christopher Polvoorde and Daely Pentico ran one-two at the end of the opening lap, followed by Trey Gibbs, Travis PeCoy, and Broc Dickerson. Points leader PeCoy got by Gibbs on the inside going into turn three on lap two, and that put him up to third spot, but Gibbs slid back by on the inside at the next corner to re-take the position. Up front, Polvoorde was already developing a gap over the rest of the field, while behind him, PeCoy ran well wide at turn four and dropped back to fifth on lap three. PeCoy then had to defend his position from a charging Hailie Deegan, while just ahead, Gibbs made a beautiful inside pass on Pentico at turn four to take over second on lap five. Dickerson then got by Pentico in the next corner, and with PeCoy and Deegan also making the pass on Pentico in the turn one/two complex on the next lap, it was quickly becoming apparent that Pentico had an issue. That issue then became more apparent at the end of the lap, as Pentico pulled into the Hot Pits with a broken left front suspension, a real shame of an end to what had been a very promising run for the young driver.

As Pentico pulled off, the Competition Yellow came out, and it was still Polvoorde out front, with a lead of 4.33 seconds over Gibbs, who ran second. Dickerson, PeCoy, and Deegan filled out the top five, and after a botched first attempt at the restart, these drivers still held those same spots for the second try. On that second try, Deegan got by PeCoy at turn one to move into fourth, but then got caught out by a tangle with Gibbs and Dickerson at turn five. Fortunately, Deegan actually benefitted from the incident, as she was quicker than the boys to get away, and she moved up to second behind Polvoorde, with PeCoy, Jimmy Weitzel, and Dickerson trailing in third, fourth, and fifth. The next lap saw a full course caution come out after Nathan Barry came to a stop in turn five, and after he was towed off, racing resumed on lap 12. The yellow came right back out at the end of that lap, though, as Bryce McDaniel and Hayden Cling got collected in turn three. Racing resumed again on lap 14, and on that lap, Dickerson drove past Weitzel into turn four, moving himself up to fourth as a result. A very good race for third then developed between PeCoy, Dickerson, and Weitzel, but it was quickly interrupted by another full course yellow, which came out this time after Chris Nunes came to a stop in the rhythm section between turns four and five.

With only two of the scheduled 12 racing laps left to run, the field was really struggling to get in some clean laps, and they continued to do so on the restart on lap 18, as Ryan Carey had come to a stop just shy of the start/finish line, not quite able to make the true restart. Ronnie Anderson then came to a stop as the field circled under another yellow, but after both drivers had been dealt with, racing picked up again on lap 20, only to see Cole Keatts get into Cling going into turn one. Cling’s kart was upset and already on the limit of adhesion, and his kart was instantly sent into a violent rollover, forcing yet another yellow flag. Cling was okay, though he had to be towed off, before the green flag came out again on lap 22, with race officials shortening the race distance by one lap, and making this a green/white-checkers, one-lap dash to the finish. On the final lap, PeCoy got by Deegan on the inside at turn three to grab second spot, but then got into the back of Polvoorde coming into the next corner, causing himself to have a half spin and stall out. PeCoy dropped back badly as a result, just the break that race leader and second place points runner Polvoorde needed. Polvoorde didn’t have it all his own way, though, as Deegan was suddenly alongside him coming out of the final corner, and Polvoorde had to dig for every last bit of traction as he tried to hold her off. Polvoorde just managed to do so, edging Deegan by a nose (just 0.048 seconds, to be precise) at the line to take his fourth win of the season in the #594 Sunrun/Racer X Motorsports kart. Deegan was a very close second in the #538 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil truck, with Dickerson third in the #523 X-15/Black Rhino machine, Weitzel fourth in the #555 Fox Racing Shox/Weitzel Motorsports entry, and Trevor Briska fifth in the #559 JH Sims Trucking Co., Inc./K&N kart.

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Pro 4 Unlimited

After a zero-position inversion of this morning’s qualifying results, pole sitter Kyle LeDuc shot straight into the lead in his #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, ahead of Rob MacCachren, Eric Barron, Bryce Menzies, and Brian Deegan. Incidents for both Adrian Cenni and Doug Fortin on the opening lap forced a full course caution on lap two, but with both drivers able to recover and continue on their own, racing resumed on lap three. Menzies got by Barron on the inside at the turn one/two complex to move into third spot on the restart lap, while up front, LeDuc was quickly taking command of the race. Second-placed MacCachren was holding a pretty close and consistent gap to the leader LeDuc, but it seemed apparent that LeDuc wasn’t using all of the pace that he had at his disposal, and he looked instead to have chosen to simply set a pace that nobody else could better. Lap seven then saw another full course caution, as Cenni came to a stop in turn four. Cenni’s truck was quickly cleared by track crews, and racing picked up again on lap eight, with Barron then spinning going into turn four on the restart lap. Barron dropped back to eighth as a result, and as the field came back around, it was now LeDuc, MacCachren, Menzies, Deegan, and Doug Fortin in the top five. Three laps later, MacCachren mysteriously ran wide and stalled up in turn three, and with an obvious mechanical issue, MacCachren pulled off as the track went full course yellow. Racing picked up again on lap 13, with LeDuc now leading Menzies, Deegan, Fortin, and Jerry Daugherty in the top five. On the restart, Daugherty was slow going into turn one, and after some contact, both Barron and Greg Adler got by him. Two laps later, Fortin then spun at turn five and dropped a spot to fifth, before bicycling at turn four on the next lap and dropping another spot to sixth. Barron and Adler had both gotten past Fortin thanks to his two mistakes, but Adler then rolled at turn three on the final lap, handing a top five finish back to Fortin. At the checkered flag, it was LeDuc who ran essentially unchallenged en route to his sixth straight win, ahead of Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford, Deegan in the #38 Rockstar Energy/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford, Barron in the #32 Tonka/Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota, and Fortin in the #96 General Tire/Maxima Racing Oils Toyota.

