Preview Contingency Friday Saturday
Boulders Bash at St. George
Pro National Final Scores
Lovell takes Modified Stock Win
Axle 6:30 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) It was wild action here in the
Main Event, but Shannon Campbell pulled off some calculated
strategic moves in the final obstacle to take top honors
in the Super Modified Division.
the Modified Stock Division, Brad Lovell captured the win
at The Big Boulder Bash here in St. George, Utah after going
head-to-head with Dean Bulloch in the final obstacle of
the event. Lovell bested Bulloch by a mere 2 points to take
the win. In third position was Brian Errea of Rock Runner
Racing after climbing from the bottom of the points after
a not so good first day competition. Becca Webster, led
by Lil' Rich Klein fought back today from nearly last place
to finish in fifth spot and take some of those season points
towards the series points championship.
Super Modified Main Event was off-the-hook starting with
Tracy Jordan. Jordan dropped off the first ledge of the
obstacle without a problem and then his first vertical climb
up a steep incline straddling the crack provided a couple
tense moments. Jordan put the Eco-Tech turbo charged motor
in high-speed and popped up on top easily. Shouting out
orders to spotter, Jerry Watson, Jordan combed the top of
the ridge with his rock rig, but it looked like he and Watson
crossed some communications when he hit the cone on the
top flat ridge. Jordan dropped down back into the dirt canyon
and Watson began stacking rocks on the bonus wall. UROC
Judges informed the duo they could not stack rocks for the
bonus wall and Jordan screamed out his displeasure in words
that perhaps should stay on the rocks even though we're
sure everyone at Pirate has heard those words before. Let's
just say the King Chicken Bone had a front seat to the action
and was smiling as everything unfolded. Jordan made a few
stabs at the wall and rolled hard eventually ending up on
his lid a couple times. However, the spree nimble Campbell
Ent. rock rig was able to right itself and continue on the
obstacle. Watson was standing on top as Hot Spot was yelling
out orders to grab the spotter rope when the Judge announced
they only had ten seconds to finish the obstacle. Jordan
didn't succeed in climbing the bonus wall, but he did move
competing in his first 2005 UROC Pro National Series Main
Event, put the Karnivore 2 over the first drop ledge and
into the soft dirt in the canyon for the first of three
vertical climbs in the Main Event. JohnnyG put his BFG Krawlers
on the steep incline and straddled a two-foot crack. He
launched upwards towards the top where his front tires just
didn't clear the top left ledge where gravity took charge.
In only a couple seconds, JohnnyG was upside down in the
dirt of the steep canyon. Surrounded by screaming fans and
other teams, JohnnyG motored the Karnivore 2 back and forth
in the dirt sliding down the canyon, as he churned for a
tire to bite and grab and right his rock rig. Eventually,
he was unable to get it done and after jumping out of his
rig in an attempt to turn the rig over, he and his spotter,
Nate Williams, could not muscle the heavy Karnivore 2 back
onto four wheels. JohnnyG was done.
Torbett and Eric Nixon, Sale Creek, Tennessee fought the
rocks in the Main Event and had no problems until they reached
the final bonus wall. Torbett did everything he could to
put his car on top, but it wasn't to be here in the St.
George for Torbett.
Zeller put on some great moves throughout the final obstacle
including pulling off a rear dig on the top of the ridge
shelf, where everyone else had taken a cone, to position
him to miss a cone and head towards the bonus line. BZ headed
down the canyon to towards the bonus line vertical, however
almost missed exiting through the last gate before he was
redirected by a few hundered professional fans and other
team members watching. BZ lined up on the final vert and
after a few attempts he backed off and took his -4 points
on the final obstacle of the day.
Bunch took his turn at the final obstacle and by the time
he reached the bonus line vertical wall he had taken a cone
and had several other penalty points dropping him from any
chance on catching Shannon Campbell.
Campbell put his rock rig in position and used strategic
placement of his big BFG Krawlers as he eased through the
entire obstacle. With Eco-Tec powered rock rig, Campbell
had no problems as he climbed the verticals of the last
obstacle easily. Campbell finished the obstacle heading
through the end gate, but turned and headed to the vertical
wall that no other Main Event competitor had climbed. Campbell
put the rock rig into motion and climbed the wall without
any troubles capping off a final run in winning big at St.
extends his lead in the UROC Pro National Series points
race and we'll bring that to you in a couple days with our
wrap up story.
