Clanton Claims Thriller on Opening Night of Winter Freeze VI

13 02 2016

Defending champ completes daring pass to score season opener

SYLVANIA, GA – February 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Defending World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series champion Shane Clanton rocketed around both Josh Richards and Jason Covert in one pass as he claimed the season opener at Screven Motor Speedway’s Winter Freeze VI on Friday.

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Clanton started from the sixth position but made quick work powering his way into the top three. Richards, who is in the midst of a hot streak, drew the pole-positon after winning his heat race earlier in the night.

Richards led just two laps before second place starter Covert battled past. Covert controlled the field for the first half of the race but could never pull away from Richards and eventually a hard-charging Clanton.

Clanton saw an opening in turn four on lap 15 when Richards pulled even with Covert for the lead. Clanton rocketed his car to the outside of the leaders, creating a three-wide drag race for the lead as they approached lapped traffic.

Clanton, a native of Zebulon, Ga., completed the pass in turn one on the following lap, with Richards settling into second. Richards stayed glued to Clanton’s back bumper, taking shots at the leader on multiple occasions but Clanton held on to the lead and dominated the remaining laps, winning the opening night of Winter Freeze VI at Screven Motor Speedway.

“It was a phenomenal race,” Clanton said. “Sometimes it sucks being the leader and catching that many lapped cars going two and three-wide. Covert didn’t know to run the top [line] because he has never been here before, but you can lean on that top.

“The experience being around this place as much as I have really helps out. It boosts our confidence to come in here and win and beat the hottest guy in the pit area. Josh [Richards] hasn’t finished outside the top three yet this year, but to be able to beat him and outrun him on the first night we have raced against him this year, that feels pretty good.”

Richards settled for second after challenging for the lead all night, which is an improvement on his results from this race last year in which he finished fourth.

“We had a great car, we definitely had a car good enough to win,” the Shinnston, W.Va. native said. “We were following Covert there and got jammed up in lapped traffic and got stuck on the bottom.

“Clanton got a good run and got around us, then after that it was going to be hard to get back in front of him. I feel like at the end of the race we were better than him, but the way the lapped traffic played out it was hard to get back up there.”

Action continues at Screven tomorrow night as Clanton looks to go back-to-back early in 2016 and repeat as winner of night two of Winter Freeze VI.

Racing starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday at Screven. Tickets for Winter Freeze VI at Screven Motor Speedway are $40 on Saturday, with kids under 12 admitted for free. All tickets are a pit pass with free parking. To find out more information, visit www.ScrevenMotorsports.com.

For more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series on Twitter and on Facebook.

Winter Freeze VI Night 1 at Screven Motor Speedway results – A-Main (40 Laps):
1. 25-Shane Clanton ($8,400), 2. 1-Josh Richards ($4,200), 3. 3s-Brian Shirley ($2,800), 4. 76-Brandon Overton ($2,550), 5. 72-Jason Covert ($2,600), 6. B1-Paul Wilmoth Jr. ($1,850), 7. 1*-Chub Frank ($1,600), 8. 2F-Dennis Franklin ($1,250), 9. 7-Rick Eckert ($1,350), 10. 93-Donald Bradsher ($1,000), 11. 53-Ray Cook- ($950), 12. 2-Joey Coulter ($1,000), 13. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn ($800), 14. 14M-Morgan Bagley ($750), 15. 18c-Chase Junghans ($750), 16. 21-Ivedent Lloyd Jr. ($735), 17. 18-Eric Wells ($640), 18. 99B-Boom Briggs ($620), 19. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr. ($600), 20. 0-Coleby Frye ($750), 21. 94-Austin Rettig ($600), 22. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr-($600), 23. 98-Casey Barrow ($600), 24. 1W-Dillon Wood ($625).

Fastest lap: 14.185 (Shane Clanton)

Margin of victory: 1.02 seconds

Cautions: 3

Leaders: Richards (1-3), Covert (4-13), Clanton (14-40)

Provisionals: Frank Heckenast Jr. and Eric Wells

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Morton Buildings (Official Building) and DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Ohlins Shocks, Penske Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

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Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet Wins Outlaws Opener at DIRTcar Nationals

13 02 2016

Trent Young Claims DIRTcar UMP Modified feature win

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – In front of one of the largest crowds in DIRTcar Nationals history, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman fought a pitched battle for the season opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series feature on Friday night. When the checkered flag fell, it was Sweet who took the win.

