W.E. Rock Rock Crawling and Dirt Riot Endurance Racing in Cedar City Utah Fun for All on Mother’s Day
Rock Crawling Winners: Unlimited: Justin Hall ; Pro Mod: Jesse Haines
Sportsman A: Dean Bulloch ; Sportsman B: Victor Buness
PLACERVILLE, CA MAY 23, 2013: The Cedar City W.E. Rock was the second ever two-day event comprised of the Trail Gear Western Series Professional Rock Crawling on Saturday, May 11th and the National Dirt Riot 4×4 Endurance Racing Southwest Regional race on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12th. The events took place at Three Peaks Recreation area, just outside of Cedar City, Utah. “We had a lot of families here celebrating Mother’s Day and I am thankful for all the drivers that put on an awesome show for them both Saturday at the Rock Crawl and Sunday at the Dirt Riot race!” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “This is the first time in several years that we have used BLM property. It was with great pleasure that we can say how successful it was. Being able to work successfully with our friends at BLM was awesome. Special thanks to the Cedar City Field Office, Mitch Owens and others for their help in making this a successful event.”
The Trail Gear Western National Pro Series Rock Crawling second event of the season was similar to the first in the nature of a one-day event with six courses during the day and a final shootout at the end. Professional Rock Crawling is one of the most intricate sports in the motorsports arena. It is technical, mechanical and filled with action. This event proved all of them including a 20 foot drop during the shootout.
In the Unlimited Class, Justin Hall would take his second win of the season with dad Mark Hall spotting. Trail Gear’s Matt Messer was strong competition until he took an unfortunate roll leaving him with a high score he could never recover from finishing the day in fourth place. Second place went to Todd Young and Tate Elquist, with third place going to Brandy Southall in her first ever driving appearance with husband Randy Southall spotting for her.
The ProModified class was packed with talent. An amazing group of competitors to watch. Jared Neff with spotter Brian Hicks, in his first year with W.E. Rock, led most of the day and it was only towards the end that Jesse Haines and Ryan Miller pushed their way to the top. Jesse was competing in his first ever rock crawling Willy’s rig that he had bought back just Monday of that week! With a quick once over, he loaded it into the trailer and made the drive from Reno, NV to Cedar City, UT to accomplish his first win since 2010.
All within points of each other, Todd Stephensen and Devon Jones used Buzz Bronsema’s comp rig to take a 3rd place podium finish. Aaron Sykes and Ken Rose battled car problems all day and finished 4th. Fifth place Jason Feuilly and Cody Folsom gave the crowd a lot to cheer about as they rolled over on a course and with some finesse and a lot of gas, Jason managed to upright the car and finish the course. Sixth place Mike Stokes and Dan Kovarik never gave up, and then suited up on Sunday for the Dirt Riot race in the same vehicle!
The Sportsman A class put Dean Bulloch on the first place podium even with car problems after the morning session. Paul Tyler and Robert Woodard took second and then ran the Dirt Riot race on Sunday.
Victor Buness and John Jacobs took his second win of the season in the Sportsman B class. Giving him some competition was Rob Flandro and Oliver Bradstreet in the green and black zebra striped Toyota truck. 71 year old Charlie Vacha spotted by Airen Patrick took third and Harold Lisonbee and Victor Buness took fourth.
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