glen helenRaces are often won or lost at the start but it’s also very easy to get tangled up with other racers who are fighting for the holeshot.

4-Wheel-Parts-Ultra4-Glen-helen-5-26-16More than 100 ULTRA4 cars are expected to return to Glen Helen Raceway for the 6th Annual 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix. This will be the second race of the 2016 ULTRA4 Trail-gear Western Regional Series. Many of the cars expected to compete also raced in the 2016 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by 4 Wheel Parts. ULTRA4 drivers are competing for a $10,000 purse.

Top drivers are expected to be in attendance including former Kings of The Hammers. Drivers are not only racing for podium positions but also points towards the Nitto National Championship.

Sheldon-Creed-lucas-oil-8-28-13Sheldon Creed and the OCCR crew headed North to Reno, Nevada for what is without a doubt one of the most extreme tracks that short course off-road racing has ever seen.  The Wild West Motorsports Park hosted Rounds 11&12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and pushed “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed to his limits in the quest for a 2013 Pro Lite Championship.

Heading into Rounds 11&12, Sheldon Creed sat in the third place position for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship points battle directly behind the 2012 Pro Lite Champion RJ Anderson and 2011 Points Champion Brian Deegan.  Creed looked to leave his mark in Reno after a not so favorable Round 10 at Glen Helen Motorsports Park just one round ago.

After qualifying first in his group for Round 11, Creed started on the second row behind Pro Lite powerhouses Brian Deegan and Casey Currie.  Shortly after the green flag dropped, Creed got tangled up with a few other trucks and was immediately set back multiple positions.  Brushing off this minor setback, Sheldon regrouped and began his charge back up to the front of the pack.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11SPARKS, NV – Defending Pro 4 Unlimited Class Champion, Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires, swept Rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series last weekend at the Wild West Motorsports Park near Reno, NV.  LeDuc’s 900+ horsepower #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 proved unstoppable as he made his way through the thundering field of short course race trucks on the 1.2-mile track to win on both Saturday and Sunday.

During Saturday’s Round 11, he posted a fastest lap at 81.273-mph; and then returned with an even faster 82.542-mph in Sunday’s Main Event.  This is his third consecutive win, having won Round 10 at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, CA in July.  LeDuc has now captured six podium finishes in 2013 (three second-place and three first place wins), as he pursues a repeat of his 2012 championship.  Kyle LeDuc attributes much of his success to his Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.

piplic-polaris-off-road-sxs-8-14-13Minneapolis – Polaris Racing’s Ryan Piplic, in his RZR XP 900, took the checkered flag this past weekend at the WORCS race, at Glen Helen. The win was the first of the season for Piplic who has three second place finishes on the year.

The win, moved Piplic into second in points for the class and has three Polaris Racing team members at the top of the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron took fourth and is still in the points lead. Polaris/Blingstar Racing’s Nick Nelson and his RZR XP 900 is sitting in third place for the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing/Loan Mart/Walker Evans RJ Anderson finished off the podium and is currently sitting in fifth for the series.

The Production 1000 class was dominated with RZRs and saw Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his Holz Racing RZR XP 900 take the checkered flag. Robert Mowrer and Michael Gonzales in their RZRs finished second and third.

The Production 700 Class has been dominated by RZR 570s and this race was no different with the top four spots occupied by the vehicles. Polaris Racing’s Cody Rahders finished second and sits third for the series.

The next WORCS race is Honey Lake, in Milford, Calif., Sept. 13-15.

Fouch-Lucas-Oil-Off-Road-7-25-13San Diego, CA – Noah Fouch is aiming for the stars in the next Lucas Oil Off Road Racing event at Glen Helen International Raceway. Rounds 9 & 10 will mark the start of the second half of the 2013 season. The ProLite division is stacked with talent and the top dogs have all marked their territory by collecting points and earning top ranking for a championship.

Noah Fouch is aiming his #52 Ford ProLite Truck for the stars and will be racing to claim the top finishes at this critical juncture in the season. Noah is a level-headed high school senior and he believes to know exactly how to achieve the best results. “Right now, I am just outside the top 5 and my heaviest competition is in the way. Our goal all along has come down to finishing consistently and ending each race with some solid points. I have proven that I can run in the top five every time I’m on the track. It is time to step it up and aim for the podium. My team is super focused and the truck is dialed running the best it has ever been. I think we will have the extra edge needed to chase down the leaders and break the top three. At this point in the season, my mind is set on winning and for me and my team that is worth the extra risk.  I’m going to keep my eyes on the big prize and I plan to be in the top three at the end of the weekend.”

