Follow A Dream Readies for Gainesville

Jay
Blake’s
Permatex/Follow A Dream team makes its 2013 national event debut this
weekend at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, where last month the team
reached the semifinals at the East Region Lucas Oil Series opener. “We
started this year a month earlier than
usual, but it’s great to be back with Permatex and back with every
member of the team from last year,” Blake said. “We’ve got the same car
and the same team but a lot of new stuff, and we’ve got big plans for
the season.”
           
Driver Todd Veney ran a 5.59 off the trailer at Gainesville in
February, tying for low e.t. of
the event. He defeated John Headley in round one and lost to eventual
winner Dan Pomponio in the semifinals. The Permatex/Follow A Dream team
won the 2006 Gatornationals and reached the semifinals in 2010 and the
quarterfinals in each of the past two years.
“It’s
nice to head to Gainesville this year knowing that it’s not the first
outing of the
year,” Veney said. “Everybody already has a race behind them, and after
watching the guys swap in a new engine before the semi’s like it was
nothing, I’d say they’re in midseason form.”

Currie Begins Chase for LOORS Championship in Phoenix

Currie Begins Chase for LOORS Championship in Phoenix
 

Casey Currie is looking to rise to the top of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, beginning this weekend at the season opener at Firebird International Raceway, near Phoenix. The Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan driver claimed two LOORS Pro Lite victories in 2012 and is looking to put his name in the history books with a 2013 championship.

“Last year we made a lot of progress with our truck,” said Currie. “During the off-season we kept working on the it and I know we are going to unload with a very fast truck. I’ve also been busy getting back into race shape and have been working with a trainer to make sure I’m at my best throughout each race and over the course of the long season.”

The 2013 LOORS premiere at Firebird Raceway will be bittersweet for everyone in the pits as it may mark the final off-road race at the facility, which has hosted multiple races over the years. The 2013 season also marks a change to the LOORS schedule, as the series will now hold only one event each month between March and October.

“I really like the new LOORS schedule,” continued Currie. “I am always busy doing something, whether I’m racing, enjoying time out in the desert or just free riding on my dirt bike. I like to stay active and the schedule this year lets me pursue some of these other activities away from the racetrack.”
 
The door-to-door action from the LOORS season opener kicks off on Friday, March 15, with practice. Currie will dial in his Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan Pro Lite during this time in preparation for the points-paying races.  The weekend’s opening pair of rounds will take place on Saturday and Sunday.