BLACKFOOT, ID: With five independent series across the country, the Midstates Dirt Riot Series came to a close last weekend in Sturgis, Kentucky. Bad Advice Racing Matt Moore climbed his way to the top of the series with attendance at all three events – 2nd at Chaos Offroad Park, 6th at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and a 3rd place podium finish at Baird Motorsports Park. Matt Moore was driving the #4436 car, owned by co-driver Kim Matzen. Haulin’ Yash Racing Tom Yash took the series honors in the 4600 Pro 4×4 class, and the SuperMod class saw K&K Krawlin Krew Kenn Hite of Georgia and Jeremy Dickensen of Texas/Tennessee cross regular series boundaries two times each to take the top honors of 1st and 2nd respectfully.
BLACKFOOT, ID: The W.E. Rock Events/Dirt Riot event at AreaBFE in Moab, UT ended mid-race when a spectator was tragically struck. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has declared it an accident. With the family’s blessing, the weekend’s racing results are being posted and the race series will continue onto its next stop in West Virginia.
“We are heart broken over the entire situation,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, the driver, co-driver and all the first responders that were on site to help. We appreciate everyone’s immediate response and how the entire W.E. Rock and Dirt Riot family has pulled together to support each other.”
Dirt Riot Southwest
March 9 – Congress, AZ
April 5 – Tucson, AZ – MC Motorsports Park
August 16 – Cortez, CO
Dirt Riot Central
March 15 – Texas
PLACERVILLE, CA: The 4wd Factory Dirt Riot National Rampage marks the end of the 12 event series that criss-crosses the country over a 7-month period. This final 2013 event brings all the drivers from across the country to compete for the National Championship in Bridgeport, Texas. There are over 70 teams expected to take on the tough Texas terrain on Saturday October 12 at the Northwest OHV Park, the same location as last years race. “We are very excited to be back in Bridgeport for this race, the town is always so welcoming especially Rock City Burgers where we will be kicking off the weekend on Friday night with a Driver Meet & Greet,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “There will be the top drivers from across the country attending, some who are focused on claiming the National Championship Title, others who are focused on getting a spot in the 2014 King of the Hammers and some UTV Drivers that are excited to win the set of PitBull Tires that are up for grabs. It will be a great show in every class!”
Colorado Springs – The Dirt Riot Mountain Series finale was held this past weekend in the scorched landscape outside of Cortez, CO. The heat and short silty course made for the most challenging racing conditions of the Dirt Riot season. Coming into the final event leading season points, team Lovell and the #1 AMSOIL / Torchmate / BFGoodrich Tires rock racer were not only looking for a win, but a championship.
While Roger Lovell claimed victory in the Colorado Springs event, he had obligations due to the fires in Colorado and was unable to make the race. This left Brad solo in the car fighting visibility on a tight and twisting course. “Qualifying on the pole was really really important in this race,” said Brad, “It was basically a drag race and there are plenty of other teams with more horsepower. I had a solid run but it was only good for a 4th place start.” Limited classes took to the track and dust plumes billowed into the air as the soft silty course got torn up.
PLACERVILLE, CA: This Saturday head to the Battle Rock Offroad Park right outside Cortez Colorado for a double points Dirt Riot 4×4 Endurance Race. The heat will be on the track where high horse power tough drivers will compete for the race win and two separate Series Titles, not to mention a National Points Title! The Dirt Riot Mountain Series and Southwest Series will both conclude with one wave of the checker flag on Saturday afternoon. “We had our first race here last year and the terrain that it offers so close to town and Jimmy’s 4×4 is awesome!” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “We are anticipating another great race with a lot of action, especially with the heightened series points battles in every class. Some are within one to two points and these guys and gals are really dodging for those titles, and payouts of course!”
