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05-29-15 El Cajon, CA- The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Rounds 4 & 5 are taking place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31 at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. Full weekend tickets are $50 and day tickets $25. Children 12 and under are free. Visit http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com/ for more information.

FullSizeRenderAmong the Black Rhino/RacerX sponsored athletes attending this weekend’s races is Isabella Naughton. Isabella races the #554 Modified Kart in the series.

“Headed to Lake Elsinore once again for rounds 5&6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The kart is running amazing with a new wiring harness. I couldn’t be more excited to race this weekend. We are looking for that podium position and we are definitely going for it. A big thank you to goes out to Will and my dad for putting all of their time and energy into making sure my kart is 100%, and to all my awesome sponsors; Nestor at Trophy Kart, ITP Tires and Wheels, The Kawell family, PJ1, Walker Evans Racing, Black Rhino and RacerX, Northland Motorsports, and POC Sports. You all make this possible and I couldn’t be more thankful.” Isabella wrote.

BLACK RHINO/RACERX MOTORSPORTS

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.

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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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DETROIT, Michigan (May 29, 2015) – Robby Gordon won his first SPEED Energy Stadium Super Truck Series Presented by TRAXXAS race of the 2015 season by overtaking E.J. Viso at the end of the back straight on the final lap in the first of three rounds of racing at the Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix.

The race on the beautiful Belle Isle course was the seventh event of the SST season which is an uncharacteristically long period for Gordon to go winless. Gordon’s last SST race win was Nov. 1, 2014 at Las Vegas.

Viso took the lead from eventual third-place finisher Burt Jenner on lap four of the event and led until half way through the last lap, when Viso moved to the inside of the track heading into turn 7 and Gordon moved to the outside of the Venezuelan driver forcing Viso through a puddle on the inside. Knowing that Viso would lose grip in the wet patch, Gordon stayed wide and cut to the inside of the corner leaving Viso to spin his tires. From there the drive to the win around the 2.35-mile street circuit was uneventful for Gordon.

“I don’t believe I would have gotten to him and been able to pass for the win without forcing him to make a small mistake,” Gordon said. “The competition in this series has gotten so much stronger in the last year, which I am happy for, but it means I’ve got to work that much harder for race wins. It’s great that the SST series has gotten so much more competitive and the wins aren’t as easy to come by.”

Gordon’s SPEED Energy/TRAXXAS sponsored truck beat Viso’s LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment truck to the line by four-tenths of a second, followed by Jenner’s Gladiator truck in third, the TRAXXAS truck of Keegan Kincaid fourth, 3Dimensional.com’s Aaron Bambach of Detroit finishing fifth, Scotty Steele in the LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment truck sixth, P.J. Jones’ Traxxas truck in seventh, Bill Hynes in a third LIVE/Think Loud Entertainment entry eighth, Larry Job in 3 Bears Motorsports truck was ninth and Arie Luyendyk Jr. in the Quicken Loans truck finished 10th.

The Stadium Super Trucks will race Saturday on Belle Isle at 2:25 p.m. and again on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS Fact Sheet
– 2015 is the third season of SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks by TRAXXAS.
– The first SST race was held at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 6, 2013 and was won by off-road racing veteran Rob MacCachren.
– The first event of the 2015 SST season featured three races in Adelaide, Australia with E.J. Viso, Sheldon Creed and Keegan Kincaid taking victories.
– Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2015 season took place at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in Florida and were won by Sheldon Creed and Burt Jenner.
– Round 6 of 2015 was raced at the Long Beach Grand Prix and won by E.J. Viso
– The SST by Traxxas series will race with the Verizon IndyCar series four times in 2015 – the St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Belle Isle Detroit and Toronto Grand Prixs.
– The SST by Traxxas series also races at venues including sites along the Las Vegas Strip, in stadiums and at purpose-built courses held in conjunction with large festival-style activities.
– The Stadium Super Trucks raced in Barbados in December 2014 as part of the International Race of Champions.
– The Stadium Super Trucks made their X Games debut with overwhelming popularity in 2014 and were featured live on ESPN and ABC.
– The SST trucks will race again at X Games Austin live on ABC Sports on June 7, 2015
– The SSTs are identically prepared 600 horsepower purpose-built race vehicles, modeled after their Traxxas radio control namesake.
– At every SST event, fans can test and purchase Traxxas RC cars and trucks at the Traxxas display. At Belle Isle the Traxxas display and “Try Me Track” is located in the paddock which like the SST paddock is open to general admission ticket holders.
– Every SST truck competes on unmodified DOT-approved Toyo Tires. A fan can purchase the same Toyo A/T Open Country 35×12.5xR17 tires for their truck or SUV.
– Various SST by Traxxas videos, which have generated more than 10 million views since Dec. 1, 2014, can be seen at www.facebook.com/stadiumsupertrucks.

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
Race 1 Final Results (Round 7 of the 2015 season)

Finish Truck No. Driver Sponsor Hometown
1. 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Orange, Calif.
2. 5 E.J. Viso LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Caracas, Venezuela
3. 50 Burt Jenner Gladiator Tire Los Angeles, Calif.
4. 47 Keegan Kincaid TRAXXAS Crandon, Wisc.
5. 87 Aaron Bambach 3 Dimensional.com Detroit, Mich.
6. 48 Scotty Steele LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Peoria, Ariz.
7. 74 P.J. Jones TRAXXAS Scottsdale, Ariz.
8. 57 Bill Hynes LIVE/Think Loud Ent. Nazareth, Penn.
9. 3 Larry Job 3 Bears Motorsports Las Vegas, Nev.
10. 25 Arie Luyendyk Jr. Quicken Loans Scottsdale, Ariz.

About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.

Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.

Media Contact: Chris Hecht

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas

704-949-1255

checht@stadiumsupertrucks.com

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Issue No. 5 of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com http://www.race-dezert.com/home/issue-no-5-of-very-popular-score-journal-digital-magazine-now-available-for-viewing-at-www-score-international-com-125392.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/issue-no-5-of-very-popular-score-journal-digital-magazine-now-available-for-viewing-at-www-score-international-com-125392.html#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125392 Issue No. 5 of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com In depth coverage of SCORE International, the SCORE World Desert Championship, the industry RENO, Nev. —With nearly four-hundred thousand unique views of each edition,

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Issue No. 5 of very popular SCORE Journal digital magazine
Now available for viewing at www.SCORE-International.com

In depth coverage of SCORE International, the SCORE World Desert Championship, the industry

RENO, Nev. —With nearly four-hundred thousand unique views of each edition, Issue No. 5 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is now live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
CLIMBING HIGHER
“Unbelievable is an over-used expression but it truly describes the progress, reach and impact of our new SCORE Journal digital magazine and the SCORE on-line video series,” commented Jim Ryan, SCORE Marketing and Sales Director. “SCORE is at the forefront a new frontier in the digital age of media integration and Issue No. 5 reflects our consuming commitment to reaching out to embrace the world-wide fan base of SCORE International.”
LINEUP — ISSUE NO. 5
Digging deeper into the foundation of SCORE desert racing, Issue No. 5 of the SCORE Journal includes a preview on the upcoming 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 to be held next week in Ensenada, Mexico, a recap of April’s Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 from Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, SCORE news flashes, update on the growth of the SCORE racer Contingency program and the off-road marketplace. The Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 coverage includes the race course map, presented by BFGoodrich Tires, with an interactive Google Earth overview.
There are also a features on another of RPM Racing’s youthful SCORE Trophy Truck stars in Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna of Mexicali, Mexico, and an up-close Q&A with hall of fame All-America racer Rob MacCachren. Additionally this issue includes detailed stories with SCORE 101 focusing on the powerful unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars through the eyes of veterans Doug Fortin Sr, Mike Julson and Jerry Penhall, a look at the improvements in racing brakes and a feature on a restoration project of a Class 2 unlimited race car from over 30 years ago.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK — TV TIME SUNDAY
The Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race will be spotlighted during Sunday’s premier telecast of the race on the CBS Sports Network. The debut of the one-hour special will air on the CBS Sports Spectacular show at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, followed by multiple repeat airings.
From show producers BCII TV, a video preview of the telecast is available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkqmn17IhkY&feature=youtu.be
SCORE JOURNAL
The SCORE Journal will publish eleven (11) monthly online digital magazines, which will include five print editions that will be available as the SCORE race programs at the five events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship, will make up the 2015 SCORE Journal release schedule.
The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine features exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601704029970642)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
NEW WEBSITE DESIGN
SCORE-Interational.com will now offer the global fan base access to exclusive content representing all that is happening with SCORE International along with team, driver, sponsor updates, plus the products and technology that drive the world’s foremost desert racing organization. The new website is scheduled to go live the week of June 8.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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Armin Schwarz and Steven Eugenio tackle the Baja 500 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-and-steven-eugenio-tackle-the-baja-500-125387.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/armin-schwarz-and-steven-eugenio-tackle-the-baja-500-125387.html#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 20:18:12 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125387 Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck: Armin Schwarz and Steven Eugenio tackle the Baja 500 At round three of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship the duo has set their sights on another podium result – The Galindo Motorsport #1 Trophy

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At round three of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship the duo has set their sights on another podium result – The Galindo Motorsport #1 Trophy Truck receives several new technological solutions

Ensenada (MEX), 29 May 2015. After clinching second place at the inaugural Baja Sur 500 event, Armin Schwarz and the reigning SCORE champion Steven Eugenio now look forward to a real classic: Next weekend (4 to 7 June), the 47th edition of the Baja 500 is held in Mexico. This race marks the third round of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship. With the start and finish as always in Ensenada on the Pacific, Schwarz and Eugenio will race over 500 miles through northern Baja California at the wheel of their Galindo Motorsports #1 Trophy Truck. Schwarz and his navigator Bryan Lyttle tackle the first stint, with Eugenio and his co-pilot climbing aboard at race mile 260 to bring the Trophy Truck home.

Many different terrains and challenges are expected along the route of this year’s Baja 500. The first segment out of Ensenada runs over familiar turf. At the 40-mile mark, the route heads north over a track that used to be part of the Baja 500. After about 60 miles, the crews reach Pine Forest, a 70-mile long, semi-fast passage through a wooded area. On this uncommon Baja section the team also faces several hefty jumps. From there, they head east and between race miles 140 and 150 the route snakes almost 1,500 metres down (5,000 feet) and through a canyon to Laguna Salada, a vast salt pan.

“Due to recent rain, the route has been changed in that area,” explains Schwarz. “We are not going through the salt pan itself but along the mountains west of it, along the mountains through very rough terrain. Leaving Laguna Salada behind, the route then heads through extremely sandy terrain for the next 30 miles. “Waiting for us here are silt beds which are infamous for deep and very powdery sand. You’ve got to keep up your momentum here, and you can only hope you don’t encounter any traffic,” said Schwarz. At race mile 230 the route joins a stretch that is part of the Baja 250, which runs through mountainous terrain and canyons to the changing point at race mile 260.

First up for Eugenio after the driver change is a highway section to the west, then from race mile 320 he encounters some real rally stages. “I’m really looking forward to this bit,” says Eugenio. “This section is great fun. Afterwards, along the Pacific coast, I hit some really rough terrain. The 20-mile passage along the “Fish Farm” is pretty bad. But from mile 140 we get back on to some fantastic rally tracks. Finally, we face some steep climbs and descents.”

After their podium result at the Baja Sur 500, the Galindo Motorsports squad has certainly not been resting on their laurels. The Trophy Truck has received several technical innovations: The throttle valves are no longer controlled mechanically, but electronically via a drive-by-wire system. We contested the Baja Sur 500 with the Dougan eight-stack engine for the first time, in which each cylinder has its own throttle valve. In the meantime, there is so much draw on the throttle valves that it is almost impossible to mechanically control the throttle pedal and cable. With the electronic control, the throttle response and as a result the driveability improve significantly,” explains Eugenio. Moreover, the team has tweaked the engine mapping. “This makes the Trophy Truck smoother to drive. It was quite aggressive whenever we hit the gas,” said Eugenio.

Schwarz, Eugenio and Galindo Motorsports are now ready and raring to take on the Baja 500. And their goal? “Victory would be great, especially for Steven. He has won the race four times so far in various classes – in Class 1600, Class 12, Class 1 and on a Pro Motorcycle – and now he is of course keen to take the win with the Trophy Truck, too,” says Schwarz. “But more importantly, we want to be fast and to finish well. To score another podium result would be brilliant.”

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SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS Going Down Under for a Second Time in 2015 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/speed-energy-stadium-super-trucks-presented-by-traxxas-going-down-under-for-a-second-time-in-2015-125381.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/speed-energy-stadium-super-trucks-presented-by-traxxas-going-down-under-for-a-second-time-in-2015-125381.html#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 15:35:05 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125381 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 28, 2015) – Following their tremendous Australian debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 Supercar race in March, the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS will return to the land down under October 23-25 with

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 28, 2015) – Following their tremendous Australian debut at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide V8 Supercar race in March, the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS will return to the land down under October 23-25 with the addition of Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race to its 2015 schedule.

Like the Clipsal 500, the SST series and its most prolific drivers will race against Australia’s top driving talent at the legendary Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland just south of Brisbane. SST founder and president Robby Gordon, who raced multiple times on the Surfers Paradise circuit with the IndyCar series, commented on SST’s return to Australia:

“I have so many amazing memories of the Gold Coast event. It is one of the very best street tracks in the world and the way the Gold Coast turns it on is incredible. We found in March of this year at the Clipsal 500 that the Australian motorsports fans are amazing and love to see the SSTs fly through the air and beat and bang only the way they can.

“To be able to bring our trucks to Queensland’s biggest party is going to be a huge highlight for our series. The SST’s on that track will be absolutely spectacular and we can’t wait to get back to Australia in October.”

As previously announced, the Clipsal 500 Adelaide will again host the SST series in 2016, with exact dates to be announced when the V8 Supercar schedule is released.

In March at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, which attracted more than 285,000 fans during three days of racing, the SSTs became an overnight sensation with fans, media and sponsors alike. The trucks generate speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour and fly further than 100 feet off the end of man-made ramps that are positioned on the racing circuit. The trucks race the same course as the high-powered V8 Supercars, but add the additional element of off-road jumping to the excitement.

In the last of three races at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, the final impression left with the sold-out crowd was SST-regular Sheldon Creed rolling his Traxxas-sponsored truck across the finish line in third place, hammering the outside fence and landing on his wheels to the delight of the crowd as Creed waived in appreciation as an incredible first SST trip to Australia concluded.

V8 Supercars’ CEO James Warburton said with the addition of the Stadium Super Trucks the Gold Coast 600 would continue to grow.

“Last year we said that we would make this the biggest entertainment event on the Gold Coast and we delivered,” he said. “Now we are raising the bar. The stadium trucks have to be seen to be believed. Their show in Adelaide had people on their feet. It is fantastic they have been able to come back to Australia and the Castrol Gold Coast 600 in October.”

In addition to the V8 Supercars and SST trucks, the Surfers Paradise street circuit event will also include the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, V8 Utes, Formula 4, the remarkable Showtime FMX motocross stunt shows and Matt Mingay’s Hot Wheels Stunt Team.

