Class Winners: Pro 4400 – Jason Carner ; Mod Trail – Todd Klueger ; Stock Trail – Payton Wilson
PLACERVILLE, CA FEBRUARY 28, 2013: The storm that was supposed to clear and go around the Great American Park ended up running right through it, raining 3.5” in a 24 hour period just before race day. Dirt Riot is a rain or shine event focusing on the endurance of 4×4 racers, so the green flag still dropped, although a bit later than originally planned. “The course had to be changed four different times to allow for drainage, as the rivers had risen higher than some of the stakes!” explained Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Some of the climbs had become impassable, but when we got the race started, the drivers that were there were completely motivated to go for the win!”
Pro 4400 Class winner was Blue Torch Fab / Miller Welders Jason Carner, AllSouth Motorsports Jeff McCullough took second and Alabaman Bobby Potts finished third. But the finishing order wasn’t as clear-cut as that might sound. Jeff had been towed into the pits after a miscommunication with race ops and was DQ’d because Dirt Riot racers are ‘no chase races’ which allows no outside assistance. Jeff protested to the Competition Review Board and the decision to DQ him was overturned. At that point, Bobby had completed one lap but was believed to be broken and unable to continue; Jeff had also completed one lap but was able to continue, so this moved Jeff to second and Bobby to third. After much discussion during the week following, both Jeff and Bobby are being awarded second place points. Jason Carner had clearly completed three laps and won the race.
The Mod Trail Class finishers were Todd Klueger in first, Kevin Hite in second and Neal Hunt in third. Stock Trail Class finishers included Payton Wilson in first, Scott Lang in second and Roger King aka Robby Bobby in third, who also took first in the Pro 4600 class. “We are grateful to John and Karen Glass for hosting the event at the Great American Park in Auburn and to Brett Ezelle for his help in the race! Thank you to Racers for Christ who were onsite and offered the invocation.”
“This was our first ever Southeast Dirt Riot race and with recognizing we were racing just two weeks after King of the Hammers, we were a little disappointed with the turn out, but not surprised. Coupled with the massive amount of rain and mud, we are very appreciative of all those that did make it another weekend to remember!” said Klein. “Last year was our first complete year of Dirt Riot and I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the 2013 season underway. The drivers have a lot of fun and we enjoy seeing them successful with the winners walking away with cash. Back to the basics of racing!”
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About W.E.ROCK Events, LLC.
W.E.ROCK Events, LLC. A Placerville, CA based company, sanctions, promotes, and hosts specialty off road events, including the W.E.ROCK Rockcrawling US Pro-National series, Dirt Riot Endurance Racing Series and 13 international and sub-sanctions. Attracting thousands of spectators to each event, W.E.ROCK reaches a broad demographic of off-road enthusiasts and casual motorsports fans. The sport of rockcrawling has grown by giant leaps in the last decade and is now host to over 300 registered national-level competition teams. Major competition supporters and partners include Red Bull Energy Drink, Monster Energy, NOS Energy Drink, Home Depot, MAXXIS Tires, Cooper Tires, and Crown Royal. With the off road industry exceeding 4 billion in sales annually, the sport of rockcrawling leads the way in print media and advertising for the sport’s 12 major publications. For more information, visit www.werocklive.com