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Pro Lite Unlimited

Next up were the Pro Lite Unlimiteds, and after a fierce battle over the entire opening lap, Brandon Arthur led the way in his #6 Competitive Metals/Toyo Tires Chevrolet, just ahead of Ryan Beat in the #51 Rockstar Energy/Lunarpages Dodge. Jerett Brooks ran third in the #77 General Tire/Synergy Electric Nissan, with Sheldon Creed fourth in the #1 Traxxas/Maxxis Dodge and points leader Brad DeBerti fifth in the #70 Mickey Thompson/Action Sports Canopies Ford. DeBerti ran wide at turn four and gave up his fifth spot to RJ Anderson on lap two, and on the next lap, defending champion Creed picked up a right rear flat, which quickly dropped him out of the top five. By the end of lap four, it was now Arthur, Beat, Brooks, Anderson, and DeBerti in the top five, with Arthur gradually picking up a little bit of a gap at the head of the field over the next couple of laps. Behind Arthur, Beat and Brooks were having a great battle for second, and just a bit further back, another good race was on for fifth between DeBerti and Brock Heger. Heger briefly got by DeBerti near the end of lap seven, but DeBerti got back past at turn four on the next lap. Gaps were opening up within the top five, as Beat and Brooks led Anderson by a pretty fair margin, and Anderson in turn had a good gap back to DeBerti and Heger. Brooks then pulled off an extended pass on Beat four second, as he battled alongside from turn four to the start/finish line on lap nine, before finally making the pass stick going into turn one on lap 10.

On the next lap, Joe Gibb came to a stop just out of turn five, and that forced a full course caution. Racing got back underway on lap 14, and on the restart lap, Brooks suddenly got past Arthur to take the lead coming out of turn four. DeBerti passed Anderson just at the start/finish line to move up to fourth at the end of the same lap, and while there was a full course yellow awaiting the field at the end of that lap thanks to a rollover by Cole Mamer, the field was allowed to race back to the yellow, and thus, Brooks’ and DeBerti’s passes stood. The green flag flew again on lap 17, and over the two remaining laps, Brooks took command of the field, as he sped home to his second win of the season. Arthur picked up a strong second, with Beat taking third, DeBerti fourth, and Anderson fifth in the #37 Loan Mart/BFGoodrich Tires Nissan.

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Pro Buggy Unlimited

Points leader Garret George led the way at the end of lap one in his #71 King Off-Road Racing Shocks/Anenberg Funco, ahead of Darren Hardesty Jr., Chad George, Kevin McCullough, and Dave Mason Jr. in the Pro Buggy Unlimited fracas. The leading George quickly started to edge away from the pack in the early laps, but on lap four, he suddenly slowed with some kind of drivetrain issue just out of turn five. The entire field streaked past before George could get moving again, and that put the young teenager Hardesty Jr. into the lead, ahead of Chad George, McCullough, Mason Jr., and Mike Valentine. The top three drivers were running very close on laps five and six, while just down the order, Sterling Cling was battling to try and get past Valentine for fifth spot. Valentine spun and stalled at turn four on lap eight, forcing a full course yellow, with Valentine then re-firing and continuing just afterwards, though he now ran down in ninth. Racing resumed on lap nine, but the full course yellow came right back out at the end of the lap after Mason Jr. had a similar incident to Valentine’s, as he braked too hard while trying to avoid a collision with McCullough at turn four. Racing picked back up on lap 11, and it was now Hardesty Jr. in the #99 Competitive Metals/Off Road Warehouse Alumi Craft, Chad George in the #42 Baja Designs/FK Rod Ends Funco, McCullough in the #62 Stapleton Roofing/Redline Performance Foddrill, Cling in the #77 Cling’s Manufacturing/Q Stickers Alumi Craft, and Valentine in the #78 Mickey Thompson/R2C Alumi Craft running in the top five. On the restart lap, George dove deep into turn three, before sliding in hard while trying to pass Hardesty Jr. on the inside. George bicycled, allowing those behind to close right up, and with another issue in the next corner, George dropped back several positions and out of the top five. McCullough, Valentine, Cling, and Dale Dondel moved up to second, third, fourth, and fifth, with Dondel and George then passing Cling, who had suddenly developed a serious issue, for fourth and fifth spots on the next lap. From there on in, the top five drivers held their positions, with Hardesty Jr. even managing to pull out a little bit of a lead on McCullough by race’s end. At the checkered flag, Hardesty Jr. picked up a fantastic first career win in Pro Buggy Unlimited- congratulations Darren! Second was McCullough, third was Valentine, fourth was Dondel in the #33 Roberts Racing/SAS, and fifth was Chad George.

