RJ-Anderson-Loanmart-Off-Road-6-28-13Tooele, UT – The LoanMart Racing Team came to Tooele, Utah for rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series prepared to give no quarter to the competition. The race marks the midpoint of the season. Opportunities to bank points towards the championship and to stand on the podium get fewer with every round. The fans were well aware of the stakes; they packed the grandstands both days to witness the action.

Sitting in fourth place in Pro-4 points coming into the weekend it was no time to take it easy for Corry Weller. “We were trying something new during practice on Saturday,” says Corry, “We were still making adjustments to the carb when we qualified; the truck still wasn’t working like we wanted.” Corry pushed the truck as hard as possible qualifying in the 8th spot. Ready to make her move early in the race on Saturday, the left front stub axle broke on the first lap leaving her with only three wheels pulling. She kept right on digging despite the unbalanced truck; fighting against the wheel for 15 laps until the checkered flag. The effort gave a 9th place finish and some valuable points.

Sheldon Creed at LOORRS UtahSheldon Creed and the OCCR crew made their way to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Utah for Rounds 7&8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where “The Prodigy” would once again prove that he has what it takes to win.

Heading into Rounds 7&8 “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed was sitting third overall in the championship points standings, right behind seasoned Pro Lite drivers Brian Deegan and Casey Currie.  Creed did all he could in order to gain valuable championship points in Utah knowing that the 2013 season is at its tipping point.

Round 7 was yet again another huge test for “The Prodigy” Sheldon Creed.  Mayhem ensued from green to checkered, and it was Sheldon’s job to make sure the AM Ortega Pro Lite #74 made it to the finish.  Qualifying 2nd, Sheldon started in the third position after the invert and it looked as though he would start far enough to the front of the filed to avoid any kind of unwanted contact.

GBC-Motorsports-Off-Road-5-16-13Anaheim, Calif. – GBC Motorsports racers are heating up to go along with rising temperatures in Southern California as RJ Anderson and Mitch Guthrie Jr. won their respective classes at WORCS Honolulu Hills.

SXS Pro Production
With temperatures breaking into triple digits, WORCS Racing descended on the small town of Taft, CA for the fifth round of the 2013 season. RJ Anderson took the holeshot and the early lead in the hotly contested SXS Pro class, as fellow GBC racers James Hill and Tommy Scranton followed behind in third and fourth. Anderson seems to be back to form as he controlled the entire race and finished with his second straight victory aboard his GBC Dirt Commanders.

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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