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Xtreme Rock Crawling Racing - Calrocs Season Opener

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Posted September 1, 2005

Battle At Cougar Buttes

The 2005 CalROCS season started off last spring with a one-day event at Cougar Buttes in the Johnson Valley OHV Area. This was a change from the usual two-day competition and was put in place so that a CalROCS sister organization, the Xtreme Rock Racing Association (XRRA), could host a Rock Race on Sunday. With 17 competitors in a field of four classes, the action was extreme and plentiful. After all, these competitors had to stuff two days of awesome feats into one day. Easier said than done? Not for these guys.

What's Rock Racing?
Think rockcrawling competition without rules. The idea of rock racing isn't all that old and took shape as a faster-paced version of rockcrawling. As you probably know, rockcrawling competitions consists of navigating a vehicle through a set course in the least amount of time while staying within the confines of a prescribed course. Though similar, rock racing, on the other hand, involves simply getting to the top as fast as you can - no cones to hit, no points deducted for backing up or stopping, just no-holds-barred hard-core 'wheeling to see who is in fact the fastest. It's neat stuff and an interesting contrast to the low-speed action offered by professional rockcrawling.

Calrocs Cougar Buttes Results
Super Modified
1 Cody Waggoner
2 Jody Everding
3 Brent Bradshaw
4 Jason Bunch
5 Todd McCullen
6 Brian Wickert
7 Dustin Webster

Modified Legends
1 Becca Webster

Modified Stock
1 Troy Baily
2 Eric Hackney

Formula Toyota
1 Jacob Wright
2 Matt Messer
3 Sean Duckart
4 Hobbie Smith
5 Chris Geiger
6 Todd Steele
6 Chris Brizendine

XRRA Rock Race Results
1 Dustin Webster time: 9.19
2 Becca Webster time: 16.06
3 Steve Hastings time: 16.45
4 Brian Wickert time: 18.56

With most expecting extreme temperatures to go along with the extreme competition, the weather remained relatively mild, with sporadic breezes keeping things fairly cool. But that didn't mean the 'crawling action didn't heat things up. Rollovers were plentiful, as were snapped axleshafts and spun driveshafts. But the elite persevered and the top competitors were decided. Event sponsors played a large part in the weekend running so smoothly. The crew from Poly Performance was on site handing out ice-cold waters and showing off its new wares. Other sponsors included Rancho Suspensions, Pro Comp Tires, Rockcrusher Diffs, Advance Adapters, Maxxis Tires, Edelbrock, Difficult Trail, and Roundeyes.com.

CalROCS will finish up its 2005 season with a competition in Placerville, California. The XRRA series is hosting an upcoming event in the Midwest and will finalize its season in October in Moab. For more info about CalROCS and XRRA, check out www.calrocs.com.

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