As the dust settles on another great year for the General Tire TROPHYLITE Race Series a new champion is crowned. The apple didn’t fall too far from the tree in the Messer family and Troy Messer is living proof.  Troy takes the rein as champion from his father Gary Messer who was our 2011 General Tire TROPHYLITE Race Series Champion.  We saw some of the best and closest racing in the 2011 season for the TROPHYLITE R-4 class and it brings us yet another champion to add to the coveted list of winners.

The racing at the Best in the Desert Transit West Ford Henderson 250 was great and started out with some tight battles for the lead early.  The Championship battle going into this event was between Troy Messer and the team of Steve and Joe Hengeveld.  An early electrical problem caused an early retirement for the Hengeveld team.  This was a shock to everyone since the Hengevelds have finished every race they have entered since joining the TROPHYLITE family.  “We always finish races, this is just not who we are” commented Joe Hengeveld when asked about the problems they encountered.

Troy Messer crossed the finish line first in class and won the race and that was exactly what he needed to clinch the championship.  At the finish line Troy was interviewed.  “First I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I also want to thank everyone on the Messer team and everyone from TROPHYLITE for an awesome year of racing.  Its great to win and get the championship.  I know my dad and my team will be excited. ”  commented Troy when asked about his win.

With the close of another great season for the General Tire TROPHYLITE Race Series we set our eyes on the future.  The 2012 race schedule will be one of the toughest in the history of TROPHYLITE and teams will have to endure 3 of the longest and toughest races in all of off-road racing.  Look for some new teams in the TROPHYLITE family for 2012 and some great racing.

2012 General Tire TROPHYLITE Race Series

Race Schedule

Round 1

Best in the Desert

Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker “425”

February 3 – 5

Location: Parker Arizona

Round 2 **Bonus points

Best in the Desert

General Tire Mint 400

March 23 – 25

Location: Las Vegas Nevada

Round 3

Best in the Desert

Canidae Tap It Silver State 300

May 4 – 6

Location: Mesquite Nevada

Round 4

Best in the Desert

General Tire “Vegas to Reno”

August 16 – 18 (race on Friday)

Location: Las Vegas Nevada – Reno Nevada

Round 5 **Bonus points

Best in the Desert

Blue Water Desert Challenge

October 12 – 14

Location: Parker Arizona

Round 6

Best in the Desert

Transit West Ford Henderson “250”

November 30th – December 2nd

Location: Henderson Nevada

**** 2012 General Tire TROPHYLITE series championship will be calculated on the best 5 of 6 races for each participant

CHANDLER, AZ – The TROPHYLITE teams have been battling all season for the coveted title of 2011 General Tire TROPHYLITE season champions.  With Messer and Hengeveld leading the pack into round 4 the points battle is tight and the championship is up for grabs.  With only 2 races left in the year this event is critical for all of the teams.

Even with the tight points battle this season the teams continue to grow for TROPHYLITE.  The addition of 2 new trucks from the Sourapas stable will be at Parker to compete for the first time.  New comers Brett and Christian Sourapas will battle with the TROPHYLITE teams in the desert surrounding the Blue Water casino.  We can look for another new comer to the TROPHYLITE family in Gary Dircks.  Gary formerly raced in the Trick Truck class and after taking some time off will be racing for the first time in his TROPHYLITE at Parker also.  This marks the most new teams at a race for the TROPHYLITE family in quite some time.

In addition to the battle we will see for the TROPHYLITE R-4 teams Jim Riley will also be back for the 2nd race in the all new TROPHYLITE R-8.  The all new V-8 powered truck just came off a win at the Vegas to Reno off road race and will be on display all day with the TROPHYLITE tech and contingency team outside of the Blue Water casino on Friday.  Come check out the next generation of spec class race trucks and get in on the action.

TROPHYLITE is a spec off-road race truck that has its own General Tire TROPHYLITE race series for the off-road community. The TROPHYLITE trucks are spec trucks which means that all of the trucks must use the same parts and are heavily regulated to keep the costs in line. TROPHYLITE has been building and running the race series now for about 3 years and just crowned their most recent series champion Gary Messer. For more on TROPHYLITE please visit

CHANDLER, AZ – July 24, 2011–  TROPHYLITE™ teams have raced the General Tire TROPHYLITE race series in some of the closest racing we have ever seen in this 2011 championship season.  With wins from Hengeveld and Messer the points race is close as we head into the darkness for the next event.  The KC HiLITES Midnight Special.  The race will be held in Primm Nevada near the Nevada and California state line.  Primm has been home to many off-road races over the years and provides some of the roughest and most challenging racing in the desert.

Look for very close and competitive racing that will start with the teams Technical Inspections on Friday July 29 mid day and the first round of races that evening.  Teams will have to rely on their KC HiLITES to navigate the night time races starting at 10:00 PM.  This unique event will be held over 2 days of racing and the final results will be a combination of the 2 days finishes by the teams.

Steve and Joe Hengeveld are looking for another win to try and win the championship for the 2011 season and steal the crown from the defending class champions the team of Gary and Troy Messer.  After a commanding win at the General Tire Mint 400 the Messer team knows what they need to do to try and hang on to the championship for this new year.

In addition this will be the first event that will showcase the TROPHYLITE trucks with the upgraded engine program that was introduced into the rules just after the General Tire Mint 400 just several weeks back.  The new 2.4L engines will be restricted with a restrictor plate for the rest of the 2011 season to ensure equality in the class.  At the close of the year the teams will be permitted to use the new 2.4L engines with no restrictions to bring the overall engine performance up by nearly 20% overall.

Join us in Primm Nevada for the excitement.