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2004 UROC - Vernal, UT
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Story by Sam Silveira
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Pro - Super Modified

Pos   Driver     Rig#     A1     A2     A3     A4     A5     B1     B2     B3     B4     B5     Final  
1   Jason Paule     0     -3     -11     -4     2     -6     2     -9     -4     -12     -7     -52  
2   Ken Shupe     30     1     -8     -3     -7     -6     6     -13     0     -12     -8     -50  
3   Robbins / Lilland     100     -2     -4     -4     8     -4     3     -9     -4     -11     -12     -39  
4   Larry McCrae     80     0     4     -6     0     -6     9     -14     -1     -11     -8     -33  
5   Joel Randall     333     -2     -9     -2     7     -3     6     -4     0     -12     -11     -30  
6   Rob Bonney     167     1     -4     7     -6     -4     1     -9     12     -11     -10     -23  
7   Tracy Jordan     112     -1     -11     -4     -8     3     4     14     -4     -12     -4     -23  
8   Mitch Guthrie     28     -4     -6     4     -9     -6     9     30     1     -12     -10     -3  
9   Peter Wells     707     40     -8     0     -7     -6     10     -4     -2     -8     -13     2  
10   Jon Nelson     82     40     -6     4     6     -6     6     -16     7     -12     -8     15  
11   Mike Shaffer     5     -6     -6     1     -5     2     13     -14     40     -1     -8     16  
12   Shannon Campbell     35     40     -6     4     4     -4     19     -4     -3     -11     -8     31  
13   Nick Sessions     330     11     -6     8     12     -3     27     -4     10     -12     -9     34  
14   Jen Little     64     -2     -6     7     15     -3     40     -4     2     -12     -3     34  
15   Troy Myers     15     17     -9     7     13     -1     7     7     9     -2     -3     45  
16   Matt Peterson     212     1     -9     -5     40     -3     10     19     10     -11     -4     48  
17   Jeff Mello     888     -4     -6     36     10     -1     17     7     8     -10     -8     49  
18   Chris Durham     36     1     -6     17     -6     -2     13     18     40     -12     -8     55  
19   John Gilleland     722     -6     -1     6     7     -6     40     10     13     0     -1     62  
20   Eddie Casenueva     111     3     -9     -2     9     4     40     40     0     -12     -7     66  
21   Larry Trim     123     -5     -3     9     32     1     12     -4     40     -10     -5     67  
22   Mark Berger     777     40     -6     6     4     5     2     38     5     -12     -10     72  
23   Ken Blume     192     0     -6     8     1     -2     40     4     3     -12     36     72  
24   Jason Bunch     29     40     -4     -1     8     1     24     -12     38     -11     -4     79  
25   Terry Howe     8     40     12     17     6     -4     40     -4     0     -10     -8     89  
26   Dustin Webster     747     40     -6     -1     34     1     22     38     1     -12     -22     95  
27   Ron Christensen     249     0     -6     -1     24     -4     46     6     40     -10     3     98  
28   Dave Schneider     49     9     7     11     40     7     8     8     40     12     5     147  
29   Joel McClure     248     50     -4     -2     -3     40     6     40     40     -2     -11     154  
30   Charlie Melchner     101     10     -9     1     1     -6     40     21     38     40     40     176  
31   Walker Evans     20     40     -3     -3     40     -6     17     15     -3     40     50     187  
32   Bart Jacobs     22     40     -4     36     36     40     16     6     40     -3     -7     200  
33   Matt Woolley     59     40     -4     19     40     40     40     16     12     22     -7     218  
34   Nate Williams     723     38     40     20     38     2     9     8     50     50     36     291  
35   Brandon Gillen     10     40     50     50     38     40     15     -10     40     40     -6     297  
36   Mac McMillan     75     40     9     9     40     38     17     50     50     50     -2     301  
37   Curt Hildebrand     26     50     50     50     50     50     40     40     40     50     -6     414  
38   Ricky Garrett     76     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     50     500  

Pro - Modified

Pos   Driver     Rig#     A1     A2     A3     A4     A5     B1     B2     B3     B4     B5     Final  
1   Dean Bulloch     9     -12     -15     8     -6     -15     17     -4     0     -12     -18     -57  
2   Errea / Schwiesow     1     -10     -20     0     -5     -11     2     7     9     8     -16     -36  
3   Bob Standage     999     -9     -10     -3     -8     -5     40     6     7     -12     -9     -3  
3   Craig Stumph     16     6     -5     -1     36     3     8     4     13     -4     -13     47  
4   Becca Webster     698     38     -16     10     6     -16     30     -4     40     -10     -16     62  
5   Sisson     32     1     -6     10     29     -4     40     7     40     -2     -11     104  
6   Alan Ball     11     40     -6     21     15     -6     21     7     38     -3     -5     122  
7   Bailey     262     14     -6     7     38     -4     18     4     38     40     -20     129  
8   Ted Grady     464     40     -6     36     6     -6     12     16     40     23     -7     154  
9   Aaron Clough     40     40     -3     23     38     -4     40     18     40     -1     -4     187  
10   Amy Bulloch     211     1     -6     9     7     -5     50     50     50     50     -16     190  
11   Shane Waechter     686     40     50     18     10     3     40     17     40     -10     -12     196  
12   Adrian Dognin     327     40     50     26     -2     -5     1     16     40     50     -15     201  
13   Chris Holley     61     13     -3     8     -4     -3     40     40     40     40     40     211  

