|2008 XRRA Moab
Story by Lance Clifford
Photos by Josh England and Andy Johnson
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The action is underway here in Moab, UT.... I will bring you as many updates throughout the day as I can.
Jeff Mello is RAGING 4th as we speak! He is hammering down and flogging the LT1 powered buggy. .
Weston Blackie just sets fastest time of the day! Shannon Campbell is lined up at the start in his Monster Energy buggy against Josh Murray's Rockware rig.
Shannon blows away the fastest time set by Weston Blackie by 2 minutes! Josh Murray sets second fastest time about a minute behind Shannon.
Derek Trent and Chris Ridgeway set a blistering pace 2:04 18 seconds faster than Shannon Campbell!!!
Joachim Schwisow and Brian Errea are hauling ass on the course with Kevin Yoder struggling to get up the first rock climb.
Joachim wins the race with a respectable time. Kevin Yoder is still struggling in the second rock pile.
Yoder finally finishes.
Rob Bonney just ripped the front end out of the front of the Rancho Rock Racer!
Teams work frantically to fix their rigs at the MAXXIS TIRES trailer.
Ralph Mills Jr. and Aaron Dusenbury battle it out and are currently neck and neck.
Dusenbury takes the win, and Mills is stuck on the course.
Ralph Mills and co-driver Sarah time out due to a steering failure.
Roger Lovell and Terrill Johnston are lined up and ready to race.
Roger takes the win, and Johnston DNFs.
Terry Dagen takes his Campbell Ent buggy to the checkered flag ahead of Rick Deremo.
Rob Bonney and Ray Mandel are battling HARD through the rocks! It's neck and neck.....
Mandel gets through the rocks a little quicker, and wins the race by 30 seconds!
Ok, we've had everyone run their first heat... It's time for a small intermission. How about some pictures?
** TOP 5 after Heat #1 **
1) #22 Derek Trent 2:04
2) #35 Shannon Campbell 2:22
3) #33 Rick Deremo 2:23
4) #001 Joachim Schwiesow 2:45
5) #143 Michael Clemson 3:02
#750 Devon Larimore rips the front apart in heat #2!
Clay Egan is fully getting it, leading the race against Chad Burchik. It appears that Chad may have broken a driveshaft.
Clay is stuck in the rock pile, so it looks like both competitors will DNF.
Jimmy Maybe is lined up at the start against female driver Andrea Mecham.
Jimmy Maybe finishes the race with a respectable time with Andrea DNFing at the last rock pile.
Mark Munson has a smokin' run as Jack Childress struggles to get through the 2nd rock pile as his rig smokes in protest.
Jeff Mello and Clint Ellet are lined up at the start, ready to get it awn.
Clint gets through the rocks a little quicker than Jeff, and has a slight lead on Jeff.
Clint beats Jeff by about 45 seconds! We need to check Clint's time, as I believe it has to be close to the top...
Shannon Campbell and Team Rockware are lined up for round two!
Both teams struggle in the rocks!!! Shannon is stuck in rock pile #2, and Josh just passed Shannon.
Josh Murray brings the Rockware rig across the finish line, and Shannon just pulls out of the rock pile, and hammers down to finish before he times out... Unfortunately, it's too late. Shannon gets DQ'd for going out of bounds.
Unoffical Top 3 Times for Heat #2 so far:
1) #70 Clint Ellet 2:06
2) #24 Luke Bagley 2:58
3) #29 Josh Murray 3:33
Brian Shirley cases the doubles and breaks a link. With a never-say-die attitude, he isn't quitting!
Brian Shirley sets the fastest time of the course which is 30 seconds faster than Derek Trent's leading time. Amazing!!!
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