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Sweet and Pittman started side-by-side in the 30-lap main event at Volusia Speedway Park. The two teammates traded the lead through the opening laps of the night’s event as reigning series champion and the previous night’s winner, Donny Schatz, battled through the field.

By the midway point of the feature Schatz had moved into second and was challenging Pittman for the lead when his night was cut short by an engine failure on lap 21. It was his first did-not-finish result in 178 World of Outlaws features – a streak that stretched back to September, 2013.

Through the closing laps of the feature, Pittman and Sweet battled for the lead through lapped traffic with Sweet making a last lap pass of Pittman for the win.

“I’ll tell you what, we definitely needed that lap traffic,” Sweet said. “Daryn did a great job, you know. It’s pretty awesome for Kasey Kahne Racing to be battling for first and second. I know what it’s like to lose on the last lap. I’ve won some like that; I’ve lost some like that. Hats off to those guys, they did a great job all night.”

In the 20-lap DIRTcar UMP Modified feature, Trent Young held off a hard-charging Nick Hoffman to score his first ever DIRTcar Nationals victory.

A wreck between the top two cars, A.J. Fike and Dave Jamison, midway through the feature put Young in the lead. Hoffman battled his way into second and tried to close the gap in the final laps, but Young held firm.

“It feels amazing. This is a dream come true,” Young said. “I was pretty content just riding in third. I was going to be happy with that if the race went like it was. I got lucky to make it through that wreck. I don’t want to win one like that, but I wanted one here so I’ll take it any way I can get it. I hate that that happened to Fike. I really couldn’t see what happened but I know it was pretty nasty, and I got lucky to make it through it.”

Nightly doubleheaders at Volusia run through Saturday, Feb. 20. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on its second night at DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday and the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds return for night five of DIRTcar Nationals.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Nationals, click DIRTcarNationals.com or follow on Twitter at @DIRTcarNats.

DIRTcar Nationals Statistical Report; Feb. 12, 2016; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson [14]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 1B-Dale Blaney [18]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [12]; 9. 7-Paul McMahan [21]; 10. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16]; 12. 83-Joey Saldana [11]; 13. 2L-Danny Lasoski [13]; 14. 70-Danny Holtgraver [23]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson [24]; 16. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 17. 71MX-Paul May [20]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz [17]; 19. 11-Steve Kinser [7]; 20. 59-Austin McCarl [19]; 21. 2-Shane Stewart [8]; 22. O7-Doug Esh [10]; 23. 24-Terry McCarl [22]; 24. 5-David Gravel [5]. Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-5, 14-29; Brad Sweet 6-13, 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Paul McMahan [+12]

DIRTcar UMP Modified A-Main (20 Laps)
1. 10Y-Trent Young, 2. 2-Nick Hoffman, 3. 13-Jacob Hawkins, 4. 36-Kenny Wallace, 5. 41-Ty Dillon, 6. 72X-Brian Papiez, 7. 7-Justin Allgaier, 8. 1S-Brian Shaw, 9. 67-Garrett Stewart, 10. Z8-Max McLaughlin, 11. 7W-Kody Weisner, 12. 54-Larry Burkins, 13. 9-Ken Schrader, 14. 28-Paul Miles, 15. 14T-Tyler Clem, 16. 21C-Taylor Cook, 17. 90-Jason Beaulieu, 18. D4B-Jackie Boggs, 19. 10-A.J. Fike, 20. D4-Dave Jamison, 21. 56-Tyler Nicely, 22. 33-Jeff Matthews, 23. 77S-Stephen Schnapf, 24. 64-Billy Workman Jr, 25. 32Z-Nate Zimmer, 26. 51-Brandon Green, 27. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 28. 77-Ray Bollinger

DIRTcar Nationals Day-by-Day Schedule (Grandstands open at 5 p.m.)

