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Quadratec Team 831 Driver Summary of Hannibal 2007

Tuesday April 17th, 2007
Gavin Lewis
Pro-Modified CJ #831
Quadratec Rock Crawling Team

After a 16 hour through the night drive our team arrived in Hannibal MO for the first stop of the 2007 We-Rock East series. We were entering this season with our new partner Quadratec and we going to put forth the best effort possible to represent our sponsor the best we could.

Friday consisted of tech and a show and shine were everyone was able to show off their fresh paint and new rigs for the locals who were able to show up. BFG sent their support truck to help their team out which would prove valuable for many teams. Low-Range magazine was their as well as providing live coverage of the event. Pressures were high as everyone was prepared to come out of the box swinging to capture an early points lead in the chase to the series title.

Saturday greeted all the teams with extremely wet conditions after near monsoon conditions the night before. The courses would have been challenging in dry conditions, but with the addition of the rain the difficulty factor had been raised. Bruce and I felt confident as we entered our first course, which we were leading the group on which meant two things for us, first we were running blind having not had the advantage of seeing anyone run the course, but we also had an advantage of the course not having been torn up by other competitors. We walked the first section which consisted of a steep drop off into a sharp turn and a steep side hill. Things went a little south however, while setting up for a bonus line we laid the rig on its side. After analyzing the situation we opted to start the rig back up and drive out of the roll in an effort to right the vehicle. The plan worked and we were able to drive the rig back onto its tires and complete the bonus and course with a 2, which turned out to be the third best score for that course.

Our second course we knew would be tough, it was a technical crawl which lead into a steep muddy hill climb with a tall ledge at the top. We gave it everything we had, but there was no getting the rig up the climb, only 1 team would complete this course for the weekend. What we did manage to do however was seize our motor in the attempt, we knew we had a slight rod knock going into the event but thought the motor would hold. I guess 5 minutes bouncing off the rev limiter was not a good thing! With a seized motor we were fearful our weekend was over. We were able to locate a new motor and with the help of some local wheelers we were able to swap motors over Saturday night and get back in to the competition.

Sunday morning was looking up, we had a positive outlook and we were the talk of the comp having spent the night doing the near impossible and swapping motors. We were on a first obstacle when we had a slight fire, the exhaust rap tape had caught fire from some oil that had leaked onto it the night before during the swap. We put the fire out and completed the first course with a negative 9, top score for the course on the day was a negative 10 so we were back in the fight. The second course revealed a new issue, our fire on the previous course had scorned a wire coming off the starter. When we bumped up the course the wire shorted out our fuel delivery system and we were shut down.

My spotter and I watched the third course while our pit crew fixed the burnt wire. The third obstacle was tough, few had finished and those that did were scoring in the 30s. We walked through the first section but were rejected off the bonus climb. We then went for gate 3 which was where everyone was having issues, taking the cone timing out and rolling over were the norm. Basically you were forced to make a 180 degree turn around the cone while side hilling a wall that was near vertical. We chose our line and in a ditch effort we were able to power out of the fall on one tire to complete the course with a 19, top score to that point and would only be topped by one competitor.

We had one course left and we were sitting on the bubble to make the shootout and top 6, we needed a good run on the last course. We tried a unique line where we backed into the course, it seemed to be working until we bound the front end and broke the hydraulic steering ram. We wrestled the truck through the rest of the course and with time winding down we tried to force the truck through the last gate. This effort would seal our fate as we blew the front drive shaft and our weekend was over, we had dropped to 8th place and missed the shootout.

Unfortunately our weekend did not end the way we had hoped, but considering the amount of breakage we sustained we finished well, 8th overall. I am ordering parts as I type this out and we will be ready for event 2. We are excited to congratulate team 832 for their 4th place finish in the stock mod and team 609 for their second place finish in stock mod.

I lastly want to thank our entire team for the support they gave this weekend taking time away from their lives to help us stay on course, and a big thanks to Isreal Bevill, Randy Tailman and Jamie Tailman for helping us get our rig back in the competition, we could NOT have done it without you guys!

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