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2009 XRRA Jellico, TN
Event #3/4 of the XRRA East Series

Story and Photos by Nate Scott

[ PHOTO GALLERY ] [ SUNDAY'S COVERAGE ]


XRRA Jellico - Saturday (06/06/2009)


9:34The national anthem has been sang, Shawn Fisher and Jason Ailif are up first. It is a little foggy this morning but the weather is supposed to be great. We are still trying to get a feel for the course but it looks like a nice combo of technical sections and some high speed stuff. THEY'RE OFF!
9:36The course looks fast so far, Jason and Shawn both looking good, especially for the first runs of the day.
9:36Ken Blume and Dan McDonald are at the line...
9:41Both runs went well..Derek West (Grayrock champ) is against Brian Shirley and they are off . The Derek West Show has already begun! He is smokin! Brian isn't running bad at all either...
9:44John Markovich and Danny Rohrer are up now...Looks like lane two has a 2min penalty cone that may play a big role in the race today. Dan McDonald and Brian Shirley have both clipped it.
9:47Tim Cantrell and Rosco Rietdorf are up now, should be plenty of throttle in this heat! Rosco had to back up to avoid the 2min penalty cone.
9:49Cantrell's first gen big cammed small block chevy sounds killer! Roscoe had another back up but both racers finished without major problems.
9:49Stan Haynes and Joel Withers are at the line...
9:54Joel is hung up in an uphill climb - looks like he has some damage and will time out. Stan crossed the line with a NASTY sounding engine! (and I don't mean nasty in a good way - sounds serious)
9:57Brandon Haynes and Will Carter just finished nice runs.
10:05Travis Watford and Buddy Daugherty had nice runs, Kim Sears and Dave Smith are running now - Dave got hung up a few times but Kim is driving super smooth today!
10:05Adam Carter and Levi Shirley are up now, should be FAST!
10:08BIG throttle off the line for these fellas! There is a rocky hill climb in lane two that seems the causing a little trouble for some of the racers - Adam had a small delay there. Levi is looking good but has a little smoke coming from the engine compartment - looks like it has cleared up now. Good runs for both.
10:09Jared Smith and Drew Goldie are up now. I CAN'T BELIEVE WE HAVEN'T HAD A ROLL OVER YET! I think we had two or three by now at Grayrock.
10:12Jared's buggy looks nice and clean. Seems to go pretty well too. Drew is putting down a solid run too in his single seater. Whoops, Drew is having a tough time avoiding the 2 min penalty cone - he just hit it.
10:18Bill Barton and Nazir Adam are running now - looks like a nice no drama run for both racers. Nevermind that, Nazir has ran off the course.
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10:36Nazir is uninjured and his buggy has been recovered. He took quite a drive off course down a steep downhill rock section. Kevin Crews is running now, looks like he has some oil on the headers, it is smoking quite a bit.
10:43Jason Ailif and Shawn Fisher are running again, Jason is applying his tried and true slow but steady technique and Shawn is looking strong today.
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10:50Blume and McDonald just finished, both runs were smooth, McDonald may have gained a little time to help make up for his 2min penalty in round 1. Derek West and Brian Shirley are running now. Brian had a SMOKIN run, he was definitely cutting the LS motor loose. Derek was no slouch, it is tough to gauge how fast he is because he is so smooth. Mike Weaver just announced that Brian had our best time so far today. Official times will be posted asap.
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10:54Danny Rohrer and John Markovich are running now - Looks like Danny tore down a banner so I assume that will be a penalty for him.
10:55John caught some air at the end of lap one and is hitting lap two WITH A VENGANCE! Gotta love the hammer down driving style...
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11:04Will Carter and Brandon Haynes are running now and looking good, Brandon had a little hang up on the Lane 2 uphill rock climb. Looks like Brandon may have a flat that is slowing him down.
11:10Buddy Daugherty and Travis Watford had good runs, Kim Sears and Dave Smith are up.
