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XRRA Gray Rock, AL
Event #1 of the XRRA East Series

Story and Photos by Nolen Grogan and Nate Scott

[ PHOTO GALLERY ] [ SUNDAY'S COVERAGE ]


XRRA Gray Rock - Satuday (05/02/2009)


8:16Coverage is about to begin!!! Check back here shortly!
8:55Hello! Welcome to Pirate 4x4's live coverage of Grayrock 2009! Nolen Grogan and myself (Nate Scott) will be here all day today and tomorrow bringing you the action. The rain is coming down hard at the moment and the skies have been gray all morning. The course is in the woods and tight - should be some exciting racing today!!! Nolen is already out snapping pics so we will get some posted here as soon as we can.
8:58What tire is going to win today?
Maxxis( 33% )
BFG( 40% )
Interco( 26% )
Other( 2% )
9:17The rain is still coming down! It is supposed to be 82 deg today so when it clears up it should be nice.
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9:40Good morning!
9:40Nolen here, the course is NASTY
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10:02The rain has stopped and the drivers meeting is just starting.
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10:17How many of the 25 first round drivers will finish within the max time limit?
20-25( 6% )
15-19( 18% )
10-14( 41% )
5-9( 35% )
10:28The action should start in the next 30 minutes!
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10:38Nazir Adam and Danny Rohrer will be up first. Nazir is from Penn Laird, VA, Danny is from Cincinnati, OH.
10:41Both rigs are at the starting line.
10:47National Anthem has been sang, rigs are fired up!
10:48They're off!
10:52Danny made quick work of both laps in Lane 2 - he had a smooth run
10:56Nazir just finished the course in Lane 1. Lane 1 looks considerably more technical - there are some tight areas where it is easy to get hung up on trees and the rock areas look tough!
10:57Stan Haynes and Kim Sears are on the course now!!
10:58Kim is on her lid! Doesn't look like she will be able to save it.
10:58Stan is running fast and just finished his first lap.
11:05Stan is on the bump box!!! Just came across the finish line. Lane 1 gave him more trouble on his second lap - he ended up sideways on a nasty downhill section but was able to straighten out. They are removing Kim from the course
11:06Levi Shirley and Adam Woodlee are up next! This should be good...
11:11Still removing Kim from the course - rain is coming down again.
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11:17Levi and Adam are off!
11:21Levi had a small fire that caused him to stop - they have it under control
11:23Adam had some trouble with the nasty corner in Lane 2 where Kim flipped but managed to get through after a back up or two.
11:24Buddy Daugherty and Kevin Crews are at the line...
11:30Kevin had a close call when he was a little too close to a tree and the font left climbed up it. He saved it and finished. Buddy caught a banner and had to leave the course early.
11:31Jason Ailif and Joel Withers are running now
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11:35Joel is on his side - he was trying to get his front end up on a large ledge in Lane 2 and tipped it.
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11:45Tony Rietdorf and Brian Shirley are off!
11:47Brian Shirley rolled in Lane 2 during a hill climb. They had to stop Tony because Brian rolled into his lane. Brian is back on all fours and off the course now
11:53Tony was re-started and finished clean.
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11:54Dave Smith and Will Carter are on the course now.
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11:57Will Carter rolled 20 ft after starting in the same place that Joel Withers rolled in Lane 2.
12:00Dave Smith DNF'd
12:08Ken Blume and Tim Cantrell are up next
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12:13Ken and Tim are off..
12:15Tim Cantrell rolled on lap 1, lane2. Nolen Grogan saved the day! He put out a small fire and helped Tim out of the vehicle. Ken stopped due to the roll (his lane was blocked).
12:17Readers, if you log into cover it live you can send us comments
12:27Ken has re-started. He is on it HARD trying to get up a loose dirt hill.
12:27Made it!
12:31Ken is out of the vehicle at the bottom of a rock ledge - looks like they might DNF due to mechanical failure. We'll let you know what broke when we find out.
12:44They are currently removing Tim Cantrell's buggy from the course so that Ken Blume can finish his run
12:44Travis Watford and and Greg stone are running now. Greg nearly flipped but pulled an awesome save. However, he then built up too much speed during his save and tipped on his side about 50 feet later when his tire caught a dirt ledge.