Axle 5:15 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) UROC called the teams listed
below to the top of the steep canyon and after about 30
minutes they determined they made a mistake and miscalculated
the scoring of the top six competitors. In the end, it was
Mastercraft's Team Carnage Crew who didn't make the cut
as Randy Torbett's score had been miscalculated. Torbett
fell into fifth postion and Jordan in sixth position for
the final team in the Main Event.
Axle 4:15 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) UROC's Big Sarge has just announced
the final six competitors for the Super Modified Main Event.
Stay tuned for a winner in the next hour or so.
Jason Bunch +26
Bruce Zeller +38
Johnny G +42
Tracy Jordan +50
Aaron Dusenbery +53
Axle 3:45 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) Tracy Jordan took +36 points
on Obstacle # 8 that pushed him into a tie with East Coast
Krawler - Randy Torbett with +54 points who are both tied
in 6th place.
Team Carnage Crew finished up here at the Big Boulder Bash
and are in fifth position after completing all the obstacles
today. They scored a zero on their last obstacle after putting
the stinger of the Mastecraft Lil' Bastard into the dirt
during a front stand. Dusenbery drove off the rock ledge
and put the car on the front stinger straight up and down,
which he later said "seemed like an hour." The
Lil Bastard landed hard, but Dusenbery belted in with Mastercraft
safety harnesses and seated in a Mastercraft seat took it
all in stride. Dusenbery said, "Good thing I was strapped
in and sitting in a Mastercraft Seat or that could have
been ugly." They're wrenching away preparing for the
Main Event after ending the day with +53 points. Aaron and
Jay are swapping out the control cable to allow them to
front dig and they'll be ready to put the Lil' Bastard up
against the best in the business here at The Big Boulder
Bash. Missing here at St. George is Team Carnage Crew Team
Owner - Kim "King Schmoe" Dusenbery to watch the
boyz hammer down in search of their first top ten finish
at a UROC Pro National Event.
Axle 3:15 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) Walker Evans and his crew have
come down off the steep rocky canyon and are loaded on the
trailer and pulling out of the competition site. Evans and
his spotter, Nick Campbell ended up with +120 points. The
suffered two rollovers and a +38 on another obstacle that
took them from being in contention for the Main Event.
friendly seat manufacturer battle has taken a turn as Beard
Seat's Jason Scherer timed out on Obstacle #8. Scherer followed
the Mastercraft Seat Team Carnage Crew who completed the
same obstacle in front of him with a broken control cable
that did not allow them to front dig. Team Carnage Crew
took the conservative line on # 8 and took a +10 points
and were happy coming off the rock pile. Scherer attempted
to take the bonus line and ended up timing out scoring +39
Seat's Aaron Dusenbery is in sixth position with +53 to
Beard Seat's Scherer at +75, so the race is far from over.
Jason Bunch just finished his second obstacle of the day,
#8 and had a perfect run to score 0 points on an obstacle
that many teams have struggled on. Bunch is in second position
with one obstacle to go.
JohnnyG has performed at his best throughout the event and
is sitting in fourth position with one obstacle left to
run. JohnnyG put the Karnivore II over through obstacle
#7 with ease crawling the rock with to the cheers of the
fans. JohnnyG and Mad Max Rock Racing Team Owner - Bruce
Zeller are only separated by a point between fourth and
fifth position. However, Zeller still has two remaining
obstacles to complete.
Racing's Smitty let us know today that although Zeller told
us at contingency that Geiser Bros. had worked on Tracy
Jordan's rock rig, Smitty clarified that Finishline Racing
actually completed the work on the Campbell Enterprises
re-worked machine and not Geiser Bros. Geiser Bros. is a
top-rated off-road racing fabrication shop located in Phoenix,
Arizona and they build a variety of off-road machines. However,
they are well-known for building the most advanced Trophy
Trucks that race in the desert. Maybe that's what we got
screwed up yesterday...maybe Geiser Bros. is building Tracy
Jordan a Trophy Truck for the Baja 1000...Anyway, sorry
Smitty for not giving you the well-deserved props on the
remake of Jordan's rock rig...
Axle 2:45 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) Mad Max Rock Racing's Tracy
Jordan leads all Super Modified competitors with +18 for
the day so far. Although, Jordan has two more obstacles
to complete before he gets to the Main Event. The competition
started at 10:00 a.m. this morning and Jordan's only completed
a single obstacle. Led by his long time spotter - Jerry
Watson, who came out of rockcrawling retirement for this
event, Jordan/Watson seem to be on a great roll.
here at the event are slow-slow and slower. Along side of
the steep canyon where the event is being held, the competitors
are parked on the ridge with rigs bumper-to-bumper fighting
off the gusting wind, stinging sand and nice hot temperatures.
