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Bloomquist Wins Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship with Roush Yates Engines

Bloomquist has been driving Roush Yates powered engines most of the 2010 season and is proud to wrap up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship with one race to go before the season ends. This is the eighth national driving championship for Scott Bloomquist and his 501st career win. 

"This is what we worked for all year long, to win this Lucas Oil Championship again," said the 46-year-old Hall of Famer.  "I have to thank my crew and my sponsors for their help all year. I want to thank Miller Brothers Construction, Hawkeye Trucking, VP Fuels, Hoosier Tires, and Allstar Performance.  I'd also like to thank Roush Yates Engines; once again the motor was super."

Bloomquist's win marks the fifth of his career in the "Dixie Shootout" at Dixie Speedway.  He started on the front row and inherited the lead early from 4-time series champion Earl Pearson to record his season-leading ninth win.

"I am proud to be associated with a legendary Dirt Late Model racer such as Scott Bloomquist," said Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines.  "Scott has been a tremendous help in improving our Dirt Late Model program and we are excited to be able to power him to his second consecutive Lucas Oil Championship."

To learn more about Roush Yates Engines' Dirt Late Model programs and how you can run the same Championship winning engine as Scott Bloomquist, please call Brad Loden at 704-360-1419 or Jeff Clark at 704-658-1540.  To view all of Roush Yates Performance Products visit www.roushyatesparts.com.

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.


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"Ballistic" BJ Baldwin takes first at the BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge

At the inception of this exciting race, Baldwin took home second place, firmly marking his position as one of the top drivers.  But Baldwin didn't stop there.  On day two of the treacherous course, Baldwin shouldered past his competition to take first.

"The newly designed racecourse for the BlueWater Challenge was nothing short of thrilling," said Spencer Robinson, events coordinator, General Tire.  "BJ hit the course with the same ferocity he always does, and he came out on top.  BJ is remarkably talented and it's an awesome experience to see him tear up a course like he did here in Parker."

Unlike any other Best in the Desert challenge, BlueWater spans a 30 to 35-mile loop with one central pit for all drivers.  The central pit - the famous Parker 425 Main Pit - was strategically placed by both the start and finish lines.

General Tire is part of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC. (www.generaltire.com). CTA, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG.


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Sacalas’ “Big Ugly” Takes Close 2nd at Silver State 300

Sacalas started the race directly behind rock crawling champions, the Lovell Brothers. He overtook their car by race mile 20 and by the first pit had passed all Ultra4 cars except one; the Watson Brothers in the 4488 car. By pit 2, 4435 had overtaken 4488 as they stopped for fuel. However, just a few miles outside the 2nd pit, Big Ugly suffered a broken driveshaft. Sacalas was forced to choose between racing in 2WD or taking time to replace the driveshaft. Knowing that the top competitors were separated by minutes, if not seconds, Sacalas opted to run the remaining 2/3 of the race in 2WD. “That was a really tough call.” said Sacalas. He continued, “I knew we weren’t as competitive racing with only rear wheel drive, but the race was so close that I wasn’t sure we’d regain position if we stopped to replace the shaft.” At Pit 3, Sacalas slowed down long enough to toss the remains of the driveshaft out the window to his Team Viking Offroad crew before continuing on. For the next 100 miles, 4435 and 4488 continued to battle for the lead.

Just before pit 6, with Healy’s 4428 close on his heels, Sacalas once again overtook the Watsons as they stopped for a blown tire. This left the fight for the lead between 4435 and 4428. As fans followed online tracking, the two cars were so close that, due to update delays, it appeared Sacalas and Healy traded off the physical lead several times. However, it was only in the last 5 miles that 4428 overtook Big Ugly to claim the lead. Online fans and those at the finish line waited anxiously as Healy’s tracker began malfunctioning about 20 miles out leaving everyone to speculate as to which former Ultra4 Champion would be the first across the finish line.

“After the rollover and finishing 26th at King of the Hammers, I wanted to show that winning Vegas to Reno wasn’t a fluke. I couldn’t have asked for a better race in that respect.” said Sacalas. He went on to say, “Losing the driveshaft was tough, but other than being too hard on the driveline, the car was dialed in. We were fortunate our BF Goodrich tires and Raceline wheels just worked. We didn’t have to change a single tire all day and that’s critical in a tight race like this.” Sacalas also attributed the day’s success to his co-driver, Douglas Williams, for his accurate pace notes and navigation. Additional sponsors that contributed to Sacalas’ successful 2nd place finish were: founding sponsor Viking Offroad, Bilstein, Novak Conversions, Ballistic Fabrication and True Hi-9.

This race was the 2nd event in the 2010 King of the Hammers Grand Slam Series. With his 2nd place finish, Sacalas is now in 3rd place overall. Sacalas’ next race will be the Land’s End Hill Climb taking place in August of this year. For more information about Kevin Sacalas and Team Viking Offroad please visit www.4435racing.com.