Corona, CA – A broken foot isn’t going to stop factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder from claiming his first championship of 2012. The X Games medalist recently suffered a season-threatening crash at Glen Helen that caused him to sit out the Cahuilla Creek round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS). But the Canadian is going to tough it out this weekend in Montana to claim the AMA West Hare Scrambles number one plate at the Kenda Big Sky XC presented by Klim.

“I had a scary get-off at Glen Helen,” Graffunder recalled. “I had a mid-air collision with another rider and crashed hard and basically smashed the ball of my foot. I had surgery on it a few weeks ago and just got the pins out last week.”

Bradley Morris put in a dominating performance at rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Shortcourse Series held under the lights at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, California. Morris, who competes in three classes including Modified Kart, Limited Buggy and Prolite, took three wins on the weekend and lead every lap of Prolite racing.

His victory in the Limited Buggy class was just a bonus when compared to his back-to-back wins in Prolite. Bradley held off a huge field of talented Prolite drivers who did everything they could to catch him. “There were so many yellows in round nine I had to fight hard to stay ahead of Casey Currie and Brian Deegan the entire race,” said Bradley, “I would pull out a slight lead and then someone would cause a yellow and they would be right back on my bumper. Having Danny (Ebberts) on the radio was a huge help. He let me know where everyone was and what they were doing behind me.” Bradley ran his own lines paying no heed to the pressure put on by Currie, to take his first win in the Prolite class. Currie, also on King shocks, finished second.

Nitto Tire-sponsored driver Nick Nelson navigated his 4×4 to the top of the heap to win from behind at last week’s 4 Wheel Parts Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix.  Nelson was five minutes ahead of second place, completing 23 total laps in the 2.5 hour brutal endurance race.

The 4 Wheel Parts Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix is an annual short course motorcross event that pits drivers and teams against a variety of terrains and obstacles including hill climbs, off-road service roads and tracks with plenty of high speed runs.  The track is a 3.5 mile loop and this year’s competition included 34 total drivers. Nelson started the race in fifth place but immediately after the start, a fellow driver made contact to Nelson’s truck causing an unscheduled pit stop that had Nelson in last place after the first lap.  Nelson had to battle his way through all competitors – through dirt tracks and hill climbs – to reach first, hold on and ultimately win the race.  Nelson used Nitto 37×12.50R17 DOT TRAIL GRAPPLER tires for the race.

“We’ve been trying to make this happen for over a year now,” says Nelson. “My crew did an amazing job today, getting the car put together real fast after the early set-back. The Nitto tires worked awesome today, I beat them to death and they performed well the whole time. I’m proud to bring home the 1st place victory for my crew and all my sponsors.”

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The Team of Colton Udall, David Kamo and Ryan Dudek powered their Eric Siraton-prepped Honda CRF450X to a dominate win at the Glen Helen 12 Hour last Saturday.

The course layout consisted of 10 miles of Glen Helen’s finest terrain; the National MX, REM, Lucas Oil, SRA- tracks and the surrounding hills. Many single track trails, made for a more technical loop, keeping lap times around the 18 minute mark for the lead bikes. Dust and lappers would be a factor also, as passing was had to be negotiated carefully through the tighter terrain.

The green flag dropped at 7:30am and JCR boys started off strong, battling for the lead for the first lap of the grueling endurance event. Bike #1 quickly took control of the race with in the first hour and set their sights on the checkered flag. A consistent ride and with the help of the awesome JCR Race Support pit crews, the bike only had to stop for planned maintenance, fuel and rider changes. At 7:30pm the checkered flag flew as the sun was setting and the JCR crew had logged in a total of 38 laps for their third consecutive Glen Helen 12 hour victory!

“We really enjoy endurance racing. It’s what we do! The strategy, the planning, the effort our crews and racers put in, the racing itself, just makes a fun environment. Glen Helen does a great job with these events and we congratulate Lori, Gary and Ron for hosting a fun event for all dirt bike enthusiasts to take part in. I am proud of the JCR Team for making such a solid effort. We are looking forward to the 24 hour in September; Glen Helen has teamed up with District 37 for the event and should bring a lot of great teams to compete. Big thank you to our partners: American Honda, Chaparral, Fly, General Tire, Lucas Oil, Truth MX, Dunlop and all our associate sponsors.” — Johnny Campbell