Jul 17

Sean Cook and Joey Brasil Take First at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500

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Sean Cook and Joey Brasil of  the SPEED Energy / Jackson Rancheria Casino / Black Rhino Performance team

Sean Cook and Joey Brasil of SPEED Energy / Jackson Rancheria Casino / Black Rhino Performance team

Driver Sean Cook and Co-Driver Joey Brasil of the SPEED Energy / Jackson Rancheria Casino / Black Rhino Performance team took first place in the Pro UTV class at this past weekend’s big desert race, the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500.

Sean Cook's team at the Pit Challenge at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500

Sean Cook’s team at the Pit Challenge at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500

On Friday, the team arrived for tech and contingency where they were prominently displayed on tech row during the Dirt Live Expo. That afternoon, the team participated in the team pit challenge where they unofficially took second, but after discovering a loose lug nut, they were penalized, and the Monster Energy Team of BJ Baldwin took official second place. Sean Cook noted it was an amazing attempt by the team considering two members had just flown in from Michigan and had zero experience in this venue.

The team was very excited just to be representing at such an event. Rigid Industries, one of Cooks sponsors, provided plenty of Rigid Nation shirts for the team to wear. The team had some last minute tweaking to do to their Rugged Radios, and with help from Rugged Technician Nick, they were off to the races!

The team arrived at the Tahoe Motorplex bright and early on race day Saturday, and made any final adjustments to the car. Driver, Sean Cook, along with his first time Co-Driver, Joey Brasil, left the starting line at about 10 AM. Cook drew the #2 spot behind Paul Boughten’s Arctic Cat. At mile one, Cook experienced his first flat tire which was not the result of any type of problem with the tire, but rather from the amount of rocks on the rough course.  Brasil leaped into action, had the tire changed quickly, and they were back on course in no time.

At about mile marker 50, Cook experienced a failure with the lower driver side ball joint which made the vehicle veer over the embankment and nearly roll.  With the great radio reception provided by their Rugged Radios system, Cook was able to radio in his chase team, and help quickly arrived.

Monster Energy Helicopter

Monster Energy Helicopter

Lap two began to show more carnage as vehicles were consumed by the incredibly rough terrain. The team was making great time catching up to race leader, Doug McCrady, in the #1901 Arctic Cat. At mile marker 74, another ball joint failure brought the team to a halt in the bottleneck of a canyon where vehicles began to pile up. Cook and Brasil dug out the boulder that held up the truck to clear the #1440 truck, and the bottleneck was re-opened. Cook was impressed to see the Monster Energy helicopter fly into the canyon to deliver the parts to fix the RZR even though they were the wrong parts. Crew Chief, Jeff Correia, drove out as close to the broken RZR as possible, still hiking nearly 2 miles up the canyon to make the necessary repairs.

UTV pulled off of the rough course

The RZR was running again and, unknown to Cook, he was in first place. When Cook came across the start/finish line, he was informed that the #1901 car was broken down about 20 miles behind him. He wondered if the race would be called since he was the only car still running, but HDRA officials advised him to complete the next 22 mile loop. Finally, at 11:30 PM HDRA reported across the radio that #1901 had cleared the start/finish line and was continuing onto their third lap. Cook and Brasil immediately roared off into the desert darkness, knowing he must play it safe to finish. Cook felt the eerie atmosphere of the desert at night, with many broken vehicles over the edge, leaving just their rear ends exposed to the road, and others abandoned in the middle of the road with no drivers.

The third lap changed dramatically with rocks hidden under silt as deep as the top of the tires. The team stayed on task, guiding the RZR to the finish line at 2:30 AM. Cook stated, “It was a great sight to see George Antill still waiting up for [us]” where Cook was awarded first place in the Pro UTV class!

Sean Cook pulls into the finish at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500

Sean Cook pulls into the finish at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500

Jul 05

Rugged Radios at Dirt Live Expo and the Eldorado Reno 500

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The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo is a natural extension of the 2nd Annual Eldorado Reno 500 Race week held by HDRA each year in Reno. The HDRA Eldorado Reno 500 is the longest offroad race in the United States!  The race takes place at the Tahoe-Reno Motorplex, located east of Reno/Sparks off  Interstate 80.   It’s an easy 30 mile drive to the race location.

