PLACERVILLE, CA AUGUST 31, 2010: Mountain Extreme Park in Dayton, Tennessee hosted the 4th and final 2010 W.E. Rock Eastern US National Event, hosted by Tom’s 4×4 Super Store. Over 20 pro and local teams came to the two night event and battled in front of the record crowd. “There were 3,800 spectators over the 2 day event, making this the largest crowd in W.E. Rock history,” stated Rich Klein, race promoter. “The Mountain Extreme Park is a perfect place to watch rock crawling, putting the spectators within 10 feet of the action and giving them the ability to see every course from one spot.”
After two days of competition, the final winners were not determined until the highly anticipated Bonus Land Shootout was completed on Saturday night with the crowd cheering on the competitors. “It was awesome how many lead and position changes there were! I would say at least a dozen!” exclaimed Klein. The Bonus Land Shootout has 10 courses that are worth 5 points each with a time limit of 6 minutes to complete as many as possible. The max possible points was 50 which could easily take someone from mid pack after normal competition to the winners circle.
In the Unlimited class, first time series event competitor Wes Kean trumped Carl Shortridge by six points. Shortridge who finished with a excellent score of -35 points, would have taken the season sweep, but finished second when Kean pulled out one more line in the Bonus Land Shootout within the final seconds to take the win. Alex Vaughn took the third place spot.
In the Pro Mod Class, Kenny Blume took his second win of the season. Blume rolled the Maxxis rig for the first time all season, but overcame the deficit and cleaned house in the Bonus Land Shootout. Ron Lind drove to a second place finish even after arriving late when he had trailer problems on the drive in. Josh Crowe took third. The Pro Mod season had three different event winners with Kenny Blume taking two, and Mike Cole and Danny Rohrer also at the top of the podium.
Kurt Shramovich stirred up the clean sweep for Jake Good in the Modified Stock class. For the first time in the 2010 series a new Modified Stock winner was crowned, Shramovich took 1st place over Good of Rubber Belly Racing and Jon Terhune finished 3rd.
“It was a great season finale, leading into the Grand Nationals. I think we really peaked the interest of some of the East Coast teams to make the drive to compete this year,” said Klein. The 2010 W.E. Rock Grand Nationals will be held in Salt lake City, UT, on October 1st and 2nd, 2010 at the Miller Motorsports Park where over 50 national teams are expected to compete for the best in the Nation.
Photo Credit: Robert Bowen, Ain’t Skeerd
2010 Grand Nationals
Oct 1-2 Salt Lake City, UT
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 COMPLETED
Jul 30-31 Salt Lake City, UT COMPLETED
2010 Eastern US Nationals Race Schedule
May 22-23 Rausch Creek, PA COMPLETED
June 26-27 Dayton,TN COMPLETED
July 24-25 Hannibal, MO COMPLETED
Aug 27-28 Dayton,TN COMPLETED
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