Kawasaki-Villopoto-Supercross-4-8-13AURORA, Ill. (April 8, 2013) – Despite winning the title in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the past two seasons, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has never experienced the sort of dominance he’s carrying in to Saturday’s first visit to Minneapolis since the 2008 season. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will be the sight of the 14th race of the championship, which will signify the highly anticipated return of the world’s fastest riders to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

Broadcast coverage of the 450SX Class can be seen via next-day coverage on CBS, beginning at 12 noon EST. Coverage of the 250SX Class can be seen on SPEED at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Media day is Thursday, April 11, from Noon-2:00 p.m., featuring Red Bull KTM riders Ryan Dungey, a Minnesota native, and Marvin Musquin. Additionally, MyPlash/Metal Mulisha/Star Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin, a Minnesota native, will be on hand.

Corona, CA – CBS Sports Spectacular and CBS Sports Network will air marathon coverage of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this weekend on Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16.

Starting with CBS Sports Spectacular on Saturday at 1:30 PM (EST) the action kicks off with Round 10 of Lucas Oil Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited truck racing from Glen Helen in San Bernardino, CA.

You won’t want to miss the exciting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat off excitement that the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series consistently delivers. The Glen Helen Rounds were held under the lights and all the drivers put on a great show with spectacular racing and even more spectacular carnage.

Fort Mill, SC – August 1, 2012.  The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) will go under the lights for this weekend’s round 9 & 10 action at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.  After a month away from competition, team GT is looking to triumph over the daunting track and add to the win column in the second-half of the 2012 season.  Known for its natural terrain, this track’s huge jumps and technical obstacles combined with a field full of determined drivers, is certain to provide lots of door-to-door unrest.

LOORRS champion Carl Renezeder will vie for two more wins to hit the century mark while up-and-comer Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy is knocking on the door of his first career win in LOORRS SuperLite action.  In Hagy’s second year of LOORRS competition, the Metal Mulisha member has certainly demonstrated the tenacity, prowess and knowledge needed to succeed in a series that is notoriously taxing on even the best of drivers.  We visited with Hagy and asked him about Glen Helen, his goals, and Renezeder, here’s what he had to say:

Corona, California – Metal Mulisha Exhaust by Gibson Performance hits the market hard with all new sound and style for Jeep JK owners, ’07-present 2 & 4 door models.  Each Black Ceramic coated system bumps up the decibels with a throaty tone, and features Metal Mulisha Stainless Steel Skull badges wrapped around HUGE dual 5″ rear-exit exhaust tips! All Metal Mulisha Exhaust exhaust systems are manufactured for hassle-free installation, Made in the U.S.A, and finished with Gibson Performance’s commitment to their customer by including a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Brian Deegan, Metal Mulisha’s founder and decorated X-Games & multi-talented racing champion commented, “The Metal Mulisha Exhaust brings the motor to life and makes it fun to drive! That’s why all my vehicles and race trucks run the Metal Mulisha Exhaust!”

Corona, CA – (June 8, 2012) The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 2 class will do battle for the first time at the newly constructed, state-of-the-art Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. Catch all the racing coverage on CBS, June 10th at 2:00pm ET. Included in the coverage is a unique “behind the scenes” segment shot from the perspective of the competitors, capturing the top driver’s candid commentary on their controversial rivalries, strategies and mindsets.

The Pro 2 teams arrive at this third stop of the series ready to take on one of the most challenging, state-of-the-art short tracks in the history of four-wheeled off road racing. The Rockstar Energy Drink Southern California Shootout presented by E3 Spark Plugs, pits the top drivers against both their fellow racers and the highly technical track. Obstacles such as the “Matterhorn”, an enormous tabletop jump that will launch the drivers side-by-side 120 feet through the air and the 100+ mph straightaway are just two of the hazards they will have to negotiate every lap.