  • Saturday, Feb. 13 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 1
  • Sunday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series & UMP Modified Gator Qualifying 2
  • Monday, Feb. 15 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Gator Championship
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & UMP Modified Triple 20’s
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models Swamp King Champ & Super DIRTcar Series
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
  • Friday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series & Super DIRTcar Series

2016 DIRTcar Nationals is supported by Budweiser, Daytona Harley-Davidson, Hampton Inn-Palm Cost, Ring Power CAT, and Safety-Kleen. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is brought to fans by official partners: Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Lincoln Welder (Official Welder), and VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel). Additional support is provided by Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company of WoO Late Model), DirtonDirt.com (WoO Late Model Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award-WoO Late Model), and Chevrolet Performance. Contingency sponsors include: ASI, Beyea Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD Performance, Penske Racing Shocks, Ohlins Shocks, QA1, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Superflow Dynos and Wrisco Aluminum Manufacturer. Sponsors include: Capital Race Cars, Club 29 Chassis, Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Motorsports Safety Systems, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, S&S Volvo, and TNT Rescue.

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Schumacher, Hight and Butner Race to Qualifying Lead Friday at Circle K NHRA Winternationals

13 02 2016

POMONA, CA – February 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Friday at the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) also were qualifying leaders in their respective classes at the season-opening NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.

Eight-time world champion Schumacher was quickest in Top Fuel with a 3.722 second run at 323.66 mph in his U.S. Army dragster.

“The second run was a good run,” said Schumacher, a two-time winner of the tradition-rich Winternationals. “We got the number one spot and earned a few points and I am proud of the guys. It’s a good start. I am excited and my crew chief [Mike Green] is excited. Everything is looking great. I’ve been blessed to drive a race car for a living. I think we’ll go faster.”

Schumacher edged Clay Millican for the top spot late in the second round of qualifying. Millican was second with a 3.746 at 324.36 and Richie Crampton sits third in his Lucas Oil dragster with a 3.748 at 322.65. Brittany Force led after the first session with a 3.753 at 319.98 in her Monster Energy dragster.

Schumacher, who posted a 3.68-second run during last weekend’s NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, had one of the quickest and most consistent cars during the four-day pre-season test session. That gives he and his entire U.S. Army team a lot of good vibes going into the 2016 campaign.

“We tested last week in Phoenix and ran in the 60s,” Schumacher said. “We had different conditions there and it’s warmer here, so we have to make adjustments. Our guys worked hard in the two month offseason. We had to make a change. We had to change substantial stuff in our clutch. We’ve got really smart guys. We have a core group of crew chiefs that do a great job. Now we have to see if it will carry over in all three [DSR Top Fuel] teams.”

Hight powered his Auto Club Chevy Camaro to a performance of 3.942 at 322.19 to take the qualifying lead in Funny Car. Hight, a three-time Winternationals winner, was pleased with effort right off the trailer.

“If you don’t get down the track on the first run you are usually behind the eight ball the whole weekend,” Hight said. “The whole Funny Car ballgame has changed in the last year. If you looked at Funny Car last year, this 94 I ran would’ve been a national record. As drivers, tuners and teams you have to adapt to that. You see all these teams running 80s last year. We weren’t competitive with the Beckmans and Worshams. At the end of the season last year we didn’t even have a chance to win the championship and that’s uncharted waters for us.”

Hight and the entire John Force Racing team is riding a lot of momentum entering this weekend after a strong showing during last weekend’s testing.

“In testing last weekend in Phoenix we showed that we are back in the game,” Hight said. “I am excited with testing and coming in here you know now that it’s not a fluke. We went in there and started knocking off 60-foot times. We put it all together and started running 80s. To come out here and run 94 the first run I am really impressed by [crew chief] Mike Neff and these guys. Not a better place to do it than right here in front of my sponsor.”

Hight’s teammate Courtney Force was second in her Traxxas Camaro with a 3.945 at 322.88 and defending world champion Del Worsham was third in his DHL Toyota Camry with a 3.950 at 323.04. Jack Beckman, who won seven times and set the national record four times in a runner-up points finish last season, was fourth overall in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger, posting a Friday best of 3.959 at 308.07.

