RCH RACING SOARING EAGLE SIGNS WESTON PEICK

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The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle has signed top privateer Weston Peick to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship for 2014. Peick will continue to contest the remainder of the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as a privateer, before joining the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle effort.

Answering the question posed in Racer X Magazine and all over the Internet, “Why Not Weston?” RCH team principal Ricky Carmicheal says why not, indeed. “I’m glad to have Weston a part of the team.” Peick earned seven amateur titles without support from factories and raced a privateer since turning pro in 2009… until now. “We are excited to give him the opportunity and look forward to working with him to help him achieve his goals,” claims Carmichael.

“He has a great work ethic that will mesh well with our team personnel to get the best result possible,” adds Carmichael. “It should be a lot of fun!”

Despite being a self-professed “goon” at Supercross early in his career, the former high school football player has shown marked improvement in the stadiums this season, including Top 5 at Anaheim 3 and the San Diego rounds. However he is really looking forward to returning to the outdoor nationals. “This is a great opportunity to be surrounded by one of the best riders of all time and one of the best factory teams to help me get to the next level,” said an elated Peick.

Loyalty is important to Peick and his father, and they requested to finish the Supercross season as a privateer in order to honor their sponsor commitments. This is a request that RCH Racing Soaring Eagle certainly respects and is one of the reasons why Peick was offered the opportunity. “I want to Thank all my current sponsors for their outstanding support for the Supercross series… without them, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible,” says Weston.

“We are so happy to have the opportunity for Weston to work with RCH Racing,” says his father Louie who has been working on Weston’s bikes throughout his career. “Thanks to all our sponsors that helped us get to this level.”

Look for Weston Peick to make his debut on the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki RM-Z450 at Glen Helen on May 24th when the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off.

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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:

RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as well as the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com

RCH RACING SOARING EAGLE HITS HOUSTON SUPERCROSS

A season best 7th at St. Louis for Josh Hill and the great news that Broc Tickle was out of the hospital and on the mend at home had the entire RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team flying high and ready to hit Houston for round 14 of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Hill was on fire all day, setting a blistering top five qualifying time and then winning his Heat race to transfer straight to the Main… and that was just the beginning!
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As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, especially the whoop sections. “I wish I was racing tonight,” said team principal Ricky Carmichael. “Those are my style of whoops. Remember 2002 Houston? Like riding on tough blocks!” Because the whoops were so challenging, riders had to find another way to win. The secret to success on the tough Texas track was going big… literally! Hitting the big quad jump going into the final turn was Josh Hill’s secret line (only he and the days fastest qualifier Ryan Villopoto jumped that quad). The quad not only helped Hill qualify less than fraction of a second behind defending champ Villopoto, but also worked in his Heat race.

Starts have been an Achilles’ heel for Hill this season — he has the speed to race with the best, but has found himself having to fight his way through the entire pack more often than not. However a phenomenal top 5 qualifying time that was just .016 of a second off Villopoto’s top time, gave Josh a great gate pick in Heat race #2. He lined up next defending champ RV and red hot rookie Ken Roczen. Andrew Short took the surprise holeshot, but Hill was right behind him third off the start. By the end of the first lap, Josh got by Short, even without being able to use his hot line through the quad.
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Meanwhile Villopoto used the hot line to catch up to Hill and managed to get by, briefly. An uncharacteristic mistake by the current points leader had RV crashing out and Hill taking a commanding Heat race win and a transfer spot straight to the Main event. Along the way, he captured plenty of TV time for the RCH Soaring Eagle team this week. Josh was the focal point for leading the race and then the podium interview for winning… his first Heat race win since the Indianapolis SX back in 2013. Fox Sport trackside reporter Jenny Taft also interviewed Josh Hill right after Heat Race #1 where he fessed up that the quad jump was the key. “I could hit that all night!” he told Taft on national TV. “I waited until the end of qualifying to do it.”
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It isn’t just a secret line that has Hill doing well, though.

“I’m finally feeling good, I came into the season with a back problem and then broke my collarbone at the Oakland Supercross,” said Josh from the podium after leading a Suzuki sweep of the Heat races (an ailing James Stewart held it together to win the first Heat). With only a week off after getting the collarbone plated, Hill had been fighting through the pain all season long. However a Heat race win and three consecutive Top 10 Main event finishes in a row, had Josh feeling no pain at Reliant Stadium in Houston… at least until the first turn of the Main event.
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Josh lined up next to Ryan Dungey for the start of the 450 Main putting the KTM rider in a Suzuki sandwich with James Stewart. Unfortunately in the drag race to the first turn Stewart’s Suzuki clipped Josh, grounding the Soaring Eagle rider instantly! Although there was some additional carnage in the second turn, Hill was dead last. By lap 10 of the 20 lap Main, Hill had battled his way up to 15th. Despite being a lap down from leader Villopoto, Josh continued to charge, up to 13th with 8 laps to go, and then into 12th with two laps to go, where he eventually finished.

