Monster Energy has increased their support of racers at the HDRA,
Eldorado Fireworks 500 by awarding an additional $10,000 in prize money
to bring the total cash bonuses to $35,500. Special Fueled by Monster Energy
cup trophies will be awarded to fastest qualifier, fastest lap, winner
of largest class and most dominating! Each of these trophies will be
accompanied with a check for $2,000.
Big O Tires is getting involved by sponsoring the live Internet show on HDRArace.com and will be offering a $500 bonus to the first overall, air-cooled car to finish. According to Jim Anderson of Big O Tires,
who will be racing with Chad Hall in Chad’s Trophy Truck, “Big O has
five retail locations in the Reno market. The Fireworks 500 is set to be
the biggest off-road race in America. We are excited to partner with
HDRA and look forward to the future growth of off-road racing in Reno. I
will be racing a truck but my roots are in air-cooled cars so we are
offering the $500 bonus. Big O Tires is working on additional support
for racers at the 500, so stay tuned.”
Truck racing, in particular off-road, is a very popular spectator sport in the south-west USA mainly. Again, spectator friendly is the short-course offroad - not the "classic" off-road truck racing. Monster Trucks (almost everybody knows "Grave Digger") as well have a elevated spectator count across the United States. Now add that up in the marketing oriented thinking process of Robby Gordon and what you get?? A new racing series for 2013 named "Stadium SUPER Trucks" Race Series.
Now with his involvement you can bet it will be, when finalized, something like "Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks USAC Racing" combined with the "BIGFOOT® – The Original Monster Trucks Action" or such... just contemplating here. Could be also a little longer after all there is Toyo Tires, his long-years sponsor as well 4wheel parts and some more.
But the announcement of the series is real. The whole story about that SST is that SST Racing’s field consists of 30 custom-made trucks, specifically made
for stadiums and built by the off-road legend, Robby Gordon. Gordon, a
one time champion of the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Series is revitalizing
Thompson’s series and making it BIGGER, BETTER and BADDER.
The difference between other series and desert off-road racing is the
concept of no teams. This means each truck is built and maintained by
SST Racing. All trucks are built exactly the same and is dyno-ed before
each event to keep an even playing field for each driver. Before each
SST event, a driver will draw for his chassis number and will be dyno-ed
on the spot, inspected by a SST official and ready for the provided
driver’s sponsored body panels.
Looking back. Casey Folks announces The General Tire Mint 400 2012. Casey Folks announces that Best in the Desert will be the promoter of the 2012 General Tire Mint 400 at SEMA 2011. The General Tire Mint 400 will be on 22.-25. March 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. All pre-race festivities will be held on Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas. You don't want to miss this historic event, we promise it will be bigger and better than anything you have seen.
Stronghold Motorsports has reached an agreement with premier engine
builder, Roush Yates Engines, to provide the engines for the Pro 2
Unlimited short course off road racing program of Seven-time Supercross
Champion, Jeremy McGrath. Stronghold Motorsports Managing Partner, Scott
Bailey spoke about these recent developments with the team. "Roush
Yates represents the highest level of performance in Ford Racing engine
technology. This is a fantastic opportunity to align ourselves with an
engine builder that has won at the most elite levels of motorsports." He
continued. "This is yet another significant step we are taking to
ensure that our drivers have the very best resources available. We are
looking forward to the upcoming season knowing that with Roush Yates
power behind Jeremy and his program, he will have very best opportunity
Roush Yates, a premier manufacturer of Ford racing
engines, continues to develop its reputation as an industry leader with
an expanded presence in the short course off road racing arena. "Jeremy
McGrath and Stronghold Motorsports have established themselves as
championship contenders in short course off road racing," said Doug
Yates, CEO, Roush Yates Engines. "We are proud to stand behind Jeremy
and the team with the technology and support to help take his program to
the next level."
About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance
racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and
durability you'd expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and
Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from
merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders,
both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In
2009 Doug Yates purchased his father's half of Roush Yates Engines to
become a co-owner in the company.
As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who
design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate
state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the
best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500
racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,
NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA,
Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At
Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved
through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful
craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing
service that's second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and
development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.
If you think the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is too hot yet the Dodge Ram
Power Wagon is too cold, General Motors' latest concept might strike you
as "just right." This, the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept, looks to
bridge the gap between the two hardcore pickups from GM's crosstown
rivals, while still offering top-notch levels of power, refinement and
four-door 2011 Sierra HD underpins the All Terrain concept, and power
comes from The General's 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8. A six-speed
automatic sends the 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque to all
four wheels. Versus a normal Sierra HD, ground clearance has been
increased by about three inches, width has been bumped up to 73 inches
(four more than normal) and the whole package rides on 20-inch aluminum
wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2 mud terrain tires. Off-road
performance is enhanced with the addition of Fox off-road shocks (just
like the Ford Raptor).
Inside, GM has fitted the All Terrain concept with a Denali-spec interior
with additional satin metal finishes and a
leather-wrapped dash. What's more, a next-generation stereo system with
an 80-gigabyte hard drive has been fitted inside this concept, and we'll
soon be seeing this new system across the full GM product range.
