Season two of the Southern Rock Racing Series began at Choccolocco Mountain ORV park in Jacksonville, AL. After last year’s success and publicity online and in print media, the series is picking up momentum and support from the industry. 2013 is going to be a good year for southern rock racing!
New for 2013 is qualifying on Friday for Saturday’s main event. Over 25 competitors lined up on Friday for their shot at getting into the big show. The qualifying course was supposed to be an easier climb but the exit hill proved to be more difficult than planned and took out about 1/3 the qualifiers before they could finish. Lots of broken parts and a couple rolls. Derek West laid down the fastest qualifying time and once again proved his skills in navigating tight and technical courses.
Race day was hectic with nearly 1000 people trying to get through the gate to see the show. The first course was on “Playground”, a boulder field filled with sharp edges and big ledges. The most difficult part of the course was a tree in the middle of the course that made competitors chose a tight turn or a big ledge. This was a problem until Brandon Dillon came up in his Backyard Fab chassis full throttle and hooked the tree, uprooting it and ultimately rolling down the hill with it. Justin Tune made the fastest time with his newly rebuilt “Hillbilly Deluxe” Smith Motorsports chassis after a bad fire last year took it out for a few months.
Course two was called “Boat Ramp” and it was a slick 30′ rock face that required fully throttle to ascend. SRRS chose to add a little excitement with a bonus line at the top of the hill which proved to be a great way to gain extra series points, if you could climb it. Bobby Tanner smoked the bottom ledge and the bonus line being one of just a few competitors to climb it. Ken Blume was about to take the bonus line with ease with his light weight comp chassis to prove that it’s not all about raw power! Dale Larson however punished his FJ40 buggy with a dozen full throttle attempts at the bonus line, one of which attempts he backflipped and landed right back on the wheels in perfect line to attack the hill again!
For the last several events Choccolocco has had, they’ve had a Bounty Climb event at the end of it to climb a hill called “pick your poison”. Tons of carnage has been seen at this climb and after several dozen rigs have attempted it as of comp day it was never climbed. Many drivers lined up for their chance to give the hill a shot and as the day went on and rocks were moved, one even rolling down the hill and knocking a wheel off a buggy on standby, the hill was eventually climbed by Kevin Posey in his Mast Motorsports powered Smith chassis. Kevin took home a whopping $3500 from this climb and a huge smile! After Kevin made the climb two more competitors, Bobby Tanner and Donald Hadden successfully climbed the difficult section only to time out at the top before crossing the finish of the hill.
At the end of it all Mr. Consistency, Peter Basler took the win in his BTF chassis, followed by Justin Tune and Luke Wilson.