Springfield, MO. November 1, 2011 Team Crush Motorsports is proud to announce a new partnership/title sponsor; Spur Chaser for driver Ritchie Keller and his #202 Ultra4 racer for 2012 racing season. The Spur Chaser brand and up coming TV series is the creation of Bill “Spur Chaser” Ernst (hunter, guide, and outdoorsman). Bill had this to say, “After meeting Ritchie at a trade show where he was appearing for another sponsor and seeing first hand the excitement generated by his off road buggy I knew I needed to get involved.” Bill went on to say, “Ritchie and I are on the same track when it comes to our goals for this partnership and the opportunity to cross market between our respective outdoor sports.” The team will start 2012 off with the LCQ at King of the Hammers in February then plan to race the Ultra4 regional series, East Coast and National Championship with other race possibilities as time and budget permit.
More about Bill Ernst, being raised in a family with a hunting lifestyle a young Bill, became obsessed with the outdoors and the activities that go with it, he was taught to respect game animals, the land and to pass his respect and knowledge of the outdoors to the next generation. Over the years Bill has became one of the most respected names in the outdoors industry and serves on several pro staffs including, Mossy Oak, Browning, and Commando Hunting products to name a few. In 2009 after a lot of creativity, thought and planning, Spur Chaser was born and is sure to become a leading outdoor brand and TV series. With Bill’s passion and determination, Spur Chaser hopes to bring to every hunter, great products that are affordable and reliable. In 2012, be looking for an all new apparel and product lines as well as a new promo for Spur Chaser TV. Bill’s hunting adventures can also be followed through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, BlogSpot, YouTube and MySpace.
Team Crush Motorsports was formed in 2003 by Derek West and Ritchie Keller for competition in local off road events and has now become recognized as one of the top off-road racing teams in the nation with many accomplishments; four east coast series championships, two national titles in rock-crawling, two east coast series titles in XRRA in 08 and 09. In 09 we received the chance to race in our first KoH with a disappointing DNF. In 2010 Team Crush added a second car and Ritchie added driver to his list of duties. Kyle Keller added co-driver to his crew-chief duties for Team Crush. The new #202 car had it’s début at the 2010 LCQ race. Ritchie and Kyle won the title of fastest qualifier and a spot in the KoH, finishing in 27th place. #202 car with Ritchie as driver finished top five in two out of four XORRA races and finished 8th in their national series points. Ritchie and Kyle qualified for the 2011 KoH at the NCQ in Missouri with a 5th place finish and went on to participate in the 2011 KoH event.
In 2011 the team placed fourth at the Inaugural Dirt Riot Race in Altus, OK; after losing the transmission at the end of the race. The car has underwent it’s seasonal rebuild along with an engine swap upgrade to a 6.0 GM and will be race ready for the KoH LCQ in Feb 2012.