Nighttime off-road racing is back in southern California, as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, makes its triumphant return to the legendary Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. This is the home of off-road racing, and the once-a-year excitement of a packed house enjoying the balmy summer night and the hot action on the track make this race a fan favorite. With expectations high, the drivers didn’t disappoint, as they put on a performance that will keep those who played witness talking for a week. In case you missed it, read on to find out what so many got to enjoy.

Limited Buggy
A massive swarming beehive of a Limited Buggy field rolled out next, and was about to put on a great show as the day faded into night. Dave Mason grabbed the early lead in his #365 B&R Buggie/SR Performance AlumiCraft, with Curt Geer, Zac Hunt, Quentin Tucker, and Bradley Morris in hot pursuit. A brief full-course caution was thrown to allow crews to pull Kyle Lucas’ car off a barricade, and after the restart, Mason and Geer were still running first and second, with Sean Kennedy now third, Hunt fourth, and Geoffrey Cooley fifth. As a whole host of drivers jockeyed and crashed back and forth in a battle for third, Mason and Geer moved clear of the carnage in a close race for the lead. Following another full-course caution, this one for a rollover by Jeff Richards, the restart lap helped Tucker to move into third, with Hunt still fourth, and Bruce Fraley now fifth, as Mason and Geer still headed the field. The top two continued to battle, and after getting alongside Mason but failing to grab the lead, Geer made his move stick on the following lap, grabbing the lead after the briefest of contact coming out of turn two. Behind them, Hunt was now up to third in the #334 Speed Energy/BDI Bowden Development, Inc. AlumiCraft, while Fraley’s evening took a turn south as he rolled in turn two. Fraley’s misfortune moved Geoffrey Cooley up to fifth, and at the competition yellow, it was Geer in the #385 Green Army/Gatorwraps.com Lothringer, Mason, Hunt, Tucker in the #377 General Tire/Fox Racing Shox buggy, and Cooley in the #322 Competitive Metals/Fat Performance AlumiCraft running in the top five. On the restart lap, Mason dropped several spots after going wide in turn two, with Hunt also falling back after he and Tucker got together between turns four and five, which sent Hunt off the track. Tucker didn’t get away without incident, either, as he looked to have a flattening left rear tire. Tucker did well to keep driving despite his malady, and managed to maintain his second place, while up ahead, Geer was free to fly to the victory, his third of the year. Tucker took second, with Mason third, Lindsay Geiser a very impressive fourth in the #395 CANIDAE/Geiser Bros Design and Development Geiser, and Morris fifth in the #304 Lucas Oil/K&N AlumiCraft.

Pro 4 Unlimited
With all the stadium lights now shining bright, the monsters of Pro 4 Unlimited thundered out on track. After a six-position inversion of the qualifying results, it was Curt LeDuc and Greg Adler, filling in for the injured Travis Coyne, who started up front. Adler’s first foray into Pro 4 Unlimited started as well as it could have, as he took the early lead in his #5 ProComp/Lucas Oil Ford, ahead of Curt LeDuc in the #43 Rockstar/Makita Ford, Adrian Cenni in the #11 Atrium Payroll/Maxxis truck, Rick Huseman in the #36 Monster Energy/E3 Spark Plugs Toyota, and Todd LeDuc in the #4 Rockstar/Makita Ford. On lap four, Kyle LeDuc out-drove his brother Todd into turn three, moving up to fifth in his #99 Rockstar/Makita Ford. Ahead of them, Huseman also picked up a spot to take over third from Cenni. On the following lap, Huseman picked off Curt LeDuc to take over second, and on the lap after that, he easily out-charged Adler through the rhythm section, nosing ahead and into the lead into turn three. As Huseman began to quickly pull open a gap over the competition, Curt LeDuc’s truck suddenly slowed near the start/finish line, which caught out Cenni who rear-ended him before managing to get by. This allowed Kyle LeDuc to move into third, with Cenni now fourth and Todd LeDuc fifth. Huseman continued to pull away from those behind, and had a good gap over second-placed Adler by the competition yellow. With the UTI Toyota pace truck picking up the field, Kyle LeDuc drove by and into the hot pits to fix a flat tire, dropping him to the back of the pack. At the restart, it was Huseman, Adler, Cenni, Todd LeDuc, and Carl Renezeder in the top five, with Adler getting shoved wide at turn two, dropping him back to fifth. Huseman still held the lead, with a fierce battle for second going on just behind between Cenni and Renezeder. As Renezeder tried every move in his repertoire to get past Cenni, Huseman’s lead suddenly looked tenuous, as wisps of smoke began shooting intermittently from the back of his truck. Cenni and Renezeder seemed to smell blood, and started to close the gap on the leader as the smoke began to come out in bigger puffs. Huseman kept his cool, though, and as the smoke output began to level off, his lead evened out as well. Behind him, Renezeder was still trying his best to grab second place, and on the final lap, he made a great outside-inside pass on Cenni through turn three to grab the spot, much to the delight of a packed house. Up ahead, Huseman got back to his winning ways after a very unusual (for him) four-race winless streak, as he picked up his fifth of the season. Renezeder came home second to keep a good lead in the points, with Cenni taking third, Todd LeDuc fourth, and Adler a fine fifth.