“The heat race went well,” said a disappointed Hill. “I felt really confident in practice… I was jumping some section that not many people were doing and just felt great. It is unfortunate to have a fall in the first turn! I really wanted to get the holeshot, but ended up running out of real estate — me and James kind of bumped and I hit the deck.”

Unfortunately Heat race wins don’t count in the points standings, but his gritty 12th place finish in Houston has Hill up into 10th overall in the points standings with three races left. While he is healing up and unable to race, Broc Tickle still holds onto 8th place in the standings. This is a true testament to the talent of the RCH Soaring Eagle teammates since they are both in the top ten in points despite missing several races (5 total for Tickle and 3 for Hill).

As always, the team sponsors were at the epicenter of the action in the pits as the Suzuki Holeshot experience proves to be popular with the fans. Also attracting a crowd is the sign up for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. A new addition to the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle vibe is the new RCH Racing Fanwear collection from team riding gear sponsor Fox Racing. Show your support for both Broc Tickle and Josh Hill by flying the Soaring Eagle colors: http://bit.ly/RCHxFox

So how does a Soaring Eagle fare in Seahawk territory? Yoncalla, Oregon, native Josh Hill is looking forward to a homecoming as the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team flies to Seattle for the April 12th race at CenturyLink Field. “It’s on to next weekend… again,” he says. “I really think I can get up on the podium, so that’s what I’m going to keep working toward.”
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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com

Making A Statement At The St. Louis Supercross.

After a tough weekend in Toronto that saw team leader Broc Tickle suffer a season-ending injury, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team headed to the “Show Me” state of Missouri determined to show the world what they are made of. Lone eagle Josh Hill was ready to fly the team colors in St. Louis at round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Mission accomplished as Hill had his best finish of the SX season!

Little known fact, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis was the site of RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team principal Ricky Carmichael’s last Supercross victory back in 2007. “It is a very technical track and there will be some great racing in St. Louis tonight,” predicted the Greatest Of All Time after qualifying. “First through 10th were separated by just over half a second!” With four wins, Carmichael is also the all-time winner in the Edward Jones Dome, so he knows a thing or two about this event.  He was able to transfer some of his insight to the team’s rider Josh Hill.

A week of practicing starts and yet another solid top 10 qualifying session had Hill positioned where he wanted to be in Heat race #1, lined up next to second fastest qualifier of the afternoon, Ryan Dungey. As expected Dungey took the holeshot and Hill was fifth off the start (top four transfer straight to the Main from the 6-lap Heat races, the rest have to ride the Semis). By the halfway point, Hill had moved up into 4th for a qualifying position when an unfortunate crash caused the race to be red-flagged and re-started. On the restart, and slower riders conspired to have Hill back in 11th. Despite a valiant charge that had Hill all the way up to 7th on the last lap, he was still three positions out of a direct transfer to the Main.

Another tough start for Hill in Semi #2 allowed him to demonstrate just how fast he is. Suzuki-mounted holeshot artist Mike Alessi snagged the lead on the start and never looked back, while Josh made the Main the hard way. In the short 5-lap semi, he charged from 7th up to 2nd . Shades of last week as Alessi and Hill outpaced the field and easily made the Main event. “I have the speed to run with the leaders and proved it again in the Semi, but like we said last week, gotta get a start!”
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Teammate Tickle Tweeted from home where he is recovering from his crash in Canada: “Good luck today @soaringeagleresort @Rchracing and @joshill75 you got this! Keep that momentum up!”  Broc was referencing the fact that Hill earned back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time since last year. Proving that he might be down, but definitely not out, Broc was just released from the hospital yesterday. “Everything is getting better day-by-day and I really appreciate all the support and fans that I have behind me.”

Tickle added, “I still have a lot ahead of me to get healed up. I’m blessed and really can’t thank everyone who is behind me enough. I will make a 100% recovery and be back when the time is right. I’m motivated to get through this and get back where I left off. I was building great momentum and getting more confidence each weekend this Supercross season.” First things first, though.”First off I want to thank my wife Jessica for taking care of everything,” says Broc. “I also want to thank my family for the awesome love and support, everyone at RCH Racing and all my sponsors — you guys are awesome and I consider you my family, too.