Now in its third season of competition, the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS is a full series of races featuring identically prepared trucks resembling their smaller radio control TRAXXAS counterparts. The trucks race at large IndyCar street circuit events, massive Australian V8 SuperCar races, in stadiums, on dirt and on paved surfaces. The versatile trucks provide an off-the-ground dimension to racing normally reserved for the off-road worlds of Baja and Dakar, which few American fans have an opportunity to witness in person. Gordon’s introduction of the SST series has re-introduced fascinating elements of off-road racing to crowds regularly in excess of 100,000 fans at venues including the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, X Games Austin, the Clipsal 500 V8 SuperCar race in Adelaide, Australia and other high-profile events.

About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.

Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.

Media Contact: Chris Hecht

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas

704-949-1255

checht@stadiumsupertrucks.com

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CBS Sports Spectacular show Sunday on CBS Sports Network
airing premier telecast of first Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500

Multi class coverage to highlight broadcast of Rnd 2 of 5-race SCORE World Desert Championship,
the 424.52-mile race featured Pro and Sportsman cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads;
airing at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday; promo video of one-hour show available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkqmn17IhkY&feature=youtu.be

RENO, Nev., USA—Mexico’s young gun Eduardo Laguna who came from behind to capture the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the history-making Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race will be spotlighted during Sunday’s premier telecast of the race on the CBS Sports Network. The debut of the one-hour special will air on the CBS Sports Spectacular show at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, followed by multiple repeat airings.
From show producers BCII TV, a video preview of the telecast is available at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkqmn17IhkY&feature=youtu.be
Announcers for the CBS Sports Network telecast of the Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 are SCORE racers Cameron Steele and Ricky Johnson.
RACE REWIND
Combining the grit, stamina, determination and talent of youth with the sage experience of a committed, savvy, veteran team behind him, Laguna, 24, of Mexicali, led racers from 12 U.S. States and five countries to the finish line in Loreto over the tight, technical 424.52-mile course that started in Cabo San Lucas in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck. The victory also represented the 83rd overall win in SCORE Baja racing for long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires.
Celebrating its 42nd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization, the southern state of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula hosted the first SCORE race entirely run on the southernmost part of the peninsula.
Competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the race had 82 starters of which 59 officially finished the 424.52-mile course. With an exceptionally high finishing rate of 72.0 percent, the elapsed time race had a 17 hour time limit to become an official finisher.
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
In the motorcycle portion of the race, Colton Udall of Oceanside, Calif., was the overall two-wheel vehicle winner for the second straight SCORE race, riding solo to victory in the Pro Unlimited class on the No. 5x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X. His Ox Motorsports teammate Mark Samuels, of Yucca Valley, Calif., was runner-up for the second consecutive race on another privateer Honda CRF450X.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET)
(Trailer —https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkqmn17IhkY&feature=youtu.be)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
4-WHEEL TOP FIVE
Spending over half of the race trying to run down early leader Carlos Lopez, another RPM Racing young gun who started first and kept the physical lead for over 300 miles, Laguna had a victory margin of three minutes, 49 seconds over defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany) and their No. 1 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado. With Schwarz driving nearly the first half of the race and Eugenio the second, the pair covered the course in 7:39:30 at an average speed of 55.47mph.
Third in SCORE Trophy Truck and fourth overall was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren with a time of 7:47:15 (54.54mph) in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
With SCORE Trophy Trucks claiming eight of the top 10 overall four-wheel vehicle positions in this race, fourth overall and in the featured racing class was RPM’s Lopez, just 20, of Tecate, Mexico, in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck in 7:54:46 (53.65mph).
Completing the top five SCORE Trophy Truck finisher’s list was 2015 SCORE San Felipe 250 winner Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico, in the No. 21 Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor in 8:38:36 (49.116mph).
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.

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Lake Elsinore, CA

After a tough Silver State 300 desert race that netted a top ten finish for Roberts Racing, the team heads to Lake Elsinore, CA. to do battle on the short course. Roberts Racing drivers Mike and Dale Dondel will swap vehicle types when they compete in rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Mike Dondel will be trading his Roberts Racing class 1500 unlimited open wheeled car for a Pro-2 truck and Dale Dondel will be driving a Racer Engineering Pro Buggy in place of his Roberts Racing #7 Trick Truck.

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The huge jumps, tricky corners and tight racing make Lake Elsinore a fan favorite. The track has a narrow groove. In order to pass, you need to out jump or out-brake your competition. Mike Dondel is looking forward to a tough door to door battle in the Pro-2 class. One of the toughest in the Lucas Oil Series; the field is loaded with wily veterans and past champions. Mike will be trading paint but Dale will not have that luxury. The exposed wheels on the pro buggy require finesse and precision; any contact is risky.

Roberts Racing LOORRS Two PR2Mike will be wielding a hammer, Dale a scalpel. Both will be relying on the best quality components and support from Toyo Tires, Specialized Automation Services, Racer Engineering, MOMO, King Shocks, KC HiLites, Howe Power Steering and F&L Racing Fuel.

To take in some action and follow the latest news about Roberts Racing, be sure to head over to http://www.roberts-racing.com/ for news, photos, videos and a full report after the race.

For more info on attending the Lake Elsinore race or the Lucas Oil series, go to http://www.lucasoiloffroad.com/

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

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Short course off-road racing season is in full swing with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series coming up this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st at Lake Elsinore, CA. As the first daytime race of the season, rounds 5&6 will go down under sunny skies featuring insane off-road action! If Rounds 1 and 2 were any indication, the stands are going to be packed at Elsinore. The podium shake up is likely to continue in most every class! We are almost to the midpoint of the season with no big lead gaps other than in Pro-4 where Kyle Leduc is in control. This weekend’s racing should prove to be an all out slugfest on a track known for it’s spectacular jumps and crashes.

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Pro-4 is getting stacked.
What use to be viewed as the shortest field in short course has now grown into a seriously stacked field of competitors. Although Kyle Leduc has been in kill mode, absolutely dominating Pro-4, he is now competing with the three headed hydra of off-road champions; Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, Carl Renezeder.  All of whom are waiting for Leduc to make the slightest mistake, opening the door for them to take the lead. Doug Fortin has also proven that he is a gamer with a 2nd place finish in round one following up a solid 5th in the points championship with 2 Pro-4 wins, 4 Podiums and 9 top 5 finishes. Eric Barron is also the wildcard in Pro-4, capable of putting together amazing performances on occasion. Will he be on point at Lake Elsinore? We will see. New to Pro-4 but clearly a threat, Brian Deegan is lurking in the shadows waiting to strike at any sign of weakness.

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Pro-2 is all out war.
In Pro-2 Rob MacCachren is tied for the points lead with Motocross legend Jeremy McGrath.  McGrath seems like he is finally getting his four wheel legs beneath him, having consistently solid performances in the first four rounds of the season with his new truck and team. In round 4 Patrick Clark earned his first Pro-2 win proving that even with the three headed hydra of Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder anybody can win in any race. Look for Deegan to step up his intensity back to 110% after recovering from health issues earlier this season.

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Prolite is chaos.
Prolite is chaos and that’s good, It’s unpredictable. No one driver is dominating and that keeps Prolite the most exciting class in short course. In rounds 3 and 4 Jerett Brooks, Sheldon Creed, RJ Anderson, Ryan Beat,  and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg all managed to get on podium. Jerett Brooks, Brad DeBerti, Sheldon Creed, and RJ Anderson are in a tight four way battle for the points lead. The massive table top jump on the front stretch of the Lake Elsinore course separates the men for the boys in this limited class. With over 20 vehicles expected to show up for Elsinore there are sure to be fireworks in this class.

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Pro buggy is full of talent.
The George Brothers are off to a dominating season start in Pro Buggy, but Dave Mason and Taylor Atchison are right behind them waiting for their shot to move up. In addition there is a horde of twelve more buggies chasing them down. The Pro Buggy class continues to be an affordable proving ground for up and coming talent. Open wheels and class restrictions force you to drive clean and hard for a podium.

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The Trophy Kart Kids our the future stars.
Don’t forget to cheer on all the kids as they battle on a modified version of the Elsinore course for a chance to be a future star of off-road racing. With a combined field of over 40 vehicles the future of off-road looks pretty bright.

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Friday is Practice and racing is Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st

Gates open at 11am and opening ceremonies are at 2pm. Get there early and stake out your spot in the stands.

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MacCachren, Tim Herbst, Gordon leading SCORE Trophy Trucks
into next week’s 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500

Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be held June 4-7
in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; telecast on CBS Sports Network;
more info at www.score-international.com;

Entries from 26 U.S. states, 10 countries to celebrate SCORE’s 42nd anniversary;
Riviera del Pacific Cultural Center in Ensenada hosting several race activities

RENO, Nev., USA—Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and Tim Herbst along with Robby Gordon of Charlotte, N.C., three of the all-time winningest racers in desert racing history are leading a field of 30 vehicles currently entered in the SCORE Trophy Truck class in next week’s 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Between the three drivers they have won 34 individual races and eight season championships in the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
Round 3 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held next week in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2015 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule.
This year is the 47th anniversary of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 6) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs. While the fastest vehicles are expected to complete the brutally rugged 510.58-mile course in nearly 11 hours, all vehicles will have a 22-hour time limit to become an official finisher in the grueling race.
Nearly 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 26 U.S. States and 10 countries already in the field. Besides the USA and host country Mexico, other countries represented on the starting grid so far are Austria, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala and Japan.
In all, the field includes 16 drivers who have combined to win 59 of the 115 SCORE Trophy Truck races in the 21-year history of the showcase racing class.
MAC ATTACKS
A six-time AARWBA All-America selection, MacCachren, who turned 50 this past March, is the winningest SCORE Trophy Truck driver in history with 12 career race wins in the 21-year history of the featured SCORE class along with season point championships in the class in the inaugural year of 1994 and 2007. He drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
HERBST HAPPENINGS
Second in career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins with 11, Tim Herbst, 52, won his record four SCORE Trophy Truck season point titles with his older brother Ed Herbst splitting the driving in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. He splits driving the past several seasons with Larry Roeseler, 58, of Boulevard, Calif., in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.
GORDON GALLOPS
Winning races in his career in multiple racing styles including IndyCar, the NASCAR Cup Series and stages in the Dakar Rally, Gordon, 46, is a former owner/driver in NASCAR and currently owns and drives in his Formula Off-Road Stadium Series. He is tied for second with Tim Herbst with 11 career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins and has won two season crowns in SCORE Trophy Truck (1996 and 2009). Gordon drives the No. 77 Speed Energy Team Gordon Chevy Silverado.
MENZIES’ MASTERY
In recent years, no one has dominated this race like SCORE young gun Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas. Menzies, 27, who has five career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins, has won this race three of the last four years (2011, 2012 and 2014). In 2013 he finished third behind race winner Gordon. Menzies drives the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK SUPREMES
Including Tim Herbst, MacCachren, Gordon and Menzies this year’s race includes 16 of the 21 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champions including the last nine straight. While Herbst has four titles, MacCachren and Gordon two each and Menzies one, other former SCORE Trophy Truck season point champions entered this year are Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif. (1996), three-time season point champion B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (2008, 2012, 2013), Jesse Jones, Phoenix (2010) and Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif. (2014).
The field also includes the SCORE Trophy Truck winners from six of the last seven years in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500—Baldwin (2008), Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (2009), three-time race winner Menzies and Gordon.
ENTRY LEADERS
While SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries of any class in the race with 30, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far are Class 19 with 21, Class 10 with 20, Class 1 with 19, Trophy Truck Spec with 14 and Class 1/2-1600 with 10 entries to date.
Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Unlimited M/C class with 11 entries as of today.
Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with eight entries so far.
PRE-RUNNING
While pre-running began onMay 15, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only and only on Thursday and Friday of race week (June 4-5). The official course map, the GPS files and course notes are available online on the SCORE website.
QUALIFYING
On Thursday, June 4 qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and will not be open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes determined their respective qualifying orders.
While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 4) on the SCORE website.
MAIN COURSE
The race features a 510.58-mile course, designed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with co-race directors Abelardo Grijalva and Dick Gray.
The historic race course runs in a clockwise direction going north out of the Ojos Negros area along up to the U.S. border west of Mexicali over the infamous La Rumorosa grade. The race route is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark and magnificent beauty of Baja California.
GRANDEST MARSHAL
SCORE is honored to have the legendary desert racer Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who turns 70 on Thursday (June 4) as the Grand Marshal of this year’s race. Racing since 1973, Stewart joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He won a total of 82 victories with PPI.
Stewart won a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series, a record 17 SCORE Baja 500s (including 10 SCORE Baja 500 overall wins), three SCORE Baja 1000s, and five SCORE season class point titles, including SCORE overall point championships in 1990 and 1993. He also won four SCORE World Championships and three MTEG stadium racing titles.
Stewart was a 2006 inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Stewart was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame.
SCORE BAJA FIESTA
Colorful race week festivities will start with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the Monster Energy SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday, June 4 from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. With donations for La Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexico’s Red Cross), the event will be include a racer’s autograph party and vehicle display.
Friday, June 5 will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
On Friday evening (June 5), the Monster Energy Papas Y Beer SCORE Street Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada.
During the race on Saturday, June 6 the Monster Energy SCORE VIP hospitality area, will be part of the start/finish line compound. The area will also include the massive Tecnovision LED screens broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
AT THE RIVIERA
The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 4-5) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race (June 6-7) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 5). The post-race awards celebration will be in the outdoor Riviera amphitheater at noon on Sunday (June 7).
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
GRAN HISTORIA
The Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. This year marks the 42nd time it has started and 38th time it will finish in Ensenada.
SCORE JOURNAL
Issue No. 4 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
DAKAR CHALLENGE 2015
This year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 has been identified as a qualifying race for special entry packages into the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America. The winner in car and truck classes will come from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Class 10 (all calculated with time adjustments). Complete regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2015 are available at http://score-international.com/dakar-challenge/.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601704029970642)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE Baja 500
June 4-7, 2015—510.58 miles * Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
OFFICIAL ENTRIES
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
(Numerical, before Qualifying)
(No., Driver of Record/Additional Driver(s), Hometown, Vehicle)
1 Steven Eugenio, Carlsbad, Calif./Armin Schwarz, Austria (Germany), Chevy C1500
2 Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif./Kevin Butts, El Cajon, Chevy Silverado
5 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck
9 Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150
11 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
17 Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
19 Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150
21 Gus Vildosola Jr, Mexicali, Mexico/Gus Vildosola Sr, Mexicali, Ford Raptor
22 Casey Currie, Norco, Calif./John Currie, Norco, Jeep-Custom
23 Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150
35 Jason Voss, Cupertino, Calif./Rich Voss, Cupertino, Ford F-150
36 Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Chad Hancock, Green Valley/Thom Greer, Tucson, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500
40 Chris Miller, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150
44 Kyle Jergensen, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado
45 Gary Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif./Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Ford F-150
47 James Bult, Monee, Illinois/Jacob Bult, Sandpoint, Idaho, Ford F-150
50 Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150
58 Tracy Graf, Canada/Justin Smith, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
70 Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
75 Mike Cook, Orem, Utah/Todd Pedersen, Orem, Chevy Silverado
76 Jesse Jones, Phoenix, Ford F-150
77 Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy Silverado
83 Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F-150
84 Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Kyle LeDuc, Beaumont, Calif./Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado
85 Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado
88 Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico/Joel Serna/Mexicali, Chevy Silverado
91 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
99 Lyle Bask, Canada/Ken Evans, Canada, Ford F-150
Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck Race Winners
SCORE Trophy Truck
1994—Ivan Stewart
1995—Curt LeDuc
1996—Rob MacCachren
1997—Ivan Stewart
1998—Ivan Stewart
1999—Ivan Stewart
2000—Larry Ragland
2001—David Ashley/Dan Smith
2002—Mark Miller/Larry Ragland
2003—Mark Miller/Ryan Arciero
2004—Alan Pflueger
2005—Robby Gordon
2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland
2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins
2008—B.J. Baldwin
2009—Rick D. Johnson
2010—Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin
2011—Bryce Menzies
2012—Bryce Menzies
2013—Robby Gordon
2014—Bryce Menzies
SCORE Trophy Truck®
(debuted in 1994, for 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks-112 total Desert races, 3 Stadium-short course)