Butner was quickest in the new-look Pro Stock category, powering his Jim Butner Auto Chevy Camaro to a 6.606 at 209.43. This season NHRA mandated new rules for the Pro Stock category, which includes electronic fuel injection, 10,500 RPM rev limiters, no hood scoops and shortened wheelie-bars.

“We kinda joked in the staging lanes earlier that the guy that will win this race is someone who can start the car, and stage every round,” Butner said with a smile. “Everybody will slowly get better. The guys at the shop make the best power. I’ve drove a lot of EFI cars and just when you think you have a handle on it, it will shut off. You have to calm down and not get frustrated. These guys are the smartest guys out here and they will figure it out.”

Butner, who is teaming with the KB Racing program, was followed in the qualifying order by his teammate Jason Line, a four-time Winternationals winner, who drove his Summit Racing Camaro to a 6.618 at 209.43. His other teammate, Greg Anderson, posted a 6.647 at 209.43 in his Summit Camaro.

“It will get a lot better and be a lot closer in the next three races,” Butner said. “I will assume we will run a high 58 or a 57. None of us have made a perfect run so far.”

Other top qualifiers in the factory hot rod category included third-place Chris McGaha, who clocked a 6.641 at 208.62 in his Harley Sammons of Odessa Camaro and five-time world champ Jeg Coughlin sits fourth in his Magneti Marelli/Elite/JEGS.com Dodge Dart with a 6.645 at 208.55.

Defending world champ Erica Enders is currently ninth in her Mopar Performance/Elite Motorsports Dart with a 6.660 at 208.68.

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m.

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Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, first of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel
1. Tony Schumacher, 3.722 seconds, 323.66 mph; 2. Clay Millican, 3.746, 324.36; 3. Richie Crampton, 3.748, 322.65; 4. Steve Torrence, 3.750, 326.24; 5. Brittany Force, 3.753, 319.98; 6. Antron Brown, 3.782, 315.05; 7. Dave Connolly, 3.791, 291.32; 8. Shawn Langdon, 3.798, 319.98; 9. Leah Pritchett, 3.804, 314.46; 10. Morgan Lucas, 3.806, 318.39; 11. Doug Kalitta, 3.817, 321.27; 12. Terry McMillen, 3.844, 313.00.  Not Qualified: 13. Troy Buff, 3.921, 306.05; 14. J.R. Todd, 4.655, 163.29; 15. Steve Faria, 6.014, 104.54; 16. Scott Palmer, 8.001, 82.32.

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.942, 322.19; 2. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.945, 326.87; 3. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 3.950, 323.04; 4. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.959, 308.07; 5. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.971, 322.58; 6. John Force, Camaro, 4.017, 314.83; 7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.028, 313.22; 8. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.029, 316.97; 9. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.041, 312.93; 10. Chad Head, Camry, 4.047, 310.34; 11. Gary Densham, Charger, 4.092, 307.79; 12. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.124, 281.07.  Not Qualified: 13. Bob Bode, 4.133, 283.37; 14. James Campbell, 4.348, 220.76; 15. Tommy Johnson Jr., 4.496, 187.96; 16. John Hale, 5.318, 155.79; 17. Terry Haddock, 9.317, 86.61.

Pro Stock
1. Bo Butner, Chevy Camaro, 6.606, 209.75; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.618, 209.95; 3. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.641, 208.62; 4. Jeg Coughlin, Dodge Dart, 6.645, 208.55; 5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.647, 209.43; 6. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.651, 208.68; 7. Allen Johnson, Dart, 6.653, 208.33; 8. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.660, 208.68; 9. Erica Enders, Dart, 6.669, 208.62; 10. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.684, 207.88; 11. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.684, 207.59; 12. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.686, 207.75.  Not Qualified: 13. V. Gaines, 6.689, 207.11; 14. Matt Hartford, 6.702, 206.61; 15. Aaron Strong, 6.721, 206.29; 16. Vincent Nobile, 16.748, 51.88.

