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Xtreme Off-Road Opener in Moab, Utah Win by Brad Lovell

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Team Lovell took two trucks to the XRRA Rock Race in Moab, Utah and faced off against 40 of the nation's top rock racers. Roger Lovell ran his revamped No. 32 DirtLogic Ranger alongside Brad Lovell’s No. 232 Fabtech Ford. Both of the brothers are sponsored by K&N Engineering and use K&N products.

Team Lovell on the course at Moab, Utah
Team Lovell on the course at Moab, Utah
XRRA off-road truck air borne at desert race in Moab, Utah
XRRA off-road truck air borne at desert race in Moab, Utah
The drivers reviewed the running order as the sun crept down the red rock canyon. Brad Lovell drew the short straw and was forced to face the toughest course without the advantage of watching other racers. The course had the usual jumps and rock climbs, but also featured a massive boulder lined trench. “We flew through the jumps and rock climb then tried to straddle the trench,” said Lovell. “It turned out to be a bad idea. We got a tire caught, tried to back up and rolled. It cost us six minutes.”
Team Lovell navigating a boulder lined trech Team Lovell navigating a boulder lined trench
Brad Lovell pushes his truck to claim the XRRA season opener
Brad Lovell pushes his truck to claim the XRRA season opener

Roger Lovell’s luck turned out to be very different. The No. 23 DirtLogic Ranger set the fastest time in lane one. “Running 50 miles at King of the Hammers really gave me the seat time to feel confident behind the wheel,” said Roger Lovell. “We spent a day tuning the air shocks in the dunes and the truck felt great.”

During the final race of the day, Roger Lovell’s bell housing fractured and wedged itself against the flywheel. “Our truck was immediately disabled,” said Roger Lovell. “It was incredibly frustrating to finish a strong day this way. We were positioned to be in the final round but our luck ran out. It was a freak occurrence.”

In Team Lovell’s No. 232 Brad and his co-driver tore up the track in their 400 horsepower Ford motor. “We figured we were out of the running and decided to go for experience and season points,” said Lovell. “The formula worked and the No. 232 was shaving full minutes off of the competition.”

At the end of the day, Roger Lovell’s misfortune made room for Brad in the finals as the Fabtech Ford slid into sixth place with less than a ten-second margin. Brad Lovell finished the day in first place. “We came from last to first,” said Lovell. “I am amazed by what this truck can do, it is blistering fast.”

The next competition will be the WE-Rock Round No. 1 in Perris, California on April 10-12.

Also check out the King of the Hammers, Rock Crawling & Desert Racing Combined video.

Follow Team Lovell throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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