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11:18KIm and Dave are running, we just heard a loud pop from Kim's front end, may have broke a drivers side axle but she is still running hard...
11:20Drivers front is definitely not pulling for Kim but she is still in the fight. Dave is looking consistent. Kim is struggling in 3wd on the lane 2 uphill rock climb.
11:21Kim made it up the hill and finished.
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11:24Adam Carter and Levi Shirley are running, Adam is FLYING through the fast section of the course. Levi had a few hang ups and may post a little slower time than usual this run.
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11:30Jared Smith and Drew Goldie are up next, lots of rigs are torn apart over there in the pits. Looks like a genuine wrench fest over there!
11:33FYI - we aren't playing favorites with the pics, we just upload the pics that turn out decent. My advance apologies to the racers if you aren't in the pics or if there are more pics of someone else.
11:37Bill Barton is running solo this heat, Nazir is apparently out after his course detour last heat. Bill logged a good run.
11:37Roscoe Reitdorf and Tim Cantrell just finished, both appear to be driving strategically today - a little less throttle this time.Stan Haynes and Joel Withers also just finished with nice runs.I CAN'T BELIEVE WE HAVEN'T HAD A ROLL OVER YET! Nice job drivers.
11:41That's it for this round, looks like Kevin Crews was unable to make it back this run - they towed him out earlier with some fluid leaking from the vehicle.
11:43Times coming up next!
12:04*** an "x" next to a posted time indicates an included time penalty

Racer - Round 1 - Round 2
Shawn Fisher, Team 1%er - 2:52 - 2:43
Jason Ailif, Kamikaze racing- 2:52 - 2:36
Ken Blume, Rock Rod Racing - 1:57 - 2:14
Dan McDonald, Lucy Dog Racing - 5x- 2:25
Derek West, Crush Motorsports - 1:45 - 1:57
Brian Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing - 4:14x - 1:43
John Markovich, Marko Customs - 1:56 - 4:27x
Danny Rohrer, Team Wombat - 2:14 - 2:10
Tim Cantrell, Cantrell Racing - 2:05 - 2:08
Stan Haynes, Branik Motorsports - 2:09 - 4:21
Joel Withers, Camco Rock Racing - 5x - 2:21
Brandon Haynes, Branik Motorsports - 2:06 - 2:44
Will Carter, Indy Fab Racing - 2:11 - 2:18
Buddy Daugherty, Rock Hard Racing - 2:18 - 2:32
Travis Watford, Watford Motorsports - 4:36 - 2:25
Kim Sears, Rock Out Racing - 2:27 - 4:18
Dave Smith, Lucky Dog Racing - 5x - 2:39
Levi Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing - 2:03 - 2:42
Adam Carter, Team ORC - 1:39 - 1:57
Jared Smith, RLC Motorsports - 2:33 - 2:48
Drew Goldie, Goldie Off Road - 4:55x - 5x
Bill Barton, Team Good Guys - 2:11 - 2:16
Nazir Adam, Adam Racing- 4:55x - 5x
Kevin Crews, Crews Motorsports - 2:13 - 6x
12:07Shawn Fisher and Jason Ailif are lined up. For this round the courses will be run in the opposite direction. Looks like Lane 1 will now have the nasty uphill rock climb and a tough turn at the beginning of the course.
12:14Jason broke something in the front axle trying to climb the L1 rock hill, Shawn put his rig on its lid. Unfortunately neither racer will make it to the finish line. Hopefully they will be back next heat!
12:19Ken Blume and Dan McDonald are running...
12:21Sweet power slide for Dan in the fast secion - both drivers are looking smooth.Derek West and Brian Shirley are at the line...
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12:24Derek and Brian are running strong and smooth but Brian is dragging part of a banner behind him, that may take him out of a top spot today.
