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Company Claims Tire Manufacturer of the Year Award

noname 220x146 BFGoodrich® Tires wraps up another Championship winning season in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2014) – BFGoodrich® Tires wrapped up a solid off road short course racing season by securing 19 total wins, a championship in the Pro Lite class and was named Tire Manufacturer of the Year for the 2014 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The brands 76 total podium finishes was more than any other tire manufacturer competing in the series.

Many young drivers took center stage in the Pro Lite class but one stood out amongst the rest and that is “The Prodigy of Short Course,” Sheldon Creed.  The young gun won his first ever Pro Lite Championship this past weekend and celebrated with teammates, family and friends. Throughout the season, Creed was consistent on finishing in the top of the class. A solid truck and a natural talent for driving are just a few of the factors that play into taking a championship. Read More→

ITP Tires – Racing News

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Team ITP Racers Earn SxS Podiums at Glen Helen

Veglia, Price Overcome Extreme Heat To Reach WORCS Podiums

unnamed 6 220x146 ITP Tires   Racing NewsOntario, California, September 17, 2014 - ITP-supported side-by-side racers earned two class podiums at round eight of the Rocky Mountain ATV / MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) held at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, Calif.

“We had an awesome weekend at Glen Helen, as we had two racers earn top-five finishes in the SxS Pro class, including Pablo Veglia getting on the box in third,” said Ryan Edwards, Tech Support Representative / West Coast Race Coordinator. “The course was fast and rough. The extremely high temperature was brutal on the drivers and their vehicles, but our team did a good job of battling the elements to earn very respectable finishes on ITP tires.”  Read More→

New cordless range runs for twice as long as conventional products

CPT3210 CP Cordless Range 220x115 Chicago Pneumatic premiers its cordless tool range at SEMAChicago Pneumatic is premiering its new range of cordless tools for the vehicle service industry at SEMA 2014, booth 10102.  Visitors to the booth will be able to try the tools and see first-hand just how powerful and easy to use they are.  The company is also previewing its workshop equipment range, which will be available in 2015, as well as showcasing new tools in its pneumatic range of impact wrenches.

“Until now, professionals had to choose between the mobility provided by cordless and the power of air tools,” says Luis Clement, Chicago Pneumatic Tools Vice-president. “Now, customers can have both, getting their job done faster and more comfortably. Our new cordless range complements our pneumatic offering meaning our customers can rely on us for the perfect tool for their vehicle servicing needs.” Read More→

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King Healy Clinches Nitto National Championship

unnamed 5 220x123 Race Recap and Video Highlights: ULTRA4 Nitto National ChampionshipOctober 27th, 2014, RENO, NV:  2014 King of The Hammers winner, Loren Healy continued his winning streak at the Nitto Tire National Championship presented by 4 Wheel Parts held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, NV on October 18th. The event featured 106 ULTRA4 teams competing in front of more than 5200 spectators at the first ever ULTRA4 race held at the park.  The Nitto National Champion is determined by the driver with the most points after competing in King of The Hammers, three regional ULTRA4 races, and the season ending Nitto Championship Race. With Healy’s win on Saturday he successfully won all five races and ended the season with a perfect score of 5000 points.
Going into last weekend’s event, less than 300 points separated Healy from Reno’s own Jake Hallenbeck, who’s been consistently on the podium all season long. Since the debut of his car  in July at Glen Helen, Healy has been undefeated.  The question going into last weekend’s race was if the substantial rock obstacles added to the track for the ULTRA4s at Wild West Motorsports Park would prove a challenge for Healy. After laying down the 2nd fastest qualifying time on Friday, it was clear to everyone that Healy was going to be tough to beat.
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When the green flag dropped for the main on Saturday, it was two-time King of The Hammers winner, Shannon Campbell that ultimately gave Healy a run for his money. The two drivers raced side-by-side, nearly identical laps with the crowds watching in awe. That is, until Campbell went for the pass on a long downhill straight-away and caught a boulder at the bottom sending him into a roll, allowing Healy to clinch the lead. By mid-race, 2012 KOH Winner, Erik Miller was gaining on Healy, and this year’s ULTRA4 European champion, Levi Shirley had made his way from a last place LCQ starting position up to the front of the pack. As the checkered flag dropped, Healy clinched the win followed closely by Miller with Shirley completing the podium.

