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Upcoming WeRock Grand Nationals in Houston, Texas!
Friday August 24th, 2007
"Coming into only its third year of existence, the Grand Nationals have gained much exposure and hype as the event has become the largest in all of Rock Crawling. Last years Grand Nations was nothing short of epic and this years is set to top even that. Located at the newest facility just outside of Houston, Texas, the site will feature more natural type terrain which will include trees for both the spectator area and the Competition Area. ...." quote from We-Rock.com
Be sure to come out and see Team Quadratec and meet the drivers and the crew! Aaron Stapen in his 609 Stock Modified YJ will be defending his 2nd place series standing and looking to move up to the top of the podium. Don't forget the awe inspiring driving skill of number 831's driver Gavin Lewis as he drives to the finish in his Pro-Modified CJ. Kurt Shramovich in his number 832 Stock Modified TJ will be dazzling the crowd with his aggressive driving style as the rocks need to be punished and punished hard! Let's not forget the guys that make this possible for them, their spotters, Bruce Shallis and Chris Walton, and the crew chief Ron "R2" Lind.
So, What To Expect. . .
If you have never seen a Rock Crawling competition before, you might be asking yourself or the person standing next to you, this same question.
Rock Crawling is a new competitive sport, entering only it’s 7th year. The sport is designed to test the mental make-up of the driver, the physical fortitude of the spotter and the mechanical abilities of the vehicle. These 3 make up the team. The competition is a trials type of event and scored much like a game of golf. The course on which the teams compete is laid out in a series of “obstacles”. At this event there are 8 obstacles for each team to complete. The team with the lowest score is named the winner. The teams are scored with penalty and bonus points (see chart), general penalties include: Backing up or putting the vehicle into reverse, hitting the cones that are used to lay out the course, using a spotters strap, use of their winch, and using to much time. General bonus points are: progression gates, and hard bonus routes.
The guys and gals you’ll see out here today are the leaders in this new sport, watch for their names in the future, get their autographs, for someday this sports might equal or outgrow many of the other organized motor sports we watch on TV today.
Total points on any course driven can be as high as 40, 50 points if a course is not attempted.
1 point, Backing up or changing of direction
10 points, touch a course marker (cone, banner, etc.) by the team, including spotter or equipment
40 points, timing out (time limit for all W.E. ROCK courses is 10 minutes)
5 points, use of rear steer (given per course if used)
8 points, for not using a spotter strap
30 points, use of winch to aid forward progress
1 point, for each set of cones completed, also called Progression Points
10+ points, completing a bonus line (blue cones)
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This is to help the first time spectator be ready to enjoy a Rock Crawling event. The suggestions here are geared toward an event held in a natural environment. Natural environments mean dirt, sand and rocks, so please remember to wear comfortable shoes, and shoes that can help you handle these elements. As some events are held at man-made courses, some items are not allowed. However, basic necessities to protect your skin are always appropriate.
At all W.E. Rock events you will find your basic needs filled, items such as:
• Portable toilets
• First Aid personnel
• Food vendors (basic faire)
On most occasions, sun will be plentiful, so be prepared for it. Here is a list items you might need at a typical Rock Crawling event.
• Sun screen
• Portable shade
• Wide brim hat
• Ice Chest
• Fruit Drinks
• Weather-appropriate clothes
• Blankets for cold weather or to sit on
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