Freehold, NJ (September 6, 2012) – After a roller coaster ride of a season, Bob Klaus was looking to end the season on a high note. Finishing well both days would secure second place in the championship and give Bob and his crew chief Tim Craley some satisfaction for their perseverance during the 2012 TORC season.

Friday afternoon saw the Racer Engineering built #26 BFGoodrich Tire equipped Toyota powered PRO Buggy qualify fourth fastest among the thirteen racers that made the trip to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.

The 1.6 mile long Crandon track had a few new elements added to its layout. The front straightaway jumps were replaced with two table top jumps and a downhill jump was incorporated into the skybox back stretch.

Auburn Hills, Mich. — With the 2012 season quickly winding down for Mopar® and Ram Truck drivers in the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series, it’s go-time as just two events remain in the battle for the championship in each of the three PRO Classes. The title fight will resume this weekend, Aug. 31–Sept. 2, at the legendary Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin, with the running of the World Championship Off-Road races.

Andrew Caddell (PRO Light) and Ricky Johnson (PRO 4) have each won a series-best six races in their Mopar Ram trucks heading into the event at Crandon. Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies have each been victorious three times in PRO 2. In addition to the originally scheduled two rounds of competition at Crandon, the PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes will contest an additional race on Friday, Aug. 31, which is the completion of an event that was postponed by rain in June.

Freehold, NJ – Bob Klaus took home his third PRO Buggy victory of the year in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. The #26 BFGoodrich Tire equipped Toyota powered PRO Buggy opened the Chicagoland event by edging out the competition winning Round 7 in front of a near sellout crowd.

The East Coast resident has been competing in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL for the past three seasons, and is one of the top competitors in the division. Between TORC events, the race team stores their rig at fellow competitor, Scott Schwalbe’s business in Northern Wisconsin. During the season all the prep work is done by Bob and his crew chief Tim Craley. All the commuting between home, the team’s temporary home in Wisconsin, and to the race tracks have definitely paid dividend for the team.

Holland, MI (July 24, 2012) – A strong run in Round 8 w as just what the doctor ordered for Ross Hoek and his #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford. TORC’s third visit to the dirt track at Chicagoland Speedway in as many years, brought out not only a stellar PRO-Light field of racers, but a near capacity crowd of spectators packed the grandstands both nights. Ross Hoek and the rest of his PRO-Light competitors did not disappoint as both of their rounds of racing were some of the most competitive and entertaining of the year.

The race track was much different than in past years. The layout was much more technical which lead to more passing zones and a greater emphasis on driver and suspension setup and less on horsepower. Along with seven jumps that were placed throughout the track and very challenging infield section included a tabletop, a rhythm section and a field of moguls all lined up one after the other.

Thursday – Round 7

Thursday afternoon qualifying saw the orange #21 Ford fight fuel pickup issues putting Ross at the back of the seventeen truck starting lineup. Ross realized the only way to challenge for a spot on the podium would be to make bold moves throughout the fifteen lap race. One of those moves happened before the start of the race. A unique tire combination was mounted on the race truck. The race track held a fair amount of moisture thanks to a passing thunderstorm from the night before, so Ross decided to run a tire setup similar to a sprint car in order to take advantage of the conditions.

When the green flag was waved it looked like the tire gamble was working. The first four laps saw the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford pass seven competitors moving into eighth place. Then the unexpected happened, a rain cloud passed over the track and steady rain fell during the middle portion of the race. Now the track became very slippery and Ross had his hands full as the tire choice was not working in his favor. When the checkered flag was waved, Ross Hoek finished eleventh.

“Right from the start we had a great tire package,” noted Ross Hoek. “I took a gamble and it looked like it would pay off. The rain shower during the race wasn’t expected, but that was all it took for our gamble to backfire. Besides that issue our truck ran great, and tomorrow night will have a better outcome.”

