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Cal ROCS Rock Crawling Event Win for Capistrano Beach, California Team

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A Cal ROCS rock crawling competition was held at the Donner Ski Ranch near Lake Tahoe, California. Team Waggoner brought its moon buggy, named Roxanne, and earned its 22nd career first place win.

Cal ROCS competition at Donner Ski Ranch near Lake Tahoe, California
Cal ROCS competition at Donner Ski Ranch near Lake Tahoe, California

Team Waggoner will try for first place series title in WE ROCK West Coast Series July 18-19 in Oroville, California
Team Waggoner will try for first place series title in WE ROCK West Coast Series July 18-19 in Oroville, California
“The plan for the weekend was to play it conservative and to have fun,” said Lindsay Waggoner of Team Waggoner Racing. “This was an added event and not part of the WE ROCK series. It was also a good time to make sure Roxanne was running smoothly before the final WE ROCK series event."
Team Waggoner of Capistrano Beach, California earns its 22nd career first place win at Cal ROCS event near Lake Tahoe, California
Team Waggoner of Capistrano Beach, California earns its 22nd career first place win at Cal ROCS event near Lake Tahoe, California

Cody Waggoner climbs The Wall for extra bonus points at Donner Ski Ranch near Lake Tahoe, California
Cody Waggoner climbs The Wall for extra bonus points at Donner Ski Ranch near Lake Tahoe, California

The Donner Ski Ranch is known for its extreme courses. Cody Waggoner’s father was unable to make the event so Randall Davis stepped in to spot for him. “I was nervous about Randall spotting for my husband, especially since he never spotted before,” said Lindsay Waggoner. “But Randall proved to be a great asset to our team. He ran around, moved rocks and was extremely focused the entire weekend.”

Communication went well from the first course on for Waggoner and Davis. “There is no reason to try and push my rig to the extreme until it’s needed,” said Cody Waggoner. “I just drive like I know how to drive and do the best I can. That seems to work out for the best.”

At the end of the first day of competition, Team Waggoner was sitting in second place with only 6 points to make up on Sunday. “With courses like this it’s not over until it’s over,” said Waggoner. “We still had one more day to take the lead and win the event. We also had our K&N air filter which gave us more horsepower on our engine.”

The game plan for Team Waggoner continued to be a conservative approach. “We watched the other competitors and saw what we needed to do to stay on top and take the point lead,” said Waggoner. “Rock crawling is like chess, you have to figure out what move your opponent might make and then plan accordingly. Sometimes it works out.”

Team Waggoner took on bonus Course B3, also known as The Wall. It was a straight up rock climb that was tough. Some competitors made it, some rolled off the side before getting to the top. “When you are climbing at angles that extreme all you see is the sky and you think you are at the top, but you’re not,” he said. “Once I slowed I knew we had to do something so I would not roll of the side, so I pulled the rest of the way up instead of backing down and starting over again.” The final run was very technical, but they pulled it off and took first place. “Our K&N air filter gave us more horsepower than ever on our engine,” said Waggoner. “Our motor with K&N is strong and powerful.”

Team Waggoner will battle it out for the first place series title of the 2009 WE ROCK West Coast Series July 18-19 in Oroville, California.

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