The Dirt Live Expo, running for the three days prior to the Reno 500, will utilize the famous Virginia Street in downtown Reno, as well as the offroad courses at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex for manufacturers and suppliers to demonstrate and showcase their products and services. Virginia Street will be closed to traffic in order to allow the general public to explore and view supplier and manufacturer displays and demonstrations, including a Rugged Radios booth positioned between the Polaris and HDRA booths outside of the Eldorado Hotel.  Attendees will also be able to enjoy entertainment including the Monster Energy Freestyle Stunt Team, and live music on the Monster Energy Stage. The Eldorado will have their famous food and beverage tents set up and there will also be a hospitality tent sponsored by BFGoodrich.

At the Tahoe Reno Motorplex there will be two short courses to be used for product and vehicle demonstrations, test drives and product review. There will be hospitality areas and display tents at the tracks with complimentary shuttles rotating between downtown Reno and the Motorplex every two hours for the general public to visit the track and experience products in a true off-road environment.

On Friday, the Eldorado Reno 500 Contingency and Tech Inspection will fill the streets with hundreds of race cars, motorcycles, and race teams from 30 plus classes of HDRA/SCORE desert race entries for public viewing, autograph sessions, and photo opportunities.

Dirt Live Expo & Eldorado Reno 500

Below is a schedule of the week’s events:

July 6-9:  Pre-running for the race (Tahoe-Reno Motorplex)

July 10-12:  Dirt Live Off-Road Expo (downtown Reno)

  •    Wednesday, July 10:  2- 5pm
  •    Thursday, July 11: 10am-7pm
  •    Friday, July 12:  10am-7pm

Saturday, July 13:  Eldorado Reno 500 race (Tahoe-Reno Motorplex)

Jul 05

Murray Racing Team Takes the Podium at PURE 300

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During the last PURE SxS race, Rugged Radios sponsored team, Murray Racing, entered into the new race series with new driver, Aaron Juarez, to test his skills in the Murray Racing Can-Am Commander 1000 in the Production 1000 class and came out victorious! The PURE “300” is a 300 mile race which takes place in California City. The course proved to be challenging with rough, rocky, and diverse terrain, with some fast sections as well.

A total of 18 UTV vehicles started at four in the afternoon, and ran late into the night, making the race even more difficult. All competitors ran in the dark for nearly half of the eight hour race. Aaron was assisted by Derek Murray of Murray Racing in this event, and the duo accomplished their goal of finishing on the podium with the Production 1000 win for the team!

Murray Racing started off the line in the middle of the pack, and worked their way up to the front by the end of lap 2. They held the overall lead up until the 5th lap when it slipped out of their reach. The team was very impressed with the durability and speed of the Can-Am Commander. It handled the course flawlessly, and the Commander’s success with Aaron behind the wheel shows how reliable and consistent the platform has been for the Murray Racing team in multiple desert racing series over the past two years. The Commander has finished every desert race it has competed in with numerous wins, and podiums.

Look out for the Can-Am Murray Racing Del Amo Maverick at the next WORCS race on July 12th-14th at Pala Raceway. Murray Racing will also be competing in BITD “Vegas to Reno” on August 16th.

Production 1000 – PRO

1

1006

AARON JUAREZ/DEREK MURRAY

Can-Am Commander

7

8:08:03.638

8:13:03.638

2

1008

BRANDEN SIMS/JACOB CARVER  

7

8:13:15.018

3

1002

LOGAN GASTEL/BRAD LONGFELLOW

Can-Am Commander

7

8:20:37.932

 

4

1001

CODY NYGREN/ZACK ROUSE/JOSH BROWN  

7

 
 

5

1007

TONY LARABELL/CHAD MYERS  

7

 
 

6

1003

KEVIN/MATT SHRIVE  

3

 
 

7

1005

AARON MCMULLIN/T.J. CRAIG  

2

 
 

8

1009

BRIAN BUSH/DAN FISHER  

1

 
 

DNF

1004

JOHNNY LEACH/GILBERT FLORES  

0

 
 

DNF

1010

NATHAN ROBINSON/SETH ABRAHMSON  

0

 

 

Jul 03

Campbell Racing Combines Efforts for ULTRA4 Badlands Win

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Wayland Campbell Passes Under a Bridge at Badlands

Wayland Campbell passes under a bridge at Badlands               Photo Credit: Thom Kingston

This past Saturday, more than 30 teams competed in the 2nd Annual ULTRA4 race held at Badlands Off-Road Park as part of the Ultimate Motorsport Championship in Attica, IN. While the course layout was similar to last year, the dry and dusty conditions of 2012 were replaced with heavy rain and extensive mud.  Thousands of fans braved the wet and mucky conditions for a chance to see some of their favorite ULTRA4 drivers compete in a course that featured a newly created offroad amphitheater, and a technical rock quarry made even more punishing due to the slick conditions.