Friday – Round 8

Based on the previous night’s performance, Ross lined up eleventh on the starting grid. Confident with his race truck’s chassis set-up, Hoek quickly moved up three positions by the third lap. Getting further up the running order, the team knew it would be very important to be patient, yet be aggressive at the right time. The strategy worked as the #21 Ignite Fuels gradually picked up three more spots as the laps wound down. At the checkered flag, Ross Hoek crossed the finish line in fifth place.

“Tonight we had a great run from start to finish,” commented Ross Hoek. “Starting well back in the field really makes it a challenge to get on the podium. Hope all the fans watching on SPEED and all those that packed the grandstands enjoyed our race, I know I had a blast tonight. After all is said and done our Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford can challenge for a podium spot every time out. We are really looking forward to getting back to the wide open spaces of Bark River and Crandon.”

Next Race: August 11-12, 2012 @ Bark River Off-Road Raceway in Bark River, Michigan.

- Mike Reusche, words & pic

- Mike Roth Photography, pic

Colorado Springs, CO 7/23/12 – Chicagoland Speedway has not been kind to Brad Lovell. A lawn dart maneuver took him out of contention in 2010 and in 2011 a similar move resulted in double DNF’s. The driver of the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan was looking for anything more than a mid-season flop this year and was rewarded with two strong finishes.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about season points,” commented Brad, “With our history in Chicago and a 2nd place points tie with CJ Greaves, I just focussed on finishing.” Chicagoland featured a new 3/4 mi track layout this year that took full advantage of the size of the facility. The dirt gave way to treacherous ruts that highlighted the untamed nature of off-road racing.

The Traxxas TORC Series returned to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi, Chairman’s Cup race, Rounds 5 and 6 of the series. For the first time, Ultra4 racers got to race on the legendary track known as the “Big House.”

The Chairman’s Cup Race pits Pro-2 (two wheel drive) and Pro-4 (four wheel drive) racers against each other for a ten lap shoot-out. The Pro-2 drivers start ahead of the Pro-4′s to give them a better chance against the Pro-4′s superior traction in the dirt. At some point in the closing laps the charging Pro-4′s catch up to the Pro-2′s, if they’re lucky.

This year the King Shocks equipped Ram/Mopar number 21 Pro-2 was able to run away and take the victory. Second spot went to the King Shocks equipped, Real Tree Energy Pro-4 of Adrian Cenni who drove the last few laps with a flat rear tire. The battle for third and fourth was between Teammates and Brothers Mark and Mike Jenkins in their King Shocks equipped, Traxxas Pro-4′s. They both crossed the line at what looked like a tie but the win went to Mike by just a hair. King Shocks racers Mike Oberg, Scott Taylor and Jeff Kincaid finished 6th-8th.

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.

As a little kick-off to the start of the short-course off-road racing season beginning this weekend in Arizona for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, check out this pairing of All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum as he gets behind the wheel of Bryce Menzies’ trophy truck.

While in Phoenix for spring training, baseball world champion and All Star pitcher Tim Lincecum took the opportunity to meet up with 2011 TORC Series PRO 2 class champion, SCORE Trophy Truck champion and Dirt Sports Driver of the Year, Bryce Menzies, at Firebird Raceway.

While out practicing for the upcoming short-course off-road season, Menzies and Lincecum were able to meet up just prior to the start of the short-course season and baseball season. After suiting up, Lincecum went for a wild ride in Menzies’ 800-horsepower #1 Menzies/Red Bull Trophy Truck. After the tutorial with Menzies, Lincecum climbed into the driver’s seat, where he proved that throwing a baseball isn’t his only talent.

El Cajon, California – Eleven-time off-road racing champion Scott Douglas has signed a new multi-year contract with primary sponsor AMSOIL. The new AMSOIL Douglas Motorsports program is a five-year deal extending through the 2016 race season. Scott Douglas has been flying the AMSOIL colors since 2006.

“Year after year, Scott has proven to be one of the best drivers in all of off-road racing,” said Jeremy Meyer, Race Program Manager for AMSOIL. “On top of that, Scott has become a great ambassador of AMSOIL and our products. We have a high threshold for quality at AMSOIL, and Scott helps us meet those thresholds both on, and off the track. All of us love his passion for the sport and his desire to push off-road truck racing to the next level of exposure in the U.S.”