All-Time SCORE Trophy Truck Race Winners (1994 through Round 2, 2015)
Wins Driver(s), Years
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Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1994, 1996(2), 2003 (w/ G. Vildosola), 2007(3) (w/M. Post), 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2014
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Ed/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 1997, 1998, 1999(3), 2000(2), 2001, 2002, 2003(2)
Larry Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy, 1995(2), 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 (w/ Mark Miller), 2005-2006-2007 (w/B.Collins)
Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Ford F-150, 1996(4), Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006* (2) (one w/A. McMillin), 2009 (2), 2013
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Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150, 1998(2), 2000, 2001(3), 2002(3)
Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5, 1994(3), 1995(2), 1997, 1998(2), 1999
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Andy McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2006 (w/R. Gordon), 2009 (w/S. McMillin), 2010 (2) (one w/S. McMillin), 2011 (w/S. McMillin), 2014 (2) (1 w/MacCachren)
Mark Post, Laguna Beach,CA, Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/J. Whelchel), 2007(3) (w/R. MacCachren)
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Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2001, 2005-2006-2007 (w/L. Ragland), 2008, 2009
B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012(2), 2013
5
Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 2011 (2), 2012, 2013, 2014
4
Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1995, 1997(3)
Mark Miller, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2002 (w/ Larry Ragland), 2003(2), 2004 (w/ R. Arciero)
Paul/Dave Simon, Fallbrook, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994(2), 1995(2)
Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Sr.), 2014, 2015
Jerry Whelchel, Portola Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 (all w/M. Post)
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Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2003(2), 2004 (w/ M. Miller)
Scott McMillin, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 2009 (w/A. McMillin), 2010 (w/A. McMillin), 2011 (w/A. McMillin)
Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Chevy K1500, 1999, 2008 (2) (w/R. Norman)
Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, 2003 (w/ Rob MacCachren), 2010, 2013 (w/ Gus Vildosola Jr.)
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Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2006, 2007
Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2010 (2)
Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 2008 (2) (W/L. Roeseler)
Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado, 2004(2)
Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500, 2005, 2006
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Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005
Brian Coats, Huntington Beach, Calif., Chevy C1500, 1997
Marty Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 2005*
Gary Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., Ford F-150, 2004
Dale Dondel, Hemet, Calif, Chevy Silverado, 2005
Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 2014
Juan C. Ibarra, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy C1500, 1998
Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 2009
Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 2015
Rich Ronco, Peoria, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 2008
Jim Smith, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150, 1994
Jason Voss, Gilroy, Calif., Ford F-160, 2014 (w/ MacCachren)
*non-points stadium-short course race
21 Years of SCORE Trophy Truck Season Champions
1994–Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
1995–Ivan Stewart, Alpine, Calif., Toyota SR5
1996–Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150
1997–Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee
1998–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
1999–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2000–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2001–David Ashley/Dan Smith, Riverside, Calif., Ford F-150
2002–Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2003–Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2004–Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150
2005–Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy CK1500
2006–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2007–Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2008–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2009–Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500
2010–Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150
2011–Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
2012–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2013–B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
2014—Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif., Chevy Silverado

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Punta Banda Pure UTV “125” Highlight Video http://www.race-dezert.com/home/punta-banda-pure-utv-125-highlight-video-125288.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/punta-banda-pure-utv-125-highlight-video-125288.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 20:40:31 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125288 Off-Road Luminary and Checker member Lou Peralta is back putting on off-road races in Baja. Here are video highlights from his first Baja race the Punta Banda AVE 125 that took place just south of Ensenada. The race was UTV’s

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Off-Road Luminary and Checker member Lou Peralta is back putting on off-road races in Baja. Here are video highlights from his first Baja race the Punta Banda AVE 125 that took place just south of Ensenada. The race was UTV’s and Bikes only but featured a never before run course that proved to be challenging complete with stunning ocean views. You can find out more about future AVE races right here: averacing.com

 

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Satellite Race Team Tracking http://www.race-dezert.com/home/satellite-race-team-tracking-125334.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/satellite-race-team-tracking-125334.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 18:14:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125334 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2015 In the world of competitive off-road racing, one of the biggest hurdles we encounter is not the competition; it’s communication. At races like the Baja 1000, Baja 500 or Vegas to Reno, much

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In the world of competitive off-road racing, one of the biggest hurdles we encounter is not the competition; it’s communication. At races like the Baja 1000, Baja 500 or Vegas to Reno, much of the race is spent trying to decipher reliable from unreliable information. Is it real and how old is it? So much of said communication is hearsay pieced together from spectator reports, passing racers and spotty radio communications. With the advent of race tracking, a team member can send info on where a racer may be stuck or how fast they may be running at home, but that only works if the receiver has cell service, a super expensive MSAT device or a satellite phone, which often becomes unreliable when systems are saturated based on overuse in the area.

Enter the tracking and communication system by DesertTrax. The DesertTrax system, built by Bud Gaston, is made specifically for the rigors of off-road racing. Having an extensive background working with off-road teams and tracking for the past 9 years, Bud created a system that addresses every frustrating topic related to communications and race logistics at off-road events.

The system is a digital satellite connection communication that works worldwide. It is ideal for remote areas, unlike cellular that has range and connection limitations. As a team, information about your race and chase trucks and communicating with them in the field during an event is critical. This system will enable your team to send and receive critical information to and from remotely-deployed personnel, to know their exact locations, and to remotely track their movements, all from one common tablet at your fingertips.

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Additionally, the display unit is very straight forward and easy to use. If you’ve used any type of touch screen tablet like an iPad, Galaxy, or Nextbook, then you already know how to use this system. The tablet is a 7-in. ruggedized Mil-spec Android tablet combined with a RAM X-Grip. This device is on both the race vehicle and chase trucks. Using the tablet is like using any touch screen device we use on a daily basis. It has one simple app to track and communicate with any vehicle in your group equipped with the system, and it has the same selection style and zoom in-out commands.

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With a touch of the Map button, you see exactly where all your race and chase vehicles are on the course, including what race mile on detailed maps like we are accustomed to seeing. All of this updates every few minutes to give you realtime stats, so you can make informed decisions as your race plays out.

The “Team Button”gives you precise information about a selected team member including the distance from your position, bearing, GPS coordinates, age of transmission, speed and altitude. Also, when pressing”view on map,”it instantly shows you their location.

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The text message feature is the most impressive feature of this unit. Having quick and direct contact with your crew is priceless when everyone else is scrambling for info. Messages and map updates every few moments are ideal forms of communication in the remote areas off-road racing takes us. With each message, you can send and receive 160 character text messages from team tracker to team tracker or send one single message at one time. You can also send and receive 160 character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide. Having all of this at a team’s disposal creates an invaluable team confidence.

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All of this can also be tracked by a team member back home who can also communicate directly using the text message feature.

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However, the most rewarding aspect the system provides is piece of mind in a highly stressful and fluid racing situation. Having concise and reliable information can relieve tense atmospheres created by the unknown. Your team can concentrate on their respective roles because they know what’s happening and where you’re at. “The system helps our chase team keep track of the race truck and be able to know where the truck at all times during the race,” said Lee Banning of Banning Motorsports who’s been using the system. “No guessing about what is going on.”

Recently, we were privileged enough to test the system at the 2015 NORRA Mexican 1000 to chase our team on a run down the Baja peninsula. From the first moment, we realized the value of the system when our team experienced a problem and could not reach us by traditional methods to tell us they were having a battery issue at the start line. The race truck radio did not work, and cell service proved unreliable. We received a text message through the Desert Trax system to get back to the start as we were leaving town. Without that info, our race would have been over before it even started. For 1300 miles, this system proved vital to our efforts.

The best part of this device is that it includes the creator and owner of DesertTrax, Bud Gaston, when you rent it. His hands on approach to customer service is rare and refreshing in a world where most people simply walk away after you’ve made a purchase. But Bud was there to install the system and give everyone on the team a complete run down on how to use it. All questions were answered and when we needed to know something, he was easily reached directly via phone or the DesertTrax message feature.

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For more details on renting the Desert Trax satellite race team tracking and two way communication system for your next event, you can contact Bud: 231.645.4343

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An elite squad of Team Toyo racers is looking for a podium in Australia’s most dangerous race.

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Toyo Tires in Australia, the tyre manufacturer has selected a team of elite drivers to lead the largest field of competitors ever seen at the 40th annual Finke Desert Race.

Team Toyo is made up of former ‘Kings of the Desert’ winners and legends of the Finke.

Five trophy trucks in the Extreme 2WD class and two Pro-Class buggies will compete over the June long weekend on Toyo’s Open Country M/T-R (OPM/T-R), a motorsport-specification mud terrain tyre.

Drivers, navigators and race teams will rely on the resilience and grip of the rugged OPM/T-R in 35, 37 and 39-inch constructions to tame the unpredictable desert terrain.

Over its 40-year history the Finke has evolved from an endurance event to an outright desert sprint.

Meet Toyo’s sprinters.

A trophy truck won the Finke outright for the first time in 2011, and Team Toyo’s Greg Gartner was behind the wheel. This year Gartner will campaign the Toyo-shod #410 Ford F150 trophy truck over constantly shifting terrain between Alice Springs and Finke.

South Australian and long-time Toyo man Brad Gallard followed Greg’s winning example by winning Finke in his trophy truck in 2012. In the 40th Finke, Gallard will drive the much anticipated #454 PKMS Trophy Truck, powered by a 5.8-litre NASCAR-spec Toyota V8.

Gallard’s regular navigator and off-road racing stalwart Scott Modistach will take over steering the former Finke-winning #496 Toyo Tires Geiser Bros trophy truck.

Also running a Toyota PH9 NASCAR motor, 2007 and 2013 King of the Desert Hayden Bentley will be screaming over the sand on Toyo OPM/T-Rs, with the aim of reclaiming the throne in his new Racer Engineering #418 trophy truck.

Team Toyo’s Billy Geddes has cemented himself as a legend of the sport after a ninth in 2012, fifth in 2013 and last year becoming the first ever Finke Iron Man.

Geddes has gifted his red #441 truck ‘HellBoy’ with a new engine package that will see the trophy truck spearheading the field.

Two Team Toyo Pro-Class buggies will join the trophy trucks.

Former ARB off-road racing series champion Danny Brown is gunning to fulfil a birthright to off-road racing greatness in the #42 buggy. PKMS driver Matthew Kittle joins Brown in the class in the twin turbo #23 PKMS Jimco buggy.

Toyo Tires marketing manager Jose Angeles said Team Toyo is hunting for a desert podium.

“We have assembled the best team and the best cars and then given them the best tyres. A Team Toyo result at Finke’s 40th anniversary, coinciding with Toyo’s 40th year in Australia, would be an amazing achievement. We have taken the necessary steps to make it happen,” he said.

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ABOUT TOYO TIRES
For over 40 years, Toyo Tires has stood for innovation, quality, performance and excellent service in Australia. Today, Toyo Tires offers a complete selection of premium replacement tyres for nearly every make and model, manufacturing the highest-quality tyres for high-performance cars, family and luxury vehicles, SUVs and 4x4s, light trucks, and for trucks and buses.

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General Tire 100th Anniversary Sweepstakes Offers Off-road Experience of a Lifetime!

Win an all expenses paid trip for two to Nevada for Zero1 Odysseys off-road adventure October 8-11, 2015 complements of General Tire.
Enter now through July 28, 2015.

Fort Mill, SC – May 26, 2015. In celebration of 100 years in business, General Tire is giving out plenty of gifts. The General Tire 100th Anniversary Sweepstakes will award six lucky winners a set of General tires; eight winners General Tire t-shirts and hats; and four fortunate winners will get the experience of a lifetime to participate in an off-road driving experience with Zero1 Odysseys. The four-day, three-night Odyssey trip for two (2) departs on October 8, 2015 and includes flight, hotel, and a $100-per-day Visa gift card..

Enter to win now through July 28, 2015. A random drawing will be held on or about August 4, 2015. Four (4) Grand Prizes: average retail value (A.R.V.) $7,000 per winner; six (6) first prizes: A.R.V. $1,500 per winner; eight (8) second prizes: A.R.V. $50 per winner.

Entering is easy:

Make a sign of your choosing that says “Happy 100th Anniversary General Tire!”
Take a photo of you holding the sign
Post the picture onto Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag, #GT100sweeps

For more information, check out www.generaltire100.com

At General Tire, we believe that “Anywhere Is Possible” and we want you to experience our product on some of the toughest terrain on earth. Get ready to get dusty in custom Zero1 Odysseys off-road buggies and live the adventure.

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About General Tire

For 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Expedition Overland, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, World Cup of Softball, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Jerett Brooks, Travis Chase, Mikey Childress, CJ Hutchins, Doug Fortin, Harley Letner, Jim Riley, Macrae Glass, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Ryan Beat, Carl Renezeder and Camburg Racing.

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Continental develops intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2014, the corporation generated sales of approximately €34.5 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tire, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 200,000 people in 53 countries.

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AGBs Dominate Silver State 300 Class 1500 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/agbs-dominate-silver-state-300-class-1500-125296.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/agbs-dominate-silver-state-300-class-1500-125296.html#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 18:49:21 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125296 Jean, Nevada — The start of May saw the third race of the BITD season take place just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. At 300 miles, the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 is a relatively short race compared to the

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Jean, Nevada — The start of May saw the third race of the BITD season take place just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. At 300 miles, the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 is a relatively short race compared to the first two BITD events, The Parker 425 and The Mint 400. The Silver State 300 runs through some beautiful areas of the Nevada desert and is considered one of the most scenic races of the season. Unfortunately, fast graded roads, silt and dust don’t let the drivers pause to take in the view.

The lack of passing zones in this race makes qualifying crucial. Time trials for starting positions were held on the Thursday before the event, just east of the Jean casino complex. Drivers pushed hard to get a front starting position with Jason Voss claiming the top spot. Two class 1500 buggies hung with the trucks and earned top ten starting spots. The Albins AGB equipped cars of Cody Parkhouse and Lalo Laguna qualified 7th and 8th respectively. After two laps, less than a second separated these two drivers.

