Concord, NC - TORC champion and one of Team General Tire’s newest drivers, Casey Currie pulverized the competition at Round 5 and 6 of the Traxxas TORC Series in PRO Light this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., topping the podium both days.

Currie hit the track hard Saturday night, ready to battle it out in PRO Light. He shot out to first place early on, and refused to back down, leaving his competitors in a cloud of dust. The other drivers scrambled to close the gap between themselves and Currie, but were unable to push past him. Holding strong, Currie didn’t give up his spot at the head of the pack for the entire 20-lap race. He soared across the finish line, taking home first place.

“The TORC Series is like home to me,” said an elated Currie as he took the podium in Concord Saturday. “I set out here to win, and that’s exactly how I plan to finish the weekend – on top. I’ve had such great support from General Tire and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

On both Friday and Saturday night, there was palpable excitement in the air as the crowd braced itself for the open race- Pro Light. Starting out as a three-way battle for the top spot, Currie’s competition was fierce. Friday’s race: after one of the driver’s lost control and flipped over, the yellow flag was waved and Currie and the other top two leaders were now bumper-to-bumper. After the restart, Currie pushed ahead stealing first and topping the podium for the second time this weekend.

Known for sweeping the TORC championship weekend at Crandon in 2010 and taking home the series PRO Light title, Currie is no stranger to winning.   He started racing motorcycles when he was just 5-years-old and trucks at 16, taking home his first major win in 2003 – the championship title at the MDR series.

Currie is also known for his appearance on MTV’s hit show Fantasy Factory where he gave the show’s Rob Dyrdek lessons in off-road racing.

Up next for the TORC series is Rounds 7 and 8 at Bark River Raceway in Bark River, Mich., August 13 and 14.

Stay tuned for Casey Currie win updates during the TORC and Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series at www.generaltire.com and www.caseycurrie.com. If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt. You can follow Casey Currie at www.twitter.com/CaseyCurrie.

Short course off road racing has its roots in the Midwest, but for the first time ever this weekend a race was held in the South, and it was dominated by a native of the West Coast.  Charlotte Motor Speedway is in the heart of NASCAR country, where motorsports fans are accustomed to cars reaching speeds of 200 mph on pavement.  Last weekend though, all of the action was on “The Dirt Track” as TRAXXAS brought The Off-Road Championship (TORC) to North Carolina.  By the end of the weekend, Rob MacCachren and his RAM Pro 2WD truck had earned plenty of new fans in the South.

MacCachren qualified first for Friday’s race on the specially constructed and all-new track that featured several table top jumps, including one at the finish line.  With several tight and technical turns, MacCachren was able to unleash the mighty MOPAR engine in his RAM truck and hook up the BFGoodrich tires in the turns.  The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a world class facility that is better known and used for World of Outlaws Late Model and Sprint Car series racing and also Big-Block Modified competitions that are so popular in the region.  The Dirt Track is situated between the zMAX Drag Strip and the Super Speedway used for stock car racing.

Buchanan, Michigan — Scott Douglas launched into the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL season the same way he closed out the 2010 season—with a decisive win at the Red Bud MX season opener on Memorial Day weekend.

The win came after torrential rains forced the race to be canceled on Saturday because the track was too sloppy to allow emergency equipment access to sections of the hilly natural terrain circuit. Racers and TORC Series officials were determined to get at least one round of Pro racing in for the hardcore Red Bud MX fans.

With another major thunderstorm on the radar, the Red Bud track crew worked feverishly to groom the track for racing on Sunday. TORC adjusted the schedule and put the Pro 4 trucks out on the track first since four-wheel-drive was going to be an advantage in the super muddy conditions. Without practice or qualifying time on the new racetrack, veteran drivers like Douglas had an advantage with their ability to read the terrain and surface conditions.