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Lovell Brothers to Tackle the Baja 1000 with BFGoodrich Tires

Lovell brothers Baja 1000

Colorado Springs, CO 11/11/12 - So what do you do after a great season of short course and rock racing? Clean everything up, take a quick breather, and head to the Baja 1000.

Brad & Roger Lovell will join an all-star team to help pilot the BFGoodrich Tires BC-2 car. Long-time racers for BFG, the brothers were fortunate enough to win the seats through a popular vote and once again race the legendary SCORE Baja 1000.
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JT Taylor Radio Interview

Click here to listen to Torchmate Racing's JT Taylor on local Loma Linda, California radio station KCAA 1050 AM

Lovell Brothers Conquer Vegas To Reno

Vegas to Reno 2012

Colorado Springs, CO 8/20/12 - The route from Las Vegas to Reno is surrounded by the most desolate landscape in the US. Temperatures up to 120 degrees sear rocky mountains and silt filled valleys. The remote nature allows the area to host the longest point to point race in the country - BITD Vegas to Reno. 323 teams took the green flag in an attempt to conquer the treacherous route.
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Torchmate Joins Off-Road Evolution on the JK Experience

jk experience

There are few things better than a summer road trip across the United States, except maybe doing it with a couple dozen of your friends in the iconic Jeep 4x4. The Off-Road Evolution JK Experience offers participants an adventure like no other. Buy the ticket, take the ride and get in line. Only the leader knows the direction and where you might end up at any given time. All the while you can be assured you are in good company. In fact, it’s that kind of spirit that has continued to attract Jeep owners to take the road less travelled for over 50 years. This kind of faith in your equipment requires preparation, and any successful road trip starts in the shop. That’s where Torchmate comes in. For 2012, Torchmate CNC Cutting systems will help Off-Road Evolution prepare to lead sixteen JKX participants into the unknown backcountry of the greatest nation. Torchmate is proud to support the 2012 JK Experience.

Torchmate Racing Announces 2013 Sponsorship Campaign

Torchmate Racing 2013

For all you racers out there it's that time of year. Don't miss the opportunity to join the Torchmate Racing team. For complete information on how to apply visit http:// www.TorchmateRacing.com/2013.

Two and Two For #44

Lovell Now One Point Out of Series Lead

Lovell Bark River

Bark River, MI 8/14/12 - Two was Brad Lovell's lucky number this weekend in Bark River, MI, for the latest rounds of the 2012 TORC season. The track, one of Lovell's favorites, has not been kind to him in the past. This weekend, however, it highlighted the battle between him and Andrew Caddell for the pro-light championship.
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Lovell Pushes to the Podium in Chicago

Chicagoland Speedway Lovell

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.
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Lovell Wins Big at the Big House - Sets New Track Record

Lovell at Crandon

Colorado Springs, CO 6/19/12 - Brad Lovell set the pro-light class on fire this weekend at Crandon International Raceway setting a new track record during qualifying and winning Round #5.
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JT Taylor Ultra4 Car Takes Green Flag at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway

JT Taylor Crandon

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO JUNE 13, 2012 - JT Taylor is headed to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway to take the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car and put it in the Big House for the inaugural Ultra4 event. “There is no way I was going to miss an opportunity to race this weekend,” said JT Taylor. “After going to Crandon for the last two years pitting for Brad Lovell and learning the history, I know that this is yet another opportunity to show the capabilities of our Rock Buggies.”
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Shaffer Motorsports Bitten by Woes at Baja 500

Baja 500

Ensenada, Baja California

Shaffer Motorsports was optimistic heading into the Baja 500. Their win in San Felipe had them just six points out of the championship points lead and both the Transfer Case Express, Torchmate racecar and the team were working better than ever. The race started off on a bad note when without warning, the gps acted up, it was unable to locate any satellites. It took until mile 89 for the gps to function and to add to the mix their race radio was not receiving. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the crew could hear them but they could not get a response.
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JT Taylore Finishes NORRA Mexican 1000 in Ultra4 Car Winning the Evolution 4x4 Class

JT Taylor NORRA 1000

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO MAY 29, 2012 - 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.”
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Shaffer Motorsports Closing in on the Points Lead, Heads to the Baja 500

Shaffer Baja 500 2012

Oakland, CA
The Shaffer Motorsports team heads to Baja with momentum on their side. After their win at the San Felipe, 250 the Transfer Case Express Class 4 race car has pulled within 6 points of the lead in the season long points chase. The victory helped to bolster their confidence but the challenges they have overcome along the way has made it that much sweeter. San Felipe was a huge test for the team; they had to return to the states for an all-night transmission fix just before the race. Thanks to some incredible customer service from Weddle Industries they were more than ready when it was time to race and the results showed it.

