Weekend Preview: Bark River, Michigan

The Traxxas TORC Series-The Off Road Championship, is the fastest, most punishing short course racing series on the planet. TORC events are packed with flag-to-flag fender banging as drivers push the limits over whoop and jump filled natural terrain racetracks. Off-road racing fans come from far and wide to experience this most challenging form of high-octane competition and once they taste TORC for the first time they’ll be hooked for life.
Bring your own Traxxas R/C Truck and race the Bark River International Raceway Replica Track! In addition to enjoying a weekend of exciting wheel-to-wheel R/C competition, drivers who sign up for the Traxxas TORC R/C Challenge in Bark River will also be entered in a drawing for a ride in the Traxxas TORC Pace Truck. The Traxxas Try-Me-Track will be located in PRO pit sites F 1 & 2. Check-Out the Action Saturday after the PRO races, as R/C racers go head to head.

The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL announced today that they will be turning up the heat on 2009’s broadcast of their fast paced, high action off road truck series. What better person for the task than the fastest woman on record in a Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car, Leah Pruett. “Leah is not only a pretty face, but she has vast knowledge and experience in various types of motorsports so I have a lot of confidence that she will add to the show.” stated Mitch Covington of TORC. “We really loved Leah’s TV show “Funny Girl” and decided that she has what takes to light-up our pit reporting on ESPN.”

“I have been involved in motorsports from the time I was born, first as a daughter watching her father, then as a competitor on the drag racing circuit, and now I am excited to get in front of the camera and be part of the TORC Series team,” stated Pruett. “The racing industry is my passion and I cannot wait to convey that energy to the fans watching at home.”

Pruett will make her national television debut for rounds 7 & 8 at Bark River International Raceway as the pit reporter for ESPN2, which will air on July 19th, 2009 at 11:30am EST.


Crandon, WI (July 3rd, 2009)- Bark River International Raceway will welcome the Traxxas TORC Truck Series presented by AMSOIL next weekend, July 11th and 12th, 2009. Bark River will prove to be a test of horsepower and driver skill; as it is a challenging, fast paced track that boasts the highest elevation change on the 2009 race circuit.

Seven-time Supercross Champion Jeremy McGrath will return to the wheel of his 900 horsepower Toyota to take on fellow motocross legend and Red Bull driver, Ricky Johnson. Johnson, who continues his reign over the AMSOIL PRO 2WD class, had an upsetting finish in round 5 only to come back the same day to take the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup win. Rockstar backed Todd Leduc and PRO 2WD warhorse, Scott Taylor are waiting for the opportunity to take the points lead from Johnson.
Monster Energy driver and points leader, Rick Huseman, who nearly broke the Crandon International Off Road Raceway track record previously set by Johnny Greaves in 2008, will continue on his chase for a championship in the Kumho Tires PRO 4×4 class. Huseman will not be unchallenged, as Rockstar driver Kyle Leduc and veteran drivers Johnny Greaves and AMSOIL powerhouse Scott Douglas have proved that they will not go quietly.

The newest member of the Monster Army, PRO Light driver Casey Currie, continues in his quest for his second win of 2009. This has proved to be a daunting task for Currie, the youngest driver in his class, as veteran drivers Jeff Kincaid, Chad Hord, and Marty Hart have continued to dominate the class in the point’s race.
Fast Facts:
The Race: Bark River, Michigan
The Date: Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th.
The Track: Bark River International Raceway
The Time: 10:50 a.m.
TV: ESPN2, July 19th, 2009 (11:30 a.m. ET)
Radio: Dirt Newz.com and USACRacing.com
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday- Practice, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Races start 10:50 a.m.
Track Contact: Richard Ault
2009 Top 3 Drivers In Points:
PRO Light:
1 Jeff Kincaid
2 Chad Hord
3 Marty Hart

1 Ricky Johnson
2 Todd Leduc
3 Scott Taylor

PRO 4×4:
1 Rick Huseman
2 Kyle Leduc
3 Johnny Greaves

Bark River 101: Highlights:
Bark River International Raceway is located ten miles southwest of Escanaba, Michigan on U.S. Route 41. The original off-road track was 5 miles, racers were expected to complete 20 laps for a total of 100 miles, and thus the U.P. Off Road 100 was born. Over the years, the course continued to be shortened and reconfigured into the modern day track (1.5 miles). Bark River is said to be one of the most challenging courses on the TORC Series Schedule, where drivers can reach up to 90 miles per hour with the highest elevation change on the circuit. The Bark River International Raceway received additional international recognition in 2007 with the launch of the XBOX 360 video game DIRT. The BRIR is one of the featured courses in the game, allowing fans to enjoy Bark River’s top notch racing action all year round.

The Traxxas TORC Series-The Off-Road Championship, presented by AMSOIL is the world’s premier short course off road series. TORC drivers push the limits with 900 horsepower, action-packed fender pounding on challenging natural terrain racetracks. The 2009 season schedule includes stops in Texas, California, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. For more information on TORC please visit www.torcseries.com.