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Racing News: Conrad Grunewald Wins KMC Super Drift Challenge at Long Beach

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Conrad Grunewald took the podium last Saturday in Long Beach, California.

Conrad Grunewald Wins KMC Super Drift Challenge at Long Beach

Last Saturday, the Always Evolving/Replay XD/Megan Racing Chevrolet Camaro took Conrad Grunewald to the Formula DRIFT winner’s podium in Long Beach, California. In the final of the KMC Super Drift Challenge, the stage was set for Grunewald to face Robbie Nishida, driving the Lexus SC300. On the first run, Grunewald led and Nishida made a correction mistake in the hairpin. The second tandem had Grunewald taking chase, and it was enough to impress the judges and give Conrad Grunewald Racing its first win of the season.

The next stop on the Formula DRIFT Championship schedule rolls into Road Atlanta, May 8–9, for round 2 on the season calendar. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at

RPM Racing’s Laguna Captures Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck Win in Saturday’s Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500

Mexico’s Eduardo Laguna came from behind to capture the Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in last Saturday’s Inaugural Bud Light SCORE Baja Sur 500 desert race. Laguna, 24, of Mexicali, led racers from 12 U.S. states and five countries to the finish line in Loreto, covering the 424.52-mile course that started in Cabo San Lucas in 7:35:41, averaging 55.90 mph in the No. 17 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck. The victory also represented the 83rd overall win in SCORE Baja racing for long-time SCORE major sponsor BFGoodrich Tires.

It was Laguna’s first SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck class win in just his second race in the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850hp, unlimited production trucks that was introduced by SCORE in 1994. Laguna opened the season with a seventh-place finish in the 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 in SCORE Trophy Truck. RPM Racing is based in Bristol, Tennessee.

Round 2 of the five-race internationally televised SCORE World Desert Championship will first air on the CBS Sports Network in late May. Competing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads, the race had 82 starters, of which 60 officially finished. With a finishing rate of 73.2%, the elapsed time race had a 17-hour time limit to become an official finisher.

For full coverage and results, visit SCORE International's website.

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WELD Racing will sponsor the 2015 Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Series.

WELD Racing Announces Sponsorship of 2015 Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Series

WELD Racing has announced its sponsorship of the 2015 Goodguys Vintage Drag Racing Series. In addition to its sponsorship, WELD will be an active participant in four of the 2015 Vintage Drag Racing Events. The events include the Goodguys 2nd Florida Nationals in Kissimmee, Florida, April 24–26; the Goodguys 18th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, July 10–12; and the Goodguys 29th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California, August 21–23.

For its final event in 2015, WELD will take part in the Goodguys 4th Nostalgia Nationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 18–20. Marking the first time the event has been held since 2010, the multi-day vintage drag race, hot-rod show and autocross will feature more than 300 dragstrip competitors and thousands of show cars.