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Pro 2 Unlimited

In the final race of the afternoon, front row starters RJ Anderson and Rob MacCachren ran one-two after the opening lap; Jeremy McGrath ran third, with Patrick Clark in fourth and Bryce Menzies fifth. McGrath and Clark battled hard for third spot over lap two, with Clark finally getting past McGrath at turn one on lap three to move up to third. McGrath got back past Clark in the rhythm section between turns four and five on that same lap, though, with Menzies nearly getting by Clark as well as the trio roared into turn five. Two laps later, Clark struggled to get straightened out coming off of turn five, and Menzies got by him just at the start/finish line, with Brian Deegan then passing Clark in the turn one/two complex on the next lap as Clark was still making corrections. Eric Fitch then came to a stop in turn two, forcing a full course caution at the end of the lap, with racing picking up again on lap nine. Anderson still led the way in his #37 Polaris RZR/South Point Ford, ahead of MacCachren in the #21 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford, McGrath in the #2 Loctite/Fuel Off-Road Wheels Nissan, Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/GoPro Ford, and Deegan in the #38 Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford. On the restart lap, McGrath got into MacCachren just a bit at turn two, and he had to back out of it to avoid taking MacCachren out. This dropped McGrath back to fourth, as he got out of shape a bit after the contact, and as he did, the field forced Deegan well wide and back to sixth. Deegan recovered to get back up to fifth by lap’s end, though, and at the end of the next lap, another full course yellow came out after an incident involving Rodrigo Ampudia and Carl Renezeder ended up catching out Clark and Todd LeDuc. Clark took the worst of it, getting smashed hard by LeDuc, who had nowhere to go, and Clark’s race was run.

Under yellow, MacCachren pulled into the Hot Pits to change a flat tire, and as the field picked up racing again on lap 13, quick work by MacCachren’s crew meant that he was able to re-join the action while still on the lead lap, albeit at the back of the pack. On the restart lap, McGrath was suddenly a bit slow coming out of turn three, and just after the end of the lap, he pulled off, the victim of some sort of mechanical gremlin. Anderson was still leading, but it was now Menzies in second, Deegan third, Sheldon Creed fourth in the #74 Traxxas/Method Race Wheels Ford, and Ampudia fifth in the #36 Monster Energy/Papas & Beer Ford. Lap 14 saw another full course yellow come out after Myan Spaccarelli came to a stop just after turn five, and while he was able to re-fire and continue, he did so just after the yellow flag had been thrown. Racing resumed on lap 16, with Menzies now really making life tough for Anderson in the lead. Anderson may have really been feeling the pressure, and on lap 17, he over-rotated at turn two and dropped out of the top five by the end of the lap. Deegan also dropped back on that lap, and as the field crossed the stripe to begin lap 18, Menzies now led the way, ahead of Creed, Ampudia, Renezeder, and MacCachren.

Just behind MacCachren was Robby Woods, who slammed hard into MacCachren door to door coming into turn three, causing them both to over-rotate and nose into the inside barrier. The field streaked past, and Woods earned himself a black flag for his actions, which he served even before reaching the end of the lap; all this put Anderson back up to fifth. On the next lap, Ampudia got a little sideways over the big tabletop between turns two and three, allowing Renezeder to go by into turn three. Ampudia then over-rotated at turn two on the next lap, and slid back another spot as Anderson got by him for fourth. Lap 21 then saw a full course yellow for on-track debris, and on the restart lap, both Ampudia and MacCachren got past Anderson in short order. MacCachren then passed Ampudia for fourth at turn three, while in the next corner, Renezeder got by Creed for second. Creed passed Renezeder back in turn three on the final lap, but Renezeder got back past before the lap was over. A terrible melee is quite possibly the best description of the final eight laps, but out of all of it, Menzies came out on top to grab his fourth win of the season. Renezeder was second in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Ford, with Creed third, MacCachren fourth, and Anderson fifth at the line by just over an eighth of a second over Ampudia.

Just like that, our first of two days of racing here in Utah is done and dusted. Tomorrow, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, comes right back with Round 8 of the 2015 championship, and with a full month between tomorrow and our next event at Glen Helen, you can be sure that the drivers will be taking their gloves off to close out this weekend. Gates open at 8:00 am, with qualifying starting at 9:00 am, the first race of the day at 1:00 pm, and Opening Ceremonies at 2:00 pm. Get out here and enjoy this beautiful facility and some great racing- you’ll be glad you did!

