We’re just 2 days away from some Ultra4 east coast action. If you missed it, be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post for event & live coverage details.
Ultra4s head east this weekend, for the third installment of this years Ultra4 racing circuit. “Home” to Hammer King Erik Miller (pictured above), Rausch Creek’s blended mixture of coal dust and deep mud makes it one of the most unique, and challenging, courses of the year. As it stands today, there’s over 30 drivers scheduled to race. So, as the title suggests, an epic race is sure to follow.
For those looking to attend in person, or are trying to follow from home, here’s a few things to know which should make following the race much easier for you.
- When? Tech inspection is this Friday, June 1st, from 8am – noon EST. Prerunning is allowed during that time, with qualifying from noon-4pm EST. Race day is Saturday, June 2nd, with the green flag dropping at 10am EST.
- Where? As in all years past, the event is held at Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Tremont, PA. Google map link is HERE.
- Current drivers list? Best list out there right now is on Pirate4x4, linked HERE. The latest post shows 29 4400s and 3 Mods. Likely there’ll be a few more shows come race day.
- Live coverage? As is usually the case, we’ll be making the trip out east to not only support our teams, but to provide “live” coverage (cell service permitting) and photos during and after the race. At this time, we’re not entirely sure if the Ultra4 CoverItLive feed will be running during race day, but we’ll be certain to use Twitter and Facebook as backup services for posting updates as well.
Hope to see everyone out there this Friday and Saturday, but for those not making the trip in person we hope to see you online.
We couldn’t be happier to announce that Brad Lovell won his first ever TORC race this past weekend at RedBud. With two seasons under his belt, it’s a well deserved victory that lends credence to the phrase hard work pays off. Congratulations to Brad Lovell and team Lovell Racing for an amazing weekend run. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of the Lovell Racing team.
So, without further delay, here’s a recap of the weekend in Lovell Racing’s own words.
Enter Lovell Racing.
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.
The Lovell team entered the weekend hungry for their first win and excited about the track. The new RedBud track is more flowing than last year and features lots of elevation change. It carries no comparison to other tracks and adds a new challenge to the season. “I put myself under a lot of pressure to do well this weekend,” said Lovell,”Its our 3rd season of TORC racing and time to produce.” Equal to the determination to win is the equipment and the team has made years of improvements to produce a top truck.
The effort paid off early when Lovell qualified the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan in the top spot. “The balance between the power, traction, and chassis setup was like nothing I have felt before. I knew I had the crew to fix it if I crashed so I drove it right on the edge of control.” With the inversion of the field, Lovell would start 6th for Round #3. Passing proved extremely difficult and the team finished 5th. Brad adds, “I was frustrated after the race and questioning some of my tactics.”
While disappointing, the finish put Lovell on the front row for Round #4. The #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Nissan fell in behind Eller for the first few laps before making a pass on a slick corner. Brad continues, “The control from the BFG’s on the slick dirt put me in position. I got to clean air in the front and ran like I had lions chasing me. The track had huge holes, deep sand, and brutal whoops. At the caution, I mentioned to JT (Brad’s spotter) that the tranny was acting up but just as quickly realized I didn’t care. The guys at AMSOIL have said 300 degrees is fine and I was prepared to win or go down in flames. JT was worried I was going to ease up kept telling me I had two car lengths when I really had about ten! I wasn’t about to lift and had confidence that I could carry it to the finish.”
Needless to say, the whole team went wild when the checkered flag flew. Lovell adds, “We have been working towards this goal for three years. While I might be the point man, this win is the result of tireless effort from my family, friends, and sponsors. We’re all very proud!”
The win comes at the forefront of a mammoth effort for the team – TORC Crandon. Brad Lovell had 4 podium finishes in as many races at Crandon in 2011 and is looking for top honors. New for Crandon is an Ultra 4 class where Roger Lovell will pilot the #232 AMSOIL / Torchmate Ultra 4. Crew Chief JT Taylor will pulling double duty and race the #13 Torchmate Ultra 4.
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Just last night, we received word that the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers will be debuting on the SPEED channel in its own time slot, as part of the “Lucas Oil…On the Edge!” series. Airs this Saturday, May 26th, at what appears to be both 7:00am ET and 5:00pm ET.
Saturday plans, officially booked.
Source: Lucas Oil on the Edge