The weekend will kick off at Jimmy’s 4×4 Outback on Friday night from 5:30-8:30 pm with a drivers meet & greet. Check out the vehicles, meet the drivers and also get shop tours through one of the most highly respected buggy builders in the Ultra4 and 4×4 offroad world. The address is 1780 Sagebrush Circle, Cortez, Colorado, less than an hour from Durango and other surrounding popular offroading towns.
PLACERVILLE, CA: Wildfires sprung up on Tuesday of the Dirt Riot Mountain Series race week in the Northern Colorado Springs area, drawing a lot of media attention to the area. Although the race course at Ram Offroad Park was never in danger, there were a number of drivers and their families that were affected by the wildfires. Local racer, Matt Peterson, owner of Rockware was on the outside of the pre-evac area, several days were spent moving the shop out of harms’ way. Other racers pitched in to help including the Lovell’s who opened their homes and fields to evacuees. The decision to continue the competition in a community where so many were facing mass devastation was left up to the drivers, who in the end were happy for the distraction.
“We were never in any danger, but we needed to be respectful of the local racers,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “As always; we Raced! And it was a great race. After seeing some of the pictures from the event, I wonder if any of the cars were ever on the ground! The jumps at the RAM Offroad Park are awesome!”
PLACERVILLE, CA: This weekend will be two days of very different types of 4×4 off road racing at the Three Peaks Recreation area outside of Cedar City, Utah. Saturday will be Professional W.E. Rock Rock Crawling all day and Sunday will be fast paced Dirt Riot Racing, with the main race not starting until afternoon. Both events are spectator friendly and easily accessible by car at the county park. “This is one of the original rock crawling sites in the nation that offers some of the best rock formations and best spectator viewing in the nation,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “For Dirt Riot on Sunday, I think I am fair in saying it will be the best course of the year so far with technical tree sections, moderate to easy rock sections, some high speed straight a ways and a spectacular road crossing jump!”
Both days events have classes that are built to encourage local 4×4 or UTV participants to join in a day of fun competition and racing. For fees and payouts go to http://www.werocklive.com/2013-fees-payout. W.E. Rock is a Professional Rock Crawling series composed of 2 series of 3 events each that crisscross the country. Dirt Riot is an Endurance Racing series that is composed of 4 series of 3 races each that stretch across the country. This weekends event will be the second round of the Western Pro Rock crawling series and the second round of the Southwest Series Dirt Riot.
PLACERVILLE, CA: The largest class of Dirt Riot UTV racers, to date, hit the course on Saturday April 13th at the Coppermines Offroad Park for the second round of the Dirt Riot Central Series. There were 26 UTVs on course, but that certainly didn’t take away from the Pro 4400 class where the top 3 all completed 13 laps within seconds of each other for the entire race.
“The Coppermines Park always has so much to offer the racers and spectators that we love to come back here every year, ” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “We were excited to see such a great turn out in the UTV class. We have always had this class as an option, with an easy entry fee and safety requirements, and I am glad that it is really starting to take off.”
BIRMINGHAM, AL: Blue Torch Fab Jason Carner took his single seat Ultra4 car to the Southeast Dirt Riot race in Alabama and won just 3 weeks after competing in the King of the Hammers. The vibrant and noticeable blue and white Miller Welders wrap on the car only lasted a short time before being covered with Alabama mud. “It was a good race, and I think if the weather had been better there would have been a better turn out,” said Carner. “It was important to me to go down there and support the W.E. Rock group for bringing this event to our backyard. It is my goal to win this Southeast Series, so this win helps put us on the top to start!”
It truly was a muddy mess, literally mud hole after mud hole at The Great American Park in Auburn, AL. “The first couple tear offs worked, and then I grabbed a handful by accident and that was the end of those. Then the wet rag only worked for so long, so it was quite interesting,” Jason laughed. He drives a single seat car without a co-driver to help him navigate. “Usually I don’t have too much problem with reading the GPS and racing, but on this course, it was marked so well that I really didn’t need it which was good because it got covered with mud too!”