Santiago, Chile – On the final day of the 2013 Dakar Rally, Robby Gordon and Kellon Walch set the pace to start Stage 14. However, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER finished the 114KM stage in 6th place; it was the American duo’s first finish outside the top 5 since Stage 4.

The Rally consisted of ups and downs for Gordon as a driver and Walch as a navigator. No matter the outcome of the stage, the two continued to battle capturing 8 podiums and 2 stage wins in the world’s toughest off-road race. After the roll over on Day 4, Gordon knew that continuing with the Rally would help overall in developing the HUMMER to make it stronger to come back in 2014 to capture the ultimate goal in an overall win.

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon clinched the Class 1500 Championship and was crowned  2012 Grand Champion in the Best In The Desert off-road series during the Transwest Ford Henderson 250 this past weekend in Jean, Nevada.  Gordon’s #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts ‘truggy’ was dominant the entire season, thanks in part to his Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

In February, Gordon won the Bluewater Resort & Casino Parker 425 overall.  In March, he won overall in the Mint 400.  In May, Gordon won his class and placed third overall at the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300.  During the Vegas to Reno race in August, Gordon placed second overall.  The series then returned to Parker, Arizona in October where Gordon swept the entire weekend of the BlueWater Desert Challenge.

Following a very successful first edition of night racing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, it was time to do it all again tonight. After a somewhat hot afternoon turned into a terrific balmy autumn night yesterday, today’s weather was off to an even better start, with a nice cover of clouds keeping the heat at bay, and in response to the improved conditions, fans packed the stands early to come out and see the top drivers in the sport of short course off-road racing. Tonight marked Round 14 of the 2012 championship, and for some drivers, there was the very real possibility of wrapping up a championship title with a full round of competition left down at Firebird next month. For others, the evening’s events would play a pivotal role in keeping them in the thick of one of a few different close championship chases, and for everyone, there was the prospect of having a strong showing in front of a great crowd. In case you missed the evening’s proceedings, read on and find out what happened.

Junior 2 Kart
Junior 2 Kart got things started in a great way, with Hailie Deegan grabbing the early lead in her #438 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil kart, followed closely by Dylan Winbury, Darren Hardesty, Parker Steele, and Jeremy Davis. On lap two, Parker Porter moved his #461 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats machine up to fifth in turn one, with Steele then making a nice inside pass on Hardesty at turn six to take over third in his #449 Racer X Motorsports/Martori Farms kart. Early on lap three, points leader Winbury then grabbed the lead from Deegan in his #469 Famous Stars and Straps/Black Rhino entry, with the top three then beginning to pull away from those behind as the race approached the Competition Yellow. As the field bunched up behind the Pace UTV, it was Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty, and Porter in the top five, with Travis PeCoy then moving his #411 Fox Racing Shox/Hoosier kart past Porter for fifth on the restart lap. On lap eight, Porter got back by PeCoy, just before the two touched side to side coming out of turn two. The two were sent into half spins to either side of the track, as Broc Dickerson came through to take over fifth in his #423 Black Rhino/Racer X Motorsports truck. At the white flag, it was now Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty in the #456 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Kar Tek Off Road kart, and Dickerson in the top five, and the top three once again had a gap over those behind. In a cruel twist, Winbury then slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, victimized by a mechanical failure within only a handful of corners of the finish line. Deegan took the lead, and after hounding Winbury throughout the race, her consistency paid off as she picked up her first-ever win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Hailie! Second place went to Steele, with Hardesty taking third, Dickerson fourth, and after an early race collision, it was Jeremy Davis who came back through the field to finish fifth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine.

The first race weekend at this terrific new facility is now in the books, and more improvements being planned for the future of Wild West Motorsports Park, this is sure to be a track that will host big things in the world of short course off-road for years to come. Right now, though, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series drivers are coming down to crunch time in the 2012 championship, and with just three regular season rounds left to run, everyone will be looking for every last valuable point as the season winds rapidly down. In just four weeks’ time, the battle will be on once again, as we return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 and 14, September 21 and 22. Tickets are on sale now, so get online and get yours today, because you won’t want to miss a minute!

Nitto Tire-sponsored driver Nick Nelson navigated his 4×4 to the top of the heap to win from behind at last week’s 4 Wheel Parts Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix.  Nelson was five minutes ahead of second place, completing 23 total laps in the 2.5 hour brutal endurance race.

The 4 Wheel Parts Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix is an annual short course motorcross event that pits drivers and teams against a variety of terrains and obstacles including hill climbs, off-road service roads and tracks with plenty of high speed runs.  The track is a 3.5 mile loop and this year’s competition included 34 total drivers. Nelson started the race in fifth place but immediately after the start, a fellow driver made contact to Nelson’s truck causing an unscheduled pit stop that had Nelson in last place after the first lap.  Nelson had to battle his way through all competitors – through dirt tracks and hill climbs – to reach first, hold on and ultimately win the race.  Nelson used Nitto 37×12.50R17 DOT TRAIL GRAPPLER tires for the race.

