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  • Casey Sims Scores A Podium Spot @ DIRT Series Round 1

    Casey Sims Race Report from DIRT Series Round 1

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    February 15, 2017 - San Bernardino, CA - We headed to Glen Helen Raceway last Sunday for the DIRT Series round 1. The track conditions were perfect because it had rained the day before and the sun was out the day of the race. I was able to get a few practice laps in on Sunday morning so I could get the feel for the track. The UTV Open 800 class was race 10 in the line-up and there were 6 cars in my class. We lined up for the first moto and I picked a spot in the middle of everyone. It was the straightest shot to the first turn. As we took off, Jacob Peter, Hali Pepper, and I were neck-in-neck for the hole shot. I was in between the two of them and as we approached the first turn, the two of them started to move in towards me and collided. I was able to quickly back out of it and moved left to avoid the crash. Hali was able to recover and got in ahead of me. I stayed on her bumper the entire race and tried to make a pass several times, but I couldn’t get it done on the tight course. As we finished the 6 lap race, I came in 2nd place. I felt good with one more moto to go later in the day.

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    I picked a different spot to line-up in the second moto. I put myself all the way at the end of the line. Jacob was able to get his car fixed in between motos, so he was back in the line-up. As the green flag dropped, we all took off. Again, it was Jacob, Hali, and I battling for the hole shot. Hali was able to squeeze in ahead of me just as we made the first turn. Jacob fell in line behind me with the rest of the field behind him. I drove hard and fast the entire race, and again tried to make a pass several times lap after lap. In the end, I couldn’t get by the first place finisher, and I placed 2nd in the second moto. I hit the podium for the day, and took home an overall 2nd place!

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    My season is off to a great start! I truly appreciate all of the support I receive from these awesome companies: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, RT Pro, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Steve at the DIRT Series for a great day of racing!

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    We’re headed out on Friday for WORCS round 3 at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, CA. You can check out the Sims188 Racing team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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  • Wormhole Racing @ 2017 AZOP Touchdown GP

    Race Report from Eric Harrison of Wormhole Racing

    We headed down to Tucson for the AZOP Touchdown GP bright and early Saturday morning. We had wrapped up replacing shocks on the #139 and fixing up some damage from the last race Friday night and had the UTV's loaded up waiting for us. As the big quads started Wormhole racing started getting ready to head to the start line. There was a lot of vehicles this race which was exciting. Always more fun to race with a group.

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    As we waited to line up my co-driver took time to close his eyes and rest. The #130 was first in the 900cc class to line up. Vehicles were sent of 2 by 2 at 30 second intervals. Eric managed the hole shot barely and pulled away as we hit the first table. With the new Fox RC2 shocks I had the confidence to let the car fly. Back down the other side and into a very sharp 180 left I was able to slide it. The steering felt so precise after replacing the bent tie rods with beefier ones from RT Pro. That was the last time I would see the other 900's. The course was a mix of motocross track and desert which provided a variety of hazards. The #139 found a large cactus shortly after the start when the person he was closing on slammed into a berm and forced Hal to take evasive action. The cholla left them another challenge, picking needles out.

    The course was dusty and with the sun getting lower visibility became an issue. #130 kept closing in on someone, getting close enough a few times to see a light bar flashing in the think dust, but when it disappeared around a turn or dip we would have to let off from not being able to see. Eventually the Pro class caught up to #130 and made the dust that much worse. Things then started to go downhill. #130 wasn't able to get over 40 mph and ended up going in a small loop 5 times before course workers were able to figure out where someone blew through the tape making it impossible to figure out where the course really was.

    In the end we were able to pull out a 1st place podium in the #130 after putting enough distance over second place and limping around at 40 mph. Didn't get to stand on the podium as we were recovering the #139 and pulling spines out of Hal and Tegan.

  • Casey Sims Starts the Season off Strong at WORCS Rounds 1 & 2

    RT Pro Race Report | Casey Sims @ WORCS Rounds 1 & 2

    Primm, NV - Here we go! The 2017 race season has begun! We picked up my new Polaris RZR 800s from the GSP shop the night before we left for WORCS rounds 1 & 2. As we headed out to the race, I had a lot on my mind. This season, I moved up from the SXS Youth 250 Production class. Now racing in the SXS Youth 800 Production class, I would be faced with some challenges in learning to drive a new car, and racing against new racers with amazing talent. I felt ready for what was ahead of me.