Sparks, Nev., July 5, 2011 – The Valley Off Road Racing Association announced today that Master Pull, the world leader in synthetic ropes and recovery gear for off road, military and commercial fishing, has signed on as title sponsor of the July 14-17 USA 500 in Sparks, Nevada.

The four-day event will be called the “Master Pull USA 500″ and include static vehicle exhibits, driver autograph sessions, tech and contingency in downtown Sparks, live music, motocross demonstrations including riders from the Metal Mulisha, the area’s first outdoor enduro-cross time trial, a 529-mile off road race on Saturday, July 16 and a 219-mile motorcycle race on Sunday, July 17.

“We want this to be a ‘must do’ race for off road racers around the U.S. and provide maximum exposure and interaction with the public,” said VORRA Race Director Wes Harbor. “Master Pull shares our vision for creating something new and exciting and we’re proud to have them on board as title sponsor.”

In addition to serving as title sponsor, Master Pull will be demonstrating their products with the enduro-cross course and rock crawling exhibitions in Victorian Square.  They will also unveil the newest Master Pull Recovery Vehicle.

“The USA 500 is the perfect race for us and in VORRA we’ve found an ideal teammate,” said Master Pull Off-Road Director Alex Riedo. “Although we sponsor several racing vehicles including the Hall Racing USA Rally Truck, and have provided equipment and recovery support to events such as King of the Hammers, we’ve been searching for an organization and event that mirrors the quality and professionalism of our product line.  VORRA’s innovative approach to off-road racing is setting them apart in the sport as is the excellent value they provide their racers.”

To learn more about the event, view the course map and register online, go to http://www.vorra.net.  Follow VORRA on Twitter at @vorra_racing .  Get USA 500 updates via Twitter using the hashtag #USA500.

About Master Pull
Master Pull is the world leader in synthetic rope technology.  Our vehicle recovery products are the strongest, lightest, and most durable in the industry.  We differ from a growing field of pretenders in that our products are built to withstand the harshest environments, heaviest loads, and are meant for repeated and constant use.  Our vast equipment line provides a product range that addresses specifically the needs of recreational four wheelers, professional racers, and tactical vehicle recovery required by the military.  Whether you are looking for a winch line, a kinetic recovery rope, winch accessories, or you have a custom application in mind; we can provide you with the highest quality rope for the job. For more information call 877.797.0202 or visit us online at http://www.masterpull.com.

Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 and has operated as a family-oriented organization for over three decades.  It is currently led by Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages” and continues to keep the entry fees to a minimum while maintaining a high quality racing experience. For more information, visit http://www.vorra.net or call 877-418-6772.

