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2004 CalROCS Boulevard Brawl - Boulevard, CA
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Super Modified

  Driver     Rig#     A1     A2     A3     A4     A5     B1     B2     B3     B4     B5     Final  
  Jason Paule     0     1     -1     0     0     -4     1     3     37     7     0     44  
  Jason Scherer     113     37     0     -3     -2     -5     10     0     26     -1     2     64  
  Don Robbins     100     22     6     38     2     0     5     5     5     3     5     91  
  Mark Berger     777     -1     15     38     -1     -3     29     3     36     -3     2     115  
  Peter Mazzoni     415     18     -1     7     4     12     39     15     39     2     8     143  
  Chris Durham     36     3     18     26     -5     -2     14     1     26     40     22     143  
  John Hall     420     1     8     30     37     -1     -2     4     40     2     40     159  
  Tony Kasabasich     25     16     7     24     17     8     40     14     39     -2     3     166  
  Tracy Jordan     112     3     40     36     1     0     37     3     39     14     0     173  
  Mike Shaffer     5     23     -2     38     2     37     -1     0     39     40     1     177  
  Phil Pasciak     4     14     27     38     37     37     0     6     6     9     23     197  
  Kelly Clifford     55     37     10     16     37     -1     18     39     28     -5     23     202  
  Ron Schneider     10     39     20     24     37     -4     39     5     40     10     3     213  
  Bruce Zeller     181     23     39     50     50     0     39     -3     -3     22     10     227  
  Jason Conover     198     14     38     38     -1     12     40     40     39     26     5     251  
  Dave Schneider     49     37     36     24     37     10     19     40     39     6     4     252  
  Glenn Bonner     19     38     40     25     37     11     24     16     38     13     24     266  
  Jeff Eichstedt     79     50     37     36     39     50     10     12     39     10     1     284  
  Bill Kreisel     7     29     40     38     37     13     17     37     37     16     24     288  
  Troy Muse     56     40     21     38     37     40     40     40     39     0     11     306  
  Brent Bradshaw     12     39     26     26     37     6     40     38     39     15     40     306  
  Jim Jewel     107     39     11     29     37     11     40     40     39     22     40     308  
  Scott Ellinger     98     13     38     40     37     21     23     38     39     24     37     310  
  Jason Anonucci     345     38     28     38     40     13     39     27     39     24     26     312  
  Hal Frost     21     15     40     38     40     15     39     40     39     23     25     314  
  Darren Runion     670     38     29     38     37     39     11     33     33     19     40     317  
  Brian Wickkert     23     38     40     38     40     16     37     36     38     24     12     319  
  Joel Kalsey     812     37     50     40     50     50     39     13     39     12     21     351  
  Shane Yost     22     39     36     26     40     37     40     22     39     40     40     359  
  Marvin Pepper     845     40     40     40     40     14     40     50     50     50     50     414  
  Jeff Heulsman     99     39     36     38     39     26     40     50     50     50     50     418  
  Travis Gamm     24     40     39     38     40     40     50     50     50     50     50     447  
  Adam Lunn     39     50     36     40     37     37     50     50     50     50     50     450  
  Damian Gidia     69     50     50     50     50     50     40     50     50     40     40     470  
  Chaz Murray     31     50     50     50     50     50     40     50     50     50     40     480  

Legends

  Driver     Rig#     A1     A2     A3     A4     A5     B1     B2     B3     B4     B5     Final  
  Bob Standage     999     38     39     27     40     -4     9     13     26     8     2     198  
  Becca Webster     698     38     38     24     37     12     20     2     37     11     10     229  
  Tyra Poland     777     40     50     36     40     40     50     50     50     50     50     456  
  Larry Sutton     26     39     40     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     479  