Currently, there are no plans to create a production version of the All
Terrain HD concept, though word is that if a road-ready version of this
ultra-tough Sierra is produced, it probably wouldn't come off of a GM
line – it would likely be crafted with the assistance of a second-tier
firm (think: Roush).
We'll be seeing the All Terrain concept in person at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks, but for now, click through the high-res image gallery here....
After a long summer layoff from desert racing, PMC Racing returns to the
Arizona desert looking to get revenge on a desert that has produced
massive rains and kept PMC Racing from finishing atop the podium the
last two years during the Parker 425.
the B.I.T.D. Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker offers a different
venue for PMC Racing and their competitors. This race that is in the
same Arizona desert as the Parker 425 utilizes only a very small portion
of the course that the Parker 425 uses.
PMC Racing has a distinct advantage over the other racers as this race
is ran on many of the same sections that PMC Racing tests their trucks
on over the course of the race season, this means PMC Racing will be
looking to come away with multiple wins
race weekend. “Any race in Parker has added pressure
for our team to be successful, however with relatively few other racers
seeing the new track before race day, we are looking to capitalize on
the advantage of knowing the local area desert and come away standing on
top of the podium at the end of the weekend,” commented Trent Beaver
driver of the #8105 PMC Racing stock full truck.
with the long layoff over the summer from desert racing PMC Racing has
stayed busy. They have made changes to both the Trophy Truck and Stock
Full they are fielding in the race next weekend and PMC Racing has also
secured a feature with a major magazine publisher with a future release
date. “The adjustments the team made to the trucks over the summer have
already shown to be successful, in recent test sessions, we look
forward to seeing their outcome on race day,” stated Beaver. PMC Racing
is looking to put their trucks to the test battling terrain and the
elements of racing to better their competitors at the inaugural Blue
Water Desert Challenge.
PMC Racing would like to thank their current sponsors for their
continued support: Parker Motor Company, Ford Trucks, KC HiLites,
Goodyear Tires, Ringers Gloves, King Shocks, Reily’s Race Wire, MSD
Ignition, Mogi Trans, Napa Auto Parts, Ruperto’s Mexican Food, Carrillo
Farms, and A and Z Farms.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to follow live
coverage of PMC Racing during the Blue Water Desert Challenge visit
www.trentbeaver.com or www.jimmybeaver.com.
About PMC Racing
PMC Racing was founded by the late Marion Beaver and has compiled race
wins in both unlimited hydroplane boat racing and off-road racing.
Currently, Marion Beaver’s son Dan Beaver heads the operations of PMC
Racing and fields a two-truck team in off-road desert racing. PMC
Racing spans three-generations of race drivers and Dan’s two sons, Jim
and Trent Beaver are currently filling the driving duties for PMC
Racing. With multiple race wins to PMC Racing’s credit, their passion
for off-road racing has never been stronger.
The TSCO "Vegas to Reno" – which is the longest off-road race in the
United States with announced 534 miles in length, is one of the most
popular events on the Best In The Desert schedule.
Folks, Director of the Best In The Desert series, said, "In 2009 we ran
a special three day race, Vegas to Reno - The Long Way!. For 2010,
we’re back to the single day format and we expect it to be another
extremely exciting race. The challenge and adventure of competing in
such a long "point to point" race with no stopping until you reach the
finish line always brings out the top off-road racers. Not only is this
going to be a big event but it’s also the 13th running of TSCO "Vegas to
race is open to all Best In The Desert classes – cars, trucks, UTVs,
quads and motorcycles and we expect over 300 entries from all across the
U.S., Canada, Mexico and even Europe." Live tracking is available here
on Off-Road One.
Find live tracking maps here
Casey Folks and BitD has worked closely with the BLM to set up a course
that avoids endangered species, and does not harm the environment. The
race starts near the town of Beatty, Nevada, with all classes off on
Friday, August 20th. Originally part of the Bullfrog Mining District,
today Beatty serves as an important gateway to Death Valley, and is 115
miles from Las Vegas. The course traverses a part of the legendary Pony
Express Trail made famous 148 years ago, and finishes up in Dayton, just
east of Reno, Nevada. The TSCO "Vegas to Reno" race takes racers from
the high desert floor at 2,500 feet elevation to mountainous heights of
over 9,000 feet, forcing competitors to adjust to the changing
atmospheric pressures, and endure extreme hot and cold temperature
variations. This course features some of the toughest, and most varied
terrain in the world. On the dry lakebed portions of the route speeds
over 100 MPH are typical. Racers must fight their way through narrow
canyons, boulder lined paths, and deep silt beds.Live tracking Vegas to
Reno BitD race. (Best in the Desert) Not confirmed are the following
standing from the time trials on Wednesday, 18.8.2010 :
- 1 1549 Sam Berri
- 2 97 BJ Baldwin
- 3 1581 Chuck Hovey
- 4 1588 Brian Hess
- 5 21 Gustavo Vildosola
- 6 1570 Harley Letner
- 7 1557 Pat Dean
- 8 71 Rick Johnson
- 9 1551 Todd Jergensen
- 10 1501 TJ Flores
- 11 1572 Greg Freitas
- 12 6 Steve Sourapas
- 13 1554 Shannon Campbell
- 14 70 Bryce Menzies
- 15 1531 Adam Phankuch
- 16 51 Cory Scheeler
- 17 35 Jason Voss
- 18 19 Tim Herbst
- 19 49 Troy Herbst
- 20 1543 Chris Kemp
- 21 Steve Croll
- 22 Drew Belk
- 23 Shawn Croll
- 24 Tony Smiley
- 25 Eric Jacobs
- 26 Roger Norman
- 27 Mark Ewing
- 28 Mark Weyhrich
- 29 Jason Shipman
- 30 Steve Raskett
- 31 Chris Appleton
- 32 Sean Mecham
- 33 Bonestroo
- 34 Vince Galewick
- 35 Adam Householder
- 36 Jim Tucker
- 37 Ron Whitton
BitD - Best in the desert released the GPS coordinates for the upcoming
TSCO Vegas To Reno desert race held at August 19., 20. and 21. 2010 -
(the race is on Friday) - The off-road course offers an entire gamut of
desert racing; from fast desert floors, switchback mountain roads
through the pine forests and incredible vistas high in the mountains
getting closer to northern Nevada.
