COASTAL/HOLZ RACING BATTLE TO THE END AND WINS!! KIGER AND HOLZ WIN AGAIN AT THE SILVER STATE 300
Lynden, Washington (May 7, 2013) – When the dust settled this past Saturday outside Alamo, Nevada, the Coastl/Holz team had backed up their 2012 Silver State 300 win with another, all in all marking Holz Racing Products third straight win of this event.
After almost seven hours of racing the race came down to a battle between the #1934 Coastal/Holz Racing Products Polaris RZR XP 900 and the #1919 RZR XP of Jagged X‘s Brandon Schueler with Mark Holz taking the win by 1:07.
Like every desert race, this one was a battle of speed, attrition and conditions. When Scott Kiger rolled off the line in 8th position a little before 7 am, he and co-driver Brian MacLean (from Walker Evans Racing) knew they’d be dealing with glaring sun and dust. What they didn’t realize was they’d be battling that dust all day.
After starting first, the #1918 of Cognito came through pit 1 in the physical lead . Within the next 3 minutes the two Jagged X cars, Murray’s and Kiger — would all clear pit 1. The race was on.
Rolling through pit 2 (race mile 73) Kiger had moved into 2nd place behind Cognito and was driving a solid pace. Kiger has adapted well from his back east GNCC woods racing to the wide open, rock & dust filled desert.
Into pit 3 at Caliente for a planned driver change and gas stop. Mark Holz took over driving duties. With a long pit stop, the Coastal/Holz Car gave up spots and settled into fourth position.
Trying to work to the front, Holz was pushing hard and got into some rocks. A quick tire change and back underway. 5 miles later — another flat. Without another spare he was forced to drive it in on the rim.
After a quick stop for two tires, the #1934 was back underway and tracking down the #1919 Jagged-X XP.
The dust never let up. The lack of wind and serious silt meant that visibility was going to be a factor all the way to the end. Cognito running clean air out front was set to record a well deserved win. Then with 50 miles, the Cognito was parked on the side of the course - out with a broken clutch.
The race to the end was on. With the #1919 in the physical lead, Holz knew he needed to keep them in his sights to take the win on corrected time (Schueler started ahead of Kiger). Closing in but unable to capitalize, it looked like more dust and more frustration till the finish. Until a hard right hander, one mile before the finish. Holz drove all the way into the corner, pivoted and got a great drive - enough to pass the #1919 into the next corner and get clean air to the finish.
“This one felt good. We worked our butts off today. We had a few rough spots but never gave up and got there at the end. This Polaris RZR XP is so dialed in and handling so great it’s nice to put it on top of the box.” said Mark Holz.
Next up the HRP UTV Racers will be ready to do battle for next round of WORCS Series May 10th in Taft, CA, the Coastal GNCC team will be ready for the John Penton in Millfield, OH on June 1st, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/Holz RZR XP will take some time to test and prep for the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno on August 18th.
Apr 3, 2013
HOLZ RACING WINS AND WOWS AT WORCS RD#3! GUTHRIE WINS HIS THIRD, BEAU POSTS FAST LAP AND RJ CLEARS THE LAGOON!
Lynden, Washington (March 26, 2013) – Round #3 of the 2013 WORCS Season brought the racers to Lake Havasu, AZ for a super event at Crazy Horse Campground. Always known as rough track, thisweekend’s combined super event (ATV, UTV & Bikes) made for an unmatched, brutally tough challenge.
The Holz Team prides it self on performance, dedication and results. Round #3 proved to be more of the same with Holz-equipped racers posting class wins in four of the five of the SXS classes: SXS Pro Production, SXS Production 1000, SXS Production 700 and SXS Production 600.
Ronnie Anderson (younger brother of Team Driver RJ Anderson) scored his first major win in SXS Production 600 with his #352 Kroyer powered, Holz equipped Polaris RZR 570. Watch for more out of this up and comer!
In SXS Production 700 David Haagsma used his #422 Curtis Sparks powered, Holz equipped Polaris RZR 570 to post the fastest lap (7:29.99) and score his second win of the season, while teammate Michael Bunyea rounded out the podium with a third place finish.
While in the always competitive SXS Production 1000, the #751 of Mitch Guthrie, Jr. used smart driving to score his third straight win along with fastest lap (7:10.84) and a fourth overall. While Jake Greco drove his #777 to a solid second place finish.