Several west coast teams made the trek to Indiana including Rugged Radios sponsored driver, Shannon Campbell.  Shannon Campbell, the only two-time King of The Hammers and this year’s 2nd place KOH finisher, laid down a blistering 45 second qualifying time, beating out 2012 King, Erik Miller, by 5 seconds.

Shannon Campbell flies high at Badlands

Shannon Campbell flies high

Shannon Campbell is still recovering from was just released from the hospital a week prior to the race due to the second degree burns he suffered from the Glen Helen Gran Prix.  He started the race in his single-seat independent front suspension (IFS) car, but quickly handed the car over to his 17 year old son, Wayland Campbell. ULTRA4 rules state the driver of record must either start or finish the race in the driver’s seat. Because of this, Shannon started on the pole, but pulled into the pits on the first lap and handed the wheel over to Wayland. On Wayland’s first trip to the amphitheater, the young Campbell got high centered in a rock section and struggled to free himself for nearly 10 minutes.

Wayland Campbell excited to get the Campbells a win after the muddy race

Wayland Campbell excited to get the Campbells a win after the muddy race

Nitto Tire’s Derek West started in 4th and quickly took the lead by the end of the first lap with Erik Miller hot on his heels. West and Miller spent the next several laps trading back and forth for 1st position while the young Campbell maintained a solid hold on the 3rd place position. With less than 30 minutes of racing left, both West and Miller suffered mechanical failures that saw both drivers jogging back to the pits for supplies as the young Campbell took the lead, and ultimately, the checkered flag.

A complete list of results is available below. 10 drivers qualified for the 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers. The next race in the ULTRA4 series will be the 3rd Annual American Rocksports Championship in Tooele, UT on July 13th. The next east coast race will be at the Superlift Park in Hot Springs, AR August 17th.

