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West Virginia’s Finest

 This is the 3rd year in a row that the Black Star Motorsports team has been invited to take part in and guest judge the final round for the Swimsuit USA bikini contest at Quaker Steak & Lube.  Just letting everyone know we take our Bikini Contest Judging responsibilities very seriously.  We had a blast and all our sponsors were getting some great exposure.


Thanks to my good friend Derek Correll for sending me these pics from a Dealership in North Carolina. Look Mom! I finally made it!

Big thanks to all our sponsors who make racing possible:
Black Star Motorsports
WV National Guard
SPEED Energy
DEI
Jettribe
RIVA
Optima Racing
Hot Products
Yamaha USA
ET Superchargers
Jettrim

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Wild (cat) fires, gremlins, and low flying aircraft

All of those things were a part of round six of UTV Rally Raid.

Black Star Racing fielded two cars, as usual this weekend.  The #21 and #54 Hidden Trails CanAm Commanders both got blistering starts on a blazing fast course Saturday in Bremen Alabama as Stony Lonesome OHV Park hosted the 6th round of UTV Rally Raid races.

The field crew and volunteers have been very busy a spicing up and smoothing out the race track.  The “short course” section was probably doubled in length with many new jumps and table tops.  And a couple dreaded sections in the hills were taken out or widened to help keep speeds up.

There was definitely no lack of excitement on race day either.  Before the race one enthusiast was getting up close and personal with the track through the windshield of his helicopter.  A couple passes through pit lane were so low and fast that people were almost ducking for cover.  Later during the race a refueling mishap left a Wildcat engulfed in flames and  many crew members scrambling for fire extinguishers.  This led to the fire being contained and the racer heading back out on the track.  Amazing.

The gremlins were back at work in this round as well.  The #21 Hidden Trails Commander suffered breakage on the second lap that was quickly repaired by driver Trey Frame.  Once  moving again and back to the pits a driver change occurred and Cameron Frame headed out for his chance at completing some laps only for the “gremlins” show up again.

The #54 Hidden Trails got a visit from the same group of trouble makers but fortunately was close enough to the pits for driver Andy Moss to limp it back home for its repairs.  After one more lap Stephen Frame took the wheel and stayed with it until the four hour race timer expired.

This persistence for 10 laps was enough to secure a 3rd place finish for the #54 Commander and should keep them firmly in the top four of the championship points race.   1st Place finishes are nice but getting 3rd was a great victory for the National Guard Black Star Racing team considering the troubles day brought.

Back at the race shop work continues and the hunt for, and eventual extermination of the gremlins is sought.  Offroad racing is of course brutal and the conditions demanding but this team is determined to fight and continue to produce impressive showings.   At just past the halfway point of the season much has been learned as the team branches out from its roots in PWC racing and into the offroad world.   Round 7 will be here soon and race prep begins again.

 


Heading to AL for UTV Rally Raid

Not effin around this weekend!

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the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000x!

Meet Dallas Carpenter, the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000x!   This raffle could not have been won by a more deserving young man.  Dallas actually had purchased his raffle tickets at the Dirt Track Expo at Hooters back in March.  A few nights before the final drawing, Dallas had wrecked his dirt track race car in a race in Ripley, WV.   After receiving my call about winning the grand prize, he thought his buddies were messing with him.  Classic!  Nothing like winning a wicked 1000cc monster to rip it up in the woods to put a huge smile back on your face.

 

Congrats Dallas!

 

How are we gonna top this next season??? Hmmm…….

 

Huge thanks to the following companies who made this possible:

 

-Hidden Trails ATV

-SPEED Energy

-Black Star Motorsports

-Sunbelt Rentals

-Daniels Electric, Inc.

-State Electric

-Tribal Whips

-WV Power Park


And the winner is…….

And the winner of the Hidden Trails / Black Star Race Edition Can-Am Commander 1000X Raffle is Dallas Carpenter of Charleston, WV! 2nd place winner for a Traxxas SPEED Energy RC Car is Darvin Spencer of Wellington, KY and 3rd place winner for a Case of SPEED Energy is Joe Carter of Charleston, WV
We want to thank everyone who entered and help raise money for the WV National Guard Foundation. It truly was for a good cause and we were honored to help raise the money. More info will follow….

2012 SportsFEST & Governors Cup

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Charleston CVB Announces 2012 SportsFEST Activities

Charleston, W.Va. – The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to once again host SportsFEST on Aug. 18-20, 2012. Events will take place at Magic Island, on the Kanawha River and on the Kanawha Boulevard at Haddad Riverfront Park.

SportsFEST includes the 2012 UWP – IJSBA Governor’s Cup Watercross National Championship, 2012 EVP “Rocks the River” Pro Am Beach Championship and the 2012 Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge.

The United Way of Central West Virginia will sponsor a Block Party on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which includes carnival-style activities. In addition, it will bring back Sunday Scoop – wrapping up the last weekend before kids are scheduled to head back to school.