Moving on to the biggest race of the WORCS line-up, the SXS Pro Production, you can always count on action. Beau Baron in the #549
HRP/Polaris/Maxxis RZR XP 900 was looking to extend his win streak while the #37 Walker Evans/Polaris/Loanmart/HRP of RJ Anderson was set to break it. When the dust settled, neither driver really got what they wanted as they fell prey to mechanicals on the grueling, chopped out Crazy Horse course.
Champions prove themselves every time they’re on the track and that’s exactly these guys did. Beau lead the race prior to breaking a ball joint and posted the fastest lap (6:46.49). After flipping his car in the deep tracks of the start, RJ righted the car and got back underway working his way to the front. RJ Anderson was the only other racer to break 7 minutes posting a best lap of 6:51.18. RJ thrilled the fans with his lagoon jump on every lap. The green Polaris/Loanmart/Holz car would come blasting out of the corner and go into Dukes of Hazard mode and clear the water gap to the cheers of the fans but suffered a mechanical within view of the finish line. And a congratulations to the SXS Pro Production winner, Holz-equipped Muzzy’s Polaris RZR XP of Robert Vanbeekum.
“We are really proud of all the Holz-equipped Polaris RZRs that are running out here in WORCS. Whether it’s our supported racers or guys buying the kits and parts, I think you’re seeing the fact that we build stuff that really works and we are here to support the sport of Side x Sides.” said Mark Holz Next up the HRP UTV Racers will be ready to do battle for next round of WORCS Series April 19th in Hurricane, UT, the Coastal GNCC team will be ready for the Big Buck in Union, SC on April 20th, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/Holz RZR XP will compete at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 on May 5th.
Apr 3, 2013
HOLZ RACING SCORES AT THE MINT! KIGER & HOLZ POST A WIN AT THE GREAT AMERICAN OFF-ROAD RACE
Lynden, Washington (March 26, 2013) – 1 year later, redemption comes to the Coastal/Holz BITD Team at the 2013 Mint 400. Every desert team out there has the same story, we were leading, we were going to win it, if only for that one problem. Same goes for Coastal/ Holz. In last years event, the team started from the back and by the end of lap 1, had stretched it to a 7 minute lead. Then after a quick pit stop they headed out and right into a catastrophic off course excursion that ended the day and caused a miss of some of the biggest points of the season.
Fast forward to 2013. 6:00 am and 41˚ but the same story — start from the back and head out into the dust on the rough, rock strewn course outside Jean, Nevada. This time Scott Kiger would take the first lap. Kiger suffered a flat crossing one of the huge dry lake beds on the legendary Mint course. With a quick tire change by co-driver Tyler King the #1934 was back underway and working toward the front and the BF Goodrich tires performed flawlessly for the rest of the day surving the rock strewn Mint 400 course. “This car is really working great. The Kroyer motor pulls great. Across the lake beds and up through the washes it just keeps pulling.” said Scott Kiger. Coming into the pits at the end of lap one, Kiger had done exactly what he set out to do: drive a solid smart race, not tear up the car and hand it over to Mark Holz in one piece. If there is anything can be said about the Mint course is that it can destroy your day quick. Get slightly off line in the dust and you could be rolling headlong into a boulder ready to tear your front end off. Patience, perseverance and drive is what it takes to win this beast. At main pit, Kiger pulled in for a driver/co-driver change. Mark Holz and Rob Utendorfer climbed in and headed out for the final lap. Back
underway on course the #1934 worked it’s way through other class cars and settled into a solid pace. With the clean air in front of them, Holz started to close the gap on the physical leader, the #1944 Wildcat of Stephensen. After running down the Wildcat, Holz passed it and started to put time on it. At that point it was about driving smart and smooth. “I can’t say enough good things about this Polaris RZR XP 900. We feel really good about our setup. We have a really well balanced car that just eats up the course. Our Walker Evans shocks are the key to this — from deep sand whoops to high-speed flyaways the car just works great.” said Mark Holz.
The #1934 kept cruising along at conservative pace and continued to make time. Rolling across the finish line, the Coastal/Holz car finished the two-lap, 200 mile battle in 4:40:17 almost twenty minutes ahead of the second place finisher and with an almost 3 mph faster average speed finishing up with a 42.8 mph average. When Holz rolled it up on top of the box, Kiger was there waiting to hose him down with a bottle of champagne.
“We’re really excited about this win. It’s nice to get out here and conquer the roughest course of the year and win this Polaris sponsored event.” said Holz from the champagne-soaked cockpit of the #1934.