For the multitude of fan requests, Get Well cards can be sent to Broc Tickle at P.O. Box 100, Holly, MI 48442.
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The 450 Main saw RCH Soaring Eagle ready to fly… until he had his wings clipped at the start. Josh was back in 14th place and having to fight traffic for the first three laps of the 20-lap main event. Then he began another of his patented charges through the pack. He was up to 11th by lap 5, and into the top 10 by lap 8. Despite a collision with privateer Weston Peick, he continued to charge all the way to the end. Hill was 9th with 6 laps to go and then on the last lap picked up two more positions!

“I’m not that happy with 7th,” said Hill. “Coming from the back of the pack is getting really old. If I get my starts where they need to be, I really feel like I can be a contender.” However the team is happy with the progress Hill has made and three consecutive Top 10 finishes in a row.

“Good ride for Josh tonight,” said team principal Carey Hart who was  on hand with his wife singer Pink to support Hill. “He made big gains throughout the day and rode to a solid  7th place finish.

By virtue of his 7th place finish at the Edward Jones Dome, Josh Hill jumps up into 11th overall in the points standings with four races left in the season.  Injuries suffered earlier in the season have had Hill trying to play catch-up all season long. Despite not being able to race, Broc Tickle still holds onto 8th place in the standings.

Between having Pink and the Suzuki Holeshot experience going on, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were rocking. Fans were drinking in the energy of a real rock star in addition to having a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. The party in the pits at any Monster Energy Supercross makes the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
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With St. Louis in the rearview mirror, it is time for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team to head to Houston. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the expectations for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team on April 5th at Reliant Stadium.

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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com

RCH Soaring Eagle Team In The Driver’s Seat At Ford Field 

Not only is RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross team rider Broc Tickle from nearby Holly, Michigan, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, so the Soaring Eagle folks decided to really make a statement and partnered with Feld Motor Sports® to host Supercross racing’s return to the Motor City. After last week’s round on the Ricky Carmichael-built track in Daytona where Tickle and his teammate Hill felt like they had a home field advantage, they were really in the driver’s seat for the race at Ford Field in downtown Detroit!

The RCH Soaring Eagle team certainly made a statement in the opening ceremonies as Tickle swapped his traditional Fox MX jersey for a #20 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions jersey. Hill made an impression by riding down through the stands on his #75 RCH Suzuki. Not to be outdone, Miss Soaring Eagle Sierra Merchant rode in on a Side-by-Side during opening ceremonies, shooting T-shirts out to the fans.  Presenting sponsor Soaring Eagle also showed up in force with more than 100 Tribal members, family and VIPs to attend the race.
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Riding as if they owned the place, afternoon qualifying saw Josh Hill just edge hometown boy Broc Tickle by 12/100s of a second as both of the teammates made the evening racing program with lap times well inside the top 10 (only the top 40 fastest qualify for the evening racing program). The evening started off with a little more TV time for Tickle as Fox Sports reporter Jenny Taft interviewed him. With more than 85 friends and family members in the stands, not to mention the event’s title sponsor watching, Tickle wanted to do even better than last week’s career best 4th place finish. Photos_SCudby_03
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“I’m really looking forward to tonight,” Tickle told Taft and the TV audience. “All my family is here, and on top of that we have our title sponsor Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, so I’m looking to keep building that momentum like I have the past couple of weeks and hopefully get some holeshots tonight.”

Although Hill did’t have his entire family in the grandstands, he still wanted to do well for the team’s sponsors. Heat #1 had Hill squaring off against fastest qualifier of the day, James Stewart and holeshot artist Mike Alessi, also mounted on Suzukis. Despite getting boxed out at the start, Hill quickly moved into 4th by the end of the first lap. By the second lap, he slashed past Justin Brayton for 3rd spot. The TV cameras then concentrated on Hill’s attempts to chase down Alessi and captured a Suzuki sweep of the top three qualifiers (only the first 4 transfer straight from the heat race, the rest have to race the Semi, or worse, the infamous LCQ “Last Chance Qualifier’).
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Tickle didn’t quite take the holeshot he wanted in Heat #2, instead he ended up the first lap a distant 7th. Although he did get up into 5th by the last lap, remember that only the top 4 go straight to the Main. That meant a trip to the Semis. Tickle went into Semi #2 lined up on the far inside hoping to sneak through, although he didn’t get the holeshot, his strategy paid off as he gated top five and quickly moved into second. After chasing Andrew Short for much of the race, Tickle set up a dramatic pass attempt in the final turn, but came up just short of Short to finish second and make the Main.

