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Racing News: Bestop Signs On as Official 2017 ULTRA4 Racing Season Sponsor


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Bestop will be the Official Truck & Jeep Outfitter of ULTRA4 Racing for the 2017 racing season.

Bestop Signs On as Official Sponsor of the 2017 ULTRA4 Racing Season

Bestop has announced it will be the Official Truck & Jeep Outfitter of ULTRA4 Racing for the 2017 racing season. The company has launched the partnership at the desert racing series’ kickoff event, King of the Hammers, February 3–11, in Johnson Valley, California. Bestop’s display for King of the Hammers was located on “Bestop Boulevard” in the iconic “Hammertown.” The Bestop Project Pink Jeep was at Hammertown to raise awareness for the Project Pink initiative—the company’s fundraising campaign in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. The Bestop Project Pink sweepstakes offers a chance to win one of two customized breast cancer embroidered Jeep soft tops. Tickets are $3 and there's no purchase limit. See for complete details.

The 23nd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout kicks off the weekend of March 2–5.

NMRA Season Opener Kicks Off at Bradenton Motorsports Park March 2–5; AFCO to Sponsor Special Nostalgia Shootout

NMRA kicks off the 2017 season at Bradenton Motorsports Park the weekend of March 2–5 for the 23nd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, presented by Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, features drag racing, an all-Ford car show, a manufacturer’s midway and more. The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals Series includes the Street Outlaw class with 3,000+ hp turbo- and supercharged door-slammers and the Renegade class with their small-block Ford engines, plus special race classes, such as Outlaw True Street, Modular Xtreme, EcoBoost Battle, Terminator/GT500, Turbo Coyote and Stick Shift Shootouts. On Saturday, March 4, Street Outlaws’ Bobby Ducote in his ’86 Mustang will race and BoostedGT in his yellow JMS Chip-sponsored turbocharged ’03 SVT Cobra. For more information, visit In addition, AFCO has stepped up to sponsor a special Nostalgia Muscle Car vs. Nostalgia Super Stock Shootout billed as Muscle Car Mayhem—a competition between 16 NMC and NSS racers. The winner of the NMC vs. NSS Muscle Car Mayhem Shootout will take home a custom cup filled with $750 cash.

Kyle Crouch won the 2017 Vision X Shootout.

Kyle Crouch Wins the 2017 Vision X Shootout

A late add to the roster and a first-time competitor at King of the Hammers, Kyle Crouch took down rock-bouncing legends Bobby Tanner and Richie Keith to win the 2017 Vision X Shootout, presented by KMC, King, and Nitro Gear. On his first pass on Backdoor, Crouch set a course record of 22.008, topping Tanner’s record of 22.6 seconds set in 2015. He won by almost six seconds to take home the $7,500 prize. One of the most popular events during the King of the Hammers week, 45 participants from more than 10 states competed in the 2017 edition. View the results.

RAM Mounts Plans Serious Motorsports Exposure With Team Lucas Events in 2017

This year, RAM Mounts is making a major push into the motorsports marketplace as Title Sponsor of the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pace Truck (RAM Mounts, Toyota Tundra); Presenting Sponsor of the Lucas Oil Modified Series and Title Sponsor of the 2017 Lucas Oil Off Road Regional Series Official Pace Truck. RAM Mounts will also receive major exposure as sponsors of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Series and the Lucas Oil Modified Series. In addition to sponsoring multiple Lucas Oil racing series, RAM Mounts has also announced that it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with El Cajon, California, native Ryan Beat, who competes in the Pro Lite Class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, where he finished third overall in points in his 2016 campaign.