Demeny-TORC-Off-Road-8-14-13Abrams, 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.

Bryce-Menzies-TORC-BFGoodrich-8-14-13Drivers 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.

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.

BFGoodrich-6-1-11In 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.

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.

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.”

Scott-Douglas-TORC-Chicago-7-23-13El Cajon, CA – After a second place finish at the FCP Brush Run in Crandon, Douglas Motorsports was looking to build on that success on the Dirt Track at Route 66 Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. After running well at a similar layout in Dodge City, Kansas, Scott Douglas had high expectations for the team’s performance. The team gave a solid performance during both nights of racing, but fell short of the team’s expectations.

The one-mile long TORC short-course track had some very fast sections along with a couple of technical switch backs and a very tough run through the middle of the circle track that had a table top jump and a flowing rhythm section that made for some great racing.

Travis-Pastrana-TORC-7-12-13The victor of over 100 motocross championships and multiple X Games gold medals is returning to Joliet, July 19-20, to compete in the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL.

The two-night racing event will feature the top talent in off-road today, including 7 time supercross champ Ricky Johnson, desert kings Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies, and off-road greats Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, brothers Mike and Mark Jenkins, the Wildman Adrian Cenni, and young guns C.J. Greaves battling with Keegan Kincaid in the PRO Light division.

Greg-Stingle-Off-Road-TORC-7-10-13Black Creek, WI – After an uncharacteristically slow start of the season, Greg Stingle got back to his winning ways during Round 4 of the Traxxas TORC Sportsman Series presented by AMSOIL. The reigning TORC Light Buggy champion knows that his class is typically the largest and toughest at every stop of the TORC Sportsman Series, and the first three rounds of season, really underscores the statement that there are no “gimmies” in this class.

The twenty-five Light Buggies that came to Crandon lined up in two long rows for the traditional land rush start. Unfortunately the wet weather conditions prevented any practice on the track for before Saturday’s Round 3 action. In fact the rain had only stopped about an hour before the start of the Light Buggy race. One group of truck racers were on the track before the Light Buggy race, but needless to say, the track surface was still wet and muddy in most areas.

John-Frana-TORC-7-10-13Loves Park, IL – After nearly winning twice in Bark River, just weeks ago, the Northern Illinois racer found the top step of the podium at “The Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin. The RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD PRO Buggy led all nine laps and had a dominating victory.

Last year the 1.8 mile long “iconic” off-road track saw some changes, and at first the track didn’t seem much different. Now a year has gone by and the ground settled over the winter, and the Red Bull tabletop jump as well as the Skybox drop off really throw the racers up into the air and down the track. The RCV Performance PRO Buggy handled these sections well as Frana was able to get the power to the ground more quickly than most of his competitors.