Caselli-Hare-Hound-Champion-8-26-13Panaca, NV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli wrapped up his third consecutive AMA National Hare & Hound Championship one round early at the ninth round of the series held in the Nevada desert.

This round was unique from the other Hare & Hound races as it was ran as a point-to-point race instead of the typical multi-loop race. This meant that the riders started at one point and raced to the final point at the finish while their pit crew chased them along the way for support.

Caselli took the holeshot off the start and began to stretch his lead. “My bike started up right away and I was able to get a good jump off the start,” stated Caselli. “I rode a smart race, and luckily, made no mistakes. The course was very well marked for this event which allowed me to continue to pull out front.”

As the top off-road racers gather to take on the challenging second half of Best In The Desert’s 2012 6-race race season, racing icon Robby Gordon holds the overall, and Class 1500 points lead with 300 points in his bright orange RPM, Geiser Bros. truggy. Gordon leads the General Tire sponsored Class 1500 unlimited car of Mike Childress sitting in second overall and in class, with 273 points.

The Trick Truck standings are even closer with Mark Weyhrich and Steve Sourapas tied at the top with 242 points each. They are followed closely by Gordon’s RPM teammate, Juan Carlos Lopez with 238.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Off-road racing fans and adrenaline junkies alike don’t have to wait till Sept. 18 to catch a glimpse of the 2011 General Tire Mint 400 madness. General Tire is releasing a heart-pounding teaser on YouTube that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Directed by the Martelli Brothers and produced by Mad Media with executive producer Dana Zamalloa at the wheel, the less than two-minute clip will give you just a taste of this year’s grueling desert race. But it’s bound to leave you hungry for more

Don’t miss a minute of the action. Tune in to Fuel TV to see the race from beginning to end on Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET; Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET; Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET; and Sept. 29 at 4:30 a.m. ET. October and November airing schedules will be announced at a later date.

This year, Team General Tire crushed the competition, sweeping the podium in Las Vegas March 26 – the first sweep at the Mint 400 since the ’80s. ‘Ballistic’ BJ Baldwin unleashed his fury, taking first overall and first in Unlimited Truck. He was followed by father Bobby Baldwin in second overall and second in Unlimited Truck, and by Mikey Childress and Rob Sims, crossing the line at third overall and first in Class 1.

RENO, NV – SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 - The Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV this weekend has two Torchmate Racers JT Taylor and Jesse Haines on course. Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems is the Title Sponsor of the Ultra4 Stampede, after being a primary sponsor of the “Lucas Oil on the Edge” 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers TV Show and supporting an entire team for the Ultra4 series.

The Ultra4 Torchmate CNC Stampede takes place in the heart of Reno, NV, Torchmate’s hometown.  “We are glad to be able to support the whole series, but are especially proud to be title sponsoring an event that is in our backyard,” said Torchmate General Manager Bill Kunz.  “This is one of the toughest races in the series next to the King of the Hammers, which puts it right up Torchmate’s alley.”

Torchmate Racing teammates JT Taylor and Jesse Haines will put their cars to the test on the brutal track across the Nevada desert. JT Taylor, Torchmate Racings General Manager, will be driving the #13 Torchmate Racing TTB car and Jesse Haines, a Torchmate Fabricator, will be driving his rear steer #4499 car. Both drivers are already qualified for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers.

The Torchmate CNC Stampede will be September 7-11, 2011 hosted at the Grand Sierra Resort and Exit 28 Motorsports Park.  For more information go to www.Ultra4Racing.com.

In only his second season racing in Best In The Desert’s unlimited ranks, Garrick Freitas has made his presence known by winning the TSCO Vegas to Reno race.  Winning in desert racing’s premier Class 1500 and coming in 2nd overall out of 298 vehicles in the longest off-road race in America was anything but easy though.  Freitas was still harboring demons from last year’s Vegas to Reno event.  In 2010 Garrick was running at the front of the pack when he cart wheeled his Jimco Champion less than 100 miles from the finish line.

Knowing that in order to finish first, first you must finish, Garrick took a more conservative approach to this year’s race.  This philosophy netted him a starting position of 26th from Friday’s qualifying, well back from his 9th place qualifying position at last year’s race.  Even that did not cause him to deviate from his game plan though, and the Tulare, California resident knew that he had to remain patient to overcome not only the 38 other Class 1500 competitors vying for the win, but also the 549 miles of brutal Nevada desert.

Irvine, Calif. – Lasher Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Mike Lasher blasted across the Nevada desert in his Kawasaki Teryx™ to finish third in the Bilek Racing Silver State 300. Located 180-miles north of Las Vegas, Nev., near the town of Alamo, Round 2 for the UTV class of the Best in the Desert series proved to be a high-speed, action-packed race. The 305-mile course consisted of tough desert terrain packed with every type of obstacle imaginable. From wide-open fire roads to tight rocky mountain-trails, this diverse course even included two water crossings. Although the sky was clear and sunny, the weather was freezing cold the morning of race day, with temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The demanding race’s combination of speed and jagged terrain would take out two of Lasher’s tires and a wheel, before the end of the race. After almost eight hours speeding through the desert, Lasher and his co-driver outran 13 other UTV teams to finish on the podium in third place.

Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight
Since the last BITD event in Parker, Ariz., Lasher made some significant upgrades to his Kawasaki Teryx to ensure he would have the edge over the competition coming into the Silver State 300. Among the upgrades included a Muzzy-built motor, Billett King’s new rear-brake kit, EPI tuned clutches, PRP podium seats, and a fresh tuned XMF long-travel kit with Walker Evans shocks. The improvements paid off as Lasher finished the race in less than eight hours, despite having to repair two flats and a punctured wheel.

With the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 just around the corner, a new video chronicling the career of iconic dirt bike racer Johnny Campbell is being released. The documentary film entitled True Champion: The Johnny Campbell Movie, is directed by Ryan Ray and narrated by Troy Adamitis telling the story of how Johnny Campbell evolved from a young rider into a multi-time desert racing champion.

The movie by Seven Films talks with family, friends and competitors about Campbell’s career, but it also features other well-respected dirt bike and truck racers Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Johnson, as well as some conversations with the late, great Bruce Ogilvie. The video features plenty of racing action that ranges from  remote deserts and beaches in Baja to the scorching heat of the Nevada desert, showing just how much stamina and courage is required to pilot a race bike at speeds over 100 mph.