Driving talent pays off on raceday but winning championships is a team affair, everyone has to dig deep when the going gets tough. To be a contender it takes a huge amount of planning, preparation and hard work. The prerunner suffered a broken rear axle housing which took the spool with it after San Felipe so the team has been putting in long hours getting both the prerunner and the Transfercase Express, Torchmate racer in top shape for 500 miles of Baja terrain.

The driving assignments have been split three ways. Mike Shaffer will drive with Bryan Crofts at the start, Shawn Twitchel will be doing the middle section with son Ian sitting next to him and Daniel Abereli and co-driver Bernie Strom will bring it home. By splitting up the course into three sections each driving pair will be able to learn the most intimate details of their section. If you are going to push it in the dust or darkness, you have to know what’s around the next bend. One thing is certain, the team will be going all out to back up their San Felipe win with another victory on this super challenging Baja 500 course.

Photography By Brian Binkert
Bink Designs / www.binkdesigns.com

Brad Lovell Wins TORC Round #4

Lovell Redbud TORC

Colorado Springs, CO 5/29/12 - The second round of 2012 TORC racing held at the famed RedBud facility this weekend welcomed a new champion - Brad Lovell. The new layout was as technical as it was unique giving the "rock donkey" an edge.
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Speedworld Delivers Challenging Weekend, Hart and Huntington Off Road works Through

Short Course Crash Derby

Hart and Huntington short course

May 22nd, 2012 – Corona, California

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series have come and gone like the sun rises and drops over the Arizona desert. The heated opposition of racing in a close contact short course was many competitors undoing. Some failure came from the extreme conditions pushing driver and equipment to the limit while the major factor remaining in the way of successful and clean racing is the overly aggressive contact resulting in torn up vehicles.
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Transfer Case Express and Shaffer motorsports Baja 500 Live Coverage

Baja 500 plasma cutting

Shaffer-Motorsports will be racing the Baja 500 in Class 4, car #418.

Mike Shaffer will be driving the first section with Bryan Crofts as his co-driver. Shawn Twitchell will be driving the second leg with, son, Ian Twitchell as his co-driver. Daniel Abereli and his co-driver Bernie Strom will be taking the final leg - Take it home to the finish!!

They've been prepping the race car and pre-runner for the race and have run into a few small hurdles. They realized that the rear end in the pre-runner didn't sound all that great at the San Felipe 250. They ordered some new parts and tore it down. They were faced with the reality that the problems were much bigger than they thought! They found a spool broken in half due to an extremely busted rear axel housing. And then the racecar decided to join in on the chaos and left them chasing their tails with some serious engine management issues. They located a broken wire in the wiring harness that powered the injectors. But, now a week a late, they have been working some long hours to get back on schedule. They are trying to get everything finished up in time to leave this Saturday morning.

Once they get down to Mexico we will post up some pictures of pre-race festivities and pre-running!

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Lovell Brothers Make Tracks at Temple Canyon

Lovells Temple Canyon

Colorado Springs, CO 5/15/12 - It has been many years since a CHCA Hill Climb has been packed with so much carnage. Rollovers, wrecks, and ejections from the racing surface filled the weekend. Navigating through the mayhem were brothers Roger (in the #232 AMSOIL Ultra 4) and Brad (in the #44 AMSOIL Pro-Light).
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Gwen Garwood Finishes 2nd at Northern California Dirt Tracks

Gwen Garwood racing

Gwen Garwood and the Torchmate Racing team have switched their focus back to the Northern California dirt tracks..... Gwen's debut in her new Outlaw Kart went better than expected for the team.
Gwen and the team headed to Dixon CA this weekend to compete in the Beginner Box Stock class at the Dixon Speedway . Gwen and her dad wanted to focus on having as much fun as possible and they did just that. Gwen started the night as the fastest car in practice which was a huge surprise since this was the first time the now 6 yr old had been in the car and the first time on the dirt since age 4. Gwen won both of her heat races , lapping the entire field in the first and second heat. The inexperience of the team showed as the night went on and another driver caught up to Gwen's pace and won. Gwen finished 2nd in her debut in the New car and the Torchmate Outlaw Kart team couldn't be happier.

