Not to be
outdone, Chris Durham pulled to the obstacle next. Durham powered
his vehicle onto the Table Top, and missed the cone at the top
of the obstacle, proving once again why he was in contention for
the top spot. However, his entrance to the obstacle proved damaging
as he brushed a couple of cones and took four backup points. Shupe
had extended his lead on Durham.
by Greg Hiens
in great scores on his first two obstacles of the day but also
struggled with the entrance to Table Top and suffered a total
of 28 points on the obstacle.
by Greg Hiens
Bryan Hamilton was slicing and dicing the obstacles in his '76
Model Toyota Land Cruiser and was gaining fast on Bray, the rookie
driver from nearby Lexington, Kentucky.
The trio of
Bray, Durham, and Shupe headed to Battleship, where Shupe would
further his lead even more. Bray attacked the obstacle first,
and a near flawless performance yielded him only one point and
still had him in the running for a second or third finish in the
his spotter to the passenger seat and the pair tackled Battleship,
a large rock that gives the appearance of an old sunken battleship
lying on its side. Shupe took a -4 on the obstacle after he was
forced to backup one time and was well on his way to victory lane.
however, Durham was not going to give up easily, and he, too,
ordered his spotter to get in, buckle up, tighten your chin strap,
and hold on. The team worked flawlessly together and when the
dust settled from Chris's 37" Goodyear tires, he had successfully
claimed Battleship as his obstacle, taking a -5, the lowest score
possible on any obstacle in the event. It was time for the trio
to move onto their 5th and final obstacle of the day - Triple
by Greg Hiens
At the start
of Triple Winch, the order of the day was still the same. Rusty
Bray was still in control of third place, while Chris Durham was
clinging onto second, and Ken Shupe had a commanding lead on the
field and had 1st place sewn up. Meanwhile, Hamilton and his spotter
were still putting on an exhibition in their Land Cruiser.
into the obstacle with determination. After struggling at the
entrance of the obstacle, Bray had a stroke of unfortunate luck
and got the vehicle high-centered on a large rock. After repeated
attempts to free the machine from the clutches of the obstacle,
Bray instructed his spotter to pull cable, earning a 30 point
penalty for the team. Bray continued on after freeing the vehicle,
but another unfortunate twist of fate found him unable to navigate
over a large boulder toward the end of the obstacle, and he "pointed
out" on his attempt. The overall assessment was that Bray
had suffered a large enough penalty to knock him out of the money,
much to the excitement of Bryan Hamilton, who had taken over 3rd
place, and possibly a second if Durham suffered the same doom
the obstacle next and worked it well. Offering just enough juice
to the 37" BFGoodrich Krawlers when needed, but the right
amount of finesse to keep him in good graces with the obstacle
and to earn the lowest score for the obstacle during the event.
the obstacle next and needed to run it in under 5 points in order
to maintain his 2nd place position. Durham and spotter, Barton,
had great communication with one another, and really gave the
obstacle a work over. The crowd was eating up the excitement and
you could tell Durham was really feeding off the applause. Durham
pointed his rig toward the end of Triple Winch and got on the
juice to ease the rig up and over the last large rock of the obstacle.
Chris had taken four backups on the obstacle and had insured his
place as the 2nd place finisher in the inaugural ERoCC event.
10 at the conclusion of the event was as follows:
1. Ken Shupe 22 points
2. Chris Durham 78 points
3. Bryan Hamilton 80 points
4. Rusty Bray 126 points
5. Buddy Carlton 185 points
6. Tom Diviak (Full Throttle) 188 points
7. Rocky Jannuzzello 211 points
8. Jesse Meyer 248 points
9. Jeff Rowland 331 points
10. Kevin Mize 346 points
for complete results.
The Top 10
drivers were given invitation to attend the 2002 World SuperCrawl
Finals to be held in Farmington, New Mexico, October 9 - 12. Furthermore,
they were given ERoCC Series Points, which help determine who
the ERoCC Series Champion will be. The Series Champion gets his/her
entry fee into the UROC World SuperCrawl paid for by the ERoCC.
has three more events planned for this season.
June 21 - 23
July 26 - 28
Sept. 6 - 8, ERoCC Finals
the intense action and thrills at the inaugural event, you can
rest assured that the upcoming competitions are only going to
be that much more exciting for everyone involved.
information on the ERoCC Series of Events, please contact:
Adams or Tim