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Torchmate Racing Announced as Title Sponsor of Ultra4 Stampede

Four Teammates Head to American Rock Sports Challenge This Weekend

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. 

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 CEO 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.”  The Torchmate CNC Stampede will be September 7-11, 2011 hosted at the Grand Sierra Resort and Exit 28 Motorsports Park.

Television coverage of the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers on Speed Channel’s “Lucas Oil on the Edge” aired July 9th and 11thbrought to you by Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems.  The show featured JT Taylor and the new TTB car that was built specifically for the Ultra4 series.  It also showed the Torchmate 2×2 CNC Machine in action right there in the dirt helping racers during the pre-race week.

This weekend 4 Torchmate Racing Teammates will take the track at the American Rock Sports Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.  JT Taylor, Torchmate Racings General Manager, will be driving the #13 Torchmate Racing TTB car two weeks after taking 4th place at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  Rusty Bray, the Rausch Creek Qualifier winner, will be sporting a new Mastercraft fire suit, a gift from Torchmate after his muddy win.  Jesse Haines, who has been rock crawling in multiple series every weekend, will go fast on the track and then head straight to Indiana for W.E. Rock crawling competition.  Brad Lovell put away his Nissan AMSOil truck and pulled out the Ultra4 car for the weekend, which may make him the most prepared driving on TORC tracks in the east and having rock crawling championships on his resume.   Roger Lovell will not be able to race after his epic crash at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that he walked away from, but destroyed the Ultra4 car.

Torchmate Racing is proud to present their team of racers and consistent support of the Ultra4 Series.

Video Gallery:

Torchmate at 2011 King of the Hammers


Rusty Bray wins 2011 Rausch Creek Qualifier: 


Torchmate at Pikes Peak You Tube Video: 





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About Torchmate : Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has been bringing affordable CNC plasma cutting tables and other automation solutions to manufacturers worldwide for over 30 years, and have now extended their product line to include a 2×2 table suitable for any fabricators’ garage.  Torchmate Racing has supported the offroad racing community through marketing partnerships and putting their key employees behind the wheel of the best equipment.  The Torchmate Racing Team is currently involved in racing a Class 6 in the SCORE Baja series and BITD, a Rock Crawler in CalRocs and W.E. Rock, an Ultra4 racer and also support multiple racers in other series including CHCA, TORC, LOORRS and Dirt Track.  Please join the thousands that are already part of the Torchmate family.  Call toll free today at(866)571-1066 or internationally at (775) 673-2200 and let one of the trained CNC professionals guide you through every step of the CNC cutting process.

Sponsors: Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, BFGoodrich, Goodyear, Radflo Shocks, WARN, Raceline Wheels, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs,


About JT Taylor:  JT Taylor is the epitome of “been there, done that”. A retired First Sergeant who returned from the Iraq conflict with a Bronze Star, Taylor uses the skills that he honed as a soldier to manage the Torchmate Racing team. His strategic and mechanical capabilities have served him not just with Torchmate racing, but also in previous Crew Chief positions with Speed Technologies, Shannon Campbell and Dirt Sports race teams. He was the Crew Chief for Speed Technologies 2008 Class 1 Baja 1000 win, 2009 Baja 500 Torchmate team, and co-drove and was crew for the 2009 Baja 1000 and 2010 NORRA 1000, and pits for Speed Technologies SuperLite #16 in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. It would be foolish to think that Taylor is only handy with a wrench though, he is just as comfortable behind the wheel. Taylor consistently held a top ten position in XORRA for five years and is the two year reigning champion of the XORRA Germany Series. He is the Colorado Hill Climb Association Ultra4 Champion and made history as the first Ultra4 competitor to run Pikes Peak, where he won the Exhibition class. Taylor is one of the original thirteen competitors of King of the Hammers who has raced every year, including 2010 with Roger Norman on his team.
Marketing Partners: Torchmate, Tube Shark, Goodyear, Raceline Wheels, CTM Axles, Howe Power Steering,, Shirt Force, Power Tank

About Jesse Haines:  Over the past decade Jesse Haines has established himself as one of the top fabricators in the off road industry while simultaneously cementing his legacy as one of the winningest drivers in rockcrawling history. Haines was first introduced to rockcrawling while competing at the legendary Four Wheeler Magazine Top Truck Challenge in 2002 and quickly developed a passion for the sport. Just three short years later, Jesse found himself atop the podium as the WE Rock Unlimited Class National Champion in a vehicle of his own design. To his record, Haines has won an astounding twelve rockcrawling competitions from Pennsylvania to California, a series championship, and had dozens of podium finishes. Between competitions, Haines has also built numerous championship-winning vehicles for both himself and other competitors. Haines has been on the leading edge of the wildly popular Ultra4 Racing explosion with respectable finishes at VORRA desert races, the Ultra 4 Stampede, and the King of the Hammers. Throughout his career Haines has been seen on Trucks TV, Extreme 4×4, Superlift TV, Lucas Oil – On The Edge, MTV’s Megadrive, and Modern Marvels.
Marketing Partners:  Torchmate, Maxxis, PSC, Superior Axle and Gear, Raceline Wheels, Branik Machine Shop, High Angle Driveline

About Rusty Bray:  Kentucky native Rusty Bray brings a Southern style to the team. Bray has been involved in rockcrawling and rock racing competitions for the past decade and has achieved considerable success in that time. Notable accomplishments include winning the 2007 XRRA Eastern Division season championship and winning the 2008 Baja 1000 in Class 1700. In 2011 Bray placed third at the King of the Hammers Last Chance Qualifier in a brand new buggy designed and built by Torchmate Racing’s Jesse Haines. Bray then went on to finish the main event in 45th place, while over half of the 100 car field did not finish. Bray intends to use this new buggy to not only compete in the Ultra4 series but also the East Coast WE Rock, RcRocs, and TREC series as well.
Marketing Partners:  Torchmate, Aamco Transmission, Maxxis, Yukon Gear and Axle, Radflo Suspension, High Angle Drivelines, PSC Motorsports, WARN Industries, Branik Motorsports, Raceline Wheels, Griffin Industries, Jesse Haines, Spidertrax

About Brad Lovell: Brad Lovell has proven himself as one of the most versatile off-road drivers in North America. In addition to winning championships in rock crawling and rock racing, he has victories in the desert and hill climbs. In seven years, he has amassed 9 championships, and 32 wins. While racing a varied schedule including the Ultra 4 series, Brad focuses on winning in the ultra competitive TORC Pro-Light class. In 2009, he was named the Dirt Sports Magazine Rock Racer of the Year.  Racing is a full-time occupation for Brad so when he is not at the track, he is hard at work in the shop or enjoying time with his wife and sons. 
Marketing Partners: AMSOil, Torchmate, BFGoodrich, Spidertrax

About Roger Lovell:  Roger Lovell began his off road career in 2004 when he and his brother, Brad decided to build the first “Lovell Ranger”. With Roger as the spotter and Brad as the driver the bothers had a very successful first season and won every event they entered. After two successful years on the rocks Roger decided it was time to drive as well as fill the spotter role. An engineer by trade, Roger began building a second “Lovell Ranger” and In 2007 Roger won the XRRA U.S. Nationals and has been a top driver ever since. With a never say die attitude Roger continues to compete alongside his brother in the Ultra 4 Series, BITD, and CHCA. Since 2004 Roger and Brad have built a three truck team that competes in every aspect of off road racing imaginable. Not only has Roger helped build a race team but he and his wife, Hallie, are proud parents of a son, Parker and a daughter, Taylor.
Marketing Partners: AMSOil, Torchmate, BFGoodrich, Spidertrax

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