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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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Jeremy McGrath Wins Pro 2 At LOORRS Round 8 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jeremy-mcgrath-wins-pro-2-at-loorrs-round-8-126256.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/jeremy-mcgrath-wins-pro-2-at-loorrs-round-8-126256.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 03:25:52 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126256 Building and running your own short course team is no easy task, it takes a lot of hard work and the help of a group of people to stand by you. Jeremy McGrath after driving for other teams in the

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Building and running your own short course team is no easy task, it takes a lot of hard work and the help of a group of people to stand by you. Jeremy McGrath after driving for other teams in the past has been at the helm of his own team and today he got the ultimate payoff as he took home the win in Pro 2. After qualifying sixth earlier in the day and after a 6 position inversion, McGrath would start front row along with Brian Deegan.

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McGrath would pull the lead off the green flag and would stay there the entire race giving him his second Pro 2 win of his career, his last being in Las Vegas in 2011. A few yellow flags would bunch the group back up giving Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren the chance to get by McGrath but the opportunity never came as Showtime ran a perfect race running his lines and grabbing fast lap to go along with his win trophy.

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Pro 2 Results
1. Jeremy McGrath
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Carl Renezeder

In Pro 4 Kyle Leduc ran away with the win once again making it 7 in a row this year and stretching out his points lead. In what could be called a perfect weekend, Leduc qualified first both days and won each round, and in both races lead the entire time. Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren charged hard behind him battling for second, and Brian Deegan was close behind as well.

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On lap 11 both MacCachren and Deegan were able to sneak by Menzies and going into the last lap it looked as though that would be the podium, however Menzies would get by Deegan, and in the last turn Deegan would force Menzies into the k-rail earning a black flag. The incident would let Renezeder take the final podium spot.

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Pro 4 Results
1. Kyle Leduc
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Carl Renezeder

Mike Valentine took the win in Pro Buggy taking home his first career win in the class. Like all the other winners today Valentine lead the race from the start and never looked back, though now one behind him ever came close to taking over the lead. Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr. coming off his first career win the day before would finish second giving Alumi Craft the win both days. Garret George who came into Utah with the points lead took third place securing his points lead going into Glen Helen.

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Pro Buggy Results
1. Mike Valentine
2. Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr.
3. Garrett George

Would Prolite also have the race winner lead the entire race? Yes. RJ Anderson qualified first earlier in the day and with no inversion would start front row left side. When the green flag came down it was Anderson who would lead the pack of Prolites out of turn one. While the other classes the race leader had a comfortable lead, in Prolite Anderson had to work for it. Brandon Arthur would pass Anderson once around the halfway point but RJ would regain the lead a turn later. From there it was all Anderson though Arthur and Jerrett Brooks kept the pressure on until the finish.

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Prolite Results
1. RJ Anderson
2. Brandon Arthur
3. Jerrett Brooks

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Off-Road Racer: One of the Great Off-Road Races: The Stardust 7-11 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/off-road-racer-one-of-the-great-off-road-races-the-stardust-7-11-126150.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/off-road-racer-one-of-the-great-off-road-races-the-stardust-7-11-126150.html#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:00:40 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=126150 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

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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

Nevada has been the site of many great races, some of which still exist. One of the greatest tests of machine and man in Nevada, though, was a one-time event staged in the heat of summer:  the Stardust 7-11 Off-Road Race, created by NORRA and its president, Ed Pearlman.

When the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas was planning its first “400”, NORRA was one of the first organizations contacted to help promote the event. Pearlman met with hotel officials on at least two occasions to discuss the proposed race. But eventually, negotiations broke down and Pearlman opted for his own promotion in conjunction with the Stardust Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Leo Margolian, director of racing for the Stardust, which owned a large Gran Prix track on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and NORRA had arrived at a mutual financial arrangement to promote a giant off-road race. They would use the track itself at the start/finish and main pit area. The date of the race was announced as Wednesday, June 12, 1968.

A guaranteed purse of $25,000 was established, immediately making this the richest race in off-road history. Distance of the event was 711 miles, consisting of two 355-mile loops.

It would be a monster. Most of the course was the one designed for the Mint 400, with one main exception. In the first Mint, a 10-mile portion of the course consisted of giant rocks and was practically impossible to navigate without cheating. As a matter of record, many cars that got to that particular section of the Mint 400 were seen racing on a paved highway that skirted the rockpile. Pearlman eliminated this section by using the paved highway as part of the course, and placing a time limit between the two checkpoints on the road.

Promotion by NORRA and the Stardust was top-rate. It began before the Mint 400 ran in April, and considering the number of entries in that race, the organizers knew the 7-11 would be successful. By the time race week arrived, a total of 141 entries had been received and processed. Among those who had sent in their entries were two names new to off-road racing, actors James Garner and Steve McQueen.

