SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16POMONA, Calif., USA — It is time to drop the green flag for another spectacular Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex, in Pomona, Calif. and SCORE International will once again be a major part of this weekend’s popular public trade show. The colorful and extensive SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit area in Building 5 will once again offer desert-racing fans the opportunity to interact with the top desert racing teams in the world while viewing the most radical motorsports vehicles ever developed.

Nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 16-20, with the race and all ancillary events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

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– TreadWright Tires recently announced a partnership with the Expeditionary Veterans Association (EVA) to provide tires for recreational and therapeutic outdoor excursions for veterans.  The partnership will see the Houston-based tire manufacturer provide tires to help transport veterans to outdoor activities hosted by the EVA in an effort to provide therapeutic recreation and outreach. The EVA and Treadwright are partnering to ensure veterans and active service members have programs available to assist them in their progression of their Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy and transition into civilian life.

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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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The new Ram Rebel TRX Concept is a supercharged beast ready to run flat-out on the trails. 

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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.

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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.