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Racing News: Branden Sims Wins Walker Evans Desert Championship

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The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Presented by UTVUnderground.com took place February 20–22 in Laughlin, Nevada.

Branden Sims Wins Walker Evans Desert Championship

Two champions have been crowned at the inaugural Polaris RZR UTV World Championship Presented by UTVUnderground.com. The race took place February 20–22 near the banks of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada, at the Laughlin off-road park, and is part of the Best in the Desert Off-Road racing series. The event featured a world-class field of 122 UTV racers as well as the who’s who of the UTV off-road Industry.

Factory Polaris racer, #1913 Branden Sims put together a flawless run in the Walker Evans Desert Championship to walk away with the win and the grand-prize package, including a brand-new Polaris RZR XP1000. Lots of racers were in contention, but ultimately Sims would hold them at bay, leading the entire race from lap 1. Second place went to Christina Perkins—a new female ambassador for the sport of UTV racing.

World of Outlaws Extends Partnership With VP Racing Fuels

VP Racing Fuels has announced the extension of its sponsorship of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series through 2017. With the agreement, VP will continue as the “Official Fuel” for each series and provide trackside fuel service at select events from the season kickoff DIRTcar Nationals in Florida to the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Racers can contact their designated VP Regional Distribution Center to confirm the trackside fuel service for each scheduled event.

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The Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals—to be held at the Beech Bend Raceway in Bowing Green, Kentucky, August 14–15, 2015—is shaping up to possibly be the largest event ever for ’55,’56 and ’57 Chevrolets.

Holley Announces Sponsorship of Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals

Holley has announced that it is the official drag-racing sponsor for the first of what is believed to become an annual event in Bowling Green, Kentucky—The Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals—to be held at the Beech Bend Raceway, August 14–15, 2015. It is shaping up to possibly be the largest event ever for ’55,’56 and ’57 Chevrolets, according to Holley. The crew at Woody’s Hot Rodz in Bright, Indiana, decided to use this event to mark the 60th anniversary of the ’55 Chevy.

The Holley Tri-Five Drags will be a major part of this celebration and will feature three heads-up racing classes and two bracket classes just for ’55–’57 Chevys. Classes for DOT Stock, Junior Stock, and Nostalgia/Gasser will be heads up while Junior Eliminator and Top Eliminator will be bracket classes. Drag entries are $100 and include admission for two, plus a pit parking pass and racer golf cart pass. Camping credentials will be an additional $65 for the weekend.

All racing will be 1/4-mile. Friday, August 14 will be tech, test and tune and qualifying. Eliminations will take place Saturday. Exhibition cars will also run both Friday and Saturday, featuring 2014 Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week champion Jeff Lutz with his 6-second ’57 Chevy, and Dave VerSchave’s ’55 Gasser as seen in the March 2015 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Check out Holley's video with VerSchave at the 2014 Holley NHRA Hot Rod Reunion to learn about the background and inspiration that led to the "Orange Krate" build.

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Tanner Foust recently appeared with Volkswagen at the Chicago Auto Show to confirm plans to return to GRC for a second full championship season with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team, alongside teammate Scott Speed.

Tanner Foust Returns to Global Rallycross for Full Season in 2015

Multi-time rallycross and drift champion Tanner Foust will make a return to Formula Drift competition for three rounds this season as part of a stacked schedule that will see him challenge for the Global Rallycross (GRC) Championship title while also racing in select stops of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Formula Drift and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Foust's first Formula Drift competition of 2015 will take place at the season opener, Streets of Long Beach, April 10–11. There, he will debut a brand new drift machine—the 900hp Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Passat.

The Rockstar Energy Drink driver recently appeared with Volkswagen at the Chicago Auto Show to confirm plans to return to GRC for a second full championship season with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) team, alongside teammate Scott Speed. The team is also expected to return to X Games in Austin this summer when the action sports festival returns to Circuit of the Americas, June 4–7.

Foust will also make a return to the FIA World Rallycross Championship for four stops this season with Sweden's Marklund Motorsport team. He is also planning to appear in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series for a select campaign of events in the in the Pro-2 class.

Foust debuted the first of these projects, the RAUH-Welt Begriff Volkswagen Beetle, at the 2014 SEMA Show.

NMCA Flowmaster Drag-Racing Series Kicks Off in March

The NMCA Flowmaster drag-racing series kicks off the 2015 season at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, March 20–22. The 13th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will feature for the first time the Outlaw 632 class with all the local stars and cars. Also featured are the 250+ mph VP Racing Fuels Pro Mods, Stainless Works Street Outlaws and Edelbrock Xtreme Street class.

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Royal Purple has been named the official racing oil/lubricant of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) events in 2015. Photo Credit: SVRA

Royal Purple Named Official Racing Oil/Lubricant of SVRA for the 2015 Vintage Race Season

Royal Purple has been named the Official Racing Oil/Lubricant of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) events in 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, as the official racing oil and lubricant of SVRA, Royal Purple branding will be prominently featured at each of the 18 vintage racing events held across the country. At several of the SVRA events throughout the season, Royal Purple will also have its truck and hospitality trailer on site. Royal Purple lubrication experts will be available to assist racers and attendees in determining the appropriate Royal Purple products for their vehicles.

Atturo Tires Joins TORC: The Off Road Championship as Official Series Partner

Atturo Tires has joined forces with TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL as an official series partner for the purpose of telling their product story to the national TORC Audience. The Atturo Trail Blade M/T will be featured on race teams competing in the Pro Lite category, which requires the use of street-legal DOT-approved tires. For more information and an events schedule, visit www.torcseries.com.