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Brothers Win Grand National Pro-Modified Championship for Top Rockcrawling Honors
Brothers Brad and Roger Lovell are known as the best of the best when it comes to rockcrawling, and they have the stats to prove it. Over the past six years they have dominated the Pro-Modified class and they recently won top We-Rock Honors.
Torchmate Ford Ranger with K&N products owned by Brad and Roger Lovell. The brothers are the first to win the National Championships in both XRRA and We-Rock, photo by Chad Jock
The Amsoil/Torchmate Racing Team took home the We-Rock Grand National Championship. The Lovell’s have six Western Series Championships and two XRRA National Titles. “I never dreamed that we could win both the
and We-Rock Grand National Championships,” said Brad Lovell. “It’s a great reward for years of hard work.”
Roger Lovell spots for brother Brad Lovell in the We Rock National Championship at Farmington, New Mexico, photo by Chad Jock
The best rockcrawlers from the East challenged the best rockcrawlers from the West in Farmington, New Mexico. “Farmington is known for it’s high bluff and death defying climbs,” said Lovell. “The We-Rock courses were what we expected.”
Many of the Eastern teams were not used to driving on natural rocks and were at a disadvantage. The Western teams were used to it. After a solid start the Lovell’s No. 232 tackled course B4. The course gave competitors the option to risk a horrific fall and climb a 30 foot bluff.
“Our BFGoodrich rubber gripped where others struggled and failed,” said Lovell. “We also depend on our K&N air filters. There is a lot of silt and fine dust on these courses and K&N keeps the debris out of our engines and keeps our sensors from clogging up. There is also a slight taper to give us the clearance and flexibility we need on these difficult courses.”
Brad and Roger Lovell got a perfect score on the B4 course and moved into the lead. All weekend long the brothers continued to strategize and make smart moves. They carried an 18 point lead into the final round. “After we claimed another huge wall on course A4, I knew we would finish well,” said Brad Lovell. “A lot of people rolled there and we climbed to the top.”
The brothers had a plan for the shootout. Roger Lovell spotted for Brad Lovell and the Torchmate Ranger furthered its lead before reaching the finish line and the victory. “I’m proud of our team, family and sponsors for this accomplishment. No single truck has ever won the National Championships in both XRRA and We-Rock. Between events all we did was change the tires and gearing. It says a lot for the versatility of the truck and the parts we use.”
Brad and Roger Lovell have several races to go before they put their 2009 campaign to rest. In the middle of November they will leave for the Baja 1000.
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