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.

Crandon, Wis. — Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren picked up two more wins for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, June 17, with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series during the Brush Run races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin. Caddell was victorious in PRO Light, while MacCachren won the 19th Annual Chairman’s Cup Challenge, a non-points special event that pitted PRO 2 drivers again PRO 4 drivers at the conclusion of the weekend.

“Congratulations to Andrew Caddell and Rob MacCachren for winning today at Crandon,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The beginning of the 2012 season has been another outstanding one for Mopar Ram Truck drivers. The power that the Mopar engines produce and the reliability of the Ram Truck is second to none. We look forward to returning to the track in a few weeks in Chicago to battle for more victories.”

Caddell, who lined up 10th on the grid in PRO Light in his Mopar Ram, used a strong launch on the famed “Land Rush” standing start, and was running fourth coming into the first turn on the opening lap. He charged to the outside of Keegan Kincaid to take the third spot before the first lap was completed. On the second circuit, Caddell was able to work his way past Randy Eller to move into the runner-up position. The native of Graham, Wash., inherited the lead during the mandatory competition caution on the fifth lap, after early race leader C.J. Greaves was penalized one position for jumping the initial start.

LAKE FOREST, CA – The beginning of the 2012 season just isn’t shaping up the way it was supposed to for eight-time champ Carl Renezeder.  Both of his Nissan Titan Pro-2 and Pro-4 race trucks have shown moments of brilliance, but the team has struggled to get to the point of battling for a win in the closing laps of the first four rounds of the year.

“It kind of feels like walking the wrong direction on moving walkway,” analyzed Renezeder.  “I know I’ll eventually get to the other end, but it’s taking twice as much effort and time.  We’ll get this all figured out.  It’s just been frustrating that each time we resolve an issue, a new one seems to pop up.  But, it’s all part of the racing process, and we’re grateful to be in the game.”

Rounds three and four of the 15-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season were held this past weekend at the newly renovated Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Southern California.  Race fans and high temperatures showed up in abundance, and Renezeder’s trucks opened the weekend well with a fourth place and first place qualifying effort in Pro-2 and Pro-4, respectively.

Loves Park, IL - John Frana and his #907 RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Rooster Synthetics/FK Rod Ends Honda-powered AWD Super Buggy made a last minute decision to come to Charlotte and the end result was a pair of podium finishes. The Super Buggy division was added to the PRO-Truck program as TORC continues to expand the footprint of short-course off-road racing.

After fellow Super Buggy competitor Steve Krieman convinced Frana to race Charlotte, the two drivers wired Frana’s truck for trailer lights and towed Krieman’s trailer to NASCAR land. The two Illinois drivers arrived at the track early Friday morning. When the sun came up over the track a few hours later, Frana took a quick view of the track and headed for tech inspection.

The temporary .9 mile long circuit had various combinations of moguls, whoops, and jumps making it a very tough track for drivers to get a good set-up on their race vehicles.

April 21-22, 2012 will mark the return of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series action to the all-new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA. Construction is being completed on the challenging .9-mile long dirt short course. All-new track amenities will include a purpose-built grandstand complete with luxury sky boxes, race control tower, eagle’s nest spotter tower, VIP track-side RV parking and a front stretch hot pit so the fans can see all the action.

Lake Elsinore enjoys a long heritage of off-road racing tradition dating back to the 1960s when competitors raced through the city streets and surrounding area in the legendary Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, made famous by the late actor Steve McQueen, in the 1971 cult documentary movie, “On any Sunday.” The new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park will also host the season finale of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Outdoor National Championship.

Sparks, NV – Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) today announced a revised race schedule, following input and voting at the Association’s December 10 membership meeting.

The signature USA 500 desert race moved back to July, and members voted to continue with two double-header short course weekends at Prairie City following the success of this year’s season finale. VORRA also announced, following a vote by the membership, that head and neck restraint systems will be mandatory for all race classes in 2013.

“We’d initially moved the USA 500 to earlier in the year, but following discussions with our casino partners and the Bureau of Land Management, the original July race date worked out best for everyone,” said VORRA Race Director Wes Harbor. “We’ll be making more announcements on the 500 in the coming months, but racers can put it on their 2012 calendars for July 13-15.”

Teams attending VORRA’s annual rules meeting and awards banquet in South Lake Tahoe also endorsed proposals to consolidate short course racing into two double headers in April and October and to shift the date of the night race to later in September to free up Labor Day weekend for teams to spend with their families.

