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Smokin’ Wheels ready to roll

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GET ready race fans! Starting tonight and continuing through Sunday, the 2012 Shell V-Power Smokin' Wheels Racing weekend is here at the Guam International Raceway in Yigo.

Tonight's action will begin with qualifying drag races and then ease into the ever-popular Monster Energy Drink Smokin' Girls Bikini Review and burnout competition.

Some of Saturday's more popular races will include open motocross and ATV, the tuff rig challenge, as well as drifting and the drag race championships.

Sunday's must-see events will showcase the off-road buggies and endurance race, featuring last year's champ John Walker and past champion Ikuo Hanawa, as well as local favorite Joey Crisostomo.

This year's field of competitors is highlighted by U.S. mainland Enduro racing champion Alexander Malcolm Smith, whose accomplishment include 6th place in the 2006 Baja 1000 and 1st place in class, and 3rd overall in the 2006 Mojave Desert Race.

“We haven't had an off-island U.S. rider who's a champion coming here to race against our local guys and race in Smokin’ Wheels on a motorcycle,” Bob Bucek, Smokin’ Wheels off-road race coordinator, said in reference to Smith.

Apart from making sure this year's races run smoothly, Bucek will be competing in the open ATV class in both the endurance and the motocross events.

When asked how he expected to do in the competition, the lanky 48-year-old veteran commented, “I'm going to kick all their (expletive). They (competitors) flew 3000 miles just to lose. I beat them last year and I'm going to beat them again this year. I'm almost half a century old and I'm going to kick all these little kids’ butts.”

Sunday's off-track action is guaranteed to be just as hot as the races themselves – and just as smoky. Grill masters from all over the Pacific will be competing in the Miller Lite Island Flavor Smokin' Grills BBQ Challenge. Grillers will be vying for prizes including top honors as the land's best BBQ chef.

According to a Smokin' Wheels press release, a 2012 Hyundai Veloster will be raffled off at 5:30 p.m. and the winner must be present to win.

Tickets are available at all Shell stations. The prices are $10 for a day pass and $20 for a weekend pass.

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