November 26, 2013 |
Former long-haul trucker Forrest Lucas got so disgusted when semis would break down in the desert heat that he designed a better truck oil in the 1980s and founded Lucas Oil Products. Years later, when he needed a better way to transport his lubricants from his Midwest manufacturing plant, he bought a small railroad. And when he needed a better way to reach potential Lucas Oil customers, he bought a cable television channel that specialized in racy entertainment for young men and turned it into MAVTV, a motor sports channel that televises drag races, boat races, motocross events and tractor pulls -- all prominently featuring the Lucas Oil Products brand name.
August 21, 2013 |
The nation's leading motocross series heads to Lake Elsinore for its season finale Saturday, although the championships for its two classes of bikes already have been decided. Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo, Wash., has clinched the title in the premier 450 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colo., has clinched the title in the second-level 250 class. The event at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park is the 12th and final round of the series, and Villopoto won seven of the first 11 rounds on his Kawasaki.
August 19, 2013 |
Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Michigan, NHRA drag racing in Minnesota and the motocross event in Utah -- five things come to mind: 1. Clint Bowyer keeps rolling. The headlines naturally went to Joey Logano for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, but save one for Bowyer. Although he's winless this season, the 34-year-old Kansan finished fifth at Michigan despite an early spinout, his 13th top-10 finish of the year.
June 25, 2013 |
Blake Baggett of Grand Terrace is trying to make a charge for his second consecutive motocross championship in the 250-class division of the off-road motorcycle series. Baggett, 21, earned his first win of the season Saturday at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md., the fifth race on the 12-race schedule of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. "It's a step in the right direction," Baggett said. The victory lifted the Kawasaki rider to fourth place in the championship standings, but he still trails series leader Ken Roczen by 32 points.
May 15, 2013 |
Ducati has built and brought to market another extremely successful piece of engineering with the new Hypermotard SP. Beautiful to look at and exhilarating to ride, the dramatically updated 2013 model of the Italian company's supermoto bike is fast and fierce, and equal parts demanding and rewarding. It's basically a race bike, which means it's not a cozy mount for a cruise up the coast. The ready-for-the-track set-up means stiff suspension, an unforgiving seat, increased seat height, plenty of engine heat and a muffler growl that will wake the neighbors.
May 13, 2013 |
Fresh off his third consecutive supercross championship, Ryan Villopoto is the rider everyone will be chasing when the motocross season opens Saturday near Sacramento. The 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series starts with the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova and ends Aug. 24 at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Riverside County. Motocross is off-road motorcycle racing and supercross, whose schedule runs from January to May, is the stadium version of motocross.