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    As I approached the start line on Saturday for WORCS round 1, I was focused. I had only driven my new car one lap in practice the day before. Due to the heavy rain in Primm, NV that week, WORCS cancelled the normal Friday practice and only allowed us to run one practice lap. They also cancelled qualifying for the Lucas Oil track race that we were about to run. We qualified by drawing straws the night before, and I was lucky to pick #1. I had a great start position. As we rolled through the first lap behind the pace car, I geared up for the green flag to drop. It dropped and we were off! I was able to hold my position for a short period of time, but then I was passed by two of my competitors. As the race progressed, I stayed consistent and focused on my new car and the way it was handling on the track. By the fourth lap, I was running in 5th, but was able to move to 4th on the fifth lap and finished the race in 4th place. I was happy with the way my car handled and I was able to improve my lap times by 6 seconds over the course of the race!

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    On Sunday, we’d be racing the full WORCS desert course for round 2. The rain had come back on Sunday which would make for a very muddy day. We lined up for the start of the race, and as the green flag dropped, I floored it and was running in the top 4 of my class. The track was muddy and I was already using my tear-offs. About half way through the first 8 mile lap, I had gone through all of my tear-offs and my visor was fogging up. I radioed ahead to my pit crew and told them I was having trouble seeing. I had to finish the lap and get to my pit. As I pulled into the pit, my crew chief had towels for me. He quickly wiped the mud off of my helmet and sent me on my way with towels to use for the rest of the race. I had lost a little time with my pit stop, and was running in 6th place, but in the end, it was the best thing I could have done. All of the other racers were having problems seeing too and some got stuck or rolled because of it. Coming into lap 3, I was running in 3rd. I stayed consistent and was able to make up some time, and I finished the race in 3rd place! I was really happy to have moved up to a podium position!

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    I am looking forward to this season and I am feeling more confident in my new car every time I drive it. I’d like to thank my amazing sponsors for their support: Got Sand Performance, Mad Racing, Method Race Wheels, Crow Enterprizes, Factory UTV, GBC Motorsports, Yoshimura, Demon Powersports, RT Pro, Baja Designs, Gates G Force, Elka Suspension, Rugged Radios, Maxima Racing Oils, Crown Performance Products, Surface Sun Systems, Pavement Recycling Systems, Perrault Motorsports, and my parents who make this possible for me! Thanks to Harlen Foley for taking awesome pictures of us in the rain and to WORCS for organizing these races and giving us a place to run! In February, I’ll be racing at the DIRT Series round 1 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA and at WORCS round 2 at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, CA.

    You can check out the Sims188 Race team on Instagram @csims188 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/csims188/.

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  • RT Pro’s Logan Gastel Finishes Top Ten in BITD Turbo UTV Championship

    RT Pro BITD Pahrump Nugget 250 Side by Side Report

    RT Pro’s Logan Gastel got a last-minute call from a teammate to enter the Pahrump Nugget 250 to help boost car count. With less than 24 hours to spare, Gastel took the start, which kept him ninth in the Best in the Desert Turbo Points Championship.

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    “We didn’t initially plan to race in Pahrump due to the points,” said Gastel. “We had planned to take off that race and focus on building our new car for 2017. Unfortunately, Friday night we heard from our teammates that the car count was too low for them to get enough points for the championship. So we loaded up the car and headed to Pahrump. Unfortunately, we only made it to pit one.”

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    Looking back on the season, Gastel continues to be impressed by his RT Pro suspension, chassis and steering components. Many of the parts are still being used, even after an entire season desert racing miles.

    “We have over 1,500 miles on our turbo car this year with most of the original stuff we started with,” said Gastel. “We changed some things because of revisions that Andy made. The steering components and everything else has worked flawless for us.

    “RT Pro has been great for us,” added Gastel. “To help those guys develop their long travel suspension and chassis components for the Can-Am Maverick has been a true honor for us. Working with Andy and RT Pro has been great. You would think being so far away and having to explain things over the phone that you wouldn’t get what you needed, but they’ve always over-performed.”

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    Gastel has big plans for 2017 and looks to have one of the top cars in the Pro Turbo class. He’ll unveil a new Can-Am X3 at the season opener.

    “We definitely need a fresh start,” said Gastel. “We’ve signed a multi-year contract with Can-Am to race the X3 beginning next year. The car is super fast right out of the box and we’re looking forward to some great results.”

    Gastel and his new Can-Am X3 will be ready for action as BITD kicks off its 2017 season January 6-7 in Parker, AZ.