Modified Stock

  Driver     Rig#     A1     A2     A3     A4     A5     B1     B2     B3     B4     B5     Final  
  Cody Waggoner     17     -4     7     -10     -4     1     10     -5     -11     -4         -20  
  Jeff Mello     888     -5     -5     -10     -4     7     -1     8     -11     38         17  
  Shane Waechter     686     -3     5     -3     -2     5     22     17     40     -4         77  
  Dennis Stansfield     36     -2     19     10     7     13     12     8     39     -4         102  
  Kathy Crook     15     38     18     9     -4     38     10     9     -7     -3         108  
  Seth Makowitz     319     -1     18     19     -4     39     15     17     14     -5         112  
  Howard Vincent     711     8     17     19     -3     39     39     7     2     -4         124  
  Chad Lenon     4     12     40     13     -4     39     9     24     -1     -4         128  
  Jody Everding     11     38     40     10     -4     19     21     6     6     -4         132  
  Bob Rice     28     -1     18     39     -4     12     39     16     40     -4         155  

Update 21 Mar 2004 10:22 AM PST

Welcome to the final day of competition. The scores were just given to us for day 1 and they are all updated at this moment.

In the Super Modifieds we have Jason Scherer leading the pack with Peter Mazzoni and Jason Paule hot on his tail. For the Legends class (with all 4 competitors), Bob Standage is leading with 9 points over Becca Webster. These two will be in close battles today. And finally in the Modified Stock class, Jeff Mello is leading with Cody Waggoner on his tail. Both guys have negative points for day 1 making their scores look more like golf scores.

Don't forget there was a Money Line challenge on A3. Peter Mazzoni has it at this point with a score of 7 on the course. That is going to be tough to beat. Can anyone take his purse?

I spoke with Big Rich this morning and he is very happy with things and how they have turned out. The only thing that he could complain about is he lost his printer cable which prevented them from printing out scores. In fact, many drivers were coming up to Rich telling how well the event is going and to some; this was the best event they had attended. We were talking about the event coverage and what sells them and he said in a sarcastically humorous voice, "I almost have to apologize for NOT having a more controversial event." Even with no controversies or people protesting stuff, the event has so much technical action that CalROCS is living up to their slogan, "It's all about the Crawl'n".

The sun is already beating down and getting hot. Rigs have started pushing through the courses and we should have good photos for you soon. Also, don't forget to look at the Day 1 photo gallery. All the pictures are up and ready.


Update 21 Mar 2004 11:15 AM PST

Dave Schneider (DSI) hopped on A3 early this morning. This is the course that most are not making it up because of a huge wall climb. Today’s tactics may see the winch come out a lot more on this course as Dave did. His idea was to get some points instead of just 38. Dave pulled out the winch at the start of the gate, which is a 30 point penalty. He then made progressive points and didn’t use a spotter strap which reduced his points giving him a 24 out the door and giving him bragging rights of too of 2 minutes 51 seconds. That is 14 points of guaranteed completion. Those 14 will make a huge difference today. In fact, as I look over my shoulder now, John Hall was making the attempt at the wall, but also just took the winch. So much was learned from yesterday’s failures.

Dave Schneider happy at the top of A3 with 24 points


Speaking of John and Nick Hall, they completed course A2, which is considered to be one of the “Mean 3” at this event. It’s a tough course making many people roll left and right. Team Hall took the course with a score of only 8 points. That is making them look really good. This is what John had to say right after the completion of the course: “The courses are very intense out here. This course was great because it was teamwork between the spotter and driver and not just a point it up and go course. I couldn’t have driven it without Nick there.”

John Hall charging course A2 moments before the finish line and running out of time



Update 21 Mar 2004 12:35 PM PST

Another interesting tactic has been going on a lot today. Backing up. Backing into courses and backing down through courses instead of trying to make crazy corners. A lot was learned yesterday and Lil’ Rich’s course designs are putting up the challenge.

Tracy Jordan even attests to the challenge of these courses as he said, “Lil’ Rich made my leg shake on that one”. He was referring to going up to the top of A1, then backing down the U-turn portion. Despite the leg shakes, he made an impressive run with only a 3 for the course. Tracy has also been having his own set of problems with the heat out here. His rig is starting to heat up during the courses. We saw the same thing happen yesterday with Mike Shaffer’s rig on his last 3 courses which hurt his scores.