This is the longest race in the United States - the one and only TSCO "Vegas to Reno"
Off-Road One made the released data as a Google map available. Visit the Vegas to Reno race map page
to view it as well other V2R race course maps.
He is arguably the best stock car racer in the country and now, he’s
going head-to-head against the best racers in the world. NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series driver Kyle Busch is scheduled to make his Pro 2WD off-road
racing debut in the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL Aug. 24-25
at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion will face drivers such as
seven-time AMA champion Ricky Johnson; off-road star Rob MacCachren; and
motocross legend Jeremy McGrath, who is being inducted into the
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America that same week. Many drivers have
raced in off-road prior to their careers in NASCAR, Brendan Gaughan and
Jimmie Johnson to name a few. Busch has previous dirt racing experience,
driving a dirt late model in the annual “Prelude to the Dream” race
founded by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart.
“I’ve always wanted to try out one of the Traxxas TORC Series trucks, so
being able to race one at Chicago is going to be a lot of fun,” Busch
said. “Racing an off-road truck has been on my list of vehicles I wanted
to try out before my racing career was over, so I have to thank Traxxas
for giving me a chance to come out and race one of these short course
trucks for the first time.”
The event, held the same week as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’
and IZOD IndyCar Series’ events at the speedway, puts the The Traxxas
TORC Series and its drivers right in front of a whole new group of
enthusiastic motorsports fans. It’s an unprecedented week of “must see”
horsepower and action. Chicagoland provides an incredible backdrop for
the series’ television show, “The Off Road Championship,” premiering on
Discovery’s HD Theater Sept. 2.
“The Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL is the premier short course
off-road series offering incredibly exciting racing at iconic venues,
but it's the class of drivers that make our series so special,” said
Kevin Miller, president of the series’ sanctioning body, USAC. “When you
add someone like Kyle Busch into the field, not only does it draw new
fans to our sport, but it raises the game of every driver in the field.
No one wants the new guy to come in and win and I think anyone who knows
Kyle knows he’s not coming in to Chicago with the intent of just
racing. He's there to take home a victory and leave with the trophy."
To purchase tickets for this event, visit TORCSeries.com for online advance ticket purchases.
For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL, visit them on the Web at TORCSeries.com
. For information on the United States Auto Club, visit USACRacing.com
Both sites will also feature live free streaming of all the events on
the TORC Series schedule courtesy of GoPro cameras and eBay Motors.
Visit Off Road Short Course Racing
for updated info on short course racing events.
The Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL will invade American homes
this fall on the Discovery's HD Theater network. The series will air
every Thursday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST, meaning primetime series
coverage on both the east and west coasts. The new HD Theater Series,
"The Off Road Championship," will provide viewers with in-depth coverage
of the series' drivers with both on- and off-track action covered. The
racing is being captured on multiple high-performance RED digital cine
cameras, offering viewers an extraordinary viewing experience.
Additionally, a combination of on-track and in-truck GoPro cameras,
along with such innovations as the RC helicopter cam, provide a view of
the sport fans have never seen before.
“The Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL is an incredible experience
live and Discovery HD Theater has captured that atmosphere for their
television audience,” said Kevin Miller, the CEO of USAC, the TORC
Series’ sanctioning body. “While nothing can top actually being there to
witness a TORC Series event, what HD Theater has done is the next
The Sept. 2 world premiere episode, airing prior to the TORC Series’
finale in Crandon Labor Day weekend, details the Crandon Cup race from
the season opener at the "Big House," featuring the PRO 2 and PRO 4
drivers together in the classic shoot-out. A premiere party is being
planned for VIPs and competitors for the broadcast as teams arrive in
For more information on Discovery’s HD Theater, check out DHD.Discovery.com.
For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL,
visit them on the Web at TORCSeries.com. For information on the United
States Auto Club, visit USACRacing.com. Both sites will also feature
live free streaming of all the events on the TORC Series schedule
courtesy of GoPro cameras and eBay Motors.