Union, S.C. (April 16, 2012) – It’s no longer a matter of earning stripes for Factory FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell, who locked down his third consecutive XC1 Pro class victory at Sunday’s VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, one of the most rugged stops on the 13-race circuit. Russell has already proven he’s got what it takes to hang with former GNCC champs Charlie Mullins (2011) and Paul Whibley (2010); but after growing up through the GNCC youth ranks, the 22-year-old is quickly becoming the rider to beat in the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series.

Whibley once again grabbed the $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award on his AmPro Yamaha YZF450, but it was Russell who set the early pace on his KTM 350, as he led the avenging duo of Whibley and Mullins who haven’t been able to beat Russell since Whibley took the opening round in Florida over a month ago.

Russell put a sizeable gap between himself and the Mullins/Whibley battle about midway through the three-hour race and he especially turned it up as the two-lap card fell. And that’s when the major twists started to take place for Mullins and Whibley, as they took turns getting stuck in the mud hole on the final two laps. Russell capitalized on their mistakes to extend his lead even more, as he seemed to have ridden a nearly flawless race through the rough and tumble South Carolina obstacles.

Morgantown, W. Va. (April 11, 2012) – Winning races hasn’t come easy this season for defending ATV champion Chris Borich, and after round three’s exciting finale in North Carolina, Taylor Kiser and the rest of the field have shown Borich that winning a fourth championship may be an even bigger feat. Round four of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series heads to Union, South Carolina for round four of the 13-race tour, the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC, and the ATV racing competition is more intense than ever before.

Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Borich tops the leader board with a pair of wins after three rounds of racing, but Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser secured his first win of the season and heads into this weekend’s race with mounds of confidence behind him. Kiser made a bold statement with his bar-banging attempt to uphold the lead in North Carolina and with a little help from a last minute mistake by Borich, Kiser was able to best his biggest challenger in the final minutes of the two-hour race.

LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder begins the fourteenth year of his short-course off-road career with a contest for his fans to win a ride-along with the legend himself.  With 97 wins in his record book, the countdown to Renezeder’s hundredth career win is well underway on his social networking sites (links are below), and fans are jumping at the chance to fly through the air and throw some dirt with The Man.

“Not only has Nissan come back to our program, but they’ve launched the partnership in a huge way,” explained Renezeder, who will run Nissan Titan trucks in both the Pro-2 and Pro-4 classes in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  “They’re giving fans a chance to climb in our two-seater truck with me – I can’t wait to give someone the ride of their life!”

Renezeder’s team has spent the short off-season making sure the hundredth win happens sooner rather than later. Crew chief Bill Smith has been fine-tuning and refining the trucks front to back, from suspension to drivetrain, giving Renezeder trucks that will be powerful, nimble, predictable and flat out fast.

“We continually worked on these trucks throughout last season, and with the progress we’ve also made this off-season, we feel more confident in our program than ever,” commented Renezeder.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 26, 2011) – Officials at VP Racing Fuels today announced that fuel service will be provided on site at all 12 rounds of the AMA Arenacross series beginning with the first race in Des Moines, IA this Saturday, Oct. 29. For this purpose, VP has designated Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki as its trackside supplier.

“We’re looking forward to providing this service to all the Arenacross riders,” said Denny Bartz, Team Manager for Team Babbitt’s “We’ll have VP100 and MR-PRO6 racing fuels available in 5-gallon pails for Pro class riders as well as U4.4 for amateur classes, so we encourage riders to come see us in the paddock.”

“We’re pleased to work with Team Babbitt’s to make VP fuels available at Arenacross events,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Western Regional Manager.  “Team Babbitt’s has used VP fuels with great success, so they can attest to the performance gains riders stand to achieve. Many Arenacross racers are already familiar with the increased power and consistency of VP fuels and we’re confident they’ ll appreciate having VP’s products readily available at the track.”

Racers with questions about specific VP fuels available at Arenacross events should contact Team Babbitt’s at 309-314-4138. Technical questions about VP fuels can directed to VP Tech Support at 210-241-1192 or MotorcycleTech@vpracingfuels.com. Additional information about VP Racing Fuels is available online at vpracingfuels.com.

Over its 35-year history, VP Racing has earned a reputation for producing high quality racing fuels with superior power and consistency, fueling numerous championships across North America and around the world. VP is also the official, spec fuel and/or contingency sponsor of AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, AMA Flat Track, All Harley Drag Racing Association, NHRA and ADRL, among nearly 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

In addition to racing fuels, VP’s product line includes SEF Small Engine Fuels for 2- and 4-cycle portable gas-powered tools and PowerMaster hobby fuels for R/C racing. More information is available online at SEFfuels.com or PowerMasterFuels.com.

Somerset, Pa. -Charlie Mullins claimed his second win in a row and fourth of the year with an impressive runaway performance at the VP Racing Fuels Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset, Pennsylvania on Sunday.

