A Pair of Top Five Qualifying Efforts Have Casey Currie Ready to Go All In as LOORS Returns to Las Vegas
CORONA, Calif. (September 20, 2013) – After a great start to the second-to-last weekend of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORS) competition, Casey Currie and the Monster Energy/General Tire team will carry a pair of top five qualifying efforts into the 13th and 14th rounds of the Pro Lite season. The action from the series’ second to visit Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2013 kicks off Friday night, followed by a second showing under the lights on Saturday.
Since the arrival of the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK, Currie and his team have continued to step up their performance every time they take to the track. After logging laps for the first time on Thursday morning for practice, Currie and his team fine-tuned the truck for an all-out assault of the track in qualifying. At the end of two sessions, the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK will line up fourth during each night of action.
“We’ve been where we need to be with the Jeep JK to challenge for wins, but luck just hasn’t always been on our side,” explained Currie. “But we refuse to put our heads down and we came out on Thursday gunning for the pole in each session. A top five spot is a good place to start for us and we’ll take advantage of it once the green flag drops.”
As the team inches closer to finally securing its first win of the season, a little history is also on the line in an effort to become the first Jeep to sit atop the podium in LOORS competition.
After a pair of top 10’s results at the previous stop in Reno, Currie currently sits fifth in the Pro Lite standings heading into Las Vegas. With four podium finishes to his credit this season, another strong and consistent weekend for Currie will undoubtedly make him a factor in the battle for the Pro Lite crown. Coincidentally, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the site of Currie’s best weekend of 2013 back in April when he claimed back-to-back runner-up efforts.
“When we left here in April we walked away with the points lead, so there’s no doubt that the front of the field is where we need to be and where we expect to be,” added Currie. “I really enjoy the Vegas track and I’m looking forward to putting the momentum back on our side.”
This weekend’s return to “Sin City” is highlighted by the second and final night race of the season. Currie has an affinity for racing under the lights and it’s only adding to his anticipation to put the Monster Energy/General Tire Jeep JK on the line and make a charge to victory.
“We’re here to win. It’s a simple as that,” concluded Currie. “My guys have put in too much work to not have a chance to enjoy what its like to win, so it’s the only thing on my mind the next two nights.”
The first round of Pro Lite competition this weekend kicks off at 8:30 PM PST on Friday, and follows the same schedule on Saturday night.
Tickets for this weekend’s action are still available through the LOORS website for Friday, Saturday, or the entire weekend. Fans unable to make it out to the track can keep up to date on everything from Las Vegas Motor Speedway through Live Timing and Scoring.
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GreenArmy Motorsports Debut Pro-2 Trophy Truck Team at NDRA South Point Vegas 250
Race teams are formed from a myriad of different circumstances. Some teams are formed when a group of racing buddies decide to take their Saturday tradition to the next level. Others teams are formed when an amateur racer decide it’s time for their shot at the big money lime light. Team GreenArmy Motorsports however, was formed when recognized race champion Kevin Davis decided to step out of the driver seat to put his son Justin behind the wheel.
“I have been around an off-road vehicle for as long as I can remember. My dad started racing before I was born.” Justin explained. “When I was able to race at fourteen, I raced with my sister Ashley in a 1600 car. Since then, I’ve kept moving up in cars and classes, and now I’m at the top, in a Jimco Trophy Truck.”
Before he started outperforming his Trophy Truck competitors in the LOORS Pro-2 division, Justin competed in MDR, Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert, SCORE International and HDRA. His hard work lead to winning the 2010 SCORE Lites Championship, 2011 SCORE Class One Championship, becoming the youngest driver to win a Class One Championship back-to-back in the Baja 1000, and at age 18, becoming the youngest driver to win the Baja 1000 as a solo Trophy Truck driver.
“Using K&N products allows us the capability to enhance our Trophy Truck and run at a level that we need to be at, to compete with other top racers in the field,” Justin tells us. “I got involved with K&N by using their products through the years.” His trust in K&N was developed from experience with the product over the years.
Justin Davis, new team member Kyle LeDuc, and GreenArmy Motorsports packed up their Pro-2 Trophy Truck, and traveled to Jean, Nevada, for the NDRA South Point Vegas 250. The team was excited to debut their new Trophy Truck team for the 2013 HDRA and SCORE International Series. Justin started the race in seventh position, but half way through the race, he passed the wheel to Kyle, who skillfully drove the GreenArmy Motorsports Trophy Truck to a fourth place finish.
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The Golden Nugget Las Vegas Named Official Host Hotel for 2013 General Tire Mint 400
LAS VEGAS – For the fifth consecutive year, the world-renowned General Tire Mint 400 has selected the Golden Nugget Las Vegas as the “Official Host Hotel” for Best in the Desert’s General Tire Mint 400. The top off-road teams in the world will compete in over twenty different classes of race vehicles at this years Mint 400, which will take place the week of March 20th and continue until March 25th, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Started in 1967, The Mint is steeped in American lore as thousands of racers in addition to celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. Contingency or tech inspection takes place each year on Fremont Street in front of the casinos in historic, downtown Las Vegas. Contingency gives the fans a chance to see the race vehicles up close and personal, as well as check out a variety of off-road related products including merchandise from their favorite teams.
