Torchmate Racing Mike Shaffer Chases Season Title at BITD Vegas to Reno

RENO, NV     AUGUST 17, 2011   Mike Shaffer and the Shaffer-Motorsports Team will run the longest offroad race in the US on Friday  August 19th; the TSCO Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race.  The team is currently in third place, only 10 points out of first in the Class 1000 series.  Their goal is to improve on the third place finish that they had at the Silver State 300 and move closer to the Best in the Desert series Class 1000 win.  “We have had a solid season so far, and look to continue pushing to the front of the pack at this race,” said Mike Shaffer, driver of record and owner of Shaffer’s Offroad.

With 552 miles to the finish line, the team of Mike Shaffer, Shawn Twitchell and Daniel Aeberli will have to keep the Torchmate Racing #1066 Class 1000 car at the front of the pack by maintaining consistency.  Shawn Twitchell and co-driver Ian Twitchell will start the race.  Mike Shaffer and co-driver Daniel Rosenberry will get in the car at Pit 5, race mile 194.  Daniel Aeberli will get in the car at Pit 11, race mile 400 and will drive to the finish line.  The entire team will be at Tech and Contingency at the Aliante Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday August 18, 2011.

Since the BITD Silver State 300, the car has undergone a complete teardown and prep at Shaffer’s Offroad.  The full service treatment included mounting new BFGoodrich tires, having the chassis crack checked and repaired, rebuilding the shocks, rebuilding and re-gearing the transaxle, rebuilding/replacing the CV’s, repairing the steering rack mount, and rebuilding the front shock mounts.  They relocated the fuel system, fire extinguishers, wire harness, the computer and fuse block for better access.  They added a rear sway bar, a steering brake, new rear bumper, new rear panels and the rear arms have been heat treated.  And as usual, the list goes on!

Four chase trucks and 10 volunteers will support the Torchmate Racing #1066 car for the race. “Without these great people we couldn’t make it happen,” said Shawn Twitchell.  Bernie Strom, Amber Strom, John Cantrell, Chris Miller, Ray Swanson, Josh England, Benjamin Palma, Francie Albertson, Dan Hays will be chasing and Big Rich Klein will handle communications and tracking remotely.

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About Torchmate : Headquartered in Reno, Nev., Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems manufactures custom CNC plasma cutting tables and other automation solutions for manufacturers worldwide. For more than 30 years, Torchmate has provided more options, accessories and innovations than any other CNC cutting table manufacturer in the world.  Whether a plasma cutter, router, water jet, engraver, glue gun or any other tool, Torchmate CNC System’s deliver the highest precision and repeatability on the market. For more information, call toll free at (866) 571-1066 or internationally at (775) 673-2200, or visit us on our website,

Sponsors: Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, BFGoodrich, Goodyear, Radflo Shocks, WARN, Raceline Wheels, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs,

More about Mike Shaffer:  Mike Shaffer is the owner of Shaffer’s Offroad that helps customers build the vehicle of their choice, from bolt on accessories to custom one off vehicles.  Shaffer has been racing for 27 years, starting with BMX and then age 16 in drag racing and his first desert race was fourteen years ago.  Shaffer was driver of record for 3 Baja 1000 wins, 3 SCORE Championships and one BITD Championship in Class 1700, along with rock crawling National Championship and ARCA Championship.


More about Shawn Twitchell: Shawn Twitchell started desert racing motorcycles in 1972, went to drag racing in the 1980’s, circle track in the 1990’s and is now back in the desert driving with Shaffer Motorsports.  He has been a member of Shaffer Motorsports team since 2008 helping win three SCORE 1700 Championships. Twitchell is the Business Unit Manager for FMC Technologies’ Technisys Group and has been married for 30 years to Vickie.  Desert racing is in their family encompassing four generations including his son Ian, who will co-drive for Shawn. Two of seven grandkids are already earning their stripes in the pits and at the shop.


More about Daniel Aeberli: Daniel Aeberli is the CTO of Meditron, a Swiss medical distribution company that he co-founded 20 years ago in Switzerland.  He raced with the Shaffer Motorsport team in 2010 helping them win SCORE Primm in Class 1700.  Aeberli drove the first section of the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000 and is looking forward to coming back to the United States to race in BITD including Vegas to Reno and SCORE Baja 1000.  Active in many sports, he especially enjoys skiing and hangliding in Switzerland.


Sponsors: Torchmate, BFGoodrich, Rigid Industries, PSC Steering, RuffStuff Specialties, Transfer Case Express, Shaffers Offroad,

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