Cooley-Off-Road-Lucas-Oil-7-2-13Geoffrey Cooley is back on the top of the podium taking the victory in round 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. After finishing third in the points championship and taking the Rookie of the Year title last season, Alumi Craft racer Geoffrey Cooley was looking to make a serious run at a championship in 2013. He started off with a podium and a win but then hit a spell of bad luck. He has been running solidly in the top 5 but that’s not up to his standards.

“Our Competitive Metals / Alumi Craft has the latest technology. With great support from Jackson Motorsports Group, MasterCraft Safety, Impact, Redline Performance, BFGoodrich Tires, Harmon Racing Cells, McDowell Transaxles, FOX Racing Shox, USA Wheel, ProAm, Brink Designs, CBR, Kartek and Bink Designs we expect to be out front,” says Geoffrey, “We started the season out strong but we had some bad luck. Our strategy has changed; we have to go all out for the win.”

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11The series is now at its halfway point, and a lot is going on in the minds of the drivers and crews of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO. For some, the choice may be to start throttling back, going for more certain solid points finishes that will help preserve the high positions they’ve gotten up to in the points. For others, the more appealing option may be to go for the gusto, to try and score big as they try to make up ground they lost in the early going. And for a select few, the choice will be to go for it despite their good standings; to continue to hold the hammer down. Why slow down when going fast has been working so far? No matter the approach, it all made for great racing here at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, as the crowd was treated to one of the most enthralling, and in some cases controversial, afternoons of racing in recent memory. The drivers really put on a show, and the fans voiced their approval with enthusiasm that was louder and more positive than this reporter has ever seen at a short course race.

Following a very successful first edition of night racing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, it was time to do it all again tonight. After a somewhat hot afternoon turned into a terrific balmy autumn night yesterday, today’s weather was off to an even better start, with a nice cover of clouds keeping the heat at bay, and in response to the improved conditions, fans packed the stands early to come out and see the top drivers in the sport of short course off-road racing. Tonight marked Round 14 of the 2012 championship, and for some drivers, there was the very real possibility of wrapping up a championship title with a full round of competition left down at Firebird next month. For others, the evening’s events would play a pivotal role in keeping them in the thick of one of a few different close championship chases, and for everyone, there was the prospect of having a strong showing in front of a great crowd. In case you missed the evening’s proceedings, read on and find out what happened.

Junior 2 Kart
Junior 2 Kart got things started in a great way, with Hailie Deegan grabbing the early lead in her #438 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil kart, followed closely by Dylan Winbury, Darren Hardesty, Parker Steele, and Jeremy Davis. On lap two, Parker Porter moved his #461 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats machine up to fifth in turn one, with Steele then making a nice inside pass on Hardesty at turn six to take over third in his #449 Racer X Motorsports/Martori Farms kart. Early on lap three, points leader Winbury then grabbed the lead from Deegan in his #469 Famous Stars and Straps/Black Rhino entry, with the top three then beginning to pull away from those behind as the race approached the Competition Yellow. As the field bunched up behind the Pace UTV, it was Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty, and Porter in the top five, with Travis PeCoy then moving his #411 Fox Racing Shox/Hoosier kart past Porter for fifth on the restart lap. On lap eight, Porter got back by PeCoy, just before the two touched side to side coming out of turn two. The two were sent into half spins to either side of the track, as Broc Dickerson came through to take over fifth in his #423 Black Rhino/Racer X Motorsports truck. At the white flag, it was now Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty in the #456 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Kar Tek Off Road kart, and Dickerson in the top five, and the top three once again had a gap over those behind. In a cruel twist, Winbury then slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, victimized by a mechanical failure within only a handful of corners of the finish line. Deegan took the lead, and after hounding Winbury throughout the race, her consistency paid off as she picked up her first-ever win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Hailie! Second place went to Steele, with Hardesty taking third, Dickerson fourth, and after an early race collision, it was Jeremy Davis who came back through the field to finish fifth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine.

Fans packed into the grandstands at Glen Helen Raceway last weekend for the latest rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) where veteran off-road racer Rob MacCachren was looking for an unprecedented 200th career victory.

The weekend started with qualifying of Friday, which was used for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s night races.  MacCachren has an uncanny knack for qualifying exactly where he needs to be to put his  ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS truck at the front of the Pro2 Unlimited field.  At the last round of LOORRS racing in Utah MacCachren started on the front row and led from flag to flag.

Colorado Springs, CO – The Lovell Racing team is proud to announce their return to the Traxxas TORC Series Presented By AMSOIL. 2012 will mark their 3rd year chasing the Pro-Light championship and best shot at accomplishing their mission. The season starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be aired live on Speed this coming Friday night, April 20th.