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12:33Danny Rohrer and John Markovich just ran, John had a clean run but Danny had a little bit of trouble in the more difiicult Lane 1.Tim Cantrell and Rosco are running, unfortunately the L1 hill is giving Rosco some trouble (just as it has for almost everyone else this round). Tim Cantell finished clean on the rev limiter. Rosco conquered the hill with authority on Lap two.
12:38Stan Haynes and Joel Withers are out. Stan had a nice run but Joel is having a tough time with Lane 1.
12:43Brandon Haynes and Will Carter just finised, Brandon finished with a flat but had a great run. Will was looking great but tore down a banner at the end of his second lap resulting in a 2min time penalty.
12:48Buddy Daugherty and Travis Watford are running, Buddy is looking fast and smooth, this should be a great run for him. Travis is certainly running fast, his rig seems to work great in the fast and slow sections. However, Travis clipped a banner and will have a 2 min time penalty. Buddy finished strong!
12:49Kim Sears and Dave Smith are up, looks like Team Rock Out Racing was able to get the busted shaft swapped out.
12:53Dave is battling the rocks in the tough L1 corner and now is hung up the nasty L1 rock hill. Kim is looking strong and smooth and has already finished on the faster L2. Dave dominated his second lap and may still post a reasonable time.
12:54BIG throttle off the line, it must be Levi Shirley and Adam Carter!
12:58Adam had a fairly clean pass up the L1 rock hill, Levi is looking good. Adam was smokin on his second lap and may have had one of the cleanest L1 runs so far. I'm sure Levi posted a nice time too.
1:05Jared Smith and Drew Goldie just finished, Jared had a fast run but Drew had some steering issues that really slowed him down.
1:06Bill Barton is running solo and running strong. He finished with a great run.
1:07That was the end of Round 3, Round 4 coming right up.
1:13Jason Ailif was unable to repair his car so #419 Shawn fisher is running solo and looking good so far. Shawn schooled the difficult L1 rock hill on lap one and is running clean. Nice run! Shawn lost pressure on a front and rear tire on that run.
1:17Ken Blume and Dan McDonald are off, Ken is on his roof - the L1 corner got him! Ken had to have assistance to get back on all fours. Dan is having a great run. Doesn't look like Ken will be able to cross the finish line but Dan finished with what should be a quick run.
1:27Derek West and Brian Shirley were smokin! Word is that they posted the two fastest times of the day.
1:28John Markovich had a strong run but blew out a rear tire.
1:29Tim Cantrell just finished and logged a nice run, Rosco also looked strong.
1:34Stan Haynes is looking fast on his first lap, Joel Withers is having a clean run too. Stan dominated the L1 rocks and both racers finished with great runs.
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1:38Brandon Haynes and Will Carter just finished with excellent runs.
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1:42Buddy Daugherty and and Travis Watford are running hard right now and looking good. Travis finished with a sweet run, Buddy had a little trouble on lap 2 with the nasty rock hill but conquered it and still finished with a great run.
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1:46Kim Sears and Dave Smith are off, Kim's buggy sounded really rough off the line but has cleared out. Kim schooled the L1 hill climb but Dave Smith is on his lid on a rough downhill section. They are trying to flip Dave's car back over but were unable to do it unassisted. Kim had a fast looking run!
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1:55Adam Carter just had a nice run and Levi was looking strong but had some trouble getting his front locker engaged on the last hill climb and that slowed him a little.
1:57Jared Smith and Drew Glodie are running, Jared tipped and almost pulled off a save but ended up rolling down a hill hard. He is out and okay...
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2:10Bill Barton had a good looking run but tore down a few sections of banner and will likely receive a 6 min time for this run.
2:23The top 6 have been selected for the finals, Brandon Haynes and Buddy Daugherty are up first! Brandon had a quick run but Buddy struggled a little in the difficult Lane 1.The other finals competitors are: Tim Cantrell and Danny Rohrer, then Derek West and Adam Carter.