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Victory Motorcycles blows the doors off of the Chicago IMS with the new Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition

13 02 2016

The loudest Bagger in the industry returns in 2016 with a 200-watt 10-speaker audio system, 21” billet front wheel, custom stealth paint, LED lights and a new lower price.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Victory Motorcycles® announces the return of the Magnum® X-1 – the loudest Victory Bagger ever built, designed for serious music and motorcycle fans. As the 2015 model quickly sold out upon its introduction last year, the new 2016 Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition hits the scene powered by a 200-watt 10-speaker surround sound audio system. Loaded with custom features such as billet wheels, a monochrome paint scheme featuring color-matched components and LED lighting, plus a MSRP that’s $1,000 lower than last year. Availability is limited, with dealers first getting the new model starting in February.

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STEALTH GRAY PAINT. The Magnum X-1’s paint job reflects the latest trend with a Stealth Gray suede monochrome style featuring color-matched hinges, fender fillers, lower frame covers, dash, speaker grills and headlight bezel. This may be the only motorcycle on the market that attracts custom fans and concert groupies.

SOUND IS NO BARRIER. The Magnum X-1, our loudest bike ever, puts you center stage as you roll down the road. Trips are measured in both miles and decibels. Twist the throttle and plug into 200 watts blasting through two 6×9 woofers and two tweeters in the saddlebags, as well as two 5.25-inch mid-bass speakers, two 2.5-inch mid-ranges and two more tweeters in the front fairing. The audio system fully integrates into any Bluetooth capable device, and features an informational window for input and song selection.

WHEELS THAT AMPLIFY. Making a statement on any stage, the Magnum X-1 Stealth Edition features the largest front wheel offered by an OEM at 21 inches. The wheels are machined from a single block of aluminum to make them both lighter and stronger to maintain the handling capabilities that have become a hallmark for Victory Motorcycles.

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LED CONCERT LIGHTING. Inspired by a rock and roll laser show, the Magnum X-1’s smoke tinted LED headlight is 74% brighter than Victory’s standard halogen bulb while the bike’s thin blade LED turn signals and flush LED tail lamp glow amongst the crowd.

AN ENCORE OF ACCESSORIES. With Victory® accessories, riders can customize their bike without ever missing a beat. The show just rolls on with a multitude of options to customize your set. Check out the full accessory line-up at VictoryMotorcycles.com.

The 2016 Victory Magnum X-1 starts at $23,499 ($23,749 CA, $27,999 CND). Riders will have a chance to enjoy the Magnum X-1 at the first big party of the season during Daytona Beach Bike Week, where it will be one of the featured demo models in the company display. To learn more about the Magnum X-1 and Victory Motorcycles®, visit VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT VICTORY® MOTORCYCLES

Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/Victory Motorcycles

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

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Obama’s monument designations penalize off-road enthusiasts

12 02 2016

American Motorcyclist Association calls on Congress to reinstate off-highway-vehicle recreation areas

PICKERINGTON, OH – February 12, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  President Barack Obama’s designation of three new national monuments in California on Friday penalizes off-highway-vehicle enthusiasts by eliminating existing trails and riding areas in the Mojave Desert, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“The American Motorcyclist Association is calling on all off-road enthusiasts to press Congress for the restoration of lost riding areas,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations. “We cannot allow our responsible access to public lands to be further eroded.”

In his announcement Friday, the president designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments, using his authority under the American Antiquities Act of 1906.

The designations affect 1.8 million acres that were excluded from the 1994 California Desert Protection Act and eliminate 142,000 acres of off-highway-vehicle recreation areas.

“This executive order from the president goes against the intent of Congress,” Allard said. “We had supported bills that would have allowed the monument designations while preserving existing areas for responsible off-road recreation.”

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has pushed bills in Congress to obtain monument status for the land. And U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, whose district encompasses the area, introduced a similar bill. Both bills also would have protected OHV areas already in use.

However, when her efforts proved unsuccessful, Feinstein petitioned the president to use his authority under the Antiquities Act.

“The AMA encouraged Sen. Feinstein to manage her legislation through the legislative branch,” Allard said. “We are disappointed that she chose to lobby the White House for an executive action, rather than continue to work through Congress to achieve her goals.”

