Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Opens Motocross Racing Season March 18th

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park Opens Motocross Racing Season March 18th

This week I’ve been busy with drafting and distributing more press releases. The one for the Legends and Heroes Tour announcing Joe Burke as the Legend for the St Louis Supercross and the one below announcing the 43rd consecutive motocross season at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. The Raceway Park release was not only picked up by the motorcycling community but by several local news outlets including MyCentralJersey.com.

I’ve also posted a quick video announcing the 2018 schedule. It can be found following the release below.

Iconic New Jersey Track Opens for 43rd Consecutive Motocross Racing Season

Englishtown, NJ, March 15, 2018- Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey will open its motocross racing season on March 18th. The 2018 season marks the 43rd year that the facility has hosted motocross racing events making it one of the longest consecutively running race tracks in the country.

Famous for the annual Kawasaki Race of Champions held each October the Kawasaki Motor Corp and their participating dealers have supported the event for more than 40 years. The race has seen the whos who of amateur racing and the 2018 version will surely be a must to attend.

The iconic facility in central New Jersey has hosted a wide variety of activities on the premises and will continue to do so in 2018. Despite the closing of the drag strip portion of the property, Raceway Park will keep most of its operations. Events like the spring and fall auto swap meets, numerous car shows, both motocross racing and practice, kart racing, as well as drifting, a full schedule of road course activities, mud runs, monster truck shows, musical concerts, & festival events and more will all continue at Raceway Park.   

The opener on March 18th will be the last event on the current racetrack. Following that race, all motocross operations will move to another portion of the property where a new racetrack is under construction. The move will enable the motocross operations to expand and provide a better racing and spectator experience. The newly built track will take advantage of a more substantial footprint providing a new layout suitable for racers of all skill levels. A rebuilt plunge and staircase will maintain the feel of the old track with a new updated flavor.

“Raceway Park has been such a big part of many lives over the years including my own,” said Raceway Park Track Manager Rich Trevelise. “I hope everyone that can make it out for the last race on the existing race track.  So many top riders have rolled wheels through the gates at Raceway Park it is a privilege to be part of the facility. It will be sad to see the existing track demolished, but in the same breath, it’s exciting to make a move to take things to the next level.  We have always tried to accommodate the racer, and with the new track and layout, it is going to be exciting. Moving the track will be a monumental task to accomplish during the early part of the season, but we are up to the challenge. I would like to thank the entire Napp family for keeping motocross alive and well in New Jersey, and also thank Ken Landerman and Jay Irwin for all they accomplished in the past that put Raceway Park Motocross and the Kawasaki Race of Champions on the map.”

Following the March 18th opener, the track will host an additional nine events for all two-wheel classes. Also included in the 9 season events are several unique races including the NJ State Championships in August and the 42nd annual Kawasaki Race of Champions in mid-October.

2018 Motocross Racing Schedule

  • March 18 – Opening Day
  • April 22
  • May 13
  • May 27 – AMA Pro-Am Event
  • June 24 – District 6 Henrietta Classic Series
  • July 15
  • August 26 – NJ State Championship
  • September 9 – District 6 Henrietta Classic Series
  • October 19-21 – 42nd Annual Kawasaki Race of Champions – 3 moto format
  • November 4

The track will also host a 6 round Youth MX and Quad series that will take place on Saturday mornings before many the other racing events.

2018 Youth MX & Quad Series

  • April 21
  • May 12
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 14
  • September 8

For more information on Raceway Park Motocross, along with all of the other activities available, visit them online: www.racewaypark.com.

About Old Bridge Township Raceway Park– Founded in 1965 as a drag strip the facility has evolved into more than 500 acres of motorsports and family fun. The facility contains a motocross track, a 1.3-mile road course, competition kart racing track, autocross, ride & drive site, airport and more. From March through November, Raceway Park hosts a full schedule of motorsports events including; AMA-sanctioned motocross racing, ATV racing, kart racing, road course events, corporate gatherings, the annual Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show, the largest monster truck shows in NJ and much more. Visit www.racewaypark.com for the complete schedule.