On race day, top qualifier Jason Voss led from start to finish. Rob MacCacharen wan’t far off the pace finishing 2nd in Trick Truck and overall. In Class 1500, the day belonged to CJ Hutchins in Albins AGB equipped car 1527. CJ charged up from his 18th place starting position to grab 1st place in class 1500 and 3rd overall. Cody Parkhouse in Albins AGB equipped car 1532 had a strong run but had to settle for 2nd in Class 1500 and 4th overall, less than a minute behind CJ.

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Overall in Class 1500, Albins AGBs had a phenomenal day, snagging four out of the top five spots. Lalo Laguna placed 4th and 1599 Todd Tuls took 5th. Three more AGB equipped cars battled their way into the Class 1500 top 10. 1562 Ladd Gilbert took 6th. 1542 Baldi Brothers Racing gunned their way up from their 31st starting position to take 7th and 1529 Scott Bailey taking 8th. Albins AGB equipped cars took seven of the top ten Class 1500 positions.

In Class 7200, products from Weddle Industries continued their winning ways with Gary and Troy Messer taking the win followed by Kovach Motorsports in 2nd. The Messer truck runs a PBS transaxle with Weddle gears and ring and pinion. The Kovach Motorsports truck runs an Albins ST6-i transmission from Weddle Industries. These two teams have won every BITD race this season and are locked in a serious points battle.

The Silver State 300 was another great race brought to you by Casey Folks and the BITD crew. Next up, Vegas to Reno.

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Pre-Running with Bryce Menzies: The secrets to winning the Baja 500 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/pre-running-with-bryce-menzies-the-secrets-to-winning-the-baja-500-125132.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/pre-running-with-bryce-menzies-the-secrets-to-winning-the-baja-500-125132.html#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 18:14:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125132 Pre-running is the secret pleasure of desert off-road racing. It allows you to explore Baja without the pressures of race day, and as history has proven it also is a primary key to winning races. Bryce Menzies has won three

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Pre-running is the secret pleasure of desert off-road racing. It allows you to explore Baja without the pressures of race day, and as history has proven it also is a primary key to winning races. Bryce Menzies has won three Baja 500’s and part of his success has been doing his homework. Menzies meticulously pre-runs every inch of the race course over the period of three weeks, completing the entire course over five times.

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We went down to spend a few days with Bryce Menzies and his crew to see first hand what his process for pre-running is. We discovered a few of the secrets to his success along the way. We chased Bryce and his teammate Jesse Jones almost the entire course in our Polaris RZR’s, stopping to shoot photos and video at some of the most dynamic locations. We will be releasing a video of the entire pre-run shortly so keep checking back.

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First order of business after crossing the border into Baja was to stop at a taco stand and reset our palettes. Our photographer Ernesto, who lives in Ensenada told us about his favorite taco stand “La Vianda”,  which just happened to be directly across the street from our favorite taco stand, “El Trailero”. He explained that we should try the “fancier style” tacos that La Vianda specializes in called “Carnes en su Jugo”.  Basically it’s beef, slow cooked in its own juices with onion, salsa, garlic, coriander and other various seasonings. The meat is then topped with bacon, onion, green salsa, pinto beans and the magical ingredient chicharron. The meat comes served on a platter with fresh tortillas so you can make your own tacos, and they are delicious.

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After a quick lunch we headed to meet Bryce and his crew on the south side of Ensenada near Estero Beach. We settled in and had a light BBQ chicken dinner at the hotel and turned in early because the next two days were going to be early to rise and late to sleep. We woke and started prepping vehicles and camera equipment at 6am. We replaced Bryce’s race tires with a set of the new KO2’s which are essentially a street truck tire intended for vehicles less than half the weight of the six thousand pound pre-runner. We wanted to see how the tires would hold up to the brutality of Baja. Pete Mortensen (Bryce’s Co-driver) looked at me with disapproval as he would likely be the one changing tires if we got a flat.

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We had coffee and a light breakfast, then headed out to Ojos Negros to begin our trip. After clearing the checkpoint, Jesse Jones’ A.D.D. kicked in and he bought a watermelon from a roadside truck and shared it with everyone. Once we got the RZR’s unloaded we headed north to start our pre-run with some fast graded farm roads, leading into a sandy wash, then into some technical and rocky switchbacks up hills heading toward the Ponderosa Pine forest. As the small town of Ojos Negros faded into the dust behind us we began to merge into the never-never of Baja.

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Many people think Baja is just a big flat desert and they couldn’t be more wrong. The diversity of the terrain and landscape is remarkable at minimum. Those of us who get to explore the vast unspoiled areas of Baja are truly the lucky ones.

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After making our way up through Ponderosa Pine forest we hit highway 2 and hung a right to La Rumorosa. We stopped for lunch at “La Cabana Del Abuelo”, they specialize in game meats and steaks. I had the Arrachera (Skirt Steak) which was awesome. A couple of the guys had some quail and rabbit which they seemed to enjoy as well.

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We gassed up at the Pemex next door and headed off to tackle “La Rumorosa Trail” which is one of the most feared sections of race course in off-road. Named for the whispering sounds made when the winds blow through the canyons, La Rumorosa trail descends over 1500 feet down to Laguna Salada in a series of ultra sketchy rocky off-camber switchbacks with corners so tight three point turns are required to make them. There is no margin for error or mechanical failure. We took the trail really slow, basically crawling down onto the rock laden valley below stopping periodically to enjoy the views.

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Once we got to the bottom of La Rumorosa the punishment wasn’t over as we had to tip-toe through a rock laden valley until we got to the edge of Laguna Salada. We picked up the pace significantly through a series of rock washes and sandy whoop sections until we got to the Highway 5 where we loaded the RZR’s onto trailers and followed Bryce and Jones down the highway to San Felipe. The bulk of route through Laguna Salada was closed due to recent rains causing ultra sticky mud, nearly impossible to drive through even with a four-wheel drive vehicle. We got into San Felipe around 10pm with just enough time to shower and pass out.

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In the night, the hotel’s generator had broken down so we got ready with no electricity which also meant no coffee. As a by product of my many travels I always bring my own coffee maker, typically if you want coffee at 6am you better be making it yourself. Despite my preparation, I failed to bring a generator as well. I know better. We have been stuck in the middle of nowhere before with no way to make coffee or charge phones and batteries. Rookie move. Next thing I need to invent is a portable coffee maker with a built in generator. I can go days without food, but if I am deprived of coffee and beer, I am going home. Finally the generators came back on and we got our coffee fix. Jones bought some tamales off some woman walking down the beach and we scarfed them down and headed out to the notorious Borrego jump. I have been nearly killed here multiple times because overzealous spectators stand on the course as race vehicles come through, as a result the racers adjust their lines trying and avoid the crowds. With no crowds we got to set up the shot we always wanted to take and Bryce hit the off-camber jump a few times and we moved on.

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We couldn’t resist ripping down the road to El Diablo dry lake bed and ripping around for a bit. There is something about dry lake beds that begs for high speeds and sideways sliding.

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After Borrego the course goes on the pavement all the way to Valley de La Trinidad where you can get some of the best carne asada tacos in all of Baja. After quick bite at the El Rancho taco stand we headed out of Valley de La Trinidad to the famed “Cross Over Road”, a graded road that connects back to the pacific coast just below San Vicente. Being a rally nut, this is one of my favorite roads in Baja. You can go as fast at your mind will let you, there are huge cliffs and treacherous rock laden valleys below. The spectacular views of the unspoiled mountains and valleys are so stunning, it’s a little hard to concentrate on driving.

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At the end of the cross over road we hit the military checkpoint and headed north on the pavement through San Vicente. We stopped in San Vicente to buy some fruit. I always try to sample the local fruits and vegetables and this time I was on the hunt for some “Tuna” or prickly pear cactus fruit I wanted to share with the guys. While out filming at last years Baja 1000 a local walked up and handed me a few then showed me how to peel them without getting the cactus needles in your hand. The fruit is delicious. It’s a cross between watermelon and kiwi fruit and it grows everywhere in Baja. They have lots of seeds that you just eat with the fruit.

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After quick break we headed up the road and after San Vicente we turned off the pavement and headed towards the beach and picked our way through a silty technical section to the rocky beaches of Eréndira. We stopped at a few spots just to enjoy the view and even saw whales blowing off in the distance.

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The sun was going down fast so we hightailed it back to Santo Tomas where we put the RZR’s back on the trailer and headed back to Ensenada. Pre-running is magical, you get to drive off-road and enjoy some of the very best parts of Baja with your friends. I didn’t want to go home, but alas every trip comes to an end. Baja always leaves me with a seemingly endless yearning to explore more. If knowledge is power, then pre-running is the key to winning off-road races. But it’s not just about the win, it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that counts. After over 500 miles of varied terrain the KO2’s had held up, in fact they had very little wear on them at all. We had had no flats and had not been conservative with driving whatsoever. In fact the KO2’s on our Polaris RZR remain in very good condition despite having done two trips to Baja and one trip to Moab totaling to almost 1000 off-road miles.

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Secret to winning the Baja 500 #1: Shared Knowledge is key.

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It takes years to gain the proper knowledge you need to win off-road races, so having someone to help get you up to speed is clutch. For Bryce that person was Jesse Jones, one of the most underrated drivers in off-road. When he is on, he is a podium threat at any race. Jones puts in more time than anybody pre-running and precisely planning for races. When you realize Jones runs a multi-million dollar aerospace business then you can understand how he applies the same work ethic and discipline to off-road racing. In fact it was Jones who gave Bryce his first taste of the trophy truck class, by allowing Bryce to drive his truck at the Best in The Desert Silver State 300 in 2009. Bryce qualified 3rd and when on to win the race, Bryce’s very first race in a trophy truck. Prior to that race a Class 10 car was the most advanced car Bryce had ever raced. The pair hit it off and became fast friends pre-running and racing together. For Bryce, Jones became a living encyclopedia of off-road racing because of his prior racing experience. For Jones, Bryce is a catalyst, pushing him to perform better and better. From the outside looking in one would question the duo’s relationship, but once you understand the working dynamic you see how much influence they have over each  another to provoke increased performance and the relationship becomes clear. Our mornings in Baja were started with workouts and stretching rather than the cliche hangovers.

Secret to winning the Baja 500 #2: Having a good co-driver is critical.

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Pete Mortensen (Bryce’s Co-driver) is more than just a co-driver. He is one part triathlete, one part mechanic, one part navigator, and one part psychologist. He has dedicated his life to becoming the best co-driver he can and clearly he has succeeded. Essentially, Pete is the standard by which every other co-driver should be measured. When Pete is not prepping the trophy truck he is training to make himself physically fit for peak performance in the truck. Physical fitness is now a requirement to race at the top level in off-road. Pete can tackle tire changes in under a minute, (with a 135 lb tire!)  he is mentally sharp so he can diagnose mechanical problems and he can navigate with precision. Pete’s ultra fast tire changes helped Bryce win the Mint 400 in 2013 he was able to get a tire change complete before BJ Baldwin was able to pass them thus forcing BJ to take risks to attempt to pass which lead to a wheel failure. A good co-driver has to also be a psychologist to help keep his driver on task and positive even when things go wrong. More than half of racing is mental, it’s conquering your fear of losing control. So having a good co-driver helping the driver make good decision to slow down or speed up makes a tremendous difference. Pete will also be with Bryce during the entire pre-run so he too will engrain the course into his brain.

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Secret to winning the Baja 500  #3: Stay out of town.

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Ensenada has many attractions from great taco stands and restaurants to bars and strip clubs. For the anyone it’s a great place to spend night drinking and eating street tacos. Bryce has opted to stay just slightly out of town avoiding the distractions and focusing on the task at hand, winning his fourth Baja 500. His whole team comes down and stays together at a small hotel near Estero Beach keeping them all out of the city’s distracting grasp. The Menzies team, one of the biggest in desert off-road racing, stays together humble and focused on the the top priority,  winning. There is no trophy for partying, this is a serious race with serious competition, and potentially serious consequences. Just ask Jesse Jones who in the 2007 Baja 500 went sailing off a cliff down to the pacific ocean while trying to pass a 10 car. The accident, a sobering reminder of how dangerous off-road racing can be, was caused in large part to a lack of pre-running.

Secret to winning the Baja 500  #4: Pre-run as much as you can.

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Bryce will pre-run the entire course over five times spending almost three entire weeks in Baja prior to the race. He and Pete will take detailed notes first on a voice recorder, then peter will transfer the notes to GPS and run the course again to check accuracy. By running the course so many times Bryce will commit most of it to memory allowing him to push speeds even faster. Bryce and Pete will also be on the hunt for passing lines and alternate lines in case of bottlenecks or route changes due unforeseen circumstances. Bryce will even do the entire course in one day getting a feel for his stamina and acclimating to time of day. Doing your homework prior to the race pays off in victory.

Secret to winning the Baja 500  #5: Have the best equipment and prep.

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It’s no secret that budget is a primary factor in racing. Especially when you are racing in the unlimited Trophy Truck class. You need to have enough budget for the run perfectly set up quality equipment. Gone are the days of showing up half-assed and winging it. The level of competition is so high and now everybody has good equipment. If you are showing up with less than the perfect equipment with a less than perfect prep you are not going to win. Start with buying a truck from a reputable builder. Jimco, Geiser Brothers, Racer Engineering, and ID Designs are a few that come to mind. You can either have them prep your vehicle or hire someone with at least 5 years of experience preparing vehicles for racing. Bryce and his father Steve have built one of the best race prep programs in off-road racing. It took them years but they surrounded themselves with knowledgeable people, slowly bringing everything in house. Bryce’s pre-runner is a Stewart Raceworks built custom pre-runner and his current trophy truck is a Geiser truck that has been modified and prepped in house. He runs a Kroyer engine and transmission package and has input from multiple experienced advisors. Bryce’s co-driver Pete Mortensen preps all of desert vehicles, so he knows every part on every vehicle and can fix anything outside of engine and transmission failures. Bryce’s program also has the added advantage of participating in short course racing. It’s not the same as desert racing but there is a lot of shared knowledge. They prep a Pro-2, Pro- 4, two pre-runners, and two trophy trucks all in house. In addition, his father Steve is obsessed with off-road racing, bringing his business acumen from running a successful construction business and applying that skill set to off-road racing.

This years Baja 500 has some welcome changes adding a stretch off the start through Valley De Guadalupe, heading out to Ojos Negros. From there the course heads north up to the Ponderosa pine forest through the ultra technical section almost to the border just to turn south down the ultra sketchy La Rumorosa trail. From there racers will head south via Laguna Salada, (Which may now be changed due to rain producing nearly impassible mud) down through Borrego, into Valley De La Trinidad.

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The pace will pick up significantly leaving Valley De La Trinidad heading through the cross over road to Llano Colorado just south of San Vicente then out through the beach heading up through Erendia, then back to highway 1 at Santo Tomas. After a quick pavement section, racers get back on dirt at Uruapan crossing and travel over technical hills and mountains returning them back to Ojos Negros then into Ensenada. This years course will prove to be a good mix of technical and fast sections. The opportunity for bottlenecks on the narrow course will make qualifying even more important.

