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.

luke_johnson_crandon_7_8_13The 2013 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL has been a non-stop battle in the Pro Buggy class for Luke Johnson.  Luke’s been duking it out with some of the top short course buggy drivers in the class all season, simultaneously dealing with the harsh weather conditions that have cursed each track so far.  This past weekend at Crandon International Raceway was no different.  Luke put on a show for “The Big House” and earned his fifth straight win in Pro Buggy and more impressively his first career win at Crandon International Speedway.

Having skipped out on a quick trip back to his home base in Southern California after Bark River, Luke headed straight for Crandon and prepped his vehicle for one of the sports biggest stages.  Track conditions were unfavorable, as sporadic storms rolled through Wisconsin.  Practice on Friday was called off and track officials granted Saturdays qualifying only one lap.  After that practice lap, Luke decided to take a gamble that in the end would earn him another trip to the first place podium.

R2C-TORC-Bark-River-6-25-13Vernon Hills, IL – The Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL opened its 2013 Sportsman racing season last week in Bark River, Michigan and R2C Competition Filters dominated the competition in the Super Stock Truck division. The conditions throughout the two days of competition ranged from wet and muddy to dry and dusty as R2C equipped racers found the top spot on the podium during both days of competition.

The TORC Super Stock Truck division features stock chassis light duty trucks with significant modifications. The trucks feature high modified V-8 powerplants and longer travel suspension. The races are only fifteen to twenty minutes long, but the drivers push their trucks to their limits and beyond. It’s almost like racing the Baja 1000 in twenty minutes.

Frana-TORC-Off-Road-6-19-13Loves Park, IL (June 19, 2013) – After a great weekend at the MAORA event in Marengo, Indiana, John Frana and his team headed to back to the TORC Series and Bark River, Michigan to a track that has been a favorite of the #907 AWD PRO Buggy. The team from Northern Illinois did not disappoint as the RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD PRO Buggy landed on the podium twice during the three race weekend.

All the TORC PRO teams were scheduled to race Friday evening due to the one round of racing that was postponed due to rain at Eldora Speedway. This meant practice, qualifying and racing would last late into the evening. Fortunately with the summer solstice just a few days away, sundown wouldn’t be until 10pm.

Klieman-TORC-Off-Road-4-19-13Wilson, MI (April 19, 2013) – After a nine year hiatus from off-road racing, Mark Kleiman reentered the world of TORC short-course off-road racing and immediately  grabbed the attention several veteran PRO-Light competitors. After knocking the rust off his driving on Friday , the former  three-time Sportsman Super Stock Truck Champion just missed finishing on the podium during Saturday’s PRO-Light eighteen lap feature.

The journey back to short-course racing began just after the first of the year, when Mark purchased Ross Hoek’s podium proven Ford Ranger Pro-Light. Unfortunately living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, off-season testing just isn’t possible due to extreme cold temperatures and serious piles of snow.  So when it came to any testing, it consisted of a couple of minutes driving up and down the road in front of his house just before the race truck was loaded into the trailer for the eighteen hour trip to the TORC season opener in Kansas.

Scott-Douglas-TORC-4-17-13El Cajon, CA -The 2013 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL saw Douglas Motorsports bring a brand new PRO-4 race truck to the season opening event in Dodge City, Kansas. Scott Douglas and his team have put high expectations on themselves and if the racing in the high plains of Kansas are any indication, the AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 are the early favorites for the PRO-4×4 Championship.

The offseason not only saw the team designing and building a brand new race truck, but just after the first of the year, Douglas Motorsports moved its operation into a new race facility. The move was completed just in time for the team to head across country for a test session in Primm, Nevada. In 2012, Douglas Motorsports made the move to a Goodwin Competition powerplant and implementing a manual transmission, and the upcoming season will see the new truck depend on King Shocks to handle the varying track conditions of the TORC series.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) heads to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix this weekend for the final race of the season where the Pro2 Unlimited championship will be decided.  After Rob MacCachren suffered a disappointing weekend in Las Vegas, where he was absent from the podium for the first time of any LOORRS racing weekend this season, he has slipped to third in points behind rivals Brian Deegan and Marty Hart.  Never one to give up, MacCachren intends to put the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools / BFGoodrich Tires / TRAXXAS team back on podium for the eighth time this season.  Following the final Round 15 of racing on Saturday, both the Pro2 and Pro4 trucks will take to the track for the $30,000 Lucas Oil Off Road Cup. MacCachren is famous for his performances in cup races, with three Governor’s Cups, three Borg-Warner Cups to his credit and a victory at the TORC Chairman’s Cup earlier this season.