Press Announcements – Video and Written to Make a Difference

Press Announcements – Video and Written to Make a Difference

As part of my job with Engine Ice, I produce all of the press announcements we write for new products and racing teams we work with. I write the race reports and just about any other content you can think of. In addition to the standard written release, I’ve started posting short video slideshows announcing these partnerships and race reports.  These videos provide another touch-point for our readers.

For the purpose of this article, let’s discuss the racing team announcement. Any company that invests in racing sponsorship should at the minimum be producing an announcement when they sign a racing team or rider. Even if the press doesn’t go very far in the media, you’ll have the content to use for all types of applications. Post it on your website, in your newsletter, on social media and make sure your sales team and distributors are aware of the relationship. This is how you can get value from these agreements.

So this type of content is excellent for the sponsor to produce but what if you as a racer took the initiative and created one for each of your sponsors? It’s efforts like this that set you apart and ads value to your program.  Are you interested in setting your program apart from others and provide more value and return to your sponsors? Then why not build something like this into your promotional plan. You do have a promotional plan, don’t you?

Engine Ice Hi-Performance Products Extends Partnership with KR4/Husqvarna Racing

Merritt Island FL, (March 1, 2018) – Engine Ice Hi-Performance Products, the premier choice for powersports coolant and antifreeze, is pleased to announce the continuation of their support of the KR4/Husqvarna for the 2018 season.

KR4/Husqvarna is a professional off-road racing team that competes with five riders in the three premier off-road series on the East Coast. (GNCC, Full Gas Sprint Enduro, and National Enduro).

The 2018 roster includes;

Layne Michael will make his XC1 Open Pro debut in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series with the KR4/Husqvarna team. Layne was a member of the winning U.S. World Trophy Team at the 91st running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) and most recently finished third overall in the XC2 250 Pro class, winning two races and finishing on the podium at eight of the thirteen rounds. Michael will also contest the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE) championship.

Cory Buttrick will be a triple-threat this year with the help of the KR4/Husqvarna team. Buttrick will compete in the pro class of the GNCC, FGSE, and Kenda National Enduro (NEPG) series. Buttrick is eager to join forces with the KR4/Husqvarna team and get back on top. He is also a vital part of the brand-new GTR Complex located near Columbia, South Carolina. A press release with more information on the facility will be distributed later this week.

After a successful 2017 season with the team, Tayla Jones will return to headline the women’s pro part of KR4 Performance. Jones dominated the GNCC, FGSE, and NEPG last year where she won all three women’s pro championships and was just recently deemed the 2017 AMA Female Rider of the Year Award at the AMA Championship Banquet in Columbus, Ohio. Jones will set her eyes on repeating her titles this year.

Liam Draper will represent the team in the XC2 250 Pro class. Hailing from New Zealand, Draper’s background in trails, enduro and cross-country will prepare him for his first year competing in the United States.

Colin Keegan will make his move to the pro-am ranks and chase the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class championship. Keegan has been practicing getting familiar with the two-stroke machine over the winter and is eager to have his focus entirely on the GNCC series.

“The events in the East throw all kinds of gnarly obstacles at the racers. They are faced with mud, trees, ruts, rocks and so much more all while trying to stay on the trail and go as fast as possible. They can’t worry about their machine making to the next check. That is where Engine Ice comes in. If we can provide a little peace of mind for them knowing their bikes will perform as well at the end of the day as at the beginning, they can concentrate on winning,” said Engine Ice President Dave Kimmey. “The KR4 team shows the versatility of Engine Ice in all types of competition, and we are excited to be a partner again in 2018.”

