The Eastern National Series Finals were in Dayton, TN and was a testament to the statement: Rock Crawling is not boring! There were multiple lead changes, but the final results come down to:
On Friday the crowds left work early and headed up the hill for a great night of action. The natural terrain rock wall always presents the course designers with multiple options and the competitors with having to adjust for constant change as rocks move on each run. The competition started just as the sun was setting but the action heated up as soon as the lights made the hill glow a bright yellow.
In the Unlimited Class there were only two competing for the win. Wes Keen, local favorite, was in a borrowed Unlimited car after he sold his earlier in the season. Bill Barton was on course with son Chicky Barton spotting for him. With a close battle on every course, and one point separating them going into the last course of the night, the Barton’s took the lead after night one.
In the Pro Modified Class, nine drivers took on the courses of the night. Course A4 claimed almost every team, and although a few gained progression points, Mike Thompson and Ray Steadward were the only ones that competed the course with a high score of 19, but put them in the lead at the end of night one. Derek West and Danny Rohrer also had good days with negative scores on all their courses except for the dreaded A4. Those three, all in the fight for the Eastern National Championship, would be at the top leaving Saturday night, but there was a full other day, and a shootout!
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