SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 29, July 21, 2016

Racing News: Victory for Fredric Aasbo in Canada

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Fredric Aasbo drove to victory in Canada last weekend. Photo credit: SR by Toyota
   

Victory for Fredric Aasbo in Canada

Fredric Aasbo topped the podium in Canada last weekend and, with three rounds remaining in the 2016 Formula Drift season, the defending champion is in a close fight for the points lead. Aasbo defeated two-time champion Chris Forsberg for the event win. As the season heads into the home stretch, a battle of champions has emerged at the top of the standings. Defending champ Aasbo is three points behind 2010 title winner Vaughn Gittin Jr. and 27 points ahead of Forsberg. Next, teams travel to Monroe, Washington, August 5–6, for Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway. The championship then travels to Fort Worth, Texas, September 9–10, before wrapping up the year with the California season ender at Irwindale Speedway October 7–8.

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VP Racing Fuels Inks Multi-Year Title Partnership With Gateway Dirt Nationals

As part of a multi-year agreement, VP Racing Fuels has acquired title partnership for the largest indoor stock car race in 34 years—the VP Racing Fuels Gateway Dirt Nationals. VP Racing Fuels will also be the official fuel of the Gateway Dirt Nationals and the exclusive trackside fuel service provider. In addition to naming rights and exclusive trackside fuel sales, VP will engage in on-site activation promoting its product lines for general consumers.

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CJ Greaves leads his father Johnny Greaves in PRO 4WD. Photo credit: TORC Series
   

A Perfect Weekend for CJ Greaves at ERX Motor Park

CJ Greaves dominated last weekend’s short-course truck racing at ERX Motor Park as TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL made its first-ever stop at a new Minneapolis track. Greaves won both PRO 4WD and PRO 2WD last Sunday to make it a weekend sweep in both classes, while the Atturo Tire PRO Light win went to Shawn Morris. And in a first for the TORC Series, Corry Weller and Scott Decker came out on top in the brand-new PRO UTV competition.

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Bruce Block received the Carrillo Rod Championship Award.
 
   

Bruce Block Wins the Unlimited Heads-Up Class at East Coast Diesel Nationals

Bruce Block took the championship in the Unlimited Heads-Up diesel drag racing class at Numidia Dragway last Saturday. With more than 10 other trucks in the class, these trucks all run 9–10 seconds in the quarter mile. Block in his ’04 Dodge Ram ran three times to get to the top with a final run against Chris Nolt in his ’06 Dodge. During the final run and halfway down the track, Nolt blew his turbo giving the edge and win to Block.

 


BJ Baldwin takes the highly modified Ferret through forests, deserts and water as well as across seemingly impossible obstacles.

   

Toyo Tires Unleashes “The Ferret” With Off-Road Champion BJ Baldwin Behind the Wheel

Toyo Tires has unleashed “The Ferret” with off-road champion BJ Baldwin behind the wheel. This video features Baldwin taking the highly modified Ferret through forests, deserts and water as well as across seemingly impossible obstacles. The Ferret was constructed using a ’59 British Ferret 4x4 military scout vehicle as a platform. Heavily modified from its original design by Action Vehicle Engineering, it has six Toyo Open Country tires mounted on custom wheels, two of which are powered by hydraulic motors operated from inside. Its modified suspension with King Shocks allows The Ferret to travel rough terrain. To give it a boost in horsepower, American muscle was added by installing a Chevrolet LS engine in the rear. Atop The Ferret is a custom-built launcher with a grappling hook that is attached to a winch cable.

Champion Oil to Sponsor New York to Paris Racing Team

Champion Brands LLC has announced the sponsorship of the ’29 Model A Speedster, owned by Jack Crabtree of Gosse Creek, South Carolina, in the 110th Anniversary running of the 1908 Great Auto Race from New York to Paris. Crabtree will begin an 85-day journey starting in June 2018 from Times Square heading west to San Francisco. The vehicles will board a ship bound for Yokohama, Japan, then enter the continent of Asia at the port of Vladivostok, Russia. Paralleling the Trans-Siberian Railroad, the Champion’s Model A Speedster will head for Moscow, on to Berlin and finish at the Eiffel Tower in October 2018.

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