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The recent protests of farm workers demanding a raise from .40¢ an hour also may play into the race if negotiations scheduled to happen the day before the race breakdown. Previous protest have blocked highway 1 and resulted in violence towards police. So be sure to have alternate route or wait out the protest as the demand for cheap produce could change the outcome of the race. Just one of the variables to prepare for in the most dynamic form of motorsports on the planet, off-road racing.

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SNORE’s Race Fuel 250 off road race will be received with open arms in Caliente http://www.race-dezert.com/home/snores-race-fuel-250-off-road-race-will-be-received-with-open-arms-in-caliente-125278.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/snores-race-fuel-250-off-road-race-will-be-received-with-open-arms-in-caliente-125278.html#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:51:33 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125278 By Mike Henle CALIENTE — The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) auto racing sanctioning body returns to Lincoln County after a brief absence and you can bet that the Race Fuel 250 will be met with open arms to

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CALIENTE — The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) auto racing sanctioning body returns to Lincoln County after a brief absence and you can bet that the Race Fuel 250 will be met with open arms to this community situated about 180 miles north of Las Vegas.
With a field of about 85 entries along with a contingent of followers ranging from pit crews to your basic off-road racing fan, the invasion of SNORE will bring with it a huge boost to the town May 29-30.
Festivities kick off with a meet and greet at Caliente Elementary Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in what has proven a wildly-popular start to the weekend as SNORE presents its third race of the six-race Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Championship Series.
Tech inspection and registration begins at 3 p.m. at the Knotty Pine Restaurant and Lounge.
On Saturday, race action begins at 8 a.m. at the local motocross track.
Knotty Pine Restaurant and Lounge owner Bud Sanders is among the business owners here who always look forward to SNORE bringing a crowd to what is normally a very quiet community.
“Oh yes, SNORE is great for business,” said Sanders, who is such an off-road enthusiast that he event works a checkpoint for the event. “Being a small community, we don’t have many special events and SNORE is a big spectator deal.
‘They do a great job with their PR especially as it relates to the meet and greet at Caliente Elementary. This is the event of the year for Caliente.”
The Knotty Pine has been in this community since the 1950s and serves as the perfect gathering spot especially when SNORE invades the neighborhood.
Running the Race Fuel 250 in Caliente also presents endless vantage points that include water and what’s referred to as “Oh My God Hill” that sees race machinery coming down the hill at a high rate of speed with plenty of bumpy terrain on the south side of town.
Laps will cover 42 miles and include everything from serious whoops and jumps to water; all of which combine for a very challenging event that has generated an economic impact of about $4 million according to the Nevada State Board of Tourism.
Founded in 1901, Caliente represents great history. The Union Pacific railroad was completed in 1905 and a fascinating train depot in Spanish mission architecture built in 1923 remains the focal points of the town.
Sanders, a graduate of the University of Oregon in Eugene before journeying south when the economy tanked, bough the Knotty Pines Inn in 1989 when the sheet rock business declined.
In Sanders’ words, “Work went to hell in a hand basket (in Las Vegas), the Knotty Pine Inn was available and the rest is history. Built in the 1950s, the Knotty Pine Inn and Casino has huge history and will also serve as sign-up headquarters for SNORE’s third event of the year.
SNORE’s value to the community has been evidenced by an estimated economic impact of $4 million economic impact according to the Nevada State Board of Tourism. Everyone has fun when making the trek to the town and the end result is certainly a positive experience for all concerned.
SNORE’s 2015 season will also include the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 11-12 in Lucerne Valley, Calif.; the 46th annual SNORE 250 Oct. 23-24 in Kingman, Ariz.; and Rage at the River Dec. 11-13 in Laughlin.
Further information can be found by visiting www.snoreracing.net.

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The Race Fuel 250 features a very challenging 42 mile course that even includes water crossings in Caliente about 180 miles north of Las Vegas.

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Age-group M/C racer O’Neal, SCORE Trophy Truck ace Roeseler
Leading multi-class winners to 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500

Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship to be held
June 4-7 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; telecast on CBS Sports Network;
more info at www.score-international.com;

Entries from 25 U.S. states, 10 countries to celebrate SCORE’s 42nd anniversary;
Riviera del Pacific Cultural Center in Ensenada hosting several race activities

RENO, Nev., USA—As entries continue to come in from around the globe, veteran SoCal desert racing superstars Jim O’Neal and Larry Roeseler are relishing the opportunity to add to their legacies as two of the all-time winningest racers in the glorious history of next month’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Round 3 of the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held June 4-7 in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, starting and finishing in Ensenada, the seaside port on the Pacific Ocean, 85 miles south of San Diego.
O’Neal, a champion age-group motorcycle racer and Roeseler, the world-renown champion racer on both motorcycles and in four-wheel vehicles, lead a group of 70 racers with a combined 193 class wins in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500.
SCORE is celebrating its 42nd year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2015 and this race is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule.
This year is the 47th anniversary of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
It is an elapsed-time race with staggered starts as the green flag on Saturday (June 6) will drop first for the motorcycles and quads at 5:30 a.m. and approximately 10 a.m. for the cars, trucks and UTVs.
Nearly 250 entries are expected at the start line with entries from 25 U.S. States and 10 countries already in the field. Besides the USA and host country Mexico, other countries represented on the starting grid so far are Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala and Japan.
O’NEAL OUTINGS
O’Neal, 68, of Simi Valley, Calif., has 17 all-time class wins in the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. His first win in this race was in 1991 and after going a decade before he got his second one, he added 16 more class wins in the first 14 years of this decade. He was part of two class-winning teams in the races in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2011 despite no class wins in 2009 and 2013.
This year, the owner of the noted apparel company that bears his name, will be a co-rider on the impressive Class 30 team (riders over 30 years old) of rider of record Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas.
ROESELER ROARINGS
Roeseler, 58, of Boulevard, Calif., is the legendary motorcycle champion who has evolved into one of the top four-wheel vehicle drivers in the world. While Roeseler has 16 class wins in this race, 11 of them (10 on a motorcycle and one in a race car) were overall victories as well, the most of any racer in the history of this great SCORE Baja race.
This year the personable Roeseler will again be the second driver for driver of record Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
MORE MULTI-S
In addition to O’Neal and Roeseler, among the other racers with multi-class entered again in this year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 are: Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., who has eight wins all in Class 3, Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, with seven class wins and racing this year in No. 91 SCORE Trophy Truck and Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, with six class wins and racing this year in No. 84 SCORE Trophy Truck).
Entered with five career class wins in this race and the class they are entered in this year are: Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif. (Class 7), Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Rick D. Johnson, Barstow, Calif. (SCORE Trophy Truck), Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (SCORE Trophy Truck), Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif. (Unlimited Motorcycle) and Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (SCORE Trophy Truck).
ENTRY LEADERS
While SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries of any class in the race with 30, other car/truck/UTV classes with double figure entries so far is Class 19 with 20, Class 10 with 19, Class 1 with 18 and Trophy Truck Spec with 13 entries to date.
Leading the Pro motorcycle classes is the Unlimited M/C class with 11 entries as of today.
Leading the Sportsman classes is SPT M/C with eight entries so far.
PRE-RUNNING
While pre-running began last Friday, May 15, the first 35 miles of the race course to Ojos Negros (which is used both directions) will be open for outbound pre-running only on Thursday and Friday of race week (June 4-5). The official course map and the GPS files are available online on the SCORE website.
QUALIFYING
On Thursday, June 4 qualifying for starting positions will be held. Qualifying will be for both the SCORE Trophy Truck and the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and will be held over a special course near Ensenada and will not be open to the public. The start drawing for these two classes will determine their respective qualifying orders.
While most entries in these two top classes are expected to qualify, those who elect not to will be given the remaining start positions in the elapsed-time race based on the original drawing or entry into the race.
Qualifying is closed to the public because of safety concerns, but taped highlights of qualifying will be shown starting Thursday evening (June 4) on the SCORE website.
MAIN COURSE
The race features a 495.58-mile course, designed by SCORE CEO/President Roger Norman along with co-race directors Abelardo Grijalva and Dick Gray.
The historic race course runs in a clockwise direction going north out of the Ojos Negros area almog up to the U.S. border west of Mexicali. The race route is another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,000 feet. The course will be another jewel reflecting the stark and magnificent beauty of Baja California.
GRANDEST MARSHAL
SCORE is honored to have the legendary desert racer Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart, who turns 70 on Thursday (June 4) as the Grand Marshal of this year’s race. Racing since 1973, Stewart joined the Toyota factory team in 1983 for Cal Wells at Precision Preparation Inc. (PPI). He won a total of 82 victories with PPI.
Stewart won a record 17 races in Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group’s (MTEG) stadium series, a record 17 SCORE Baja 500s (including 10 SCORE Baja 500 overall wins), three SCORE Baja 1000s, and five SCORE season class point titles, including SCORE overall point championships in 1990 and 1993. He also won four SCORE World championships and three MTEG stadium racing titles.
Stewart was a 2006 inductee in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Stewart was also inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame.
SCORE BAJA FIESTA
Colorful race week festivities will start with qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck and Class 1 followed by the Monster Energy SCORE Kick Off Party on Thursday, June 4 from 7 p.m. until Midnight at the start/finish line area in the heart of Ensenada. With donations for La Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexico’s Red Cross), the event will be include a racer’s autograph party and vehicle display.
Friday, June 5 will see the day-long, pre-race Manufacturer’s Midway and contingency festival in the start finish line area in Ensenada.
On Friday evening (June 5), the Monster Energy Papas Y Beer SCORE Street Party will be held from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Avenida Ruiz in downtown Ensenada.
During the race on Saturday, June 6 the Monster Energy SCORE VIP hospitality area, will be part of the start/finish line compound. The area will also include the massive Tecnovision LED screens broadcasting race festivities and start and finish line interviews.
All of the week’s festivities will be aired both live and same-day including the race, airing via the internet on the SCORE website.
AT THE RIVIERA
The Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, in the heart of Ensenada, will again be the site of many of the activities surrounding the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. Racer registration and Media registration will be held in the Red room at the Riviera on Thursday and Friday (June 4-5) and the SCORE Media Center will be in the Red room during the race (June 6-7) with internet access and live race updates, vehicle tracking displays including unofficial elapsed times.
In the Cathedral Room at the Riviera will be pre-race media conference as well as the mandatory pre-race racer’s meeting on Friday (June 5). The post-race awards celebration will be in the outdoor Riviera amphitheater at noon on Sunday (June 7).
The start/finish line for the race will once again be adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Blvd. Costero.
DAKAR CHALLENGE 2015
This year’s Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 has been identified as a qualifying race for special entry packages into the 2016 Dakar Rally in South America. The winner in car and truck classes will come from SCORE Trophy Truck, Class 1 and Class 10 (all calculated with time adjustments). Complete regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2015 are available at http://score-international.com/dakar-challenge/.
GRAN HISTORIA
The Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 is one of the top motorsports events in the world. It was started originally in 1969 by the NORRA organization. Mickey Thompson and his SCORE International organization were asked by Mexican government to take over the event in 1974. Sal Fish ran and later owned and produced the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 for 39 years until he sold SCORE to Roger Norman in December of 2012.
Ensenada has been the heart and soul of the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500. This year marks the 42nd time it has started and 38th time it has finished in Ensenada.
SCORE JOURNAL
Issue No. 4 of the SCORE Journal, the new monthly on-line digital magazine of SCORE International and the five-race SCORE World Desert Championship, is live on the SCORE website at www.SCORE-International.com and is available through SCORE social media channels as well as a direct link at http://scorejournal.digital/
The new digital magazine, which includes numerous attached video segments, is a major element in the media expansion that SCORE is implementing for 2015 which includes its most aggressive national and international television packages, four new online video series, each with 26 episodes and a new consumer based SCORE website.
SCOREscope
In its 42nd year as the world’s foremost desert racing organization in 2015, the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series includes four special events in Baja California, Mexico, and one in the United States. Here is the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:
· 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250, held Jan. 22-25, San Felipe, Mexico
· Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500, held April 15-19, Cabo San Lucas to Loreto, Mexico
· 47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, June 4-7, Ensenada Mexico
· 3rd SCORE Imperial Valley 250, Sept. 24-27, Coyne Powersports Motorplex-Plaster City, Calif.
· 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.18-21, Ensenada, Mexico
CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will once again be aired in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network. New for 2015, in addition to SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, the shows will also feature top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, buggies, motorcycles, quads and UTVs – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories are now part of each race event broadcast.
Capping off the 2015 broadcast season, the Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 broadcast on CBS Sports Network will be expanded to a full two-hour program – providing the most expansive television coverage of the “Main Event” of all desert races ever, allowing all the major class action to be showcased around the globe to the SCORE International fan base.
2015 CBS Sports Network Original Broadcast Schedule (subject to change, check local listings)
· Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (first telecasts-Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET & 11 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 (first telecast-Sunday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, June 7, 9 p.m. ET) (Trailer — https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=601704029970642)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 (first telecast-Sunday, July 26, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, August 2, 9 p.m. ET)
· SCORE Imperial Valley 250 (first telecast-Sunday, November 15, 9 p.m. ET; key repeat broadcast-Sunday, November 29, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying @SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (first telecast-Sunday, January 10, 9 p.m. ET)
· Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 (two-hour special) (first telecast-Sunday, January 17, 9 p.m. ET)
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
SCORE SPONSORS…
SCORE corporate offices are located in Reno, Nev. and the SCORE Tech Shop is in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
Official Sponsors: Bud Light-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Vision Wheel – Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Coyne Powersports-Official Powersports Supplier,Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.
Associate Sponsors: All Road Satellite, Symons Ambulance Company, Aero Calafia, Tessco.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at www.SCORE-International.com.
47th Bud Light SCORE Baja 500
Round 3 of five-race 2015 SCORE Baja 500
June 4-7, 2015—495.58 miles * Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Multi-Class winners entered in 2015 race (as of 5.22)
(Below is a list of the racers entered to date this year with three or more class wins
AND who have been driver/rider of record at least once in the SCORE Baja 500)
DRIVER OF RECORD (Total, Years)
17–
Jim O’Neal—1991, 2001, 2002 (2), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 (2), 2007 (2), 2008, 2010, 2011 (2), 2012, 2014
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Larry Roeseler – 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
8–
Donald Moss –2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
7–
Troy Herbst — 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
6–
Nick Vanderwey — 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007
5–
Dan Chamlee — 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Ramon Fernandez – 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
Robby Gordon — 1988, 1989, 1990, 2005, 2013
Rick D. Johnson — 1995, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009
Rob MacCachren — 1990, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005
Scott Myers – 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Clyde Stacy – 2011, 2012(2), 2013(2)
4–
Vic Bruckmann – 1998, 1999, 2011, 2013
Eizaburo Karasawa – 1994, 1999, 2005, 2009
Adam Pfankuch – 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011
J. David Ruvalcaba — 1999, 2000, 2001, 2014
3–
Marc Burnett – 1996, 2011, 2014
Shane Esposito – 2010, 2012, 2014
Steven Eugenio – 2008, 2010, 2011
Elias Hanna – 2010, 2011, 2013
Chelsea Magness – 2012, 2013, 2014
Wayne Matlock – 2008, 2010, 2011
Hector Sarabia — 1993, 1995, 2000
Lance Schoonmaker – 1987, 1988, 1991

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SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas Broadcast Rounds No. 1-5
Set for this Saturday May 23rd

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 22, 2015) – NBCSN will broadcast the first five rounds of the 2015 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas season from Adelaide, Australia, and St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

The one-hour broadcast will feature the thrilling final races from both the Clipsal 500 Adelaide and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as they will be shown in their entirety. The first two rounds in Australia and round four from St. Petersburg will be aired in a special highlight package.

