With a $5,000 purse to be awarded to the Pro 4400 4×4 teams and another $5,000 in product and gift certificates for other class winners, the 2014 RuffStuff NorCal Rock Racing Presented by Sinister Diesel series kicks off it’s 7th season this weekend at the Prairie City SVRA, a 20 minute drive from Sacramento, CA. The NorCal Rock Racing track is the only rock racing course that is 100% viewable from the spectator areas. “We are excited to kick off the 7th year of NorCal Rock Racing, I can’t believe that we have been doing it this long!” said John Goodby, promoter and track builder. “We are expecting a 50+ car count for this first race including the 2012 series Champion Jake Hallenbeck will be coming back to defend his title.”
Saturday April 5th’s schedule starts with the drivers meeting at 8am followed directly by practice laps. The first round of racing starts at 9:30am, the second round starts at 11:30am, both feature different classes and heats. After a lunch break and track maintenance, the Pro 4400 4×4 class will come back for their second heat of races followed by all classes’ main events. Racing is scheduled to conclude at 4:15pm, with awards following at 5:30pm. Spectators have access to the pit area and all the drivers for autographs.
NorCal Rock Racing Champion Marked Motorsports Jake Hallenbeck will be on track to defend his title. While 2012 NorCal Rock Racing Champion JP Gomez and 2011 Champion Alex Hardaway have restitution in sight and want their title back. It won’t be an easy field keeping father and son team of Gary Ferravanti Jr and Sr, an original NorCal Rock Racer Kevin Yoder, or others who will be showing up in brand new state of the art Ultra4 4×4 car at bay. Everything is on the line for the $5,000 in cash, and for the 3-round series title.
The NorCal Rock Racing track changes for each round of competition, keeping the drivers interested and having fun. “I was able to create some faster straight aways and bigger jumps for this first race,” said Goodby. The course consists of large sets of rocks to navigate, fast sliding corners, fast straight aways, air catching jumps and whoops. Get a feel for the track and event through this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8SzYCXFQIE#t=21
Spectators are encouraged to bring the family for a friendly day of racing and fun. The vendor area will feature multiple off-road companies from the area including RuffStuff. There will be food trucks and amenities. There are bleachers, but spectators are welcome to bring shade structures and lawn chairs. For more information go to www.norcalrockracing.com.
Local and sportsman drivers are welcome to race for as little as $100. The different vehicle classes include: Professional 4×4 classes 4400, 4500, and 4600; Sportsman V8 Class, 4 & 6 Cylinder and PreRunner class. UTV’s have been split into four classes: 800, 900, 1000 and Unlimited. For fees and registration information go to the Registration page at www.norcalrockracing.com.
Event Sponsors: RuffStuff, Sinister Diesel, Rugged Radios, griffin Radiator, 4 Wheel Parts, King Off-Road Racing Shocks, MJ Motor Sports, GoodBy Grading, Pitbull Tires, PRP Seats, Susanville Transmission, FishMouth Fabworks, Reid Racing, Rigid Industries, Jamar BDL Performance Products, Raceline Wheels, Epic Addictions, Prostrap, Talking Threads Custom Embroidery
Photo Credit: Bower Motorsports Media