Lucas-Oil-Loanmart-5-2-13Las Vegas, NV – The LoanMart Racing Team underwent a major expansion in 2013 adding Austin Kimbrell’s Pro2, Corry Weller in Pro4 and Oscar Rodriguez, RJ Anderson and Ryan Beat in the Prolite class. The entire driver line-up has years of racing experience but it is also a season of firsts for the team. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Rounds 3 and 4 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway showed what they are capable of when they are firing on all cylinders.

After qualifying eighth for round 3, Corry Weller took her first Pro4 podium of the season by holding off a hard charging Eric Barron for the third spot. While Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder were fighting for the lead, Corry was in a tense battle; banging doors for two laps with Barron. The poise and determination she has demonstrated throughout her racing career was once again on display and her truck was hooked up despite the punishment. The crowd went crazy when she beat Barron to the line.

For Austin Kimbrell the first rounds of the series have been filled with frustration. In pre-season testing, he was very fast in his LoanMart Pro2 but ill-timed driveline issues have taken him out of the running on raceday. In round 3, he lost a motor causing his crew to work through the night to prepare for round 4 qualifying. The hard work paid off when Austin took the truck out and qualified third for Sunday’s race.

Loanmart-Lucas-Oil-4-26-13Las Vegas, NV - LoanMart racing rolls into the Las Vegas Motor speedway for rounds three and four of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Rounds one and two were a mixed bag of results for the team, Austin Kimbrell was sorting out his new Pro 2 in competition. He ran fast but had teething problems that held him back in both rounds. In Pro 4, Corry Weller had only rear drive in round one and then was limited to front drive only in round two but persevered to finish both races.

In Prolite, RJ Anderson put the team on the board with a victory in round two. Ryan Beat had a dnf in round one but bounced back to post a solid finish in round two.

For Oscar Rodriguez it was his debut in the Lucas Oil series.  He posted a solid top ten in round two against a huge field of competitors.

Loanmart-Lucas-Oil-Off-Road-3-21-13Chandler, AZ – The LoanMart Racing team set out for the first rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Firebird International Raceway with new trucks, new classes and new challenges. Austin Kimbrell was back for another year of racing but in a new Pro-2 truck instead of his familiar Prolite from last year. Pro-2 is loaded with some of the best drivers on the planet. Not only does Austin need to get up to speed quickly but he has to do it against a long list of championship contenders.

He put in some very fast laps during testing the week before the race, so he felt confident coming into the race weekend. He qualified 13th Saturday morning just a few tenths of a second outside the top ten and had plenty more for the race. After only three laps, a power steering hose leaked fluid until the pump ran dry leaving Austin stranded without steering. “It was unbelievable, said Austin, “We ran 60 laps and the truck was fine. I’m not sure if the hose was nicked by a rock but it ended our race in a hurry.”

Anaheim Hills, CA – Although the first visit to Firebird this year wasn’t the way Casey Currie intended on launching the Lucas Oil season, the team pulled together to take 8 podium finishes this season. Entering the last race of the season 5th in points, and adding a 2nd place podium finish to the list, Currie would finish 4th overall in the Championship with 9 Lucas Oil podiums for the year.

“I am excited to finish off the season on a high note,” Casey stated. “We had many downs early in the year but finished strong at the end. I owe a huge thanks to my awesome team, family, and fans for all the support and success this year.”

Sunday’s cup race was the long awaited, no-holds barred race between Pro Lites and Buggies, all driving in a win-big or crash-big state of mind. Starting strong, and moving quickly from 14th to 3rd, 4 laps from the finish Casey would end in a tangle of trucks and a cloud of dirt and flying parts as RJ Anderson set up for turn 1 too early, crashing into the side of him mid-air. Sending Casey into a barrel roll side by side with Anderson, the two trucks rolled then flipped end-over-end, tangling with a close-following Brian Deegan.

Minneapolis, February 2, 2012 –Polaris comes into the 2012 race season with teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD) and Mud racing. Polaris also will continue to offer their ATV racing contingency program and has added a Side-by-Side contingency for the BITD series.

“Polaris is excited for another year of ATV and Side-by-Side Racing,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We had a great 2011 winning several championships and we expect 2012 to be another successful year.”

