Rock racing & short course legend Brad Lovell will be back for an all new 2014 TORC Short Course season. The first short course race of 2014 kicks off on April 5th in Primm, NV. There’s roughly 14 races total that make up this year’s schedule with locations ranging all the way from Primm Nevada to the legendary Crandon International Raceway in Wisconsin. The Pro Light field was packed last year, somewhere in the neighborhood of 27 drivers total, so we’re expecting this year’s competition to be every bit as tough. Best of luck to Brad Lovell and the entire Lovell Racing team this year!
Take a deep breath… the Ultra4 Nationals are cancelled. Like everyone else, we received word yesterday from an open letter Dave Cole posted to all. In typical Cole style, the letter is honest and transparent, and all said and done it is what it is. Read for yourself if you haven’t yet seen, http://bit.ly/17Uz5Kg .
We’re already half way thru this month, but make no mistake things are busy still on the off-road racing circuit; why not use this post to recap what’s happening in September. This weekend marks the first ever King of Portugal, and our very own Levi Shirley <insert plug>and his Spider 9 powered Ultra4</insert plug> will be representing the US in this soon to be epic battle. Be sure to follow the action on the King of Portugal Facebook page.
As it happens, there were two other off-road races the same weekend as the previously scheduled Nationals. September 27th-28th marks the final TORC short course installment at Primm, NV. Rock legend, and last year’s Pro Light champion Brad Lovell is currently sitting in 3rd for the Pro Light class, and as they say anything can happen in the final weekend of racing. Be sure to keep an eye on the Traxxas TORC Series Facebook page for updates.
Last, but certainly not least, W.E.Rock’s Grand Nationals takes place September 28th-29th. Yes, there’s a Facebook page for that too, W.E.Rock Nationals , and we have no doubt this race is going to bring good times all the way around. Always fun having East and West coast teams battling it out, and watching the action go down in our own state of Colorado is always a good thing.
So.…with all of that did we get your mind of the Nationals being cancelled? Probably not, but it is the weekend and it’s time to carry on. The photo in today’s post (used simply to cheer us up) is of Jesse Haines, and is one of our older favorites which shows off the technical side of competitive rock crawling. Alright, that’s it for now, enjoy the weekend everyone!
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0
It was a rough weekend for Brad Lovell and his team. Having placed 4th on Saturday, things seemed in-line for a Sunday podium finish. Off the line, Brad took the hole shot and lead that pack of over 20 Pro Lights into turn one. His luck changed however as he got tangled up with another racer, causing damage to his oil tank. The fire that resulted from this damage was enough to end Sunday’s race, leaving Brad with a DNF. Things could be worse though. Brad’s rig will be ready for the final TORC race of the season later this month, and he is still sitting in 3rd for series points.
Here’s the full race recap, in Brad’s words. Looking forward to the final race in Primm Off Road Raceway (Primm, NV) on September 27th.
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0
The Lovell’s got a little air time last weekend, and some much-needed makeover love for their RV, on Travel Channel’s Rock My RV with Bret Michaels. It was an awesome show to watch, and we know the Lovell’s are excited to get a bad ass RV to match their already bad ass team. For those that missed last weekend’s episode, you can grab a copy of the show (for a small fee) on iTunes HERE. There may be other places to watch as well, but we know the iTunes link is a solid one.
The timing of this makeover couldn’t have been better. Brad Lovell and team Lovell Racing are off to Crandon International Off Road Raceway (Crandon, WI) this weekend for round 14 of Traxxas TORC short course racing. Brad is currently in 3rd place for the season with his Spider 9 powered Pro Light, so the heat is on as we near the end of the season. We’ll be making the journey out to Crandon as well, and we’ll be sure to share a few photos from our trip. Until then, best of luck to Brad and the entire team, we’ll be cheering your on!