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May 6, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
At 6 feet 8 inches, Vince Tjelmeland is the tallest professional race driver in the country, standing two inches higher than Chris Knievel, the Indy car and Trans Am driver who previously held that distinction in a sport of mostly jockey-sized competitors. T. J., as the Yorba Linda ultra-stock driver is better known, finds the circumstances amusing, and at times favorable. "No one can borrow my race car," he said during practice for tonight's Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix in the Rose Bowl.
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May 7, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Walker Evans, the elder statesman of off-road racing at age 50, and Robby Gordon, the sport's latest phenom at 20, put on a finish Saturday night in the Rose Bowl the likes of which stadium racing had never before seen. Evans, who led from the start as the fast qualifier in his Jeep, was challenged late in the 12-lap race by the charging Gordon, winner of three of the previous five Grand National Sports Truck races in the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix series. On the final trip around the short course that zig-zagged back and forth across the Rose Bowl football field, Gordon drove his Toyota into the side of Evans' Jeep and the two crippled vehicles crossed the finish line stuck together.
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May 7, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Walker Evans, the elder statesman of off-road racing at age 50, and Robby Gordon, the sport's latest phenom at 20, put on a finish Saturday night in the Rose Bowl the likes of which stadium racing had never before seen. Evans, who led from the start as the fast qualifier in his Jeep, was challenged late in the 12-lap race by the charging Gordon, winner of three of the previous five Grand National Sports Truck races in the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix series. On the final trip around the short course that zig-zagged back and forth across the Rose Bowl football field, Gordon drove his Toyota into the side of Evans' Jeep and the two crippled vehicles crossed the finish line stuck together.
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May 6, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
At 6 feet 8 inches, Vince Tjelmeland is the tallest professional race driver in the country, standing two inches higher than Chris Knievel, the Indy car and Trans Am driver who previously held that distinction in a sport of mostly jockey-sized competitors. T. J., as the Yorba Linda ultra-stock driver is better known, finds the circumstances amusing, and at times favorable. "No one can borrow my race car," he said during practice for tonight's Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix in the Rose Bowl.
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June 20, 1993 | PAUL OLSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was a night of firsts for Canyon Country's John Watkinson at Saugus Speedway. Watkinson and his NASCAR Grand American Modified car were nearly flawless on the one-third mile asphalt track Saturday night. Watkinson turned in a perfect performance to take the checkered flag in the Trophy Dash, heat race and the 30-lap main event before 3,529 Saturday night. Watkinson started in sixth on the grid and quickly moved into second, placing heavy pressure on leader Bill McLean of Canoga Park.
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September 15, 1985 | PAT RAY, Times Staff Writer
Marty Tripes of Chula vista got a last-minute reprieve and made the most of it Saturday night as he led all the way to win the main event in the unlimited single-seater class at Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Gran Prix before a turnaway crowd of more than 12,000 at Orange Show Stadium. Until Wednesday, Tripes wasn't even expected to be allowed to compete as he had drawn a suspension for the rest of the year for a run-in with officials in the recent Riverside races.
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September 14, 1986 | PAT RAY, Times Staff Writer
It seems unlikely that a driver can win both the feature race and the series championship and still be upstaged. But that is exactly what happened to Steve Millen Saturday night in Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Gran Prix before 12,133 fans at the Orange Show Fairgrounds. Millen drove his Toyota truck to a wire-to-wire victory in the 10-lap main event, wrapping up the season's championship with one race remaining.
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July 23, 1989 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Robby Gordon, off-road racing's 20-year-old star from Orange, showed he could win without the rough driving tactics that have characterized his season by running away with the Grand National truck main event Saturday night at the Coliseum. An enthusiastic crowd of 45,156 sat in on Round 9 of the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Gran Prix.
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May 6, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just when it appeared that Danny Thompson and his Chevrolet might sweep the card in the Grand National sport truck main event of the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix, his engine suddenly stopped and allowed Ivan (Ironman) Stewart to win his third race of the stadium series season Saturday night in the Rose Bowl. A crowd announced at 45,127 let out a gasp when Thompson, leading by about five car lengths with four laps remaining, pulled to the side of the dirt track and stopped.
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August 30, 1985 | SCOTT NEWMAN
The season's only two-day program for the California Racing Assn. sprint cars is set for Saturday and Sunday nights at Ascot Park with a 50-lap main event heading the Saturday program and 40-lapper topping Sunday's racing on the half-mile dirt track in Gardena. Bubby Jones of Glen Avon and Mike Sweeney of Carson, drivers heading in opposite directions so far this season, will both be back to defend the titles they won last Labor Day weekend.
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August 15, 1985 | TRACY DODDS
Riverside International Raceway will, once again, become a little bit of Baja this weekend for the 13th annual Turbo Wash SCORE Off-Road World Championships. A 1 1/2-mile course of simulated desert has been built around the Turn 6 grandstand and the esses, including 10 turns, jumps and an off-camber run along Thompson Ridge where trucks and cars fight to keep from sliding down an incline while running at top speed.
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August 21, 1987 | IRENE GARCIA, Times Staff Writer
Frank Arciero Jr. of Laguna Hills will bring good and bad memories into this weekend's SCORE Off-Road World Championships at Riverside International Raceway. A couple of days before last year's race, one of the most prestigious events in off-road racing, Arciero had car trouble. Among other things, Arciero's Class 10, dune buggy-type stadium vehicle had a transmission breakdown. He was forced to borrow a transmission the day before the race, which meant he had no time even to test the gears.
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