K&N sponsored racers Brad and Roger Lovell won the season opener in the highly
competitive Pro-Mod class at the first 2008 WE-Rock rockcrawl at Perris,
Team Lovell now leads both XRRA and the WE-rock Series.
K&N Filters pit crew helped Team Lovell at Perris, California
The Lovell’s took out the other 24 entrants in the Pro-Mod class including
veteran Super-Mod competitors Tracy Jordan and Jason Scherer. “My brother and I were both a
bit nervous,” said Roger Lovell. “We had not pushed the new Ranger to extremes
in the rocks and were unsure how it would perform.”
WE-Rock opener at Perris, California won by Lovell Racing
Team Lovell owned the Pro-Mod class by 26 points, photo by
As the course began to get chewed up with each driver, the new Lovell vehicle
remained stable and predictable throughout the race. “I never felt that I pushed
it harder than I needed to,” said Lovell. “My biggest concern was our
Near the end of the first day, Brad Lovell lined up the Fabtech
Ranger with K&N Engineering products for a tough climb. He pushed a front tire
into the rock and the Ranger crawled to the top. As the second front tire
approached, Lovell repeatedly stabbed the gas pedal in an effort to gain
traction. The right amount of bounce launched the Ranger up the ledge but while
Lovell stayed focused on traction and throttle, he abused the power steering
pump. There was damage. “We finished the course and ran out to the pits to
borrow a spare pump,” said Lovell. “We got ready for the next course with a
little help from our K&N Filters pit crew.”
On day two the Lovell brothers started tied for second place. Team Lovell had to decide whether to tackle the huge 20 point
bonus ledge. “You have one chance when going down ledges,” he said. “You either
land on your tires or your roof. I don’t think one driver out there wanted to do
it but we knew we had to if we wanted to protect our lead. It was roughly
equivalent to driving off of a house with only a bail of hay to break your
Spotter Roger lined Brad up. “I kept telling myself to trust my spotter and have
faith in my suspension,” said Roger Lovell. “I went down and opened all 400
horsepower as the front tires landed. It was filthy out there but with our K&N air
filter we had one less thing to worry about. We got the filtration we needed
with K&N.” The rear tires contacted the ground without a bounce and Team Lovell
knew they had raised the bar for everyone behind them.
Team Lovell twisted, turned and climbed their way through the rest of the
courses and widened their first place lead to 26 points. They were the only
Pro-Mod team to work their vehicle between the gates and finish.
The next stop for the Lovell brothers is XRRA Round 2 in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May
Also check out the K&N Sponsored Teams at WE Rock Season Opener video and the King of the Hammers, Rock Crawling & Desert Racing Combined video.
Follow Team Lovell throughout the racing season at the
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