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Vanden Heuvel Enjoys West Coast Racing




   Primm, NV (November 19, 2009) - After spending nearly three weeks  
in the greater Las Vegas area, first for the TORC Season Finale, then  
showing his race truck at the Maxxis Tire display at the SEMA show,  
Dan Vanden Heuvel got back behind the wheel of his 900 horsepower  
Chevy truck for the final weekend of racing in the Lucas Oil Off-Road  
Racing Series in Primm, Nevada. The opportunity to race the Primm  
event was due in part to the partnership the Flying Dutchman Off-Road  
Race Team created with Racing Plus[1], a Southern California based  
motorsports parts distributor.


   The final rounds of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing schedule were  
held at Primm International Off-Road Raceway, just north of the  
California border along Interstate 15 behind the Primm Valley Resorts  
and Casino complex. It?s the ultimate back drop with mountains on each  
end of the track and the desert valley in the background. The track  
itself is a fast .9 mile layout complete with high speed jumps, a  
rhythm section, and a huge table top jump where trucks routinely fly  
over 150 feet every lap.


   Friday afternoon saw the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Chevy  
take advantage of the practice session, as the team was one of only a  
few that did not race at the facility earlier in the year. By the time  
qualifying came around, the Flying Dutchman was eighth fastest in the  
twenty truck Unlimited 2 field. Considering his limited time at the  
facility, crew chief R.J. Flanagan was quite happy with his driver?s  



   The starting grid saw the red Chevy set out from the eighth  
position, which was based upon a combination of qualifying time and  
series points. When the green flag was dropped for the sixteen-lap  
event, the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Chevy stayed out of  
trouble all the way to the mandatory caution on laps 11 and 12. At  
that point, the Wegner Automotive powered Chevy was in fourth place.  
On the final lap Dan went very high on the Turn One berm when the soft  
dirt just pulled his truck over the edge losing several positions. By  
the time Dan reentered the track most of the field had gone by. At the  
finish, Dan Vanden Heuvel took the checkered flag in fourteenth place.


   With just minor body damage, R.J. had the crew performing the usual  
between round maintenance. While the chassis and driveline maintenance  
was taking place, Andy from Wegner Automotive made sure Dan?s  
powerplant ran at peak performance all weekend long.



   The morning practice and qualifying session saw the Flying Dutchman  
improve his lap times, as the Maxxis Tires continued to put all the  
Wegner Automotive power to work. Again the #77 Racing Plus Maxxis Tire  
AMSOIL Chevy started from the outside of row seven. After an early  
full course yellow, Dan pressed on and into sixth place at the lap  
eight mandatory caution. When racing resumed, Dan had his eye on the  
podium, until lap eleven, when the AMSOIL Chevy rubbed up against the  
outside wall between turns four and five. The contact bent the right  
front control arm, making the truck a handful to drive. Undaunted, The  
Flying Dutchman backed off his pace. Bringing home the #77 Racing Plus  
Maxxis Tire AMSOIL Wegner Automotive powered Chevy in sixth place.


   ?We came to Las Vegas to race the TORC series and display our truck  
at SEMA. Then out of the blue I got an offer from Racing Plus to run  
the race in Primm. I can?t thank Harold from Racing Plus enough.  
AMSOIL kept our Wegner engine running strong and our ATD tranny  
running perfect. Our Maxxis Tires are just awesome, and thanks to R.  
J. Flanagan and Andy from Wegner Automotive for all their work this  
past weekend. Our team worked hard, and it paid off. Late in each race  
we had opportunities for incredible finishes, but all in all our sixth  
place run was pretty darn good.?


   Dan would like to thank everyone involved with the Lucas Oil  
Off-Road Racing Series for making the team feel welcomed, and not like  
at an outsider. All the racers were glad to see the Flying Dutchman  
competing on the West Coast.


   Dan Vanden Heuvel offers a special thanks to Jerry Daugherty and  
his family for opening up their shop and home to the Flying Dutchman  
Off-Road Team to prep and store their race truck during the last few  


   You can watch Dan Vanden Heuvel and all the Unlimited 2 action from  
Primm on SPEED, Saturday December 5, at 3:00pm eastern.


   The final event of the year for the Flying Dutchman Off-Road Team  
will be competing at the Rockstar Energy Drink Challenge Cup, December  
11-12 in Lake Elsinore, California.


   The Flying Dutchman Off-Road Racing would like to thank the  
following companies for their support during the rounds of racing in  
the Lucas Oil Off-Road Race Series.


   Racing Plus

   Independent Off-Road


   Miller Electric


   Maxxis Tires



   HJC Helmets




   Jaz Products

   Phil?s Inc.

   MSD Ignition


   Dan Vanden Heuvel Sr. and the Flying Dutchman Off-Road Race Team  
still have marketing opportunities available for the 2010 race season.


   For more information about Dan Vanden Heuvel Sr. and the Flying  
Dutchman Off-Road Race Team, visit:[2]  
or email:[3]



   - Mike Reusche, race report ?[4]