Next up the HRP UTV Racers will be ready to do battle for next round of WORCS Series April 19th in Hurricane, UT, the Coastal GNCC team will be ready for the Big Buck in Union, SC on April 20th, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/Holz RZR XP will compete at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 on May 5th.
Apr 3, 2013
READYLIFT® RACING'S MARTY HART WINS 2013 SEASON OPENING PRO 2 RACE!
Marty Hart Wins Round 1 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Season at Firebird
The Marty Hart ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension / Maxxis Tire / Pro2 race team proved in 2012 that the performance and desire to win a championship is something that runs devotedly deep. In the epic 2012 season Marty Hart led the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship points for most of the year, tied for most wins and led the most laps, only to eventually come up short just a few points at the last race and ended up having to settle for runner-up honors at the annual awards banquet.
Winning races and championships isn't anything new for Marty Hart. He's one of the most seasoned off road racing veterans in the sport. For 2013 Marty is joined by his son Kyle Hart who moved up from the modified kart class to the highly competitive Pro Lite class. Together the Hart family under the supporting colors of ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension and Maxxis Tires rolled into Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona with high hopes of recapturing the incredible momentum of 2012. Only this year, the entire team wants the championship trophy.
Marty Hart flying high and leading the entire field by 10 truck lengths to win Round 1
The first round of racing was epic in many ways for the team. For Kyle this would be his first race in the top echelon series. With 27 trucks starting the Round One race you need, skill, speed and a lot of luck. Kyle would start the race in the 4th row where he would be in a position to battle with more seasoned veterans of the class. For most of the race the young Hart showed all of those months of practice were worth it. The kid has skill! Unfortunately for Kyle the engine wasn't enjoying the race as much as he was and decided to let go, resulting in a disappointing DNF. With only a single bullet available, this would unfortunately sideline Kyle for Sunday's Round Two race
Kyle Hart piloting his new ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension / Maxxis Tire / Southwest Ground Control Pro Lite.
The buzz leading up to the Round One Pro 2 race volleyed around the question if Marty would be able to establish the same momentum he dominated with in 2012. After a solid qualifying effort he captured 3rd position on the starting grid. When the first Pro2 green flag of 2013 waved it didn't take Marty long to find his way to the front and literally pull away from the entire field. Not only would Marty Hart win the first race of the year, but do so in a dominating fashion that rallied his fans in hopes of yet another great season to come.
With the winning celebration still fresh in mind, Marty took to the track to qualify for Sunday's Round Two race. A snapped oil pump belt during qualifying resulted in the entire ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Maxxis Tire team rallying to change motors in only a few hours. The team got in done easily and gave Marty the battlewagon he needed to go for a winning sweep. After all, even with a bum belt, Marty still managed to put the ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension/ Maxxis Tire Pro2 on the front row!
Marty gives the play-by-play on how he won Round 1 for CBS.
Just like the day before and not long after go-time, Marty muscled his way around pole-sitter McGrath and set sail on the field. It was beginning to look like a repeat of round one with Renezeder and MacCachren filling up his rear view mirror, but getting smaller and smaller in the distance. MacCachren made a solid charge as did Renezeder after some cautions bunched the field back up. With only a few laps remaining and it looking like Marty would sweep the weekend, an axle seal on the right side let go and pretty much eliminated the all-important rear braking. This allowed Renezeder to make a move and get past Marty right before the checker flag fell. Carl would win and Marty would take the second place position on the podium.
At this time last year Marty Hart was the surprising winner of Rounds 1 and 2 at Firebird. This year, and not surprising to anyone, Marty Hart gave his team, family and sponsors the opportunity to celebrate a 1st and 2nd place, and the overall championship points lead leaving Firebird. This is a great start to what looks to be a very successful year again.
Marty and the entire Hart family gives full credit for the success and opportunities of the team to all of the crew who volunteer their time as well as the title sponsors ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension and Maxxis Tire, who are sharing some of the sponsorship landscape with Southwest Ground Control who have come onboard for the year.
Marty & Kyle Hart's sponsors for 2013 Include:
ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension
Southwest Ground Control - New for 2013
K&N Filters - New for 2013
Walker Evans Racing Wheels
VP Racing Fuels - New for 2013
Fox Racing Shocks
Impact Race Products - New for 2013
MSD Ignition - New for 2013
Motive Gear - New for 2013
Rigid Industries LED Lighting - New for 2013
A first place win in Round 1 backed up with a 2nd place finish in Round 2 after leading most of the race.
