November 5, 2009
TROPHYLITE teams battled on the short course for the first time in the history of the series. Hosted by the Traxxas TORC series at their final event of the season the General Tire TROPHYLITE trucks raced under the lights for some close door to door racing.
photo by Art Eugenio
Reigning General Tire TROPHYLITE champion Louis Chamberland clearly had the truck to beat. Showing up with his truck noticibly different in set up then most of the teams proved to be the key to being fast on the short ever changing track.
“We had a near perfect weekend of racing, with only the small brake line failure in Saturday nights race. We showed up with a drastically different spring and shock setup, but other than that, the very same race winning TROPHYLITE from Glen Helen. The versatility of the TROPHYLITE has truely drawn in Agave Motorsports as a firm believer in what TROPHYLITE is all about, great, close, affordable spec racing for the average person. To be able to race desert one weekend, and shortcourse the next is a huge advantage with one platform to work from. Our truck worked great on the wet clay, and after 1 weekend of racing we are on the right track for next year’s short course series. The long sweeper around turn 3 and 4 of the “Bullring” played perfectly to my sprint car experience, and Todd from Fox Racing Shocks, as well as Mirage Motorsports had my truck dialed in from the first Practice/Qualifing run. I would like to thank all the TrophyLite series sponsors, General Tire, Fox Shocks, Currie Enterprises, Mastercraft race seats, KC Highlights, KMC wheels (any that I forgot) and also my own personal sponsors, Competitive Door and Finish, Cap’s Paint and Body, Hostyle, K&N Filters, Drive Motorsport, and an awesome prep by Matt “Shrek” Dowland.” Chamberland commented at the finish line after the close battle on Saturday night.
Previous TROPHYLITE winner Gary Messer also had things starting to work for his TROPHYLITE truck, finishing the combined weekend with a 2nd overall. “I had alot of fun with the short course. It’s a different type of racing from the desert stuff we normally do but I think the trucks worked good. With a little more test and setup time I think they will be pretty fast.” Messer added.
photosby Art Eugenio
Richard Cassey gave Louis a run for the money on Saturday night leading 7 of the 8 lap event to finish 2nd and 4th overall for the combined event. Close door to door racing through the whole TROPHYLITE field made for some flying fiberglass and excited fans. “This was my first time in a TROPHYLITE truck so it took a little to get used to the handling in the short course but I had fun and am happy running so well in the 2nd race. I want to thank Greg and the TROPHYLITE team for the help. I ran one of the TROPHYLITE house rental trucks here and the TROPHYLITE guys worked hard to get me into competitive shape.” Richard told us at the end of the Saturday night race.
Round No. 4 of the General Tire TROPHYLTE race series Official Race Results
TRAXXAS TORC Truck Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
1 – 6000 Louis Chamberland
2 – 6017 Gary Messer
3 – 6011 Vance Smith / Mike Childress
4 – 6080 Richard Cassey
5 – 6012 Gary Williams Jr.
5 – 6069 Randy Blacker
7 – 6060 Glen Rolfe / Justin Mamer
8 – 6084 Bruce Finchum / Ryan Finchum
For more on race results and championship standings please go to www.TROPHYLITE.com
2010 looks promising for TROPHYLITE and team owners with a full desert racing schedule here in the United States, and a full short course race schedule. Full General Tire TROPHYLITE race schedule will be announced soon. In addition TROPHYLITE recently made its way down under for a 2010 full race schedule in Australia.
The 2010 Autralian Schedule looks like this:
Donald 500, Victoria, Easter weekend, Loop Race
Finke Desert Race Northern Territory, 12/13 June Point to point race
Griffith, New South Wales, 24/25 July, Point to point race
Pines Enduro, South Australia, 4/5 September, Loop Race
Goondiwindi 400, Queensland, 16/17 October, Loop race
For more information www.TROPHYLITE.com
The final race of the General Tire TROPHYLITE® Series will be here before you know it! With a very close points chase and a purse of $65,500 on the line, the final round are sure to be exciting. Be sure to visit the TROPHYLITE® website often for the latest news, updates and photos!
General Tire and TROPHYLITE® – Making Headlines!
2009 SERIES SCHEDULE
BITD Henderson Fabtech Classic
December 4-6 Henderson, NV
2010 SERIES SCHEDULE
Coming Soon !!
TROPHYLITE is an affordable spec racing concept focused on providing the average off-road enthusiast the chance to step from the sidelines into the driver’s seat of state of the art, purpose built, off-road race trucks. Whether you want to run desert races or short course, TROPHYLITE offers not only a very affordable high performance spec race truck, but also the chance to compete in the 2009 General Tire TROPHYLITE Series where TROPHYLITE drivers will be able to race against other TROPHYLITE drivers for prize money and points towards a year end championship. Through TROPHYLITE and its generous supporters, there is no question that the next big thing in off-road has arrived. Get off the sidelines and turn your dreams into dust!
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