The 450 Main saw both RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team riders finish inside the top 10 of the fiercely competitive field. Hill had a better start than Tickle, finishing the first lap in 7th, dicing with Short, while Tickle was back in 9th after getting squeezed off at the start. However on lap #3, Tickle passed privateer Suzuki rider Weston Peick for 10th position. “I was 9th on the start and rode really cautiously for the first five laps,” explained Tickle. “I finally got into the flow and started picking guys off.”Photos_SCudby_02
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By lap #7, both teammates were battling each other for 7th. “I got into into 6th and then was closing the gap on 5th. Then I started losing my flow,” said Tickle. “I tried to run it in on Barcia on the last lap, but couldn’t make it stick. Still, I’m pumped with 6th and how I rode through the pack.”
At the finish, Barcia just beat Tickle to the line. Following Tickle’s career best 4th last week, he backed that up with a hard-fought 6th place in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Josh Hill had a much better Main event than he had in Daytona, finishing a season high 8th. “I rounded the first turn in 6th or 7th,” said Hill. “Then the night just kind of turned into a full on battle! It went back and forth and I made my way up pretty far at one point, but made a couple of mistakes.”
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Tickle moves up to 8th in the rider point standings and Josh Hill now holds 13th overall with six races left in the season to continue to make up for time lost due to injuries earlier in the season.

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits are always the center of attention at a Supercross race, but they really pulled out all the stops for the Detroit round, including stepping up as the title sponsor for the race. “We’re happy to support RCH Racing and the Monster Energy Supercross community,” said Raul Venegas, director marketing entertainment, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. “Fans can check out the RCH Racing pit activation at any race for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Resort.  Partnering with Monster Energy Supercoss gives us an exciting platform for fans to learn more about our luxury resort.” Photos_SCudby_01
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After rolling out of the Motor City, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads north of the border to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada for Round 12 on March 22. Although the pits are closed in Toronto, come and visit RCH Soaring Eagle’s Activation at the Main Entrance of the Rogers Centre this weekend.

Miss Soaring Eagle at Opening Ceremonies & Soaring Eagle Tribal Members with Carey, Broc, Josh, and Miss Soaring Eagle from Detroit SX
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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

RCH Soaring Eagle Has Homefield Advantage In Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2014) – The Daytona Supercross round was held on a home field for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, literally. Team principal Ricky Carmichael built the track and hosted his Amateur SX Championship on the track held in the infield of the “World Center Of Racing” Daytona International Speedway. Broc Tickle #20 and Josh Hill #75 headed south immediately following their season-best showing at the Indy SX last weekend looking forward to building on the momentum in Florida.

Rainy weather during the week saw the team testing mud tires and wet weather set-ups at Carmichael’s compound on Monday and Tuesday just in case Daytona turned out to be a mudder. However race day dawned warm and dry, perfect conditions. The personal instruction from the Greatest Of All Time (as RC is known in racing circles) really paid off for Josh Hill as he qualified 7th overall, just a hairsbreadth off the fastest qualifier of the day, Dean Wilson. Teammate Tickle also posted a top-20 time in afternoon qualifying (top 40 fastest make it into the evening racing program, the rest park their bikes and head to the grandstands).
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Heat #1 on the hybrid outdoor national/indoor Supercross track that is uniquely Daytona saw Tickle take a terrible start, but by lap #2, he had moved into 7th and even drew some TV time from Fox Sports live broadcast as he battled with Justin Brayton. speaking of TV time, the evening broadcast began with Carmichael taking his RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki on a lap around the tough track… how often do you get a tour of the race track from the saddle of the guy who built it? “Things started out really rough for me and I struggled with qualifying and the Heat,” Tickle. Brayton never “let Broc bye” so Tickle was headed to the Semis.

Heat #2 was Hill’s turn to finish in 7th and move to the Semis as well. Hill grabbed a great start in 5th, just one position out of qualifying and battling with James Stewart’s younger brother, Malcolm most of the race as they chased Andrew Short for the final qualifying position. This was the first time the Stewart brother’s ever raced 450s together, so the human interest angle was there when “Mookie” qualified, but that meant Hill had to head to the Semi.
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Consisting of 16 riders battling for 5 laps to see the top 5 advance to the main, 450 Semi #2 saw both Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s squaring off against each other as Tickle had the #3 gate pick and Hill had the #4 slot. “We had a chance to test and prepare for this and I thought we had a couple of great days,” Carmichael told the TV viewing audience from the Fox broadcast booth. “Josh is riding good but Broc is off the mark today… which is weird to me since Broc has had a great couple of weeks the last couple of Supercross rounds.” Both RCH riders had the TV cameras focused on them at the line for the start of Semi #2 as RC was talking and then during the course of the Semi… great plugs for sponsors Shift and Fox as well as Soaring Eagle and Sycuan. Speaking of sponsors, Soaring Eagle even featured the team in a TV ad that aired just before the start of the 250cc Main event.