12:46Travis took out one of the banners (2 min time penalty) and already had over 3 min on the course so he was DQ'd (5 min is the max time).
12:46Shawn Fisher and Dan McDonald are at the line now
12:51Dan and Shawn just started thier race - Nolen just brought me more pics so I will get them up asap!
12:54Dan rolled on the same hill climb where Tim Cantrell rolled earlier. BUT, Dan luckily landed on all fours and kept going!
1:02Shawn Fisher DNF'd - he got caught on a nasty ledge. Dan finished with a nice run despite the roll
1:08Next up was John Markovich and Brandon Haynes. Like most everyone else, Brandon nearly lost it in the nasty Lane 2 first corner (I will call it "Kim's Corner" from now on). Brandon pulled off an awesome save and ended up with what looked like a really solid run. John rolled while trying to climb a loose hill in Lane 1. He hit it hard and flopped on his side.
1:08Adam Carter and Derek West are at the line now.
1:16Adam and Derek just started and are both looking fast!
1:20As for Derek West, all we can say is FAST, FAST FAST! Adam had a great run too, he had a little trouble on the nasty hill where John rolled but he conquered it and finished with a nice run.
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1:27Uploading more pics - more updates coming soon!
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1:29I think Nolen is doing a killer job, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time! Great pics!
1:33Round one is over, round two has begun. Danny Rohrer and Nazir Adam were up first, they both had solid runs this time - no major problems for either driver.
1:38Now we have Kim Sears and Stan Haynes. Kim had a tough first lap but managed to get through however her transmission didn't appreciate it and didn't want anything to do with a second lap. After a nice smoke show, Kim and Droopy had to call it quits.
1:38Stan Hanynes of Branik Motorsports had a strong run in lane 2
1:54Round one times:Nazir Adam, Team Adam: 5 minDanny Rohrer, Team Wombat: 3:10 Stan Haynes, Branik Motorsports: 4:33 Kim Sears, Rock Out Racing: 5Levi Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing: 5Adam Woodlee, Wide Open Designs: 4:18Buddy Daugherty, Rock Hard Racing: 5Kevin Crews, Crews Motorsports: 5Jason Ailiff, Team Kamikaze: 5 Joel Withers, Camco Rock Racing: 5 Tony Roscoe Rietdorf, Branik Motorsports: 3:25Brian Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing: 5Dave Smith, Lucky Dog Racing: 5 Will Carter, Indy Fab Racing: 5 Ken Blume, Rock Rod Racing: 5 Tim Cantrell, Cantrell Racing: 5 Travis Watford, Team Watford: 5 Greg Stone, Stone Cold Rock Racing: 5Shawn Fisher, Team 1%er: 5 Dan McDonald, Lucky Dog Racing: 3:51 John Markovich, Marko Customs: 5 Brandon Haynes, Branik Motorsports: 3:08 Adam Carter, Team ORC: 3:06 Derek West, Crush Motorsports: 2:28
1:555 min = DNF or timed out.
1:58Next race was Adam Woodlee and Levi Shirley. Adam had spun a 180 on the ledge where everyone else had trouble (we will call it the L1 Ledge from now on). He did a front dig, drove down the hill, turned around and successfully conquered the L1 Ledge.
2:00Levi had a good clean run and showed us how nice a supercharged 3800 can sound at full throttle!
2:02Next run was Kevin Crews and Buddy Daugherty. Kevin caught a few banners and left the course, Buddy rolled while exiting Kim's corner on Lane 2 Lap 2.
2:07Jason Ailif ran by himself in Lane 2, Joel Withers was left sitting at the starting line with a mechanical problem. Jason had a good first lap but Kim's Corner got the best of him in Lap 2. He ended up on his side and couldn't recover unassisted.
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2:10The temp is up in the high 70's and the sun has came out a few times - this has turned out to be a great day for racing!
2:18Brian Shirley and Tony Rietdorf just finished. Brian got hung up in the L1 rock garden but finally worked his way loose and finished an otherwise fast run. Tony rolled on an uphill ledge that spun him 180 degrees and landed him on all four tires. In one fluid motion, he kept on driving down the hill, turned around and tried again. Unfortunately, his luck ran out when he rolled a few hundred feet later on a tight off camber turn.
