VP Racing Lubricants and Apdaly Lopez Claim Victory in First SST Event of 2018

Lake Elsinore, California (January 28, 2018) – The 2018 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship kicked off Saturday night with a return to the sold out Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, California. Fans in attendance witnessed one of the most entertaining and dramatic filled SST events in quite some time as VP Racing Lubricants driver Apdaly Lopez would claim the first SST victory of 2018 over Jeff Hoffman.

Fifth starting Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, Baja California, Mexico is no stranger to the temporary off-road track the A.M. Ortega crew built inside the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium. Lopez would dominate the opening round of competition in the Stadium SUPER Trucks Race and Rock World Championship Finals back in December, and would look to back that up in the opening round of 2018 dawning a new partnership from VP Racing Lubricants.

The start of the 16-lap main event would see the newest member of Team UFD Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona jump out to an early lead on first time SST starter Cole Potts of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The first lap would see action all over the track as potential race winners Sheldon Creed of El Cajon, California and Jerett Brooks of Alpine, California would become locked together dropping back in the field early in the event.

Robby Gordon of Orange, California driving the SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires truck would settle into the second position behind Hoffman on Lap-2, and would quickly challenge for the top position. Battling back and forth Hoffman would over drive the corner, and would allow Gordon to take the top spot, and drive out to a sizable lead.

Following in the tracks of the hard charging Gordon for multiple laps the LIVE truck of Hoffman would hit all his marks with accuracy, and would make up enough ground to come close enough to challenge Gordon back for the lead. Hoffman would pass Gordon for the lead in a daring move to the inside just before the competition caution would fly over the field. At the halfway mark Hoffman would lead Gordon, and Brooks who battled his way back thru the chaos into the top three after the early tangle in the event with Creed.

The restart would see Hoffman loose the handle of his truck in the first corner kicking it up on two wheels, the lurking Gordon would capitalize launching the No. 7 back into the lead. Dropping into the third position behind Hoffman would be Lopez who was battling thru the field after making early contact in the event with various competitors. At this point Lopez truck was showing signs of nothing short of war.

Driving like a man possessed Lopez would now set his sights on Gordon and the top spot. Finding just the right opening to drive his truck in extremely hard into the lower groove Lopez would work Gordon up the track to move past him in textbook dirt track racing fashion.

However, Hoffman would have something to say about that, as he would take his joker lap to catapult back into the lead ahead of Lopez all while Gordon would work his way back past Lopez for second. Just when you think things are working in the favor of the driver they call “The Hoff” his truck would stall in the middle of the corner dropping him back to the fifth position.

All while the red flag would wave stopping an incredible battle out front. Brooks driving in replacement for the injured Paul Morris would roll over his LIVE entry onto the side right in the path of on coming trucks.

The restart would see Gordon get a good jump on the second place Lopez to break out to a four-truck advantage.

One lap later the red flag would once again come out for SST rookie Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California, as his Empire Destructive entry would go for a series of rolls going over the crossover jump. The young driver would remain in the truck and restart at the back of the field a true test of the durability and construction of these Stadium SUPER Trucks.

The closing laps would see Lopez drive extremely aggressive looking to charge to the front of the field making contact with Gordon multiple times and eventually moving past him. Hoffman lingering back in third place would want into that party as he would slide around the outside of both drivers to take the lead on the final lap. Lopez would battle back as Hoffman’s truck would stumble temporarily allowing Lopez to open up a sizable lead.

The beaten and battered VP Racing Lubricants truck of Apdaly Lopez would cross the finish line first capturing victory in round 1of the 2018 SST World Championship. Hoffman would cross the line in the second position, followed by teammate Gavin Harlien who would get past Gordon in the closing corners.

Even though a driver may win a race in Stadium SUPER Trucks, the overall weekend point’s title is earned by gaining points every time a driver is on track in competition and second finishing Jeff Hoffman driving the LIVE entry would be a perfect example of that in Round 1 of the 2018 SST World Championship.

Consistency is the name of the game and Hoffman was able to back that up. Qualifying in the third position, finishing in the second position in the heat race, and following those efforts up with a second place finish in the main event. Hoffman would earn enough points to best Sheldon Creed by 2, and Apdaly Lopez by 3 to capture his first ever SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks overall.