Thanks to Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems ,Trophy Air Systems , Kartel Motorsports , MTFX Graphics and KoversOnline.com

Hart and Huntington Off Road Sweeps Up After Lake Elsinore
Takes Home Twin PRO-4 Trophies

Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park

April 25th, 2012 – Lake Elsinore, CA
After Rounds 3 & 4, Hart and Huntington Off Road's snapshot assessment of the Lucas Oil Off Road Race weekend at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park is that the team has an optimistic view of the 2012 season.
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Lovell Gains Foothold in 2012 TORC Points Battle

TORC Points Battle Lovell

Colorado Springs, CO 4/25/12 - 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.
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JT Taylor Races NORRA Mexican 1000 in Ultra4 Car

NORRA Mexican 1000 JT Taylor

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO APRIL 22, 2012 - JT Taylor will be taking the Torchmate / Tube Shark Ultra4 car south of the border to compete in the four day 2012 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 Race. This will be the first effort for an Ultra4 car to compete in this style of race. “This will be my third time participating in this race and taking my car makes it even more special this year,” said JT Taylor. “The roots of Baja racing are part of this race but this effort will be the OG of desert racing.”
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Hart and Huntington Off Road - Turning Up the Heat in Lake Elsinore

Hart and Huntington lake elsinore

April 21st 2012 – Lake Elsinore, CA

Known as a hot bed for action packed motorsports, Lake Elsinore delivered lots of high octane exploits with a Friday qualifying session for Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The heat was turned up as temperatures soared to triple digits and the off road teams launched big air on the new high flying short course track at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
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Hart and Huntington Off Road - Merrell Kicking Off Round 3 with a Podium Finish - We Got More!

April 22st 2012 – Lake Elsinore, CA

Round 3 is complete. The Lucas Oil Off Road Pits have melted the night away and a few hundred hard working guys are burning the candle at both ends. It is time for the chore of rebuilding what has been busted, crunched, and or destroyed. It is expensive. It is time consuming and it is hard work that requires fortitude and precision.
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Rusty Bray Starts Out the Season in 2nd Place

Rusty Bray Dayton

This past weekend was the start of the Werock East Pro Series season in Dayton, TN! This is a great venue because it typically attracts thousands of fans and this year is no different! We got to the event late on Friday and didn't have much time to prepare for the first obstacle. Once we arrived, we found out there was only three competitors in our class but all top notch and racing for the series! It started off a rough night with us all most pointing out on the first course and finishing in 3rd place for the night (not what we came to do!). The great thing about the evening was we had the opportunity to sign hundreds of autographs for the fans and market Torchmate racing. There was almost 2500 people watching on Friday night!

On day two, we come back focused and preapred! We started off watching the other two competitors DNF their first course and we cleaned the obstacle with low score of the day! This took us to first place immediately and gave us a comfortable lead thru most of the night. A bad judgement call on my part trying to miss all the cones on the last course, led the Torchmate racing team to a DNF and bumping us into 2nd place! During the shootout, our team gave it our all and finsihed more bonuses than any other at the event but we still came up a few points shy of the win! 2nd place finish to start the season off!

The fans showed up in force with another large crowd on Saturday night! There was activities for the kids and sessions for us to sign autographs all night long! We reached several hundred fans promoting the Torchmate Brand around the entire venue! We also did an interview and branding session for Yukon gear and axle, Radflo suspensions and Raceline wheels which will all help the Torchmate Racing team this season.

Amsoil Lovell Racing Staged for 2012 TORC Opener in Charlotte

Lovell Torc 2012 opener

Colorado Springs, CO 4/15/12 - The Lovell Racing team is proud to announce their return to the Traxxas TORC Series Presented By AMSOIL. 2012 will mark their 3rd year chasing the Pro-Light championship and best shot at accomplishing their mission. The season starts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be aired live on Speed this coming Friday night, April 20th.
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Hart and Huntington Off Road 2012 Season Underway - Fast and Steady

April 5th 2012 – Corona, CA
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season opener at Firebird Raceway commenced with scorching hot action for Round 1 and blew out Round 2 with a breath taking chills for Sunday. The temperatures also displayed varying highs and lows as well. Either way, the fans filled the grand stands to maximum capacity and experienced the best show in racing.
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Torchmate Racing Helps Keep Moab Beautiful

Torchmate Racing cleans Moab

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Lovell Bros #1 at MOAB Dirt Riot

Rock Racing Returns to Area BFE

Lovell wins Dirt Riot

Moab, UT 4/9/12 -  After a 6 year dry spell, rock racing is back at Area BFE during the Easter Jeep Safari. Area BFE, the legendary haven to off-roaders, hosted one of the biggest and best Dirt Riot races ever with multiple classes and 22 entries in the unlimited 4400 division. 
 