After the start, the 11th round of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series appeared to be a five-man affair as Mullins battled with his FMF/KTM teammate Kailub Russell, FMF/Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang, WMR Racing/Clockwork/Planet Fitness KTM’s Nate Kanney and Am Pro Racing/FMF Yamaha’s Paul Whibley. However, heading into the second lap, Mullins, Russell and Strang made a break from the pack – with Russell holding the upper hand.

Near the halfway point of the race, Mullins took the lead from Russell and then later pulled a considerable gap when Russell took a hard fall in the rocks. After that, it was all Mullins, as the Ohio rider decided it was time to check out.

“Me, Kailub and Strang had our own little battle going,” said Mullins. “One of us would fall down and someone else would get the lead, and it was kind of like that for most of the day. But I kind of broke away during the next-to-last lap and I came through the barrels and looked back and I didn’t see anyone so I figured I had a good lead so I just dropped my head and was pushing pretty hard… I didn’t take any chances but I rode hard.”

Somerset, PA -Brian Wolf took advantage of a late race mistake by Adam McGill to take a thrilling win at the VP Racing Fuels Mountain Ridge GNCC in Somerset, Pennsylvania – round 11 of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series.

For most of the two-hour race, no less than five riders were in contention for the overall victory. However, it was McGill who led the most laps, taking the early lead after making first-lap passes on Wolf and $250 Motosport.com Holeshot Award winner Taylor Kiser. McGill’s Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell was among the front-runners, along with Kiser on the Ballance Racing Yamaha, Wolf on a GT Thunder-backed Honda and series points leader Chris Borich on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki, as McGill led the pack through one of the toughest courses of the year.

The battle for the lead heated up when Wolf passed McGill halfway into the final lap. However, the XC1 rookie got stuck behind a lapper with two miles to go, allowing McGill retake the lead. At that point, McGill looked to have his third win of the year all wrapped up; however, a half-mile later the West Virginia rider clipped a tree and watched helplessly as Wolf took the lead and eventually the win.

Reno, Nev.— The Vegas to Reno Off-Road Race brought more than 5,000 people through 16 rural Nevada communities and over 500 miles of BLM desert last weekend.  While race safety is a priority in permitting the event, the economic boost to these communities is vital, too.

There were no major accidents and only a couple of minor medical incidents. The BLM will continue to permit off-highway-vehicle racing on public lands while working with promoters and participants to improve safety and reduce the impacts to public lands.

“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was comfortable permitting this event,” said Leo Drumm, outdoor recreation planner. “The race promoter, Best in the Desert, has a good safety record and planned for all contingencies.”

The race is held annually on established roads on public lands in Nevada. The race has continued running for over 20 years and has become a part of the state’s history.

Starting near Beatty, Nev., to avoid Mojave desert tortoise habitat, motorcycles, quads, buggies and unlimited trucks headed north and traveled through 16 rural Nevada towns along the way. In Tonopah, restaurants were full and gas stations were busy.

Before issuing the Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Best in the Desert Racing Association, the BLM analyzed the Environmental Assessments (EA) used for permitting the event in previous years and determined the EAs provided adequate environmental analysis to permit the event for this year.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, was overjoyed to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles North America was the new “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert. Casey stated, “Husqvarna has a great and storied history in off-road desert racing and we’re extremely proud to have them on board.” Folks also has a personal and long history with Husky as well. Not only did Casey race and win on them for years, he and his motorcycle dealership, Sportsman Cycle Sales, are the fifth oldest Husqvarna dealer in the U.S. He even has eight fully restored vintage Huskies on display at Sportsman Cycle Sales in Las Vegas. Casey went on to say, “To have Husqvarna join us to reestablish their incredible desert racing heritage is really something special to me.”

Corey Eastman, National Marketing Manager for Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, said, “We are excited to be associated with the leading desert race series in the United States, Best In The Desert. Husqvarna has had tremendous success over the last several decades with podium finishes in major events worldwide.” More than $12 million in contingency awards is available at racing events throughout the country this season. He continued, “Husqvarna is committed to those who choose to ride Huskies. The “Ride More” concept creates an overall racing program that supports both top Pros and average Joes, which was our main goal for 2011! Our “Ride More” concept has found a new home with the racers and fans of the Best In The Desert races.”

Husqvarna’s first event as the “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert will be the upcoming TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race, August 18-20, 2011.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

The broadcast of the Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425 off-road race will be shown on the Lucas Oil Motorsport Hour this Saturday at 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time on the VERSUS Network. See the thrilling and close racing that Best in the Desert is famous for, as the top off-road racers in the world take on the challenges of the desert along the beautiful Colorado River to begin their quest for the 2011 championship season.

Seasoned camera crews from the Lucas Oil Motorsports Studios captured all the action from the ground, and in the air, to bring you a show unlike any other. The Memorial Day weekend is famous for television coverage of the best racing events the sport has to offer … so what better way to kick it off than with the Best in the Desert Parker 425 on Saturday. Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, KTM – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

For more information on the BITD series, visit www.BITD.com.