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  • RT Pro’s Pratt Brothers, Krcelich and Henry Thrill at Ironman GNCC

    RT Pro’s GNCC Round 13 SXS Race Report

    RT Pro racers Joe Krcelich finished out the year with a second place finish in the GNCC XC2 Pro Sport UTV Class, and Marcus Pratt just missed a spot on the podium with a fourth place finish in the XC1 UTV class at the Ironman GNCC season finale in Crawfordsville, IN.

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    Krcelich earned his second consecutive runner-up finish in XC2. With four podiums in six races this season, Krcelich finished second in GNCC XC2 UTV Points championship

    “The RT Pro stuff worked flawlessly today,” said Krcelich. “I couldn’t ask for anything better. The equipment has been spot on all year. It’s great stuff. We did a little better this year than last year. Everyone wants to win and the championship is the goal. But after having two bad races last season while leading the points, I changed my mindset. I tried to be a consistent top-three guy. I fell a little bit short, but I’m definitely better this year than last year.”

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    Henry, who was in contention all season, was leading the XC2 race when a hub issue ended his day early. He ended up third in final points.

    “We had a good run, and the car was great,” said Henry. “We had just started putting some time on one and two, and we lost a hub in one of the fields. The RT Pro equipment was great. We should have had a better year, but what can you do?”

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    In XC1, Mouse Pratt equaled his best finish of the season, a fourth. He said without the RT Pro high clearance A arms, he’d likely still be stuck in the mud.

    “The RT Pro stuff is awesome,” said Pratt. “Without those high clearance arms, I’d still be stuck in some of those creek bottoms. They would have had to drag me out. I love their stuff. We’ve had some bad luck this year, but today it held together and I can’t complain, ending the season with a fourth.”

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    Marcus Pratt finished 11th in XC1. He said the RT Pro components helped him through a few driver errors during the event.

    “My RT Pro A arms held up perfect when I had a couple of little boo-boos, and they kept me from a DNF,” said Pratt. “We’ve had a couple of issues this season. Sometimes you get a cloud over your head during a racing season. We’ll keep our heads up and keep plugging.”

    With the season at its conclusion, GNCC series will celebrate its 2016 season November 25 during the season banquet in Morgantown, WV.

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  • RT Pro’s Sam Yokley Clinches GNCC ACE Championship

    RT Pro’s Ironman GNCC Single Seat Race Report

    RT Pro’s Sam Yokley clinched the GNCC ACE Single Seat Championship with a second place finish at the Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, IN. Fellow RT Pro racer Jesi Stracham finished off the season with a fourth-place finish.

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    Sam Yokley earned his second consecutive championship after coming into the event with just a one-point lead. He won three races this year and followed that up with two additional podiums. His RT Pro components helped him cope with the difficult course that featured ruts, trees, and a motocross course.

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    “This was a great race and I made it through and won the championship,” said Yokley. “RT Pro helped me out a lot this year. They gave me great parts and kept me running competitively. Without the high clearance arms, you’ll catch rocks and stumps and just rip them off. We had some good racing this year.”

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    Stracham, who is paralyzed from the waist down, ran an RT Pro-built Polaris Ace equipped with hand controls all season. Stracham finished fourth in points and earned two podiums during the season.

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    “This is always my favorite race of the year, and it was a great time,” said Stracham. “RT Pro has been awesome for me over the years.”

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    With the racing season over, GNCC Series will host its annual banquet November 25 in Morgantown, WV.

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  • Come see RT Pro at the 2016 SEMA Show

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    It's almost here, just a few short days until the 2016 SEMA Show out in sin city, Las Vegas, NV. With 2000+ companies displaying and more than 100,000 in attendance, this show is the pinnacle event for the automotive aftermarket industry each year. This year the Sport Truck USA family, home to BDS Suspension, Zone Offroad Products, JKS Manufacturing, 4x4 Posi-Lok and RT Pro UTV will be set up in our new larger 25x90ft space (#30204), just down the aisle and adjacent to FOX who will be in our previous spot. This year we're excited to introduce several new products, show off some amazing builds and hang out with new and current customers. We'd like to invite you to come out and join us in booth #30204. We'll be serving free beer for customers and snacks all week so come grab a cold one with us while you check out the new products we have to offer.

    This year the Sport Truck USA booth will be filled with several full-size trucks, a Jeep, and UTVs showcasing an assortment of new products. Be sure to follow along through Facebook to keep up with the RT Pro team at the show. We're looking forward to seeing you out in Vegas!