Both riders got a good jump on the start as Hill was 6th and Tickle 7th, however Hill went on an immediate charge, slashing his way to 3rd with the first few turns. By the start of the second lap, Tickle starts riding more fluidly and moves into 4th. “He was mad at himself after qualifying… I tried to help him and give him as much advice as I good,” said Carmichael of Tickle. Some of what RC had to say must have sunk in as Tickle ripped off some of the fastest laps of the heat races. Although he couldn’t quite catch his hard-charging teammate Hill, Tickle finished 4th and Hill had 3rd to easily transfer to the Main event. “Great turn-around for RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle… nice, bud,” offered an elated Carmichael.
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The 450 Main was a mixed bag for the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team as Tickle took one step closer to SX glory and Hill took a tumble. Tickle finished a career best fourth place on the 450, while Hill had a Main event he would rather not talk about. “Crashes and run ins with tuff blocks hampered my night,” said Hill. “I rode great, but the black cloud just seemed to follow me to Daytona. Looking forward to Detroit were I want to put the Soaring Eagle Suzuki on the box in front of our great sponsors.”

“The track was brutal,” added Tickle. “It was really demanding and I knew the Main was going to be about being consistent and hitting your marks. I started around 10th on the first lap, but I rode my lines and passed a couple of people early to get into 7th. When Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia came together and went down, I went up into 5th”!

Fast qualifier Dean Wilson was struggling toward the end, so Tickle took another spot with three laps to go to finish in 4th overall for the night. “I’m super pumped! The team worked awesome together today and I got more comfortable for the Main,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to this week and next weekend in Detroit.”
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Co-owner Carey Hart was stoked to see Tickle turn it around. “Awesome work tonight by Broc Tickle and the whole RCH Racing crew! Thanks everyone!” RC added, “I’m really impressed with the turn-around Broc had and how he rebounded from what had not been a very good day. I’m happy for him and the team… everyone’s hard work has paid off the past three weeks.”

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were also featured in the TV broadcast from Daytona this week. A huge Bike Week crowd saw the action at the Suzuki Holeshot Experience proving to be very popular. The team probably signed more autographs in Daytona than they have at the last three races combined! Vacationeers also appreciated the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort. Sierra Merchant was swamped with people signing up for the Soaring Eagle trip. From the beach to the Motor City, next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads back indoors to Ford Field in Detroit for Round 11 on March 15.
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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

RCH Soaring Eagle Salutes Military In San Diego

In honor of military appreciation night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, this week’s Supercross broadcast went out live through the American Forces Network. Team RCH Soaring Eagle’s racer Josh Hill’s heroic comeback was witnessed by nearly 1 million American military personnel in 16 military installations in Afghanistan, 175 territories worldwide, 287 U.S. embassies and consulates  and  140 ships… not to mention a sold-out stadium. Not to be outdone, teammate Broc Tickle finished inside the top 10 on a night when both riders rode through the pain to make the main.
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Tickle was a man on a mission in qualifying. In the first session, he finished 8th, ahead of last week’s winner, Chad Reed. Proving his consistency and speed, Tickle was 9th in the second qualifier, just a couple tenths of seconds off the pace of polesitter James Stewart. Getting taken out at the start of the first heat race meant Tickle had to race the semi, where he showed his afternoon qualifying speed was no fluke. Mid-pack starts saw Hill and Tickle running 6th and 7th, respectively at the mid-way point and then going on a charge to finish 3rd and 4th to ensure both RCR Soaring Eagle racers were in the main event!

Hill’s triumphant return to racing after broken collarbone suffered just three weeks ago in Oakland was the stuff of legend. “I’m pumped to see Josh out there racing this weekend,” says team principal Ricky Carmichael.  “Big heart! adds the Greatest Of All Time in reference to #75 coming back so quickly from the surgery and doing so well despite the medically enforced layoff. Hill also earned plenty of fans by sporting the camo team uniform from Shift in the semi.
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Actually as great a night as Josh Hill had personally, it was his younger brother Justin stealing the limelight when he won the 250 main event on his lime green Kawasaki. “People didn’t believe me when I said I would be back to racing in time for San Diego,” said an elated Josh. “Of course they are the same people who didn’t believe me when I told them Justin was going to win!”
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A slick multi-line track called for controlled aggression in the main event. Mid-pack starts saw  Tickle in 12th and Hill 13th after two laps. Consistent charges put them up to 10th and 11th at the halfway point. Tickle then took advantage of the battle of attrition to finish 8th, while Hill dropped off the pace a little and finished 11th.
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“Tonight was great,” said Tickle of his well-earned top 10 finish. “It felt really good to get that momentum rolling again. In the main event I pushed and felt like I rode to my potential.” Headed deep into the heart of Texas for the next race, Broc has his marching orders: “The start in the main is what hurt me and we know what to work on this week to keep the ball rolling.”
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“It was a tough day,” added Hill. “I crashed in the first practice and landed right on my broken collarbone!” This was only having two weeks after surgery to repair the damage done at the Oakland SX. “I debated not racing tonight, but I’m glad it made the decision to do it. I can’t be too bummed with 11th… I gained more experience and hopefully will be stronger next week,” said a spent, but happy Hill.

