This trail would be hard enough without the extra water and obstacles provided by the Hollister Hills staff.
Team Duffy made the Tank Trap look easy. They only winched at the steepest spots and suffered no major breakage to their CJ-8. We never did see the Hooter's girls, but we did see Team Albrecht recover from an overheating engine to almost finish the Tank Trap before timing out. Did we mention we never saw the Hooter's girls? With 15 minutes elapsed on the clock, Team Bargmann was on their side within sight of the Tank Trap finish line. Brad Austin, the teams co-driver and last year's Tank Trap and Top Truck Challenge winner, quickly spooled out winch cable and instituted a fast recovery. Due to this fine effort, Team Bargmann crossed the finish line with minutes to spare, earning a 2nd place finish in the Trap. After battling the Tank Trap's deep water and slick waterfalls, not to mention a blown fan fuse, JP Magazine Commandant John Cappa had progressed to within sight of the finish line. It was about then he decided to straddle the last big rut but slipped in and rolled his J-2000 onto its side. After he and co-driver Clifton Slay got done "laughing like two kids who just stole a Volvo," they quickly righted the rig but timed out without making much forward progress. Josh Tippit timed out in the canyon of the Tank Trap after battling for every inch of forward progress. The canyon walls re-arranged the sheetmetal of his rig and broke the bead of the left rear tire.