Jean, NV – The much-anticipated 2013 HDRA race season got underway with a thriller at the South Point Vegas 250 outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The frigid air on race morning did nothing to cool off the heated racing that took place out on the 62 mile long course. The course covered sandy washes, high-speed open desert and rocky mountain passes. The challenging layout had a little bit of everything to test drivers across the spectrum from the UTV’s to the blazing fast Trophy Trucks and unlimited Class one cars.

The fastest truck at the finish was Cameron Steele who took his Yokohama, Monster Energy, Lucas Oil Trophy Truck to the overall race victory. “My co-driver Tom Geviss and I knew we were going to be running a crazy fast pace,” said Cameron Steele, “We started on the first row next to the reigning HDRA Trophy Truck champ Ruben Ledezema and had BJ Baldwin and Brandon Arthur right behind in row two. We got out front on lap one and kept it on the pipe as the crew gave us constant updates, we knew BJ and the rest would be charging. We had a truck capable of running a torrid pace all day but when we were told BJ had mechanical problems, we backed off a little on the last lap. It was a great day in the desert for our team.

Capitalizing on a 10-year relationship with Lincoln Electric, Robby Gordon Motorsports has embraced the new addition to the Lincoln family and welcomed Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems onto Planet Robby. Gordon, who has acquired the Torchmate Racing built TTB car for the upcoming Griffin King of the Hammers event, will begin testing the rebadged Speed Energy #77 car this week and he has tasked rock crawling champion and former Pirate4x4.com owner, Lance Clifford, to navigate. “Although I have not yet met Lance, he has come highly recommended and is a welcome addition to our team. We put a lot of value in having the right people to help us succeed,” said Gordon. Clifford, who has worked during KOH the last 4 years providing live web based coverage, is looking forward to racing. “I was just planning on enjoying the event with my family, but when the best off-road driver in the world calls you up and asks you to navigate you don’t think twice about accepting.”

The new relationship will put Torchmate CNC cutting systems to work in both Robby Gordon Motorsports North Carolina and Southern California facilities, and will see Torchmate as an associate sponsor of Gordon’s new venture into Ultra4 racing as well as his current SCORE Trophy Truck and Dakar off-road programs. “We’re excited to work with Robby Gordon and it’s a perfect fit with Torchmate philosophy on racing and business,” said Bill Kunz, general manager of Torchmate. “The same Torchmate machines the general public can purchase will be put to good use at the hands of Robby Gordon Motorsports,” Kunz added.

Watsonville, CA, March 3, 2011 – FOX Racing Shox sponsored rock racer, Shannon Campbell, wins his second King of the Hammers, becoming the only driver to win the race more than once since its inception four years ago.

Campbell charged through the treacherous Mojave Desert, overcoming obstacles that stopped other drivers dead in their tracks, to take the crown with an impressive 31-minute lead over the rest of the pack. Shannon Campbell shook his head in disbelief, smiling and said, “It’s good to be The King once again. You really cannot believe the beating these shocks take during a race. I could not have done it without FOX Racing Shox’s superior suspension technology and factory race support.”