Feinstein’s political maneuvering came at the behest of well funded national environmental lobby groups determined to include the largest swath of land possible in the monument designation. The Obama designations run counter to the Antiquities Act, which restricts presidential designations to the “smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”

Since assuming office in 2009, President Obama has used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish or expand 17 national monuments covering more than 265 million acres of public lands and waters — more than any other president.

“We believe the president has consistently overreached his authority as outlined in the Antiquities Act,” Allard said. “Monument designations that go beyond the original legislative intent and impact large areas should be determined by the Congress, under a process in which there is public input, not behind the walls of the White House, with very little, if any, public input at all.”

Cook said Friday that he plans to continue his effort to get his bill — HR 3668, the California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation, and Conservation Act — passed.

Feinstein pledged Friday to introduce new legislation in Congress that would provide permanent protection for five off-highway recreation areas covering about 142,000 acres within the new monuments. She said protection of the OHV areas could not be included in the president’s action.

“We sincerely hope that Sen. Feinstein does introduce her bill,” Allard said. “If she does, we will work hard to see that it gets passed and signed into law. Access to public lands is one of the most important issues for our members. And we need all off-road enthusiasts to join the AMA and support us in this effort.”

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today.

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Arrow Introduces 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10 Exhausts

12 02 2016

RICHMOND, CA – February 12, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Arrow Exhaust proudly announces the release of 15 new exhaust fitments for the 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R. The new ZX10R is Kawasaki’s closest interpretation yet of their World Superbike Championship racing machine. Thanks to extensive race development, the 2016 ZX10 features a long list of technical improvements derived directly from the WSBK team.

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Raffaele Rossi from the Arrow Technical department states: “This bike really is race ready and we developed these systems with that in mind. Our R&D department worked hard on developing a wide selection of products for this bike and the results are 11 different exhausts (slip-on & half race systems) and 4 full competition race kits. All slip-on silencers can be installed behind the catalyzer or installed on original headers for track-days or racing by utilizing our racing cat delete pipe.”

Rossi continues, “Dyno test results were impressive: the stock power to the rear wheel is around 185hp. With just a slip-on this increases to about 186hp. Once we added the cat delete link pipe with the slip-on silencers (half race system) this number increased to 192hp. With the Arrow half systems, and especially with the Arrow Full Competition systems, there’s an improvement in acceleration and also in torque at both the low end and mid-range of the curve.”

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AMA Area Qualifiers to kick off this weekend for 2016 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

12 02 2016

PICKERINGTON, OH – February 12, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  America’s fastest amateur motocross racers will begin to compete this weekend at AMA Area Qualifiers as the first step in securing a coveted spot at the Aug. 1-6 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by AMSOIL, in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

“This weekend marks the start of many of America’s top amateur motocross racers’ journeys to qualify to compete at the prestigious Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We’ve worked diligently alongside our promoting partner, MX Sports, to compile a schedule that includes some of the greatest tracks in the country. The AMA Area Qualifiers, which kick off this weekend, showcase the top racers at the local level who hope to advance to an AMA Regional Motocross Championship, and ultimately hope to be crowned an AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion. The competition will be intense, and we wish the competitors a safe and successful path to the championship.”

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Racers will compete in 56 Area Qualifiers that will funnel the top finishers into 13 AMA Regional Championships. Several thousand riders compete, but only 1,482 riders will advance to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch to race for AMA National No. 1 plates in 37 classes. The best riders will compete for the coveted AMA Motocross Horizon Award, presented to an amateur racer poised for success in the pro ranks.

“A lot of hard work and coordination has gone into this year’s Area Qualifier schedule,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “Together with the AMA, we have selected the best race tracks in the country to host these coveted events. Now it is time for America’s amateur motocross athletes to start their journey.”

Dating to 1975, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is one of the longest-running motorsports championships in the country. The success of the program, which has produced a long list of AMA Supercross and Motocross superstars, is unmatched. Riders who have progressed through the program include AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath, as well as current stars such as Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey and many more.