“We’ve been trying to make this happen for over a year now,” says Nelson. “My crew did an amazing job today, getting the car put together real fast after the early set-back. The Nitto tires worked awesome today, I beat them to death and they performed well the whole time. I’m proud to bring home the 1st place victory for my crew and all my sponsors.”

For more info please visit www.nittotire.com

Corona, CA - Off-Road Racing goes “Primetime” August 4th and 5th, for Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, under the lights at the 4 Wheel Parts Off Road Nationals presented by Canidae All Natural Pet Foods at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.

Bring the whole family out to enjoy the challenging and fan-friendly Glen Helen track and experience all of the high-flying, 850+ horsepower, full-contact competition in the first nighttime race of the season. Series superstars: Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Jeremy McGrath, Kyle LeDuc, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Rodrigo Ampudia and Carey Hart are among the top drivers that will be going all-out in their quest for victory.

Known for its intimidating natural terrain, the illuminated Glen Helen Raceway is tight and fast, requiring the drivers to be aggressive yet precise. Huge jumps and highly technical obstacles will not be the only tests they will face. Adding to the pressure is the extremely tight points battle raging between the competitors in all classes. Each driver is gunning for critical championship points every time the green flag drops, intensifying the door-to-door battles on the short course track.

Kids 5 and under are free with a paid adult general admission ticket. The venue also features an exciting Midway Area, where fans can meet their favorite drivers and check out the fun-filled vendor’s displays.

The entire season of the Pro Lite and Pro 2 classes of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will also be broadcast every Sunday in 2012 on the CBS Sports Network at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.

Please find the event outline available for download here:

http://lucasoiloffroadracing.com/lucaspdf/eventguide.pdf

GEORGETOWN, CA – The 60th Jeepers Jamboree Jeep will be given away this Saturday night along with thousands of dollars in raffle prizes.  The 60th Annual Jeepers Jamboree will take place on the historic Rubicon Springs Trail July 26 – 30, 2012, the longest running event of this kind marks it as a historic accomplishment in Jeeping History.

There are many special features for this years trip including Movies on the Grass, Historical hikes and talks, Diamond in the Rough wine tasting supporting the Rubicon Trail Foundation, 60th Anniversary feature Jeep Giveaway & Raffle, the largest Vendor Show to date and a Flatfender Show’N’Shine awarding a People’s Choice Plaque.

TOOELE, UT–  Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy, charges the podium with another 3rd place finish in SuperLite class at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Race (LOORRS) round 8 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.  Hagy traditionally known as a Freestyle MX rider is proving that the Ox brand truck needs to stay on the podium this short course racing season.

“The course at Miller Motorsports park is super challenging,” said Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy. “This was my first time racing this course and I was leading the entire race on Saturday until I had a mechanical failure on the last lap. I was determined that I would finish the weekend on the podium. My determination paid off!”

Hagy started the season off right with a solid performance during the LOORRS season opener with a 3rd place podium and back it up at Firestone in Arizona with a 2nd place finish during round 5 and a 3rd place in round 6. During his desert racing debut this season at the BITD Mint 400 he took home a strong 2nd place finish in the 7200 class. Glen Helen is up next and Hagy is focused on making this race a 1st place finish!

Colorado Springs, CO – The Lovell Racing team is proud to announce their return to the Traxxas TORC Series Presented By AMSOIL. 2012 will mark their 3rd year chasing the Pro-Light championship and best shot at accomplishing their mission. The season starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be aired live on Speed this coming Friday night, April 20th.

“We are here to win the championship,” driver Brad Lovell asserts, “We struggled to gain a foothold in 2010, we proved ourselves in 2011, and now its time to produce. We have the resources of a top tier team, we have the expertise, and we are focussed. No excuses.”

Brad’s confidence stems from assembling a firm foundation of sponsors and dedicated crew. Longtime supporter AMSOIL has committed to a 3-year title sponsor agreement that firmly roots the team in TORC short course racing. Nissan is bolstering support with Lovell joining teammate Chad Hord as a Nissan factory backed driver. The team also welcomes Lincoln Welders to their pit and shop. BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, 4 Wheel Parts, Spidertrax Off-Road, Motive Gear, Fox Racing Shox, TrailReady Wheels, and a host of other loyal supporters rejoins the team for 2012. “Our team is about being the best,” explains Brad, “We’re not about validating second rate products. We use the best, have developed associations, and are proud to represent the premier brands in off-road.”

Nighttime off-road racing is back in southern California, as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, makes its triumphant return to the legendary Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. This is the home of off-road racing, and the once-a-year excitement of a packed house enjoying the balmy summer night and the hot action on the track make this race a fan favorite. With expectations high, the drivers didn’t disappoint, as they put on a performance that will keep those who played witness talking for a week. In case you missed it, read on to find out what so many got to enjoy.