Sponsors – Viking Offroad/Winchline, BFGoodrich Tires, Raceline Wheels, Bilstein, Novak Conversions, Ballistic Fabrication, True Hi-9, Race Prep Hobbies
If you would like more information about this race, wish to schedule an interview, or want to inquire about sponsoring Kevin Sacalas, please visit the 4435 team web site at www.4435racing.com, call 4435 Team Manager Shannon Welch at 949 295-2676 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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VORRA Series Adds Ultra4 Class

VORRA Series Adds Ultra4 Class with 2011 King of the Hammers Qualifying Spot

RENO, NV,   MARCH 11, 2010:   VORRA Series Promoter Wes Harbor is proud to announce the addition of an Ultra4 Class to the well known West coast series. With the commitment from Ultra4 class promoters Dave Cole and Jeff Knoll, the VORRA Ultra4 Class winner will earn a starting position in the 2011 King of the Hammers.  “We feel that we have a good series where this style of vehicle can excel,” says Harbor. “We are excited to have the addition of a new class, and we hope that all the Ultra4 cars will come out to qualify for the King of the Hammers.”

Three Ultra4 cars competed in last years series.  Kevin Yoder took the 2009 Sportsman Class win, with Tom Wayes and Jesse Haines coming out to compete in a couple of rounds.  “I am excited to have more Ultra4 cars to compete against this year.  I hope everyone comes out to give this series a try, they are great races and it is a lot of good family fun too,” said Yoder.

VORRA is a seven round series that includes four short course races at the Prairie City OHV area in Folsom, CA and three desert races in Northern Nevada.  Ultra4 drivers are responsible for the same fees as other classes, including a $55 VORRA membership fee and the extremely reasonable entry fees of $275 per short course race and $475 per desert race.  To qualify for the entry into the 2011 King of the Hammers, drivers also need to be Ultra4 members.

The VORRA series pays out considerably well especially as more vehicles participate in the class.  For example, if three vehicles participate in a desert race, the winner takes home $600.  The equation is Class size divided by 3+ determines the number of paid finishing spots therefore, 4 participants pays to 2nd and 7 pays to 3rd and so on.  There is also a Series Champion fund which is created by allocating $20 of each entry fee all year, which can add up to be a considerable amount.

All Ultra4 cars can compete for the VORRA Season Championship, but the 2011 King of the Hammers spot will be given to the first driver not already previously qualified via finishing position in the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers.

2010 VORRA Race Series Race Schedule (ATV’s**)

Date                                             Race Type                                      Location

March 20 - 21, 2010                       Short Course                                   Prairie City, CA

April 17 - 18, 2010                         Short Course                                   Prairie City, CA

May 28 - 31, 2010                          Desert Race - 300 Miles                   Yerington, NV

July 16 - 18, 2010                          Desert Night Race - 250 Miles            Fallon, NV

September 4 - 6, 2010                    Desert Race - 225 Miles                    Hawthorne, NV

October 9 - 10, 2010                      Short Course                                    Prairie City, CA

October 30 - 31, 2010                    Short Course - Halloween BBQ            Prairie City, CA

November 13th, 2010                     Awards Banquet                               TBA

** ATV’s are racing Saturday at the first two short course events, more dates TBA.

Valley Off Road Racing Association (VORRA) was established in 1975 as a family-oriented organization and is led by current promoter Wes Harbor who believes that “off road racing has its roots in people’s garages”.  VORRA is the only organization to offer both four short course races and three desert races as part of its overall season championship.  Each race draws over 60 racers between multiple classes available for Cars, Trucks, Pilots, ATV, UTV and Trophy Karts.  In 2010 VORRA has added two additional truck classes and a stand alone ATV Race Series.  More information can be found at www.vorra.net

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“Ballistic” BJ Baldwin Takes the Win at BITD Parker 425


“We are very excited about BJ’s win at the BITD Parker 425,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire.  “Taking home the win right out of the blocks has set a precedent for our entire team! BJ is such a strong driver and we expect awesome things from him this year!”

“This is a very important win for me,” stated BJ Baldwin, Baldwin Motorsports. “I felt really good going into the race after driving for several days at Dakar. The tires performed awesome, my crew was on it and I wanted this win bad. This is going to be a great season for Baldwin Motorsports!”  

General Tire is again ‘unleashing the fury’ in off-road performance for 2010, in the third year campaigning its Grabber competition tire.  Designed with a tough, three-ply Duragen™-reinforced body construction to stand up to the rigors of off-road conditions, the Grabber also features a newly-developed competition-specific tread compound. In addition, the Grabber name and General Tire logo are prominently featured on the sidewall in red and white letters.  The Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37x12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35x12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire (to be released later this year); the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; the Grabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.


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