Upcoming 2013 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Schedule
April 26 - 28
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
May 17 - 19
Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA
June 21 - 23
Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, UT
July 26 - 28
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, CA
August 23 - 25
Wild West Motorsports Park, Reno, NV
September 20 - 21
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
October 25 - 27
Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, Lake Elsinore, CA
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be returning to the longest and track of the series in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway facility is close to downtown so be sure to plan your trip now to visit Vegas and see some of the best off road racing action on the planet! You can also catch all of the racing action on CBS, CBS Sports, Speed and MavTV.
ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension is proud to be the official sponsor of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Toyota Tundra Pace Truck. Every Lucas Oil Off Road Series Tundra is equipped with ReadyLIFT Off Road Suspension for help the crews and drivers maximize the truck's potential on the track.
Feb 7, 2013
TWICE AS SWEET: BUNKE WINS SECOND STRAIGHT SOO I-500
Moorhead, Minn. (February 4, 2013) - Only four riders have won the prestigious Soo I-500 enduro race twice in a row. Of course, that was before Saturday when Gabe Bunke became the fifth rider to win back-to-back Soo I-500s. Not only that, but Bunke Racing’s No. 2 sled ridden by Travis and Ryan Faust finished second and another Bunke team sled, the Team 131 machine ridden by Bobby Menne and Mike Babcock finished third making for a Bunke Racing podium sweep. Bunke’s win and the podium puts a stamp on a era that will go down in Soo history as belonging to Bunke Racing and Polaris.
Bunke qualified his No. 74 sled in 12th position for Saturday’s race, but it’s first taste of competition came during Thursday night’s 15-lap Woody’s Challenge race when Spencer Kadlec raced it to a 4th place finish. After that the team tore the sled down and inspected the entire machine, prepping it for Saturday’s 500-lap race. Ben Hayes from Polaris Racing was on hand as well as engine builder Larry Rugland from Larry Rugland Motorsports.
When the green flag flew to start Saturday’s race Bunke immediately began moving up in the running order despite snow dust and visibility problems that affected the entire field. Bunke first battled with eight-time Soo winner Corey Davidson, chasing him down and putting pressure on him. After he faded, the No. 74 team battled the No. 311 4-stroke Yamaha machine. Finally, about two-thirds in the race, as rivals began to fall behind or drop out of the race, Bunke took control and began to set the pace from the lead position. As the sun began to set and light faded it compounded a problem riders had all day: visibility. After meeting with riders and weighing options race director Bill Cryderman made the decision to call the race complete with just 46-laps left because of poor visibility making Bunke the winner.
Post-race Bunke thanked the many people who worked very hard to help the team win its second-straight Soo I-500:
“My hat is off to the 537 sled, they were fast and were in control of much of the race,” said Bunke. “We were lucky enough to be in front of them when the race was called.”
“The 45th running of the Soo was dedicated to Leroy Lindblad and it is fitting since Leroy was such an integral part of my racing career up to this point. I want to dedicate this race to him.
“I also want to tip my hat to Team 131 and their crew - Ivan Hansen and Mike Babcock did an excellent job and Bobby Menne rode like a veteran even though he was classified as a rookie at this year’s race.
“Ben and Doug Hayes and Polaris Racing were instrumental in the equipment side of my program and without them it would have been much more difficult to get this win. But I can’t stop there, the whole crew worked really hard to make all this happen and I have to thank everyone - you know who you are.
“Lastly, I want to thank Larry Rugland for building such a solid engine package. It wasn’t just our sled - there were 12 LRM engines in the field and not one of them failed. I think that speaks volumes about the quality of Larry’s work.”