“As the team manager of the KR4/Husqvarna Team, it’s my job to find the best products that hold up during a grueling 3 hour GNCC and R&D is a big part of the process. I usually lean on the experience of the Factory teams, and I have found that most of these teams are using Engine Ice. Factory teams are all looking for maximum HP however along with the need for more power comes operating temperature issues. Engine Ice right of the bottle works period!” – Frank Keegan

Follow Engine Ice online and on their social media accounts to keep up with the successes for each of these and other Engine Ice athletes throughout the season

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Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant is biodegradable, phosphate free, non-toxic, and typically reduces operating race temperatures, effectively keeping boil-over temperatures to 256°F or less and freeze-up protection to -26° F. Factory or privateer, highly modified or stock, all machines benefit from using Engine Ice.

Are you interested in building a promotional and marketing plan for your racing efforts? I can help. Reach out via the contact page and let me know a little more about your racing.

 

Legends and Heroes PR – Arlington SX

Legends and Heroes PR – Arlington SX

Here is the press release I’ve written and distributed on behalf of the Legends and Heroes of Motocross Tour. Each week they honor a racing great on the podium prior to the night show during the Monster Energy Supercross. This week they are honoring Texas racing legend, Dennis Hawthorne.

Each week we use the same basic template for the event and personalize it for the legend that is being honored that week.

If your company or event needs this type of communication, please reach out and we can discuss the options.

Legends and Heroes Tour to Honor Texas Legend Dennis Hawthorne at the Arlington Supercross this Weekend

Dallas, TX – February 15, 2018 – The Legend and Heroes Tour traveling moto museum is pleased to announce that they will Texas motocross legend Dennis Hawthorne this Saturday night at round seven of the Monster Energy Supercross series at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The Tour stands behind the belief that “We Don’t Leave History Behind” and has kept the founding fathers, and mothers, pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped supercross and motocross into what it is today. Each honoree receives a special commemorative plaque and a Rockwell timepiece during a special podium presentation on the stadium floor before opening ceremonies.

About Dennis Hawthorne:

Dennis competed on the professional motocross and supercross tour from 1983 to 1992 scoring top 10 finishes ten times during his career. His last professional supercross was here in Texas at Texas Stadium in Irving on May 30, 1992. He finished 18th place that night.

During his supercross and motocross career, Dennis began racing the new Mike Kidd Arenacross Series in and around his home state of Texas. The series was in its infancy and Dennis became a star of the sport winning the championship in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990.

An icon in Texas motocross racing, Dennis won the GNC Texas Series Championship in 1984, 1985 and 1986. The AMA Texas Series Championship in 1986 and 1987 and the GNC Finals in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

He earned a national number six times during his professional career.

Today Dennis is a District Manager with Kawasaki. Join us as we honor Dennis this Saturday night in Arlington.

With nearly 5000 square feet of display space, the Legends and Heroes Tour is a definite must-see during the Pit Party at a supercross near you. The mobile museum features walk-through display videos that allow our guests the opportunity to take a trip back to back to where the sport began. The videos show the heroes of the sport from the beginning of their careers to the races that made them famous. New to the tour in 2018 is the Supercross Virtual Reality mobile experience (SXVR) where fans can experience the thrill of supercross via VR technology and feel like they are on the racetrack. Fans are also encouraged to stop by early and pick up a complimentary copy of RacerX magazine while supplies last. And thanks to our local friends at each round, the Legends Tour features some of the best vintage motocross bikes on display in a single location. Featuring different vehicles at each round, our guests can relive the machines of their youth and show their family and friends the early days of motocross and supercross.

See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.

Website –  www.legendsandheroestour.org

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LegendsAndHeroesTour

Twitter – www.twitter.com/LegendsHeroes

Instagram – www.instagram.com/legendsandheroestour

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/LegendsAndHeroesMX

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About the Tour: The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests during its previous seven years of existence, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online at www.legendsandheroestour.org

The Legends and Heroes Tour would not be possible without great sponsors like: Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross, Food for Life Bakery, Dunlop, EZup Shelters, Wossner, Yuasa, Boyesen, Motion Pro, Engine Ice, Acerbis, Rockwell, Bell, KTM, Rich Designs, Moto X Roads, The Early Days of Motocross Museum, RacerX, MX Sports, Brad Whitworth Photography, Retro Moto, Cycle News, Pro Circuit and Renthal for help with our awards and Langston Motorsports for vehicles for our SXVR program. Thank you all.

