W.E. Rock Professional Rock Crawling Eastern Series Rocked the UMC Event at Badlands Offroad Park
Winners: Unlimited – Mike Ardizzone ; Pro Modified – Branden Blume
Sportsman – Daryl Mattingly ; Modified Stock – Drake Garretson
The second round of the Eastern W.E. Rock Pro Rock Crawling Series was part of the Ultimate Motorsports Championship (UMC) at the Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Indiana. The weekend of events suffered weather conditions that undeniably affected the results of the rock crawling events. “We had intermittent rain throughout both days which always makes for an interesting rock crawl comp,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “There is no doubt that tire composition and brand played a role with Maxxis sweeping the podium for both the ProMod W.E. Rock competition and the Ultra4 race.”
The Wild Oats and Maxxis team of Ken Blume, Branden Blume and Kyle Bruso were on hand to compete in both WERock and Ultra4. Due to scheduling conflicts, son Branden took driver of record on Saturday for the first four rounds, while dad Ken raced his first Ultra4 event, with the intent of Ken competing on Sunday. When Branden and Kyle finished Saturday ahead of the competition by six points, the decision was made to keep the team together where they eventually completed all courses with a -126; 40 points less than the nearest competitor Josh Crowe and Rich Duvall from Crowe Motorsports. Danny Rohrer and Chad Rolfert took third in class.
The Unlimited class saw a return of Mike Ardizzone and Jonathan Dawes; they had missed the first event of the season due to some personal commitments, but came on strong with some very technical driving to win by over 100 points. The other Unlimited drivers, Josh Jordan and Jason Brown, each had mechanical issues with their cars finishing second and third respectfully.
The Modified Stock class winner was Drake Garretson from Come Get Ya Some racing. His dad Duane Garretson is the normal driver, but instead he was out of the car spotting!
The Sportsman class at WE Rock is designed for those who are new to the sport, but also to give some of the old timers’ a reason to come out and remember how much fun rock crawling is. The teams of Dave Cole & Jon Terhune and Chris Smith & Josh McIntosh were able to compete on the first day. On day two, the Four Wheel Parts / Branik team of Darryl Mattingly and Mike Devore continued to school the rest of the competition, winning handily with a -121. Second place would go to Steve Brown and Travis Snider. Third to Duane Garretson with his regular spotter Matt Allen. Fourth went to Paul Figge and Mark Brandt with fifth to Dale and Dean Unnerstahl. Jon Terhune took sixth and Chris Smith took seventh. The first time team of Jessica Brandt and her mom, Rhonda Brandt gave it their all and took eighth.
All the competitors from this event and more are already committed to attending the final Eastern Series event in Dayton, Tennessee at the Kizzar’s on August 9 & 10. The season championship will be determined at the close of that event before going onto the Grand Nationals in Cortez, Colorado September 27-29, 2013. For more information go to https://www.werocklive.com/2013/w-e-rock-eastern-3-dayton-tn
Professional Rock Crawling is one of the most intricate sports in the motorsports arena. It is technical, mechanical and filled with action. The rock courses are setup on a wall where spectators can bring their chairs and be able to see multiple courses running at the same time. The two day format includes 4 courses of competition on Saturday and another 4 courses on Sunday. The winners are determined by the driver that has the least amount of points at the end of the weekend, similar to golf.
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