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.

RENO, NV - Roger Norman was in the front pack for the entire 2011 SNORE Mint 400 finishing 3rd in the Trophy Truck class, 5th overall. After a qualifying run that had everyone talking, the #8 Crystal Bay Casino trophy truck took the second starting position.  Norman maintained the second place position for the first lap, gained the lead in the second lap but then fell back to finishing third after an hour long on course repair.  “It was rocky and dusty and tires played a huge role in the race, our BFGoodrich tires really withstood the beating,” said Roger Norman.

Qualifying on Thursday was fast and a wild ride. Norman glided the #8 Crystal Bay Casino Trophy Truck at the notorious jump with a little bit of a rough landing.  “We landed in a hole and G’d out.  It took out the front bumper so we slowed down a little bit to not cause any additional problems.”  He qualified second fastest at 4:06.5, between fastest qualifier BJ Baldwin and father Bobby Baldwin.

The Mint 400 was a four lap race, which meant that not only was a good start important, but that lap traffic would play a role in the final outcome regardless of position.  Roger Norman and co-driver Eric Branstrom started the race with the same strategy as last year when they started and finished First: to have no mistakes or issues and keeping a close eye on where everyone is in the race. The first lap and a half were solid and uneventful.  During the second lap, Roger caught up to BJ in the rock garden, slowed to give a bump to pass, but BJ took off.  “Not long after, BJ blew a corner and pelted me with rocks, we had to try and get the rocks out of the foot well that kept going under the brake and throttle pedal for over 90 miles, but more devastating was all the rocks that went into the engine compartment.  After another lap of jostling around, they started to destroy the belts,” said Norman.  “Belts are not easily replaced on these trucks, so it took about an hour for us to replace them.”  Once back on course he kept pace and tried to make up the downed time.  By the final lap, he was about an hour behind the winner, but still placed 3rd in the Trophy Truck class and 5th overall.

Roger Norman will compete in his first ever Rock Crawling competition this weekend with the Torchmate Racing Team at the W.E. Rock Western National in Tucson, AZ.

Photos Credit:  Mike Canter

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RENO, NV: Miller Lite presents the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Friday through Sunday, March 25-27, 2011. The Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo is one of four big shows that also includes the Reno Outdoor Sports & Recreation Expo, the Spring Home & Garden Show and the Reno Pet Show.  $10 gets you in the door for all four shows.

Tommi Ahval, a 2-time World Trials Motorcycle Champion, will perform multiple times each day during the show. Trails Motorcycle Riding requires balance and precision at jumping onto and off of obstacles while never allowing their feet to touch the ground.  This unbelievable skill combined with a playful interactive show makes it entertaining and exciting for the whole family.

On the Tuesday before the show, March 22, participants can 4wheel with the vendors on a “Mild to Wild” Fundraiser Trail Ride to help support the Blue Ribbon Coalition and their dedication to keeping our land open for use and protecting responsible recreational access.  Registration is $35 per vehicle, which also includes two event tickets to the Reno Off-Road Motorsports Expo, payable by check or cash at the Convention Center meeting place prior to leaving. Everyone will start on the same trail and then separate where “Mild meets Wild”.  Following the finish of the trail ride, participants will meet in Virginia City for a social gathering.

Reno has been a hidden mecca of Off-Road enthusiasts for years.  Additional features to the Reno Off-Road Expo include hometown legend Rod Hall’s #61 Chevy Silverado Rally Truck that has recently competed in the Baja1000, and be sure to bring your RC Rock Crawling car to test on multiple obstacle courses.  Local Off-Road clubs will share their incredible Nevada back-country adventures, trails, ghost towns, and their favorite fishing and hunting spots and over in the Outdoor Expo the Nevada State Parks will be presenting seminars on GPS, reading maps and compasses.

“The Reno Off-Road Expo has everything you’ll need for your next off-road adventure,” said show producer Al Lockett, “plus, combining all four shows into one weekend gives show attendees more bang for their buck with the low price of only $10 per person”.

The four show event will also feature Ph.D. Antiques Appraiser and part comedian, Dr. Lori, who will give FREE appraisals at the Spring Home & Garden Show; attendees are invited to be a part of the show and bring their antique to Dr. Lori. Splash Dog teams make waves with the fine art of dock jumping and dock diving, and you can even bring your dog to give it a try.  Bass Tubs of Oklahoma will have their 40 foot mobile aquarium to give fishing demonstrations on bass fishing techniques and the Reno Pet Show brings the Pug Parade on Sunday, March 27th at 2 p.m.; pug owners are encouraged to register early and enter their best friend online at www.Lockettshows.com. Hear the velvety smooth voice of country singer Joseph Greco and his tribute to country legends, Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves; auditions in search of the next Johnny Cash Tribute Star will take place on stage with Joseph Greco everyday—register for an audition online at www.LockettShows.com.

Roger Norman will add to his repertoire of off-road racing competing in the 2011 W.E. Rock West Series with the Torchmate Racing Team.  “I am really excited to be able to learn and participate in the rock crawling series,” Norman said.  “Being able to be a part of the Torchmate team is great, it allows me to have a solid chance at learning from the best, in a proven machine.”

Torchmate Racing Team is naming Norman as their Pro-Modified Rock Crawling featured driver for 2011.  “After seeing how he seemed to be really excited about King of the Hammers and rock crawling, I think it is a good fit for everybody,” said Bill Kunz, Owner of Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems.  “It certainly shows Rogers dedication to the sport of offroad racing and to all the other competitors.  I just hope that he doesn’t get discouraged at first.  It is hard in the beginning, but I know he will be able to pick it up quickly.”  Torchmate Racing will completely prep and maintain the rock crawler at their facility in Reno, NV.