Best In The Desert Racing Association’s Silver State 300 was held Saturday May 5, 2012 near the small towns of Alamo and Caliente NV.  The 3rd race of the series was looking to be a show down in the desert for most classes and Class 7200 or the V6 Unlimited class was no exception.

Saturday morning’s start was about 10 miles outside of Alamo NV and the weather was clear and breezy. As the racer’s lined up, the team of Mongo Racing did their final checks on the KC HiLiTes General Tire TNC Ford truck numbered 7281. The first vehicle off the start line was at 9:30 am.

Randy Merritt, driving the KC HiLiTes General Tire TNC Ford truck, started the BITD Silver State 300 at 10:20 am and headed out into the harsh Nevada desert. This was Merritt’s second race in the new state of the art chassis designed by Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine and starting 4th out of 16 in class meant he would be in the heat of the battle at the start of the race.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Team Toyo Off-Road drivers, Kyle LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath (right), both scored victories this past weekend during Round 13 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Both drivers relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to help them win the top spot in their class, Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited respectively.

During Friday’s qualifying session, Kyle LeDuc once again showed his remarkable speed by qualifying in the number one spot with his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 in the Pro 4 Unlimited class.  He immediately jumped into his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Toyo Open Country M/T® tires to qualify second fastest in the Pro Lite Unlimited class.

Pro 4 Unlimited was the first pro main event during Saturday’s Round 13.  Kyle LeDuc defeated 10 trucks on the 1.1-mile dirt course for the race win.  On Sunday in Round 14, Kyle finished second while his brother, Todd LeDuc, placed third with his #4 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150.

SURPRISE, ARIZONA – Kyle LeDuc of Team Toyo® Off-Road, swept the Pro 4 Unlimited class this past weekend during rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.  In addition to winning first place during both Saturday and Sunday, he also set the fastest lap times both days.  This brings his Pro 4 Unlimited wins to four this year with his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 running on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

During qualifying on Friday, Kyle LeDuc was nearly a full second faster than the second place truck.  That dominance lasted throughout the Pro 4 Unlimited race on Saturday, resulting in the overall race win.  During Sunday’s Pro 4 race, brother, Todd LeDuc started on the pole with his #4 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  Todd LeDuc immediately took the lead at the green flag, leading the race until the mandatory competition yellow flag.  Shortly after the restart, Todd LeDuc’s truck stood up on two-wheels in a turn, handing the lead over to his brother Kyle to win the race.  At the end, both LeDuc brothers stood on the podium, Kyle in first and Todd in third place.

“We went there to deliver a win for our sponsors and we went away with two wins, two fastest laps of the race and a top qualifier — now that’s how you have a good weekend,” said Kyle LeDuc.  “At Surprise, nobody went around that track faster at any point in any class than I did on my Toyo tires, now that’s making a statement!”

Also capturing a third place podium finish on Saturday was Jeremy McGrath driving his #2 Monster Energy / Ready LIFT / Toyo Tires Pro 2 Unlimited Ford truck running Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  McGrath fought a hard battle to ultimately move from the top five to capture his podium spot late in the race.

“Congratulations to Kyle LeDuc on scoring his sweep this weekend at Surprise, and to Todd LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath for their podium finishes,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “Our Team Toyo drivers once again had a great weekend, being ‘driven to the podium’ with their Open Country M/T-R tires.”

Be sure to watch Sunday’s Round 12 Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited class races October 15 at 2pm EST/11am PST on CBS Sports.

To learn more about Kyle and Todd LeDuc, Jeremy McGrath and the Open Country line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.

TOOELE, UTAH – Team Toyo® Off-Road driver, Kyle LeDuc, scored his second consecutive Pro 4 Unlimited class victory this past Saturday during Round 7 of the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Series (LOORS) race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.  His Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R equipped #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 was the truck to beat all weekend.  LeDuc qualified second on Saturday morning before taking the victory, and then qualified first during Round 8 on Sunday before going on to take second place that day.  His previous Pro 4 Unlimited class victory came during Round 6 at Glen Helen in May.

“Saturday’s win was the result of hard, clean racing, while setting a fastest lap of the race — all on my Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires,” said LeDuc.  “During Sunday’s race, I came from the back of the field twice to capture an exciting second place.  My fans were on their feet for that one.”

In addition to his wins and top qualifying spots in Pro 4 Unlimited, LeDuc qualified first on Saturday in the Pro Lite Unlimited class with off-the-shelf Toyo Open Country M/T tires.

Also capturing a second place podium finish on Saturday was Jeremy McGrath driving his Monster Energy / Ready LIFT / Toyo Tires Pro 2 Unlimited Ford truck.  A part of the Stronghold Motorsports stable, McGrath beat 12 other competitors on his Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.

“Congratulations to Kyle LeDuc on scoring his second consecutive Pro 4 win, and to Jeremy McGrath for his Pro 2 class podium,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “It was a great weekend for Team Toyo.”

To learn more about Kyle LeDuc, Jeremy McGrath and the Open Country line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.

DEARBORN, Mich. – April 12, 2011 – At the age of 17, Brian Deegan left his home in Omaha and headed for Southern California with only the F-150 he drove, a credit card and his dirt bike, dreaming of becoming the next big thing in Motocross. That 1989 Ford truck carried him and his dreams halfway across the country and to an entirely new life – the one he pictured growing up in the heartland.  In the 17 years since Deegan has become a recognized innovator of FMX, one of the most decorated X Games athletes and an icon in action sports.  He’s not done yet. Deegan is now looking to take that same competitive fire to four-wheel motorsports and again looks to Ford to help him get there.

Deegan’s partnership with Ford Racing announced today will allow him to race Fords in multiple action motorsports platforms, including the Ford Raptor in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series, Global RallyCross Championship and at X Games 17 in Los Angeles.

“I’m a Ford guy – always have been – and I’m really excited about working together. In order to be successful as a racer I need to be with the best,” Deegan said. “When you think of racing, especially off-road truck, Ford has dominated, and there is nothing I’d rather be behind the wheel of.”

Ford has been working on a new engine technology that will be offered in its 2011 F-150s next year that off-roaders will find interesting. It’s a cool concept that is being put to work – it involves the combination of both direct fuel injection and turbocharging in the rear-wheel-drive F-150. The EcoBoost engine options are offered in 4-cylinder and V6 options, and in early 2010 a V6 EcoBoost option will be available on the F-150. The F-150 will also be available with engine packages that include the 3.7-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. As Ford notes, “This marks the most extensive engine makeover in the 62-year history of Ford F-Series.”