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks feature identically prepared trucks which are made to resemble their scaled-down Traxxas radio-control-car counterparts. Like their Traxxas namesake, SST trucks are designed to take flight. However, unlike RC trucks, they produce 600 horsepower generating speeds upwards of 140 miles per hour.
2015 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented By Traxxas Broadcast Schedule for Next Four Races

Event Broadcast Date/Time Network

Australia/St.Petersburg May 23, 2:00 p.m. ET NBC Sports Network

Grand Prix of Long Beach May 30, 11:00 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network

Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix June 13, 11:00 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network

SST Indy Toronto June 27, 11:00 a.m. ET NBC Sports Network

About SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Presented by Traxxas

Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.

Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST mechanics who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.

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Brenthel Vs Brenthel At Bud Light SCORE Baja 500

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Typically the Brenthel Brothers Jonathan and Jordan, race in different classes or different series’. Jonathan took their 7200 class truck to the SCORE 7200 class championship in 2013. Jordan took over in 2014, winning a Best In The Desert series, (BITD) 7200 class title of his own. This season, Jordan is racing the 6100 class in SCORE and Jonathan is racing 6100 in BITD. At the upcoming 47th annual Bud Light SCORE Baja 500, the two will be going head to head for the very first time. Jordan will be racing the Falken Tire truck and Jonathan will be racing the Brenthel Industries 6100 truck at the Baja 500.

Most of us with brothers are thinking that sparks will fly when the green flag drops. Sure, there is a rivalry there but the truth is, these two are a team. They support each other 100% in their business and on the race course. That doesn’t mean that either one will be letting the other get past without a fight. “If Jordan wins I would be very happy,” says Jonathan Brenthel, “He is in the hunt for a championship. I’ve had great success at the 500. At my first Baja 500 I finished second; then we won. Jordan was my co-driver both times. He knows the pace that it takes to win and has the speed to pull it off.”

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The Brother verses Brother opportunity is made possible by the generosity of Brenthel customer Richard Armstrong; he had just purchased a 6100 truck. Jonathan called Richard to ask if they could borrow his truck for the Baja 500 before he took delivery. Richard was more than happy to make it possible stating “Hell yes, go drive the bleep out of it!” Anyone in business knows that having great relations with the people you deal with is a huge reward for all the hard work and long hours. Brenthel has a long list of great customers because it’s a two way street. They go above and beyond to take care of their customers. Just last week they were out every day doing customer service. They were testing and tuning in Barstow, Jordan was in a customer’s garage helping him with a Baja Kit installation and when the Lucas Oil Regional race was rained out, they trailered a truck to Utah to help a young racer make his transition into the Pro Lite class easier.

Jordan Brenthel Baja 500 Pre PR
Preparation for the Baja 500 has already started as the team has been prerunning over this past Memorial Weekend. Race and pit strategy can only be planned after checking out the condition of the course.

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With two trucks competing, it will be more of a challenge. If they both run close together things will be easier. If either Jonathan or Jordan has any down time, the crew might be stretched. If things go as planned, the two brothers hope to share the podium. The underlying goal of Brenthel is to keep setting goals. Keep pushing the boundaries and keep setting the bar for others to follow.

At Brenthel Industries, customer service is a major priority. Everything they build is created using state of the art CAD programs and then proven on the race course; Brenthel Industries leads the way by design. Their depth of knowledge and nimble manufacturing process allows them to work outside the box when it creates a better fit for the customer. Any job you have, big or small can benefit from Brenthel’s meticulous engineering and careful craftsmanship.

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Go to http://brenthelindustries.com or http://www.bajakits.com/ to find out more about the many services, highly developed suspension systems and race-proven products available from Brenthel Industries.

Photography By: Bink Designs / Prerun Photo By: Brenthel Industries
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About Brenthel Industries
Brenthel Industries offers the finest in CAD development, engineering, R&D and fabrication. From ground up vehicles to Desert Racing vehicles such as: Trophy Trucks, Spec Trophy Trucks, Class 1 Race Cars, Class 7200 Race Trucks, Class 10 / 4 Race Cars and Prerunners. With expanded capabilities in Engineering & Prototyping for Military, Defense, Border Patrol & even displays for outside companies. From start to finish Brenthel Industries takes pride in each and every build.

For more information on Brenthel Industries visit www.brenthelindustries.com

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April this year was full of unique Off-Road races, CODE Night Race, NORRA Mexican 1000 and the newest race, which have everything to become a tradition, SCORE BajaSur 500. Time to enjoy the bangers of the month!

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Ripping Baja with the Ragland’s, Menzies and Anderson’s http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ripping-baja-with-the-raglands-menzies-and-andersons-124834.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ripping-baja-with-the-raglands-menzies-and-andersons-124834.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:39:22 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=124834 The other day I figured out that I have been going to Baja for almost 30 years. The relationship started off rocky with short, wild trips to Tijuana. Let’s just say I was an ugly tourist kid doing things teenagers

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The other day I figured out that I have been going to Baja for almost 30 years. The relationship started off rocky with short, wild trips to Tijuana. Let’s just say I was an ugly tourist kid doing things teenagers do in a town that encourages bad behavior. When I was introduced to the beaches and seafood of Rosarito, I clearly remember thinking, “Wow this is beautiful.  The food is amazing. The people are amazing.  And it’s right here in our back yard!” That was a time prior to Narco wars, where getting shaken down for twenty bucks was pretty much the worst thing that was going to happen.

Consequently, tourism was booming. It seemed every weekend there was something going on in Baja.  The “Ah-ha” moment came when I went on a surf trip to K38 and realized Baja kept going. It’s massive untouched beauty jutted out into the pacific like a middle finger to the developing world exclaiming, “You can not tame me.” As I have traveled all over the world, I have come to appreciate Baja even more. It is a unique combination of beauty and harshness, of chaos and serenity.  To truly appreciate it you must be an off-roader. If you merely experience Baja by pavement you are missing the most important parts.

Chad Ragland and I have been working on putting a RZR tour of Baja together for almost two years. Trying to coordinate schedules between three families has proven to be an exercise near futility. But the stars finally aligned and we were able to get Chad and Larry Ragland, RJ and Randy Anderson, and Steve and Bryce Menzies all together for a few days of fun and exploration in Baja.

Bryce Menzies and Steve Menzies
For those of you who don’t know, Bryce Menzies is a desert and short course champion. He has found success at young age, winning multiple championships and the Baja 500 three times. His father Steve is a successful businessman from Las Vegas and has been instrumental in building the highly successful Menzies Motorsports program with his son. He is as passionate about off-roading and racing as his son.

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RJ Anderson is also a short course champion and star of the XP1K video series. He has just begun racing in the desert. He was raised by off-road luminary Randy Anderson, CEO of Walker Evans Enterprises. Randy was previously Walker Evans’ crew chief.   He is one of the top suspension wizards in the world and is part of a small group of people who helped create the world of off-road racing as we know it today. Randy has personally designed the majority of shocks run on RZR’s to date.

Larry Ragland and Chad Ragland
Five time Baja 1000 Champion Larry Ragland is a recent RZR convert.  He has quickly logged over 6,000 off-road miles on his RZR while falling in love with the simplicity and function of the Polaris RZR platform. His son Chad also took to RZR’s, competing in races, then launching his company Cagerwrx, an aftermarket manufacturer of cages and performance parts for UTV’s. Chad continues to race all platforms of off-road as well and was the catalyst for putting this trip together. He loves to share his infectious passion for off-road with his friends and family.

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Many of the routes and locations we picked were places we have been driving by for years but never have had time to stop and check them out. Now that we have Google Earth, we constantly comb the magic peninsula for routes we have never been on.

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The purpose of this trip was not just to explore parts of Baja we had never seen on the super utilitarian Polaris RZR, but also to explore the father-son relationships that seem to thrive in off-road racing culture. We were there to capture all the fun and will be releasing the full video on father’s day June 21st.

As we drove past the border and dropped into Baja, we stopped for some shrimp tacos just south of Rosarito at Juniors. They have some of the best fried shrimp tacos in all of Baja. After the feast, the Raglands, Mad Media Crew, and chase crews headed south to Estero Beach to pick up the Menzies and the Andersons, who had opted to fly into Ensenada.

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Our first stop was dinner at Acambaro in Urapan. What seemingly looks like a rundown truck stop is a quirky off-road history lesson. You’ll have to go in and look around at the combination of race and ranch paraphernalia hanging on the walls yourself. It’s like you stepped back in time. The food is simple. They always serve local cheese and if you’re lucky, they’ll have lamb. The handwash station is outside and the chopping board is an old tree stump just like an old school ranch.

Hotel Paraiso Colonet
From Acambaro we drove straight to Colonet and stayed at Hotel Paraiso, a well-known hotel that is next to Baja 1000 race course.  It’s always been weird to me that all these hotels in Baja are right on the road instead of set back away into the beauty of Baja, but then again I guess you wouldn’t see them from the road.

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After having the ritualistic “Machaca con Huevos” for breakfast, we unloaded the RZR’s from the trailers and headed north of town to find a line we had always seen that leads to the beach. After blazing through a series of farm roads, we arrived at an open plateau that overlooked the tight, single track that led down to the secluded rock beach.

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We all charged down to the beach and blasted through the natural rock whoops. After a few runs we stopped to take in the beauty of Baja and smell the saltwater air. This was our first spot and it was stunning! I knew this was going to be an epic trip. After exploring both ends of the beach we realized the canyon line we came down was the only way back up.

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After ripping back up through the super tight and twisty canyon we headed south using part of Baja 1000 course that runs along the coast heading south towards San Quintin. It was hard to focus on the course because of the spectacular ocean views to our right. We turned inland for a bit then found a farm road back down to the beach and dove down sandy beaches for over twenty miles.

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We stopped for late lunch at Old Mill and had some delicious shrimp and fish tacos. From Old Mill we drove pavement up to Rancho El Coyote via the Observatory road, one of the sketchiest paved roads in all of baja. The Menzies, Anderson’s and Ragland’s took off. I had to remind myself that I wasn’t a professional driver and to just cruise it. Tightening corners, off camber turns, and lots of elevation changes make the road challenging but there is little room for error, as one of my guys learned the hard way.  He came over a crest and clipped the water guard laying our brand new 4 seat Polaris RZR on its side on the pavement. No one was hurt, but it was just a reminder that Baja can bite you at anytime. We got the car on a trailer and headed into Rancho El Coyote down the dirt turn off at the Meling Ranch sign.

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Rancho El Coyote is a real working ranch set in the middle of the Sierra San Pedro de Martir mountain range they have about 7,000 head of cattle roaming free. They are completely self-sufficient, run on a combination of solar, wind, and generators.  The people who run the ranch are super nice and the food is great. It’s as remote as you can get in Baja with race course running right next to the ranch. Rancho El Coyote is another place I have probably driven by over thirty times and never stopped. The whole crew sat around the campfire had a few beers and tequila and listened to war stories about previous races in Baja. It was great to hear the different generation of off-roaders talk about their experiences in Baja.

We woke up and had breakfast fixed our car and decided to trailer the cars to Catavina so we didn’t need to rush on the next leg of the trip. Just after you turn at El Rosario there is an outstanding taco stand on the left with great carne asada and adoba tacos. Mama Espinoza’s is also a must stop.  Their lobster burritos are like crack.

Cirio Tree, Baja California
Just a few miles south of El Rosario is an invisible line marked by the first of the Cirio, or Boojum, Trees. This is where the real beauty of Baja begins and where you have to do work as an off-roader to experience the unspoiled terrain. Boojum trees look like a plant that Dr. Suess designed, yet they seemingly make perfect sense mixed in with the giant Cardón cactus that paints Baja. The name comes from an appropriate reference from Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Hunting of the Snark”. This one section of Baja is the only place the Boojum trees grow in such abundance in the entire world, as if to signal to travelers that they have found someplace special.

Hotel Mission Catavina
We stayed at the Hotel Mision Catavina. There are a few of these styles of hotels throughout Baja that I love staying at. Relaxed and authentic, the interiors have an “Old Baja” feel.

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After some drinks around a campfire out in back of the hotel, we had a great dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and tuned in.

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We all got up the next morning and had a quick breakfast and headed down to Punta Prieta to start our ride for the day.
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After unloading the RZR’s from the trailers, we gassed up and headed out. Less than 10 miles into the course we were surrounded by a forest of Boojum trees and cacti in a stunning landscape. After a few hours of driving through varied terrain including a few small silt beds, we arrived at San Borja Mission.

San Borja Mission
Misión San Francisco Borja was founded in 1762 by Jesuit missionaries as part of the El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road, also known as The King’s Highway). The Mission not only established religious doctrine but introduced european livestock, fruits, vegetables, and industry into the region changing mexico forever. Many streets throughout California still follow or run parallel to this historic route and bear the “El Camino Real” name. Eventually, a network of settlements were established, each of which was no more than a long day’s ride by horse or boat (or three days on foot) from another. It was all part of the Spanish government’s plan to conquer new land, reap the riches and convert the natives into tax paying contributors to the empire.

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A newer built San Borja Mission lies in front of the old ruins. The newer Mission is being restored by hand by the family that own the ranch. They still climb the nearby mountain and hand cut large blocks of cantera stone and carry it down on a stretcher one block at a time.

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Mission caretaker José Ángel Gerardo Monteón Jr. gave us the tour of the Mission as well as the entire grounds, which still have a variety fruit trees and the original grape vines brought by Jesuit missionaries.  These grapes are likely the first introduced to North America pre-dating famed wine growing areas like Napa. The mission is also known for its natural hot springs. Because of the rough road leading to San Borja, the mission receives an average of three visitors a month. They receive no government or outside support, so a little donation goes a long way to help keep this part of history alive.

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After the day’s history lesson, we headed East towards Bay of LA, our final destination. The course straightened out a bit allowing us to pick up the pace until we hit the pavement. Once on the pavement we cruised slowly over a hill until the stunning view of the Sea of Cortez was revealed. We stopped to take some pictures and headed into town to Guillermo’s Hotel.

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Guillermo’s lies beachfront and has great food, clean rooms and warm showers. Guillermo is also an off-road racer so we always enjoy swapping stories with him. The Anderson’s and the Menzies had to get on a plane and head home to meet other obligations, so we sent them off with big smiles on their faces.

The next morning we woke up to super windy conditions which killed our fishing plans so we decided to have breakfast, ditch the cameras and go exploring. We headed south of town and found the “Bahia 200” race course, a local race that happens every year in March. We spent hours running the tight technical track and exploring random washes and trails. This is the fun of not having an agenda – you see something and just turn and go check it out.

