W.E. Rock Professional Rock Crawling Stiff Competition
and Genuine Sportsmanship
Winners: Unlimited – Justin Hall ; Pro Modified – Jason Feuilly
Unlimited Sportsman – Nathan Osburn ; Stock Sportsman – Jeremy Eaton
When the final round of W.E. Rock Trail-Gear Western Pro Rock Crawling started in Goldendale, Washington on Saturday morning, three ProMod drivers were tied for first place. By the end of the weekend the winners of the event would also decide the Season Series winners and more exceptional stories of sportsmanship would be created and shared with many.
“We had a great turn out with 10 Pros and 16 Sportsman. Goldendale is a very popular venue and we are always glad to be here. The narrow ridge of lava rock is challenging for the driver and it creates excellent viewing areas for spectators from all angles,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “This event closes our 14th year of regular season Western Pro Rock Crawling, it has been a lot of fun, a challenge, and we look forward to next year and the future.” The Eastern Series wraps up in Dayton, TN on Friday and Saturday August 9th-10th, then the East meets the West at the Grand Nationals in Cortez, Colorado on September 28th -29th.
The winner of the Pro Mod class was Jason Feuilly and Cody Folsom, they had an incredible run for two days, even rolling over and righting themselves to continue. Jason and Cody were the only ones to finish every obstacle over the course of the weekend. The three teams that had been tied for first at the start of the weekend were drivers Aaron Sykes, Jared Neff and Jesse Haines, who finished second, third and fourth respectively, giving Aaron Sykes the National Series win. Shawn McNearney took fifth and Mike Stokes finished sixth.
The Unlimited drivers pulled together as a team to keep everyone in the competition. On the first course of the day, Trail Gear’s Matt Messer finished but broke his transmission in the process. But that wasn’t the end to his weekend; all the teams got together and helped put the car back together in the pits. W.E. Rock has a 45-minute breakdown rule, but in order for it to apply a team must be ready to run the course. In this case of great sportsmanship, no teams reported to the start line, so Matt Messer’s breakdown time never started. By the time he was back together, there was still plenty of time for the teams to get all four obstacles in during the day. A similar situation happened on Sunday when Justin Hall cracked an oil pan and needed more time to fix their rig.
When all eight courses and the shootout was complete on Sunday afternoon, it was Justin and Mark Hall that were on top of the podium. They had swept the Unlimited Class all season making the son and father team the National Series winner! Matt Messer and John Gabriel finished second, Todd Young and Tate Elquist challenged them for third and Randy and Tyler Southall finished fourth.
The sportsman class had a great turn out. So great that it was split into two groups: Unlimited Sportsman that ran the Pro Courses and Stock Sportsman that ran the milder C Courses. The Sportsman Pro class had very competitive scores with the Pros! Nathan Osburn and Ben Carlson led all weekend and took home the win! James Treacy took second, Wayne Mortensen third, Tory Trinka fourth, Alan Phenis fifth, Richard Crist sixth and Clark Williamson finished seventh.
Even though the Stock Sportsman class was set up on milder courses doesn’t mean the competition wasn’t hot! Nine competitors rocked both days and in the end there were only 12 points separating second through fifth place! Jeremy Eaton and Kraig Williams took home the win followed by Larry Smith. Karl Vanpetten finished one point behind in third, Rob Flandro finished fourth and Cody Gabriel finished fifth. Terry Jones took sixth, Gerald Gaines seventh, James Jacobson eighth and Shane Lemm in ninth.
Competitors will be attending the Grand Nationals in Cortez, Colorado September 27-29, 2013. This is where the Eastern drivers meet the Western drivers in a head to head competition. There are vendors, food and amenities on site, and we encourage you to bring chairs and shade structures. There is camping available onsite for competitors and nearby for spectators. For more information go to www.WERockLive.com.
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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