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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - May 2010

Posted in News on May 1, 2010
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GenRight is the new King of the Hammers Official Suspension System
GenRight Off Road has proudly partnered with Hammerking Productions as the official suspension system of the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers. The formula behind its success is "Genuine Ideas Engineered Right." The most recent additions to its long list of top quality products are complete suspension systems. The complete package includes long-travel King coil over shocks and features a triangulated four-link rear and a three-link front for maximum articulation. The system is a long-travel, weld-in, heavy-duty product to take your Jeep to the next level.

Tony Pellegrino, GenRight's owner, is not a new name or face to the off-road community and is a welcome addition to the King of the Hammers list of competitors. He will be on the starting grid in the same candy red GenRight Jeep that can be found on the trails, supporting off-road events, 42 out of 52 weekends of the year. "I am very excited to be running in this year's King of the Hammers race," said Pellegrino. "I consider this to be my home court where my friends and I normally go to test our equipment and skills on the weekend."

For more information, contact: GenRight Off Road, (805) 584-8635,

No limits for Travis Pastrana
In case you missed one of the most exciting New Year's Eve moments, action sports icon Travis Pastrana made history in Long Beach, California, ringing in 2010 with a bang. The four-time Rally America Champion and nine-time X Games Gold Medalist broke boundaries and accelerated himself in to the history books by launching his Subaru Impreza STI rally car 269-feet over Rainbow Harbor and successfully landing on a floating barge. The jump put Pastrana almost 100 feet farther than the former record, which stood at 171 feet.

"I was really nervous all day long, but when I got in the car I felt really calm," said Pastrana. "It was definitely a lot more fun than any of my practice runs, and when I landed, man did that retaining wall come up fast! I'm just happy the car and I didn't end up in the drink. What a way to head into 2010!"

Pastrana's successful feat follows in the footsteps of fellow motorsports athletes Robbie Maddison and Rhys Millen, who rang in the last two New Year's Eve celebrations by pushing their physical, mental, and technical limits to break boundaries and records, in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas and millions of viewers on ESPN.

For additional event information, as well as information on Pastrana, visit

Torchmate takes 2nd place
After a long and successful 2009 campaign, the racing season for the Torchmate team has concluded with the BITD Henderson Desert Classic. The race was seemingly simple compared to the challenges of the Baja 1000 yet still an extremely rough and dusty course. The team of Greg Jones and Nick Socha would start the 240-mile, four-lap race. Lap races cause the course to become extremely chewed up and increase danger, as leaders will lap the slower classes.

Due to a random draw, No. 7231 started nearly last in a field of over 150 and class of 11 trucks. The Henderson, Nevada, track (actually held near Jean) is known for being rough and rocky. As a result, the big suspension vehicles pulled out in front early in the race. The truck held up to the punishment remarkably well as Greg and Nick kept it moving at a blistering pace. Others were blowing tires, crashing, and having mechanical issues, but the team had found the right pace. The team was still climbing in the field when Bill Kunz and Brad Lovell climbed in.

As the seconds ticked away, they decided to take their chances and took off into the night. It was now a game of getting the truck to the finish for series points. Taking extra caution in the rough sections paid off. When they pulled up to the finish, they were fourth in class (1:40 behind third) and 39th overall. Plus, the strong finish secured them a second-place position in the 2009 BITD series. Not bad for a rookie season in class 7200.

For more information, contact: Torchmate Racing,

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