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Burroughs Captures 2020 SCORE Overall Season Point Crown

Monster Energy key executive Matt Burroughs has captured the SCORE overall and Pro UTV FI class point championship of the pandemic-abbreviated two-race 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship. Racing in the Pro UTV FI class that had a race-high 45 total starters, Burroughs won his class in the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 500, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, and finished second in the recent season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 53rd SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts, to clearly clinch his first SCORE Overall and Pro UTV FI season point championship. Burroughs also won the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship Overall point championship. He finished second in his class at the SCORE Baja 1000 to secure the title. Burroughs, who joined the Can-Am factory UTV team in 2017, split the driving this year with Bradley Howe and Mitchell Alsup in the No. 2948 Can-Am X3 Turbo UTV.  He earned 249 total season points to lead all SCORE racers in the 2020 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Celebrating its 27th season as the marquee racing division in the sport, winning the season championship in SCORE Trophy Truck for high-tech, 950-hp unlimited custom trucks was Luke McMillin. He also is the 2020 SCORE Overall Truck point champion.

For complete results, visit the SCORE website.

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Hot Shot's Secret-Sponsored Firepunk Diesel S10 Sets New World Record

The Hot Shot's Secret-sponsored Firepunk Diesel S10 broke the world record during the qualifying round of the Radial Vs. World class at No Mercy 11 event. The event was hosted on one of drag racing's largest stages at South Georgia Motorsports Park. With Larson Miller behind the wheel, the Cummins-based D&J Precision Machine built billet diesel-powered S10 competed against the nation's fastest gas-powered cars. Traditionally on a big tire, the Firepunk team had only one day of testing on a new 315 radial tire setup before setting the record with a 4.11 pass at 181 mph, making it the fastest diesel doorslammer in the world.

NHRA Updates Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Schedule

NHRA officials have announced new dates for the 2021 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events contested at Cecil County Dragway and Rockingham Dragway. The event at Cecil County Dragway has been moved to October 8-10, and the event at Rockingham Dragway has been changed to October 22-24. The remainder of the 2021 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series schedule can be found here.


Volkswagen to Cease All Motorsports Programs

The Volkswagen brand has announced it will terminate its motorsports activities as part of a company realignment. The Volkswagen Motorsport GmbH workforce, which employs 169 people based in Hanover, Germany, will be integrated into Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg in the coming months.

“The Volkswagen brand is on the way to becoming the leading provider for sustainable e-mobility. To this end, we are pooling our strengths and have decided to terminate the Volkswagen brand’s own motorsport activities,” VW Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for the Development Division Dr. Frank Welsch said.

The long-term supply of spare parts for the Polo GTI R5 and Golf GTI TCR for the racing circuit is secure. Production of the customer sport Polo GTI R5 for rallying expires at the end of 2020.

Champion Oil Adds Micro Sprint Racing to 2021 Contingency Program

Champion recently added a Racing Contingency Program for next year that is specifically for Micro Sprint Teams and Racers in all classes of competition in most sanctioned Micro Sprint events in North America. The 2021 Champion Micro Sprint Contingency Program includes racing classes such as:  Micro, Lightning Non-Winged and Winged Outlaw, “A” Class, Stock Non-winged, Restricted “A” Class, Jr. Sprint, 600CC & 1200CC Winged, Non-Winged sprint engines.  And local, regional and state series such as but not limited to: Hyper600 Speedweek, Champion Racing Oil Micro 600, NOW600, U6SAMicroSprint Series, Nevada, TOWR, Ark-La-Tex, Desert, Mile High, Mountain West, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, New York, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming.


NMRA/NMCA Names Gavin Carter Operations Manager

The Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals have announced Gavin Carter has filled the newly created racing operations manager position. His full-time role at ProMedia Events/Publishing/Productions will include the Race Director spot at all NMRA/NMCA national events along with pre- and post-event responsibilities related to the competitor experience and event logistics. Carter joins the sanctioning body as the Holley NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals prepare for a return to action in 2021. The NMRA season kicks off at Bradenton Motorsports Park with the Spring Break Shootout on March 4-6. Two weeks later, March 18-21, the NMCA group takes over Bradenton Motorsports Park for its Muscle Car Mayhem extravaganza.

POWRi Announces New Desert Winged Sprint Car Series

Performance Open Wheel Racing Incorporated (POWRi) has announced the POWRi Desert Winged Sprint Car Series (DWSCS) presented by MVT Services will launch in 2021. The series was established as a way to bridge the gap between the hometown racers and regional drivers. The POWRi DWSCS will begin its season with a limited number of events, including some two-day shows. The POWRi DWSCS will offer a $20,000 point championship fund, with a winner’s share of $4,000 while also paying out through the Top-20 finishers in the points standings. The inaugural season schedule will be unveiled in the following weeks, but plans have been made for races at Canyon Speedway Park, Aztec Speedway, Vado Speedway Park, and Fairgrounds Speedway in Colorado.

Yokohama Tire Named Title Sponsor of the 2021 Jeepspeed Race Series

Yokohama Tire has a new off-road racing partner: Jeepspeed. Starting in 2021, Yokohama will be the title sponsor and exclusive tire provider in the Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series. In 2021, Jeepspeed will be featured in all five Best in the Desert (BITD) events, plus the Mint 400. The 2021 BITD season opener kicks-off January 13-16, at the Bluewater Resort Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona. Jeepspeed will also be part of the LEGACY Racing Association’s final race—the LEGACY Battleground—in Jean, Nevada, December 2-5.

For more racing news, visit Performance Racing Industry’s (PRI) website.