2013 Soo I-500 Results 1. Bunke Racing 1, Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen and Spencer Kadlec 2. Bunke Racing 2, Ryan Faust and Travis Faust 3. 131 Racing, Mike Babcock, Bobby Menne and Ivan Hansen Bunke Racing Soo I-500 past results: 2012: First Place 2005: First Place 2002: First Place (as co-driver)
HOLZ RACING TEAM CLEANS UP IN THE MUD! BARON, GUTHRIE AND BUNYEA WIN AT WORCS ROUND #1 MUDFEST
Lynden, Washington (January 28, 2013) – The first race of the year is always highly anticipated, especially for the Holz Racing Products team this year. With a new larger team of racers (including Beau Baron and Mitch Guthrie joining long-time Holz racer RJ Anderson) and new cars ready to do battle, everyone was pumped for round 1 of the WORCS series, unfortunately what was shaping up to be a perfect weekend of racing with Holz drivers qualifying top three on Friday and turned into a full-on mudfest and shortened track with most of MX section cutoff for racer safety. New for ‘13 was the introduction of the SXS Pro UTV class with Beau and RJ claiming top qualifers while Mitch Guthrie Jr, qualified third overall and first in Production 1000. When the green flag dropped on Saturday and the 23 SXS Pro UTV drivers headed for the first turn, it was Beau Baron pulling the hole shot with his Maxxis tires hooking up in the slick mud. Baron never looked back and lead it from wire to wire for the win. Beau put his head down and got to work on the muddy track and started to gap the field, lapping up to second position. Second place qualifier RJ
Anderson got hung up in a staging mistake and had to start from the back of the pack. He’d put in two laps trying to make it to the front but ended his day with a mechanical failure. Moving on to SXS Production 1000, new Holz racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. showed he’s ready for the WORCS season with a solid win in SXS Production 1000 a two minute lead over second place and lap times on pace with the SXS Pro UTV class. H&M Motorsports/Maxxis Tires Micheal Bunyea scored yet another Holz win in Production 700 with his newly built Holz RZR 570. The Holz Racing team is excited for the 2013 season with racers competing in all the major series: WORCS, GNCC, Best In The Desert and Lucas Oil Offroad Regional series. Next up Beau Baron and the rest of the HRP UTV Racers will be ready to do battle for next round of WORCS Series February 8th in Primm, NV, the Coastal GNCC team will be ready for River Ranch, FL on March 9th, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/Holz RZR XP will compete at the Best in the Desert Mint 400 on March 23rd.
ABOUT HOLZ RACING PRODUCTS For 17 years, Holz Racing Products has been building the highest quality, best performing suspensions and chassis components available. Everyone says “race-proven.” We Live it. From WORCS, desert to short-course, Holz Racing Products are developed and proven in the most grueling applications. What we learn out there is built into our 2012 UTV product line. Exacting tolerances, OEM-like fit, durability and performance engineered right into every part. It all stems from our overly simple design philosophy — build the best performing, most durable products in the industry. We’ve earned our reputation one year and one win at a time. We strive to keep all our parts in stock and ship everything as quick as possible to keep you riding, not waiting for the delivery man. Visit our website to see our full line of Can-Am Commander and Polaris RZR parts. Holz Racing Products... Engineered to Win.
Dec 6, 2012
COASTAL/HOLZ RZR XP TAKES THE BITD CHAMPIONSHIP THE TEAM SCORES A 3RD PLACE FINISH AT THE HENDERSON 250
Lynden, Washington (December 3, 2012) – Headed into the final race of the year, sitting second place in points, the Coastal/Holz team knew they had their work cut out for them. Starting from last row in the Pro UTV Grid, it was going to be as much about physical positions as it would be about corrected time. With a perfect sunrise over the start line outside Jean, Nevada — the stage was set for a great day of off-road racing as the teams got ready for a scheduled 3-lap / 45 mile per lap grand prix race, meaning if they made time they’d get their full lap count and click off 135 miles. If they didn’t - it turned into a two lap 90 mile sprint. From the start, the team could tell it was going to be one of those days. Suffering an uncharacteristic stall at the start, Scott Kiger refired the car and started - officially dead last. Kiger with Mark Holz as co-driver knew they had to run a smart, solid race. Following a similar course to the Mint 400, it was a typical BITD course — a mix of service roads, washes, lake beds and even a stretch of asphalt — where some UTV teams were reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph. If there is anything that can be said about the Pro UTV class this year is that - this class is for real! Competitive teams and cars where anyone is capable of pulling down a win. Settling into a solid pace, the #1934 Polaris RZR XP 900 was determined to work it’s way to the front. With the points leader, Murray Racing and their Can-Am Commander, starting first off the line, the clean air was their’s. The whole field was going for it. The Jagged X cars of Matt Parks and Brandon Schueler were headed for the front along with the Cognito car of Justin Lambert.
