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Team Quadratec Takes 1st Place in Jellico, TN WE-Rock East!
Thursday July 17th, 2008
Last month we left W.E. Rock East in Dayton, TN with lightning and heavy rain. This month we arrived to Jellico, TN to much of the same. Tech inspection ended with the Emergency broadcasting system interrupting the radio to let everyone know the National Weather Service had issued a server thunderstorm warning with nickel size hail and cloud to ground lighting. It made for an impressive show, but the accidents it caused shut down I75 going north and forced some of the competitors to take a detour along W25, a twisty mountain road, to get to Jellico.
This morning we woke up to heavy rains, but the good news is the thunder storms have passed. Weather forecasters are calling for the rain to be out of the area in about an hour, so W.E. Rock made the decision to take a rain delay. We should be getting started about 11am. I knew I should have grabbed the rain gear. Also the courses here in Jellico are pretty spread out so I am going to be doing a lot more running around getting as much info I can. Be ready for updates every 30 minutes instead of every 15.
UPDATE 11:25AM The rain has stopped and the sun is actually trying to peak out behind the clouds. Drivers have walked the courses and the judges have been given their instructions and we will be getting going in just a few minutes. The courses look really nasty and we should be seeing LOTS of throttle to get up the muddy courses. Little Rich set the courses for rain, but man they still look intense.
UPDATE 11:40AM First up on B2 is Bunny Rose of Rose Crawlers is starting on B2. This mud is making it tough. She is barely through the start gates is having lots of trouble. UPDATE 12:30PM Bottums Up Rock Racing got eaten up on B2 and put it on its lid. Shameless Racing gave B4 heck but ended up rolling off the start gates. Wild Nut Express made a nice clean run on A3. Team Quadratrec took a little different approach on B4 and tried to back down the starting gates. While backing down lined them up pretty good for the second set of cones they still put the rig over on the second set of gates. Alan Rich put on a heck of a show on B4, but couldn't get through the course. Shannon and Nick Campbell backed down the start on B4 then winched up the second set of gates. They spun it around and did a nice nose stand off the big drop. Sometime during the run they ended putting a nice cute in the sidewall. Rusty Bray had to really use the throttle on B3 but ended up being the first to make it up the muddy climb that has been denying everyone. Team Crush did their best on B2 but this muddy climbs are being really kicking the teams butts. Kelly Young just did her best on C1 but ended up running out of time while Team Quadratec's Kurt Shramovich Coasted through the course. Yota Offroad is seeing if they can get up the nasty climb on B2. Everyone can make it to the first set of rocks but they just can\'t get any traction.Bunny and Eugene Rose just made it through B3.
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