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.”

The 2011 SEMA Show has come and gone, but the drooling over amazing cars, trucks, Jeeps, part and girls continues.

The industry-only SEMA Show always highlights some of the newest and coolest products available – or ones not yet on the market. The project vehicles are amazing and/or border on ridiculous, and there’s no shortage of concept cars, jaw-dropping paint jobs or beautiful women to catch your attention.

The off-road market looked especially strong at SEMA this year, taking up quite a bit of real estate on the show floor. The new JK Jeep Wrangler was all over the show floor, but so were project builds of Toyota Tundras and Tacomas, Ford F-150s and Broncos, Dodge Rams, Chevys and more.

The 2011 SEMA Show always provides appeal to automotive enthusiasts. Unless you’re in the automotive industry, you’re not getting into the show, which is a shame because there are some of the most amazing – and sometimes ridiculous – project vehicles you’ll ever see.

In the off-road realm, there’s no denying the popularity of the JK Jeep Wrangler that could be found all over the show. But not to be outdone, a great number of trucks were featured as well, and in a wide variety of different applications. Chevy, Dodge, Ford, Toyota and Nissan were all there. Here’s a look at some of truck we caught on camera.

For more on the 2011 SEMA Show, check out this story.

Today, Ram Trucks will be hosting a live chat session on at 6:00 p.m. EST. Our Ram engineers, along with our friends from Mopar, will be gathering around the table to discuss the topic of off-roading, including important details about our awesome Power Wagon and its off-road capabilities.

Mopar Performance will also be joining the conversation to answer questions about the mighty Mopar Ram Runner along with all its parts like lift kits, shocks, cold-air-intakes and other hardcore products.

These chats offer Dodge fans the opportunity to ask Ram engineers anything. You can participate in the chat in the window below:

You can also visit www.ramzone.com to participate in the chat if the above link is not working properly.

For the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep and Mopar introduced a number of Jeeps and Dodge Ram trucks utilizing Mopar’s performance parts. Of the new vehicles and kits, one of the most eye-catching is the new Wrangler JK-8 Independence Kits. This kit, which will be available July 4th to coincide with Independence Day, allows owners of newer four-door Wranglers to update their vehicle to a truck-like Jeep with an open truck bed.

The concept was partially born out of a vehicle the Mopar Underground team built for last year’s EJS event as an updated version of the Kaiser called the Nukizer 715.

Rialto, CA - Rodeo Ford of Goodyear, Arizona joins Chad George in the SuperLite Championship for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise Arizona on April 16-17.

Dodge Earnhardt, owner of Rodeo Ford commented, “We’re excited to be apart of Chad’s racing program this weekend, he already has a great start this season, and winning is what Rodeo Ford wants to be associated with. Combining our dealership, known for decades of outstanding service and great pricing, with a champion was an easy decision and a perfect fit.


I had the opportunity to personally race a SuperLite truck last season, it’s A LOT of FUN and it’s a real drivers class. The SuperLite program is top-notch and the Lucas Oil Off-Road fans know how to pack the house.”

Chad takes his #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama SuperLite into Round 3 of the LOORRS SuperLite Championship with 3rd place in the points championship. With Rounds 3 and 4 in Surprise, AZ he has the opportunity to move up 2 spots on the leader board, keeping him in contention for the title.

“During rounds 1 and 2 at Firebird Raceway we made adjustments and battled to put our Kawasaki/Yokohama SuerLite truck toward the front. After some more tuning in the shop, we think the #42 will be the truck to beat at Speedworld Off-Road Park. Rodeo Ford picked a great time to join the party!” said Chad George.