On September 29th and 30th Off-Road Racers from all over the nation will congregate just North of Palmdale, California at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, California where they’ll head into Rounds 13 and 14 of the Traxxas TORC Series.
Not having run this track since September of 2007 back when CORR (Championship Off-Road Racing) was still around, racers from the Mid-West will find themselves semi out of place without the rolling green hills of Bark River and Crandon International Raceway, while most racers from the West Coast haven’t touched this track long enough to even remember its name. Competitors will fight till the bitter end in an absolutely epic season of the Traxxas TORC series. Rounds 13 and 14 will take place as traditional race weekends usually do, but along with the unpredictable end to a spectacular 2012 TORC series championship, racers will also be racing for the chance to win the “largest purse in shortcourse history”.
The points battle in the Pro classes have been back and forth all season long, all it takes is one little slip up and the hunt for a points championship is over. Greaves, Douglas and Johnson will be battling it out in the Pro 4 division while Menzies, MacCachren and CJ Greaves will have a fight of their own to worry about. The Pro Lite division has been taken by storm by “dark horses” in 2012 as Lovell, Greaves (CJ) and Johnson (Luke) look to take down last years champ; Andrew Caddell. I can assure you; it will be nothing short of spectacular, there is no more holding back, it’s now or never.
In memory of the late great Rick and Jeff Huseman, the Traxxas TORC Series has taken it upon themselves to dedicate a memorial cup race for each one of the fallen Huseman brothers. First to take place will be the Jeff Huseman Memorial Traxxas Pro Lite Cup Race; where racers in the Pro Lite division will compete for a chance to win an astonishing $15,000. Immediately following the Jeff Huseman Memorial Traxxas Pro Lite Cup Race will be the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Race; featuring both the Pro2 and Pro4 divisions. Racers competing in the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Race will be in an all out grudge match for the chance to win a $36,000 prize purse with $65,000 total dollars going to total payout for the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Race.
“We are racing to win in Rounds 13&14, we have nothing to lose at this point. Now the cup race, that’s a different story; we will all be there for the same reason and I think it’s important that we put our differences aside and come together to celebrate the life of my good friend Rick Huseman and honor him in a way like none other.” said Monster Energy Pro 4 racer Johnny Greaves. Greaves is a long-time family friend of the Huseman family and considers the Huseman family as a part of his own; the Rick Huseman Memorial Cup is bound to be one for the history books.
Antelope Valley is without a doubt going to be a weekend for the record books; the track that ended an era back in September of 2007 is the same track that will start a new era in September of 2012.
Action photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media.