National Guard/Polaris/Coastal Racing
Polaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2012. William Yokley took the GNCC and WORCS championships in his National Guard RANGER RZR XP 900 and will look to four-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished third in the GNCC “Open Modified” class in his RZR XP and is back for 2012.

Rath Racing
Rath Racing is back for a third year to race the RZR XP in GNCC. Daryl Rath continues to dial in his RZR XP and will race the “Open Modified” Side-by-Side class.

Team Hendershot
Polaris has added Team Hendershot to their GNCC race team for 2012. Team Hendershot finished second overall in their RZR XP in the GNCC “Open Modified” class behind William Yokley. They will race the RZR XP for 2012.

Jagged X
Jagged X is back for 2012 for a run at the Best in the Desert championship, racing the familiar No.1919, with a newly built RZR XP 4.  Brandon Schueler, Chad Riccio, Blake Van de Loo and Mike West look to recapture the championship for 2012. Jagged X also has signed 2011 BITD Champion, Matt Parks to run with the team this year in a second RZR XP 4. Both new RZR’s will be revealed at the Mint 400, in March. Parks started the 2012 BITD series out on a high note winning the “Pro UTV class,” at the Parker 250, in January.

Walker Evans
RJ Anderson will switch gears this year and race the WORCS series with his new Walker Evans RZR XP. Anderson raced a few WORC races in 2011 and ended up winning the final race of the season in the “SxS 1” class. He looks to capture the championship for 2012.

High Lifter
Team High Lifter-Polaris Racing will be muddin’ on Polaris’ once again for 2012. Racers include Brian Haughton, Josh Monroe and Adam Schumaker and will race the Sportsman XP 850, Sportsman 550, RANGER XPs and RANGER RZRs.

Polaris Contingency
Polaris also will continue to offer an ATV race contingency program, in three ATV racing series, GNCC, WORCS and the Heartland Challenge, and has added a side-by-side contingency in the Best in the Desert Series. The total purse is more than $85,000. Racers must race 2008 or newer Sportsman XP 850 or Sportsman 550 ATVs for the ATV contingency and must run the Pro 1 class in a RANGER RZR product in Best in the Desert. More information and complete rules about Polaris’ racing contingencies can be found at www.polarisfactoryracing.com.

Riverside, CA 12/13/2011 - The 2011 off-road racing season ended in spectacular fashion for the Walker Evans Racing (WER) team.  Driver RJ Anderson clinched his very first UTV Unlimited Championship in the final rounds of racing at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) finale in Chandler, AZ at the always fun Firebird International Raceway.  It has been a long time coming for RJ and his #637 Walker Evans Racing /South Point Casino Polaris RZR.  Having competed in all 3 seasons of LOORRS in a UTV and seeming to always fall just a few points short of winning it all, it was really encouraging to RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team, and all of his sponsors to come out this year and dominate like he did.

“I couldn’t be happier right now. Our team has worked so hard to win this championship for more than a couple of years now, so to finally get it makes all the hard work and challenges we faced really worth it.  We had been battling against bigger and faster UTV’s for a couple of seasons so we were really excited when Polaris came to us with this new platform to compete with this season. The Polaris RZR XP900 is the best UTV on the market in stock form, combine that with our Walker Evans Racing team and products and now we have the Championship we have wanted for so long. I give a lot of the credit to Kevin Kroyer. We wouldn’t be where we are if it wasn’t for Kevin Kroyer and his Kroyer Race Engines that he built for our Polaris UTV.  He squeezed every bit of power he could out of these engines keeping us in front and ensuring that we always started and finished races.  This was our last year racing UTV’s at Lucas Oil so it was important to go out and win the championship, and thats what the team did and because of that I just couldn’t be more pumped than I am right now. I want to also thank each and every member of our team and every sponsor that has helped us along. South Point Casino is a huge part of our program in all classes and their support gets us here every round. Holz Racing Products for building and giving me one of the sweetest handling UTV’s ever built. Goodyear Tires for giving us the grip we need, Mastercraft Safety for keeping me safe especially in my big wreck during the opening rounds of racing at Firebird this season. Of course I need to thank Walker Evans Racing, they along with my Mom and Dad have provided me with this opportunity to go race and do what I love and for that I owe them more than words could ever describe.  Muzzys, K&N Filters, Dethrone Racing, Oakley, Utendorfer Design, UTVUnderground.com, Summers Brothers, and of course Polaris Industries, thank you to all of you for all of the parts, support, and encouragement all season long!” – RJ Anderson