Much like a rally, the day of racing was broken into 3 segments - qualifying, stage #1, and stage #2. The qualifying loop was in the well known competition area but the longer race stages took advantage of the extensive trail network created by the owners of BFE. Derrik West laid down the quickest qualifying time to take the pole but crashed shortly into the first stage ending his chances of a win. 
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Gwen Garwood Finishes First at the WKA West Series

Gwen Garwood WKA West Series

Gwen and her Dad Josh headed west this weekend to Dixon CA for the opening round of the WKA West Series. On Saturday Gwen began the day about 1 second off of the pace but progressed to the top of  the charts after a clutch and motor change!

Rain Saturday night made the track wet for Sunday morning's warm up session . 5 year old Gwen and her Dad decided that it would be best for her to take it easy in the warm up and let the track dry out for qualifying . The plan was working great as most if the other competitors spun off the course . One driver spun off the course and rolled over in the wet and muddy grass bringing out the "Red Flag". As the drivers were slowing for the Red Flag , a driver spun across the straight and right in front of Gwen , causing Gwen to slam into him and jam her finger ending her warm up session. Next up was Gwen's 5 minute qualifying session. After the 5 minutes was up Gwen found herself in the off-pole position and missing the pole by 1/10th of a second.Gwen went on to win the 1st heat and finished 2nd in the 2nd heat .
Gwen started off-pole in the main event, she ran in the second position until lap 4 when Gwen decided to make her move on the outside going into turn 1 for the lead and never looked back. Gwen stretched her lead to about 2.5 seconds in the final 4 laps and going onto win her first ever Kid Kart race for herself and Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems. Gwen and her dad were both ecstatic about her first win!!! They both have worked very hard for it in last 2 years for this moment!!! Thanks to Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems , Kartel Motorsports, Magnum Racing Engines and KoversOnline.com and Trophy Air Systems!!!

Shaffer-Motorsports Wins Class 4 SCORE San Felipe 250

Shaffer San Felipe

OAKLAND, CA MARCH 13, 2012 Shaffer-Motorsports car #401 won the San Felipe 250 in Class 4 last weekend in Baja, Mexico. After a long week of prerunning and a 24 hour turn around to the US for a rebuilt transaxle, the team made the mad dash to the finish line with only 12 minutes separating them from second. “It was quite a race. From being down at the half way point, then making a great pass at RM194 for the lead, then watching Daniel put some time on them, we just focused on keeping the sprint up,” said Mike Shaffer, driver of record and owner of Shaffer’s Offroad.
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Broken Transmission for Gordon takes him out early

San Felipe, Mexico (March 12, 2012) - A broken transmission ended Robby Gordon's chances at the San Felipe 250 on Saturday as well as cost him a top-12 drawing spot for the Baja 500 in June.
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Gordon back in Trophy Truck with MAPEI

San Felipe, Mexico (March 9, 2012) – The day before the San Felipe 250, Robby Gordon heads back to the US after a week of prerunning in Mexico to practice and qualify his No. 7 SPEED Energy Dodge. As Robby and his Cup team focus on qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires Off-Road team is in San Felipe completing their final checklist before the 250-mile race on Saturday.
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Dirt Riot Race - Altus, OK (March 9, 2012)
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Rusty Bray Makes His First Top Ten Finish at King of the Hammers

Rusty Bray KOH

We hit the lakebed on friday feb 3 after weeks of prepping the car and going thru the complete drivetrain with all new parts from Yukon Gear and Axle and Branik Motorsports! I completely disassembled the Radflo shocks and installed new seals, rod ends, and synthetic fork oil. Once on the lakebed, we rechecked all our work and began shock tuning with Glenn and the guys from Radflo Suspension. Glenn had us make a few changes to the front coilovers and then we started Prerunning the course. My crew, which contained co-driver Mike "Fish' Hullfish, Kevin "Mayor" Durbin, Mike Wright, Branik crew, and PAC Springs worked like crazy to check over everything.
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JT Taylor Starts 6th Consecutive King of the Hammers

JT Taylor KOH 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO FEBRUARY 15, 2012 - JT Taylor set forth on his 6th King of the Hammers adventure last week in the same car that he has driven for 5 of those years. After a high speed tumble during pre-running, the team thrashed to get the car back on all four in time for qualifying. JT started Fridays race in 68th and finished his race 18.5 miles from the finish line with a blown transfer case. “When we were 40 miles from the finish line I thought I would get to finish this race, but I got shot in the foot again,” said JT Taylor after recovering the rig. “But the time spent on the lakebed with friends, who I only get to see a couple times a year, makes it worth the trip nonetheless.”
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Amsoil Lovell 6th Overall at the King of the Hammers