“We are here to win the championship,” driver Brad Lovell asserts, “We struggled to gain a foothold in 2010, we proved ourselves in 2011, and now its time to produce. We have the resources of a top tier team, we have the expertise, and we are focussed. No excuses.”

Brad’s confidence stems from assembling a firm foundation of sponsors and dedicated crew. Longtime supporter AMSOIL has committed to a 3-year title sponsor agreement that firmly roots the team in TORC short course racing. Nissan is bolstering support with Lovell joining teammate Chad Hord as a Nissan factory backed driver. The team also welcomes Lincoln Welders to their pit and shop. BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, 4 Wheel Parts, Spidertrax Off-Road, Motive Gear, Fox Racing Shox, TrailReady Wheels, and a host of other loyal supporters rejoins the team for 2012. “Our team is about being the best,” explains Brad, “We’re not about validating second rate products. We use the best, have developed associations, and are proud to represent the premier brands in off-road.”

Luck may have allowed Rob MacCachren the top starting position for this past weekend’s 26th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, but it was Rob’s impressive driving skills and the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety team that put him at the finish line first.  Any advantage that MacCachren was hoping to capitalize on by starting out front was taken away by Race Mile 4 when a spectator constructed booby trap resulted in a flat tire that let six competitors pass while MacCachren’s co-driver, Cisco Bio, was performing the tire swap.  So much for clean air! It took 50 miles for the patient veteran to regain five of those positions in his No. 20 Jimco-built Trophy Truck campaigned under the MasterCraft Racing banner with the support of Rockstar Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires and Fox Racing Shox.

“By the time I saw the booby trap I knew it was unavoidable and I just hit it causing the left front to go flat,” remarked MacCachren after the race. “The first 20 or so miles of San Felipe are just brutal on the truck’s suspension, I knew I had to push harder than normal earlier in the race to make up for the downtime during the flat. I couldn’t have done that through the whoops if it wasn’t for the Fox Racing Shox Cactus Coolers.  We tried out the coolers last year here in September and they worked great.  I wish I could say they are my secret weapon, but unfortunately for me anyone can buy them these days!”

Held along the Sea of Cortez in picturesque Baja California, Mexico, the 2012 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 was the third of SCORE International’s five race desert series. The course traversed 248 miles of sandy washes, deep silt beds, and incredibly rough rocky terrain that caused the steering on the No. 20 truck to lock up around RM100, but Rob and Cisco kept their cool and were able to recover with minimal downtime.  At that time only one truck, driven by 2011 Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin, was in front of Rob Mac.  At RM 178 MacCachren took the physical lead back and held it all the way to the finish line, where he beat the next fastest vehicle by over four minutes for a time of 4:25:03 and an average speed of 56.29 miles per hour, besting even the top two-wheeled finisher.

“I guess that good things come in threes,” MacCachren joked after the race, referring to his third straight victory in San Felipe.  Last season he won the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in 4:17:45 and the SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions in 4:12:21.  The veteran off-road racer has also previously won three Borg Warner Cup short course races in a row and three straight short course championships from 2008 to 2010, and now three straight desert races in San Felipe.  MacCachren earned his 48th career SCORE class win, his 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win along with his eighth class win including fourth SCORE Trophy Truck and overall race victory in the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Feli pe 250. MacCachren is now tied with Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst with the most race wins in the 18-plus year history of SCORE’s premier class.

MacCachren’s MasterCraft Racing teammate Robbie Pierce finished tenth out of 23 Trophy Trucks in SCORE International’s premier class and 14th overall.  Pierce started 15th off the line and was running strong until his No. 30 Impact by MasterCraft Safety Jimco Trophy Truck lost the rear brakes, costing the team 20 minutes in the main pit at RM 124.  After resolving the brake situation Pierce had to weave his way through race traffic for the second half of the race, but he still had a few issues.  “We saw Andy McMillin in Azufre Wash and waved as we went by, but the off-road gods must not have thought it was very funny… both rear tires got flats in the next mile!” Pierce jokingly recounted at the finish line.

MacCachren is now first in season points heading into the Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 on June 1-3 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. For more information regarding this and other SCORE events visit www.score-international.com. MacCachren also starts the short course season this month with the first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) event at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix on March 31st and April 1st and the TRAXXAS The Off Road Championship (TORC) series on April 20th and 21st at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Be sure to follow all of the team’s latest developments throughout the 2012 racing season in the desert and short course via social media by “liking” Rob MacCachren at www.facebook.com/21RobMac and sending a friend request to Robbie Pierce at http://www.facebook.com/robbieTT30. For the latest is cutting edge safety products follow Impact and MasterCraft Safety on their Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/impactsafety and
www.facebook.com/mastercraftsafety.

Captivating thousands of fans who lined the race course of the 43rd SCORE Baja 500, FOX Racing Shox racers dominated the top three spots on the podium among the elite SCORE Unlimited Trophy Truck class.  SCORE Trophy Trucks are the top class in desert racing featuring 800 horsepower racing across the desert at incredible speeds.