The UTV Championship wasn’t all RJ and his team set out to accomplish in these final rounds of racing.  Anderson and team was also set to compete in the #37 Walker Evans Racing / Dethrone Racing / So-Cal SuperTrucks Super-Lite and go for the win in the BIG season ending Lucas Oil Challenge Cup race.  Not only did RJ put on what would be one of his best driving performances all year, but in the end he would check out from the competition and bring home a massive $10,000 pay day and the title of 2011 Super-Lite Challenge Cup WINNER! The racing all weekend was filled with carnage and mayhem.  This race proved to be much of the same with spectacular roll overs, 3 wide corner racing and door to door passing was all part of this amazing Super-Lite race.  In the end RJ would pick his way through the pack, take the #1 position and then proceed to separate from the rest of the competition.  You could tell from the podium celebration that this win meant a lot to RJ, his team, and of course his fans, which to no ones surprise, has a lot of them now!

“Racing in the Super-Lite series has been one of the coolest things I have ever been able to do.  The competition is fierce and the trucks are really close to one another in terms of spec.  I feel like I always get to compete against a star from some other world of action sports or racing such as Jason Ellis, Sunny Garcia, or the late Jeff “OX” Kargola which is always fun and brings more exposure and attention to the track.  Like UTV’s this was going to be our last year in Super-Lite at Lucas Oil so we wanted to go out in a big way.  Due to some mid season mistakes that I take credit for, we weren’t really going to be able to get back in the points although we were still in the top 3. But once that championship race was done on Saturday I was all about winning the Challenge Cup race, bringing home a check, the cup, and going out on top! To set that goal and accomplish it, well, there is a reason I can’t wipe this smile off my face right now! I want to thank as always, Dethrone Racing for coming on board and supporting our program, these guys came in and put there team behind me and its been a blast being a part of Dethrone Racing.  I want to also thank everyone at So-Cal SuperTrucks for all of their support as well, they have been here with us in Super Lite all year long and are always showing me and the team a ton of love and support.  Of course I have to thank South Point Casino, Utendorfer Design, Mastercraft Safety, Oakley, Goodyear Tires, K&N Filters, UTVUnderground.com, and last but not least Walker Evans Racing! Again, Walker Evans along with my Mom and Dad support me like no other and they are truly the reason I am here racing and able to have so much fun doing what I love to do!” – RJ Anderson

Before racing commenced in Arizona, RJ Anderson headed to Indianapolis, IN where he would attend the TORC Banquet and Awards Ceremony.  It was there that RJ would be awarded TORC Rookie Of The Year honors for the 2011 race season.  Just more icing on the cake for what has become the most exciting year of racing for the young RJ Anderson.  He was only a few points off a championship in the Pro-Lite class at TORC in his rookie season and it was great to see TORC take notice of his performance and reward him for it.

The 2011 race season was the most intense season of racing this young rising star has ever had.  RJ went from competing in one class in one series to competing in 3 classes in 2 series. Not to mention a few WORCS series races sprinkled in the middle where he would compete in another of his Walker Evans Racing / Holz Racing Poducts Polaris UTV’s (RJ would capture another win for his record at the final round of WORCS this year).  RJ has developed into one of the fastest rising talents in off-road racing and if his driving didn’t prove that then his stats certainly do!

Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Competed in: UTV Unlimited – Super Lite Championship – Pro-Lite
38 – Total Races
26 – Podium Finishes
10 – 1st Place WINS
10 – 2nd Place Finishes
6 – 3rd Place Finishes
UTV Unlimited CHAMPION – Super Lite Challenge Cup WINNER

TORC Off-Road Racing Series
Competed in: Pro-Lite
15 – Total Races
6 – Podium Finishes
3 – 1st Place WINS
2 – 2nd Place Finishes
1 – 3rd Place Finish
TORC Rookie Of The Year Honors – Pro-Lite Championship Runner-Up

Photo: UTV Underground

Lynden, Washington – With only two more Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event s remaining, RJ Anderson rolled into Las Vegas with his Holz Racing-built RZR XP 900 and the Walker Evans Racing team ready to defend his Unlimited UTV points lead. Anderson has shown impressive consistency during the 2011 season, winning five rounds and making the podium 10 more times. He had earned 252 points entering Rounds 13 &14, 18 points ahead of the second place racer.