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We headed back to town for some fish and shrimp tacos then headed to the North side of the bay.  First, we drove out to the cape that the lighthouse was on. We stopped for bit to explore the beach filled with crabs and blow fish and random seashells. Then we headed North on a the beach until we came to the turtle sanctuary where we turned back up onto a coastal dirt road and kept heading north exploring beaches until we found a giant canyon wash. We rode up the canyon until it looped back to the coastal road and drove drove back to Guillermo’s for another delicious dinner.

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I can honestly say that finding new lines with Larry and Chad Ragland was the most fun I have had in Baja ever. If your going to go on an adventure, surrounding yourself with great people is a must.

One of the best parts about being an off-roader is you get to see and experience things most people on the planet will never do. Off-roading teaches you to constantly push your comfort zone and work for the experience. Once you gain this mindset the entire planet becomes your playground.

You can off-road in whatever platform you chose, Jeep, pre-runner, Raptor, but nothing offers the ease and versatility of the Polaris RZR XP1000. Whatever vehicle you choose slow down, take a look around, drive up that dirt road, have a taco, and enjoy Baja with your friends, because life is not a race to the end, it’s a journey to be thoroughly enjoyed. -Matt Martelli

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Texan Nur Ali Enters Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Lites Series http://www.race-dezert.com/home/texan-nur-ali-enters-red-bull-global-rallycross-grc-lites-series-125027.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/texan-nur-ali-enters-red-bull-global-rallycross-grc-lites-series-125027.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:24:17 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125027 Texan Nur Ali Enters Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Lites Series Partners with Tweaker Energy Shot FORT WORTH, TX (May 20, 2015) – Nur Ali has never shied away from a new challenge. Whether it was earning the distinction of

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FORT WORTH, TX (May 20, 2015) – Nur Ali has never shied away from a new challenge. Whether it was earning the distinction of becoming the first professional Pakistani-born race car driver, competing internationally in A1 Grand Prix – World Cup of Motorsports, NASCAR or the ARCA Racing Series, Ali has taken it all on. In 2015, the Trophy Club, TX native will take on perhaps the biggest challenge of his 17-year career when he enters the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) Lites Series.
Introduced in 2013, GRC Lites is the official driver development class of Red Bull Global Rallycross. Its races feature 310 bhp, all-wheel drive spec vehicles built to emphasize driver skill over mechanical advantage. Competing on the same courses as the Red Bull GRC, the Lites class is designed to provide future stars with the ideal rallycross training ground. The tracks feature some of the most diverse and technical challenges in the world of motorsport. Between a half and one mile in length, they feature a mixture of dirt and tarmac, as well as various other obstacles.
“Competing in GRC was something I had thought about,” said Ali. “But I never really thought it would happen. A few months ago when the opportunity was presented to me, I was stoked. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.”
Ali developed his passion for motorsports at a young age but knew education had to be his main priority. After earning a BA in International Relations at American University in 1998, he enrolled in the Skip Barber School of Racing. Since then, he has gone on to compete for Team Pakistan in A1GP, capture two Formula Mazda Championships, two Legends Car Championships, competed in twelve countries on five continents as well as in select NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Racing Series races.
Ali’s racing experience has come on asphalt but the GRC formula is still familiar to him.
“GRC tracks are made up of dirt and tarmac but it’s still road racing,” said Ali. “Road racing is where I’m most comfortable and have the most experience. Racing on dirt is something new to me though. Prior to some recent testing, I had never intentionally put a race car into a slide. I learned that it’s absolutely as fun as it looks. I can’t wait to get this season started.”
Ali has teamed up with San Bernardino, CA-based AFRacing which has expanded to a two-car team in 2015. He will pilot the No. 42 entry and joins Alejandro Fernandez, the team’s current driver who finished third in the 2014 GRC Lites Championship.
“Nur is a welcome addition to AFRacing,” said team principal David Fernandez. “He brings a wealth of racing experience to the team. With Alejandro and Nur, we have two drivers with completely different skill sets providing feedback. It will only makes us stronger and more competitive.”
Ali agreed with Fernandez.
“Having an experienced and proven team was important to me,” said Ali. “Last season, AFRacing showed they were contenders. My road racing experience combined with Alejandro’s full season in GRC Lites will only make our program even more successful.”
Tweaker Energy Company, based in Dallas, TX, will continue its partnership with Ali and join him in the GRC Lites Championship for the 2015 season. Additional partners will be announced at a later date.
“Motorsports has been a cornerstone of our marketing efforts since we started,” said Nick Mihnovets, VP of Tweaker Energy Company. “Nur introduced us to the sport a few years back and we are excited to join him in GRC Lites in 2015 and beyond.”
Launched in 2008, Tweaker Energy Shot immediately became one of the fastest growing energy shot brands in the United States. Since its inception, it has built up a core distribution network of more than 300 distributors and is available across the country at RaceTrac, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco and Circle K to name a few. Tweaker Energy Shots contain health club quality ingredients creating a synergistic formula that is super effective with a great taste at a value price. For more information visit tweakershot.com.
“Tweaker has been a partner of mine for a few years and I appreciate them joining me in GRC Lites,” said Ali. “It’s a great fit and will put them in front of an entirely new group of fans.”
The 12-race schedule in 2015, its longest ever, kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 31 and culminates in Las Vegas in November. The eight-city tour includes four doubleheader events, as well as the class’ first trip outside of the United States with an October visit to Barbados. All races will be telecast on NBCSN.
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Ross Hoek Motorsports: TORC St. Louis Race Report http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ross-hoek-motorsports-torc-st-louis-race-report-125020.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/ross-hoek-motorsports-torc-st-louis-race-report-125020.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:05:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125020 Holland, Mich. (May 21, 2015) – The race season for Ross Hoek Motorsports began at the “Rumble on the River” as the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL made its second stop on the 2015 tour. The independently funded team had

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Holland, Mich. (May 21, 2015) – The race season for Ross Hoek Motorsports began at the “Rumble on the River” as the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL made its second stop on the 2015 tour. The independently funded team had a solid first run of the season, only to have a mechanical issue prevent the team from competing in the second race of the weekend.

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The off-season saw the team make a few changes to the race truck including upgrading the transfer case, improving the exhaust header design along with a fresh Goodwin Competition powerplant. As the season progresses these improvements should really pay dividends.

The #10 PRO-4 truck partnered with Automatic Transmission Design for the weekend allowing the team to get to the inaugural event at Gateway Motorsports Park. Unfortunately the trip from southwest Michigan took longer than expected due to mechanical issues on the team’s transporter. The delay caused the team to miss both pre-race practice sessions.

Then heavy rain throughout Friday afternoon and much of Saturday caused TORC officials to move Saturday’s racing to Sunday morning. This left Ross Hoek Motorsports without anytime on the track as well as a very hectic Sunday as two races were now on the schedule.

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The first half of the sixteen lap race on Sunday morning saw Ross Hoek take the opening laps to get familiar with the tight and technical Gateway layout. The truck was running well and as the laps progressed, the silver Auto Trans Design PRO-4 began turning quicker laps and ultimately finished in fifth place.

Quickly the team went to work prepping the truck for race number two when an issue with the engine lubrication system was found. The problem wasn’t any easy fix and to prevent further damage to the engine, Ross Hoek made the decision to load up the truck and look to Chicagoland for the next race.

Ross Hoek 2015 TORC St Louis PR2“For not getting on the track before Sunday morning’s race, I felt we performed well,” commented Ross Hoek. “I want to thank Charlie from Auto Trans Design for the help getting us to St. Louis, but with back to back rounds on Sunday it was impossible to change the engine before the 2nd race. Until we find a title partner we need to keep a close eye on the financial side of racing TORC’s top class. Our plans are to run the races in the Midwest and continue to work on the marketing side of things so our team can make the trip to Charlotte and Sturgis.”

The network broadcast of the “Rumble on the River ” will be June 25 at 10PM EST on Fox Sports 2.

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Next Race: The Chicagoland Slam @ Route 66 Raceway June 18th and 19th in Joliet, Illinois.

If you can’t get to Chicagoland Speedway for the next rounds of racing, the event will be live on the Internet and streaming free at www.torcseries.com

RHM would like to thank its sponsors including:
Automatic Transmission Design, Trailready Beadlock Wheels, Shop Vac, Motive Gear, AMSOIL, Allstar Performance, Stack, R2C Performance, Jeff’s Bronco Graveyard, MSD Ignition, Invisible Glass, Fox Shox, and REM Chemicals.

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Challenging Weekend For Douglas Motorsports http://www.race-dezert.com/home/challenging-weekend-for-douglas-motorsports-125015.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/challenging-weekend-for-douglas-motorsports-125015.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:51:45 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125015 Challenging Weekend For Douglas Motorsports Scott Douglas looked to add to his season opening win in Texas, and early into the weekend at the “Rumble at the River” it looked like the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans

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Scott Douglas looked to add to his season opening win in Texas, and early into the weekend at the “Rumble at the River” it looked like the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans Racing PRO-4 would keep his spot on top of the podium. Unfortunately the short and challenging permanent track at Gateway Motorsports Park had the advantage over Douglas Motorsports during the latest stop on the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL tour.

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The weekend began with Scott Douglas turning the fastest laps during Friday’s opening practice session. The U-Shaped layout was one of the most technical and shortest tracks ever to hold a TORC event. With that said, it was really to Douglas’ liking.

After practice session number two, the rain swept through the area, cancelling the rest of Friday’s activities. Overnight and throughout much of Saturday, rain showers continued to make their way through the area, which postponed Saturday’s schedule of racing.

This meant that all three classes would race twice during Sunday’s race program. When racing began at 10am, the grandstands at Gateway’s Dirtplex were filled to capacity, as St. Louis area fans love off-road racing.

The sixteen lap PRO-4 race saw Douglas start from the pole. When the green flag was waved, the white and black AMSOIL truck took command of the race. After the field bunched up for the mandatory caution period, racing resumed and suddenly the next three competitors in line began racing very aggressively. Initially there was heavy contact from the second place truck that flattened the left front tire and broke the left front axle. The #7 PRO-4 truck seemed to have a target on his back as he was pushed and shoved on practically every side of the race truck. Suddenly Scott Douglas found himself driving a wounded truck with only rear wheel drive, eventually taking the checkered flag in sixth place.

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The crew headed by Dan Sunderland, had only four hours to replace the broken drivetrain parts and prep the truck for the afternoon round of racing. The quick and exact work from the team had the AMSOIL truck ready with plenty of time to spare.

Round Four saw Douglas start mid pack, but almost immediately his 900 horsepower truck was off the pace. The front drive on the truck was out of commission. Regardless, Scott Douglas continued on to finish in fourth place.

“Today just wasn’t our day,” commented Scott Douglas. “We had a fast truck, but in the morning run we were literally the bulls eye everyone was aiming for. It felt like quite few hit the target pretty hard. My team not only race prepped the back-up truck Saturday night in case of a catastrophic event, they put my primary truck back together between races in just a couple of hours. What broke in the front end in the afternoon was a different part from the morning run. The bumpin’ and runnin’ in the morning race probably contributed to the additional parts failure. We will get everything replaced in the front and hope to go testing before our next race at Chicagoland.”

With that said Scott Douglas will have the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans Racing PRO-4 ready for the top step of the podium when the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL returns to Chicagoland Speedway’s Route 66 Raceway June 18th and 19th.

The network broadcast of the “Rumble on the River ” will be June 25 at 10PM EST on
Fox Sports 2.

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If you can’t get to Chicagoland Speedway for the next rounds of racing, the event will be live on the Internet and streaming free at www.torcseries.com

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David Higgins Stays Undefeated with Victory at Legendary Olympus Rally http://www.race-dezert.com/home/david-higgins-stays-undefeated-with-victory-at-legendary-olympus-rally-125007.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/david-higgins-stays-undefeated-with-victory-at-legendary-olympus-rally-125007.html#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 16:47:30 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=125007 David Higgins Stays Undefeated with Victory at Legendary Olympus Rally Cherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew claimed victory at the 2015 Olympus Rally, marking their tenth consecutive Rally America victory and

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Cherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew claimed victory at the 2015 Olympus Rally, marking their tenth consecutive Rally America victory and fourth consecutive win in the 2015 championship season. Higgins led from the first stage in his 2015 Subaru WRX STI rally car and pulled away from a chasing field throughout the challenging two-day event.

The Olympus Rally, held in scenic western Washington, has a storied past. The rally was part of the first US Rally Championship in 1973 and later ran as a World Rally Championship event from 1986-1988 during the sport’s legendary Group B days. The Olympus Rally returned to the championship calendar this season after a two-year hiatus and was as grueling as ever with over 130 miles of technical, tree-lined forest roads.

Higgins dominated the first day of competition winning all but one stage when a punctured tire slowed his progress. He further added to his lead at the start of the second day before a late rally mechanical issue forced Higgins to give up a large chunk of his lead. However, Higgins’ buffer to second place was big enough that he was able continue to victory after making repairs. The podium was an all-Subaru sweep for the third time this season after four rounds, with Adam Yeoman in 2nd place and Nick Roberts in 3rd.

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“The last few stages went really well, the boys did a great job in the last service to get us back out there. A great rally, a great win for us and the team, it wasn’t easy,” stated David Higgins after the conclusion of the race. “The 2015 Subaru STI is undefeated thus far and it is only getting better. We keep making small improvements with each mile, the car is a joy to drive, Subaru and the team have done a great job with this new car.”

“We’re proud of the team’s result and overcoming the setbacks we had during the rally” started Rob Weir, Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager.”Through the hard work of the Vermont SportsCar and Subaru Tecnica International, Subaru Rally Team USA has maintained its strong lead in the Rally America Championship.”

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The next four weeks will be the busiest of the year for Subaru Rally Team USA. The team will debut their new rallycross version of the 2015 Subaru WRX STI at the Red Bull Global Rallycross season opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 30-31. The following weekend David Higgins heads to STPR rally in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania while teammates Bucky Lasek, Sverre Isachsen, and Travis Pastrana take on X Games Rallycross in Austin, Texas June 6th.

Full coverage of Subaru Rally Team USA is available on the Subaru Motorsports App. To download from the iTunes App store, click here, for Android App on Google Play store, click here. Follow the team on Instagram @srtusa and Twitter @srtusa.

About Subaru Rally Team USA
Subaru Rally Team USA is managed by Vermont SportsCar and proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Method Race Wheels, Royal Purple, DMACK Tires, RECARO, PIAA and Race Proven. Follow the team online at www.subaru.com/rally

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Howe/Smead best the competition PUNTA BANDA PURE UTV “125” http://www.race-dezert.com/home/howesmead-best-the-competition-punta-banda-pure-utv-125-124831.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/howesmead-best-the-competition-punta-banda-pure-utv-125-124831.html#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 17:15:15 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=124831 Words by Elias Vidal The Punta Banda GP wasn’t the only race south of Ensenada this weekend.  UTV racers Bradley Howe and co-driver Cain Smead survived a great duel with Josh and Jim Westling along the Punta Banda hills and

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The Punta Banda GP wasn’t the only race south of Ensenada this weekend.  UTV racers Bradley Howe and co-driver Cain Smead survived a great duel with Josh and Jim Westling along the Punta Banda hills and incredible panoramas to emerge winners of the PURE “125” – AVE’s first race in Baja in twelve years.

