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2008 XRRA Moab
Moab, UT

Story by Lance Clifford
Photos by Josh England and Andy Johnson
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UPDATE: 3:31PM

Jimmy Maybe is fully getting it in the first race of Heat #4.

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UPDATE: 3:35PM

Brad Lovell has a blisteringly fast run to get the 2nd fastest run of the day with a 1:46. Still 16 seconds slower than Rockware's fastest time...


UPDATE: 4:00PM

Clay Egan and Mark Munson are GOING AT IT!!! Munson almost endos over the doubles, and Clay almost rolls off the rock pile!!!

Munson gets hung up in the rock pile, and Clay gets the lead...


UPDATE 4:01PM

Clay almost rolls, but saves it at the last second. Muson is still fighting it in the rock pile as Clay crosses the finish line.


UPDATE 4:05PM

Clint and Shannon take their final run of the day in what had to be one of my favorite runs of the day. It wasn't the fastest, but it sure seemed exciting. Shannon did another sub 2 minute run. Will that be enough for a top 5 finish? We'll find out shortly...


UPDATE: 4:09PM

It was an EPIC race between Josh Murray and Derek Trent! Both moshed through the rocks like they weren't there. I am thinking Derek is going to win this.

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UPDATE: 4:21PM

JT Taylor and Joachim hit the course, and JT breaks a link coming out of the rock pile. JT will DNF this course. Joachim is having a good run in his Twisted Customs buggy.

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UPDATE: 4:57PM

Rick Deremo and Terry Deagan are battling it out. Terry had some bad luck on the first rock pile, and Rick will take the win.


UPDATE: 5:01PM

Ray Mandel and Rob Bonney are next. They are neck and neck headed into rock pile #2. They both blast around the 180 turn around, and are back in the rocks side by side. Ray gets the better line through the rocks, and gains a lead on Rob. Ray shoots over the doubles and flys over the table top to take the win by a few seconds.


UPDATE: 5:05PM

Scores are being tabulated to see who the top 6 will be for the final shootout.


UPDATE: 5:18PM

The Top 6 for the shootout are as follows:

1) Derek Trent
2) Josh Murray
3) Brian Shirley
4) Aaron Dusenbury
5) Ray Mandel
6) Brad Lovell


UPDATE 5:24PM

Brad has a 10 second lead coming into the last rockpile! He's on fire, and blasts right through it, and almost wrecks. He comes around the corner, and clears the table top to a 15 second+ victory over Ray.


UPDATE: 5:26PM

Next up is Brian Shirley and Aaron Dusenbury. They are side by side at the first rock pile, and Aaron gets a lucky break when Brian goes out of bounds and gets DQ'd. Aaron continues his clean run, to the checkered flag.


UPDATE: 5:30PM

Next up are the top two - Derek Trent and Josh Murray. This is gonna be an epic race for sure!

Derek gets the hole shot... ROLLSon the doubles!!!! Saves the pirohette!!!!

Josh has a big lead, but will it be enough to take the win? I don't think so...

I may have spoke too soon. Derek and Chris are stuck in the Cancer Canyon... Stuck bad... Josh crosses the finish line as Derek struggles to get out of Cancer Canyon.


UPDATE: 5:33PM

Derek will DNF and Josh Murray will take the win!!!!

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UPDATE: 5:37PM

Ray Mandell caves into the pressure and makes a mistake and goes out of bounds! Lovell smokes it to the finish line!!!!


UPDATE 5:44PM

Aaron Dusenbury makes a mistake in the first rock pile and loses about 20 seconds to Brian Shirley! He corrects himself, and motors on. Brian has a mistake free run, and finishes about 30 seconds ahead of Aaron.


UPDATE: 5:48PM

Josh Murray and Derek Trent are lined up for the final race of the day!

Derek plays it conservative, but passes Josh. Josh slows down, and is running a little slow! Derek has got about a 30 second lead on him as Derek heads into the backstrech!


UPDATE: 5:50PM

Derek is playing it smart, and methodically going through the rocks and over the doubles, and over the table top to the finish line!

Josh is playing it slow, and maybe too slow! Will he lose the race?


UPDATE: 5:52PM

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UPDATE: 6:00PM

** Final Finishers **

1) Brad Lovell 15:52
2) Aaron Dusenbury 16:38
3) Derek Trent 16:59
4) Josh Murray 17:23
5) Brian Shirley 17:43
6) Ray Mandel 17:59
 
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