In 2010, Chad was poised to win the SuperLite Championship, but a single race knocked him into runner-up position. This
year, with the same fierce competition beating at his door, Chad has a burning desire to complete the mission. Chad commented, “We’ve be SO competitive in the Kawasaki/Yokohama/Lazer Star Superlite this year, everything has fallen into place, and there’s nothing more that I want than to bring this championship to my sponsors and hard working Funco team.”

With a championship driving performance in his very first weekend of ProLite Unlimited, Chad displayed stellar results at Round 14 in Las Vegas, just missing the podium on Sunday’s race with a 5th place finish. Yep, Chad George is out to prove that the ProLite class is where he plans to stay, and has already made a BIG statement. After a few tweaks and tunes, Saturday’s final Round 15 at Firebird Raceway race should prove to provide some spectacular racing as Chad will seek his very first win before the stomping crowds in the #42 Abu Dhabi Unlimited/Bull BBQ/Traxxas V-8 powered machine.

Shifting gears into his #1 Monster Energy Kawasaki UTV, the reigning champ will need to pedal-down the C&G powered V-twin at a chance for another win, and most of all his 5TH CONSECUTIVE UTV CHAMPIONSHIP. With only a narrow gap between the top three points runners, Chad will need to bring his A+ driving, and have some good luck on his side.  “Chad commented, “It would be a miracle if the current points leader didn’t start the race, it would give us our last chance at our 5th title, but all we can do is worry about winning, and let luck do the rest.”

In addition to Chad’s powerhouse weekend, the Funco stable will launch Chad’s cousin, 21 year old Garrett George, onto the Pro Buggy scene. Having multiple finishes and success in the Pro Buggy during the Lucas Oil Regional series, the team decided that now is the time to rub wheels in the “big time.” It’s no doubt that Garrett’s blood line has checkered flags flowing through it, as the son of a multi-time short course champion, Greg George, Garrett has the heritage, the talent and machinery to win; watch him fly high in the Funco Pro Buggy throughout 2012.

Multiple news sources are reporting that off-road racer Rick Huseman was in a plane crash yesterday near Barstow, California, that killed he and the two other passengers, among them his brother Jeff.

The small plane was attempting to make an emergency landing at the Barstow/Dagget Airport while returning home on Sunday after attending the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday night.

Huseman began racing in the late ‘90s. In 2009, he earned the Traxxas TORC Series Championship in Pro 4. He backed up that impressive season with the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship in 2010. He was currently in second place in the 2011 Lucas Oil Series. Huseman was also selected as the 2010 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year.

Huseman was 38 years old.

View a video recapping Rick Huseman’s 2010 season en route to his Dirt Sports award:

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, have revealed the recipient of a brand new Honda CRF150R in association with the demographic survey from Turnkey Sports & Entertainment. While the newly-crowned champions of American Motocross celebrated their respective titles at Pala Raceway, Ohio National Guard Technician Chris Johnson, was also rejoicing, after being informed one of the best selling models from Honda would soon be arriving on his doorstep.

Beginning in June, the administrative partners of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship introduced a demographic survey, hosted by Turnkey, through the respective Facebook pages of American Motocross and Alli Sports, in addition to the official series website at Hundreds of fans throughout the country participated, and by doing so, were entered into a drawing to receive the new 2012 Honda CRF150R. Just before the festivities at the season-ending Traxxas Pala National, a winner was selected at random.

“American Honda is happy to have had the opportunity to team up with MX Sports Pro Racing, and the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, for this giveaway,” said American Honda Public Relations Manager Bill Savino. “Mr. Johnson will be riding a new 2012 CRF150R, the best-selling youth bike in its class.”

Johnson, an avid racer in his own right, was notified while competing at the Aces Appalachian Championship Enduro Series. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive one of the finest motorcycles in the industry at no cost is something he will never forget, as it will allow him to continue to share his passion with his son.

“I am so excited,” exclaimed Johnson. “My son and I race dirt bikes together, so this new Honda will be a great addition to our collection, and the amount of time we spend together.”

MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports would like to thank all the participants in the Turnkey survey. The true commitment of American Motocross fans to the most prestigious dirt-bike racing series on the planet is unmatched, and the motocross community’s involvement is integral in assisting with the continued growth of the sport.

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PALA, Calif. – After a summer full of some of the best competition in series history, the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship came to a close on Saturday, in the heart of the motocross industry in Southern California. Thousands of fans were on hand to witness the Traxxas Pala National from Pala Raceway, as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., secured his first premier 450 Class title. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Scotland, capped off his championship season by sweeping the day’s motos for his third win of the season.

In the opening moto of the 450 Class, all eyes were on Villopoto and his championship rival, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who were separated by just 14 points. Out of the gates, the duo positioned themselves within the top 10, and immediately began working on moving forward. Out front, Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., looked to pull away, with American Honda’s Justin Barcia, of Monroe, N.Y., in pursuit. After just three laps, Barcia took over the top spot, but it was only a matter of time before the series’ perennial front-runners were battling for the lead. Both Villopoto and Dungey followed nose to tail throughout the moto, and on Lap 12, Villopoto slipped past Barcia and never looked back. Dungey followed suit two laps later, finishing second, and also losing an additional three points in the standings.

In Moto 2, the championship leaders found themselves in similar positions off the start, while TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, took over the early lead. While leading, Reed went down, allowing a closely-pursuing Barcia to assume the position. Upon remounting, Reed was forced to deal with a hard-charging Dungey and Villopoto. Dungey worked his way past quickly, and set his sights on Barcia, and the overall win. Villopoto took his time getting around Reed, using his healthy points lead to his advantage, but eventually settled into third, where he would finish the moto. At the front of the field, Barcia and Dungey brought the fans to their feet, battling for the win over the final two laps, with Dungey prevailing to secure his fourth win of the year.