After saluting San Diego, the RCH Soaring Eagle team heads to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for Round 7 on February 15. As always, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit will be the place to be!  In addition to the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience, the team will be signing autographs at 3pm. Fans can also win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on the spot… big shout out to Sean Owens, winner of the Soaring Eagle package in San Diego.
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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel Ray. stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

RCH Soaring Eagle Takes Flight At A3 Supercross

With injuries sustained at the last round in
Oakland grounding half the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, things were
looking sketchy going into round 5 of the 2014 season. However Broc Tickle
fought through his injuries and made the main event at “the home of
Supercross” ‹ Angels Stadium in Anaheim for A3.

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It was going to be a “game time decision”  to see if Tickle could come back
from concussion-like symptoms and sore ribs at A2 two weeks ago and a jammed
wrist that kept him out of the main in Oakland last week. Despite having the
weight of the of the world on his shoulders, Tickle turned in a gritty
performance after not being able to practice all week. “I sprained my left
wrist and my pointer finger last week,” says the #20 rider.

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After riding a little tentatively in the first qualifying session, Tickle
manned up and qualified in 8th ahead of eight-time Anaheim winner Chad Reed.
The speed he found in afternoon qualifying carried over into the evening
racing. Tickle started second just behind Ken Roczen in heat #1. He ran
surprisingly strong the throughout the heat race, but got nipped at the line
after an epic battle with Eli Tomac. This meant Tickle had to ride the semi
instead of transferring straight to the main. “My heat started out well with a
2nd place start, but I was struggling in the whoops and it cost me,” said
Broc.

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Tickle grabbed another great start in the semi. He was third off the line
behind holeshot artist Mike Alessi and then quickly moved into second. Justin
Barcia came out of nowhere to first, but Broc hung tough, passed Alessi for
second, and put in a charge after Barcia in a truly gritty exhibition of
toughness. Although he couldn’t catch Barcia, Broc showed he has the speed to
run with the best in the business even when he is riding hurt. “I was confident in my start from the heat and did the same in the semi. I felt I rode well to qualify for the main out of the semi.”

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In the main event, Broc was unlucky 13th at the start after getting squeezed out in the short starting straight. He moved up to 12th by third lap, then slipped back to 13th six laps in. Then back up into 12th with nine laps to go and with seven laps let, he moved up to 11th. Unfortunately not being able to ride for nearly two weeks took its toll and Broc didn’t have enough left in the tank to get past ageless Ivan Tedesco to crack the top 10. “I knew today was going be tough because I wasn’t 100%,” said Broc after his valiant effort. “My shoulder, ribs and finger were getting weaker all night… I was definitely feeling it in the main.”

“I’m not happy with it, but glad I’m getting healthier so I can regain the confidence I had the first two rounds, added Tickle. “I wanted to get back out racing and start building momentum to be where I was the first two rounds.”

Teammate Josh Hill says he is hoping to be cleared to ride by the next round in San Diego, despite getting his wings clipped with a broken collarbone in Oakland. “I’ll be back before you even notice I’m gone,” joked the affable Oregonian. “I was bummed I had to sit out the third Anaheim,” Hill added more seriously. “I had a surgery to repair my broken collarbone this week, and I’m amazed with the pace of my recovery. I’m going to take it day by day, but I expect to be back on the gate much sooner than we all anticipated. This is what we all love… It hurts not being out there. Nothing to do but keep making strides.”

With all the action on the track, it can be easy to overlook what RCH Soaring Eagle has going leading up to the races. First the team went out to legendary motorcycle dealer Malcolm Smith’s store for and autograph signing session on Friday night. Starting on Saturday morning, things hopping in the RCH Soaring Eagle pits. How about Soaring Eagle trip to the casino winners? Each week someone checking in at the RCH Soariing Eagle pit will find themselves winging their way to Minnesota for a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Last week’s winner went one better when the winner gave the trip to his sister and new brother-in-law for their honeymoon.

You never know what is going to be happening in the RCH Soaring Eagle pits, but you better swing by the pit when SX is in town, because it is always big! Even Ron Burgundy was lingering in the RCH pit reminding people to “keep it classy in San Diego next week,” (okay so he was a cardboard cut-out rather than Will Farrell himself).

