Blackfoot, Idaho – Due to the long winter and inability to access the property, the event site at King Knob, West Virginia has not been able to be prepared properly. The rocks have not yet been put in place and with the forecast of rain, the concern is that even with the rock placement happening this week, they would be inaccessible for event day.
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 second round of the Eastern W.E. Rock Pro Rock Crawling Series will be this weekend as part of the Ultimate Motorsports Championship (UMC) at the Badlands Off Road Park in Attica, Indiana. The three day event will include two full days of extreme rock crawling action in the quarry at the south end of the park. “The rock quarry at the Badland park has always been a drivers favorite. There are so many different types of terrain in one area that it challenges even the best drivers,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “We encourage those that may think that they are just coming to watch the weekends events to bring their wheeler and participate in our Sportsman Class. It is basically a run what you brung class that isn’t so difficult that you can’t have fun and be successful. We already have three drivers preregistered in this class: Steve Brown, Paul Figge and Chris Smith; so it should be a great time!”
Rock crawling starts at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be a slight break in the rock crawling action to allow competitors and spectators to watch the Ultra4 King of the Hammers qualifying runs around 10am on Saturday. The rock crawling event will end early afternoon to accommodate the main race later that afternoon.
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 second round of the W.E. Rock Western Pro Nationals concluded last weekend in Oroville, CA at the Urban Assault area at Surplus City. Brent Bradshaw took the Unlimited Class win in an epic battle to the end, and Roger Norman earned the Pro Mod class win in his rookie season. Victor Buress has his second win in the Modified Stock class and Bror Wingard took the win in the new Sportsman Class.
The town of Oroville, CA opened its arms to the rock crawling community shutting downtown streets for Tech on Friday night. Saturday morning the crawlers joined in the Feather Fiesta Days Parade, an annual event in Oroville. “The crowds loved the rock crawlers, the burnouts and the 10 yard dashes,” commented Bob Frank, Surplus City Urban Assault Manager. “It was a great show and I am glad that everyone took the opportunity to participate and show off the sport.”
RENO, NV - Roger Norman decided to compete in another discipline of racing this year: Rock Crawling. In his rookie appearance at the W.E. Rock West Tucson, AZ event he challenged himself and finished on the podium in his Torchmate Racing Pro Mod #8 rock crawler. “Rock crawling is tougher than it looks,” exclaimed successful Trophy Truck racer Roger Norman. “There is actually a ton of strategy and teamwork involved.”
The whole experience was different than anything Norman had participated in before. The spotter was outside the car giving directions via Bluetooth headsets. There are many controls not found in a trophy truck including a transfer case for controlling front wheel and rear wheel drive, front and rear air lockers and cutting brakes. The front and rear winches are not for pulling you out of a bad situation, but rather connected to axle housings used for sucking in the suspension to account for different angles. The BFGoodrich Krawlers had amazing traction, strength and stability on the man made course.
Competitors complete four courses on Saturday and four on Sunday, and then enter a shootout on Sunday afternoon that can change the entire outcome of the event. With each course timed, Norman only completed one of the four courses on Saturday. Come Sunday, he successfully turned that ratio around to completing three out of the four courses, with one tied for the best score of the day.
The World Extreme Rock Crawling (W.E. Rock) Series headed to the Pima Motorsports Park in Tucson, AZ for their season opener this past weekend. Team Monster Energy/Campbell Racing would be competing in two classes, Promodified and Unlimited. The #5az Monster Energy promodified bug piloted by Nick Campbell and spotter Ryan Miller were on the top of their game, carefully navigating their way through each obstacle. On the 3rd course( A3) Nick had a good run scoring a 2 but needed recovery getting to the pits. Thinking he was done due to a blown motor he would 40 the last course but was still in 1st place at the end of the day. Luck would be on his side this weekend, discovering it was not a blown motor. On day 2, Nick Campbell didn’t budge from his first place position and would go into the shoot out with a point’s lead that would put him on the podium in 1st place.
Trying to cover both classes, Promod and unlimited 15 year old Wayland Campbell drove his Promod with 40” Goodyear tires in the unlimited class. This weekend had a lot of ups and downs for Wayland and spotter Shannon. Although his day started off with a rollover Wayland didn’t let that get him down and finished each course. On Sunday Wayland pulled off some amazing scores and lines but was DQ’d for exiting the wrong way. Coming up to the final run Wayland knew he had to make up some points and carved his way through the course with only 1 reverse, having plenty of time to hit the last bonus before the shootout. Pulling some skating tricks out of his pocket Wayland showed the Pros how to jump off the half pipe without rolling. The crowd went crazy.
Next up for Campbell Racing is the BITD-Bilek Silver State 300 – April 29-30, 2011. Two classes, Class 1/1500 and Ultra4. For updates check out Campbell Racing on Facebook, Twitter or on our website at www.campbellent.com .
Team Monster Energy/Campbell Racing would like to Thank everyone that came out to support our race team. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your continued support and superior products.
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Roger Norman will add to his repertoire of off-road racing competing in the 2011 W.E. Rock West Series with the Torchmate Racing Team. “I am really excited to be able to learn and participate in the rock crawling series,” Norman said. “Being able to be a part of the Torchmate team is great, it allows me to have a solid chance at learning from the best, in a proven machine.”
Torchmate Racing Team is naming Norman as their Pro-Modified Rock Crawling featured driver for 2011. “After seeing how he seemed to be really excited about King of the Hammers and rock crawling, I think it is a good fit for everybody,” said Bill Kunz, Owner of Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems. “It certainly shows Rogers dedication to the sport of offroad racing and to all the other competitors. I just hope that he doesn’t get discouraged at first. It is hard in the beginning, but I know he will be able to pick it up quickly.” Torchmate Racing will completely prep and maintain the rock crawler at their facility in Reno, NV.
Back at the start of August, we posted coverage of the 2010 WE Rock Western Nationals off-road rock-crawling competition from Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Since then, the WE Rock series wrapped up with the Grand National Championship, which was also at Miller Motorsports Park at the start of October. Check out coverage of that event here.
We recently revamped our YouTube page for Off-Road.com, which currently features a great video from the WE Rock Western Nationals shot by contributor Stephen Clark. There’s also a bunch of other great off-road videos there as well, including an interview we did with Sal Fish about the upcoming 2010 SCORE Tecate Baja 1000.