That’s when trouble struck, with a distinct loss of speed, topping out at 55 mph - the Coastal Team knew they were in for a long final lap. Kiger spent the remainder of the race working on carrying what speed he had with smooth lines and not loading down the car. When the dust finally settled and the three laps were finished, the Coastal car crossed the line fourth physically and the waiting began. Was it enough? After a half-hour wait, the final results were released. Coastal in third place on corrected time over Cognito by a mere 7 seconds - and less than two minutes back from the winner. The third place finish was enough to clinch the championship for the rookie Coastal effort, and make it 5 of 6 podium finishes for the year. “We looked the car over as we were loading it up and noticed the motor and transmission suffered a broken/missing bolt - allowing the clutch centers to move and not allow us to fully shift out or hold constant gearing. We got lucky on that one.” said Mark Holz. It’s said that championships are won on your bad days - we’d agree. This makes the second consecutive BITD Pro UTV Championship for a Holz-built Polaris RZR. The Coastal/Holz team is incredibly proud of this championship along with class wins at the Silver State 300 and Vegas to Reno and podium finishes at 5 of the 6 events. We’d like to thank our partners for their dedication and help throughout this championship season: Kroyer Racing Engines, Walker Evans Racing, Ergodyne, Polaris, Utendorfer Graphic Design Service and all the chase and support crews effort all season long. Next up the Coastal/HRP RZR XP will gear up for the 2013 Best In The Desert Season Opener Jan. 11-13 in Parker, AZ.
ABOUT HOLZ RACING PRODUCTS For 16 years, Holz Racing Products has been building the highest quality, best performing suspensions and chassis components available. Everyone says “race-proven.” We Live it. From WORCS, desert to short-course, Holz Racing Products are developed and proven in the most grueling applications. What we learn out there is built into our 2012 UTV product line. Exacting tolerances, OEM-like fit, durability and performance engineered right into every part. It all stems from our overly simple design philosophy — build the best performing, most durable products in the industry. We’ve earned our reputation one year and one win at a time. We strive to keep all our parts in stock and ship everything as quick as possible to keep you riding, not waiting for the delivery man. Visit our website to see our full line of Can-Am Commander and Polaris RZR parts. Holz Racing Products... Engineered to Win.
Dec 6, 2012
2012-2013 SEASON IS OFF WITH A BANG!!
An annual ritual occurs in the third week of November every year. No, not Thanksgiving... Snocross racing in Duluth, Minnesota! The ISOC snow guns piled ample mounds of snow and Mother Nature even kicked in her donation to the effort as snocross racers throughout North America converged on Spirit Mtn. to kick off the new season.
The team arrived in Minnesota the week prior get the sleds dialed in at Planet-X so to be ready for battle in Duluth. Major thank you goes out to Ben Hayes of Walker Evans Racing who came out to help the team dial-in their suspensions. Walker Evans Racing really stepped up to the plate this year! The results of these efforts saw Danny Poirier score the Pro Am Plus 30 feature win when he outdueled Dave Allard in a great battle.
New For 2012-13 Season New additions to the team for 2013 includes Pro Open driver Corin Todd of Otego, NY to join forces with defending East Coast Snocross Pro Champion Danny Poirier of St. Theodore d’Acton, Quebec. Andrew Bailey of Malone, NY returns to the Pro-Lite division where he is a strong contender for a division championship.
In addition to the increased involvement of Walker Evans Racing, Bailey, Hulten Polaris Snocross is pleased to welcome the Utica National Insurance Group of New Hartford, NY as a premier sponsor for the new season. Stop by and visit the team kiosk at the next event for information on Utica National Insurance Group, Walker Evans Racing and the rest of our valued sponsors. We also would like to welcome to the team for 2013, RK Tech 2-Stroke Heads, Triple 9 Optics and Camara Slate.
Next Up on the Schedule The first ECS scheduled event will be at the Burke Mtn. Ski Resort in E. Burke, VT on December 8 & 9. Burke Mtn. really provides a great facility to race on and great comfortable viewing for the fans.
STRONGHOLD MOTORSPORTS TAMES THE WILD WEST MOTORSPORTS PARK
Riverside, California (August 30, 2012) - Stronghold Motorsports tamed Reno, Nevada's Wild West Motorsports Park as the team emerged from Rounds 11 and 12 with a total of five podiums from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series inaugural event at the high speed off road superspeedway. The spectacular facility, featuring enormous tabletop jumps, huge drop offs, and drastic elevation changes, was filled to capacity as the Stronghold Motorsports organization quickly adapted to the unique, wide open and highflying Reno track, coming away with the team's strongest showing of the season
RJ Anderson #37 ProLite
Cameron Steele #16 ProBuggy
Nineteen year old off road racing phenom, RJ Anderson extended his ProLite division lead with second and third place results on the weekend while his Monster Energy/WalkerEvansRacing.com teammate, Cameron Steele took home a pair of trophies in the ProBuggy class as well.