All five limited classes also raced for Championship titles this weekend as well. In the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified class after a battle all season between 88 John Currie and 4580 Jordan Townsend, it would be Currie who clinched the win and the 4500 Nitto National Championship Title for the 4500s. In the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, 4608 Matt Peterson took the win in Reno, however, with two regional wins and a 2nd place in Reno, it was 4612 Ben Varozza earned the title of 4600 Nitto National Champion. For the 4700 Spec Class, UK native Rob Butler took the win in Reno, but 4703 driver Jessi Combs secured the Championship by a landslide with her multiple podiums all season long.  In the new 4800 Legends class it was newcomer 4881 Ernie Hardaway who won the race, however, veteran ULTRA4 driver Dave Schneider in his 4871 Legends car went home with the National Championship. In the UTV Class it was Darren Mitchell who came through and won the race in the #3 UTV. A tight UTV National Championship point race between Off Road Evolution’s Mel Wade IV and Brian Hogue saw Wade narrowly beating Hogue to claim his first ever National Championship before the age of 16.

Several other awards were given out at the banquet on Saturday night which was attended by more than 500 people at the Atlantis Casino. Nitto Tire paid for every driver and co-drivers dinner and Currie Enterprises bought each driver and co-driver their first drink. The ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year award was given to Levi Shirley. This was Shirley’s 2nd time being voted Sportsman of the Year by his peers for his professionalism both on and off the race course. The 2014 Rookie of the Year award went to Car #54 Mike Bou for his consistent finishes throughout the season in his first year of racing.

The 2015 ULTRA4 Series will begin with KOH Week 2015. Hammertown opens on January 30th, 2015. The week will include King of the Motos, the Polaris KOH UTV Race, the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race, and the 9th annual Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015 in Johnson Valley, CA. Registration for all races is available online atwww.ultra4racing.com

The final results for the race are below followed by the results for the Nitto National Championship Series.

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Cooper Tire Continues Series Partnership with TORC for 2015; Cooper Named 2014 TORC Tire Manufacturer of the Year

unnamed 4 220x153 Cooper Tire Continues Championship Relationship with TORC Through 2015IRVINE, Calif. – (Oct. 29, 2014)  TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL announced today that Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will continue its relationship as an Official Series Partner for the 2015 season. Cooper was the primary sponsor for 2014 TORC PRO Light champion Jerett Brooks and a sponsor of drivers such as PRO 4WD runner up Mark Jenkins, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Keegan Kincaid, and Doug Mittag. TORC also announced that Cooper has been named its 2014 Tire Manufacturer of the Year.

TORC Series teams count on their race tires to handle some of the most brutal punishment in motorsports. Given Jerett Brooks’ dominating PRO Light championship season and the come-from-behind wins in PRO 4WD by Mark Jenkins, it’s easy to see why so many teams rely on Cooper to provide the rubber for their off-road trucks. Read More→

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ICON 2011-UP Ford Ranger T6 Suspension Systems

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

unnamed 1 220x132 ICON 2011 UP Ford Ranger T6 Suspension SystemsThe 2011-UP Ranger T6 (or Global Ranger) is a mid-size pickup that has been dubbed “the most capable small pickup” that Ford has ever built. With a sturdy body-on-frame construction and a well-designed front and rear suspension layout, the Ranger T6 is a perfect platform for performance suspension upgrades. With this in mind the ICON engineering team went to work on the Ford, assessing the vehicle from front to back looking for possible wheel travel increases, improvements to damping ability, and weak points in the OE components. Read More→

AFR+ Upgrade: Clean Power

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

unnamed 220x68 AFR+ Upgrade: Clean PowerBelgrade, MT – 10/20/2014 – Dobeck Performance has upgraded a number of AFR+ part numbers to now ­­­include a relay harness which will connect directly to the battery. The upgrade is being made to ensure the DP system is receiving “Clean Power” through their electronics. Read More→

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Bulldog LED Lighting and Rockstar Performance Garage have a lot to show off at SEMA 2014

Bulldog LED Lighting manufacturers all their products in the USA and is proud to be working with Rockstar Performance Garage on several specialty builds for SEMA 2014.

unnamed 220x74 Rockstar Performance Garage and Bulldog LED Lighting SEMA 2014 BuildsSan Carlos, CA  (Oct. X, 2014)—  Bulldog LED Lighting is pleased to be working with one of the best in the industry, Rockstar Performance Garage for the upcoming SEMA show.   The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries for opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets, per the SEMA Show website.  Read More→