Finish Car # Last Name First Name

Team

Laps

KOH Qual

Total Time

1

5

Campbell Shannon

4400

8

pre-qual

2:14:06.8

2

4499

Haines Jesse

4400

7

yes-1

2:11:08.2

3

26

Gilstrap Clay

4400

7

pre-qual

2:23:59.8

4

4421

Miller Erik

4400

7

pre-qual

2:32:04.0

5

4420

West Derek

4400

7

pre-qual

2:44:07.9

6

914

Rose Sean

4400

6

yes- 2

2:26:33.1

7

4440

Cook Travis

4400

6

yes – 3

2:30:09.1

8

4580

Townsend Jordan

4400

5

yes- 4

2:14:11.4

9

144

Barton Chicky

4400

4

pre-qual

1:50:06.5

10

338

Peterson Matthew

4400

4

yes – 5

2:19:20.3

11

4408

Haynes Stan

4400

4

yes – 6

2:23:35.5

12

429

Stone Troy

4400

4

yes- 7

2:24:08.7

13

456

Hundt Chad

4400

4

yes-8

2:27:24.0

14

929

Feagins Mike

4400

3

pre-qual

1:46:49.8

15

4441

Henke Darren

4400

3

yes- 9

1:53:37.5

16

49

Burkett Matt

4400

3

Pre-qual

2:04:04.8

17

4414

Dinkins Ben

4400

3

yes-10

2:10:01.1

18

328

Noually Matt

4400

2

0:45:42.0

19

4418

Colville Mike

4400

2

0:54:23.1

20

890

Terhune Jonathan

4400

2

2:38:01.5

21

67

Healy Loren

4400

1

0:17:05.8

22

302

Rietdorf Tony

4400

1

0:19:55.4

DNF

192

Blume Ken

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

707

Kelly Michael

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4051

Quist Greg

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4404

Nelson Nick

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4433

Carter Adam

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4436

Matzen Kim

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4452

Carter Will

4400

0

0:00:00.0

DNF

4492

Bergman Michael

4400

0

0:00:00.0

Jun 26

Rugged Radios Joins BlueRibbon Coalition

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Rugged Radios Joins the BlueRibbon CoalitionThis past weekend, a few members of the Rugged Radios crew, including owner, Greg Cottrell, had the opportunity to participate in the Metalcloak Skillz Day held at Prairie City SVRA.  During their time at Prairie City SVRA, the crew had the pleasure of meeting Del Albright.  Del is an advocate for land use and access, and an active member of organizations including the BlueRibbon Coalition, Friends of the Rubicon, United Four Wheel Drive Association, California Association of 4WD Clubs Inc., and Tread Lightly!

Del is an extremely active and passionate member of the offroad community, and Rugged Radios felt it important to support him in his cause by becoming a member of the BlueRibbon Coalition and providing Del with some handheld HX370 radios and hand mics of his own.  After receiving his Rugged Radios products, Del expressed to us how they will be put to use:

“The Rugged Radios will serve several purposes for my work in keeping our responsible access alive and well in the backcountry.   First of all, they will be a reliable source of communications in trail emergencies. We frequently find ourselves in remote locations like the Rubicon Trail or Moab, UT where CB’s just don’t cut it, and emergencies do happen.  In our leadership role, we usually play a significant part in any search and rescue, or extraction situations. With my 26 year fire service career, it’s second nature for me to have a good radio and be part of the incident management.

Secondly, they will be awesome on convoys and trail rides that I lead several times a year to both narrate trail highlights, but also teach about land use.   I usually study-up on a trail before I lead it, and I like to share insights with my participants via radio as we drive.   I also blend in the full range of land use and access tips and tricks as we convoy together.

Third, they will help my personal convoys to events and such when [my] wife and I travel in two rigs- me in the motorhome, and her in one of our trail rigs. We do this frequently as we both like to have our own rigs at some events.  [My wife] drives an 80 Series Land Cruiser and I have my Jeep Wrangler. 

Last, they will be important on race events like King of the Hammers when we want to hear some of the race traffic and keep up with race rigs and support crews.”

Del Albright using his Rugged Radios on the road

Del Albright using his Rugged Radios on the road

We’re excited that Del will be putting his Rugged Radios products to good use, and that we can help support his endeavors. And, it looks like he’s already enjoying them!

If you are an offroad enthusiast, please check out the links to the above organizations and support!

 

Jun 20

Menzies Motorsports Comes Out on Top in TORC Series Bark River, MI Race

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Traxxas TORC Bark River, MIOver 5,000 fans packed the stands on a beautiful Friday night, June 14th, in Bark River, MI to witness the Traxxas TORC Series race on a night perfectly fit for racing.

Bryce Menzies at Traxxas TORC in Bark River, MI

Bryce Menzies

The first race of the night for the Red Bull/Menzies Motorsports team was in the Pro-2 class with Bryce Menzies starting in the second row after qualifying 3rd earlier in the day. By the end of the first lap, Menzies had found himself out front and had clean air the majority of the race. Menzies lost the lead for a brief moment to Rob Maccachren, until Maccachren pulled of the track due to mechanical failure. This left Bryce with clean air to leave the pack of other Pro-2′s to take his 2nd win of the season. Early in the 2013 season, Menzies finds himself in the points lead in his class and has no intentions on assuming it’s wrapped up.

“I have to give it up to my team for giving me a strong truck tonight, it’s still early in the season and we are hungry for another championship. We’ll be back to work tomorrow to try and duplicate what we did tonight. Thanks to all the fans who came out to support us we really appreciate it!”

Ricky Johnson at Traxxas TORC in Bark River, MI

Ricky Johnson

Ricky Johnson, starting in the 4th position, raced the last race of the evening in the Pro-4 class. By the end of the first lap, Johnson found himself in the lead, and took off only to be chased by Johnny Greaves in the #22 truck. Johnson and Greaves drove hard, gaining a significant lead on the rest of the pack. Eventually Greaves caught Johnson, and the two battled until the final turn. Greaves barely edged out Johnson in a photo finish. Johnson’s second place finish leaves him in a points battle against Greaves which will be interesting to follow as the season progresses.