 

Legends and Heroes PR – Anaheim 2

Legends and Heroes PR – Anaheim 2

Here is a release I wrote for the Legends and Heroes Tour announcing their honoree for the Anaheim Supercross on January 20, 2018.

Legends and Heroes Tour to Honor David Pingree at Anaheim Supercross this Weekend

 

Houston, TX – January 18, 2018 – The Legend and Heroes Tour, the only traveling motocross and supercross museum in the country, is pleased to announce that they will Supercross and Motocross legend David Pingree this Saturday night at round three of the Monster Energy Supercross series in Anaheim, California.

The Tour stands behind the belief that “We Don’t Leave History Behind” and has kept the founding fathers, and mothers, pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped supercross and motocross into what it is today. Each honoree receives a special commemorative plaque during a special podium presentation on the stadium floor before opening ceremonies.

About David Pingree:

Growing up in Montana far away from the hustle and bustle of the SoCal motocross scene, few thought David Pingree would go on to accomplish the racing successes he did. In a professional career that spanned from 1993 to 2004 “Ping” was able to score 71 top 10 finishes in motocross and supercross competition. His first win came as a member of Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki team in San Jose, CA in 1995 and the last win of his career came in 2002 in Anaheim, CA as the first American rider to win a supercross on a KTM. During his career, Pingree finished in the Top 5 in the points standings five times including third overall in 1995 and second overall in 2000.  

Following his supercross and motocross career, Pingree found success in Supermoto racing winning several races and an X-Games medal along the way. His Supermoto career transitioned into a team manager position with the Troy Lee Designs Racing team where he ran the team for several years at its inception.

Today Pingree is a Firefighter/Paramedic in California and continues to be a part of motocross and supercross by writing columns and special features as an Editor-at-Large for RacerX.

With nearly 5000 square feet of display space, the Legends and Heroes Tour is a definite must-see during the Pit Party at a supercross near you. The mobile museum features walk-through display videos that allow our guests the opportunity to take a trip back to back to where the sport began. The videos show the heroes of the sport from the beginning of their careers to the races that made them famous. New to the tour in 2018 is the Supercross Virtual Reality Station (SXVR) where guests can experience the thrill of supercross via VR technology and feel like they are on the racetrack. Guests are also encouraged to stop by early and pick up a complimentary copy of RacerX magazine while supplies last. And thanks to our local friends at each round, the Legends Tour features some of the best vintage motocross bikes on display in a single location. Featuring different vehicles at each round, our guests can relive the machines of their youth and show their family and friends the early days of motocross and supercross.

See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.

Website –  www.legendsandheroestour.org

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LegendsAndHeroesTour

Twitter – www.twitter.com/LegendsHeroes

Instagram – www.instagram.com/legendsandheroestour

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/LegendsAndHeroesMX

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About the Tour: The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests during its previous seven years of existence, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online at www.legendsandheroestour.org

 

The Legends and Heroes Tour would not be possible without great sponsors like: Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross, Food for Life Bakery, Dunlop, EZup Shelters, Wossner, Yuasa, Boyesen, Motion Pro, Engine Ice, Acerbis, Rockwell, Bell, KTM, Rich Designs, Moto X Roads, The Early Days of Motocross Museum, RacerX, MX Sports, Brad Whitworth Photography, Retro Moto, Cycle News, Pro Circuit and Renthal for help with our awards and Langston Motorsports for vehicles for our SXVR program. Thank you all.

Legends and Heroes PR – Houston Supercross

Legends and Heroes PR – Houston Supercross

For 2018, I’ve begun to work with the Legends and Heroes of motocross tour with some marketing and press items. Here is a copy of the latest press release announcing their honorees for the Houston Supercross.

