Demeny-TORC-Chicago-7-23-13Abrams, WI – The weekend of racing at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois was a roller coaster of a ride for Don Demeny. A rare early retirement on Friday and a great performance on Saturday keeps the #885 Nsight Telservices / Cellcom / E3 Spark Plugs / Cooper Tires RAM in the lead for the 2013 TORC Super Stock Truck Championships.

The stop at Route 66 Raceway saw all the Sportsman competitors take to the track for the first time in the three year history of TORC racing at the multi-track motorsports facility. The one-mile long layout was a great mix of high speed corners, a fast infield section and high flying jumps as well as tight banked corners.

Lovell-Off-Road-Crandon-7-2-13Colorado Springs, CO 7/2/13 – Team Lovell made major strides this weekend climbing from 5th in the 2013 TORC Series standings for a firm grasp on 3rd place and finally in the hunt for the top spot at the mid-point of the season. This comes after a commanding performance in Crandon with two 2nd Place finishes.

There is a reason that northern Wisconsin is so green – lots of rain. Storms pounded Crandon before the weekends festivities canceling practice and qualifying. The field was left with a single test lap before the infamous land rush start into turn #1. “I wanted to qualify,” adds Brad, “But we did our homework and made sure to test before the weekend so we were pretty prepared.” With confidence in hand Lovell got the hole shot and sped through turn #1 on two wheels yeilding the lead to Kincaid who would nearly tip in turn #2 giving the front spot back to Lovell. The two would continue to battle before Lovell finished 2nd. “I felt some G’s leaving the line as the BFG’s hooked up. I had so much speed going into turn #1 I knew it was going to get good! Awesome race and great track after the heavy rains!”

LFort Mill, SC – June 18, 2013 – Team GT veteran, Carl Renezeder, has himself a six-pack…of wins that is.  To date, in the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season, Renezeder has managed to take home all six of the Pro-4 winner trophies.  In fact, he has an eight race Pro-4 winning streak that dates back to the Challenge Cup in 2012.  This weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, Renezeder looks to extend that streak to 10 and add to his list of 111 career wins.

While Renezeder makes winning look easy, the competition in LOORRS is anything but.  To win a LOORRS race a driver needs tenacity, finesse, assertiveness and a good set of General Tire Red Letter Grabbers.  The combination of changing track conditions, truck set-up and the other 15+ drivers around you, make for some dicey situations but Renezeder has the right combination figured out and we sat down with him this week to find out how he makes the on-track magic happen.  Here’s what he had to say:

Kyle-LeDuc-Pro-2-5-1-13On Friday April 26th, JCRI and Kyle Leduc debuted their brand new Pro2 to the Lucas Oil Series. It would be the first time Kyle Leduc would race in this class and a first for JCRI as well, as they have never built a pro2 before. The first testing session before the big race weekend in Las Vegas, NV was well underway when the JCRI team breathed a sigh of relief to see the new #98 Pro2 and keeping up with the top drivers. With a few minor changes to the truck they were ready for the weekend.

With a stacked Pro2 class, Kyle would have to work hard to get a top spot for qualifying. 16 Pro2’s ran for 5 minutes as they all were still trying to get a feel for the new track changes. Kyle would qualify 13th for Saturday’s race.

The Great American Off-Road race returns to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, March 20th through the 24th! Over one thousand of the best off-road racers in the world, and twenty thousand plus off-road racing enthusiasts will descend upon Las Vegas to race, spectate, and party during the four days of festivities surrounding The Mint 400.

The world-renowned General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris, begins Wednesday March 20th and will continue through Sunday March 24th. Part of “The Best in The Desert Championship Series”, The Mint 400 is completely free and open to the public, and will feature racers from every continent, competing in twenty-one different classes of race vehicles across 400 miles of brutal Nevada desert, for the chance to earn the coveted Mint 400 Class Championship, cash and prizes!

“The General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris, has quickly grown to be the largest off-road race event in the world! Off-road racing is the most dynamic motorsport on the planet, and we have the best off-road racers coming to do battle, in some of the roughest and most brutal terrain anywhere. We have tens of thousands of fans, multiple parties, and contests… We have the Miss Mint Competition, celebrity racers, a fantastic two-hour TV package with SPEED, and live tracking and web coverage with race-dezert.com (the largest off-road racing website in the world). This isn’t just an off-road race, it’s a cultural event!” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.

El Cajon, Calif. — FOX athletes posted impressive results on the short course tracks in 2012, proving they have what it takes to win races and rack up championships. In addition to the Ultra4 Racing Championship, they won six out of eight possible professional class championships in the The Off Road Championship (TORC) and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).

Each series has its own unique challenges to the racers but they share one thing, FOX athletes running out front. FOX shocks allowed them to consistently stay out front regardless of how difficult the track conditions were or the challenge posed by other competitors.