The field consisted of every type of vehicle built, including some very unique cars. An example of the growing interest in off-road racing was a formidable entry from Holman-Moody and Stroppe, which consisted of five Ford Broncos.

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STARDUST 7-11 STARTING LINE—Fred Sikorski and Norm Johnson (co-driver) leave starting line in 1968 event in Burro. Race was held at Stardust raceway in Las Vegas and covered 711 miles of open desert. It was held only once by NORRA and replaced by Baja 500 in 1969.

One of the pre-race favorites, believe it or not, was McQueen. He would drive a Vic Hickey-engineered and -built, General Motors-sponsored car dubbed the “Baja Boot”. Co-driver was Bud Ekins, the first man to establish a record on a motorcycle in Baja, considered by many to be one of the greats in this new sport. The Boot was a monster of a car with an Oldsmobile V-8 engine and specially designed Goodyear tires. It literally shook the ground when the engine was revved. An engineering marvel, the Boot was beautiful in design.

Garner also was considered a favorite. His co-driver was none other than Scooter Patrick, veteran of many an oval track. They would be piloting a new, Porsche-powered, Meyers Manx two-seat buggy.

The Del Webb Corporation, owners of the Mint Hotel, entered three cars. Driving these cars would be executives from the corporation who had just finished competing in their first race, the Mint 400. These included Bud James, President of the Del Webb Nevada operations, and John Romero, Publicity Director for the Sahara Hotel, in a Porsche-powered, two-seat buggy; Earl Thompson, Executive Vice-President of the Sahara Hotel, and James Dean, Entertainment Director for the Sahara, in another Porsche buggy; and Norm Johnson, Publicity Director at the Mint and creator of the Mint 400, with Fred Sikorski, chief engineer at the Mint and a veteran dirt-bike racer, in a Burro powered by a 36-horsepower Volkswagen. It was reported reliably that the three vehicles entered by the Las Vegas drivers had a side bet of $1,000 each, to be won by the car going the farthest in the race.

Cars and motorcycles were assigned starting numbers in a drawing held at a huge press party in the Stardust Hotel a few weeks before the event. Each vehicle was given a time limit of 40 hours to complete the race.

Of the 141 entered, 137 vehicles actually started the race. The first vehicle off the starting line at 11 a.m., June 12, 1968, was a 1967 Jeep from Las Cruces, New Mexico, driven by Lonnie and Donnie Beyer. First bike away from the Stardust race track was Eddie Muler with co-rider Ron Nelson. The Johnson-Sikorski entry was third off the line.

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BAJA BOOT—One of pre-race favorites in Stardust 7-11 was film star Steve McQueen, who piloted Boot. Unfortunately, McQueen was not able to finish because of mechanical problems—but he tried. (L.V.N.B.)

Mel Larson, who was later to become Race Director for the Mint, was behind the wheel of the Claimjumper, entered by Don Arnett. Arnett and his crew worked feverishly the night before the race to make the starting grid, only to have the car forced out of the race by fuel problems within the first 30 miles.

“Hell, I was sitting in a pool of gasoline,” Larson explained later. “There was more gas on the floor than there was in the tank.”

Such was the fate of Arnett’s first adventures in off-road racing. His Claimjumper had entered two races and covered a total of just over 50 miles.

Another interesting entry was from the Desert Inn Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel featured a “girlie” show in its main room, “Pzazz 68”, and decided to publicize this show at the race. The pit crew for the Desert Inn entry consisted of the entire chorus line from the show. It was the best looking pit crew ever assembled. Unfortunately, the car did not perform as well as the pit crew.

Naturally, the Baja Boot received a lot of attention from the hundreds of cameras stationed in the pit and at the starting line. McQueen’s wife, Neile, had taken the time to paint a little flower on the rear of the car.

“Hey, what’s the flower for?” a reporter asked.

“For good luck,” McQueen replied. “This is, too,” he added, showing a “love bead” necklace around his neck. “Neile’s taking no chances!”

The Boot did not finish the race, even with the help of the flower and “love beads”. An interesting thing did happen, however, which deserves reporting:  Troubled with overheating, the two racers were forced to stop on the edge of a dry lake about 35 miles before checkpoint two, which was located at Ash Meadows. After repairing the problem, they started across the lake, only to break a ball joint on the front suspension. Hickey, back at the Stardust, received word that McQueen needed a ball joint. After hearing the announcement of the need for the part over the public address system at the track, a spectator who owned a 1967 Olds Toronado volunteered his car for parts. A complete crew of mechanics, with the borrowed parts, was transported to the broken Boot and repairs began. While the crew worked feverishly under the hot sun in the middle of the desert, other drivers swore they saw McQueen sitting under an umbrella on a sand dune, eating watermelon. Of course, this report to this day has never been confirmed or denied.

The first vehicle across the finish line after one lap was Larry Berquist aboard a 305 cc Honda. Gary Preston relieved the tired and dirty Berquist, who had taken 10 hours and 15 minutes to cover the first 355 miles.

