W.E. Rock Western Series Round 1 April 30 and May 1st – Cedar City UT

Congratulation to the winners of the W.E. Rock Western Series Round 1 at Three Peaks Recreation Area, in Cedar City, UT

Unlimited
Jesse Haines/Chris Poblano

Pro Mod
Jared Neff/Rawlin McGhie

Sportsman A
Woody Swearingen/Logan Backus

Sportsman B
Kendra Winters/Jeremy Winters

Sportsman C
Nate Hurst/Kevin Boren

UTV
Robby Flandro/Nick Schafer

WE Rock Cedar City

There is so much good that comes out of a weekend when everyone is on their A-game. Perfect scores, competitors challenging each other, everyone is pushed up another notch. The first round of the Western WE Rock Championships was in Cedar City, Utah, in early May. Forty competitors took to the rocks; the comp area was the main bowl at Three Peaks Recreation Area. Over the years, we’ve shifted the courses all over the Iron County park, but this year, we went back to basics.

On Day 1, we saw some incredible scores. The Unlimited class was on fire. Perfect scores on A1 through A3 for many – for everyone on A2. The competition was tight at the end of the day. Jesse Haines and Dave Wong were tied at the top with a single backup each during the day. John Hembel and Michael Brassanini were knocking at the door with the same backup and one cone. Many were just a cone or two behind.

On Sunday, all bets are off. Rarely do we find perfect scores on the second day. The course designer is always looking for bigger challenges on day two. The driver’s order gets reversed, in Unlimited, which put Dave Wong up first. Knowing that his top challenger was tied, it would require Wong to try some things he might bypass if he had options. The first course was B4; he took the bonus line on Gate 5, rolled, and broke the portal box – leaving it wide open for Jesse to take the win. Haines played a very strategic game from there out, not taking bonuses he didn’t need. Coming into the Shootout, Haines could have bypassed everything and still won, but the true sportsman he is, he climbed the wall, the only one to do so – to give the crowd a thrill!

In ProMod, the lead changed with every course through Day one, with Jared Neff pulling ahead at the end of the day. The ProMod class got a Shootout opportunity, and Tyler Harper had one heck of a run, finishing with only one second left on the clock for a score of positive 2, the best ProMod score in the Shootout.

The Sportsman classes were all heart, as always.

Brian “Woody” Swearingen from IH8MUD competed for the first time. No stranger to rockcrawling, he has attended events for years, photographed, and written stories, but he brought his rig this year. Woody drove it right to the top spot in Sportsman A, beating seasoned competitors Jason Reeves, Tyler Nantz, and Dwayne Lewis for the top honors.

Kendra Winters, age 14, with her dad, Jeremy Winters, was the only one in the Sportsman B class to complete all the courses and earn the win. Every other team had at least one course that gave them trouble. The best part about Sportsman B is the families. In the top 6 positions were family members competing together – from husband/wife to daughter/dad to brothers. A true testament to the family atmosphere rockcrawling perpetuates.

Sportsman C found the Milkman, Nate Hurst, on the top of the podium again. Nate parked his rig a few years ago to support Driver Ryan Maxfield in his Unlimited run; it was good to see him back in the driver’s seat again.

And for fun and chaos, we had Captain Rob Flandro and spotter Nick Schafer killin’ it on the rocks in their UTV!

Great spectator turnout both days and a great field of competitors made a fun weekend. This is what WE Rock is all about!

The next events are coming up.  Eastern round two is in Glencoe, Oklahoma, at Cedar Canyon Ranch on June 18 and 19. A perfect Father’s Day activity. Great fun for the whole family. Western round two will be in Rangely, Colorado, on July 8 and 9. Lots of camping available if you want to get a jump on the 4th of July holiday and celebrate in the mountains.

