Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie was all-in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in his No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, contending for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship. With some intense racing, and a couple of set backs, Casey drove hard and pushed through to finish the weekend strong, with one race remaining in the season—his final chance to put it all on the table.

Qualifying 10th after some steering issues on Friday, Casey was down, but not out. Saturday’s race would again challenge the team with some set backs and thus yield a less than stellar finish, only to turn up the team’s focus and motivation to push even harder for the win on Sunday.

“We had a great truck today,” noted Casey of Saturday’s race. “I started 10th and quickly made my way through the field. We got all the way up to 4th and lost brakes when a rock broke a brake line—very disappointing, but out of our hands.”

Game-face on for Sunday, Casey knew he had to break through traffic and move through the pack to prevent the front-runners from gaining too much ground. Casey succeeded, moving from 13th to 3rd before the competition yellow tightened the pack back up. Once in the number 3 position, Casey managed to hold off fellow Monster Energy driver Cameron Steele until Steele made a pass at turn one after battling door-to-door with Casey on the front stretch. Casey would stay on him but cross the finish in 4th.

“Starting from 13th we had our work cut out for us,” Casey reflects. “We made our way through the field as fast as possible getting up to 3rd. We had some great battles and we have the truck working very well. There is some homework to do, but come time for Firebird, we will be ready.”

Off-track and back in the pits, fans stopped in to get a picture with Casey and the No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, many admiring the full-sized “Huseman #36” signage on the hood in memory of fellow Monster Energy driver Rick Huseman. Miss Magnaflow Exhaust’s presence also brightened up the pit area as she signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Casey’s hard driving and skill overcame the weekend’s obstacles and advanced him to 5th in championship points in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series. He will make his last stop of the season at Firebird Raceway for the final round of the Lucas Oil Championship and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup. Catch him December 10-11 for the action at Firebird Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

San Clemente, CA – Casey Currie tore in to Cycle Ranch in Texas, ready to charge in his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, and ready to defend his 2010 title in the PRO Light class. After a high-energy weekend of top PRO Light drivers chomping at the bit for the Championship, Casey takes 4th in Saturday’s race, and ends an intense battle for the 2nd place podium spot on Sunday. Casey Currie proudly takes home 3rd place overall in the 2011 Championship and 7th in the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race.

Saturday and Sunday’s leaders were neck and neck; giving the fans the intense short-course action they came to see. Casey would move up to cross the finish line in 3rd place on Saturday, but after reviewing the lap counter, CJ was given the 3rd place position, putting Casey in 4th for the day.

“We had a great race truck all day, and starting on the 3rd row made it tough to get through traffic,” noted Casey, “but we have a great starting position for tomorrow’s race.”

Sunday’s race was an all-out fight, with Casey, RJ Anderson, and CJ Greaves battling in the top three. After a second full-course yellow regroups the field, Casey makes a huge acceleration on the back straight, and brings himself right on top of CJ and RJ battling for the lead. RJ Anderson is holding the lead with some bite in the turns, but CJ and Casey are out-braking him, keeping close behind. After taking the inside on Turn 5, and a little fender rubbing with CJ Greaves, Casey moves into 2nd. The two continue head to head, Casey taking turns on two wheels and hanging on to 2nd for the podium finish.

“That was a battle!” says Casey. “CJ and I battled the last couple of laps and I ended up in front of him. My truck was working well and I’m glad to finish 2nd today. We also wrapped up a podium spot on the year-end points which is a bonus for us.”

In the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race on Sunday, Casey was on fire! Starting off on the inside, Casey took the lead leaving CJ Greaves and RJ Anderson going at it for 3rd. Losing body panels, Casey remained well out front, at times by 12-15 car lengths. With only 2 laps remaining, Casey rides the outter burm of the sharp infield turn, and suffers a right rear flat—CJ Greaves jumping into the lead. Casey continues to push the Monster Energy General Tire Nissan but the flat will force him to pit. Casey gets back on track with a fresh right rear to finish 7th in the PRO Light Traxxas Cup.

“Starting on the front row I got a great start and had a great race going,” Casey explains. “I had a big lead ’till lap 14 where I hit a burm wrong, giving me a flat tire. I tried to keep racing but there was nothing I could do. Two laps short—but next year we are coming for the money!!”

Always charging hard and moving forward fast, Casey is also finishing up his 2011 season in the Lucas Oil Off-Road series, where he currently holds 6th place in the Championship. For Rounds 13-14, Casey hits Sin City, to put all cards on the table and see who comes out on the top of the heap. Catch him November 5-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

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Buchanan, Mich. – (June 1st, 2011) – Team GT’s Casey Currie was revved to hit the track in a big way Saturday for the Traxxas TORC opener at the Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Mich.  Currie, newly signed by Team GT in 2011, did just that — taking home second in Pro Lite class.