Officials have just provided us with a scoring update and
here it is. Ignore the chicken bone sauce on the scoring
Axle 12:45 PM Update
George, Utah (June 18,2005) Bart Jacobs rolled his rig on
Obstacle 6 after Don "The Maverick" Robbins and
his spotter stacked rocks for a couple minutes before heading
up the six foot vertical. Robbins took a cone that most
teams have been taking. Nate Williams on #8, deep in the
canyon where many teams have struggled with this obstacle,
used brute LS1 power to rage war on the hill. Williams,
with only 22 seconds left put it on his side and then pop
up and roared through the gate blasting the cones to the
side, but timed out.. Jason Bunch has been wheelin' hard
and has positioned himself in the top three. He's currently
rockin' on #7.
Mazzoni and Nick Socha
Williams told us about his ride up obstacle # 8. "I
crawled the whole thing including that big crack and got
out and around the side of the crack with my cage and tires
pushing through the rock, but finally I was in a position
that I couldn't get up and over those top two boulders.
I powered up a little with some LS1 motor and ended up going
over on my side. We ended up blasting out of that hole and
up and over those two boulders, but we took out a coupld
cones and timed out. The exhaust got pushed into the radiator
and I'll get to that right now. One to go so I'm hoping
to keep it together."
Axle 11:45 AM Update
George, Utah (June 17, 2005) In the Modified Stock Division
Dean Bulloch leads Brad Lovell by a single point with one
obstacle left before they move on to the Main Event later
in the day.
Jordan ran a clean first course here at The Big Boulder
Bash as he chases down Shannon Campbell in the hunt for
his first win of the season. Trailready's Scott Gadsden
is in the parking lot at the top of the steep canyon awaiting
his turn at one of three obstacles before UROC determines
who goes to the Main Event. Gadsden told us he's nine back
in the line before he gets a chance to rock and roll on
his next obstacle.
trying to find out what's up with Walker Evans, he and Nick
Campbell have returned to the pit area with their vehicle
and support rigs. We'll let you know as soon as we have
had Satellite Uplink follies for about an hour as the Hughes
Satellite in space, which brings you this coverage, apparently
had a hiccup according to our Satellite provider.
Axle 9:45 AM Update
George, Utah (June 17, 2005) The steep canyon at the Big
Boulder Bash is starting to come to life as teams head towards
the obstacle's starting positions on the side of the mountain.
This morning the sun is shining bright with temperatures
hovering at 81 degrees and the wind has yet to pick up.
is in the progress of arranging the running order for the
Super Modified teams this morning. Since all the Super Modified
teams ran five of the eight obstacles yesterday, the five
Super Modified groups will have to be remixed for today's
three obstacles. Teams are asking what group they run in
and who they follow as the running order has been scrambled
about as much as Chicken Bone's brain last night.
changed three of the obstacles that the Super Modified ran
yesterday for the Modified Stock Division in order to ease
up the choke point of yesterday's competition. With only
three obstacles for the Modified Stock Division to run today
we should expect to see them finish in the mid-afternoon.
of the town last night was all about the seat sponsored
teams. Mastercraft's Team Carnage Crew and Beard's Rage
4th team are all tied in 6th position. The details were
worked out last night and the run off is going to be between
Jason Scherer's fiance and Aaron Dusenbery's wife, both
who have apparently been driving their man's respective
rigs in the past month. Will it be Beard or Mastercraft
in the end! In today's final competition, Jason Scherer
will follow Aaron Dusenbery in the conga line of rock crawlers
as they tackle each obstacle.
Rock Racing's Nate Williams nearly destroyed his Mt. Logan
built rock rig in a serious rollover where the right front
knuckle was dragging on the ground from Obstacle 1 all the
way to the trailer. Williams told us this morning that he
made a decision that they could not fix the car for today's
competition, however his teammates had a different plan.
One of the Karnivore Rock Racing team took Nate out for
the night while JohnnyG, John Williams (Nate's brother)
and Josh wrenched away till the wee hours of the morning
and rebuilt the right front knuckle and more so Nate could
rage on the rocks this morning. Nate said, "We're hoping
to keep it together and move up in the scoring standings
after a long day yesterday."
Campbell crew worked late into the evening finalizing their
strategy for today's competition. When we drove away from
the strategy meeting last night plans were being made for
a quick run to Sapphire's restaurant in Las Vegas. Something
about some bringing some bigger boulders to the Boulder
Fest in St. George.