Is Stadium Racing Ready For a Comeback?

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Photos courtesy Jim Ober/Trackside Photos

Robby Gordon is taking a big risk these days. Not only is he walking away from running a full season of NASCAR (which can be quite expensive), but he's now trying to bring back the sport of stadium off-road truck racing with his own Stadium Super Trucks Series. 

Some may remember several decades ago when the Mickey Thompson racing series was quite popular, as the world-class promoter brought desert-racing style race trucks to huge outdoor stadiums where fans could see all the truck-jumping and slamming action live and up-close.

Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks Series is currently being backed by radio-controlled car, truck, and boat maker Traxxas, and they are in the early stages of mapping out a schedule and competiton series. What they do have, according to reports, is $40,000 of first place prize money per pro event, with $500,000 going to the winner at the end of the season. 

The events will have multiple classes, including a monster truck show and amature races using UTVs. The Series isn't planned to start until next year but is already getting praise and attention from quite a few SCORE, Best In The Desert, and Camping World truck racers. More to come. 

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If they brought this to a stadium near me like the rock msg or izod center I would 100% fork over some decent cash to go watch. I try to follow lucas oil/torc when its on tv and have seen monster jam a few times I love robby gordons independent spirit how he ran his own cup team and other teams I hope he succedes

Supercross is crazy popular so might not be a bad idea.

One issue is Stadiums are pretty tight for bikes let alone trucks. Track widths would need to be much wider than supercross bikes. Fans would want to see passing. It's no fun to see everyone stacked behind a slow truck trying the impossible pass.

If he drives a RAM RUNNER he will win !!! As they rule !!

Ok, ram runner your hillarious

It sounds like your an undercover ford or chevy guy trying to make all mopar guys idiots

I am glad the ram won in the shootout bt every dog has its day, so let ford throw in aftermarket add ons mopar can fix the problems it had that caused it to be slower in the beginning of the race, also I doubt them bowtie girls will allow the goat and the oval to stay ahead

I'm all mopar but ill tell you what I build my truck for speed on road and just enough off road cap. I'm in the drag strip race not this off road onslaught

But its fun so I see why some guys are more towards off road more power to you guys!


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The truck in the picture is an older pre Tacoma Toyota truck not a RAM or a Ford. Unless you use older D-50s or Dakotas or Ford Rangers or Couriers, the current RAMS and Fords would be to big. I could see where this would have a following particularily if you traveled to sports stadiums around the country or even at county fairs.

@Ken - agreed. This will only work in big stadiums. I've seen motocross in small arena's like hockey rinks, it works if the track is designed well. You can't do it with trucks unless it becomes a glorified "hit to pass" race.

I would probably attend a race or two if it was nearby.

@Lou , Off Road Racing is more suitable than a stadium for racing a Pickup. Correction, an Off Road Buggy that looks like a Pickup.

Damn, this week sucks concerning truck news...........

Good news,you dont have to be a multi-millionaire to run these trucks...

Jeff S ,

They said they will have "MULTIPLE" classes !! So a RAM 1500 would not be too big !!!

These trucks wont be all 2013 models,hell probably alot of 80's - 90's models with the amature's..Furthermore,a 2012 RAM Dakota,it's actually smaller than a Tacoma (but Dakota has no single cab,has a 2 door club cab) also a 2012 Ranger is smaller than a Tacoma.

@moparROB,

They said the Raptor had a better traction control system..and if you are a Mopar guy you should know what holds the modern Dodge trucks up is the transmission,and if you race you should know if you dont have enough traction you lose time....

The 2013 Ram's 8 speed auto with a 4.17 first gear will change the results tenfold ! The current one uses a 3.00 1st gear !!

@Jeff S,
It looks to be the size of the truck above..this one is a RAM Dakota !

http://blog.ramtrucks.com/news/ram-trucks-dominate-torc-series-opener-in-charlotte/#more-6638

Traxxas sponsors everything... even my toaster. Too bad they don't put a MPH label on it, like they do to all of their sub-par radio control vehicles just to get people to buy it. And the sad part is, there is almost always an asterisk next to the claim, because it requires additional work to get their vehicles to hit the speed they advertise on the box.

No multiple truck classes. Trucks (pro/big $$$), UTV (am), Monster truck show. These are an all new spec tube chassis about the size of an s-10 pickup with a cup car motor and I think 35” tires. I am sure the bodies will change to fit sponsors/teams. I think they used whatever they had laying around. This truck was still being put together when I was there a few weeks ago. Notice the lack of real bumpers. the tracks will be similar to an arenacross track (horse shoe shape) but stretched to fit in a larger stadium.

RamRunner: "The 2013 Ram's 8 speed auto with a 4.17 first gear will change the results tenfold ! The current one uses a 3.00 1st gear !!"

Actually, first gear in the 8 speed is actually a lower 4.7:1 then the 4.17 you said. Even better!!!!

These are not production vehicles. They are purpose built race vehicles. Looks to me like the same model as the old Mickey Thompson Trucks, but hopefully with some newer technology. They are not cup motors. They are crate engines far less horsepower than a cup motor. I hope this works, but Robby has a big ego and big ego's always get in the way of success. Off road is very fragmented right now TORC Series, Lucas Oil Series and now Robby's Series. They need to find a way to get together. This has been key to NASCAR's success. Look at IRL / CART.

Some may remember several decades ago when the Mickey Thompson racing series was quite popular, as the world-class promoter brought desert-racing style race trucks to huge outdoor stadiums where fans could see all the truck-jumping and slamming action live and up-close.



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