Update 03 Apr 2004 9:00 AM PST

And welcome to Saturday. Yesterday ended with the winds blowing and sand storms rolling through. The winds didn’t stop all night and have been blowing this morning. The wind has caused havoc outside with all the decorations, flags, cones, and banners. Things are torn and blown down. As the UROC crew makes repairs and people roll in, lets get ready for another day of action.






Update 03 Apr 2004 10:14 AM PST

Matt Peterson, entered course B2 which has that UROC line option on the right. He made several attempts at it raising and lowering his airbags to try and get the weight location just right for the off camber steep climb. On one attempt, the vehicle went sideways just a bit and nearly rolled over. A slight slip up and the vehicle started to roll backwards down the hill bicycling it up on two wheels. Matt was able to regain control and take one more stab at it. Unfortunately he hit one cone on the way up as he drove the 3 wheel motion. No luck again and he had to back off the obstacle. In doing so, he hit a cone backing and took 10 more points. The finished the course, but with a less than desireable 19 points.


Matt Peterson pulling a wheelie on B2


Jon Nelson in the moon buggy followed after Matt. I would swear this course was perfect for Jon. The new buggy performed flawlessly on the UROC climb and only had one hesitation as it rounded the cone. It looked a little unstable in the off camber situation, but nothing came of it. Jon walked it off course with no backups, no cones, and no spotter rope. That yielded him a -16 for the course. The only way to get better was to have the passenger ride along points.


Jon Nelson rounding the top cone



Jon Nelson dropping off the ledge for a great finish.


Update 03 Apr 2004 11:00 AM PST

Bob Standage is in the lead for the Pro-Modified course for day 1 with a -30 score. He is back in action today to try and keep himself in the lead. He was on course B5 doing a spotter ride along to get the extra points. They jumped up the course pretty fast and were able to drop into the hole at the top in no time. When they tried to exit the hole they had a little bit of a hard time, but were able to pop out. As you leave the hole, the team must crest a hill that easily hangs up rigs. As they crested over the hill, they too became stuck. Since both spotter and driver were in the rig, there was no one to pull on a rope to wiggle it free. So, instead, they wiggled themselves and “shook it like a Polaroid picture” until it walked off. An impressive run like that will keep them where they want to be; in the lead


Bob Standage and spotter doing the ride along in the hole


Shannon Campbell was on A1 as his first course of the day. This is an interesting course because at first it doesn’t appear to be difficult, but to make it up the hill with a hole, the driver pretty much has to charge it at full speed. For Shannon, that should have been no problem as the power should have launched him over the top. However, a broken passenger side suspension link stopped his charge up the hill. Team Campbell was on course to fix the vehicle before Shannon knew it was even broken. This will definitely hurt his point chase.


Shannon Campbell releasing the ponies on A1.


Arron Clough in the #40 rig also had difficulties on this course. The climb is just a point stopper. The only real challenging obstacle is that climb which will either put you at a DNF or let you pass and pull off a clean low score. With Aaron, he was charging the hill a few times and on one attempt he lost control and pirouetted the truck around on the back wheels. It spun around and the front tires landed where our camera man was. He had to dive out of the way as the vehicle came to rest on top of his shoe prints in the sand.


Aaron charging A1




Update 03 Apr 2004 11:38 AM PST

Scores have just been updated.

Team Bailey, #262, was on course A5. They started the day with 80 points from Friday and have been having a great time out here. They said they have liked both the A and B courses out here. They are tough and fun at the same time. They said their Maxxis tires have been working really well for them. The tires must have since they just took a -4 for the A5 course. They took a long time getting through the course, but slow and steady got them through and with a good score.


Team Bailey charging through A5


B3 is still making a tough day for competitors. Brandon Gillen must have tried every line to try and get up and through the crack.


Brandon Gillen attempting B3



Mark Berger roasting it up through the course




Update 03 Apr 2004 12:06 PM PST

As we said earlier, Shannon Campbell had a hard break. Check out this clip of Shannon making the charge and then breaking.
Shannon breaking on A1


Update 03 Apr 2004 12:59 PM PST

The weather has been great out here all day. The weather was harsh in the morning, but everything turned out beautiful. The sun is out shining and it is hot. The spectators, competitors, and judges all are loving this day over the end of yesterday.