Saturday in Bark River, MI was different in the sense that it was rainy, which made for good track conditions. Bryce Menzies came out firing with the start of the Pro-2 class and found himself out front early.  However, a controversial red flag restart ended this run, and the race was reset. After the restart, Menzies was pushed outside on the opening turn and was forced to fight his way back from 6th place. Eventually he made his way through traffic and finished in a solid 3rd place. This leaves Bryce 16 points ahead of second place in the quest for his 3rd Pro-2 championship in a row.

Next up was Ricky Johnson in the Pro-4 class where the race started with a slight drizzle. By the time Johnson had gained the lead after the second lap, the rain had stopped. Johnson was chased by the winner of the Pro-2 race, Rob Maccachren, but he could never chase the back to back Pro-4 champion! Johsnon took the win convincingly over his competition to put himself right back into contention for the points lead.Bryce Menzies Takes First in Pro 2 at Traxxas TORC Bark River, MIRicky Johnson Takes First in Pro 4 at Traxxas TORC Bark River, MI

All and all the Red Bull/Menzies Motorsports drivers have put themselves into contention to reach the illustrious 3-peat. It’s on the radar, but not the focus of the team. It is a long way out and the team is not focused on that at this point, but the team will take this season one race at a time just as they always have.

PRO 4×4 Points Standings

Pos Driver Vehicle # Points Oakley Bombs
1 Ricky Johnson 1 137 2
2 Johnny Greaves 22 131 2
3 Scott Douglas 7 122 1

PRO 2WD Points Standings

Pos Driver Vehicle # Points Oakley Bombs
1 Bryce Menzies 1 140 1
2 Rob Maccachren 21 127 2
3 Chad Hord 9 109 0
Jun 20

Skullcandy Team Nissan’s New Driver, Ryan Ellis, Scores Top 5 at the Diamond Cellar Classic

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Skullcandy Team Nissan #33P1 Groupe Driver Ryan Ellis adapted to new surroundings in grand style this past weekend at the Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the latest round of the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series. Ellis would turn laps for the first time in the Skullcandy Team Nissan #33 Nissan Altima, and would quickly be in the Top-5 in the first practice. During the second practice session of the weekend, the gearbox malfunctioned and had to be replaced prior to the qualifying. This put a lot of pressure on the team to get things just right and get Ellis out on time for the session.

The mission was a success as Ellis quickly moved up the timing charts during the qualifying session, finishing in third place in the Street Tuner class. A misinterpretation of the data by the series ultimately led to the entry having to start at the back of the 56-car field, and 31st in class. Ellis wasn’t happy that his teams’ efforts in qualifying were nullified, but ultimately took to the challenge that starting at the rear of the large field would create. His new goal, instead of bringing the car over to his co-driver in the lead changed to being in the Top 10, was a challenge he happily accepted.

Ellis took the green flag at 10:30am on Saturday to start the race, and within 1.5 laps had already passed 11 cars. In total, Ellis was up 21 spots within the first half hour of the race to hand the car over to Vesko Kozarov in the exact 10th position he expected. Kozarov worked his way up to second place before having to pit for fuel, again moving towards the back, only to work his way back up again. A late dash toward the front on a restart put #33 Skullcandy Team Nissan entry across the finish line in 5th position in the Street Tuner class. This marked the highest finish for the Skullcandy team since winning at Daytona to start the season! This also marked Ellis’ second Top 5 finish in as many races.

Skullcandy Team Nissan #33“Our weekend at Mid-Ohio was a great success. Everyone at SkullCandy Team Nissan were very welcoming and worked hard all weekend to give Vesko and I a great car. With two top-5 finishes in a row, I’m only 19 points out of second place in the championship with six races remaining.” Ellis continues: “With just a podium or two, I can be right up at the front of the points championship and that is nothing short of a dream come true… Only ten days until we’re back on track, and I can’t wait!”

Ellis sits 7th in CTSCC Street Tuner Driver Points Standings with the #33 Skullcandy Team Nissan in 15th place in the Team Points Standings. The Diamond Cellar Classic will air on SPEED on June 23rd, 2013 at 4:00pm EST.