Limited Buggy
A massive swarming beehive of a Limited Buggy field rolled out next, and was about to put on a great show as the day faded into night. Dave Mason grabbed the early lead in his #365 B&R Buggie/SR Performance AlumiCraft, with Curt Geer, Zac Hunt, Quentin Tucker, and Bradley Morris in hot pursuit. A brief full-course caution was thrown to allow crews to pull Kyle Lucas’ car off a barricade, and after the restart, Mason and Geer were still running first and second, with Sean Kennedy now third, Hunt fourth, and Geoffrey Cooley fifth. As a whole host of drivers jockeyed and crashed back and forth in a battle for third, Mason and Geer moved clear of the carnage in a close race for the lead. Following another full-course caution, this one for a rollover by Jeff Richards, the restart lap helped Tucker to move into third, with Hunt still fourth, and Bruce Fraley now fifth, as Mason and Geer still headed the field. The top two continued to battle, and after getting alongside Mason but failing to grab the lead, Geer made his move stick on the following lap, grabbing the lead after the briefest of contact coming out of turn two. Behind them, Hunt was now up to third in the #334 Speed Energy/BDI Bowden Development, Inc. AlumiCraft, while Fraley’s evening took a turn south as he rolled in turn two. Fraley’s misfortune moved Geoffrey Cooley up to fifth, and at the competition yellow, it was Geer in the #385 Green Army/Gatorwraps.com Lothringer, Mason, Hunt, Tucker in the #377 General Tire/Fox Racing Shox buggy, and Cooley in the #322 Competitive Metals/Fat Performance AlumiCraft running in the top five. On the restart lap, Mason dropped several spots after going wide in turn two, with Hunt also falling back after he and Tucker got together between turns four and five, which sent Hunt off the track. Tucker didn’t get away without incident, either, as he looked to have a flattening left rear tire. Tucker did well to keep driving despite his malady, and managed to maintain his second place, while up ahead, Geer was free to fly to the victory, his third of the year. Tucker took second, with Mason third, Lindsay Geiser a very impressive fourth in the #395 CANIDAE/Geiser Bros Design and Development Geiser, and Morris fifth in the #304 Lucas Oil/K&N AlumiCraft.

Pro 4 Unlimited
With all the stadium lights now shining bright, the monsters of Pro 4 Unlimited thundered out on track. After a six-position inversion of the qualifying results, it was Curt LeDuc and Greg Adler, filling in for the injured Travis Coyne, who started up front. Adler’s first foray into Pro 4 Unlimited started as well as it could have, as he took the early lead in his #5 ProComp/Lucas Oil Ford, ahead of Curt LeDuc in the #43 Rockstar/Makita Ford, Adrian Cenni in the #11 Atrium Payroll/Maxxis truck, Rick Huseman in the #36 Monster Energy/E3 Spark Plugs Toyota, and Todd LeDuc in the #4 Rockstar/Makita Ford. On lap four, Kyle LeDuc out-drove his brother Todd into turn three, moving up to fifth in his #99 Rockstar/Makita Ford. Ahead of them, Huseman also picked up a spot to take over third from Cenni. On the following lap, Huseman picked off Curt LeDuc to take over second, and on the lap after that, he easily out-charged Adler through the rhythm section, nosing ahead and into the lead into turn three. As Huseman began to quickly pull open a gap over the competition, Curt LeDuc’s truck suddenly slowed near the start/finish line, which caught out Cenni who rear-ended him before managing to get by. This allowed Kyle LeDuc to move into third, with Cenni now fourth and Todd LeDuc fifth. Huseman continued to pull away from those behind, and had a good gap over second-placed Adler by the competition yellow. With the UTI Toyota pace truck picking up the field, Kyle LeDuc drove by and into the hot pits to fix a flat tire, dropping him to the back of the pack. At the restart, it was Huseman, Adler, Cenni, Todd LeDuc, and Carl Renezeder in the top five, with Adler getting shoved wide at turn two, dropping him back to fifth. Huseman still held the lead, with a fierce battle for second going on just behind between Cenni and Renezeder. As Renezeder tried every move in his repertoire to get past Cenni, Huseman’s lead suddenly looked tenuous, as wisps of smoke began shooting intermittently from the back of his truck. Cenni and Renezeder seemed to smell blood, and started to close the gap on the leader as the smoke began to come out in bigger puffs. Huseman kept his cool, though, and as the smoke output began to level off, his lead evened out as well. Behind him, Renezeder was still trying his best to grab second place, and on the final lap, he made a great outside-inside pass on Cenni through turn three to grab the spot, much to the delight of a packed house. Up ahead, Huseman got back to his winning ways after a very unusual (for him) four-race winless streak, as he picked up his fifth of the season. Renezeder came home second to keep a good lead in the points, with Cenni taking third, Todd LeDuc fourth, and Adler a fine fifth.