The 2018 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship will continue with Round 2, 3, 4; March 1-4 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia for the Adelaide 500. Proud Stadium SUEPR Trucks supporters LIVE will be playing in concert Saturday night, March 3. Advanced tickets are available for purchase at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

Please visit http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com for more information on the 2018 SST World Championship schedule.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship
Round 1
Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium
January 27, 2018
Lake Elsinore, California

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Final

1. Apdaly Lopez; Tecate, Baja California, Mexico; VP Racing Lubricants/ RPM Off-Road/ KMC Wheels
2. Jeff Hoffman; Phoenix, Arizona; LIVE/ United Fiber & Data
3. Gavin Harlien; Mesa, Arizona; United Fiber & Data/ York Creative/ Think Loud Development
4. Robby Gordon; Orange, California; SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels/ Menards
5. Cole Potts; Scottsdale, Arizona; SPEED Energy/ Hallmark Trust.com/ Security State Bank/ CPI
6. Sheldon Creed; El Cajon, California; A.M. Ortega/ United Rentals
7. Matt Brabham; Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; DeVILBISS/ Hawk Performance/ KMC Wheels
8. Blade Hidebrand; Yucca Valley, California; Empire Destructive/ MPI
9. Bill Hynes; Nazareth, Pennsylvania; United Fiber & Data/ LIVE/ Think Loud Development
10. Lalo Laguna; Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico; RPM Off-Road/ KMC Wheels
11. Arie Luyendyk Jr.; Scottsdale, Arizona; Hostile Racing Wheels/LIVE
12. Jerett Brooks; Alpine, California; LIVE/ United Fiber & Data/ Think Loud Development

Lake Elsinore Friday Practice Results

Lake Elsinore Friday Practice Results

1. Gavin Harlien – 38.243
2. Robby Gordon – 38.451
3. Jerret Brooks – 38.812
4. Jeff Hoffman – 38.821
5. Sheldon Creed – 38.923
6. Matt Brabham – 38.986
7. Blade Hildebrand – 39.034
8. Arie Luyendyk Jr – 39.806
9. Apdaly Lopez – 40.137
10. Cole Potts – 41.698
11. Bill Hynes – 43.253

2018 United Fiber & Data Driver Roster

Team UFD Racing has announced their driver roster for the 2018 Stadium SUPER Trucks season, which kicks off Saturday, January 27th at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, California!

#25 Arie Luyendyk Jr, #55 Gavin Harlien, #57 Bill Hynes, #67 Paul Morris.

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Stadium SUPER Trucks to Start 2018 World Championship at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium January 27

Lake Elsinore, California (January 9, 2018) – Kicking off the sixth season of competition SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will return to Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, California for a huge one-night event January 27 to begin the 2018 SST World Championship.

“An absolute beautiful and challenging stadium style track was built in December for the SST World Championship Finals providing some of the most entertaining close quarters racing the series has ever seen. Friday night saw the 2017 Baja 1000 Champion Apdaly Lopez battle hard with myself for the win, while Saturday night saw an unbelievable duel between 2015 & 2016 SST Champion and Jerett Brooks that kept the crowd on the edge of their feet. Mix in the yearlong championship coming down to the last lap with Paul Morris winning by just 1 point over Matt Brabham. Stadium racing provides the up close entertainment and thrill the fans all want to see, it’s a no-brainer for us to start the season where we ended it.” Stated Stadium SUPER Trucks President Robby Gordon.

Built in 1994 for the Single-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium home of the Lake Elsinore Storm was completely transformed in early December from a baseball diamond to a off-road playground with nearly 300 truck loads of dirt hauled onto the field, and sculpted into a challenging off-road track featuring multiple obstacles such as a huge container crossover jump, that will send the trucks souring into the air nearly 35 feet.

Quickly becoming one of the most popular, and most affordable forms of off-road racing today the UTV 1000 class will once again join the high flying Stadium SUPER Trucks on track. The event in December saw popular Southern California UTV front-runners Myles Cheek, and Ronnie Anderson claim victory, and a healthy pay day on respective days under the lights in front of a large crowd.

Will Myles and Ronnie be back to defend their wins? Can Mr. XP1K4 RJ Anderson find his racing groove in the UTV, and get up front to compete with his younger brother?

After a pair of unbelievable wild Modified Trophy Kart races in December, the Modified Trophy Karts will be back action in action in January. This scaled down Stadium SUPER Truck beginner class for kids 16 & under provides some of the closest racing action of the evening as kids get to display their talents in front of their SST heroes under the Stadium lights.

Back by popular demand the crowd favorite 1450 trucks will join the January program. These desert racers turned short course pilots have been apart of the Stadium SUPER Trucks programs in the past, and when they are on track you never know what to expect.

In 2014 Michael Cox stole the show launching his modified Ford Bronco sky high much to the delight of the roaring crowd, in 2015 it was Buddy Baker and Ryan Kibbe with the TrophyLTD car whom stunned the crowd, and other competitors competing with the trucks. Who will be the highlight of the 1450 class in 2018?