June 17, 2011 (Sparks, NV) – Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) today released a schedule and map of the new USA 500 off-road race for 2011. The event debuts in Sparks, Nevada at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino. The 529-mile race, which includes a 155-mile loop, starts and finishes in Fernley, NV and takes racers Northeast near Lovelock, NV over a mix of BLM and private land, including sections VORRA has used over its 36-year history.

“We’ve put together a course that includes pipeline & power-line roads, technical sections and good amounts of wide open terrain that allows racers to peg their top gear,” said VORRA Race Director Wes Harbor.  “We’ve also tailored the course to require fewer chase crews to manage race support for a race of this length.”

The four-day event begins Thursday, July 14 with a display of off-road race cars on Victorian Plaza in downtown Sparks with crowds visiting the popular Evening in the Plaza and Farmers Market getting a sneak preview to the motorsport invasion.  Later that same evening, the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame hosts a fundraiser showing of the desert racing documentary “On Any Sunday” at the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno, NV.

On Friday, July 15, the all-ages event moves into “Fan Appreciation Daze” with race registration, technical inspection and contingency on Victorian Avenue. Racers will push their cars along the street, lined with exhibitors and vendor booths offering food, souvenirs and race merchandise. A freestyle motocross demo featuring members of Metal Mulisha and live music will fill the air with excitement for spectators and participants.

“We’re leveraging our experience with last year’s Xtreme Outlaws 250, doubling the length of the race, incorporating entertainment and more public participation this year,” said Harbor. “Our goal is to build the USA 500 into one of the ‘must-do’ races in the country.”

The USA 500 reaches full speed on Saturday, July 16, with the first cars leaving the line at 9 a.m. With up to 21 hours to complete the distance, teams will be prepared for day and night racing in the high desert of Nevada.  However, during the day, back at Victorian Plaza, VORRA will also host rock crawler demos and Pro & Expert riders in the two-wheel classes will compete in an Enduro-Cross showdown to qualify for early starting positions in the following day’s line-up.

The event continues on Sunday July 17, with a first ever VORRA motorcycle stage. Riders will have a 200-mile desert chase with a 100% pro purse to round out the festivities at the first USA 500.  The day closes with the post-race awards ceremony at the Nugget.

To learn more about the event, view the course map and register online, go to http://www.THEUSA500.com and follow VORRA on Twitter at @vorra_racing.  Get USA 500 updates via Twitter using the hashtag #USA500.

Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 and has operated as a family-oriented organization for over three decades.  It is currently led by Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages” and continues to keep the entry fees to a minimum while maintaining a high quality racing experience. For more information, visit http://www.vorra.net or call 877-418-6772.

According to a post on the Metal Mulisha site, Jeff “Ox” Kargola passed away today while riding his dirt bike with friends and family outside of San Felipe in the 2011 Rip to the Tip ride. According to the post on MetalMulisha.com, Kargola was attended to by medical personnel on site and was transported via helicopter to the San Felipe hospital where he passed away due to his injuries.

He passed early this afternoon with his best friends Cameron Steele, Ryan Hagy, Chad Peebles, Ryan Cropley, Rich Niggemann, Mark Moss and Trigger Gumm.

Kargola was a two-time winner of the SCORE San Felipe 250 (most recently this year at the 2011 race with teammate Colton Udall), winner of an AMA District 37 night race last year, competitor in the 2010 X Games (where he competed  in Step Up) and recent winner of Round 2 of the Super Lite class on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

“Words can’t express the emotions I am feeling. I love Jeff like a son and he was riding with all of his best friends he grew up with in San Clemente,” said Cameron Steele.

The Metal Mulisha site noted that more information will be released soon on arrangements for Jeff “Ox” Kargola. Kargola was 27 years old and lived in San Clemente, California.

Source: Metal Mulisha

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.”