First UROC Rockcross at Salt Lake City, Utah Head-to-Head Battle

The first head-to-head UROC Rockcross Rock Race went down in Salt Lake City and Lovell Racing was on the program to see what is was all about.

Round One of UROC Rockcross
Round One of UROC Rockcross
Team Lovell qualifying at UROC Rockcross
Team Lovell qualifying at UROC Rockcross
“I like to compare rock crawling to fencing and XRRA to boxing,” said Brand Lovell. “UROC Rockcross is like a knife fight in Tijuana.” Teams were nervous and excited as time trials got underway to determine start positions. Brad Lovell and co-driver Mike Foster qualified in 4th place.
Team Stumph drove over Team Lovell at UROC Team Stumph drove over Team Lovell at UROC
Finals at Salt Lake City
Finals at UROC Rockcross

Team Lovell made it to the first heat of the first Rockcross. “My skin was crawling and I wanted nothing more than to have that green flag drop,” said Lovell. “Nobody knew how this was going to work out. We took off and all the excitement turned into sheer focus on beating the two trucks next to me. Luckily, we got the hole-shot and hit the rock first. From there we never looked back and got a ticket to the semi-finals.”

Team Lovell was pitted against Team Stumph and Team Schiesow in the next race. “These guys have good cars and are good drivers,” said Lovell. “We didn’t have lane choice and barely made it to the rock first. Stumph hit us and drove over our hood onto the rock. We squared in behind him and made a quick pass on the backstretch. He was bumping us in the fast turn but lost control. We had clear sailing for the next two laps and Stumph and Schiesow battled it out for the rest of the race.”

Lovell made it to the finals and had a pretty even start with his competition from the gate. Team Maybe made it over the rock first and Lovell was on his tail. “This guy was fast and we had a good race going. We would get right on him in the rock but there was no room to pass. We came out of the rock and I was on two wheels. I had to lift to get the inside tires down so I didn’t roll and Maybe pushed ahead. We came within inches of rolling of the next climb and I was forced to back up.”

Lovell plunged over the rock and into the dust. He did not see a hairpin turn and ended the race upside down with a face full of dust. Team Lovell walked away with 2nd place.

“I have to hand it to Jimmy Maybe for some extremely fast heads up racing,” said Lovell. “We had the ride of our lives.” Team Lovell uses K&N Engineering products. “There is a lot of silt and fine dust on these courses,” said Lovell. “K&N Filters keep the debris out of our engines and our sensors do not clog up. There is also a slight taper to give me the clearance and flexibility I need in this kind of competition.”

The FABTECH Ford Ranger is in the shop for repairs. Brad and Roger Lovell will team up for the WE-Rock US Finals in Houston, Texas on September 15 and 16.

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