Walker Evans has been having a tough weekend. He just took another rollover and this time it was on A1. The spotter walked up to stack some rocks and situated himself. Walker pulled forward and with moderate throttle he bumped it up, but the front right tire came off the ground and didn’t stop lifting until the vehicle made a full roll onto the driver’s side. It was a pretty hard slam which may have caused some damage. We should have video for it shortly.


Walker upside down again this weekend


On B3, Larry McCrae is having a good time. They crawled up the crack with ease. A few twists back and forth and they were at the corner which is the only spot that gave them trouble. Talking to the spotter, he said, ”That was a good course. We had a little trouble getting around the tree and had to take a backup, but it was good. I really like the technical courses. I like them more so than the hill climbs, but we have to do them all to finish. We are doing pretty good today and even got a -16 on B2.”


Larry twisting his way through the Wicked Wedge


Shane Waechter was also another victim of the A1 double whammy wannabe. He took a shot at it which looked as though he was going to pull it off. Despite the great attempt, a little too much of a hop and power brought his rear axle to a snapping hault. It was a great show with a sad finish. They took a 40 for the course. We should also have a video clip of this up shortly.


Shane making the attempt on A1


Mike Shaffer and Lance started the day with a tough to swallow 40 points on B3. TheWicked Wedge just was unpassable no matter what line they took. They attempted several, but would keep dropping a tire in which just stops your progress. After that problem though, they were able to pick up the scores a bit getting a -1 on B4 and a -8 on B5. Though the 40 most likely took them out of the top spot running, they should finish the day well if they keep their scores like on B4 and B5.


Mike dropping into the hole



Update 03 Apr 2004 1:40 PM PST

New photos have been added to the Gallery and the scores have just been updated. The Super Modified scores are really tight right now. 6 drivers are in close enough range to winning the event. In the Pro Modifieds, there are 2 drivers, Bob Standage and Dean Bulloch who are only separated by 3 points. It is tight.

We caught up with Ken Blume on A4. He had just finished the course with 1 point. He had this to say, We started ugly yesterday, but we are doing much better today. On A4 we got a 1. I had 8 reverses, 1 stop, 6 progress points.” At last check, Ken was in 27th place.


Ken Blume racing up to the top of A4


Jason Bunch had some strange unfortunate luck on the Wedge. He was doing well and with the finish in site, his steering wheel came off in his hands. He was bound hard and turning hard when it happened.


Jason Bunch having a hard steering day


As promised, check out these clips of the tough A1 course climb. It looks easy, but is slippery and has bumps in all the wrong places.
Shane Waechter snapping the axle
Walker taking a roll on A1


Update 03 Apr 2004 2:36 PM PST

Ooouch!!! Dustin just took several rolls on B2. Going through first gates, Dustin puled past the cones with his front tires when the vehicle became too tipsy to stay on the earth with all 4 wheels. As the rig was about to roll Dustin was trying to hit reverse, but rolled before getting it in. The truck rolled over heading down the hill with the spotter in tow. Upon landing, the spotter yelled out reverse and Dustin was able to slam it in and right the vehicle by driving it out. Luckily enough, they were set up for the next gate which was the UROC line. They crawled their way up to the peak and were making the turn around the gate. However, even with the spotter pulling his hardest, the front tire bucked down into the hole getting stuck behind a rock while the back right wheel came up and over and sent Dustin tumbling down the hill. A double barrel roll later, he landed on his wheel and was ready to head up for another shot. Unfortunately, his tire was just outside the course DQ’ing him for the run. It didn’t matter anyway. When they looked at the vehicle, the knuckle was broken and it wouldn’t have made it very far.

Jody Everding, Dustin’s spotter, uses full length knee and shin guards. He said that without those, he would have been pretty torn up.

Talking with Dustin, he was ok after the hard hits and said he was happy because this was his last course. However, he was worried about finding another knuckle because he is heading to Moab right after this event.
So after all the rolls, dings and smashes, the Jody was safe, Dustin was feeling good and signing autographs, and the Disco ball mounted inside the Red Bull rig was still dangling and shining. Check out these sequences below.





Dustin flipping and setting up for the UROC line





Dustin doing the double roll off the top



Update 03 Apr 2004 3:45 PM PST

As you can see, the unofficial scores are in. And your winners are:

Super Modified
Jason Paule -52
Ken Shupe -50
Robbins / Lilland -39


Modified
Dean Bulloch -57
Errea / Schwiesow -36
Bob Standage -3

Note: Scores corrected and updated


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