Though Anderson was unable to score another Unlimited UTV win over the weekend, he did place second in both Saturday’s Round 13 and Sunday’s Round 14, claiming another 46 points and clutching a narrow 15 point advantage over second place for the series title. Looking ahead, RJ will compete at the LOORRS final event at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on December 10-11 with both eyes focused on the championship!

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San Clemente, CA – Casey Currie tore in to Cycle Ranch in Texas, ready to charge in his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, and ready to defend his 2010 title in the PRO Light class. After a high-energy weekend of top PRO Light drivers chomping at the bit for the Championship, Casey takes 4th in Saturday’s race, and ends an intense battle for the 2nd place podium spot on Sunday. Casey Currie proudly takes home 3rd place overall in the 2011 Championship and 7th in the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race.

Saturday and Sunday’s leaders were neck and neck; giving the fans the intense short-course action they came to see. Casey would move up to cross the finish line in 3rd place on Saturday, but after reviewing the lap counter, CJ was given the 3rd place position, putting Casey in 4th for the day.

“We had a great race truck all day, and starting on the 3rd row made it tough to get through traffic,” noted Casey, “but we have a great starting position for tomorrow’s race.”

Sunday’s race was an all-out fight, with Casey, RJ Anderson, and CJ Greaves battling in the top three. After a second full-course yellow regroups the field, Casey makes a huge acceleration on the back straight, and brings himself right on top of CJ and RJ battling for the lead. RJ Anderson is holding the lead with some bite in the turns, but CJ and Casey are out-braking him, keeping close behind. After taking the inside on Turn 5, and a little fender rubbing with CJ Greaves, Casey moves into 2nd. The two continue head to head, Casey taking turns on two wheels and hanging on to 2nd for the podium finish.

“That was a battle!” says Casey. “CJ and I battled the last couple of laps and I ended up in front of him. My truck was working well and I’m glad to finish 2nd today. We also wrapped up a podium spot on the year-end points which is a bonus for us.”

In the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race on Sunday, Casey was on fire! Starting off on the inside, Casey took the lead leaving CJ Greaves and RJ Anderson going at it for 3rd. Losing body panels, Casey remained well out front, at times by 12-15 car lengths. With only 2 laps remaining, Casey rides the outter burm of the sharp infield turn, and suffers a right rear flat—CJ Greaves jumping into the lead. Casey continues to push the Monster Energy General Tire Nissan but the flat will force him to pit. Casey gets back on track with a fresh right rear to finish 7th in the PRO Light Traxxas Cup.

“Starting on the front row I got a great start and had a great race going,” Casey explains. “I had a big lead ’till lap 14 where I hit a burm wrong, giving me a flat tire. I tried to keep racing but there was nothing I could do. Two laps short—but next year we are coming for the money!!”

Always charging hard and moving forward fast, Casey is also finishing up his 2011 season in the Lucas Oil Off-Road series, where he currently holds 6th place in the Championship. For Rounds 13-14, Casey hits Sin City, to put all cards on the table and see who comes out on the top of the heap. Catch him November 5-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

ABOUT TORC
The Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL, is the fastest, most punishing short course racing series on the planet! TORC events are packed with flag-to-flag fender banging as drivers push the limits over whoops and jump-filled natural terrain race tracks. Off-road racing fans come from far and wide to experience the most challenging form of high-octane competition. And once they taste TORC for the first time they’re hooked for life! For competition schedule and ticket information, visit TorcSeries.com.