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RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads to America’s Finest City, San Diego for Round 6 on February 8. From the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team autograph signing at 3pm, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be at Qualcomm Stadium for Military Appreciation Night.

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael
and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical
development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart &
Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its
partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel Ray.
stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram
and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington
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RCH Soaring Eagle Gets Grounded At Oakland Supercross

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team was ready for the Oakland Supercross, more than ready. His Anaheim 2 heat race win and top 10 finish in the main had #75 Josh Hill raring to go. After getting taken out in a crash last week, #20 Broc Tickle was coming off a night in Anaheim that he would rather forget actually given how hard he hit the ground, it is a wonder he could remember anything from the race.
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Qualifying in Oakland’s infamous “black hole” (as Raider Nation refers to the stadium) went well as Hill was 10th and 11th in the two sessions and within tenths of a second of top qualifier Ryan Villopoto. Tickle was able to bounce back, literally, from last week’s crash finishing 13th in session #1 and just behind his teammate in 12th in the second session. But bad luck in both heat races bit the RCH Soaring Eagle teamsters. In the first heat race Justin Barcia sent Broc on the long walk back to the pits by going “Bam Bam” on him.

In the second heat race, a top 10 start in heat race was wasted when Hill hit the ground hard. He tried to switch up his lanes at the last minute and it didn’t go well for him, as Jenny Taft told the Fox Sports TV viewing audience. When he could shake the cobwebs off, Josh realized he had broken his collarbone. As Josh’s Dad Monte Hill said, “The highs are extremely high and lows are very low.”
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Frustration was Josh’s immediate reaction. “I felt great all day, and had the speed I needed. I just made a mistake in the heat coming through the pack,” says Josh. “I’m not in too much pain. More than anything, I’m just frustrated that I’m going to have to miss a couple races.”

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, Tickle couldn’t make the starting line for the semi and was listed as a “DNS” (Did Not Start) like his teammate Hill. The lingering effects of the hard crash in Anaheim were aggravated by the incident with Barcia, but it was a jammed wrist that had the doctors concerned and Tickle was scratched.

“I got off to a decent start in my heat and felt the best I have all night,” explains Broc. “Barcia knocked Weimer down in a berm in front of me and I got on the gas to try and miss his bike, but clipped it and crashed. I sprained my left wrist and my pointer finger. It swelled up really quickly, so we made a decision as a team to pull out on racing tonight.”
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Broc was bummed by the bad luck, but will do what it takes to be ready for Anaheim 3. “The last two weeks have been tough. Last week’s crash set me back this week. I did therapy every day and rode a little Thursday,” he says. “I was sore, but I knew I could come to Oakland and get through it. Practice was tough today and it showed… My ribs are really sore but with each practice session I started feeling better and I knew adrenaline would help me push through it in the races. I’m really bummed and I want to be out there battling. I want to be at 100% and be where I was before my crash last week physically. Going to get therapy this week and do anything I can to get back to 100%.”

Looking to overcome the bad breaks in Oakland, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team returns to Southern California for Round 5 on “Superbowl Saturday” February 1. From the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience to the team autograph signing at 3pm, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be at Anaheim 3. Fans can even win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on the spot! If you are in the Southern California area, don’t miss the team riders signing autographs at Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside from 5-7 p.m. on January 31st.

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:

RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel Ray. stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

RCH Has Mixed Results At Anaheim 2

On a night celebrating 40 years of Supercross history, RCH Racing Soaring Eagle came away with a mixed bag of results from Anaheim 2. Seeing team principal Ricky Carmichael take to the track for a nostalgic hot lap with arch rival Jeremy McGrath had to be the highlight of the season, while a bounce-back heat race win and top 10 finish in the main for #75 Josh Hill were offset by #20 Broc Tickle getting taken out in a crash and possibly suffering a concussion.

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After a performance in Phoenix last week where Josh Hill couldn’t catch a break missing the transfer from his heat race, semi and LCQ by one position each time he bounced back in a big way at Anaheim 2. Even before the racing started, Ms. Supercross Dianna Dahlgren, brought the personable rider from Oregon up on stage to get a progress report. “I did well in the afternoon qualifying sessions today, finishing 12th and 10th fastest in the two sessions.”

Hill looks to have worked through some of the issues with his injured back and is feeling positive about where things go from here. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and finishing on top of the podium before it is all said and done,” Josh told the pre-race crowd.