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks events are not just action-packed racing on track, be sure to come out to the event early Saturday morning as a full Off-Road Lifestyle Expo and Swap meet will be set up for the entire day.

Interested in displaying your products or selling in The Off-Road Lifestyle Expo and Swamp Meet. All the information to do so can be found at http://stadiumsupertrucks.com/2017-lake-elsinore-exhibitor-registration/

Advanced tickets for the Stadium SUPER Trucks 2018 season opener can be purchased at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com. Tickets can also be purchased on site at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium Box office from 9 AM-5 PM Monday thru Friday. Tickets will also be available for purchase the day of the event.

Friday night all classes will hold practice. Fans are encouraged to come out and
see all action FREE of charge. Then come back on Saturday night January 27th for a full night of racing.

Looking to entertain family and friends? Fully furnished, catered, and climate controlled suites are available to view all the entertainment on the stadium floor in luxury. Pricing is available by contacting Stadium SUPER Trucks at info@stadiumsupertrucks.com

Tight Championship Battle Heading Into Season Finale

December 16, 2017

Matt Brabham has a 15 point lead over Paul Morris, heading into Saturday’s season finale at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium. 2013 & 14 champion Robby Gordon is within striking distance, trailing Brabham by 23 and Morris by 8.

Watch the season finale LIVE at www.stadiumsupertrucks.com/live

 

4x SuperCross Champion Ryan Villopoto to make Stadium SUPER Trucks Debut at SST Race & Rock World Championship

Lake Elsinore, California (December 13, 2017) – Stadium SUPER Trucks Officials announced today that multi-time SX and MX Champion Ryan Villopoto will make his first ever start in an SST truck this weekend at the SST Race & Rock World Championship in Lake Elsinore, California.

After winning four straight AMA Supercross Championships from 2011 to 2014, Villopoto announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2015 season. Since that time Villopoto has looked to continue his passion for off-road, but on four wheels instead of two.

“I’m excited to get behind the wheel of a off-road truck again, I haven’t had many chances to drive, but the few I have had it’s been an absolute blast. I’ve been following what Robby Gordon has been doing with Stadium SUPER Trucks for some time now, and to have an opportunity to drive one of those trucks with some of the best names in the sport is truly an honor.” Stated Villopoto.

Villopoto’s No. 2 truck is supported by Bristol; Tennessee based RPM Off-Road, an after-market truck and diesel specialty store offering sales and services in house and online.

Joining Villopoto on the RPM Off-Road team will be 2017 Baja 1000 Winner Apdaly Lopez, and the first female to compete in Stadium SUPER Trucks; Sara Price.

Tickets for the first ever Stadium SUPER Trucks Rock and Race World Championship Finals a can be purchased at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.

Tickets also can be purchased on site at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium Box office. Multiple ticket options are available from reserved seats; general admission to multi day passes.

Make sure to come to the event early each day as the Off-Road Lifestyle Expo opens at 2 PM on Friday, 10 AM on Saturday, and stay after the races are over for a concert by Warrant on Friday and BuckCherry on Saturday.

Looking to entertain family and friends or host a small holiday party? Fully furnished, catered, and climate controlled suites are still available to view all the entertainment on the stadium floor in luxury. Pricing is available by contacting Stadium SUPER Trucks at info@stadiumsupertrucks.com

Drivers looking to participate in either the 1000 UTV’s , Modified Trophy Karts or 170 UTV’s there is still time to sign up. Drivers are able to register for the event at www.stadiumsupertrucks.com.

More information on the Stadium SUPER Trucks Rock and Race World Championship Finals can be found at http://www.stadiumsupertrucks.com

Suites & Billboard Space Available For Lake Elsinore

A limited amount of suites and billboard space is now available for the December 15-16 races at the Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, California. Please click the links below for more info on each item. Interested parties can contact us at info@stadiumsupertrucks.com

 

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Driver Lineup Taking Shape For Lake Elsinore

The driver lineup for the Stadium SUPER Trucks races at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, CA is starting to take shape! We are anticipating at least 16 trucks will be entered in the SST races.

Some of the names that have been added to the entry list are

  • Apdaly Lopez
  • Burt Jenner
  • Arie Luyendyk Jr
  • Casey Mears
  • Sara Price
  • Adam Andretti
  • Greg Adler
  • Bill Hynes
  • Paul Morris

More names will be added in the coming days!

Racing Friday, December 15th & Saturday, December 16th. Racing begins at 6pm/pt

Get Tickets HERE!

