Dana Point, Calif. – Arie Luyendyk Jr. will return to compete in the nations premier short-course, off-road racing series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship, in 2014 beginning with the season opener April 5-6 in Primm, Nev. The popular star from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” brings his winning personality and style to the track for his second season of TORC competition. He also brings a legacy of motorsports achievements to competition on the short course.
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Armed with a performance tire portfolio designed to conquer the hard corners of road racing to the grueling desert terrain of the Baja peninsula, BFGoodrich Tires closed out its 2013 motorsports season with 20 season championships and placed drivers on their respective podiums at a higher rate than a year ago.
Using its industry leading engineering and trackside support programs, BFGoodrich unveiled new race products and an unprecedented race support program in 2013. A new DOT legal race tire, the latest 37 and 39 inch desert race tires and revolutionized customized grooving–from slick to race ready- of its Mud-Terrain KR2 for short course racing, brought continued success to those racing with the brand.
St. Johns, MI – The season finale of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway was a very busy time for the B & L Sand Toys Off-Road Truck Race Team. Both drivers, Gerrit Bancroft and Dan Baudoux were scheduled to compete in three races during the Labor Day Weekend event. Both drivers ran strong throughout the weekend, as Dan Baudoux completed with weekend as TORC Sport 4 Champion.
The biggest weekend on the short-course off-road racing calendar is the Labor Day Weekend event in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin. The town normally has a population of 1,900 residents, but Labor Day Weekend, over 30,000 fans of the sport arrive to witness the three day event known as the Crandon Off-Road World Championships.
Verona, WI – The hard work and the attention to detail not only resulted in another win for Dale Chestnut at Crandon International Off-Road, but his name will be forever associated with winning the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL Classix Championship for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time. The Labor Day Weekend event at Crandon is more than just a couple races, it is truly one of the greatest spectacles in motorsports. The experience of standing on top of the podium for the final race of the year, and winning the championship will be a moment Dale Chestnut will always remember.
The weekend also saw Chestnut jump into Don Koehler’s Formula 4×4 race truck for the Friday evening B & L SAND TOYS Sportsman Trophy Race. With basically no real seat time in the truck, Chestnut completed all eight laps finishing twelfth in the twenty eight truck field.
Abrams, WI – The Super Stock Truck division is one of the most competitive groups of racers in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL and after two really tough rounds of racing in southwestern Michigan, the battle of the championship continues to see Don Demeny at the top of the list. The cagey Super Stock veteran continues to finish in the top five practically every time he hits the track, a pattern he continued at Red Bud MX.
The track at Red Bud is very technical, which is a nice way of saying the track is narrow with tight corners. The layout also some large elevation changes with big air jumps and soil that can get really chewed up when a dozen four thousand pound trucks continually make laps around the iconic facility. Even with that said, most of the drivers, including Don Demeny can’t wait to go racing at Red Bud.
Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires continued their successful run in the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL at the Red Bud MX track on Aug 10-11. A podium sweep of the Pro 4 class in Round 12 on Sunday served as a tremendous finale in what was a big weekend for the tire manufacturer which claimed five wins and 13 total podium finishes in the pro classes and won 10 of the 12 the sportsman class races as well.
Red Bud has notoriously technical and natural terrain to maneuver through which can and did prove to attract aggressive racing. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies swept the Pro 2 class both days while Rob MacCachren captured two podium spots in Pro 2 on the weekend.
Verona, 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.
In one of the premier events on the schedule of the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires continued its assault on the podium at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. With five class wins and 12 podium finishes, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires claimed the most top finishes. Additionally, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires won nine of the 12 total sportsman class races.
Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and Brad Lovell all collected wins in their respective classes. With Lovell’s win in Pro Light, his first of the season, BFGoodrich Tires is the first and only tire manufacturer to record a win in every class this season on the Traxxas TORC Series schedule.
“Our season has been rough,” Lovell said. “We’ve lost engines, we’ve had fires; we even broke before a race started out in the desert. Tonight is just vindication. We’ve been trying and struggling and you just get down.
Escanaba, 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.
Wilson 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.”