At exactly 12:20 a.m., Larry Minor and Jack Bear entered the Stardust race track, completing lap one. Their Holman-Moody and Stroppe-prepared Bronco was performing as perfectly as the pit crew—it took only 15 minutes to change tires, refuel and make a few minor repairs before the Bronco was out on lap two.

The first dune buggy, and fourth vehicle overall, to enter the track was the Burro driven by Sikorski and Johnson in 14 hours and 12 minutes. The other two Webb entries failed to complete the first lap.

It was 10:30 a.m. the next day (Thursday) when Preston crossed the finish line and received the checkered flag. They had completed 711 miles in 22 hours and four minutes for the overall win. The first four-wheeled vehicle to cross the finish line was the Bronco driven by Minor and Bear in 27 hours, 14 minutes. Of the 137 vehicles, only 30 managed to complete the race. It turned out to be one of the toughest races ever designed by NORRA.

What happened to cancel this great race?

The Stardust Hotel, which had built and maintained the race track, was sold soon after the 7-11. New management did not want to sink any more money into operating the track, nor to sponsor any more races. Pearlman was given the option of promoting another great event, but without the full cooperation of the hotel.

DUSTY ROADS IN NEVADA—Lonely is the man who competes in off-road racing, unless he is in two-seat class or behind wheel of Jeep as shown here. (L.V.N.B.)

DUSTY ROADS IN NEVADA—Lonely is the man who competes in off-road racing, unless he is in two-seat class or behind wheel of Jeep as shown here. (L.V.N.B.)

“I felt it would be impossible to run a race in Nevada without the cooperation and political clout of a hotel-casino,” Pearlman explained. “Besides, the Mexican government had asked us to put on another race in Baja in conjunction with our already successful 1000.”

Thus, the Stardust 7-11, one of the great events in the early history of off-road racing, gave way to the now-famous Baja 500. Pearlman, however, did come back to Nevada a few years later with the hope of renewing the 7-11, but he met with various obstacles in obtaining permits and gave up on the idea.

It was a great one-time race and is one of the many reasons off-road racing is where it is today!

EARLY RACER—Mickey Thompson shown here in one of the early pickup trucks he drove in off-road races. (Rapid Pace, Inc.)

EARLY RACER—Mickey Thompson shown here in one of the early pickup trucks he drove in off-road races. (Rapid Pace, Inc.)

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The Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series returned to the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for Round 7 of racing. We’re now at the midway point of the season so its up to the racers to plant their feet in the ground and start making their push towards a point championship. With news that the motorsports park may close down at the end of the year unless the Miller family find a buyer, this very well could be the last time short course offroad racing happens in this great state.

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If you could put the Pro 4 season up to this point into a hashtag, it would be #steelo. Steelo is the name given to his new Pro 4 by Kyle Leduc, and after taking the win today it would make 6 in a row. To win six times out of seven is quite a feat and if anyone is to dethrone the champion they’ll have a rough road ahead.

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Starting on the pole once again Leduc took no time in grabbing the hole shot and from there it was over. Like prior races before once he gets the lead its all over and the rest of the field just battles for second. Bryce Menzies who is in his rookie season in Pro 4 said it has been a struggle learning how to drive his Pro 4 on this track as its a very technical and rough, but he was able to dig deep and pull off a second place. Brian Deegan who is also a rookie in Pro 4 this year finally landed his first podium rounding out the top 3.

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Pro 4 Results
1. Kyle Leduc
2. Bryce Menzies
3. Brian Deegan

Brandon Arthur has found his way to the lead in Prolite on many occasions this year but a small mistake has let another driver steal the win away. Today was the same as Arthur took the lead off the start and ran strong for half the race, but a small blunder let Jerrett Brooks sneak by. From there Brooks ran his lines and stayed consistent not letting anyone get by and taking home another Prolite win. Ryan Beat who worked his way up to second place at one time would have to settle for third.

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Prolite Results
1. Jerrett Brooks
2. Brandon Arthur
3. Ryan Beat

This weekend is Father’s Day, and Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr. gave his dad and grandpa a great present. The 14 year old who started out in Trophy Karts took on the Pro Buggy class this year and today was able to take home the win and take home his first 1st place trophy. Garrett George had the lead for the early part of the race, but Hardesty was able to get around him after some mechanical issues. Kevin McCullah and Mike Valentine finished off the podium but neither driver could catch up with the spice known as “Hot Sauce”.

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Pro Buggy Results
1. Darren Hardesty Jr.
2. Kevin McCullah
3. Mike Valentine

The final race of the day was Pro 2 and RJ Anderson was very close to taking home his first win in the class. He took the lead off the start and ran a smart race up until a small over rotation allowed a few trucks to get by. That mishap let Bryce Menzies take control, and just like when Kyle Leduc gets a lead in Pro 4, when Menzies gets the top spot in Pro 2 there is no looking back. The rest of the race Menzies put down a pace no other trucks could match and he took home his 4th win of the season. In an ever evolving rivalry Carl Renezeder and Sheldon Creed once again traded some fiberglass in a hard fought battle, and after the checkered flag it was Renezeder who edged out Creed.

