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CalROCS Series Finale

Christian Lee | Writer
Posted January 13, 2004

Cougar Buttes 2003 Wrap-Up

The California Rockcrawling & Off-Road Championship Series (CalROCS) closed out its 2003 season right where it started: at Cougar Buttes in Lucerne Valley, California. The four-event series attracted competitors from three separate classes and provided some of the most heated competitions within the rockcrawling circuit.

In the Modified Stock class, Jeff Mello scored the win by 18 points, making up a huge points deficit after the first day of competition. Mello was followed by Mike Berrard, who crept up from Fourth in the second day, and Cody Waggoner, who held on to Third Place after his stellar performance on Day One.

Pro Modified competitors Walker Evans and Joel McClure stayed within five points of each other during Day One, with McClure nearly bridging the gap to take the win. Evans remained victorious, however, capturing the win with a healthy six-point spread. Jason Scherer was a close Third, just five points behind McClure. The Unlimited class brought another win, with Marvin Pepper sweeping the competition by 13 points. Bill Rowlett followed after surrendering a nine-point lead on Day One, and Brent Bradshaw landed in Third Place.

CalROCS returns to Cougar Buttes in March to launch into its 2004 season. Get ready to witness the next wave of rockcrawling action as many of the same teams return to the gauntlet, along with a fresh crew of new faces and vehicles. The photos should fill in the rest. If not, check out for more information about the exciting world of CalROCS events.

Cougar Buttes Results
Stock Modified
1. Jeff Mello
2. Mike Berrard
3. Cody Waggoner

Pro Modified
1. Walker Evans
2. Joel McClure
3. Jason Scherer

1. Marvin Pepper
2. Bill Rowlett
3. Brent Bradshaw

2003 Season Results
Stock Modified
1. Cody Waggoner
2. Jeff Mello
3. Mike Berrard

Pro Modified
1. Dustin Webster
2. John Hall
3. Ron Schneider

1. Bill Rowlette
2. Bill Kreisel
3. Brent Bradshaw
2004 Points Series Schedule

3/19-3/21 Cougar Buttes, California
5/14-5/16 Yerington, Nevada
8/13-8/15 Northern California
9/17-9/19 Southern California


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  • The crowds were en masse at Cougar Buttes for the CalROCS 2003 series ender. Jason Scherer flexes his Diablo buggy as Walker Evans raises some dust in the background.

  • Finishing Fourth at Cougar Buttes was all Dustin Webster and his Red Bull-sponsored S-10 rockcrawler needed to secure First Place in the Pro Modified class for the season.

  • Jason Antonucci maneuvered the Team Rock Equipment buggy through the hairiest of obstacles with ease.

  • One of the few women behind the wheel at the Cougar Buttes event, Bekka Webster harnessed a Fourth Place Stock Modified finish for both the event and the season.

  • Ron Schneider of Off Road General Store was plagued with mechanical problems throughout the day, but still came through with a solid finish, capturing Third Place for the season in Pro Modified.

  • Jeff Mello not only piloted his CJ-7 to First Place in Stock Modified, but also participated in a tag-team spotter effort with Jason Scherer, who nabbed Third Place in Pro Modified.

  • A standout all season long, Cody Waggoner and his Tri County Gear-sponsored CJ captured the season points win in Stock Modified.

  • Dave Knox ran with the pack all day, finishing in the Top 10 of the Pro Modified class.

  • A contender from the Pirate 4x4 ranks, Kurt Vielhauer and his Suzuki Samurai ran a steady season, finishing Ninth in Pro Modified for the season.

  • Switching classes midway through the season, Joel McClure of Extreme Image nabbed a Second Place finish in Pro Modified, piloting his Fabtech-sponsored, LT-1-powered rock buggy.

  • Always a crowd favorite, Walker Evans walked his Chevy rockcrawler through the obstacles to capture the event win in Pro Modified.

  • Jason Scherer piloted his Diablo buggy to the third podium position in the Pro Modified class.