Jun 10

The Wolfpack Takes on Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Regional Offroad Series at Glen Helen

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UTVs lined up at the LOORS Glen Helen raceRound 3 of the Lucas Oil Regional Offroad Series on Saturday, June 8th, showcased another outstanding turnout of fans and drivers alike. The San Bernardino California Summer weather was just right for early June with warm sunshine and cool breezes through Glen Helen Raceway. Wolfpack Team Partners like Rockstar Energy and Polaris enjoyed the prominent footprint and a prime front row location offering great interaction with the fans.

The Walker Evans / Polaris RZR UTV class boasted a whopping 30 cars. As the competition is getting stiffer and the number of cars growing, it is making for some exciting race action on the track.

The Rockstar Energy / Polaris UTV Wolfpack teammates arrived on track ready for battle and laid down some quick lap times in the early morning qualifier. Despite some “questionable” cheater cars on the track, the Wolfpack RZRs outran most of the field awarding Jason Merrell the pole position for the main event.

Jeremy Merrell at Lucas Oil Offroad Regional Series at Glen Helen

Jeremy Merrell flying high at Glen Helen

Starting up front, Jason Merrell’s Rockstar Energy RZR kept good pace with the top three for several laps until the #718 Polaris got tangled up with another driver. He battled back and forth for position, but finished the race just shy of the box in the 5th place.  Jeremy Merrell had a great start to his race after starting 12th halfway up the deep field. Jeremy quickly worked his way into 4th position on the first lap. Unfortunately, a few laps later, a huge impact on the front of his car would stop his race early. Bryan Carr made his way from a 7th place starting position all the way up into the top four. Unfortunately, Bryan later submitted due to a hole in his radiator and overheating issues which kept him from finishing the race. Jordan Cochrum had some qualifying issues and was forced to start in the back of the field. Managing to fight his way through roughly 19 cars, Jordan applied perseverance and smart racing to earn a 12th place finish.

The Wolfpack finished this race a bit wounded, but certainly not out for the championship as Bryan Carr and Jason Merrell are still sitting in the top ten for points.

May 30

Campbell Racing’s, Wayland Campbell, Grabs Another Podium Finish at the Glen Helen Grand Prix

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This past weekend, May 24th-25th, Wayland Campbell put the #3AZ Campbell Racing Monster Machine on the podium again at the 4 Wheel Parts Ultra 4 Glen Helen Grand Prix, bringing home a 2nd place finish.  The action started with practice and qualifying on Friday, leading into heat races on Saturday morning to qualify for the main that afternoon.  After running a few practice laps to get comfortable with the course, Wayland decided to save the car knowing that it would be a long 2 days and hard on equipment.

Glen Helen Grand Prix: Wayland Campbell

Wayland Campbell

On Friday afternoon Wayland ran just a few qualifying laps and continued to save the car as this would only determine his starting position for the heat race the next morning.  Wayland and co-driver Ryan Miller qualified 16th out of the largest field of cars ever seen at any Ultra 4 regional series race, which placed them 8th in Heat 2.  At the start of Heat 2, running their own pace they quickly caught the cars in front of them.  After making a few passes, they pulled into 3rd and held their position to the finish off the heat, qualifying for the main.

Starting 5th in the main, Wayland maintained his own pace, knowing that two hours on this course would surely take a toll as the race wore on.  After maintaining 5th for the first hour, Wayland found his way into 3rd place as Jason Scherer and father, Shannon Campbell, suffered from mechanical issues.  With a half hour left to race, and still running in 3rd place, the #3AZ car was well on its way to another podium finish.

With about 25 minutes left to race, Loren Healy appeared in Ryan’s mirror, running hard and clearly on a mission.  As Healy raced aggressively, the team pushed hard for two laps, finding themselves closing in on Kevin Sacalas in 2nd place, who pulled off course with mechanical issues.  Now in 2nd place with 3 laps to go, whether Healy passed Wayland and Ryan or not, they knew that if they just kept the car together, they would win another podium finish.  This, however, was not the way they would run the remainder of the race.  Ryan told Wayland that he won’t let 2nd place get taken away right at the end.  Wayland then pushed the pace a little more with Ryan and the pit keeping a close eye on Healy.  Running strong all the through, they held their position and crossed the line in 2nd place, winning Wayland back to back podium finishes!