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Pro 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Carl Renezeder
3. Sheldon Creed

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Join Larry and Chad Ragland, Steve and Bryce Menzies, and Randy and RJ Anderson as they take the ultimate father and son off-road trip exploring the beautiful Baja, Mexico peninsula in Polaris RZRs. Watch this group of friends reconnect with each other while discovering and sharing beautiful remote beaches, mountain roads, desert trails, and remote missions that are only accessible off-road.

“Father’s day comes around every year, but the memories we made will last a lifetime!” – Chad Ragland

Special thanks to Polaris for making this trip possible, and the great people of Mexico for letting us explore their beautiful country.

Click here to see the photos and story from the trip.

Directed by The Martelli Brothers – Produced by Mad Media

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Sean Cook Baja 500 PREl Cajon, CA- The team once again traveled south of the border the weekend of June 4th-7th to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to compete in the SCORE Baja 500. They drew the 17th starting position, which was not exactly where driver Sean Cook was hoping to start this Baja adventure.

The team was joined by some new faces; mainly fellow Polaris racer Lacrecia Buerrier and her husband Eric. The team arrived in Baja on Thursday afternoon and got right down to business. They made a last minute check over of the car and prepared for tech and registration the next day. Thursday evening, drivers Sean Cook and Jesus Leon took the Polaris RZR out into the hills
for a little night testing. Both drivers reported no problems with the car; all systems were a go.

Friday morning came early for Sean and his son/co-driver Brendan Cook. The pair headed into Ensenada at 0330 to secure a spot near the front of tech. Even at that early arrival they were still 15th in line for tech. As the sun came up and the crowds gathered, it was time for tech to begin. The team pushed the car through the streets of Ensenada, meeting thousands of fans along the way. They gave out stickers and plenty of great tasting SPEED Energy Drinks. As the morning wore on, the team finally found themselves in tech. The car proceeded through without any problems and by 2pm the team was back at the beach house preparing for the next day, race day.

Saturday morning came early for the team; they were up, loaded and in Ensenada for the start of the race by 0800. Since this was a large loop race the team split up into 3 chase teams. 2 of the teams headed out early and made their way up to mm140 to await the first service on the race vehicle. As the starting order worked its way to the UTV class, the race was halted due to a class 10 vehicle that had lost his brakes right off the starting line causing him to veer into the crowd. After a one hour delay the race was back on. Jesus Leon and co-driver Steve Medley started the race. The two made their way through Ensenada without any issues, but as they approached the outskirts of Ojos Negros they were caught in a backlog of vehicles stuck on the hillside. After another brief delay Jesus piloted the Polaris around the blockage and was back in the race. At about mm30 as the pair was coming into Ojos Negros, Jesus had an issue with a large rock on the passenger side rear. Steve radioed in that they had suffered a broken trailing arm and radius rod. Luckily, Sean, Brendan and Gina were still in Ojos waiting to see the car through. Sean and Brendan were able to locate the race vehicle on the road heading down the hill into Ojos. They hiked into the car and assisted with the repairs needed to get the #1930 back into the race. Once repairs were completed the car raced back into the desert heading north toward the Rumarosa grade. Unfortunately, the car experienced the same failures a few more times throughout the evening and into the early morning hours.

Chase One, with Sean, Gina and Brendan, had made their way around the course and set up their pit at mm240. At 0100 the race vehicle finally rolled into mm240. The team performed their planned service on the car but at about 0115 the weatherman came across the radio advising check point two would be closing at 0130. The team realized that they had only 15 minutes to get the race car almost 30 miles in order to stay in the race. The decision was made to call the race; as difficult as that was, it was the smart thing to do. The team was running out of spares and they could not fully understand the damage that had been caused at the first breakdown. Post race inspection revealed the car must have experienced an impact with a large rock on the passenger rear. The team loaded up the race vehicle and headed back to Ensenada and then headed back to California.

The team is already hard at work making the necessary repairs. The team plans on attending the AVE race in Cal City on July 18, then onto Vegas 2 Reno in August.

As always the team would like to thank all their family and friends for supporting them and of course all their generous sponsors who make all this possible; SPEED Energy Drinks, GBC Motor Sports, Hellwig Motor Sports, KING Shocks, Precision Builders, Black Rhino / Racer X, CryoHeat, L & L Powder Coating, Twisted Stitch Seats, Torco Oils, Optima Batteries, Madigan Suspensions, OMF Wheels, Ram Mounts, Muzzy Exhausts, Factory UTV, Fabtech Suspenion, Airaid Filters, Racer Tech, Fabwerxs, Rigid Industries, Wetsounds, Grizzly Coolers, Polaris Industries, One Stop CNC, D&D Graphx, Napa Auto Parts, BRE Racing, Red House BBQ, Dirty DNA Clothing, Alba Racing, Hill Media, Driven Steering Wheels and Summer Brothers.