Known for sweeping the TORC champion weekend at Crandon in 2010 as well as taking home the series championship Pro Lite title, Currie is no stranger to winning.   He started racing motorcycles when he was just 5-years-old and trucks at 16, taking home his first major win in 2003 — the championship title at the MDR series.

In 2004, Currie switched to Pro Truck and Class 1, taking second in Pro Truck at the Baja 1000 and third in Class 1 at the Baja 500. And his podium wins get even more impressive still; He took home 2nd overall in the 2008 and 2009 King of Hammers and finished second in Round 1 and 2 of the 2010 M4SX in Trophy Kart.

“I’m so excited to be racing this season as a part of Team GT, and this was a great start to the series for me,” said Currie after he took the podium in Buchanan.  “2010 was a great year for me and I’m going to see to it that 2011 is even better.”

Stay tuned for Casey Currie win updates during the TORC and Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series at the www.generaltire.com and www.caseycurrie.com.  If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt.

 

Irvine, Calif.  – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Casey Currie saddled up his KX™450F this morning and ventured across the U.S. border into Tecate, Mexico to begin the 1,400-mile, eight-day adventure to the tip of the Baja peninsula. The Desert Assassin’s Rip to the Tip, which debuted in 2006, was created by Cameron Steele and Larry Badgwell who were originally looking to share their love of Baja with their closest riding buddies. They recruited 12 of their friends, known as the Dirty Dozen, and embarked on the challenging adventure from the U.S. border-town of Tecate, Calif., through the length of the Baja peninsula, finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Since its inception, the event has proven a success and has grown in notoriety over the past five years. This year’s event will host more than 40 riders, including Currie, who will spend over a week riding through blazing-hot desert, treacherous single-track mountain trails, sand washes, dunes, beaches, boulders, canyons, and steep grades in hopes to make the full-pull, all the way to Cabo San Lucas.

As the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) shifts into high gear for Rounds 3 and 4 this weekend at Speedworld Off Road Park on April 16th and 17th, Pro Lite driver Jimmy Stephensen has his sights set firmly on the top of the podium.  The Ironclad Energy + Hydration / Discount Tire Nissan driver has plenty of momentum behind him coming into Surprise, Arizona after two podium finishes in as many races this season.  “The competition was fierce at the season opener in Firebird, and there are a lot of new trucks and drivers to contend with,” Stephensen confessed. “With Deegan, Brandt, Ampudia, Currie, Cameron Steele, and Kyle Leduc all running in Pro Lite this year I feel ecstatic to be on the podium both days.”

The strong finishes at Firebird put the talented Stephensen in second place in season championship points in the highly competitive Pro Lite Unlimited class, just five points behind the leader.  “We made my nearly ten year old truck as new as possible in the off season with the help of Bruce Fraley and Kevin Avina, amongst others.  We proved that we can run with the best of the best!”
Jimmy Stephensen, 2009 LOORS Rookie of the Year, had one second place finish and set the fast lap in the Pro Lite class at Speedworld Off Road Park last season, so it is not unreasonable to believe that he will pull off his first Pro Lite victory at Speedworld next weekend in the No. 33 Ironclad Energy + Hydration / Discount Tire Nissan.  “The class restrictions in Pro Lite make for really close racing, so it is a great opportunity to showcase my driving skills,” Stephensen explains.  “Of course my Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires do give me an advantage over the competition,” he is quick to add with a sly grin.  Stephensen finished sixth in series points in Pro Lite in 2010 amongst a field of 24 talented drivers.  In addition to his second place finish at Speedworld last season, he also had a third place finish at Miller Motorsports Park and was on the podium twice in his hometown of Las Vegas in 2010.

Casey Currie Monster Energy BFGoodrich Baja 1000 InterviewThe four-wheeled vehicles are getting ready to head off the line at roughly 11:30 PST this morning, with SCORE telling us that the last count was 301 total entries for the 43rd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The motorcycles went off the line at about 6:30 a.m., so there will be a five-hour gap between the trucks and the ATVs, side-by-sides and bikes.

Just before the start of the trucks this morning, Monster Energy and BFGoodrich released an interview with Monster Energy’s own 2010 TORC Pro Light Champion Casey Currie. Currie is about to compete in the Baja 1000 race on the BFGoodrich Tires/Wide Open Excursions “Baja Challenge” (BC5) race team! For the race, Currie will be joined by Chad Gilsinger, Bud Brutsman, Jason Scherer, Lars Wolfe and Kyle Tucker. Together they will tackle the 1061-mile course that runs down some of the roughest terrain in North America.