Lovell KOH

Colorado Springs, CO 2/13/12 - King of the Hammers did not disappoint this year and was bigger and better than ever. The event continues to add races, spectators, and a flurry of activity in what was truly a small city. It's easy to get distracted in this environment and our team worked hard to prepare for what was unquestionably the biggest rock race of our 2012 season.
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King of the Hammers 2012 Photo Gallery

 

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Robby Gordon tests the SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires RPM Off-Road Torchmate rock crawler for the 2012 King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA

2012 King of the Hammers starts tomorrow in Johnson Valley, California

King of the Hammers 2012

February 2, 2012 - The first rays of the morning light stream across Fisher Mountain and give birth to a kingdom being built on Means dry lakebed in the Johnson Valley OHV area. Hammertown as it has been affectionately named by the throngs of people who make up this temporary city will be home to 20,000 starting tomorrow, Friday February 3rd. Two-dozen workers have been hard at work the last week organizing contractors, installing circus tents, and miles of metal barricade. They work in shifts with a security details watching over the kingdom under a flood of diesel powered light towers, and city planners directing the early birds to their pre-determined address for the next 10 days. A grid of streets with names like Griffin way, and King Ave have been marked with shiny new street signs atop white metal poles at the intersections.
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Torchmate's Gwen Garwood Prepares for Kid Kart Season 2012

Gwen Garwood

In the last week, the Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Kid Kart driver 5 yr old Gwen Garwood has put in a ton of laps getting ready for her run at a couple of different championships. Gwen has made huge improvements as a driver, we rarely see her miss her marks on the track. Gwen is a little bit down on horsepower at this point , but the team has no doubt that Magnum Racing Engines will get her motors where they need to be. In the next few weeks leading up to the first race of the season, Gwen and her mechanic/dad will be at the track at least 1 time per week testing motors and carbureator combinations and fine tuning her driving skills so Gwen can occupy the the podium as much as possible in only her second season of racing.

Lovell Brothers Set to Take on King of the Hammers

Lovell KOH

Colorado Springs, CO 1/28/12 - After season ending crashes for both of the team's rock racers last year, the brothers are back and ready to take on the toughest rock race on the planet. 2012 will the longest King of the Hammers yet with 165 miles of rock crawling and desert terrain. The week long event now features several races and a chance for competitors to qualify for start positions.
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Shaffer-Motorsports finishes 2nd at ACORE Season Openers

Shaffer SCORE

OAKLAND, CA JANUARY 19, 2012 Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 finished second on both Saturday and Sunday at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. The team debuted the new black, red and white look for the 2012 season including the addition of title sponsor Transfer Case Express while still being supported by Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems. “We had fun even though we had to pull a motor out on Saturday after running with no clutch during the whole race,” said Mike Shaffer, driver of record. “The wheel to wheel action that was also nose to tail made for a very exciting race to drive, and then it was even cooler that we got to watch all the other classes when we weren’t racing.”
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Torchmate Racing and Lincoln Electric Announce a Unique Campaign at the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers to Benefit OHV Access Issues

The Lincoln Experience

Share the Lincoln Experience with Torchmate at King of the Hammers. Participate in the cutting and welding of a 6 foot three dimensional steel hammer and crown which after completed will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Off-Road Business Association. Find out more here.

ORBA To host free Vendor Poker walk at the King of the Hammers February 9th, 2012

koh vendor poker walk

The Off Road Business Association (ORBA) will host a free Vendor Poker Walk during Contingency for the 6th running of the King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley. Five freshman members of the trade based OHV advocate group will be hosting the poker walk. Participants may enter free of charge by visiting any one of the participating vendors booths between 10:00 am and 4:00pm on Thursday February 9th 2012. The winner will be announced at 5:00pm at the SXSPerformance.com booth #V42 in Hammertown.

Participating vendors are as follows:

RuffStuff Specialties Booth V24
SXSPerformance.com Booth V42
Trail Gear Booth V45
Poison Spider Customs V43A
Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Booth V20.

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Torchmate Racing Shaffer-Motosports Finishes 2nd in 2011 Baja 1000

shaffer baja 1000 2011

OAKLAND, CA NOVEMBER 29, 2011 Torchmate Racing Shaffer-Motorsports team car #401 finished second in class at the 2011 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 after completing 705 miles with an official time of 24 hours and 40 minutes through the most grueling terrain in Baja. With only 10 minutes separating them from the leader, the third leg driver Daniel Aeberli said, “We gave it everything. It was a great race at the end and the Torchmate car really gave us what we needed to finish.”
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Torchmate Racing JT Taylor on Speed Scene Live