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At Black Rhino Inc. and Racer X Motorsports, we have a passion for all forms of motorsports that is unmatched by anyone in our industry. From communications to safety, tear down to prep, providing fuel stations to race support, we meet the racers needs. We offer tons of products for ALL Side X Sides and a full showroom and website for your shopping convenience. We have a full service and installation center, an on-site fabricator, and a sales staff that is ready to help make your dream Side X Side a reality. Visit us today at 9303 Bond Ave. El Cajon, Ca. 92021 or log onto our website at www.blackrhinoperformance.com. You can also visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackRhinoFanPage.

Black Rhino: Setting the trend for today’s EXTREME Side X Sides.

Drivers needing help with logistics or more info can contact Kenny Osborn at 619-561-5000 or email him at Kenny@blackrhinoperformance.com

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Roberts Racing driver Dale Dondel’s race win in round 5 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series gives the team great momentum heading into rounds 7 and 8 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Every new team has goals that are used to chart progress. Some are subtle like getting the race vehicles to respond to fine adjustments. Others are more overt like qualifying well and the most sought after, standing on the top of the podium. Dale’s victory shows that the team can not only hang with the best, they can beat them. In Tooele, they will attempt to back it up with more success.

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Love it or hate it, this may be the last trip to Tooele for the Lucas Oil Series. Track operators, The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, have elected not to renew its lease with Tooele County. The track will cease operations at the end of the racing season on October 31, 2015. The track might attract another operator but as it looks now, Miller Motorsports Park will close.

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Some drivers who have had bad luck at Miller may cheer but most are willing to race whatever the venue as long as the competition is there. That’s the attitude of Roberts Racing. Dale Dondel looks to add another win to his record. Mike Dondel is excited to get to Miller to test all the positive changes done to his Roberts Racing Pro-2. He is looking forward to making a run at the podium.

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Phoenix, Arizona (June 18, 2015)- Banning Motorsports did their homework in the form of pre-running for this years SCORE-International Baja 500. It did more than paid off for the entire team as they finished the 500+mile race with a podium finish.

The Arizona based team headed south for the 46th annual Baja 500, but this year they would be doing it different by bringing down their new Geiser TT-Spec truck and racing Baja for the first time in the new truck. Days upon days of pre-running and planning all came down to race day where the #855 started off the line in Ensenada.

The TT-Spec class started behind the big dog classes known as the Trophy Trucks and Class 1 race vehicles. This would lead to plenty of dust for the first driver of the #855 truck, Lee Banning Sr.

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“From the beginning Chris Godfrey and I were on the gas and the truck was running flawless.” Stated Banning Sr.

SCORE threw a curve ball into the course this year as they would run the course back towards the border. Team Banning was sure to know every mile and obstacle of the new route. Silt beds at race mile 50 were deep enough to swallow and capture numerous vehicles from the get go, but Banning Sr. stayed on the gas and never lifted as he blew right by stuck competitors.

After racing through the pine forest and up to Mexicali, the truck pulled over for a quick fuel splash to insure that the new truck would make it to the next pit.

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“We are still figuring out details on the truck and running out of fuel was not an option.” Said Banning Sr.

Making their way down La Rumorosa grade which hands out over 20 miles of downhill switch backs, it was expected to run into hung up cars on one of the 3-point turns. After the line of race vehicles found a line around the stuck vehicle, the #855 was back on course and on their way through massive whoops and desert heat. Just south of Laguna Salada, the team pulled into their main pit at race mile 225.

Taking on 60 gallons of race fuel and quick driver change, Gary Williams Jr. took over driving duties. Williams Jr. had a flawless run south to Hwy 3 as he then started heading west back towards the Pacific. Ticking off the race miles the Banning team had realized that they made up many positions on the competition and as the truck pulled into race mile 370 they had another major pit stop as they would set up the KC HiLites Light Bar, take on even more fuel and do their final drivers change.

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Lee Banning Jr. left the pit in the dust as he took off to chase the rest of the competition. The course would change direction and head back North up the coast of Baja. Running right along the edge of land, Banning Jr. was at one point second place on the road. Running some of the roughest parts of the course would be mildly challenging for the team as they got stuck around race mile 449. A rain rut would put them behind briefly. Teamwork between Banning Jr. and co-driver, Chris Godfrey, would get them unstuck and continuing onto Ojos Negros. Heading west on Hwy 3 again and back into Ensenada and across the finish line with a truck that still was ready to run another 500 miles.

Banning Motorsports had a near flawless race with no flats on their General Tire Grabbers and as the team was all smiles at the finish line, they were happy to celebrate their 3rd place finish.

The entire Banning Motorsports team has had a great year with their new truck and they look to continue crossing the finish line at more races in 2015.

A huge thanks to all our sponsors, partners , team members and fans.

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