Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie was all-in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in his No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, contending for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship. With some intense racing, and a couple of set backs, Casey drove hard and pushed through to finish the weekend strong, with one race remaining in the season—his final chance to put it all on the table.

Qualifying 10th after some steering issues on Friday, Casey was down, but not out. Saturday’s race would again challenge the team with some set backs and thus yield a less than stellar finish, only to turn up the team’s focus and motivation to push even harder for the win on Sunday.

“We had a great truck today,” noted Casey of Saturday’s race. “I started 10th and quickly made my way through the field. We got all the way up to 4th and lost brakes when a rock broke a brake line—very disappointing, but out of our hands.”

Game-face on for Sunday, Casey knew he had to break through traffic and move through the pack to prevent the front-runners from gaining too much ground. Casey succeeded, moving from 13th to 3rd before the competition yellow tightened the pack back up. Once in the number 3 position, Casey managed to hold off fellow Monster Energy driver Cameron Steele until Steele made a pass at turn one after battling door-to-door with Casey on the front stretch. Casey would stay on him but cross the finish in 4th.

“Starting from 13th we had our work cut out for us,” Casey reflects. “We made our way through the field as fast as possible getting up to 3rd. We had some great battles and we have the truck working very well. There is some homework to do, but come time for Firebird, we will be ready.”

Off-track and back in the pits, fans stopped in to get a picture with Casey and the No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, many admiring the full-sized “Huseman #36” signage on the hood in memory of fellow Monster Energy driver Rick Huseman. Miss Magnaflow Exhaust’s presence also brightened up the pit area as she signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Casey’s hard driving and skill overcame the weekend’s obstacles and advanced him to 5th in championship points in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series. He will make his last stop of the season at Firebird Raceway for the final round of the Lucas Oil Championship and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup. Catch him December 10-11 for the action at Firebird Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

Irvine, Calif. — WIDE OPEN Racing, the racing arm of the adrenaline-filled off-road adventure provider WIDE OPEN Excursions, took a remarkable second, third and fifth place finish in the Class 10 Racing Division this weekend at the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

With all three of its entries finishing this year’s 500 event, WIDE OPEN Racing continues to extend its 100% finishing record over the past five years.  Since 2005, Team WIDE OPEN has entered a total of 62 cars in the Baja 500, Vegas to Reno, and the ultimate off-road test – the Baja 1000 and every one finished its race.

WIDE OPEN Racing pulled off this impressive feat in their Subaru powered four-cylinder Baja Challenge tour cars outfitted in race trim.  Team WIDE OPEN put two cars on the podium in the Class 10 division with car #1007 driven by Pete Pigott earning second place and car #1008 driven by J. Allard in third. Close behind, car #1006 driven by Christian Hammarskjold finished in fifth position.

WIDE OPEN’s race vehicles are dubbed Baja Challenge Cars, which are purpose-built off-road race cars with Subaru EJ-25 engines, 4 speed manual transaxles and custom double A-arm suspension that provides more than 18” of wheel travel. They are capable of speeds in excess of 95 MPH and have racked up over 4,000,000 driving miles in the Baja over the past 11 years.

Sponsors include; BF Goodrich, KMC Wheels, EIBACH Springs, Magnaflow Exhaust, Royal Purple, Fox Racing Shocks, and Snug-Top.

“We are extremely thrilled with the performance of the WIDE OPEN cars, drivers, and support crew again this year. Team WIDE OPEN congratulates all three teams on their incredible finishes,” said WIDE OPEN’s Race Operations Manager Nick Johnson. “The Baja 500 is a mental and mechanical challenge and is one of the world’s ultimate proving grounds for both driver and vehicle.”

If you’re an avid off-roader and you want an exhaust system, chances are you have run into some issues making some setups fit. Magnaflow recently introduced a new product that we had a chance to check out at the 2010 SEMA show designed to address this issue call the Off-Road Pro-Series Exhaust (ORPS) that is specifically designed to work on trucks and Jeeps with heavily modified suspension.