SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 5, January 29, 2015

Racing News: Gus Vildsola Jr. Posts Three-Peat at 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

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Gus Vildsola Jr. Posts Three-Peat at 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250

Mexico’s Gus Vildsola Jr. captured the Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck win for the third consecutive year at last Saturday’s 29th Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. He finished the race in 4 hours, 3 minutes, 41 seconds. Round 1 of the five-race 2015 SCORE World Desert Championship was held on a challenging, technical 259-mile course that started and finished in San Felipe on the northern portion of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Vildosola Jr. recorded the first three-peat overall victory in the 29-year history of the popular race. Check out the complete results.

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The Campbell family will campaign Nitto Trail Grappler tires.
   

Nitto Tire Sponsors Rock-Racing Campbell Family

Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell have announced they will campaign Nitto Trail Grappler tires. The Campbells, led by legendary driver Shannon Campbell, are the first family of rocksports. Shannon Campbell has racked up wins in most of the major rock competitions in the United States and abroad. This legacy has been passed to Shannon and Tammy Campbells’ kids, Wayland and Bailey, who have been exposed to recreational four-wheeling and rock-crawl/race competitions since birth.

Over the past two decades, Shannon Campbell has won series and national championships in UROC, W.E. Rock, XRRA and Ultra4. He has also competed in ProRock, ARCA, Dirt Riot and Best in the Desert. High-profile wins include being crowned “King” of King of the Hammers in 2008 and 2011, plus victories at the 2011 and 2012 JRCA Rockcrawl in Japan. Shannon Campbell’s other honors included being named 2005 DirtSports magazine Driver of the Year and 2013 Ultra4 Sportsman of the Year.

The Campbell family solidifies Nitto’s stable of series-leading Ultra4 drivers. The team includes 2014 King of the Hammers “King” and series points winner Loren Healy, 2012 “King” Erik Miller, 2009 “King” Jason Scherer, 2012 Series Champion Nick Nelson, 2014 4600 Vegas to Reno winner Mel Wade, 2013 Ultra4 Rausch Creek winner Derek West, Australian driver Ben Napier, 2013 Ultra4 series 3rd place finisher Jason Blanton, 2014 Ultra4 4400 Class Rookie of the Year Mike Bou and 2013 ADRA champion Jeremy Hammer.

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Jason Scherer, in his #76 Ultra4, has been working with FOX since the first Ultra4 King Of The Hammers race.
   

Jason Scherer and FOX Team Up for King of the Hammers 2015

The 2009 King of fhe Hammers Champion Jason Scherer is returning back for his eighth year to take on the 2015 Nitto King Of The Hammers. Scherer, in his #76 Ultra4, has been working with FOX since the first Ultra4 King of the Hammers race. Since then they have progressed on the performance of FOX's ability to work at its best in multiple terrains. Racing takes place January 30–February 6. Ultra4's will take to the course on February 6 with Scherer giving it another run for the win.

Ingersoll Rand Expands Relationship With Racing Community, Becomes "Official Power Tools of NASCAR"

NASCAR and Ingersoll Rand have announced a multi-year partnership designating Ingersoll Rand as the “Official Power Tools of NASCAR.” The multi-faceted agreement also designates Ingersoll Rand as an Official Partner of the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) and as a contingency sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. As part of this integrated partnership, Ingersoll Rand will be at the track each weekend providing tool support, service, new tool demonstrations for pit crews and will offer fans the opportunity to try tools first hand.

The NASCAR contingency programs foster strong relationships between competitors and the performance-driven brands in the program by providing prize money for each race and at the end of each racing season. Competitors become eligible for the money by displaying partner decals on their race vehicles. As a sponsor of the contingency program, Ingersoll Rand will celebrate and reward the work of pit crew mechanics each week during the NASCAR Sprint Cup season and at select Home Tracks throughout the year with prize money and tools.

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The 2015 Speedway Motors CAM Challenge will consist of three autocross events across the country, kicking off with a Western regional event March 6–8 at Crows Landing near San Francisco.
   

Speedway Motors Announces 2015 Classic American Muscle Challenge

Speedway Motors is building on the success of the new SCCA Classic American Muscle (CAM) class to introduce the 2015 Speedway Motors CAM Challenge, which will consist of three autocross events across the country, kicking off with a Western regional event March 6–8 at Crows Landing near San Francisco. This will be followed by an Eastern regional August 7–9 at Grissom Air Force Base near Indianapolis, and then the Invitational Championship event September 4–6 at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Each CAM Challenge event will run the three SCCA CAM classes, with the first two events using the SCCA Match Tour format to determine class winners and an overall winner. The top two drivers in each class at the regional events will earn invitations to the Championship in Lincoln, which will use the SCCA Pro-Solo format to determine class and overall champions. The top-finishing CAM-T or CAM-S drivers at each of the three events will get invitations to compete at the Goodguys AutoCross Finals November 20–21 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The SCCA CAM classes are designed for both traditional and contemporary American musclecar sedans and coupes with front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configurations, along with classic American sports cars from the ’60s and ’70s. Cars must be street legal, licensed and insured, have interiors and use 200 tread-wear street tires. There are no restrictions on engines and drivetrains.

Justin Oquendo Wins SNORE Championship

Justin Oquendo wrapped up the year in the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts 1450 Class by clinching the season championship at the final event, The Rage At The River, at the Laughlin Events Park in Nevada. Oquendo scored the most points at five out of his six races this year. He races a Kibbetech Racing-built Ford Ranger. The 418-cid LS3 engine was built by Mullenix Racing Engines and utilizes Holley HP EFI to control the powertrain, Holley fuel rails to supply fuel and a Holley 95mm throttle body to provide air, while Earl's Performance Plumbing fittings, lines and cooler work to keep the power steering system's temperature under control. 

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