For more information about the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, see www.mxsports.com. For more information all AMA-sanctioned motocross competition, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Racing > AMA Motocross.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Area Qualifiers

Northeast Area Qualifiers

March 5-6: Elizabeth City, N.C.: Elizabeth City MX
March 12-13: Hedgesville, W.Va.: Tomahawk MX
April 9-10: Englishtown, N.J.: Englishtown
April 16-17: Dillwyn, Va.: Actiontown MX Park
April 23-24: Fredericksburg, Pa.: Sleepy Hollow MX
May 7-8: Seward, Pa.: Pleasure Valley
May 14-15: Winchester, N.H.: Winchester Speedpark
May 21-22: New Berlin, N.Y.: Unadilla MX

Southeast Area Qualifiers

Feb. 27-28: Jacksonville, Fla.: WW Ranch MX Park
March 19-20: Sutherlin, Va.: Birch Creek Motorsports Park
April 2-3: Okeechobee, Fla.: Florida Cycle Park
April 9-10: Hamer, S.C.: South of the Border MX Park
April 16-17: Tallassee, Ala.: Monster Mountain MX Park
April 23-24: Reynolds, Ga.: Silver Dollar Raceway
April 30-May 1: Wytheville, Va.: Pro Sport Motocross
May 14-15: Dalton, Ga.: Lazy River MX

Mid-East Area Qualifiers

March 19-20: Altamont, Tenn.: Fast Farms MX Park
April 2-3: Waynesburg, Ohio: Malvern Motocross Park
April 16-17: Rossville, Ind.: Wildcat Creek MX
April 23-24: Chillicothe, Ohio: ChilliTown MX
April 30-May 1: Bronson, Mich.: Log Road MX
May 7-8: Nashport, Ohio: Briarcliff Motocross
May 14-15: Bloomingdale, Mich.: Dutch Sport Park
May 21-22: Livingston, Tenn.: Thunder Valley MX

North Central Area Qualifiers

March 12-13: Richwoods, Mo.: Romp MX
April 2-3: Casey, Ill.: Lincoln Trail Motorsports
April 9-10: Garwin, Iowa: Oak Ridge MX
April 23-24: Walnut, Ill.: Sunset Ridge MX
April 30-May 1: Maize, Kan.: Bar 2 Bar MX Park
May 14-15: Little Falls, Minn.: Little Falls Raceway
May 21-22: Mount Carroll, Ill.: McMotopark
May 28-29: Athelstane, Wis.: Pine Ridge Raceway

South Central Area Qualifiers

March 5-6: Conroe, Texas: 3 Palms Action Sports Park
April 2-3: Fulton, Miss.: Veterans MX Park
April 9-10: Grand Cane, La.: Desoto Motorsports Park
April 16-17: Wellston, Okla.: Reynard Raceway
April 23-24: Wortham, Texas: Freestone Raceway
April 30-May 1: Amarillo, Texas: Bowers MX
May 21-22: Yantis, Texas: Johnsonville MX Farm
May 29-30: Brush, Colo.: Sweney Cycle Park (Sunday / Monday races)

Northwest Area Qualifiers

Feb. 13-14: Marysville, Calif.: MMX Racing
March 19-20: West Richland, Wash.: Horn Rapids Motorsports Complex
May 7-8: Junction City, Ore.: Eugene MX Park
May 14: Billings, Mont.: Billings MX

Mid-West Area Qualifiers

Feb. 13-14: Marysville, Calif.: MMX Racing
Feb. 20-21: St. George, Utah: Saint George MX
April 2-3: Turlock, Calif.: Oatfield Raceway
April 16-17: California City, Calif.: Cal City MX Park
May 14-15: Hollister, Calif.: Hollister Hills SVRA
May 21-22: Rocksprings, Wyo.: Rock Springs MX

Southwest Area Qualifiers

March 5-6: Buckeye, Ariz.: Arizona Cycle Park
March 12-13: Bakersfield, Calif.: Kern County Raceway Park
March 19-20: Haleiwa, Hawaii: Kahuku Motocross
April 2-3: Anza, Calif.: Cahuilla Creek MX
April 9-10: Moriarty, N.M.: Sandia MX at Moriarty
April 16-17: California City, Calif.: Cal City MX Park

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today.

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