Racing Pikes Peak is not something to be taken lightly. The utterly unforgiving nature of the road is clear to anyone who has driven it. In lieu of gravel traps, dense trees and sheer drop-offs line the course. It is not a race where you can push past the limit.

After a grueling 1300mi road trip from Crandon, WI from the Traxxas TORC Series and all-night prep job on the #44 AMSOIL Nissan Pro-Light, the brothers made it to tech inspection. A milestone in itself, tech inspection marks the beginning of three days of practice and Fan Fest, all of which culminate into race day on Sunday.

While Brad was returning for his second year, this was Roger’s rookie year on the peak. Sporting his familiar #4432 AMSOIL Ultra 4, Roger joined a class of six rock racers. Practice went well for the team as they tuned the trucks and worked through mechanical gremlins.

As the sun rose Sunday morning, the largest field in recent history lined up to battle the mountain. Roger took the green flag two vehicles ahead of Brad. Unfortunately, fate was not kind and several miles into the lower section, he missed an apex and experienced a disastrous roll. While the vehicle is likely a total loss, Roger walked away with only bumps and bruises. “It was a terrible feeling watching the safety trucks race up the road after my brother,” recalls Brad, “After a while I got word that he was alright but it left me with a lot to think about as I waited for my chance at the hill.”

Check out Brad’s run:

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Brad regained his focus and raced past the battered vehicle. Precision was key as the Nissan roared up the hill. Brad took the checkers with a time of 12:33 (2nd in Pikes Peak Open) which is nearly 45 seconds faster than his rookie attempt. “I was really pleased with my performance but it was a long day at 14,000 ft wondering about my brother. Our team, family, and friends did a tremendous job getting me from the podium at Crandon to the podium on Pikes Peak. I’m proud to get a strong finish for AMSOIL, BFG, Nissan, and all our sponsors.”

Check out Roger’s run:

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More footage of Roger’s crash:

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While #4432 might need a breather, both Brad and Roger will strive on in their 2011 campaign. Up next for the pair is the American Rocksports Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, UT July 14th – 16th. Only a week later, Brad will return to TORC short course racing at the legendary Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Miller Motorsports Park plays host to the next two rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) “short course” competition this weekend.  As the season approaches the mid-point, ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren sits third in points and continues his march up the championship ladder.  MacCachren won at Miller Motorsports Park last season in his ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, but with a completely new track will last season’s success give MacCachren any advantage?

“I hear that the track is completely new, so it is a level playing field for all seventeen drivers,” MacCachren commented.  “People forget that the track was brand new too when I won in Utah last year.”  A true “short course,” the track constructed at Miller Motorsports Park is just under one mile in overall length providing for exciting door to door action with excellent viewing of the entire course from the grandstands.  Fans who come out for the race will be treated to the “Mammoth Tabletop”; the largest tabletop jump in the LOORRS series and straight-aways that will result in higher speeds than any other LOORRS venue to date.

MacCachren’s talents most recently earned him victory last weekend at the TRAXXAS / The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short course race at historic Crandon International Raceway.  MacCachren’s list of accomplishments includes winning three consecutive Borg-Warner Championships and three Governor’s Cup Championships on BFGoodrich tires at Crandon.  He has now won both of the first two TORC races of the season, positioning him to win season championships in both TORC and LOORRS, where he is the current reigning Pro2 Unlimited champion.

If you are in the Salt Lake City region you won’t want to miss the LOORRS racing action at the world class Miller Motorsports Park facilities this weekend.  Stop by MacCachren’s pits for autographs and pictures with Rob, along with free samples of ROCKSTAR Energy from the beautiful ROCKSTAR Energy girls.  If you cannot attend the race in person you can still watch LOORRS non-stop race action on CBS, the Speed Channel, Versus, and MavTV.  And if you haven’t already done so, follow MacCachren Motorsports on Rob’s Facebook page at!/maccachren21.

Most of the 17 professional off-road drivers in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ (LOORRS) premier Pro2 Unlimited class are ecstatic if they ever manage to reach the podium.  ROCKSTAR Energy Drink’s Rob MacCachren holds himself to a higher standard though, constantly striving to be the best at whatever he does.  This iron will has allowed “Rockstar Rob” to earn three consecutive Pro2 Unlimited short course racing championships in as many years.  Coming into last weekend’s racing at historic Glen Helen Raceway, MacCachren was fifth in season points and looking to move forward in the rankings.

MacCachren qualified third for Saturday’s Round 5 race, the first time he has not been the pacesetter this year.  An inverted start found “Rob Mac” on the second row in his No. 1 ROCKSTAR Energy / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck when the green flag dropped.  MacCachren battled with Robby Woods for second place the first half of a race that was full of mechanical carnage for the competition, forcing many red flags.  Rockstar Rob had his sights set on the leader and was reeling him in when the hungry crowd behind him snuck by late in the race.  With only two laps remaining Rob Mac found himself in fourth place.  MacCachren’s years of experience shined through as he kept a cool head and regained position to finish Round 5 in second place, just five seconds behind the winner.

INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2011) – Whether you’re a fan of short course off-road racing or not, there’s no denying the impact the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL’s new docu-reality program, “TORC – The Off-Road Championship” TV Show” has had on the off-road racing community in terms of introducing new innovative production means in the coverage of the sport.

A key element to capturing the motion-driven spirit of the TORC series has been the involvement of GoPro, maker of the world’s best-selling wearable and gear mountable HD cameras.  The Armory, TORC’s TV production company, has literally blown the boundaries of documenting motorsports wide open by using GoPro’s HD Motorsports HERO cameras, giving TORC Series fans – east and west coast alike – a perspective never before captured in HD off-road coverage.