Schedule of events

Friday, Aug. 18 – Corporate Challenge

Noon – 4 p.m. – UWP Governor’s Cup

Noon – 4 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball

6:30 p.m. – Live on the Levee

All day – United Way Block Party

Saturday, Aug. 19

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – UWP Governor’s Cup

6 – 8 p.m. – Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

8 – 10 p.m. – Saturday night concert at Haddad Riverfront Park

All day – United Way Block Party

Sunday, Aug. 20

10 a.m. – Noon – Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Governor’s Cup UWP

Noon – 1 p.m. – EVP Pro Beach Volleyball

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – JR. Spike N’ Splash 12 U, 14 U, 16 U

A special thank you also goes to the city of Charleston, Bill Barr and Madison Coal & Supply, Capt. Kaven Ransom of WV DNR, Marcel Ragoza Petty Officer 3rd Class of the U.S. Coast Guard, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District Waterways Association, Capt. Ken Tyree of the Charleston Fire Department, and Lt. Steve Petty of the Charleston Police Department.

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We will also have the raffle drawing this weekend too. Have your tickets ready! And if you don’t have yours yet come down and get them before it’s too late!


Cleaned up and ready for a hard weekend….

…of pulling jet skis around Magic Island! This weekend Charleston will host Sportsfest and the Toyota Governor’s Cup.

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Events will take place at Magic Island at Haddad Riverfront Park.  More details and a schedule of events will be posted tomorrow.

 


Jettribe does it again!

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Just got our new Jettribe Carbon 7 Racing Helmets back from paint!  We have to thank AP-Designs, SPEED Energy and Jettribe for making these possible. Huge props to Jettribe who continues to innovate protective equipment for the PWC industry.

UTVRR Round 4


UTVRR RD 2 3/31/12 “And the rain came down”

 UTVRR RD 2 3/31/12 “And the rain came down”

by: bigkev76

“And the rain came down”

Round 2 of the 2012 UTV Rally Raid proved to one heck of a ride and the real racing was on.  The racers were in for the wettest ride we’ve ever experienced at RR and they needed all their skill as racers to bring this one home.  Saturday was a beautiful day all day.  Weather reports showed 30% chance of rain for the day, and that 30% came to reality just as the race was about to start.  The rain began as the drivers lined up on the grid and the flood gates opened up as the race went on, proving that Rally Raid will test your nerves as much as your skill.

The crew at Stoney Lonesome put in a ton of hours and money to make this course everything that it could be and it showed, they did a great job as always, and their dedication to UTV Racing and UTVRR shone through.  Continual reevaluation of the course and its challenges made this the best race yet.  The racers were very complimentary of the work and changes to the course and all the efforts that are being put into UTVRR to keep it at its place of the premiere racing series for UTV only racing in the USA.  Even when the rain started the improvements in the course were reflected in the lap times and ultimately in the decrease of carnage from round one.  Only a handful of vehicles failed to complete the race due to damage and most of those were caused by crash rather than the course tearing up the vehicle.

As the race wore on thru the night and the rain picked up, and the lap times were amazingly only dropping off by a small margin, the skill the racers showed was second to none.  With a course that’s just over ten miles long, and the high speed that is carried, you needed real skill at round two to keep the speed up, and it showed the drivers of UTVRR have what it takes to run with the best out there anywhere in the USA.  UTVRR has a very high speed course and with a large storm over the course for well in excess of the first two hours of the race the drivers meddle was tested, stories of power slides in high speed corners and high speed overtakes were common place when drivers hit the pits.  We had several racers keep their spirits up with funny comments as they came thru the timing tent. ”  Are we supposed to get rain” or “Awesome weather we are having” were just a few of the comments drivers took a second to shout at us as they rolled thru timing.   Judging by everyone’s good spirits, the racers were having fun despite Mother Nature not being on our side and giving the racers a story to tell. On more than one occasion we were asked if we would be calling the race due to weather and the response from Quantum Racing was a resounding NO!  Off road racing is what it is and weather is no reason to call it, as the thunder rolled and the lightening came down the racers pushed on into the night and really showed what the Southeastern UTVRR racing community is all about, real racing for real drivers.  We appreciated their funny comments or general smiles as they acknowledged we was just as committed as they were for standing out in the rain as they were for racing in it.  If nothing else, Quantum Racing is as focused on the sport and UTVRR as it ever was and we were prepared to get wet with everyone else.

Course improvements for round three will make for an even faster race carrying even more speed across the ten miles and challenging the high speed racing skills of the racers that UTVRR is known for.  Tight sections of the course will challenge drivers technical ability at low speed, but the ethos of UTVRR has, and will always remain the same – High speed UTV racing, fast, unique and challenging.

Even in the rain, the pits were lively as always, you could see racers pulling into the pits with flat tires and the pit crews were out in a frenzy of repair, dedicated to getting their racers out there and back into the mix.  It’s always very apparent that the UTVRR family is “in it to win it” and a storm changes nothing. Some pits were grilling and feeding us, thanks Basch Brothers for the pork chops bathed in hot sauce.  As always we had some veterans helping our the new guys and we had competitors helping each other out. That never gets old.  It’s one of the things that make us love doing this, the UTVRR family.  We like the competition but in a close second place is the hospitality that the UTVRR series has shown from everyone involved, from the racers to the park employees, helping one another and watching out for each other if a vehicle goes missing, helping in each other’s pits and generally having the very best sporting nature possible. We saw new racers that were previously unknown being helped by seasoned teams from last year with everything from help and advice to literally helping out in the pits should it be needed.