Glen Helen Grand Prix: Wayland Campbell

Wayland Campbell

Wayland’s father, Shannon Campbell, was not so lucky in this race, pulling off a dramatic 10th place in the #5AZ car finish feeling like a piece of battered chicken in a frying pan at the Ultra4 4Wheel Parts Grand Prix. After throwing down a few hot laps pulling off the track with the fastest lap time to soon find out that Nelson, Healy and Scherer would then top it, putting him in 4th out of 70 cars.

Shannon Campbell catching some air time

Shannon Campbell catching some air time

Starting the main event Saturday afternoon, #5AZ was the second car off the line right behind Scherer. Running a smooth, fast pace, Shannon found himself in 1st. Unfortunately, disaster struck when the steering hose blew right between Shannon’s feet, covering him in hot oil from head to toe. Forgetting his car was moving quickly, Shannon tried jumping out the front window as the car traveled through a wash and took out a small tree, a chain link fence, and hitting the camp trailer he had rented for the weekend.  Shannon launched out the front window, landing flat on his back in the middle of his own camp, laughing and crying at the same time.

Battered in dirt, he proceeded to fix the car and took a couple of Aleve, knowing he would be in severe pain when the adrenaline wore off. Shannon’s Mastercraft fire suit and helmet saved the rest of his body from further injury other than the 2nd degree burns on both feet and ankles. Learning again the hard way that running shoes are not the proper attire for racing, Shannon will soon be investing in new Mastercraft Safety shoes and socks.

Campbell Racing would like to thank Scott Diekman, the onsite EMT’s, and everyone that was there to help. Ultra4 is like a big family and the team is proud to be a part of it!

Next up for Campbell Racing:

June 20-22: LOORS/Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT

June 28-29: Ultra4/Badlands in Attica, IN

May 29

The Wolfpack Takes the Podium Again at Round 3 of the Dirt Series

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Round 3 Dirt SeriesThe Rockstar Energy / Polaris UTV Wolfpack earned another pair of podium finishes at Round 3 of the Dirt Series on Saturday, May 18th, at Milestone MX Park in Riverside, California. Bryan Carr and Jason Merrell raced while teammates Jeremy Merrell and Jordan Cochrum had their Polaris UTV’s on display in Lake Elsinore at the Lucas Oil Off Road Races during the Rockstar Energy So-Cal Nationals.

Round 3 Dirt SeriesDirt Entertainment, also known as the Dirt Series of Racing, has grown rapidly in popularity over the past two years. The UTV SxS racing has really blown up, attracting insane crowds to the track. Jason Merrell explained, “The Dirt Series is a lot fun of fun because they build exciting courses that make for action packed racing. Originally constructed for quads and dirt bikes, they just make a few adjustments for the SxS UTVs and then figure out the best approach, jumps and landings. It’s almost…like riding a dirt bike…The cars that we are seeing race on the regular are super fast and getting big air. The back table top step up was the best jump on the track; hitting the face wide open and utilizing the mixture of Walker Evans Shocks and the throttle to keep the car level was tricky. It’s amazing what these Polaris 900XP RZR’s get put through in a race, and still hold up to the constant abuse.”

 Round 3 Dirt SeriesThe gate line up for Production 1000 Class was a large and highly competitive field. Bryan Carr, of Carr One Fabrication, raced his machine into the top four off the gate start.  After a few laps in, Bryan worked his Polaris into the top position. As his Polaris RZR 900XP pulled him around the track, Bryan finished in 1st place and is currently the points leader for the Production class.

The UTV Unlimited division featured the bigger motor cars. Jason Merrell entered his stock 900XP, and was able to get a great start by shooting straight to the corner. Jason was barely closed out and blocked by two Can Am machines in an aggressive defense as neither car let off or gave any ground. Jason, not wanting to damage his Polaris, settled in to hunt down the front runners by looking for a clean passing opportunity. As the race continued under the lights, it seemed the track was a lot faster than earlier in the day. The heat race was problematic as the sun was setting on one side of the track, and made it near impossible to see the jumps ahead. Jason went onto finish in 3rd place for the main race, and secured 3rd place overall that day.

Round 3 Dirt SeriesThe team has had a very successful first few months of the race season, placing a team driver one the podium at nearly every race entered to date. Team manager Jason Merrell explains, “Our team is very aggressive and that is what it takes to finish at the top in this highly competitive motorsport. We could not do it without support from our sponsors because, without them, we would not have the performance that drives us to keep our team on the podium.”