“Our first short course double-header earlier this year at Prairie City was a big hit with racers and fans,” Harbor said. “It’s also a recognition that everyone’s racing on tight budgets and consolidating the short course weekends reduces the amount of vacation time and fuel costs teams factor in to their racing seasons.”

The new VORRA 2012 race schedule is as follows:

April 13-15                Short Course Double Header        Prairie City, CA

May 26-28                Yerington 300 Desert Race        Yerington, NV

July 13-15                USA 500 Desert Race                Reno/Sparks, NV

September 8-9        Night Vision 250 Desert Race        Fallon, NV

October 26-28        Short Course Double Header        Prairie City, CA

Following a lengthy debate on the inherent dangers of off road racing and their desire for personal choice in using different types of safety gear, VORRA racers voted by a large margin to mandate head and neck restraint systems beginning in 2013.  The requirement will be for SFI 38.1 certified systems.

“After multiple severe back injuries in 2011, we had to reduce the chance of injury whenever possible,” Harbor said.  “Commonly known as HANS devices, many professional racing organizations worldwide require them in the wake of well documented deceleration injuries and deaths.  It’s only a matter of time until they became mandatory in the off-road racing world. We also recognize the expense of investing in this type of safety equipment and elected to extend the deadline for them to 2013 to give teams time to transition.”

VORRA has begun contacting equipment distributors to negotiate discounts for racers in advance of 2013.  One retailer has already agreed to offer a rebate program to VORRA, and VORRA has pledged $25 donations to Fast-Aid for every 2012 purchase from that retailer.

“I’m also going to offer entry fee discounts to racers who purchase any approved device in 2012,” Harbor said, “Our focus on fun, competitive and safe racing will live on.”

About VORRA

Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 and has operated as a family-oriented organization for over three decades.  It is currently led by Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages” and continues to keep the entry fees to a minimum while maintaining a high quality racing experience. For more information, visit http://www.vorra.net or call 877-418-6772.   Follow VORRA on Twitter at @vorra_racing.  Fans can also receive updates on racing via Twitter using the hashtag #VORRA.

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.

CHICAGO, ILNASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan will debut the new Douglas Motorsports PRO 2WD truck at the Chicagoland TRAXXAS TORC Series presented by AMSOIL race. Sponsored by South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the Ford Raptor carries the legendary Walker Evans Racing colors. Before graduating to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Gaughan honed his car control skills racing in the dirt, competing in both desert and short course. Brendan successfully campaigned a PRO2 truck driving for Walker Evans in the former SODA series and early days of the CORR series.

“Brendan is a very talented driver and fierce competitor. Everyone at Douglas Motorsports is thrilled he will be driving the South Point Walker Evans Racing PRO 2WD truck in Chicago,” commented Scott Douglas. “Walker Evans has had a huge influence on my off-road racing career. More than twenty years ago, he hired me as a full-time professional driver. I owe a great deal to Walker and the entire Walker Evans Racing organization,” continued Douglas.

The TRAXXAS TORC Series kicks off the Chase for the Cup NASCAR week at Chicagoland Speedway with racing scheduled for both Wednesday September 14th and Thurday September 15th. In addition to live internet video streaming on torcseries.com and coverage on Discovery HD Theater, the September 15th race will be covered live on the Speed Channel.

Rialto, CA - Kawasaki’s Chad George claimed his first SuperLite victory of the season and filled the podium with 2nd, and 3rd place finishes during Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway.

After 8 rounds of hard fought battles, Chad was happy to be back at his home track, just a stones throw from his stomping grounds of Rialto, California. With a complete entourage of family and friends filling his race space, the pressure to succeed mounted on Saturday evening as he staged his Kawasaki/Yokohama Tires/Bull BBQ SuperLite Truck before thousands of horsepower hungry race fans.

As the green flag dropped, Chad put his Yokohama Geolander AT-S tires and King Shocks to the extreme test flying over 100ft. table tops, attacking each corner while moving up two positions. When pressuring for the final podium spot, Chad became tangled with another racer forcing him back to sixth position! With the taste of the podium still in his mouth, Chad used his Lazer Star LX LED lighting for some extra clarity under the dark sky and pushed his Kawasaki SuperLite to the edge of control. By the final lap, he proved he was capable of a come-back by claiming 3rd place and boosting his series points total closer to a championship title.