Garrett Poelman #62 SuperLite
Garrett Poelman also grabbed the hardware when he brought his Supercross.com/Loctite SuperLite truck across the finish line in second place in Round 11 for his first career podium finish.
Jeremy McGrath #2 Pro2
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg #8 Pro2
Seven time supercross champion, Jeremy McGrath kept himself in contention in the season long quest for the Pro2 division title with back to back fifth place results on the weekend while Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg had a strong showing with a pair of top ten results including a seventh place outcome in Sunday's 12th round finale.
Overcoming what could have been a disastrous situation while leading Round 11, Anderson, quickly recognized and adjusted a mechanical complication in the second lap of ProLite competition and while the situation shuffled him back to the sixth spot, he remained in the hunt for the lead. As the frantic pace of the race led to contact and chaos throughout the 18 lap main event, Anderson worked his way into the second place spot, which he held on to for his seventh podium result of the season. The following day, Anderson again found himself at the front of the pack early in the race. While in second place and challenging for the win, Anderson faced a controversial hard hit to the side of his truck that knocked him on two wheels. As he recovered, the offender took his position as Anderson slipped into the third spot where he would finish the race, making his second trip to the podium on the weekend and further extending his lead in the ProLite division.
Cameron Steele's resolve to take the fight to the podium in every round brought him continued success in Reno. With both high altitudeand horsepower draining elevation changes, Steele and his ProBuggy crew rose to the challenge. Starting strong in Saturday's action,Steele shot into the lead group and diced with them throughout the event while finishing in the third spoton the box. On Sunday, Steele again was among the front runners and brought the #16 home just behind the leader in second. His pair of podium finishes gives the 2012 ProBuggy class champion five such results for this season with three in as many rounds.
Garrett Poelman's second place result in Saturday's eleventh round was the culmination of the hard work and determination by both himself and his crew in this, his rookie season in the tightly governed SuperLite truck class. On Saturday Poelman immediately joined the fray as the highly competitive division made their way through the course. Continuing to stay ahead of the commotion behind him, Poelman avoided contact and ran a clean, smooth race throughout the fifteen lap main event. Rewarded for his efforts, he came to the checkered flag in second place to collect his first career trophy.
Matt Cook #55 ProLite
Larry Job #7 ProBuggy
Suffering a mechanical difficulty in Round 11 that took him out of the event, Matt Cook recovered the next day to take fifth in Round 12 while his Supercross.com/Loctite teammate Larry Job collected 5th and 6th place finishes for the weekend.
The 2012 Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy Off Road Racing Team
Jeremy McGrath (Toyo Tires)
Cameron Steele (Yokohama Tires)
RJ Anderson (Goodyear Tires)
The 2012 Stronghold Motorsports Supercross.com/Loctite/Toyo Tires Team
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg (ToyoTires)
Matt Cook (Toyo Tires)
Brandon Bailey (Toyo Tires)
Garrett Poelman (Toyo Tires)
Larry Job (Toyo Tires)
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STRONGHOLD MOTORSPORTS PRESENTS: RACING ACTION FROM UTAH
Riverside, California (July 3, 2012) - The Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy/ WalkerEvansRacing.com short course off road race team takes on the tight, technical track at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park and comes away with a pair of podium finishes as well as a firm hold on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series ProLite title chase. Pressed into double duty for Rounds 7&8, nineteen year old off road racing prodigy, RJ Anderson, makes his debut behind the wheel of Jeremy McGrath's 900 horse powered Pro2 while surviving a constant barrage of contact to extend his lead in the ProLite standings as Cameron Steele brings home his second ProBuggy trophy of the 2012 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing season.
Stronghold Motorsports Presents: Racing Action From Utah
The 2012 Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy Off Road Racing Team
Jeremy McGrath (Toyo Tires)
Cameron Steele (Yokohama Tires)
RJ Anderson (Goodyear Tires)
June 28, 2012
STRONGHOLD MOTORSPORTS SOARS AT MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Riverside, California (June 27, 2012) - Pressed into last minute double duty, Stronghold Motorsports off road racing prodigy, RJ Anderson made his Pro2 debut while his 8th round podium finish allowed him to maintain his lead for the ProLite Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship. His Stronghold Motorsports teammate, Cameron Steele also returned to the podium in Round 8 as he battled to bring home a hard fought second place finish.
The picturesque Miller Motorsports Park setting in the heart of Utah's Tooele Valley gave way to the volatile energy of short course off road racing, and the capacity crowds were treated to some of the seasons most intense action as the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series reached its halfway point of the 2012 season.
