As a little kick-off to the start of the short-course off-road racing season beginning this weekend in Arizona for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, check out this pairing of All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum as he gets behind the wheel of Bryce Menzies’ trophy truck.

While in Phoenix for spring training, baseball world champion and All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum took the opportunity to meet up with 2011 TORC Series PRO 2 class champion, SCORE Trophy Truck champion and Dirt Sports Driver of the Year, Bryce Menzies, at Firebird Raceway.

While out practicing for the upcoming short-course off-road season, Menzies and Lincecum were able to meet up just prior to the start of the short-course season and baseball season. After suiting up, Lincecum went for a wild ride in Menzies’ 800-horsepower #1 Menzies/Red Bull Trophy Truck. After the tutorial with Menzies, Lincecum climbed into the driver’s seat, where he proved that throwing a baseball isn’t his only talent.

The immensely popular Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. With thousands of off-road enthusiasts traveling to Southern California for the weekend of wheeling and fun. The Tierra Del Sol event was put on by the 4-Wheel Drive Club of San Diego, and aside from the packed vendor area and the massive raffle on Saturday night, the event was a giant success. Even the new off-road park was abuzz with off-roaders testing their new rigs, setups, or trying to tackle some of the more challenging obstacles.

Aside from all the events at the main base camp, trails were packed with Jeeps, trucks, side-by-sides and even the occasional dirt bike. Off-Road.com was on hand to capture some of the action. Check out this video with a few highlights from a perfect off-roading in Southern California.

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The popularity and buzz surrounding the King of the Hammers has reached a height none could have seen coming.

The 2012 edition of the race saw a new champion crowned by the end, as Maryland resident Erik Miller showed that the East Coast rock-crawlers have what it takes to tackle the brutal Hammer course.

More 2012 King of the Hammers Coverage:

Erik Miller Wins 2012 KOH

2012 KOH Photo Highlights

Video: First-Ever King of the Motos

To get a glimpse at all that encompasses this unique event, check out Off-Road.com’s highlight video of the race below:

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MEDINA, MN (Jan. 9, 2012) – Polaris Terrain Domination is not restricted to the snowbelt, as snocross racer and snowmobile freestyle champion Levi LaVallee proved on New Year’s Eve when he soared 412 feet, 6 inches, on a Polaris IQ® Race Sled to set a new world record for snowmobile distance jumping.

LaVallee soared to the record during a Red Bull-sponsored event staged at Embarcadero Marine Park in San Diego. LaVallee flew across the park’s salt water channel alongside motocross rider Robbie Maddison, who flew 378’, 9”.

LaVallee’s jump was actually the longest in the history of all motorsports categories as it beat the current motorcycle jump distance mark of 390’, 4”, set in 2008 by Ryan Capes. LaVallee’s previous snowmobile jump record of 361’ was already far beyond the record jump distances for ATVs (176’, 11”) and cars (332’).

After successfully landing the epic jump on the race-tuned Polaris sled, LaVallee was understandably ecstatic. He hadn’t just covered 412 feet, he had completed a year-long journey of recovery from injuries suffered in a practice crash in December 2010.

LOS ANGELES—Racing all season long with a maturity level well beyond his years, Las Vegas rookie Bryce Menzies closed the books on the 38th year of Sal Fish’s SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series, relishing in his first season in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck racing division by earning the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point championship by one of the closest margins in the 18-year history of the sport’s most spectacular racing class.

Menzies, just 23 years old, will receive his awards Saturday in SoCal at the Atrium Hotel, located adjacent to John Wayne airport in Irvine, during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration honoring the 2011 SCORE Desert Series point champions, the winners of the 2011 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards and the 21 winners of the 2011 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. A total of 497 racers competed in the 2011 season, covering 1,762.02 dusty, dirty, grinding and grueling desert racing miles during the five-race season.

The 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 is nearly in the record books. SCORE officials say 278 racers took the starting line for the 44th running of the 1000. Although race results are unofficial pending SCORE data tracking review, racers for many of the premiere classes have already crossed the finish line.