Tracy Jordan backing down course A2


Mike and Lance said forget the winch, we’re driving A3. The only rig that made it up A3 at this event by driving was Peter Mazzoni whose rig is identical to Mike’s (since he built both). So they felt that it could be done again. Unfortunately a failed attempt on a climb sent Shaffer backwards down the falls and pulled his front end straight into the air. Smoke started to billow out of the rig making it impossible to see Mike anymore and where he was. Lance still pulled hard on the rope, but all the smoke billowing up the hill and loose gravel didn’t help him to keep it on all four wheels. We knew the fate of the climb when we heard the crunch of metal below. When the smoke cleared, Rig #5 was turtled.

Mike smoking up the run on a failed attempt at A3


Peter Mazzoni, who was in contention for first place, just had a DNF on B2 when his air lockers failed while going through the course. Running open differentials, no matter how hard you push on that gas pedal, will not get you through these courses today. This is going to seriously hurt his points and most likely take him out of the running. Maybe he pulls it through though. We will see.

Word just in, Tracy just wrecked a driveline on A2. That too will hurt his chances. Jason Scherer has been doing well today, so if he holds it together, he will be the man on top this time.


Update 21 Mar 2004 1:48 PM PST

On the Stock Modified courses, Cody Waggoner is chasing Jeff Mello. He pulled off of course C2 and had this to say: ”These are tight and technical courses, but the spotter did a great job on stacking the rocks. We really enjoy these courses. Thanks CalROCS”. Cody has been doing well these past couple of days and a score of -5 on C2 may just bring him that much closer to Jeff by the end of the day. That whole group is itching to catch up. It will definitely make for an exciting finish.

Cody Waggoner coming down C2 in the Modified Stock class


Jason Paule just whooped ahead on the Money Line. Without a winch and without hitting a cone, Jason and his spotter were able to muscle to the top of the waterfall on A3 to take an amazing 0 points.

Jason Paule running clean on the second day of competition to what looks to be a victory


Bill Kriesel flipped on B2 within a few inches of the finish gates. So to finish, they pulled the vehicle across the line on its side. They celebrated their last course with a couple of hot manifold burritos that fell out during their roll over. That celebration netted them a 13 for the course. They had asked the judges though if they got bonus points for style.

Bill Kriesel and spotter celebrating after a rollover-n-pull completition


T
roy Muse and his spotter are off to their last course of the weekend. On the previous course, B3, they rolled it pretty good and took a lot of points. Troy said, ”We didn’t want to take out the winch because its all about the fun (of making the climb without it). We have one course left. I am totally happy. Happier than hell. We have one course left and we are gonna go for it. It’s go time”.

Update 21 Mar 2004 2:18 PM PST

Wow. What can we say other than that. Doing what no other has done, Kelly Clifford and Jeremy Faber challenged the A3 bonus line and took it. They made it look easy, while squeezing and twisting the Diablo II through the crack. This crack line is simply put; gnarly. When asked what she thought of the run she said, “This is F’n awesome…….. oh wait.. don’t quote that”. hahahha… sorry Kelly. Too late for that, we got you on tape. Check out these pics of her coming up:


Kelly starting the ascent up the crack.


Laying it over into the crack in order to cross it


Kelly pulling a wheelie for the crowd just before laying it back down to complete the course


Update 21 Mar 2004 3:19 PM PST

And the winners are.....

Ok, the scores aren't complete and no one has word. The event is over and we are getting the scores. However, it looks like the winners are as of this writing are:

Jason Paule for Super Modified
Bob Standage for Modified/Legends
Jeff Mello for Modified Stock

We will update the info as it comes available and dump tons of pics into the gallery. Stay tuned.


Update 21 Mar 2004 4:33 PM PST

It looks like our previous prediction was wrong for the Modified Stock class. Cody Waggoner has pulled ahead with a -20 score. The complete scores for the Modified Stock are still not in. We will update them at a later date if they become available.


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