Final Regular Season Dirt Riot Race Leads Into Nationals on a High Note
Class Winners: Pro 4400 4×4 – Bill Baird ; Pro 4500 – Jay Callaway
Mod Trail – Kenn Hite ; Stock Trail – Travis Wilson ; UTV Class – Michael Stewart
The final Dirt Riot Southeast Series race, and regular 2013 season race, was held last weekend at the Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, Georgia. “Opening up the Southeast series was a great idea and we look forward to growing this regional series again next year. I have to start with how awesome a facility Durhamtown Plantation is. There was lots to do on the grounds including motocross, ATV riding, UTV and 4×4 trails, a restaurant, laundromat, cabins and RV spaces and they even hosted a band for after the Saturday race,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “As for racing, there is never a lack of entertainment at a Dirt Riot race. We were very excited to have Bill Baird bring his entire shop staff to cheer him on with his brand new car, and we had many others come over from the Central series to race.”
The course that was 5 miles of varying terrain had high speed sections, moto-jumps, woods, twisty turns, rock creeks and a GP style track. The Pro 4400 4×4 class winner Bill Baird completed 11 laps on this rigorous course in two hours. Jeff McCullough from AllSouth Autosports had transmission issues, but was able to complete one lap in order to gain enough points to take the Southeast Pro 4400 4×4 series championship! Jay Callaway would take first in the Pro 4500 4×4 class.
Father and son, Kenn Hite and Kevin Hite, competed against each other in the Mod Trail class with Dad Kenn taking the win completing 9 laps in the two hour endurance race.
The Stock Class was the big event at this race including the addition of two cars that normally race in the Central Series: Jason Davis and Duane Garretson. They both ended their day early with mechanical issues, Jason broke his front ring and pinion; Duane had some issues that he overcame in the first lap, then he rolled and caught on fire. In another classic act of Dirt Riot sportsmanship, the race leader, Travis Wilson of Wilsons Performance, stopped and put the fire out and made sure both the driver and co-driver were ok before moving on and winning the race! Only two minutes behind was second place Scott Prince, and also with 10 laps was third place Erik Petersen. Roger King would finish 4th with Duane Garretson in 5th, Jason Davis in 6th and Brian Gray completed a lap to finish 7th.
The UTV Class has been extremely successful across the country this year. For the first time in the Southeast series, the UTV class fleshed out for a real race. Wesley Gryner and Cody Keller, both of Arkansas made the long travel for the race. Kenneth Wood came out in a single seat UTV with a turbo, he ended up being the first out of the race. Cody placed 5th; Wesley placed 4th, the top three were Peter Basler of Blue Torch Fab in third; Michael Gatto in 2nd by less than 30 seconds, and having the fastest lap of the day in all classes was Michael Stewart in 1st.
The next Dirt Riot race will be the 4wd Factory National Rampage Dirt Riot race in Bridgeport, TX October 12. Pro drivers that compete in this race must have competed in at least one Dirt Riot race over the course of the last two years. More information on the event can be found at http://www.werocklive.com/2013/dirt-riot-4wdfactory-national-rampage.
There are 3 Professional 4×4 classes, a Trail/Sportsman 4×4 class and a UTV class. The classes are built to encourage local 4×4 or UTV participants to join in a day of fun racing. For fees and payout information go to http://www.werocklive.com/2013-fees-payout. Dirt Riot is an Endurance Racing series that is composed of 4 series of 3 races that stretch across the country.
This will be the third and final round of the brand new Southeast Series. It has been an awesome series with lots of action…can’t wait to see what excitement is in store for this final race, which will also determine the series points winners!
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Dirt Riot Final Southeast Series Endurance 4×4 Racing This Weekend at Durhamtown Plantation in Georgia Racing Saturday 24th Starting at 9am in Union Point GA at Durhamtown Plantation
PLACERVILLE, CA AUGUST 20, 2013: The new Dirt Riot Southeast Series will wrap up this weekend at the Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, GA with drivers from hours around joining in on the horsepower of fun. Racing starts at 9am and will go until at least 3pm with awards immediately following. “Opening up this Southeast series was a great idea, we have really enjoyed the racers that have come out and look forward to seeing who the winners of the series will be after this weekends race,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “This will be the final race of the regular season before our National Rampage Race in Texas in October where all the drivers from across the country will converge to compete for a 2014 King of the Hammers starting position.”
Drivers that are confirmed to race at this event include Jeff McCullough from Allsouth Autosports in Georgia and Bill Baird of Bill Baird Motorsports from Kentucky in the Pro4400 4×4 class. Travis Wilson of Wilson Performance in Dayton, TN will be racing a large field of Stock 4×4 vehicles forming including John Petersen, Kenn Hite and Kevin Hite who are already registered. Michael Gatto is registered to race the UTV Class and many more are scheduled to attend, as you are also welcome to join. With only some simple safety requirements, anyone is able to come and race!
The race course is approximately 5 miles of varying racing terrain. The racecourse starts with a high speed run into an area with three big moto-style jumps or rollers, depending on how fast you take them! The course continues out into a GP/Crandon style track. Next it goes off into a big red dirt bowl with steep sides, which you climb out into the woods. High-speed road sections lead to some technical twisty turns and then into a rock creek bed for the Pro Classes; the UTVs and Sportsman classes will bypass the creek bed. The course continues to moderate speed areas that we have widened into more technical roads and then out to a run alongside the main paved road before coming back to the start / finish line. It will be easy enough for UTV’s and Stock 4×4 participants to have fun, but tough enough for the Pro 4400 cars to be challenged. The pit and competitor camping area is all grass and the weather outlook is for a great race weekend.
Spectators are encouraged to come and enjoy the day of entertainment on Saturday August 24th. Qualifying for the 4400 4×4 group starts at 9am. Side by side racing action starts at 10am when the UTV Class takes the course. At 11:30am the Trail Class, Stock, and Modified Stock classes will take the course for a two hour grand prix finish race. Following at 2pm, the professional 4400 4×4 drivers will race for three hours with a grand prix finish at approximately 5pm. The winners of each class are determined by the most number of laps completed in the set amount of time. The awards ceremony and cash payout immediately follows the final race. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 8-15, children 7 and under free and Military with ID get $5 off. There are vendors, food and amenities on site, and we encourage you to bring chairs and shade structures. For additional details go to http://www.werocklive.com/events/dirt-riot-southeast-round-3.
There are 3 Professional 4×4 classes, a Trail/Sportsman 4×4 class and a UTV class. The classes are built to encourage local 4×4 or UTV participants to join us in a day of fun racing. For fees and payout information go to http://www.werocklive.com/2013-fees-payout. Dirt Riot is an Endurance Racing series that is composed of 4 series of 3 races that stretch across the country.