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  • RT Pro’s Joe Krcelich and John Henry Score Podiums at Powerline Park GNCC

    RT Pro’s GNCC Round 5 SXS Report

    RT Pro racers Joe Krcelich and John Henry continued their hard charge in points, finishing second and third at the GNCC XC2 Pro Stock UTV race at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH. Sean Bogdan scored his best career finish of fourth in XC1 Pro, ahead of Marcus Pratt, who finished eighth.

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    Krcelich and Henry are embroiled in a tight fight for second in points. The two came out of this event just two points apart with one race left in the season. Krcelich’s second-place finish equaled his best effort of the season. He overcame the slick conditions to net the runner-up slot.

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    “I knew that both of the guys ahead of me in points were behind me,” said Krcelich. “John Henry and I are two points apart, so my goal is try to come out of the points in second. The track was really slick in the woods. The RT Pro stuff worked flawlessly. I have zero complaints.”

    Henry was frustrated by the one-line nature of the track. He beat and banged his way to third. He credited his RT Pro parts for keeping his ride in one piece,

    “I made it up to second going into the woods, but there were very few places to pass,” explained Henry. “I got aggressive toward the end, but we just ran out of time. I can’t be disappointed with third place. The RT Pro stuff held up great. We were really going at it and at one point I hit pretty hard. I slid into a tree and I thought that was it. I backed off and the car was perfectly fine. The car definitely took a beating.”

    Bogdan’s best career finish in XC1 came in a new Polaris that features RT Pro parts. He said his setup was perfect for conditions that started out slick and tacked up toward the end.

    “I was a little nervous with all of the rain,” said Bogdan. “Toward the afternoon, the sun came out, and it got tacky. I had the perfect setup and the perfect car for this race. RT Pro suspension was amazing. It soaked everything up. Having the right setup and the right parts were key this weekend.”

    The RT Pro brigade will finish out the GNCC season October 29-30 for the season finale at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, OH.

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  • RT Pro’s Sam Yokley Leads GNCC Points with Podium Finish

    RT Pro’s Powerline Park GNCC Single Seat Report

    RT Pro’s Sam Yokley maintains the points lead in the GNCC Single Seat points by finishing third at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH. Jesi Stracham finished fifth in her RT Pro prepared Polaris Ace, and she is fourth in the points race.

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    Yokley earned his fourth consecutive podium, which includes three-straight victories. He now leads the championship by just one point over Boynton.

    “It was really a go slow to finish fast day,” said Yokley. “I have to thank you to RT Pro for giving me the best suspension parts in the industry.”

    Stracham followed up her best GNCC finish ever in the last race to finish fifth here. She now sits fourth in points. She battled with difficulties all race to earn the top five. Stracham, who is paralyzed from the waist down, uses an Ace specially prepared with hand controls and built by RT Pro.

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    “My legs became unbelted on the first lap and they were flopping around in the ACE,” said Stracham. “It took me quite awhile to get them belted back in. I was too far back to really make a charge to the front. I fought hard this year, and we’ll be ready for the next race. The ACE worked great, as always thanks to Andy and RT Pro.”

    Stracham is currently fourth in points, and just two points out of the top three, which will make for an exciting GNCC season finale with such a tight points battle in the class among a stacked field of competitors.

    Yokley and Stracham will be back in action as the GNCC hosts its season finale October 29-30 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, OH with Yokley going for the championship, and Stracham chasing after her first win.

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  • RT Pro’s Jesi Stracham Third at GBC Heartland Challenge

    RT Pro Heartland Challenge Ace Report

    RT Pro (formerly Racer Tech) driver Jesi Stracham finished third in the GBC Heartland Challenge Ace single seat race in Carlisle, IA. Stracham, driving her specially built Polaris Ace equipped with hand controls, overcame a belt issue to record the podium finish.

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    Stracham, who is paralyzed from the waist down, ran the special event to stay in shape for her full-time effort in the GNCC series. She was pleased to finish on the podium in the competitive endurance race.

    “This is really practice for me for GNCC because I’m still in the championship over there,” said Stracham. “I was really bummed after losing the belt. I had belt problems from the start. My check engine light came on early. When the belt came off, I thought the car was on fire, which was a scary moment. I pitted, got a new belt and I kept going.

    “As long as I finished and I’m healthy, that’s all the counts,” concluded Stracham.

    Stracham will be back in action after the GNCC summer break October 1-2 at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH.

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