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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - February 2013

Posted in News on February 1, 2013
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Renezeder’s 100th Win in Short-Course Racing
Carl Renezeder recently crossed the finish line in First Place for the 100th time in his Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan race truck at the LOORRS race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was the same place (although 13 years later) that he garnered his first win in short-course racing.

New California Study Finds More Particulate Emissions From Charbroiled Burgers Than Diesel Trucks
“For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty.” -Bill Welch, principle engineer, University of California, Riverside

The major advancements in clean diesel technology have been highlighted in a new and unique study by UC Riverside that found commercially cooked hamburgers emit more particulate matter than 2007-2010 model year clean-diesel trucks.

The UC Riverside study was funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Free Gas For Life!
Phillips 66, 76, and Conoco gas station chains announced today that Maria Brown from Glendale, California, won gas for life by filling up with Top Tier Detergent Gasoline at a 76 gas station this summer. Brown participated, along with 240,000 other people, in the Gas for Life promotion from the Phillips 66 Company—which ran in more than 50 markets during June and July..

Yamaha and 80 Volunteers Improve San Bernardino OHV Area
Eighty volunteers, comprised of Yamaha employees and their family and friends, along with members of the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA), contributed approximately 240 hours of volunteer service to maintain and improve the Cactus Flats staging area on September 23, 2012.

The weekend’s volunteer activities included planting and watering 250 native shrubs, slashing illegal riding areas, collecting more than 20 pounds of native seeds for future planting, and, in general, restoring more than an acre of forestland and surrounding trails.

Over the past five years, Yamaha volunteers have restored more than 12 acres of land in the San Bernardino National Forest. Work has included planting 3,600 native seedlings through SBNFA’s Forest Aid initiative, a partnership with TreePeople and the U.S. Forest Service in one of the largest volunteer-led restoration projects in Southern California addressing the burn areas from the 2003 and 2007 wildfires.

“Yamaha is dedicated to the OHV community and has contributed thousands of volunteer hours and more than $2 million since 2008 to the mission of supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas,” said Mike Martinez, general manager of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS operations and an SBNFA board member who volunteered alongside his son over the weekend.

How to Get Involved
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV riding clubs and associations, national, state, and local public land use agencies, and other members of the OHV community in the United States.

For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative Hotline at (877) OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email or write to: Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630.

Details, award schedules, and applications are available at

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