Scott Douglas races a PRO 4×4 pickup in the TRAXXAS TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. “PRO 4×4 is the fastest and most technologically advanced class in short course off-road racing,” stated Douglas. “I am thrilled with the new five-year sponsorship deal with AMSOIL. Primarily because the people at AMSOIL are great to work with and their products are second to none. The long-term stability allows us to move forward with R&D to make sure the AMSOIL BFGoodrich truck is the fastest on the race track.”

Douglas Motorsports is currently building an all-new state-of-the-art race truck to complement their current truck. “We are using computer aided design to optimize the chassis design and suspension geometry. The new truck takes PRO 4×4 design to the next level,” continued Douglas.

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!

Riverside, CA -  After a very up and down start to the 2011 TORC season, RJ Anderson in his rookie year running the V8 Pro-Lite, was able to capture a 2nd place finish while competing for the season championship.  Anderson and his Walker Evans Racing team battled through numerous challenges in dialing-in the brand new RAM V8 Pro-Lite this year.  Despite a sharp learning curve, RJ and his team were able to compete for a championship in his rookie season, falling only 36 points short of the championship behind Andrew Caddell. The entire Walker Evans Racing team is thrilled to have come so close this fast.

Anderson edged out TORC Pro-Lite veteran Casey Currie by 13 points while compiling 3 wins, 5 Top 3 finishes, and winning 1 Oakley Bomb Award which goes to the person with the fastest lap of the round in his/her class.  Pretty good statistics for a young man whose first race ever in a V8 truck was this year at the opening round of the TORC season.  In the final rounds of the TORC season in Texas, RJ was able to capture a solid win while edging out competitors Casey Currie and CJ Greaves.  There is no doubt that RJ will become a champion as an off-road racer in the very near future.

“I couldn’t be happier about our finish this year,” Anderson said. “Of course I wanted to win the championship, and I would  be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bummed we fell short.  But overall I am really pleased with how we finished and how the team performed.  Everyone on the Walker Evans Racing team played a roll in getting our truck this far along this quickly.  I really look forward to competing with Andrew (Caddell), Casey (Currie), and CJ (Greaves)next year, and I look forward to going for the championship.”

There is no time for rest.  While Walker Evans Racing is exhibiting products at the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV this week, down the street at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, RJ and the race team are setting up their pits for the weekends upcoming Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rounds 13 & 14.  The entire staff from both the product devision and race team are on call to make this week a successful one both in business and on the track.   Walker Evans himself is on hand meeting with and talking to SEMA attendees while Randy Anderson, Brian MacLean, and others talk about the full line of Walker Evans Racing shocks & wheels.

RJ Anderson will be pulling triple duty at LOORRS this weekend competing in UTV, Super-Lite, and Pro-Lite.  RJ is determined to add to his points lead in the UTV class where he is persistently preparing to capture his first ever UTV championship.  After a solid performance at Round 11 in Suprise, AZ in the Walker Evans Racing Super-Lite, where RJ would win in convincing fashion. They would fall short of a weekend sweep after being taken out midway through the Round 12 final.  RJ is determined to get back on top of the podium this weekend as he does all he can to get himself into a position to compete for the championship in the final rounds of the season.  Since finishing up his 2nd place finish for the TORC season in Pro-Lite, all RJ can think about is getting some wins at LOORRS in his V8 Pro-Lite. This weekend RJ and team will take the track not only looking to compete but to WIN in the Pro-Lite class, showing the LOORRS faithful that he is a triple threat!

As always, RJ and the entire Walker Evans Racing team would like to give a special thank you to their loyal sponsors, fans, and crew members.  Without them this would not be possible, and for that the team is very grateful to be surrounded by such great people and companies. RJ would like to also welcome everyone to stop by the pits, say hello, and meet the driver this weekend!