Dirt Riot Southwest and Mountian Finals
Dusty! Dry! Hot! Awesome! 41 rigs showed up for Dirt Riot's final rounds in the Mountain series and Southwest series.
The course that Josh England designed for this race last year was one of the drivers' favorite courses. It was a very fast course with lots of obstacles that were not overly difficult, but could take you out of the race if you make a mistake. Many sandy hill climbs, tight turns, and rocky canyons made sure that all drivers needed to stay sharp. This is one of the reason why Josh and Big Rich decided to use the same course again this year. The other reason is that the main challenge designing a course at this location is there are only two places to cross the small river that follows down the property, and this really limits the course flow.
The day started off with Chris Hoyt putting up the fastest qualifying time. Then the eight UTVs were let loose for their one-hour race. Stephen Lee did 7 laps and took first place, with Justin Meader 1 minute and 40 seconds behind him. Cody Nygren took 3rd place and there were 3 UTVs that did not make it back under their own power.
After the UTV's were cleared off the course the Stock Trail and Stock Modified classes had their one-hour race. The stock classes raced at the same time as the 4500 and 4600 classes, but the 4500 and 4600 classes ran for two hours. There were four rigs in the Stock Trail class and two of them only made it 1 lap. Jason Davis took first with Keith Sachs in second. In the Stock Modified class Ryan Miller was able to complete six laps where Rawlin McGhie (second place) and Carlos Gonzales (third place) were only able to finish five laps. The other three in the Stock Modified class had issues and could not finish. The 4500 class had a great battle for 1st and 2nd between Jeff Rector (1st) and Mitch Funk (2nd) - both were able to complete 13 laps. 4600 class had some bad luck with most of the competitors only finishing seven laps -- however, our winner, Jason Kaminsky was able to complete 11 laps.
The sportsmanship between all drivers in all four of these classes was awesome to watch. There were so many issues out on the course but other racers would stop to see if they could help keep each other get going.
The 4400 class race was one of the dustiest races we have seen in a long time. The course was torn up by the other races throughout the day, and the big horse power and big tires of the 4400s did not help. There was a great field of drivers in this race, a total of 12 rigs, and big names like Chris Hoyt, Brad Lovell, Andrew McLaughlin, Randy Rodd, Ben Swain, and the Shirley's. As is normal, there were some breakdowns and other small issues. All and all it was a fast, dusty race; the leaders made 14 laps with an average of 8:30 minutes each lap.
1. Stephen Lee 2. Justin Meader 3. Cody Nygren
Stock Modified Class
1. Ryan Miller 2. Rawlin McGhie 3. Carlos Gonzales
1. Jason Davis 2. Keith Sachs 3. Rob Flandro
Pro 4500 4×4
1. Jeff Rector 2. Mitch Funk 3. Alan Johnson
Pro 4600 4×4
1. Jason Kaminsky 2, Cody Folsom 3. Ferris McCollum
Pro 4400 4×4
1. Chris Hoyt 2. Andrew McLaughlin 3. Airen Patrick
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