2:33 Racer - Round 1 - Round 2 - Round 3 - Round 4
Shawn Fisher, Team 1%er - 2:52 - 2:43 - 5 - 2:32
Jason Ailif, Kamikaze racing - 2:52 - 2:36 - 5 - 6
Ken Blume, Rock Rod Racing - 1:57 - 2:14 - 2:10 - 5
Dan McDonald, Lucy Dog Racing - 5 - 2:25 - 2:24 - 2:23
Derek West, Crush Motorsports - 1:45 - 1:57 - 2:00 - 1:51
Brian Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing - 4:14 - 1:43 - 4:03 - 1:51
John Markovich, Marko Customs - 1:56 - 4:27 - 1:56 - 2:00
Danny Rohrer, Team Wombat - 2:14 - 2:10 - 2:15 - 2:18
Tim Cantrell, Cantrell Racing - 2:05 - 2:08 - 2:12 - 2:15
Tony Rietdorf, Branik Motorsports - 2:31 - 1:59 - 2:56 - 2:14
Stan Haynes, Branik Motorsports - 2:09 - 4:21 - 2:22 - 2:10
Joel Withers, Camco Rock Racing - 5x - 2:21 - 3:13 - 2:21
Brandon Haynes, Branik Motorsports - 2:06 - 2:44 - 2:19 - 2:18
Will Carter, Indy Fab Racing - 2:11 - 2:18 - 4:06 - 2:01
Buddy Daugherty, Rock Hard Racing - 2:18 - 2:32 - 2:16 - 2:35
Travis Watford, Watford Motorsports - 4:36 - 2:25 - 4:45 - 2:15
Kim Sears, Rock Out Racing - 2:27 - 4:18 - 2:24 - 2:18
Dave Smith, Lucky Dog Racing - 5x - 2:39 - 3:41 - 5
Levi Shirley, Lucky Dog Racing - 2:03 - 2:42 - 2:15 - 2:48
Adam Carter, Team ORC - 1:59 - 1:57 - ? - 1:57
Jared Smith, RLC Motorsports - 2:33 - 2:48 - 2:23 - 5
Drew Goldie, Goldie Off Road - 4:55 - 5 - 5 - 2:11
Bill Barton, Team Good Guys - 2:11 - 2:16 - 2:03 - 5
Nazir Adam, Adam Racing - 5 - 6 - 6 - 6
Kevin Crews, Crews Motorsports - 2:13 - 6 - 6 - 6
2:35Cantrell crossed the finish line first, both Cantrell and Rohrer looked quick though.West and Adam Carter were both smokin fast but Adam nosed out Derek at the line.Brandon Haynes and Buddy Daugherty ran again, Buddy had an excllent run and certainly made up some time.
2:38Tim Cantrell and Danny Rohrer were really close and fast until the second lap when Tim had 3 back ups to stay out of the banners.
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2:42Here comes Derek West and Adam Carter for the last race! Final results will follow...Derek and Adam are damn fast and dead even after lap one. Derek was slowed down a tiny bit in the rock garden and Adam Crossed the line first. Killer racing today!
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3:22Still waiting on the final results - the award ceremony will begin shortly.
3:42First time racer Jared Smith wins the Rancho Alter Ego award.
Sixth place: Buddy Daugherty
Fifth place: Brandon Haynes
Fourth place: Tim Cantrell
Third place: Danny Rohrer
Second place: Adam Carter
FIRST PLACE: Derek West

That's it for Pirate 4x4's Saturday coverage of XRRA Jellico 2009. Come back tomorrow for another full day of race coverage. Thanks to all the racers, their teams and sponsors for being here today and running so hard! The event was ran very well today so congrats to the Weavers and the rest of the XRRA team for doing such a nice job. I would also like to thank Michael Scott (battlebuddy618) for the pics and Mike Braddock (MikeB273) for helping me with the coverage today. This is Nate Scott (Scotty X) signing off. Here's a few more pics...
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