Lovell-Dirt-Riot-Off-Road-7-2-13PLACERVILLE, CA: Wildfires sprung up on Tuesday of the Dirt Riot Mountain Series race week in the Northern Colorado Springs area, drawing a lot of media attention to the area.  Although the race course at Ram Offroad Park was never in danger, there were a number of drivers and their families that were affected by the wildfires.  Local racer, Matt Peterson, owner of Rockware was on the outside of the pre-evac area, several days were spent moving the shop out of harms’ way. Other racers pitched in to help including the Lovell’s who opened their homes and fields to evacuees. The decision to continue the competition in a community where so many were facing mass devastation was left up to the drivers, who in the end were happy for the distraction.

“We were never in any danger, but we needed to be respectful of the local racers,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events.  “As always; we Raced!  And it was a great race.  After seeing some of the pictures from the event, I wonder if any of the cars were ever on the ground!  The jumps at the RAM Offroad Park are awesome!”

R2C-TORC-Bark-River-6-25-13Vernon Hills, IL – The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL opened its 2013 Sportsman racing season last week in Bark River, Michigan and R2C Competition Filters dominated the competition in the Super Stock Truck division. The conditions throughout the two days of competition ranged from wet and muddy to dry and dusty as R2C equipped racers found the top spot on the podium during both days of competition.

The TORC Super Stock Truck division features stock chassis light duty trucks with significant modifications. The trucks feature high modified V-8 powerplants and longer travel suspension. The races are only fifteen to twenty minutes long, but the drivers push their trucks to their limits and beyond. It’s almost like racing the Baja 1000 in twenty minutes.

Douglas-Motorsports-TORC-Bark-River-6-19-13El Cajon, CA – After three rounds of racing on the short tracks of Dodge City and Eldora, Scott Douglas was looking forward to racing the new truck at the big free flowing all-natural terrain layout in Bark River, Michigan. The AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 ran well in practice and qualifying, but on the longer race runs, the team saw unexpected changes in the race truck’s handling.

The weekend began earlier than originally scheduled, the one rained out Eldora round of racing was scheduled Friday evening with practice and qualifying only a couple of hours before the drop of the green flag.

The qualifying session saw the #7 AMSOIL Ford stopped the watches with the third quickest time in the field. Even with the solid qualifying time, the team knew there was room for improvement. A couple of minor changes went into the chassis setup and then it was time for ten laps around the 1.75 mile layout.

Belvidere, IL (August 14, 2012) – After landing on the podium at Crandon and Chicagoland, the multi-time champion racer continued his string of podium finishes with a third place finish in Round 10 at the UP Off-Road 100 in Bark River, Michigan. The thirty-nine year short-course veteran racer continues to thrill capacity crowds week in and week out with his never say quit attitude on and off the track.

The 1.3 mile long all-natural terrain track is quite familiar to Scott Taylor and his #8 Miller Welders/AMSOIL/Roush Yates Engines/BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 and over the years it hasn’t always been kind to the champion driver. Just last year, during qualifying, Taylor took a hard end over end crash that had his crew working a twelve hour shift to get the truck ready for last year’s event. After witnessing Scott Taylor’s racing this past weekend, last year’s incident definitely didn’t affect his performance.