Dirt Riot Southeast Series started out as a bit of a muddy mess at Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, Georgia. With professional and first class sportsman drivers joining in on the fun, the weather held until just ten minutes after the awards ceremony, but not without flinging Georgia red clay on everything in its path first. Bluetorch Fab James Schofield earned the Pro 4400 4×4 class win. “The Georgia clay really gave the drivers a run for their money, and their winches, but all came out of the woods with a smile and a great story,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “On a different topic, the new timing system that we are using, Moto-Tally software, survived the weather in yet another test of its durability and applicability in our style of racing.”
The UTV race started the Dirt Riot day with five competitors running for bragging rights, Team Chaos Brian Gray came out on top in his new Artic Cat with newcomers Johnny Shealy and Chip Brockwell slugging it out for the next two positions. Johnny had been a spectator at the 2013 event at the Plantation, and thought he’d try his hand this year. He did well in his RZR900; his wife wouldn’t let him race her RZR1000. Winners for the UTV class in order are: First place Team Chaos Brian Gray, 2nd place Johnny Shealy, 3rd place Chip Brockwell, 4th place Mike Brown, and Dan Hunt coming in 5th place.
The mid-day race was a challenge for all; the trails were more than most of the various trail style rigs could handle. Winching became the order of the day to get up the steep hill at the back of the course. Kevin Crocker, who won the Dirt Riot Central Round 1 Hidden Falls 4600 class two weeks prior, made the trek to Houston to take on the terrain. While he won his class and completed his laps, his tires are expected to be replaced before the next event! Redlyner Racing Jay Callaway in the mall crawler 4550 took home another win in the Pro 4500 Class.
In Mod Trail, the King Trumped the Prince for 1st. Roger King of Team Robby Bobby in the Jeep Cherokee took home the honors over Scott Prince in the little Suzuki. Rock Rage Erik Peterson took home Stock Trail honors.
The Unlimited Trail should have seen dad, Kenn Hite take home the trophy, but as happens in endurance racing, the last lap took him out and he had to settle for third. Son, Kevin Hite took home first, followed by Mayhem Metal Fab Neal Hunt in second, 3rd place Kenn Hite, 4th place Toddco Klueger, 5th place Tripp Jernalgen, and coming in 6th place Cole Mckie.
The last race of the day featured some good horsepower and a lot of flinging mud. By the time this race got the green flag, the top track had dried out some, but several had made modifications to protect sensitive areas of their rigs from the intrusive track. James Schofield in the Blue Torch Fab Black Widow took home honors in the 4400 class with Todd Klueger in second.
The event results, pictures and stories have been posted at http://www.werocklive.com/2014/dirt-riot-southeastern-round-1-durhamtown-plantation
Past Event Coverage: http://www.werocklive.com
Event Sponsors:Maxxis Tires, Artec Industries, Nitro Gear & Axle, Trail Gear, Branik Motorsports, ASR Offroad, Crown Performance, Superchips, Dirt Skins, Fox Shox, MetalCloak, PSC Motorsports, Currie Enterprises, Spidertrax Off-Road, Axel Off Road Gear & Apparel, PCI Race Radios, The SickLine.com, Race Team Store
About W.E.ROCK Events, LLC.
W.E.ROCK Events, LLC. A Placerville, CA based company, sanctions, promotes, and hosts specialty off road events, including the W.E.ROCK Rockcrawling US Pro-National series, Dirt Riot Endurance Racing Series and 13 international and sub-sanctions. Attracting thousands of spectators to each event, W.E.ROCK reaches a broad demographic of off-road enthusiasts and casual motorsports fans. The sport of rockcrawling has grown by giant leaps in the last decade and is now host to over 300 registered national-level competition teams. Major competition supporters and partners include Red Bull Energy Drink, Monster Energy, NOS Energy Drink, Home Depot, MAXXIS Tires, Cooper Tires, and Crown Royal. With the off road industry exceeding 4 billion in sales annually, the sport of rockcrawling leads the way in print media and advertising for the sport’s 12 major publications. For more information, visit www.werocklive.com