SEMA eNews Vol. 14, No. 22, June 2, 2011

Racing News: Dawson Kirchner Takes First Place; Mopar Introduces Ram Runner Kit for Off-Road Enthusiasts

The Torchmate SuperLite Championship Truck driven by Dawson Kirchner took first place at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Off Road
Racing Series Round at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino,
Mopar has announced details of its new Ram Runner kit for off-road enthusiasts.

Torchmate Racing SuperLite Driver Dawson Kirchner Puts Truck in First Place
The Torchmate SuperLite Championship Truck driven by Dawson Kirchner went all the way to first place Sunday, May 22, at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Kirchner started out the weekend with the fastest lap time in practice on Friday. Saturday was no different when the Torchmate truck took the fastest qualifying time. On Sunday, the SuperLite Torchmate Truck hit the track with authority at practice where Dawson Kirchner again led the pack with the fastest lap time. This time, his qualifying position would pay off, putting him on the pole position of Sunday's SuperLite Main event. After the awards ceremony on Sunday, Kirchner handed over his first place trophy to Jeff “OX” Kargola’s younger brother Tanner Huffer. SuperLite Championship displayed the Kargola truck in his memory at the Glen Helen race. The Torchmate SuperLite Truck will be at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, June 25–26 for rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

Mopar Announces Details of Ram Runner Kit for Off-Road Enthusiasts
Ram Truck owners may now transform their truck into a Mopar-powered desert racer. Just a little more than one year after Mopar debuted its Ram Runner image vehicle at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari, the brand has announced details of its new Ram Runner kit for off-road enthusiasts. The Mopar Ram Runner Kit, developed with Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, includes the following: a Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, an off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, an off-road rear-tire carrier, a sport performance hood and a cat-back exhaust. Each element of the kit may also be purchased separately. The street-legal kit may be installed by do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership. The Mopar Ram Runner Kit's heavy-duty suspension system can handle practically any abuse the off-road dishes out. Front lower control arms are constructed of 4130 chrome moly steel in order to withstand off-road punishment. Upper control arms include rebuildable high-angle ball joints. At the rear, a five-link coil spring rear suspension is utilized and helps provide a 30-degree departure angle. The Pre-Runner Stage II kit offers a boost in suspension travel—14 in. both front and rear. Ground clearance is approximately 13 in. at the center of the front cross-member and 16 in. at the rocker panels. The front bumper is constructed of steel with an integrated aluminum skid plate. Front and rear fiberglass fenders are lightweight, tough and durable with wider wheel wells. The stamped aluminum, dual-scooped sport performance hood adds even more to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner kit.

DEI Introduces Special Contingency Program for the 2011 19th Annual DSM/EVO Shootout
Design Engineering Inc. (DEI), in cooperation with event sponsor
Buschur Racing, will introduce a special contingency program for this
year’s DSM/EVO Shootout, to be held at Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk,
Ohio, the weekend of August 20–21. The program will provide qualifying
racers with a payout that will exceed $2,000 in DEI product
certificates, redeemable for DEI-branded performance products, either
direct from DEI or Buschur Racing. The contingency program will reward
qualifying racers with product certificates valued at $100, $50 and $25
respectively for a first-, second- and third-place finish, which can be
used to purchase DEI performance products. Also, in coordination with
the newly announced contingency program and in cooperation with Buschur
Racing, DEI will offer a 25% price discount on select DEI performance
products with the use of a discount code that will be provided
specifically for this event. The special pricing will be effective
June 1, 2011, and conclude at the closing of the two-day event on August
21. DEI’s new contingency program is available to racers participating
in any class of the autocross or drag-racing events. 

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