Leading the charge for Stronghold Motorsports was 19 year old RJ Anderson, who along with his normal duties of piloting his 425 horse powered ProLite truck, was tapped to fill in for seven time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath in the series marquis Pro2 division. Undaunted by the prospects of stepping into competition against the most notable athletes in off road racing, Anderson made an impressive debut with a pair of top ten finishes including a 6th place result in Round 7. While his focus in the Pro2 class was to gain valuable seat time and complete each day with a solid result, the single minded objective in his customary ride was to continue along his path to the ProLite title. Through early practice and qualifying sessions, Anderson reinforced that he was the class of the field. At the onset of Round 7, Anderson was continuing to work his way to the front of the pack and contend for the lead. While Anderson has been fortunate throughout the season to avoid heavy contact, an incident with another driver left him shuffled back in the pack and fighting for valuable positions ultimately settling for a 9th place finish.
Round 8 was a much more familiar picture as Anderson quickly worked his way to the front of the pack and immediately became engaged in a dogfight for the lead. With the lead group quickly distancing itself from the rest of the field, Anderson continued his pursuit. As he found his opening late in the race, Anderson made a solid pass to take second place and had his sights on the leader only to lose his position by hard contact in the next corner. Recovering from the incident and still maintaining his pace, Anderson continued to fight until the checkered flag for a third place result. In taking home his sixth Lucas Oil Off Road racing trophy including four wins in 2012 ProLite competition, Anderson demonstrated his resilience and perseverance to the standing room only crowd at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park.
Also celebrating a podium result with Anderson was 2010 ProBuggy champion and Round 4 winner, Cameron Steele. While Steele has been plagued by unforeseen mechanical gremlins throughout the season, he and his car have been on pace with the leaders. In Round 7, Steele was once again bitten by the mechanical bug as an electrical issue cut off the fuel supply to the engine. Ever determined, the crew solved the issue and put Steele out on the track the next day for Round 8 with the objective of taking home the hardware. From the start, the front runners, including Steele distanced themselves from the buzzing pack. At the halfway point of the race, Steele was sitting in third position and advancing. Late in the race and hunting for a higher spot on the podium, Steele found an opening that gave him the second position which he held through the checkered flag.
Additional highlights for the weekend included freestyle motocross icon, Jeremy "Twich" Stenberg who continues to impress in this his first full season in the hotly contested Pro2 division. With XGames competition just around the corner, "Twitch" was a crowd favorite in Utah and made a number of appearances on local network television on behalf of the series and Stronghold Motorsports. Not disappointing the crowd, Stenberg fought for a pair of top ten finishes including an impressive sixth place result on the tight Miller course that left little room for error and few passing opportunities.
Stenberg's teammate, Matt Cook, made an impressive Round 7 showing among the enormous field of ProLite trucks. Battling his way into the lead pack, Cook established himself in third place position with just a handful of laps to go. While charging to the checkered flag, the truck caught a rut and in an instant halted Cooks podium hopes. Once again during Round 8, Cook was lighting quick while making his way through the crowded track. Unfortunately, Cook became wrapped up in the barrage of contact throughout the race which kept him from working his way to the front. Garrett Poelman continued to develop his skills behind the wheel of his SuperLite truck as he once again netted a top ten result in the tightly controlled spec class. Always solid in the ProBuggy category, Larry Job stayed consistent in the class title chase with a pair of top five finishes.
As part of their activities to promote the event at Miller Motorsports Park, both Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg and RJ Anderson made number of visits to the local network television stations. Below are the links to view their visits to ABC and CBS.
This weekend, Stronghold Motorsports athletes will be at the XGames in Los Angeles. Seven Time supercross champion and Stronghold Pro2 driver, Jeremy McGrath will be alongside teammate and ProBuggy competitor, Cameron Steele, providing commentary for ESPN while Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg will be competing in the Speed and Style and Best Whip MotoX events. Making his second appearance to the XGames in pursuit of the Gold in RallyX will be English Rally Cross champion and XGames Gold medalist, Liam Doran who made his debut in the Stronghold Motorsports Pro4 in 2011.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet both McGrath, Stenberg and Doran along with current ProLite points leader, RJ Anderson at the Loctite display at the XGames XFest this Friday from 4 until 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
Also look for the debut of the Stronghold Motorsports produced Loctite commercial featuring action from the Lucas Oil Off Road racing series on ESPN throughout the XGames broadcast.
Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg 2012 X Games Loctite Commercial
June 18, 2012
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