“The Golden Nugget has become a home for off-roaders whenever there is a race in Las Vegas. The Mint 400 is historically connected to the Fremont area. The Golden Nugget has beautiful upscale rooms and fantastic dining. It has become a second home to me. I stay at the Golden Nugget every time I come to Las Vegas,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli.
We are excited to welcome back the General Tire Mint 400. We are looking forward to providing a great experience for all the drivers, teams and fans. Off-road racing was born in Las Vegas, particularly the Fremont area. We hope to continue partnership with the Mint 400 for years to come,” said Amy Chasey, Vice President of Marketing at Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino.
Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget now offers more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book, and poker room; nightly entertainment with master impressionist and comedian Gordie Brown; world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000-gallon, live shark aquarium and the new H20 poolside lounge.
Since 2005, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas has made more than $180 million in upgrades, renovations and expansions under Landry’s Inc, introducing first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues. In late 2009, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas unveiled its newest addition, Rush Tower. This $150-million hotel tower added nearly 500 new guestrooms and suites to the property, brought Las Vegas it’s first Chart House Restaurant and introduced a beautiful new pool, the Hideout, as well as expanded the gaming.
The discount code for the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is “GSSMINT”
Tuesday, March 19th – Thursday, March 21st $105.00
Friday, March 22nd – Saturday, March 23rd $165.00
Sunday, March 24th $85.00
About the Mint 400:
The General Tire Mint 400 is the oldest, roughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America! It was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers as well as celebrities from around the world have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. With over 300 race teams, 20 classes of vehicles, and more than 20 thousand spectators…The Mint 400 is currently the biggest off-road race in the world! Now owned by The Martelli Brothers, The Mint 400 is part of the Best in The Desert Off-Road Championship.
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Danny Way makes off road debut
Skateboard star Danny Way has become one of the newest racers to enter the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The 38 year old is famous for his “bomb drop” from a helicopter, his leap of the Great Wall of China in 2005, loads of X game excitement in the Big Air competition, and is an overall good dude!!
Danny is one of many action sports athletes to make the transition into off road racing. Others consist of Brian Deegan, Jeremy Stenberg, Jeremy McGrath, and Carey Hart. The LORRS stage allows a great deal of promotion for the athletes and their sponsors. LORRS stops in seven major cities and receives a great deal of air time on major networks.
Sponsors include Toyota, Geico, Rockstar Energy, Monster Energy and Lucas Oil.
SoCal Says: It’s great to see big names join the 2012 LORRS, and we wish Danny the best of luck this weekend!!!
Terrible Herbst Motorsports continues to make history at the NORRA Mexican 1000
Throughout our sports history there have been many teams and families that have impacted off road racing in such a way that one might think it’s impossible to accomplish anymore than what has already been done. The Herbst name has always been synonymous with deep racing history and multiple major race wins and championships. Although the Herbst brothers have held the majority of those titles, Jerry Herbst (father to Tim, Troy and Ed Herbst) set out to make history of his own at the NORRA Mexican 1000.
Jerry Herbst hasn’t seen the driver seat of a racecar since 1970 when he campaigned an off road racecar with Mart Collins (Brian Collins Sr’s father). Jerry is no stranger to Mexico or the Mexican 1000. Although Jerry Herbst was never able to take home the top honors of the Mexican 1000 back in the day, he was in fact able to win the Mexican 500 in class 2.
Herbst entered the 2012 NORRA Mexican 1000 in his Terrible Herbst Monster Energy Drink Mike Smith built 1994 Chevrolet 1500 where he took on names such as: Mike Gaughan, Walker Evans, Bob Gordon, Malcolm Smith, and even his old teammate; Brian Collins. The Terrible Herbst Motorsports team had a nearly flawless run for the entire three days of racing competition due to stellar navigation by Jerry’s lifelong friend, Bob Brian. Although the team did swap out a transmission for the third day of racing, it was only to ensure that the Terrible Herbst Motorsports Monster Energy Drink Chevy got to the finish line without any hiccups. Jerry Herbst remarked, “It was a great run, nobody had to get out of the truck the entire rally – not even for a flat.”
“This was really a great event. I enjoyed the fact that the rally stopped every day and it really helped ease the pain of doing 1000 miles in one shot,” Jerry Herbst stated regarding the not so traditional race format.
Jerry Herbst finished first in class and third overall, missing the second place position by a mere five seconds! “This was an amazing experience for all of us, but the best part was being able to share this experience with two of my three boys, I really had a great time,” Jerry Herbst remarked.
