UT- October 10, 2002- The Rock Crawlers Association
of America (RCAA) kicked off the 2002 season finale with a bang
in Johnson Valley, CA. Coming into the last event of the season,
the competition was tight and fierce. The eroded plutonic boulders
are famous for reeking havoc on suspension, axels, drivelines
and the teams state of mind.
to Ranch Pratt, RCAA’s president, “the competition
was both fierce and very close as predicted”. At the
end of the day John and Kip Gilliland came out on top taking first
place with a score of –41. Joel Randall and Mike Vokoun
came in second with a –38. Don Robbins and Steve Luly finished
in third trailing Randall and Vokoun by only one point with a
and Lance Clifford lead the series coming into Johnson Valley.
In second place was Ken Shupe and Kevin Nalley who were followed
in third place by John and Kip Gilleland.
was said and done team Shaffer and Clifford took first place in
the Goodyear/Skyjacker Extreme Rock Crawling National Series with
a total score of 550. Team Gilliland came in second with a very
respectable 540 and in third place was team Randall and Vokoun
with a total of 524.
RCAA’s supporting sponsors: Summit Racing, Advance Adapters,
Warn Industries, Currie Enterprises, Tuffy Security, JP Automotive
Teraflex, Trailready, Genuine Steel and especially Goodyear and
Skyjacker; RCAA paid out (as promised by RCAA president, Ranch
Pratt) more than twice the amount of what was paid in the previous
season. A grand total of eighty five thousand dollars was paid
out in the purse alone at the Johnson Valley event. More than
three hundred and eighty thousand dollars was available during
the 2002 season in contingency monies, RCAA’s purse and
On top of
contingency money, giveaways, and RCAA’s purse, team Shaffer
and Clifford were presented with an exquisite traveling trophy.
Introduced & presented for the first time, the new Goodyear
Cup was made out of pure silver in Great Britain and stands a
total of 22 inches tall.
of team Shaffer and Clifford as well as all previous RCAA series
winners will be etched on the Goodyear Cup. Additional rings will
be attached to the lower portion, adding to the height of the
cup as future names are etched upon it.