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Chandler, AZ
— Here is your chance to accelerate to RacePace with newly crowned TORC champ Corry Weller at the Off-Road Expo this weekend. DragonFire’s popular ride-alongs are back, along with some cool swag and 2017 catalogs hot off the presses. Show goers will also have an opportunity to meet Miss DragonFire and 3X Mint 400 winner Lacrecia Beurrier. The 2016 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered By General Tire features 350+ exhibitors at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA October 1-2.

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For the first time, Nissan is offering a new “Texas Titan” package for its 2017 Titan trucks. The new package will feature unique, customized features that set it apart from the rest of the lineup, and it will be available on two Titan grades and four Titan XD models (in both 4×4 and 4×2).

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It’ll be easy to an easy point to miss so we’ll put it right up front: The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be more fuel efficient than the previous generation – and 23 percent more efficient at that! OK, while that’s all true, we’re sort of kidding about putting that up front because the real headline most care about is the performance numbers of the new Raptor’s twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost V6, which need to be impressive since the new engine is replacing the outgoing 6.2-liter V8. Fortunately they are, and any concern in regards to performance should be laid to rest with the claimed 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. rating of the new Raptor.

We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

It’s a different approach than we’re used to, especially in the truck market, but Chevrolet isn’t looking to be the loudest, toughest kid on the block. In fact, while toughness is vitally important to its truck line, it isn’t aiming to be the loudest boaster of all the truck makers – it’s actually aiming to be the smartest by focusing on the heart of the market. That’s the goal with its new 2017 Silverado HD, and specifically the new fifth-generation Duramax L5P engine that powers it. Chevrolet feels its heavy-duty trucks are focused on the core of the market and improving the experience for the masses. It’s not worried about having the biggest headline grabbing numbers.

2017 Ram 1500 Lone Star Silver
Later today at the State Fair of Texas, Ram will announce the updates to its 2017 truck lineup, which includes tweaks to three of its popular models. Ram also is announcing it will offer a new Silver Edition of its Ram 1500 Lone Star, which is its best-selling truck in Texas.

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To unveil its new 2017 Silverado HD and its new Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel engine, Chevrolet today set the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle with the new truck.

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At a press event today at the Texas Motor Speedway, Chevrolet announced the performance numbers for its new L5P Duramax diesel engine for its HD trucks. The new diesel engine will produce 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque.

Chevy says its new fifth-generation Duramax power plant will provide an increase of 19 percent more torque than the previous generation, 12 percent more horsepower and 35 percent fewer emissions. Chevrolet says it’s looking to improve the capability of its new diesel engine without compromising its abilities. Chevy says its new 6.6-liter Duramax is practically a new engine, featuring an all-new cylinder block and rotating assembly, along with the GM-developed control system. Chevrolet also says the low-rpm torque hasn’t changed on the new engine, as it still provides 90 percent of its peak torque at only 1,550 rpm and sustains it up through 2,850 rpm for consistent pulling power at low speeds.

We’ll have the chance to take a short test drive with the new Duramax engine at the Speedway later today, so check back tomorrow for more technical detail and our ride impression of the new Duramax.

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After we initially teased the video last week, the Hoonigan Media Machine has formally unveiled its newest video, Battle BROyale, featuring Ken Block and BJ Baldwin and a host of other “teammates” competing in a race aboard the new Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle.

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Lake Elsinore, CA
– Brian Deegan was more than happy to give fans what they wanted at rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, Ca. Deegan has a huge fan following wherever he goes, but the fans in Lake Elsinore take special pride in watching their home town champion run out front. Deegan lives right down the road from the track and on two wheels and four, has been setting the dirt on fire there for many years.

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Fort Mill, S.C.
– A perfect race weekend in Lake Elsinore has given Jerett Brooks the momentum needed to capture the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro Lite championship. Brooks walked away from Rounds 13 and 14 with a total of seven wins on the season with one weekend of racing remaining in 2016.