2nd place finisher in the UROC-St. George event earlier this year,
and spotter Ron Barton were hot on the trail of Shupe. Durham
operated his '85 Jeep CJ-10 with 401 engine, which proved to be
plenty tough to tackle the Tennessee boulders.
the top three places after day one was Rusty Bray, a new-comer
to the sport, navigating his powerful LT1 Jeep Wrangler, with
the assistance of spotter Justin Lamb, within just a few points
of the second place finisher.
Day Two began
with the threat of rain. All parties involved knew that if the
skies were to open, traction would be minimal at best on the solid
stone of JROCC. Competitors were chomping at the bit to get the
event started, and began firing up awesome scores right out of
Chris Durham, and Ken Shupe, third, second, and first respectively
after Day One, were all in the same group, so the "Rock Fleas"
(nickname given to the spectators) were bound to see some excellent
driving from the group. However, the team of Bryan Hamilton and
Chad Taylor of Brevard, NC was determined not to let Jeep's finish
1-2-3 at the event.
tackled Table Top, andobstacle with a cone strategically placed
on top of it that had been impossible for every competitor before
him to avoid. Shupe and Shirk showed why they had earned their
first place spot on Day One after the duo successfully "zero'd"
the obstacle, avoiding all cones and backup points. Shupe stated,
"I heard a few of the spectators saying it couldn't be
done without hitting the cone
that just gives me the incentive
to go up there and give it all I got".