Riverside, CA – RJ Anderson and Walker Evans Racing continue in their quest for multiple championships at the TORC and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’. First up was the TORC Series Rounds 3 &4 held in the famous Crandon Off Road Facility in Crandon, WI. Saturday’s Round 3 proved to be a challenge for RJ and team.  Despite a very strong V8 RAM engine tuned by Kevin Kroyer, a solid drive-train by Gear Works, and well tuned Walker Evans Racing Shocks RJ was unable to get the Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries / South Point Hotel V8 Pro-Lite on the box. RJ never having run the Crandon course before came out swinging, qualifying 5th in position and at one point doing well over 90mph in his Pro-Lite, something he had never done before leading up to this race. Unfortunately come race time the #37 would arrive to the gate late forcing TORC officials to put the #37 on the last row.  Despite the back row start RJ was already into 6th position by the first corner. It was there, the first corner of the first lap that the second place truck would lose control taking four trucks with him, RJ being one of them causing for a broken front coil carrier shock. RJ would limp his way around the track for a 12th place finish. Sunday would not allow for redemption as track conditions worsened with the weather causing TORC officials to call the round.  Redemption would have to wait until the team arrived in Utah for rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT played host to LOORRS for rounds 7 & 8 and despite its inviting, spacious, and very well maintained outside appearance the track inside proved to be a brutal battlefield for competitors of all classes.  The clay based track began to harden unlike any other LOORRS track competitors have raced on causing for carnage in the field and long days & nights for crews in the pits.  While other teams were taking their beatings RJ Anderson and his Unlimited UTV were taking checkered flags and forwardly solidifying his points lead in the class.  With a big win in Saturdays Round 7 and a solid 3rd place finish on Sunday (Round 8) “Mr. Consistency” as he is known throughout the pits continued his championship quest battling back from an early season wreck that would have put most teams out of contention all together.  Now RJ and his Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries RZR XP900 is clicking and have found their groove.  Now equipped with a new Polaris power plant built by Kroyer Race Engines RJ and his Unlimited UTV look to be the favorite of many to win the championship in a sea of Kawasaki’s. When asked of his new found power and developing comfort with his 2011 Polaris RZR XP900 UTV RJ Anderson had this to say:

“….it took me a little longer than expected to get to a point where I felt I could not only just compete but actually win again in UTV and the early season wreck at Firebird only set us back further. Last season we were down on power against the V-Twin’s we were running against but this year we have a little something for them to go along with some of the best suspension in the class. My Holz Racing Chassis, Walker Evans Wheels & Shocks, and our new Kroyer power plant has really made this Polaris RZR XP900 a ton of fun to race. I look forward to more win’s this year hopefully culminating in an Unlimited UTV Championship.”

While the story would end right there for most RJ still had another 2 classes he was competing in. Despite unforeseen mechanical and racing related challenges in his new V8 Pro-Lite he continued his consistent performance in the fan favorite Super-Lite Championship class. RJ Anderson without a doubt is a favorite to win a championship in his first full season competing in the Super-Lite class. RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team and Speed Technologies who host the series have worked really hard to put a solid truck under RJ each and every round leaving RJ to focus on what he does best, RACE!  Saturday RJ was competing for the win but got caught in a battle for 2nd with a couple of competitors.  RJ would hold strong and take the podium in 2nd place.  Sunday would be more of the same except RJ would be racing in a back up truck that he had previously never driven or had prepped by his team. Despite the adversity  RJ once again was able to put the #37 Walker Evans Racing / So Cal Super Trucks / Polaris Industries Super-Lite on the podium in 2nd place further solidifying his lead in the Super-Lite Class.

Next up for Walker Evans Racing will be a long haul to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on July 22nd-23rd for Rounds 5 & 6 of the TORC Racing Series.  From there the team will travel back to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA for Rounds 9 & 10 on August 6th-7th for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where RJ Anderson will continue his quest for championships in multiple classes.

Reno, Nev. — RJ Anderson’s stranglehold on first place in the SuperLite Championship Series will be tested over two demanding races June 25 and 26, as the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series rolls into the Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah to unleash its ferocious brand of high-flying truck racing into a stadium of adrenaline-thirsty motorsports fanatics.

Torchmate/Speed Technologies’ Dawson Kirchner arrives at rounds seven and eight on a hot streak, boasting some blistering qualifying times and a first place finish from his round five and six performance at Glen Helen Raceway. But Kirchner will have his hands full, battling Walker Evans Racing/SoCal SuperTruck’s RJ Anderson, who locked down the points lead after his round one win and has never let loose. Running at the front of the pack, he starts the weekend with a towering 24-points over second place Pat Clark in the 16-race circuit.