SST Rock and Race World Championship After Race Concerts to Feature WARRANT and BUCKCHERRY

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 18, 2017) – SST officials announced today that Rock-loving motorsports fans will be in for an extra treat with their paid admission ticket during the Stadium SUPER Trucks World Championship Finals, December 15th & 16th at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, California.

After the SST Final on Friday night make sure to dig out your leather fringed attire, as Hollywood, California glam metal rockers WARRANT will take to stage for a performance you will not want to miss.

Selling over 10 million albums worldwide the popular rock band will play such platinum selling hits as “Heaven,” “Cherry Pie,” “Down Boys,” “Sometimes She Cries,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” among others from their current album Louder Harder Faster that has highly regarded music reviews and embraced by their legion of fans.

WARRANT’s signature style of rock music is very catchy, and will have all the SST and rock loving fans singing along to their classic hits.

SST President Robby Gordon explained that the inclusion of music and entertainment into the SST World Championship Finals program is paramount to the continued growth and success of the event, describing it as “Far more than just a off-road race — the goal is to make it a massive major event on and off track. With the additional of the concerts, gourmet food, and off-road lifestyle expo we are well on our way to doing that.”

Saturday night to close out the 2017 SST World Championship in blow out fashion, Southern California hard rockers BUCKCHERRY will take to the stage with a performance that will leave you saying “WOW.”

Josh Todd, lead singer of BUCKCHERRY, an avid Stadium SUPER Trucks follower, said SST fans can expect a “Great rock and roll show. We have seven records; a lot of touring under our belts and it’ll be a great show that we put together.”

Much like SST, BUCKCHERRY is high-energy action packed entertainment that will have fans on the edge of their feet the entire show.

Todd said BUCKCHERRY is proud of all of their music and have had a lot of successes, which include seven albums, grammy nominations, two gold records and a platinum record.

Smash hits include “Lit Up,” off their 1999 self-titled debut album and “Sorry” and “Crazy Bitch” from its third album “15.” “Crazy Bitch” hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the band received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th annual Grammy Awards for the single.

To continue with the up close and personal Stadium SUPER Trucks fan friendly approach, fans will have the option to move down from their seats onto the stadium floor during each of the music performances to gain that intimate rock concert vibe.

Tickets for the first ever Stadium SUPER Trucks Rock and Race World Championship Finals can be purchased HERE.

Tickets also can be purchased on site at the Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium Box office. Multiple ticket options are available from reserved seats; general admission to multi day passes.

Looking to entertain family and friends or host a small holiday party? Fully furnished, catered, and climate controlled suites are still available to view all the entertainment on the stadium floor in luxury. Pricing is available by contacting Stadium SUPER Trucks at info@stadiumsupertrucks.com

Drivers looking to participate in either the Production 1000 UTV’s , Modified Trophy Karts or 170 UTV’s are urged to pre-register for the event at www.stadiumsupertrucks.com to receive a discounted rate on their entry fee. Prices will increase on December 1st.
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Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires Fastest in 50th Annual Baja 1000 Qualifying

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LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2017) – For the fourth straight year Baja 1000 qualifying was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Halloween in conjunction with the SCORE International off-road experience at the world renown SEMA show, the largest automobile aftermarket show in the world.

Displaying various Halloween silhouettes all over the familiar bright orange SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ KMC Wheels/ Textron Off-Road Trophy Truck, Robby Gordon and son Max Gordon would look to record the best time of three laps on the short course track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rolling out as the tenth driver to record time Gordon would navigate the tight and tricky course in a time of 2 minutes and 52 seconds to immediately jump to the top of the leader board. With some of the top competitors yet to take to the track Gordon, and the SPEED Energy crew would carefully watch on edge, as each competitor would register times.

After the final checkered flag flew on the qualifying session a very excited Robby Gordon remained at the top of the leader board, and had the following to say about his qualifying lap that literally dusted the entire facility.

“The SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires team is very proud to be starting first in the crown jewel of all desert races the 50 Anniversary of the Baja 1000. The team has put a lot of effort into our qualifying and race set up over the course of the last few months with extra testing and time spent in the shop. I feel this is one of the best-prepared efforts we have ever had for the Baja 1000. The SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires team is going to enjoy the security of starting first for the next 15 days, but will also continue to prepare, prepare, prepare as there is 20-25 of the best drivers in the world gunning for us on race day. In the Baja 1000 the smallest of mistakes could cost you the entire race and months of preparation. I’m confident with the plan we have in place the familiar Orange and Black SPEED Energy truck will be a serious threat for Victory.”

The 50th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 will take place November 14-18, 2017 starting in Enscenada, B.C., Mexico and will go 1,134.4 miles down the Baja Peninsula finishing in the Southern Baja California Sur city of La Paz.