PLACERVILLE, CA MAY 25, 2010: The Maxxis W.E. Rock Eastern US National Series opened last weekend at the Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Pennsylvania. “It was a good weekend of racing, but the shootout on Sunday was crazy with all the bonus line attempts,” said Bruce Shallis, Rausch Creek owner. The bonus lines had the potential to subtract 160 points possible from scores. Amazingly there was only one lead change, but many separated their lead significantly.
Rausch Creek offers a different type of course combined of natural and man made terrain that includes a 20 ft vertical climb called the “Hands Climb.” The weather also always plays a role in this event, “the most challenging part of this competition came on day 2 when the weather turned cold and the rain came out,” said Rich Klein, W.E. Rock Promoter. “The track changes drastically when you are rock crawling in the rain.”
There was plenty to talk about in the competition zone. Carl Shortridge backed up his 2009 East Coast class win by placing 1st over Allen Woodson, who came back after a year off the series. Long time western series runner Hal Frost took 3rd place in his first ever eastern event.
In the Pro Modified class, Ken Blume found himself with such a huge lead going into the shootout on Sunday that he didn’t have to compete, but decided to attempt some of the undeniably hard bonus lines and maintained the lead for the 1st place finish. Mike Thompson took the 2nd place podium spot, finding himself on the podium after three years and Derek West took a 3rd place finish.
In the Modified Stock class, Jake Good and Scott Angell, Team Rubberbelly Racing, took 1st place knocking off two-time World Stock Champion and hometown favorite Kurt Shramovich. David Wine continued his winning ways in the F-Toy class in the 2010 opener, continuing his 2009 season streak of winning all of last season’s events.
The W.E. Rock General Store made an appearance in Pennsylvania hosting different products for sale including Slime, Losi R/C, Nash Fuel, Master Pull, King Shock, and Spidertrax items. The Vendor Row at all the W.E. Rock events has a selection of local vendors along with products from the General Store.
The next event in the Eastern Series will be held on June 26th and 27th in Dayton, TN.
Link to You Tube Slide Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bfZGANOkeA
2010 Western US Nationals Race Schedule
Mar. 27-28 Oroville, CA COMPLETED
May 1-2 Tucson, AZ COMPLETED
June 19-20 Donner Ski Resort , CA
Jul 31-Aug 1 Salt Lake City, UT
2010 Eastern US Nationals Race Schedule
May 22-23 Rausch Creek, PA COMPLETED
June 26-27 Dayton,TN
July 24-25 Hannibal, MO
Aug 28-29 Dayton,TN
Event Sponsors: Maxxis Tires, Torchmate, Master Pull, Raceline Wheels, Trail Gear, King Shocks, Losi R/C, Eastside Custom Trucks, Slime Tire Sealant, Spider Trax, Nash Fuel Propane Conversions, Pirate4x4.com
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 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
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