Lovell-Off-Road-Crandon-7-2-13Colorado Springs, CO 7/2/13 – Team Lovell made major strides this weekend climbing from 5th in the 2013 TORC Series standings for a firm grasp on 3rd place and finally in the hunt for the top spot at the mid-point of the season. This comes after a commanding performance in Crandon with two 2nd Place finishes.

There is a reason that northern Wisconsin is so green – lots of rain. Storms pounded Crandon before the weekends festivities canceling practice and qualifying. The field was left with a single test lap before the infamous land rush start into turn #1. “I wanted to qualify,” adds Brad, “But we did our homework and made sure to test before the weekend so we were pretty prepared.” With confidence in hand Lovell got the hole shot and sped through turn #1 on two wheels yeilding the lead to Kincaid who would nearly tip in turn #2 giving the front spot back to Lovell. The two would continue to battle before Lovell finished 2nd. “I felt some G’s leaving the line as the BFG’s hooked up. I had so much speed going into turn #1 I knew it was going to get good! Awesome race and great track after the heavy rains!”

TORC-Lovell-4-16-13Colorado Springs, CO – The line between glory and defeat can be very thin and the opening weekend of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL started out in glorious fashion as Dodge City was very welcoming to teams with a parade and autograph session downtown. By the end of the weekend however, Team AMSOIL Lovell was more than ready to “get the hell out of Dodge” after two disappointing races.

After making numerous setup changes during practice, Lovell started the first round of racing with a lightening fast truck. Starting inside on the second row, he pushed to the front on the first lap and pulled away from the field to score 2 points for leading at the mandatory caution. He would continue to lead for the second half of the race before pushing wide on a slick hairpin turn in the last lap. The move devastated his chances as 3 trucks poured by him before he crossed the finish line in a disappointing 4th place. “We didn’t expect the track to change quite like it did but in the end I have nobody to blame but myself,” added Brad, “On the bright side, we are getting this pro-light wicked fast.”

Colorado Springs, CO 2/1/13 – The Lovell Brothers are on their way to the first event in 2013 that is also the biggest rock race of the year – King of the Hammers. The newly minted #1 AMSOIL Rock Racer has been refurbished and outfitted with the latest innovations from the best brands in the business.

Lovell Racing welcomes back their group of dedicated team sponsors for their rock race program including AMSOIL, Torchmate, BFGoodrich, 4 Wheel Parts, and Spidertrax. “It’s pretty cliche to thank sponsors for their support,” comments Brad Lovell, “In our case we would not be racing without them. They aren’t supporters of the team, they are the team.” The brothers also welcome several new sponsors including Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow, and Ron Davis Racing Products.

Colorado Springs, CO 9/6/12 – 2012 hosted an epic fall Crandon event. It is always said and its always true – nothing beats Crandon. The small town came out in droves for the yearly parade. The weather was perfect, competition stiff, and racing dramatic. Especially tight was the points race in the Pro-Light division. Brad Lovell came to conquer a 1-point deficit on leader Andrew Caddell. While he only has one race win at Crandon, Lovell is known for his speed on the track.

Brad made the first jab in qualifying setting the fast time and grabbing 2 points in the process. Caddell returned the volley by qualifying 2nd and earning a single point – the pair would line up on the grid in a season points tie. Brad added, “Our Nissan is the fastest truck at Crandon and I knew we had to make it count this weekend. The inversion of the starting grid is always a factor but we are here to score points.”

Colorado Springs, CO 7/23/12 – Chicagoland Speedway has not been kind to Brad Lovell. A lawn dart maneuver took him out of contention in 2010 and in 2011 a similar move resulted in double DNF’s. The driver of the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan was looking for anything more than a mid-season flop this year and was rewarded with two strong finishes.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about season points,” commented Brad, “With our history in Chicago and a 2nd place points tie with CJ Greaves, I just focussed on finishing.” Chicagoland featured a new 3/4 mi track layout this year that took full advantage of the size of the facility. The dirt gave way to treacherous ruts that highlighted the untamed nature of off-road racing.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – JT Taylor completed another first in off-road racing.  He took the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border and finished the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  “This is the funest race on the planet, and I’ve been around the planet,” joked JT Taylor.  “On a more serious note, it is an honor to be able to be welcomed by the entire NORRA staff and all the legendary drivers into their group after racing this week.”

The week started off with a very well organized NORRA Tech and Contingency where JT Taylor and co-driver Doug Nagy mingled with legends of the sport.  On Day 1, of the four day staged race, they left the line in a parade to Laguna Selada.  Once in open racing, the car ran well, but the steering ram that had been replaced prior to the race was now too quick.  They changed the part and picked up a little penalty for the transit stage, but had a great time in the last few sections reeling people in with the King Shocks and Goodyear Tires rolling over the obstacles.

Colorado Springs, CO – The TORC banners are now coming down at Charlotte Motor Speedway but the excitement of high-flying door-banging action will not soon be forgotten. Tensions betweens teams was evident as each looked to determine where they would fit in the 2012 pecking order. Looking to prove themselves as a top team, the AMSOIL / Lovell crew had a weekend of highs and lows.

Friday qualifying was a bit of a setback for the team placing 4th and down nearly a second from the pole-sitter. “We got a lot of practice and hit the track at 100%,” said driver Brad Lovell, “I kept searching for the fast line because there was no groove worn in the track yet. I must have missed it.” Fortunately, with the starting inversion, the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan started in position 3.

Lovell got a huge run off the start to push through the first turn to take the lead. As the rest of the pack battled Lovell sprung free and led the race for 4 laps before pushing wide in a hairpin allowing 2011 champion Andrew Caddell through. Lovell then faced pressure from CJ Greaves who put up a fight for the whole race but was unable to get enough grip to pass the BFGoodrich shod Nissan. The 2nd place finish is a strong statement from the Lovell team. “We have made substanial improvements to the truck in the past few months,” adds Brad,”It leaves a lot of time to wonder where you will end up once the season starts. We’re getting confident and know we are a podium team. Once we get confidence from that first win – watch out!”