2:21Dave Smith and Will Carter are running now...
2:31Dave and Will both had nice solid runs.
2:33Tim Cantrell and Ken Blume were the next to run. Ken rolled just before Kim's corner on Lap one. Tim Cantrell had a fast run - so fast that he almost ran another lap! Guess he was in a groove and just wanted to keep going...
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2:52Greg Stone and Travis Watford just finished. Greg had a good solid run, Travis lost something in the front driveline - sounded like a busted ring and pinion.
2:56Dan McDonald and Shawn Fisher are up next. This heat is straight up CARNAGE! Dan lost front wheel drive halfway through but proceeded. He hammered it up a steep ledge in 2wd but shortly after got turned sideways wasn't able to get lined back up. Shawn had a good run but 3/4 through he had a rear full float axle shoot out of the hub during a full throttle hill climb. Shawn still finished!
3:02Brandon Haynes and John Markovich were next. Brandon had a nice clean run, John caught on fire but they were able to extinguish the flames and he continued. The fire then re-started as he finished the course.
3:06That concludes the second heat. Times will be up soon. The rain has been stopped for several hours now and the course seems much faster now. Hopefully it stays like this for a while!!!
3:18Driver Team name 1st run/ 2nd run
Nazir Adam, Team Adam: 5 min / 5min
Danny Rohrer, Team Wombat: 3:10 / 5
Stan Haynes, Branik Motorsports: 4:33 / 3:31
Kim Sears, Rock Out Racing: 5 / 5
Levi Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing: 5 / 2:36
Adam Woodlee, Wide Open Designs: 4:18 / 5
Buddy Daugherty, Rock Hard Racing: 5 / 5
Kevin Crews, Crews Motorsports: 5 / 5
Jason Ailiff, Team Kamikaze: 5 / 5
Joel Withers, Camco Rock Racing: 5 / 6 (5+1 for not making it past the start line)
Tony Roscoe Rietdorf, Branik Motorsports: 3:25 / 5
Brian Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing: 5 / 4:23
Dave Smith, Lucky Dog Racing: 5 / 3:18
Will Carter, Indy Fab Racing: 5 / 3:48
Ken Blume, Rock Rod Racing: 5 / 5
Tim Cantrell, Cantrell Racing: 5 / 3:19
Travis Watford, Team Watford: 5 / 5
Greg Stone, Stone Cold Rock Racing: 5 / 4:05
Shawn Fisher, Team 1%er: 5 / 5
Dan McDonald, Lucky Dog Racing: 3:51 / 5
John Markovich, Marko Customs: 5 / 4:03
Brandon Haynes, Branik Motorsports: 3:08 / 3:18
Adam Carter, Team ORC: 3:06 / 2:28
Derek West, Crush Motorsports: 2:28 / 2:38
3:20The last heat will just be one lap. Nazir Adam and Danny Rohrer started it out with a nice, smooth, and fast run.
3:25Kim is out do to trans failure so Stan Haynes ran alone. The rock ledge just down from Kim's corner is getting a little nasty. Stan was held up there for a bit but made it through and finished smooth.
3:31Levi Shirley and Adam Woodlee just finished their third heat. Levi had some trouble in the Lane 1 lower rock garden but still pulled out a nice run. Adam had a good run that included a wicked hill climb wheelie!
3:38Buddy Daugherty and Kevin Crews are lined up. Buddy came off the starting line HARD in his Orange Rock Hard Racing buggy. Kevin rolled on a off camber hill climb resulting in a fire. Spectators and Crew members put out the flames with anything they could find. Daugherty is now stopped until the course can be cleared.
3:42Buddy just re-started and finished with what should be a good time.
3:42Jason Ailiff and Joel Withers are on the course now
3:48Jason showed us why his team name is Team Kamikaze. His fifth attempt on the lower rock garden of Lane 1 was a successful full throttle assault. Didn't look like he let off of the throttle until he crossed the finish line. Joel had a great run.