Las Vegas racing phenom, Bryce Menzies, driving the Red Bull #70 truck, was the overall 4-wheel winner after 452.84 miles of racing.  Menzies finished in 9 hours, 4 minutes and 52 seconds, followed closely by one of desert racing’s most feared competitors, Rob MacCachren, driving the #20 Rockstar Energy Drink Trophy Truck.  Last year’s winner, Andy McMillin, driving the McMillin Realty-BFGoodrich Tires Truck took third.
All three racers are FOX athletes competing at the top of their game with the ability to win races at anytime.

Fox Racing Shox put together a press release to celebrate its success in the SCORE series over the past few years. For the eighth time in a row at a SCORE desert race, FOX Racing Shox earned the top spot among the elite SCORE Trophy Truck class.

With victory at the 2011 San Felipe 250, Rob MacCachren continued the winning ways of SCORE Trophy Trucks equipped with FOX Racing Shox. Baja 1000 Champion, Andy McMillin started the FOX winning streak at the 2009 SCORE Baja 1000. Joining McMillin and MacCachren in the winner’s circle over the past two years are Jesse Jones, Gustavo Vildosola, and Bryce Menzies.

Check out the video below:

Shingle Springs, CA – After a first place overall podium finish and winning the UTV1000 class at Round 1 of the Valley Off-Road Racing Association (VORRA) series, Jon Crowley seeks to DOMINATE Round 2 in his Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx 4×4 UTV.

The 2011 season is shaping to be a great season, as Jon holds the early points lead going into this weekend’s second short course race of the year at Prairie City OHV Park.  The 7-round series consists of 4 short course races and 3 desert races including the only 24-Hour Endurance race for UTV’s.

When asked about the 2011 VORRA season he commented, “This season will be tough and rugged. With a combination of short course and desert races, my Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx will be on its game, and the rest falls into my hands at the wheel.”

Jon Crowley is proving that his Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx is possibly the most versatile UTV in the circuit. His 999cc equipped MONSTER features a +4″ Funco Suspension set-up accompanied by Fox Racing Shox 2.0 DSC’s, which allows him to run and WIN in the same vehicle throughout the year.

Jon explained, “Where others have dedicated vehicles for short course or desert, we’ve found the right combination to be BETTER and FASTER in the same vehicle all year long. The Funco suspension is truly an all-around system that only requires some fine adjustments on the Fox Racing Shox. Muzzy’s Performance power is pushing me to the front, and no matter how much power I throw at them, the Pit Bull Tires keep on grabbing!”

This weekend’s race at Prairie City OHV Park, just outside of Sacramento, will be challenging, but the Crowley Off-Road Racing team knows that the Monster Energy Kawasaki Teryx will be tough to beat. Follow and stay tuned to www.CrowleyOffRoad.com for the latest results, photos, and videos.

Watsonville, CA – FOX Racing Shox announced today that Larry L. Enterline has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company following the planned retirement of Bob Kaswen. Mr. Kaswen, who was the Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2008 and Chief Executive Officer since 2008, will remain active with the Company as a consultant.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed helping FOX Racing Shox achieve so much over the last eight years. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team of professionals and I look forward to continuing with the company in an advisory capacity going forward,” said Kaswen. “The appointment of Larry Enterline represents the culmination of a year of planning with our board of directors and senior management team as I have sought to take a step back and spend more time in support of my family. In Larry we have found a strong leader and manager who will build upon our historic successes,” Bob went on to say.

Most recently, Larry L. Enterline served as Chief Executive Officer of COMSYS Holdings, Inc. from which he retired in April 2010 after the sale of the company to Manpower, Inc. Prior to joining COMSYS, Mr. Enterline served in a number of senior management roles with Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. from 1989 to 2000, the last of which was corporate senior vice president for Worldwide Sales and Service.

“I am excited to be able to join such a dynamic and growing company. Bob Kaswen and the FOX team have built an industry leader and I look forward to working with them and taking the company to the next level,” said Enterline on his appointment to the role.

About FOX Racing Shox
For over three decades, FOX Racing Shox has been the industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for ATVs, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Offroad trucks and cars, Snowmobiles and UTVs. In 1974, Bob Fox started racing his products in motocross and they haven’t stopped racing since. FOX Racing Shox equipped vehicles and racers have stood atop podiums in every sport they have competed in — from the sands of Baja to the dunes of Dakar. FOX’s team of engineers perform rigorous tests with their athletes year round, and the data FOX collects from performance testing and the application of that knowledge to their products is what separates FOX Racing Shox from every other suspension company. World Headquarters are in Watsonville, CA with its Offroad Division in Santee, CA. FOX Racing Shox distributes its products in more than 40 countries.