Time will only tell what’s in store for next years NORRA Mexican 1000, but one thing is for certain, no matter what the Terrible Herbst Motorsports crew does, you can expect history to be made.
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Casey Currie Motorsports
Anaheim Hills, CA (April 25, 2012) – Loading up the Monster Energy/General Tire/Nissan Pro Lite, off road driver Casey Currie and crew set out to conquer a new stop in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series—Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park—a track with big airs and even bigger energy in the crowd. With expectations high, and the truck and team in unison running strong, Casey and team knew this track would launch some drivers onto the podium, and send others back to the pits.
“Saturday’s race started off so strong,” explains Casey. “A 3rd row start, and moving to 2nd position quick, I battled for the lead the entire first half of the race. The second half turned rough once the track was watered down—going into the right-hander someone drove up my inside and used me as the berm, resulting in a flat tire and the end of my chance at a win or even the podium.”
That’s racing—no looking back, so the team pulled together and shifted focus to Sunday after Saturday’s disheartening finish. Casey and team made the necessary tweaks to the Pro Lite and took her back out on Sunday with confidence.
“Starting in 7th position on Sunday, I moved into 5th right away. The top 5 battled hard, and then once again, without fail, my bad luck struck again after the mid-way caution. I took the left-hander after the tabletop hard, and was struck by another truck sending me into the K-rail, having to then limp my way to the finish.”
It’s pretty clear that racing is in the Currie blood when weekends like this don’t get Casey down—they only fuel his fire. One thing about being born into racing: you tend to have many ways of doing things, and usually a secret weapon or two up your sleeve. Casey plans to have his secret weapon ready to romp before the next race, while we sit in anticipation wondering what Casey and his team could possibly be planning.
Stay tuned to see what Casey Currie Motorsports has up their sleeve for the next rounds of Lucas Oil Off Road in Surprise, AZ. Be there May 19-20, 2012 to see it for yourself. For more on Casey, become a fan at Facebook.com/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie. Only like the pictures? Follow Casey on Instagram: @caseycurrie. Official website: www.caseycurrie.com
Racing dirt bikes at age five and off-road trucks by age 16, it’s more than a coincidence that Casey Currie became one of the youngest-ever team owners and drivers on the CORR circuit. Now putting his talents to work in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, Casey joined the Pro Lite 2WD Truck class in 2006, scoring his first Championship in 2010 in the Traxxas TORC Series. Casey’s off-road resume is lined with wins on motorcycles, trucks and buggies in the desert—he is no stranger to dirt sports.
In 2012 Casey will race for the championship in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series in his No. 2 Monster Energy/General Tire/Nissan Pro Lite truck, while mixing it up with UTV races and public appearances in between. When he’s not on the road, building off-road vehicles and drumming up side projects, he’ll take to the dirt with friends—dirt bikes, UTVs, or mountain bikes, he does it all. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com.
Ryan Villopoto wins supercross race in Anaheim
Ryan Villopoto won the season opener of the AMA Supercross on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at Angel Stadium. Vilopoto got the whole shot and set himself up nicely to defend his Monster Energy AMA Supercross title.
He finished the race with a 12 second lead and at times had a lead of 20 seconds or so.
SoCal Says: Ryan Villopoto is an explosive rider and entertaining to watch. We encourage you to make it to a Supercross race to see him if they are near you.
Monster Energy Mourns the Loss of Rick Huseman
CORONA, Calif. (October 17, 2011) – Monster Energy mourns the loss of veteran off-road truck driver, and multi-time champion, Rick Huseman, of Riverside, Calif.
Huseman’s success in the off-road racing world was driven purely by his passion for the sport. A fateful outing to a SODA-sanctioned off-road event at Glen Helen Raceway in 1996 ignited a fire inside Huseman to pursue his dream of professional competition. That same year, Rick Huseman Racing (RHR) was established. Over the next decade, Huseman honed his talents as a driver, and the entire RHR team grew into a perennial contender. After winning his first premier Pro-4 class race in 2007, Huseman broke through to win back-to-back championships in 2009 (TORC Series) and 2010 (Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series), garnering Driver of the Year honors each season, and becoming a short-course racing juggernaut.
Huseman’s passion for racing in general made him a fan of all forms of motorsports, and he often showed his support of fellow Monster Army members at various events, like Monster Energy AMA Supercross.
“This is a tremendous loss, not just for Monster Energy, but for the entire racing world,” said Bruce Stjernstrom, Monster Energy Vice President of Sports Marketing. “Rick was a true representation of our brand, both on and off the track, and was a tremendous ambassador for the sport of off-road truck racing. He built a hugely successful team from the ground up, and set the bar for all drivers in a highly-competitive sport.”
Rick, born in 1973, is survived by his wife Michelle, and their son Rick Jr. Monster Energy offers its sincerest sympathy and condolences to the entire Huseman family during this difficult time.
SoCal Says: The sport lost a great one. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s family.