Leading Manufacturer of Jeep® Parts and Accessories Raises Awareness for Charity and Prepares to Give Away Fully Outfitted “Ready to Rock” Jeep

unnamed 220x175 OMIX ADA’S OFFROAD SUCCESS CENTER HOSTS TWO SPECIAL JEEPS AT 2014 SEMA SHOWSuwanee, Ga. (October 21, 2014) Omix-ADA, a leading manufacturer of high quality Jeep®, truck and off-road parts and accessories, today announced its Off Road Success Center (Booth #34000) at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 4 – 7, will showcase two unique Jeeps; one built in support of SEMA Cares that will later be auctioned for charity and the other to be used for a special giveaway promotion during the SEMA Show.

The SEMA Cares Jeep stands as a conversation piece at Omix-ADA’s Off Road Success Center and is designed to raise awareness for SEMA Cares charitable efforts within the automotive aftermarket. The SEMA Cares Jeep was bought using funds from Omix-ADA’s 2013 SEMA Cares donation and was customized through a collaboration between Omix-ADA and the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts. Read More→

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Motorsports Legend Ricky Johnson to Defend Title at Red Bull Frozen Rush

FrozenRush2015 300x300 220x220 WORLD’S ONLY PRO 4 OFF ROAD TRUCK RACE ON SNOW RETURNS TO SUNDAY RIVER SKI RESORT IN 2015Newry, Maine (October 14, 2014) – The snowy mountains of Maine will once again echo with the throaty roar of 900-horsepower off-road Pro 4 trucks as Red Bull Frozen Rush returns to the slopes for the second year in a row on January 8-9, 2015. The raw power and impressive speed of these machines will be put to the test by some of Mother Nature’s harshest winter conditions, as the trucks race head-to-head over jumps, around gates and down ski slopes. The action-packed competition will air on NBC as part of the year-long Red Bull Signature Series, the most progressive action sports event property in the world. Read More→

Bushwacker Factory Rebate Offer

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Bushwacker Factory Rebate 220x84 Bushwacker Factory Rebate OfferPortland, OR (10/15/14)—For a limited time, Bushwacker will be offering a $50 mail-in rebate on its lineup of truck and SUV fender flares. The rebate applies to complete sets of four or to correlating front and rear pairs of Bushwacker Fender Flares. Buyers must purchase the flares between October 10, 2014 and January 15, 2015, meaning the rebate will extend through the holiday buying season. This is a mail-in rebate program and all information must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2015. Read More→

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Cal4Wheel’s $5 raffle Jeep JK

Monday, October 20th, 2014

2014 CA4WDC Sweepstakes Jeep 001 220x165 Cal4Wheels $5 raffle Jeep JKFor the past 30 years, the California Association of 4WD clubs (CA4WDC) has purchased a Jeep, modified it for real-world four wheeling, and raffled it off for less than the cost of a jumbo mocha. The tradition continues this year with a 2014 4-door Jeep JK Wrangler, custom prepared for overland adventure travel.

This year’s Jeep was given a total makeover by MetalCloak Industries, who fitted it with their high-clearance fenders, MetalCloak Game Changer suspension with Old Man Emu shocks, and heavy-duty Rocker bumpers. A Superchip motivated Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 distributes power to a Dynatrac front axle, front and rear Eaton electric locking differentials, Sierra Gear ring & pinion gears, and G2 axles. Reid steering knuckles control a set of BFGoodrich Mud Terrains mounted on Raceline wheels, and the undercarriage, including a Magnaflow exhaust system, is protected by Rock Hard skid plates. Safety/recovery equipment includes a Warn Zeon 8000 winch, Factor 55 ProLink, PowerTank, and Rock Hard cage, and LED lighting from Rigid, Olympus, and Two Guys Trail Gear. Other enhancements include an AEV snorkel and hood, Kargo Master roof rack, ARB Fridge/Freezer and Simpson III roof top tent, and Daystar Cam Cans.

Don’t worry if you don’t win the Jeep, runner-up prizes will include an Atlas II transfercase from Advanced Adapters. The winning ticket will be drawn February 21st, 2015 at the CA4WDC convention in Visalia, CA, and you need not be present to win.  Net proceeds go directly towards the fight to keep our public lands open! To order tickets go to www.cal4wheel.com or contact Jeff Blewett, 209-210-7880.