Colorado Springs, CO 2/1/13 – The Lovell Brothers are on their way to the first event in 2013 that is also the biggest rock race of the year – King of the Hammers. The newly minted #1 AMSOIL Rock Racer has been refurbished and outfitted with the latest innovations from the best brands in the business.

Lovell Racing welcomes back their group of dedicated team sponsors for their rock race program including AMSOIL, Torchmate, BFGoodrich, 4 Wheel Parts, and Spidertrax. “It’s pretty cliche to thank sponsors for their support,” comments Brad Lovell, “In our case we would not be racing without them. They aren’t supporters of the team, they are the team.” The brothers also welcome several new sponsors including Method Race Wheels, Magnaflow, and Ron Davis Racing Products.

LOOMIS, CA – The Free Ruffstuff Specialties Open Pit will be set up for the third consecutive year at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers.  The 8 bay capabilities will include 9 Lincoln Electric Welders and a 4×4 Torchmate Table in addition to 3 full service mobile welding trucks that can come to you anywhere.  Racers have priority, but nobody will be ignored, including those without broken vehicles who would just like a Free RuffStuff or Lincoln Electric T-shirt or koozie!  “Last year we repaired 198 different vehicles and this year we have doubled our size and added additional capabilities,” said Dan Fredrickson, owner of Ruffstuff Specialties.  “We go above and beyond for anyone, and one of the cool things that we offer is allowing you to try all the latest and greatest equipment from Lincoln Electric.  We know that most off-road guys are welders, sometimes amazingly good and sometimes not, but all can benefit from the hands on experience. If you are looking at plasma machines, there is no better time to check out the Torchmate 4×4 Table in use, and while the pressure is on to get it done right now!”

RENO, NEV. – The days leading up to his TORC Pro-Light Championship race in Lancaster, Calif. on Sept. 29, Brad Lovell was where he can usually be found before each short-course race – stationed at his Torchmate 4X4 CNC machine, fabricating race components to ready his Pro-Light rig for the off-road battle of its life.

The season of hard work in the garage paid off in the biggest week of Brad Lovell’s racing career, when, fresh off of being crowned Ultra-4 Pro champion, he backed it up with his first-ever TORC Pro-Light series championship at the Lancaster racetrack.

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.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – JT Taylor completed another first in off-road racing.  He took the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border and finished the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race.  “This is the funest race on the planet, and I’ve been around the planet,” joked JT Taylor.  “On a more serious note, it is an honor to be able to be welcomed by the entire NORRA staff and all the legendary drivers into their group after racing this week.”

The week started off with a very well organized NORRA Tech and Contingency where JT Taylor and co-driver Doug Nagy mingled with legends of the sport.  On Day 1, of the four day staged race, they left the line in a parade to Laguna Selada.  Once in open racing, the car ran well, but the steering ram that had been replaced prior to the race was now too quick.  They changed the part and picked up a little penalty for the transit stage, but had a great time in the last few sections reeling people in with the King Shocks and Goodyear Tires rolling over the obstacles.

Off-road racing is a gear-stripping, brake-grinding, suspension-squashing sport. Jim Lambert, president of Lambert Motorsports, knows this all too well. Last year he went through five transmissions on his Ultra4 racing rig, and he plowed into a tree on a forested New England racetrack, destroying the front end of his chassis.

The wear, tear and outright damage that an off-road vehicle sustains over the course of a rough-and-tumble season makes for long weekends and late nights in the shop repairing, reinforcing and re-engineering off-road vehicle components. Lambert had been doing this all by hand, cutting out paper templates in CAD, tracing them onto metal sheets, and hand-cutting each piece. The process was time-consuming and the outcome was often imprecise.

But 16 months ago, when Lambert began building a new Ultra 4 racing rig, he pulled the trigger on purchasing a Torchmate 2X2 machine, one of the most compact and affordable CNC fabricating machines on the market.

Today, he can’t figure out what took him so long.

Colorado Springs, CO – The TORC banners are now coming down at Charlotte Motor Speedway but the excitement of high-flying door-banging action will not soon be forgotten. Tensions betweens teams was evident as each looked to determine where they would fit in the 2012 pecking order. Looking to prove themselves as a top team, the AMSOIL / Lovell crew had a weekend of highs and lows.

