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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - August 2010

Posted in News on August 1, 2010
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Huge Crowds Watch W.E. Rock Western US National Series Opener
The W.E. Rock Western U.S. National Series Opener in Oroville, California brought out the best crawlers from around the United States and Canada to put on a spectacular show for the family crowd. It was the perfect weekend for the season opener, great weather, top competitors and a huge crowd that was into the crawling. In 2010, W.E. Rock's goal is to bring rock crawling to the crowds while maintaining difficult courses.

In the Pro Modified class, Troy Bailey, the underdog left Saturday in first place, and finished the competition Sunday as the winner. Nicole Johnson had a very consistent weekend, even after launching off the back of the Terminator, and finished in second place. Craig Thompson finished third.

For more information, visit: W.E. Rock Live,

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Team ReadyLift takes on LOORRS Racing
The highly anticipated start of the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Season is now in the books. After several months of hard work by both Stronghold Motorsports and Sean Geiser Racing, the 2010 Team ReadyLift Racing program was finally ready for a dirt-churning battle and a solid leap towards 2010 championships. Originally poised for competition at the popular Lake Elsinore track, Lucas officials had to make a last-minute venue change for the first race weekend of the year. Recent weather events made the Lake Elsinore track unusable and in just a few short weeks Tony Vanillo and his Lucas Oil crew developed a brand new one-mile off-road course inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway compound. The new track that most drivers had never even seen before presented a lot of challenges and proved to be a highly technical course.

In the Stronghold Motorsports compound the high-caliber Team line up consisted of veteran and Pro-Lite Champion Rob "Fig" Naughton and his new Unlimited Pro 2, Pro-Lite Champion Marty Hart and his championship-winning Unlimited Lite, 2009 Unlimited Buggy Champion Chuck Cheek with his dominant open-wheel machine as well as Stronghold Motorsports Team Manager and Super-Lite pilot Brandon Bailey. This "super team" of top talent drivers in four competitive classes and sponsored by ReadyLift Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Lucas Oil, Lamb Energy, Pro Am Racing Products, Kadena Pacific, Multi-Mechanical Inc. and Simpson each came with only one thing on their minds - winning!

For more information, visit: ReadyLift,

Force Protection Awarded $82.3 Million for Suspension Upgrades
Force Protection, Inc. - a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of survivability solutions and a provider of total life-cycle support for those products - has received $82.3 million from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for independent suspension system (ISS) kits for Cougar vehicles. Work will be performed at the MRAP Sustainment Facility (MSF) in Kuwait and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2010.

Randy Hutcherson, chief operating officer for Force Protection, said: "This award is important to the performance of ongoing difficult but important missions in Afghanistan. We are extremely proud of the proven performance and continued durability of our Cougar fleet and look forward to maintaining this important asset in the years to come. Our ability to stand up service operations forward into Kuwait and now Afghanistan enables us to provide the best possible service to the war fighter at a critical time for operations in the Middle East. We are happy to receive this order which demonstrates continued demand for modernization of the vehicles."

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