Chestnut-TORC-Off-Road-7-26-13Verona, WI – After two brutally hot afternoons of racing Dale Chestnut in his #613 Double D Trailer Sales & Services/Off-Road Fraternity/ Control Solutions/Mueller Graphics/BFGoodrich Tire Ford Bronco took command of the 2013 TORC Classix Championship. The southern Wisconsin resident swept both rounds of racing at the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. The dominating performance may look easy for the outside, but Chestnut and his team put long hours between race weekends to ensure a top performing truck especially at a high profile track like Route 66.

The one- mile long track built by TORC’s resident dirt designer, Jeff Nordstrom, created a track that worked well for the PROs, but for the Sportsman racer as well. The layout had speed, jumps, bumps, and technical turns, a track that suited Chestnut and his 2WD Ford Bronco quite well.

Frana-TORC-Chicago-7-25-13Loves Park, IL – After a great Round 6 win at Crandon the RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD PRO Buggy was looking to land on the podium once again. Things didn’t go as planned on Friday, but one of the highlights of Saturday’s race at Route 66 Raceway was the performance of John Frana.

The weather at the suburban Chicago facility was very hot and very humid which created diverse track conditions. The sunny and hot daytime conditions really dried out the racing surface for practice and qualifying, but as the sun went down and race time approached, the persistent watering by the TORC track crew combined with the setting sun, the grip in the track greatly improved as near ideal race conditions were created for both nights.

Stingle-TORC-Off-Road-7-25-13Black Creek, WI (July 25, 2013) – A near perfect weekend for Greg Stingle at Route 66 Raceway put the multi-time Light Buggy champion back in contention for a fourth straight title. The familiar orange single seater ran up front all weekend and is now tied for second place in the season long standings. With four rounds of racing left in the season anything can happen, the championship battle could go down to the final lap of the season.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2013 Traxxas TORC Sportsman Series presented by AMSOIL were hosted by Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. This was the first time, since the TORC series’ first visit the venue three years ago, that the Sportsman competitors were included in the Pep Boys “Battle in the Bowl” event and Greg Stingle was looking forward to racing his #172 Sassy’s Bar and Grill / Badger State Transport / Geno’s Steakhouse / Ben’s Small Engine / Kountry Bar / JJ Malloney’s / Lake Shore Cleaners / A & S Poured Walls / J & B Heating & Cooling / BFGoodrich Tires Buggy against seventeen other Light Buggy racers.

Beauchamp-TORC-Off-Road-7-25-13Escanaba, MI (July 25, 2013) – After finally getting his break through win for the 2013 TORC season in Crandon, Danny Beauchamp continued his winning ways with back to back victories at the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway. The reigning Super Stock Truck Champion is showing the competition that it’s never too late to challenge for a championship. With just four rounds of racing left in the race season, the black #826 Ford F-150 is only four points out of the championship lead.

For the first time in Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL history, the Super Stock Truck class competed on the one-mile long “Bowl of Baja.” The layout didn’t look that challenging at first glance, but as soon as all the racers finished up their Friday practice session, everyone’s opinion definitely changed. The outside portion of the track ran a majority of the half-mile dirt track with a few large jump to give the fans a thrill, while the infield was more technical with four unique corners with smaller jumps placed in such a way that kept every racer needing to catch their breath.

Steele-TORC-Off-Road-7-25-13Madison, WI (July 25, 2013) – The second stop on the Keith Steele Off-Road World Tour was Route 66 Raceway. The independent driver/owner of the #29 RaceTeamGear.com Chevy had his best performance of his PRO-2WD career with a strong sixth place finish in front of a near capacity crowd at Route 66 Raceway in suburban Chicago. The team accomplished all three of its main goals for the weekend, race hard, finish well, and expose RaceTeamGear.com to a large crowd of short-course off-road racing fans.

After a solid start to the team’s season at the high-speed Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, Keith Steele had to literally change gears to prepare his race truck for the door to door racing found at the stadium short-track at Route 66 Raceway’s dirt track. The one mile layout that ran all around and inside the half-mile circle track, had all the typical jumps, bumps, and off-camber turns one expects at a short-course track, but at Route 66 the track is narrow and there’s no run off areas, so one mistake will end your night in a heartbeat.

Kleiman-Off-Road-TORC-7-25-13Wilson MI (July 25, 2013) – After three hectic weeks of repair and preparation, the Ponsse/Kleiman Forest Products/Kenda Tire/ R & R Tire/Sawyer-Stoll Timber/Hewlett Trucking /Bandit Chippers/Brute Force Outdoor Stoves PRO-Light was ready for the short track of Route 66 Raceway. Earlier in the year, the first year PRO-Light team had success at similar tracks at Dodge City and Eldora, and the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway brought out the best in Mark Kleiman.

The road to get the #42 PRO-Light ready for the trip to Joliet, Illinois was slightly longer than usual. At the last round of racing at Crandon, Kleiman was involved in a Turn One incident that not only damaged the front and rear suspension, but actually bent the chassis. The team, especially Mark’s son Cody, spent many along night getting the Ponsse PRO-Light back to racing shape for the Pep Boys “Battle in the Bowl.”