Friday qualifying was a bit of a setback for the team placing 4th and down nearly a second from the pole-sitter. “We got a lot of practice and hit the track at 100%,” said driver Brad Lovell, “I kept searching for the fast line because there was no groove worn in the track yet. I must have missed it.” Fortunately, with the starting inversion, the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan started in position 3.

Lovell got a huge run off the start to push through the first turn to take the lead. As the rest of the pack battled Lovell sprung free and led the race for 4 laps before pushing wide in a hairpin allowing 2011 champion Andrew Caddell through. Lovell then faced pressure from CJ Greaves who put up a fight for the whole race but was unable to get enough grip to pass the BFGoodrich shod Nissan. The 2nd place finish is a strong statement from the Lovell team. “We have made substanial improvements to the truck in the past few months,” adds Brad,”It leaves a lot of time to wonder where you will end up once the season starts. We’re getting confident and know we are a podium team. Once we get confidence from that first win – watch out!”

RENO, NV – The Torchmate SuperLite Championship Truck driven by Dawson Kirchner went all the way to first place on Sunday at the 6th round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Round at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.  The win topped off an exceptional race weekend. “This was my second win in a SuperLite truck, I am really excited to be back on the podium!” said Dawson Kirchner.

Kirchner started out the weekend with the fastest lap time in practice on Friday.  Putting some great lap times down, the car felt perfect in the warm Southern California conditions.  Saturday was no different when the Torchmate truck took the fastest qualifying time.  With a two row inverted start, Kirchner lined up in the second row.  His finish on Saturday wouldn’t be the best with a flat tire that put him a lap down that he could never make up.

RENO, NV— The last bolts are being tightened, the dents and gashes from last race’s crashes repaired, and the drivers itching to be back on dirt chasing the SuperLite Championship Series crown at the Surprise, Ariz. Speedworld Off-Road Park for rounds three and four of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, April 16 and 17.

Walker Evans Racing’s RJ Anderson and General Tire’s Jeff “Ox” Kargola each jumped to the top of the leader board with their respective wins in the first two rounds of SuperLite racing action. But they’ll have to keep at bay a pack of hungry racers, including Torchmate’s CJ Greaves — Dirt Sports Magazine’s Rookie of the Year for 2010 — Dawson Kirchner, Jessie Johnson (brother of NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson) and SiriusXM radio host Jason Ellis. skateboarder and MMA fighter

Yokohama Tires-backed Pat Clark and Kawasaki’s Chad George, who finished second and third respectively in the first round of the series, will pull out all the stops in their plight to conquer the Speedworld Off Road Park podium.

The highly competitive field will put on a horsepower-and-adrenaline-fueled show for the fans, trading paint, mashing fenders and jostling fiercely for position in the crowded and talented 2011 SuperLite racing field.

The two Surprise, Ariz. races are the third and fourth contests in a nationally-televised, 16-race series that culminates in the championship in December. SuperLite racing is part of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.

The big air jumps, carnage-producing corners and fender-to-fender action of SuperLite racing has landed it coverage in CBS, SPEED TV, as well as features in publications that include Maxim, Auto Week and Road and Track.

For more information on the SuperLite Championship Series and SuperLite’s “Arrive and Drive” package, which turns race fans into off-road racers, go to: http://www.superlitechampionship.com

RENO, NEV — A new partnership between manufacturer Torchmate and retailer 4 Wheel Parts is putting affordable, automated, metal-cutting machinery into storefronts across the nation, where hobbyists, off-roaders and small metal shops can view and purchase the versatile prototyping units.

Torchmate’s industry-leading 2X2 CNC Prototyping System packs computer-automated Plasma-cutting, routing, drilling and engraving into a mobile and affordable package. The versatile, compact and precise automated system can be used by off-road drivers to fabricate frame and suspension components or by metal shops to cut or engrave items during fabrication.

“The response to our latest Torchmate 2×2 CNC Prototyping System has been overwhelming. The partnership with 4WheelParts is going to allow us to get the word out much faster that CNC plasma cutting and routing technology is available to everyone and not only the fabricating elite,” said Torchmate CEO Bill Kunz.