After having a new Nissan Pro Lite Unlimited built by Stamper in the off-season, No Fear Energy / Skin Industries driver Jimmy Stephensen added a new V8 engine to his truck prior to the weekend of Lucas Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) racing in his hometown of Las Vegas.

The newfound power was not without teething issues, and the crew added an extra cooler to combat excessive transmission heat.  Even running in the cool night air, Jimmy’s transmission and brakes got hot on both nights of racing.

Stephensen qualified 10th with the new engine in his No Fear Energy / Skin Industries Pro Lite Unlimited and ended up all the way at the back of the pack after contact from another racer cut a tire in the No. 33 Nissan.

Following a very successful first edition of night racing here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last night for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, it was time to do it all again tonight. After a somewhat hot afternoon turned into a terrific balmy autumn night yesterday, today’s weather was off to an even better start, with a nice cover of clouds keeping the heat at bay, and in response to the improved conditions, fans packed the stands early to come out and see the top drivers in the sport of short course off-road racing. Tonight marked Round 14 of the 2012 championship, and for some drivers, there was the very real possibility of wrapping up a championship title with a full round of competition left down at Firebird next month. For others, the evening’s events would play a pivotal role in keeping them in the thick of one of a few different close championship chases, and for everyone, there was the prospect of having a strong showing in front of a great crowd. In case you missed the evening’s proceedings, read on and find out what happened.

Junior 2 Kart
Junior 2 Kart got things started in a great way, with Hailie Deegan grabbing the early lead in her #438 4 Wheel Parts/Lucas Oil kart, followed closely by Dylan Winbury, Darren Hardesty, Parker Steele, and Jeremy Davis. On lap two, Parker Porter moved his #461 Redline Performance/Advantage Boats machine up to fifth in turn one, with Steele then making a nice inside pass on Hardesty at turn six to take over third in his #449 Racer X Motorsports/Martori Farms kart. Early on lap three, points leader Winbury then grabbed the lead from Deegan in his #469 Famous Stars and Straps/Black Rhino entry, with the top three then beginning to pull away from those behind as the race approached the Competition Yellow. As the field bunched up behind the Pace UTV, it was Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty, and Porter in the top five, with Travis PeCoy then moving his #411 Fox Racing Shox/Hoosier kart past Porter for fifth on the restart lap. On lap eight, Porter got back by PeCoy, just before the two touched side to side coming out of turn two. The two were sent into half spins to either side of the track, as Broc Dickerson came through to take over fifth in his #423 Black Rhino/Racer X Motorsports truck. At the white flag, it was now Winbury, Deegan, Steele, Hardesty in the #456 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Kar Tek Off Road kart, and Dickerson in the top five, and the top three once again had a gap over those behind. In a cruel twist, Winbury then slowed suddenly coming out of turn two, victimized by a mechanical failure within only a handful of corners of the finish line. Deegan took the lead, and after hounding Winbury throughout the race, her consistency paid off as she picked up her first-ever win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Hailie! Second place went to Steele, with Hardesty taking third, Dickerson fourth, and after an early race collision, it was Jeremy Davis who came back through the field to finish fifth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine.

CORONA, CALIF. – On a hillside in Western Nevada, the young Sheldon Creed took to the all-new Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) track and dominated Wild West-style just outside of downtown Reno, Nevada in its twin city Sparks. The freshly built grandstands were filled to capacity leaving numerous race fans lining the chain-link, barrier fencing below. Even with the hot weather and dusty winds, the Silver State Showdown brought out a great turnout with over 12,000 race fans at Round 11 & 12 at this first-time destination of the series.

On Saturday at Round 11, Sheldon qualified earlier on Saturday in 1st place and drew a 6th place starting position for the SuperLite main event. Starting in 6th, Creed worked the field one driver at a time and moved into 1st place by lap seven. Soon after attaining the premier position, an untimely mishap happened as the timing belt shredded apart, shot off and took out the crankshaft trigger wire killing the motor, which ended Creed’s race earlier than he and the team would have liked.

His rookie season in the pro-buggy class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series started out like many rookie’s in sports…with trials and hardships.  But Dave Mason Jr. and his team have been working hard to improve.  Race by race they have been changing and adjusting on the #65 Competitive Metals/JAMAR Alumi Craft Pro Buggy.  Those efforts shinned at an all new track, where Dave Mason Jr. performed like a seasoned veteran. He started the event by beating out the field and posting the fast qualifying time on Friday.  After the inversion he started 6th for Saturday’s round-11 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the newly built Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada.  Mason wasted no time getting to the front and was a contender for the race win.  He was shuffled to a hard fought fourth place finish.  Starting 5th for Sunday’s round-12 Mason again was contending for the race win.  He battled wheel to wheel lap after lap with many of the series most veteran drivers.  In the final lap it was a pass around one of those veterans [Jerry Whelchel] to gain his first podium finish in the pro-buggy class.