Legends and Heroes Tour to Honor Houston’s Own H&H Music Racing at Houston Supercross this Weekend

Houston, TX – January 12, 2018 – The Legend and Heroes Tour, the only traveling motocross and supercross museum in the country, is pleased to announce that they will Houston, Texas’ own H&H Music Racing Team this Saturday night at round two of the Monster Energy Supercross series in Houston, Texas.

The Tour stands behind the belief that “We Don’t Leave History Behind” and has kept the founding fathers, and mothers, pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped supercross and motocross into what it is today. Each honoree receives a special commemorative plaque during a special podium presentation on the stadium floor before opening ceremonies.

About H&H Music Racing:

Started in 1970 by Clint Hackney Jr, the H&H Music Racing team was an offshoot of the Houston, Texas-based H&H Music Company and within the first year of racing, the team was dominating races all around the city.

Interest in beginning a team is much the same as many others in the sport. Clint’s son Steve started to ride a motorcycle as soon as he was big enough to start it. He learned to ride on the family farm, using the natural terrain and a pond dam for jumps, enabling him to test and improve his skills. When Steve was 14, he stripped the lights off his Yamaha and won his first race at the Cloverfield Motocross Park in Pearland, Texas. Soon his dad bought him an “Iron Tank” Penton 125 and moved to the Expert Class after only three races.

Mr. Hackney saw an excellent opportunity to market a racing team. He was a big fan of Formula 1 and liked the way the professional race teams looked. So he turned his wife, Ginny, loose in designing a logo, jersey, and helmet for a racing team setting the stage for the look and feel of the team. While at the races, Mr. Hackney loved to talk with other parents making friends with the parents of other competitive riders. It was with these racers that he built the team.

It started with Kevin Brown and the Hanna family – Fred, Bobby, Cecile, and Dottie. Then came Robert Tuggle, Don Rainey, Jake DeBoe, and Bo Kock.

Since they were dominating the racing around Houston, the team was invited to out of town venues such as Lockhart, Chapel Hill, and Lake Whitney, giving the team an opportunity to rub paint with the likes of SX Champions Steve Stackable, and Kent Howerton.

By 1973, Don Rainey was already competing in AMA events and team members including Steve Hackney, Robert Tuggle, and Fred Hanna began racing in the national AMA Motocross events. Since they were still in high school, they could only travel as far away as Phoenix, Kansas, Talladega, and Road Atlanta. Despite being only able to make a limited number of events, Steve, Robert, and Fred were able to break into the top 50 riders in the country during the 1973 race season.

But life gets in the way and in 1974, the team disbanded as some of the team members wanted to pursue the college degrees.

However, the team was not gone forever. Resurrected in 2015 by four-time Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett, the new H&H Music Racing Team is Lovett and new members Bruce Blau and Gary Davis.

So what about the original members? We all know that motorcycles are always at heart. Original team member Don Rainey never quit racing and now owns, operates, and races the largest vintage motocross event in the country, Diamond Don’s Riverport Nationals in Jefferson, Texas. Steve Hackney competes in Vintage Trials, and Kevin Brown was the 2017 AHRMA motocross South Central Regional Champion in the vintage and post-vintage 60+ Expert Class. Kevin also placed 3rd. Nationally in the 60+ Expert Post-Vintage Class.

With nearly 5000 square feet of display space, the Legends and Heroes Tour is a definite must-see during the Pit Party at a supercross near you. The mobile museum features a walk-through display of vintage machines and memorabilia as well as a video; our guests take a trip back to back to where the sport began. A video timeline walks them through the 40+ years of Supercross history where they learn about the men and machines that make supercross what it is today. New to the tour in 2018 is the Supercross Virtual Reality Station (SXVR) where guests can experience the thrill of supercross via VR technology and feel like they are on the track.

See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.

Website –  www.legendsandheroestour.org

Facebook – www.facebook.com/LegendsAndHeroesTour

Twitter – www.twitter.com/LegendsHeroes

Instagram – www.instagram.com/legendsandheroestour

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/LegendsAndHeroesMX

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About the Tour: The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests during its previous seven years of existence, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online at www.legendsandheroestour.org