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Cypress, Calif. – Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, is excited to announce that Team Nitto driver Jason Scherer has been crowned the 2016 Ultra4 National Champion after placing 3rd in the final race of the season held at Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada this past Saturday. Nitto’s team of off-road racers also swept the Ultra4 Western Regional series with a 1-2-3 finish for Erik Miller, Jason Scherer, and Shannon Campbell, who competed all season long on the tough and capable Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tire.

Compton, California
– Transamerican Auto Parts is proud to announce the 2016 renewal of the Life is Better Off-Road SEMA builder award. After a tremendously successful launch last year at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Life is Better Off-Road award has established itself as the premier industry prize awarded by Transamerican Auto Parts to the best presented, truly off-road capable truck, Jeep or SUV on display at the show.

Visalia, Calif.
– Hellwig Products teamed up with the top aftermarket manufacturers in the industry to build a one-of-a-kind 2016 Nissan Titan XD diesel overland truck and camper for the 2016 SEMA Show. The overlanding pickup truck will be equipped with a customized Lance Camper and will make its debut on November 1st, 2016 in the Hellwig Suspension Products Booth #34075.

Hurricane, UT
– Trail Hero continued Friday with trail rides across the southern Utah landscape outside Hurricane. Friday also included the Low Range Off-Road and Red-Desert Off-Road Bounty Hill climb, which proved to be a bit harder than everyone anticipated.

Polaris employees and Polaris riders worldwide are celebrating the life and mourning the passing of one of the company’s co-founders, David Johnson. He passed away yesterday in Roseau, Minn., after an extended illness. He was 93 years old.

– BOLT Locks will host two special celebrity guests at BOLT’s Booth #33199, located on the top floor of the South Hall at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Ford just previewed its 2016 SEMA Show F-150 trucks, and there’s a wide range of customized trucks it will display at this year’s show.

Can-Am ATV and side-by-side vehicle racers put on a dominating show at round 12 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) racing series, sweeping both the XC1 Pro UTV and 4×4 Pro ATV classes in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Can-Am Side-By-Side Vehicle Racing
Kyle Chaney easily won the UTV overall and XC1 Pro UTV class in his Can-Am Maverick X xc 1000R side-by-side vehicle. Chaney, the defending, two-time XC1 Pro UTV class champion, has now won the last two GNCC events. With three total victories and points from two other races this season, Chaney has climbed to within 26 points of Cody Miller for the class points lead.

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.

This past weekend in Southern California, the Sand Sports Super Show celebrated its 18th year. It also was a notable year, as the ownership of the series was transferred from event promoter Don and Robin Murphy to Family Events, who also owns Off-Road Expo as well.