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Further enhancing team visibility, Broc Tickle was the second rider announced in the opening ceremonies by virtue of his place inside the top 10 in standings after the first two rounds. Both RCH Soaring Eagle Riders were gated in Heat Race #1 and both were in contention to transfer straight to the main, running 4th and 5th respectively much of the heat. With two laps to go, Tickle charged past his teammate for the qualifying spot, only to have his front end wash out a couple of turns later. That left it to Hill to carry team colors and he looked on track to take the final transfer spot until Ryan Dungey made an extremely aggressive move and stuffed Josh in the final turn to steal the transfer position.

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However, Hill was undeterred by the last turn racing incident. After a patented Mike Alessi holeshot, Josh blew past Alessi with three laps to go, and went on to win his semi in convincing fashion. “I wasn’t sure I was even going to be able to race this weekend because I was in so much pain from back issues,” said Josh from the podium. “I’ve got to give it up to the team for making it possible. I spent much of the week at Dr. G’s office and he tuned me up.” Feeling no pain in the main, Hill started within the top 10 for the final race of retro night. Appropriately enough the 40th Anniversary celebration was made complete when veteran rider Chad Reed channeled his hero Jeremy McGrath and won a surprising victory over “the kids” while Josh, in the words of legendary former SX announcer Larry Huffman, was all over Weston Peick “like a hare krishna on an airport traveller!” Despite dicing the entire race, Hill just could not make pass on Peick stick and had to settle for 8th place. “I’m not overly happy with tonight, but it’s a step in the right direction after this back injury. I am happy to win the semi and most importantly, I put a smile on my grandpa’s face,” said Hill. Of course when you race for “The Greatest Of All Time” as Ricky Carmichael is known, the bar is set pretty high to start with. “Getting up into the top 10 is a good place to build from… I’ll take an 8th and keep moving forward. “

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Speaking of moving forward, despite the crash and consequent concussion-like symptoms, Broc is still in the top 10 in points. As a precaution, he went directly to the hospital for evaluation, but the team hopes he will be medically cleared to ride this week. “Broc had a hard crash,” tweeted team principal Carey Hart. “He will be okay, get ‘em next week, bud.” “The semi started well, but on the first lap I landed on the tuff blocks and it highsided me to the right and slammed me hard.” Hard isn’t the word, you could hear the entire crowd groan when Broc bouncing on the arid track was replayed on the Jumbotron. “It’s all good, I’m okay and just gonna need a couple days to rest.” In addition to winning a semi, the entire RCH Racing team were winners in the pits. A sick little boy and his family enjoyed a day at Anaheim Supercross as the special guests of Ricky Carmichael, Carey Hart and the RCH Racing team. Three-year-old Valentino Ricciotti from nearby Dana Point suffers from OMS, a rare auto-immune disorder that makes it tough for him to enjoy life. RCH Racing with the help of Sycuan Casino, Strider, Feld and others was able to put a smile on little Valen’s face by making him the third RCH Team Rider for the day!
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Looking to build on the mixed results of A2 and win one for Valen, the RCH team heads to the infamous Oakland Coliseum for Round 4 on January 25. Come race day in the East Bay, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit will be the place to be! In addition to the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience, the team will be signing autographs at 3pm. Fans can also win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on the spot!
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Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel Ray. stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

TICKLE LEADS RCH RACING CLAIMS 8TH PLACE IN PHOENIX

Broc Tickle gets his 2nd consecutive top 10 finish and moves up to 7th in overall points

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Carlsbad, CA (January 12, 2014) – RCH Racing Soaring Eagle rider, Broc Tickle, earns his second consecutive top 10 finish of the Monster Energy Supercross season, finishing eighth at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday, and moving up to seventh in overall points.

Tickle had a strong night from the start. After dialing in the track and finishing 6th in timed qualifiers, he went on to nab one of the top four spots in his heat, giving him a direct transfer to the main event. Tickle overcame a slow start in the main – which had him buried as far back as 13th – and was able to move his way up into the top 10, finishing eighth ahead of Chad Reed and Will Hahn.

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“Today was great. Practice went really well and I felt aggressive and solid. I qualified to the Main directly out of my heat race which was also good. The Main event was great other than my first couple laps,” said Tickle. “I’m looking forward to working on my starts this week because that’s the main thing keeping from a better result.”

Teammate Josh Hill did not have the night he was hoping for on the track.

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“I’m obviously disappointed and embarrassed at the outcome of tonight’s race,” said Hill.

Things looked promising for Hill in the LCQ. He moved his way up to fifth and was head to head with Chris Blose in the final lap, battling it out for the final qualifying spot. Unfortunately, Blose edged out Hill for the 4th place finish, preventing Hill from advancing to the main event.

Hill and the team are working diligently to get him back to 100% of where he needs to be on the track. He looks forward to racing this coming weekend at A2.

The Monster Energy Supercross Series heads back to the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA for Round 3 on January 18th.

To stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura, and Bel Ray. For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com.