Andy and Scott McMillin earned the overall four-wheel win and Trophy Truck victory with a time of 14:51:36 (hours, minutes, seconds), holding off the first Trophy Truck team of Nick Vanderwey, Larry Vanderwey and Curt LeDuc off on corrected time by 1 minute, 35 seconds in second place. Finishing in third place, and earning the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship for the 2011 season, is Bryce Menzies, who drove with Ricky Johnson for the race. Menzies and Johnson finished 2 minutes, 27 seconds behind Vanderwey.

Finishing first in Class 1 and earning the SCORE season championship at the same time was the 149 Green Army Motorsports buggy of Justin Davis, who finished 10th overall with a time of 16:17:55. Ronny Wilson earned second place finishing just under 10 minutes behind Davis at 16:27:31. Third place in class went o Brian Parkhouse with a time of 17:16:13.

The 2011 SEMA Show has come and gone, but the drooling over amazing cars, trucks, Jeeps, part and girls continues.

The industry-only SEMA Show always highlights some of the newest and coolest products available – or ones not yet on the market. The project vehicles are amazing and/or border on ridiculous, and there’s no shortage of concept cars, jaw-dropping paint jobs or beautiful women to catch your attention.

The off-road market looked especially strong at SEMA this year, taking up quite a bit of real estate on the show floor. The new JK Jeep Wrangler was all over the show floor, but so were project builds of Toyota Tundras and Tacomas, Ford F-150s and Broncos, Dodge Rams, Chevys and more.

In only his second season racing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) highly contested Pro Lite Unlimited class, No. 19 Corey Sisler has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.  Already earning five (that’s right, FIVE) podium finishes this season, fans aren’t the only ones taking note of Sisler’s skills on the track.  Corey recently landed a deal with AEM, manufacturers of high quality air intake systems and innovative vehicle electronics.  “Corey is exactly what the future of off-road racing is all about. He is young, talented, and dynamic driver,” explained Kirk Miller, AEM’s VP of Sales and Marketing.  “The fans love to watch him race and we are extremely happy to have him as a part of the AEM family of professional racers. We have supported a lot of racers and help ed them launch their careers; Corey clearly has a bright future in short course off-road.”

Hailing from Temecula, CA, Corey started off racing in the ultra-competitive world of shifter carts and racked up lots of local wins. He quickly moved to asphalt oval racing, then dirt oval racing, to motocross, and now short course racing.  The 23 year old is currently seventh in season points, sitting between Casey Currie and Kyle LeDuc; impressive in only his second season of racing.

RENO, NV: JT Taylor, Team Manager for Torchmate Racing, took the win at the Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV on Saturday September 10th. The 130 mile Northern Nevada race boasted as the hardest Ultra4 race yet by promoter Dave Cole, even tougher than the King of the Hammers, makes the win even stronger.  “This is a huge deal for Torchmate and this win is a long time coming for me.  We knew we couldn’t let off and had to run a fast and consistent pace because there were 45 quality racers chasing me down… so, this is a big frickin deal,” said JT Taylor at the awards ceremony Saturday night as the crowd of racers cheered.

Qualifying second behind Shannon Campbell, Torchmate Racing JT Taylor felt confident in the car and the starting position to have a good day.  “The TTB car performed perfectly and the crew was on the top of their game.  We had a plug wire issue on the beginning of lap two so we ran the 17 mile loop and ducked back into the pit,” said JT Taylor.  The crew attacked the car led by Crew Chief Jake Povey who found and fixed the problem and they were back out of the pits before the 2nd place car came through on the first lap.

Officials with RallyCar, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally in North America, celebrated the closing of the 2011 Rally America National Championship with a festive awards ceremony at the beautiful Sunday River Resort. It was a fitting ending where fans, teams and organizers enjoyed food and music while the sun set over the looming ski trails.

It was a dramatic season that returned the Championship crown to Subaru after a dramatic battle all year with Mitsubishi Rockstar’s Antoine L’Estage, the Super Production Class made rally history with the inspired campaign of Travis Hanson, and another Team O’Neil Rally School instructor, Wyatt Knox, dominated the 2WD Class.

RallyCar honored the season’s accomplishments by presenting the year-end trophies to the new recipients in front of a physical and online streaming audience.