JT Taylor Highlights the Money Matter Program and the Torchmate Racing Team

JT Taylor on Speed Scene Live

RENO, NV OCTOBER 27, 2011 JT Taylor was on Speed Scene Live TV and Radio show Tuesday night October 25, 2011 in Hollywood, CA. Throughout the course of the hour show, the group talked about the Torchmate CNC machines, the Torchmate Racing program and JT’s own racing accomplishments. “I had a great time in studio with Lucky, Diana and Bruce. I really appreciate the opportunity to be able to talk about Torchmates accomplishments this year and let everyone know about the Money Matters Program,” said JT Taylor. (Money Matters Program: http://torchmate.com/money_matters-1)
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Torchmate Racing Mike Shaffer BITD Parker Race

Shaffer BITD Parker Race

RENO, NV OCTOBER 18, 2011 The Torchmate Racing team of Mike Shaffer had high hopes for the Best in the Desert Blue Water Desert Challenge, more commonly known as the Parker 425. One of the few lap races, the fastest to complete the two or three laps (depending on class) would be the winner. “We really wanted to have a good race, but at race mile 40 we lost oil pressure and had to shut the car down,” said Mike Shaffer. “The car didn’t like the 105 degree temperatures and the sand!”
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4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix Final Race of Ultra4 Season

Glen Helen Grand Prix

PALO ALTO, CA OCTOBER 20, 2011 This weekend commences the 2011 Ultra4 Season at the 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix in San Bernardino, California. There are 38 pre-registered drivers with over half still trying to qualify for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers in February. “4 Wheel Parts is proud to be able to support this race, and the series. Brent Goegebuer and I have also had fun racing this year and are looking forward to the King of the Hammers,” said Greg Adler. Greg Adler will be driving the 4 Wheel Parts #210 and Brent Goegebuer will be driving the 4 Wheel Parts / BFGoodrich Tires #4473.
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Lovell Ends TORC Season on the Podium

Brad Lovell Crandon 2011

Colorado Springs, CO 10/20/2011 - The 2011 Traxxas TORC Season is in the bag. Brad Lovell had high hopes for the series finalie the Cycle Ranch near San Antonio, TX. The weekend not only featured two rounds of regular season racing, but also the inaugural $15,000 Traxxas Pro Light Cup. The newly constructed permanent track at the Cycle Ranch was alive with heavy equipment when the teams showed up. Over two dozen brutal jumps chopped up the zig zagging course challenging the nerve of Pro-Light drivers in particular.
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Featured at the Dirt Sports Nation Booth

Offroad Expo Dirt Sports Nation Booth

The Torchmate TTB car was featured at the 2011 Off-Road Expo in the Dirt Sports Magazine booth over October 8-9, 2011. The unique flame paint job makes it stand out as the very popular Torchmate TTB Car which was a topic of conversation and was never seen without multiple people looking at it. Driver and Torchmate Racing Team Manager JT Taylor and Crew Chief Jake Povey were on hand to answer questions and talk about the significance of the design.

Torchmate Racing supports many organizations with Trophies custom built on Torchmate CNC Machines. Dirt Sports Magazine and Off-Road Industry Magazine Top Shop Competition was won by Rock & Roll Offroad in Texas and Off Road Unlimited took runners up. Each was awarded with custom Torchmate Trophies for their grand accomplishments.

For more information on the show go to www.offroadexpo.com

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SCCA National Champion, Team BFGoodrich® Take Shot at 44th Annual SCORE Baja 1000

From Rally Racers and Rock Crawlers to SCCA and Autocross Champions, 6 BFGoodrich® Tires Drivers Join Forces in “Baja Challenge” Race Buggy

Lovells at Baja 2011

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) — BFGoodrich® Tires announced today the six men who will make up the 2011 BFGoodrich Tires/Wide Open Excursions “Baja Challenge” (BC) team that will compete in the 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Nov. 17-20. The six drivers earned their spots in the BC race buggy through different channels — one garnered a contingency prize by placing first in the STU class at the 2011 SCCA National Runoffs, and the remaining five earned spots through Team BFGoodrich’s “Select the Seats” campaign.
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Jesse Haines' Stampede Ultra4 Race Report

Jesse Haines Torchmate Stampede

Well it's taken me a few days to recover from this year's Torchmate Ultra 4 Stampede. The Stampede is probably the biggest rock sports event of the year, next to the King of the Hammers race. It's a race I take very seriously, and our team invested an incredible amount of effort into preparing for this race. A month before the race my co-driver Gabe Strouse and myself spent a weekend pre-running some of the trails that would be used for the race. After that the car was stripped down and thoroughly prepped. The motor and trans were both in rough shape so they were rebuilt along with quite a few other things. As usual, things took longer than we had planned. We stayed up all night the night before the pre-run just to get the car ready in time to get it out on the race course. We put 50 miles on the car, and only found a few minor issues. With a little work the car was ready for Friday morning's qualifying.
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Torchmate Racing JT Taylor Wins Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede