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By all accounts, this race was a huge success, not only expressed by wide-smiling racers at the finish but locals and officials of Ejido Coronel Esteban Cantu, where the entire 10.6 mile course was laid out just outside the city of Ensenada Baja California, Mexico. It was a beautiful and picturesque setting with “golf course and country club” like views within a fun, yet formidable course layout.

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It was a low UTV count but everyone was excited to be back racing on the land again. Many were anticipating everything from a muddy mess to a dust-cloud that would engulf the racecourse. AVE’s promoter Lou Peralta must know someone upstairs, as he said during the drivers/riders meeting that he ordered the “watering” on Friday night to be ready for Saturday’s event. And so it happened.  The sky opened up Friday and cleared by that evening, making the course conditions perfect for racing.

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The PURE 125 got off at the scheduled 1 p.m. start and it was clear that there would be three teams vying for the top honor. Along with Howe and Westling was Aaron Clark, also a formidable threat. They finished their first lap under 17 minutes, a clear message that the course was going to be fast. Peralta was anticipating twenty-minute laps. Needless to say, the rains on Friday night had helped tremendously to not only keep the dust down, but also make a rather technical course in spots much easier to navigate.

Clark completed his lap in 16:24 minutes, followed by Howe 32 seconds later and Westling a mere 17 seconds behind. It all changed on the second and third laps and then back and forth they went for the next hour and a half.

AVE Racing Punta Banda GP & PURE 125
Midway through the race it became obvious that the field would be left to Howe and Westling. By the sixth laps, Westling had taken over the lead and Howe was ready to pounce if a mistake was made.   The two traded positions for the ned three laps.

By 2 p.m. portions of the hills that had been soak profusely the night before were drying and dust was forming.

By the end of the race 03:11:53 hrs. later and 12 laps completed, the team of Josh and Jim Westling crossed the line in first, followed by Howe/Smead only 48 seconds behind in adjusted time. One lap behind was Aaron Clark who finished third, with Bruce Anderson in fourth, and an extremely disappointed Kim Dunn, rounding out the top five finishers. Kim was bummed because it appeared that a can of WD40 inside the tool bag the were carrying, had punctured, dripped onto the exhaust and cause a small fire. Fortunately, only cosmetic damage to her otherwise excellent car was apparent and no one was harmed.

AVE Racing Punta Banda GP & PURE 125

One of the traditions  of AVE/Baja Promotions events was to provide at the finish, a cold brew of BUD LIGHT to each finisher, being served by the gorgeous-looking BUD Light girls. If racers didn’t smile at the finish, glad they made it, the BUD GIRLS certainly made sure of it.

Later that evening, race officials found that Westling had inadvertently missed a turn on the course in all 12 laps and had taken the motorcycle/ATV trail instead. It was actually confirmed later on by reading their GPS tracking system and the interesting part was that  they gained an advantage of seven seconds in only two laps and the two other they lost about the same amount of time. Nonetheless, the team accepted the mistake but said they will be back.

AVE Racing Punta Banda GP & PURE 125
The final top five was Bradley Howe/Cain Smead 03:13:03, Josh and Jim Westling 3:11:53 but adjusted with a time penalty to put them down as 03:14:53 elapsed time. They were the only two teams to complete all 12 laps. Third place went to Aaron Clark, with 11 laps in 03:14:23. Bruce Anderson placed fourth with ten laps in 03:54:30 and rounding the the top five was Kim and Hunter Dunn in a time of 03:54:30 hrs.

The next event at Punta Banda is September 12th, when another 125 race will take place. This time, AVE/Baja Promotions hopes to unveil the 22-mile course, this time running backwards which will include canyons, sand washes, beach run, heavy duty rocks and the infamous “Cantil” section which is basically a major roller-coaster ride.

For more details in the PURE series and future events visit: www.averacing.com.

Top 5 Overall Results
1st: #1013 – Bradley Howe/Cain Smead 3:13:03
2nd: #1001 – Josh/Jim Westling 3:11:53 (penalty to put them down as 3:14:53 elapsed time)
3rd: #1035 – Aaron Clark (11 laps) – 3:14:23.
4th: #1036 – Bruce Anderson – 3:54:30
5th: #1099 – Kim and Hunter Dunn – 3:54:35

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Healy Takes the Checkered at Record-Breaking 2015 Metalcloak Stampede http://www.race-dezert.com/home/healy-takes-the-checkered-at-record-breaking-2015-metalcloak-stampede-124977.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/healy-takes-the-checkered-at-record-breaking-2015-metalcloak-stampede-124977.html#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 23:42:28 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=124977 Healy Takes the Checkered at Record-Breaking 2015 Metalcloak Stampede MAY 10TH, 2015 RANCHO CORDOVA, CA : A record breaking 115 drivers took part in the 2015 MetalCloak Stampede held at the Prairie City SVRA park outside of Sacramento. With thousands

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MAY 10TH, 2015 RANCHO CORDOVA, CA : A record breaking 115 drivers took part in the 2015 MetalCloak Stampede held at the Prairie City SVRA park outside of Sacramento. With thousands of fans present for a full day of racing, the event was the largest to date for ULTRA4 Racing at the park in both car count and spectator turnout. The 2014 Nitto Tire National Champion, Loren Healy wasted no time in establishing dominance in the 4400 class and maintained his lead throughout the weekend.

Friday afternoon saw the first prelim races of the weekend for the unlimited class. Healy was the fastest qualifier in the fastest heat which put him in pole position for Saturday’s morning heats. Last year’s Stampede winner, Tom Wayes lead his heat, along with Shannon Campbell and Andrew McLaughlin winning their respective heats. On Saturday morning, Healy once again dominated his heat putting him on the pole in the main event. In the main it was both two-time King of The Hammers winners, Healy and Campbell neck and neck for the first half of the race. Eventually, Healy established a lead while passing lap traffic in the rocks and never looked back. Shannon Campbell maintained a comfortable 2nd place throughout the remainder of the race, and Wayland Campbell in the last seconds of the final lap edged out fellow Nitto driver, Derek West for a 3rd place finish.

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For the first time in ULTRA4 history, the limited and UTV classes outnumbered the unlimited 4400 class at the MetalCloak Stampede. The largest limited classes were the 4500 modified class and the 4800 legends class. The 4500s and the 4600 stock class raced together as did the 4700 spec cars and the 4800 legends cars and the UTV Sportsman and Pros also raced together throughout Saturday’s prelims and main events.

One of the most exciting races of the weekend was in the 4700 spec class as the “Beast from the East” Damon Bradshaw took on Ricky Johnson and his son Luke Johnson in identical spec cars. Both Johnsons are committed to race the entire Trail-Gear ULTRA4 West Coast Series. In the 4700 main race, 18 year old Bailey Cole lead Ricky Johnson for several laps as the two battled it out side by side, with the elder Johnson eventually gaining the advantage over Cole. Ultimately, Ricky Johnson took first, Bailey Cole 2nd, Luke Johnson 3rd. In the 4800 legends class which raced alongside the spec cars, Mike Amaral took the checkered flag winning his first ULTRA4 race followed by Ernie Hardaway and newcomer James Hubbard.

In the 4500 modified class, Shawn Rants took the checkered followed by Justin Hall in 2nd and Cody McBride in 3rd. In the 4600 Stock Class, Matthew Peterson took 1st followed by Ben Varozza in 2nd and Sean McNamara in 3rd. In the UTV Pro Class, John Duckworth took first followed by Buzz Bronsema and Luke Horschel. In the UTV Sportsman class, Phil Cagliero took first followed by Nathan Unruh and Mel Wade IV.

The next race in the ULTRA4 Nitto National Championship will be the ULTRA4 Race at Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, IN on June 26th and 27th. The next Trail-Gear West Coast regional race is the 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix which will be held July 10th and 11th at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. The first ULTRA4 Europe race of the season is the King of Italy which will be held in Parma Italy between June 18th and 21st. For more information on ULTRA4 Racing please visit www.ultra4racing.com

2015 MetalCloak Stampede Race Results
4400 Main Event
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1  67 LOREN HEALY 18:48:21.5  12
2  5 SHANNON CAMPBELL 18:48:51.9  12
3  3 WAYLAND CAMPBELL 18:49:47.3  12
4  20 DEREK WEST 18:49:48.4  12
5  81 LEVI SHIRLEY 18:50:20.6  12
6  4431 MIKE KLENSIN 18:50:26.7  12
7  65 ROB KIRBY 18:51:07.9  12
8  321 TOM WAYES 18:49:06.3  11
9  54 MIKE BOU 18:49:44.2  11
10  4441 DARREN HENKE 18:49:47.0  11
11  53 CHRIS HOYT 18:50:43.0  11
12  1014 JEREMY EALAND 18:50:45.8  11
13  19 PAUL HORSCHEL 18:51:00.2  11
14  4459 KEITH XAVIER 18:51:02.2  11
15  4493 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN 18:52:27.6  11
16  3006 ROWDY TRUBENBACH 18:48:27.4  10
17  7779 KENNETH GOODALL 18:49:24.6  10
18  4215 ERIC MIRAMON 18:49:46.3  10
19  10 JUSTIN FOXWORTHY 18:50:39.4  10
20  210 GREG ADLER 18:44:42.2  9
21  966 JASON BLANTON 18:50:13.3  9
22  888 CODY ADDINGTON 18:41:55.0  8
23  4481 ALEX HARDAWAY 18:27:54.4  3
24  4486 MARCOS GOMEZ 18:28:59.0  3
25  5150 BRENDEN THOMPSON 18:25:35.5  2
26  75 SCOTT FOLEY 18:26:31.6  2
27  44 GARY FERRAVANTI SR 18:22:31.6  1
28  27 JON CAGLIERO 18:23:18.9  1

4800 Main Event Results
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1  4828 MIKE AMARAL 17:31:37.3  8
2  4881 ERNIE HARDAWAY 17:32:01.9  8
3  46 JAMES HUBBARD 17:32:10.3  8
4  23 JUSTIN DAY 17:32:12.0  8
5  4829 KURTIS HARRYMAN 17:32:14.2  8
6  4871 DAVE SCHNEIDER 17:29:59.1  7
7  4840 DENNIS LAPP 17:30:57.5  7
8  4852 RICHARD FENTON 17:31:56.8  7
9  4824 SEAN LEONARDINI 17:22:44.2  5
10  4836 MATTHEW KILE 17:22:54.1  5
11  444 RICK WATERBURY 17:18:48.2  4
12  775 ROBERT DALY 17:16:38.8  3
13  4850 TYLOR TRAMMELL 17:15:20.9  1

4700 Main Event Results
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1  4748 RICKY JOHNSON 17:29:42.5  7
2  4702 BAILEY COLE 17:29:49.9  7
3  4714 LUKE JOHNSON 17:32:41.1  7
4  4708 ROWDY TRUBENBACH 17:30:43.9  5
5  4745 DAMON BRADSHAW 17:16:19.0  2

4600 Main Event Results
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1 4608 MATTHEW PETERSON 15:20:40.0  7
2 4612 BEN VAROZZA 15:20:46.5  7
3 4696 SEAN MCNAMARA 15:17:58.0  6
4 4648 BRIAN BEHREND 15:21:47.0  5
5 4672 BRIAN HAYS 15:12:09.3  4
6 4651 MEL WADE III 15:09:32.5  3
7 4605 ALBERT CONTRERAS 15:04:19.0  2
8 4602 KEVIN ADLER 15:00:28.6  1

4500 Main Results
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1 4531 SHAWN RANTS 15:17:56.4  7
2 13 JUSTIN HALL 15:18:45.0  7
3 689 CODY MCBRIDE 15:17:23.3  5
4 4554 KEITH ULINGER 15:19:05.6  5
5 4518 MORGAN DERODEFF 15:20:47.4  5
6 4540 MIKE BEDWELL 15:08:42.9  4
7 4519 JOSH NIEBUHR 15:06:42.0  3
8 4552 ANDREW GORMAN 15:07:33.3  3
9 4580 JORDAN TOWNSEND 15:02:29.6  2
10 4545 MAKINZIE ALAVAZO 15:01:52.4  1
11 4583 MIKE LADD 15:21:54.5 1
12 4511 ALAN JOHNSON 14:56:56.9  0

UTV PRO
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1 1920 JOHN DUCKWORTH 14:33:06.9  7
2 4917 BUZZ BRONSEMA 14:26:34.5  5
3 99 LUKE HORSCHEL 14:13:33.0  1
4 1958 ANDREW GORMAN 14:12:00.1  0

UTV Sportsman
Finish Car# First Last Time Scanned Laps
1  21 PHILLIP CAGLIERO 14:31:46.3  7
2  63 NATHAN UNRUH 14:32:14.2  7
3  1951 MEL WADE IV 14:33:16.9  7
4  3 DARREN MITCHELL 14:22:15.1  4
5  4 BILL PURSELL 14:22:49.5  3
6  90 DARIAN GOMEZ 14:17:04.2  2
7  6 SHAWN REED 14:20:40.5  2
8  1915 BRIAN HOGUE 14:11:55.8  0

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Sahara Desert Challenge, the best low-cost Dakar ever http://www.race-dezert.com/home/sahara-desert-challenge-the-best-low-cost-dakar-ever-124955.html http://www.race-dezert.com/home/sahara-desert-challenge-the-best-low-cost-dakar-ever-124955.html#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 22:52:39 +0000 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/?p=124955 The Sahara Desert Challenge® – SDC 2015 – is the adventure expedition of the moment in West Africa, a challenge “made in Portugal” that leaves no one indifferent around the world, from the smallest to the more adventurous, a perfect

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The Sahara Desert Challenge® – SDC 2015 – is the adventure expedition of the moment in West Africa, a challenge “made in Portugal” that leaves no one indifferent around the world, from the smallest to the more adventurous, a perfect trip for anyone who wants to live in the first person, in a “non-competitive”, the sensations of the original African Rally Dakar, who remained on the continent for 29 years.

Much of the adventure takes place in Africa, in some of the large and wild territories of the planet, which itself is synonymous of adventure, with many challenges that call at all times of the organization the best of herself to the preparation of a route that adventurers will follow through a “track” GPS. This year the route was designed with the aim to be the best “low-cost” Dakar ever, with sections that will test riders and machines, always with safety as a premise, a priority of the organization, which has the official support of the tourism authority, police and army of Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.

The stages also promise many driving challenges, with a level of demand that varies between low and medium, and that will test the skills of participants in different categories: 4×4, all-terrain motorcycles (enduro, trails and big- trails), 4×2, 4×4 campers and trucks 4×4. The “immersion” in the distant territories of Morocco and the journey through some of the most inhospitable regions of the Sahara desert, will make unforgettable the first days of adventure. In fact, the beauty of the scenery along the stages will be constant, and often difficult to describe.

With guaranteed excitement, a single route and much off-road, the SDC 2015 is preparing to “transport” the participants to a adventure universe and cultural discovery unparalleled. Those interested can make registration now through the official expedition page (www.saharadesertchallenge.com).

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