WE Rock
Western Round #1, 2022 – Three Peaks, Cedar City, UT
Class Unlimited
Driver Rig # A1 A2 A3 A4 B1 B2 B3 B4 SO Total Rank
Jesse Haines/Chris Poblano 199 -35 -35 -35 -34 -34 -35 -35 -14 -23 -280 1
Michael Brassanini/Collin Bruggeman 12 -34 -35 -35 -24 -24 -35 -35 0 34 -188 2
Alan Phenis/Chris Basse 17h -35 -35 -24 -2 -35 -25 -24 -24 34 -170 3 *tiebreaker  (A1+B1)
John Hembel/David Binkerd 13 -35 -35 -35 -24 -20 -35 -20 0 34 -170 4 *tiebreaker  (A1+B1)
Skip Scott/Steve Marquardt 87 -34 -35 -25 -5 -13 -34 -24 37 50 -83 5
Jeff Rubico/Sean Wiles 8 -35 -35 30 -5 30 -35 -35 -5 50 -40 6
Dave Wong/Nate Reed 42 -35 -35 -35 -34 40 40 40 25 50 56 7
Kevin Reimer/Erick Williams 223 -35 -35 -35 -15 40 40 40 40 50 90 8
Class: Pro Modified
Driver Rig # A1 A2 A3 A4 B1 B2 B3 B4 SO Total Rank
Jared Neff/Rawlin McGhie 775 -6 -20 -8 -17 -20 -20 -17 34 39 -35 1
Tyler Harper/Miles Kimberly 36 -20 -10 13 34 -8 -10 -19 10 2 -8 2
Mat Brunwasser/Issac Overright 39 -4 -9 2 34 3 -20 -6 37 40 77 3
Braxton Coleman/Bret Robison 51 3 30 34 2 16 -8 4 34 50 165 4
Josh Patt/Tim Hall 37 37 39 34 37 16 3 -4 37 50 249 5
Class: Sportsman A
Driver Rig # C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 Total Rank
Woody Swearingen/Logan Backus 40 -30 -20 -20 -20 0 -18 -10 -30 -148 1
Jason Reeves/Jacob Reeves 1941 -20 -19 -20 -20 -10 -10 1 -30 -128 2
Tyler Nantz/Steve Nantz 54 -18 -10 -19 -20 3 -8 -19 -20 -111 3
Dwayne Lewis/Mike Almazan 535 -9 -19 -10 -19 -10 -9 -9 -20 -105 4
Brian Jensen/Brian Stanton 304 0 -9 -20 -20 10 -9 -20 -20 -88 5
Brett Dickey/Matt Dickey 17 -20 -10 -20 -10 1 2 -20 -9 -86 6
Mitch Hoover/Norm Collins 97 13 -10 -10 -9 -10 -8 -10 -20 -64 7
Tyler Roundy 4×4 0 4 -19 -8 -10 -8 -9 -10 -60 8
Craig Allen 595 -30 30 1 1 3 -10 -20 -10 -35 9
Mark Schultz/Roger Schultz 20 -10 -16 -18 2 34 13 -20 39 24 10
Ty Beard/Jacob Beard 522 -19 17 13 0 14 -10 -9 37 43 11
Ty Walters/Barnyard Sean 69 30 12 30 30 7 2 0 -8 103 12
Ty Snow/JJ Rapp 75 40 2 13 30 40 40 40 40 245 13
Class: Sportsman B
Driver Rig # C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 Total Rank
Kendra Winters/Jeremy Winters 71 1 -7 -17 -7 2 12 -18 -26 -60 1
George Leyner/Lora Durrant 21 -5 -3 -18 -5 34 -3 -6 -27 -33 2
Katelynn Boren/Kevin Boren 1104 -19 -7 6 -8 34 14 -2 -24 -6 3
Jessica Meiser/Thomas Meiser 801 -2 4 2 5 25 14 39 -5 82 4
Matt Black/Jamie Black 1011 -8 2 30 25 19 2 30 -17 83 5
Coby Winn/Derex Winn 228 -7 -16 7 15 40 40 37 30 146 6
Tim Payne/Brian Ashton 74 1 2 26 30 37 40 3 7 146 6
Ken Waddill/Josh Flynn 719 40 40 37 34 40 40 40 40 311 8
Bill Stayner 11 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 320 9
Class: Sportsman C
Driver Rig # C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 Total Rank
Nate Hurst/Kevin Boren 2410 -3 -5 34 3 39 40 40 -4 144 1
Chris McKenzie/Josh Griffin 619 -6 39 40 17 40 40 40 39 249 2
Bryce Santy/Parker Jackson 5 10 37 40 3 40 40 40 40 250 3
Jesse Bennett/Sean Ferneyhough 695 12 30 40 40 40 40 40 40 282 4
Class: UTV
Driver Rig # C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 Total Rank
Robby Flandro/Nick Schafer 51 40 39 40 28 13 12 40 34 246 1
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Follow Signs to event site

Three Peaks Recreation Area
West Mid-valley Rd.
Cedar City, UT 84721
Head west on Hwy. U-56 from Cedar City to Lund Hwy; head north for about five miles to Mid-Valley Rd., then west for about two miles.

Spectator Info

Bring your chairs!

Food and restrooms are available onsite as well. There will be offroad vendors and lots of spectators and teams. Going to be a great weekend.

About W.E. Rock

The sport of World Extreme Rock Crawling or W.E. ROCK as it is known to our fans is all about challenging driver and machine. Competitors build amazing vehicles to drive over the most extreme obstacles our world renowned course designers can dream up. You will see vehicles perform maneuvers you never thought possible. Conquering large boulders, steep climbs, rock ledges and massive drops, all while avoiding strategically placed cones. Depending on the class the competitors choose to compete in their vehicle must follow some basic build rules and safety requirements. The rules are designed to keep each class fair while allowing the builder freedom to engineer the most competitive vehicle they can. Once on the course the driver and spotter have 10 minutes to navigate 3-4 gates (set of cones) without hitting any cones and as few backups as possible. Each cone hit or backup they take adds points to their score and the team with the lowest score wins. The courses are designed to provide the most action for the spectators throughout the weekend and force drivers to push what they have built to the limits.

Friday April 29th

Tech & Registration

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm -> Tech and Registration

8:00 pm -> Judges Training

Saturday April 30th

7:30 am -> Judges Training

9:00 am  -> Drivers Meeting

9:00 am -> Spectator Gates Open

10:00 am  -> Competition Starts

Sunday May 1st

9:00 am -> Spectator Gates Open

10:00 am  -> Competition Starts

Shootout at end of Competition

Awards immediately following