Torchmate Teammates JT Taylor Wins and Jesse Haines Finishes 5th

JT Taylor wins Torchmate Stampede

RENO, NV Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV on Saturday September 10th. The 130 mile Northern Nevada race boasted as the hardest Ultra4 race yet by promoter Dave Cole, even tougher than the King of the Hammers, makes the win even stronger. “This is a huge deal for Torchmate and this win is a long time coming for me. We knew we couldn’t let off and had to run a fast and consistent pace because there were 45 quality racers chasing me down… so, this is a big frickin deal,” said JT Taylor at the awards ceremony Saturday night as the crowd of racers cheered. SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 JT Taylor, Team Manager for Torchmate Racing, took the win at the
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Amsoil's Brad Lovell Has Breakout Weekend At The Big House

Team Now Tied For 2nd In Series Points

Brad Lovell

Crandon, WI 9/4/2011 – Aside from getting his first pro-light win, Brad Lovell could not have had a better weekend at the World Championships in Crandon, WI. Including a makeup round from the spring, the pro-light class faced 3 races that were wedged between dousing rainstorms.
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Torchmate Racing Title Sponsor of This Weekends Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede

Torchmate Teammates JT Taylor and Jesse Haines to Compete

Torchmate Stampede

RENO, NV Sept 6, 2011 The Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV this weekend has two Torchmate Racers JT Taylor and Jesse Haines on course. Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems is the Title Sponsor of the Ultra4 Stampede, after being a primary sponsor of the “Lucas Oil on the Edge” 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers TV Show and supporting an entire team for the Ultra4 series.

The Ultra4 Torchmate CNC Stampede takes place in the heart of Reno, NV, Torchmate’s hometown. “We are glad to be able to support the whole series, but are especially proud to be title sponsoring an event that is in our backyard,” said Torchmate General Manager Bill Kunz. “This is one of the toughest races in the series next to the King of the Hammers, which puts it right up Torchmate’s alley.”

Torchmate Racing teammates JT Taylor and Jesse Haines will put their cars to the test on the brutal track across the Nevada desert. JT Taylor, Torchmate Racings General Manager, will be driving the #13 Torchmate Racing TTB car and Jesse Haines, a Torchmate Fabricator, will be driving his rear steer #4499 car. Both drivers are already qualified for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers.

The Torchmate CNC Stampede will be September 7-11, 2011 hosted at the Grand Sierra Resort and Exit 28 Motorsports Park. For more information go to www.Ultra4Racing.com.

Lovell Fights Hard At Bark River

Brad Lovell

Bark River is the longest and fastest track in all of short course. While Crandon might carry more fame, Bark River hosted what is surely the fastest and most dramatic racing of the season. 15 Pro-lights took the track for Rounds 7 & 8 or the 2011 season. Absent from the podium, but not the battle was the #44 AMSOIL Nissan Frontier of Brad Lovell.
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Scott Sroufe Shares His Last Few Weeks of Racing

Scott Sroufe

July 23rd
We headed to Dakota State Fair Speedway. I started 3rd in the heat race and was running third until I got moved out of the way in turn 3 with a couple of laps away and ended up with a 4th place finish. We made a couple of small changes to the car for the feature. They farmed the track right before we got onto the track, so the track was pretty hammer down fast. I started 6th in the feature and made short work moving into 2nd place. While running in second with about 5 laps remaining the guy running in 3rd was trying everything he could to get around me including bending in my rear bumper by about 4inches. I ended up loosing the fight with a 3rd place finish. The car was a little bit too tight to keep up with the leader.
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Nick Socha Bids For Back To Back Gold Rush Wins

Nick Socha Gold Rush

This past weekend Nick Socha traveled to Davis, Ca for his second race of the Northern California Gold Rush Series.