This race proved to be the closest competition we’ve ever experienced at a Rally Raid.  The top 4 spots were seperated by only 1:04 total time.  That’s amazingly close for a 4 hour race.  At the end of the night, Team RacerTech outlasted them all and took home the win for Round 2.

At round two we had Busted Knuckle Films come out and shoot a video for the series, we managed to grab a few minutes with them as the race wore on.   These guys are seasoned racers and video guru’s, they have been to many events and seen all manner of series so when they comment to us “this is awesome and unique” we know they were impressed and that tells us we are on the right track.

Quantum Racing and its entire staff are extremely proud of the UTVRR family, the racers make the series we just give them somewhere to race, and race they do.  Round two saw forty one teams line up on the grid with all age ranges from 14 to 65 in all manner of vehicles from factory stock RZR 570’s to rockin pimped out RZR XP’s, Sand Vipers, Canam Commanders and even custom built buggies.  Class One, Class Two and Outlaw always amaze us with the dedication to the race and the series.  Teams that had radios were calling into race control as they passed vehicles broken down in the forest and even after the race some racers went back out to help with the collection of people and vehicles.

Special thanks go out to Crane One, James Schofield, Johnny Ford, LCB, Octane Racing and SxS Mulisha for the parts they played in round two with help with everything from Tech inspection to driver collection, course sweeping and publicity.  This is the dedication that the UTVRR family has to the UTV racing scene and it will only get stronger as we move on in our quest to stay ahead of the competition and remain the fastest, most dedicated and friendly series in the USA.  UTVRR pulls the biggest draw of any series in the USA for a UTV only racing series and we know why, racing isn’t just a course, it’s the entire package and with UTVRR you get it all.

We’d like to once again thank our headline sponsor RacerTech for their commitment to Rally Raid and the UTV racing scene.  We’d also like thank joomGo our class two sponsor, PCI Race Radios, Mountain MotorSports, Blue Torch Fab, and Adventure ATV for their class and fastest lap sponsorships.

Watch out for the “Busted Knuckle films” video and pictures that were shot at round two with driver interviews and race footage.

To find out more about UTV Rally Raid visit HOME – UTV Rally Raid.


UTVRR Round 2 pictures

Click here to go to our media gallery for Round 2 pictures.  And check back for updates.  We’ll be adding more pics as we sort through them.

 


Robby Gordon Partners with Torchmate racing for 2012-2013 Season

From SxSnews.com

by on 31/01/12 at 12:45 pm

Robby Gordon Rock Buggy

Capitalizing on a 10-year relationship with Lincoln Electric, Robby Gordon Motorsports has embraced the new addition to the Lincoln family and welcomed Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems onto Planet Robby. Gordon, who has acquired the Torchmate Racing built TTB car for the upcoming Griffin King of the Hammers event, will begin testing the rebadged Speed Energy #77 car this week and he has tasked rock crawling champion and former Pirate4x4.com owner, Lance Clifford, to navigate. “Although I have not yet met Lance, he has come highly recommended and is a welcome addition to our team. We put a lot of value in having the right people to help us succeed,” said Gordon. Clifford, who has worked during KOH the last 4 years providing live web based coverage, is looking forward to racing. “I was just planning on enjoying the event with my family, but when the best off-road driver in the world calls you up and asks you to navigate you don’t think twice about accepting.”click here for more

SPEED Energy delivery truck

Black Star Distributing recently purchased a new delivery vehicle.  We were told to get a vehicle that was fast, economical and one we could do some promoting with.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad!  Introducing the Black Star / Speed Energy Ford Raptor SVT delivery / promo vehicle!  We think it’s a nice fit for the company.  Stay tuned for more pics!

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Hillbillies on SPEED!


Black Star to Distribute SPEED Energy!!!

Press Release:

Since last October Black Star Motorsports and SPEED Energy have been working hard to expand the SPEED Energy brand to the state of West Virginia and surrounding areas.  We are happy to announce that Black Star Distributing was created to bring these unique products to market. Its also the area’s exclusive SPEED Energy distributor. “Its very exciting for us to work with the racing legend Robby Gordon. The products are great and the crew at SPEED Energy have bent over backwards to help us get this venture off the ground. I can’t say enough about them”, Trey Frame said.

SPEED Energy Drink is a result of Robby Gordon’s passion for speed, on and off the race track. Over the last nine years, Robby has been associated with leading energy drink companies, Red Bull and Monster Energy. His involvement with these companies fueled his desire to create his own energy drink business. With SPEED Energy, Robby was able to formulate the same energy with a healthy ingredient profile and superior flavor to other energy drinks…without the aftertaste or the medicine like taste.

Stay tuned for more info about Black Star Motorsports’ PWC and UTV race programs promoting SPEED Energy for the 2012 season.