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3:51Brian Shirley is wrenching away on his rig but couldn't make it to the start line. Tony Reitdorf is running solo - looked like another great run for Branik Motorsports.
3:59Dave Smith and will carter are running their third heat now. Dave and his Five-O ride got hung up in the Lane 1 rock garden - that thing is rough now that they are running over it in the opposite direction. Will Carter was stopped because his window net fell down.
4:00Ken Blume and Tim Cantrell just finished. Ken had a fast time through the tough Lane 1 rock garden and Tim had a nice run also.
4:04Travis Watford didn't make it to the start line so Greg Stone ran by himself. Greg tipped over and is putting on a smoke show for us now. He is back on all four tires and was able to drive it off of the course.
4:14Adam Carter and Derek West just finished, both had excellent runs! Adam made quick work of the rock gardens on Lane 1 and finished with what will surely be another super fast time. Derek was smooth and fast too. These two are a great pairing, they are both quick, smooth and consistent.
4:16Nazir Adam and Danny Rohrer had drama free runs, Stan Haynes just ran solo and flipped a few hundred feet shy of the finish line.
4:18Levi Shirley and Adam Woodlee are lining up now...
4:22I know I am starting to sound like a broken record but we have had two more great runs. Levi and Adam both ran great heats. I bet the times will be close for almost everyone! The track seems really fast right now.
4:25Buddy Daugherty drove about 50' on four wheels then caught a ledge and drove another 50' on two wheels, then flopped. Lined up next to him was Kevin Crews lost his rear wheel drive and had to stop for a bit - he was able to fix the problem and finished the course.
4:28Joel Withers just ran solo, he had a good run.
4:32Brian Shirley is back! He just ran against Tony Reitdorf. Brian was on the throttle hard the whole run and finished clean. Unfortunately, Tony got tangled up in a banner and had to take a 2min penalty but finished.
4:39Dave Smith and Will Carter just finished up. Will's run was perfect except for one back up on the big Lane 1 rock garden. Dave got hung up a few times and had to do a few back ups but had no major issues.
4:40CORRECTION: Tony Rosco Rietdorf did not catch a banner earlier in round three, his run was clean.
4:42Ken Blume and Tim Cantrell just finished. Ken finished clean and fast, Tim had a nice run but got into a banner on the last hill climb.
4:43Greg Stone just ran solo and had a smooth run. Dan McDonald is on the course now (also running solo) and ran a nice race as well.
4:51Brandon Haynes just finished another clean race, In the other lane was John Markovich. John attacked the first rock garden with a vengance and bounced right through. After that he drove out of a sweet downhill reverse wheelie.
4:58Adam Carter and Derek West just finished the final heat. They were lighting fast again - I bet these guys have the top two times!
5:09The top six finishers have just been announced! Tony Reitdorf and Tim Cantrell, Adam Carter and Levi Shirley, Derek West and Brandon Haynes.
5:13Tony and Tim ran first, both had great, clean runs.
5:15Adam and Levi were next, Adam had another smooth run but Levi rolled on an uphill climb and slid back down on his side. The roll resulted in small fire.
5:18Derek West and Brandon just finished, two more great runs.
5:25Tony and Tim finished their second run. Tim had a great run but Tony had some challenges. He got sideways in Kim's Corner but was able to get it straight again. Then he rolled it on an uphill climb but was able to save it and try again. He then rolled it again and ended up in the banners but landed on all fours and was able to drive off of the course.
5:26Adam Carter and Levi Shirley are up next.
5:33Levi didn't make it to the stat line so Adam ran by himself. Don't guess I have to tell you how Adam did - another excellent run!
5:35Derek and Brandon are finished - Brandon had to back up in one of the rock gardens on both laps but other than that these guys were slick.
5:35Now for the final results - this is gonna be close!
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5:42There's a few pics from round three while we wait for the results. The awards ceremony will be at 6:00.
6:09Looks like the awards ceremony is about to start...
6:18First - Derek West
Second - Adam Carter
Third - Brandon Haynes
Fourth - Tony Reitdorf
Fifth - Tim Cantrell
Sixth - Levi Shirley
6:31We will return at 9:00AM tomorrow!!!
 

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