Nick is coming off a last to first victory in his series debut at Prarie City SVRA and was looking to take control the technical Davis track. Nick holds 3 back to back championships at the track from his former karting years and was looking to make a statement to his current competitors this weekend.
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Dawson Kirchner Takes 1st and 3rd at Lucas Oil Off Road Race

Dawson Kirchner

The first thing I can say about the weekend is that it was HOT. I was so thankful that we were doing night races. Practice and qualifying on Friday went well and I qualified third for Saturday nights race. For a nice change this weekend we didn't have to be at the track till 3pm for the drivers meeting rather than the usual 7am meetings. Due to the fact I actually drove home to Huntington Beach every night and slept in my own bed which was much appreciated.
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Brad Lovell, Pro Racer, At Lands End

Jesse Haines Recaps July's Races

Jesse Haines

On July 9th and 10th I was in Donner, CA for the 3rd event of the Cal-Neva Extreme rock crawling series. The Donner Ski Ranch has been one of my favorite venues since my first event there in 2008. For one reason or another, the fans that come to the events at the ranch always seem to remember me and the crazy lines that I’ve pulled off at previous events. It’s a good feeling knowing that I’m a “fan favorite” at the Donner events, and I’ve had great success there.
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Nick Socha Pulls Out An Unexpected Win at Prairie City Gold Rush Series

2011 Nick Socha Prairie City

The weekend had it's ups and downs but it's one of those cases where you remind yourself to never give up no matter how bad things look. We practiced Saturday and finished the day looking like one of the fastest in the field, we were definitely confident going into race day. On race morning I was dialed and I put down my best qualifying session yet, I qualified 2nd of 14. It was a bittersweet feeling, you'd almost want to be 1st or 3rd and there is a reason why. My first heat ended in the first 50yrds., I was hung out to dry and put into the barriers. This was a bad feeling with how well we were running. With the result of the first heat being the start position for the main I was starting dead last!
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An End To A Very Exciting Race For Torchmate Racing

Rusty Bray American Rocksports Challenge

This was an end to a very exciting race for the Torchmate racing #4498 car! We travelled to Tooele, Utah for the 4th race of the Ultra 4 series at Miller motorsports park not really knowing what to expect on a short course track with the type of cars we race. We showed up the first day to practice and after seeing the track, I knew right off there was no need in me evening practice with the 40" maxxis trepadors on the truck. we needed a leaner, smaller tire designed for the dirt that a short couse offers. Creighton King and the crew at Maxxis provided us with some special cut short course 35" tires for the buggy.
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Rusty Bray Recaps This Weekend's WE Rock and TREC Races

Rusty Bray Ultra4

What a crazy weekend! We just got back from Utah last weekend at the Ultra4 race and only had four days to prep the car and build a new front wishbone for the suspension and try to resolve the cooling issues. Jonathan Dawes took the car to his shop and Jesse and I worked on both of them there just south of Indy.
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Amsoil's Brad Lovell Punted From Contention at American Rocksports Challenge

american rocksports challenge

There is no doubt that the Inaugural American Rocksports Challenge will be the topic of conversation for a long time to come. Held at the Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City UT, this was the first all out race to ever to combine a dirt short course with rockcrawling. As expected, it made for dramatic racing and carnage. Unfortunately, the AMSOIL / Lovell team did not escape without major damage. The story in driver Brad Lovell’s words.

“We have never worked so hard in a weekend to keep the truck going. About five laps into practice I discovered that I had no oil pressure. Thinking our weekend was likely done, I got a tow to the pits and we started thrashing. We replaced the oil pump and a variety of other parts and it finally came to life just in time to qualify. The fact that the engine was not destroyed is a testament to AMSOIL. With a strong engine we qualified 3rd and got some rest for race day."
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Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Featured in 2011 Ultra4 Racing King of the Hammers Movie

SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN July 21st at Victoria Gardens in SoCal or Sunday, July 24th at Ultraluxe Scottsdale Pavilions in AZ.

Torchmate Racing Announced as Title Sponsor of Ultra4 Stampede

Four Teammates Head to American Rock Sports Challenge This Weekend

Torchmate booth KOH

RENO, NV JULY 13, 2011 Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has officially been announced as the Title Sponsor of the Ultra4 Stampede, after being a primary sponsor of the “Lucas Oil on the Edge” 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers TV Show and supporting an entire team for the Ultra4 series including 4 entries at this weekends American Rock Sports Challenge. The Torchmate Racing Team is burning an impression on the entire offroad community as impressive as the Torchmate CNC Tables precision cuts.
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Torchmate Racing Brad Lovell 2nd JT Taylor 3rd in Open Pikes Peak Class

Torchmate Racing at Pikes Peak

RENO, NV JULY 5, 2011 The Torchmate team members of JT Taylor, Brad Lovell and Roger Lovell took on the highly anticipated 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Sunday June 26th after a full week of practice. All competing in the Pikes Peak Open Class, Brad Lovell took 2nd in his Nissan AMSOil Truck, JT Taylor finished 4th in the Torchmate TTB Car, guest driver Sam Berri finished 6th in the Tube Shark/Torchmate car, and Roger Lovell had an unfortunate accident that he walked away from in his AMSOil Torchmate Ultra4 car.
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