The Southern Rock Racing Series has been gaining steam since its first race back in the spring. Where else can you see over 20 of the best drivers in the sport all at one location? A record crowd came out to watch these throttle jockeys put on a show for Race 2 at Hawk Pride Offroad in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Competitors came from as far away as Michigan to particpate in this one day battle royal of the baddest of the bad.
After a brief drivers meeting we all convoyed over to the first hill of the day. The hill was the old bounty hill from the 2wd vs. 4wd competition held last month. This hill was a great starter and let the drivers get warmed up. Jordan Tanner started the show by launching in the air off of the first terrace. The John Deere Buggy lost a driveshaft on his 3rd place run on hill 1 that also took out the transfer case finishing his racing for the day. Peter Basler had his suspension fine tuned and smoked the first course with the fastest time followed closely by Travis Lovett in the Hitman Buggy.
The second course of the day was a brand new freshly cut hill just over from the bounty hill. This was a long hill with multiple ledges to keep the drivers on their toes. Bobby Tanner screamed up the course like a man on a mission with the fastest time of the day. Once again Travis Lovetts lightweight hitman buggy made it look easy with a 2nd place finish. LC made a fast time as well in the Busted Knuckle Buggy for a 3rd place finish on hill 2.
To the surprise of the crowd and the drivers the guys over SRRS decided that the Hawk Pride Motocross track would be the last and final course. The drivers had a chance to prerun the track during lunch to get mentally prepared. Afterall they were hitting a track designed for 300lb dirtbikes not 4000lb buggies! The good thing is the broken rigs could run the course in 2wd. Bobby Tanner showed that all things are possible with enough skinny pedal as he lauched over the first table top landing cleanly on the downslope and gasing away. Some drivers even made the doubles on the back side of the track. Adam Adair a former motocross rider was looking at home on the track until he ran off course and ended up on his lid. The boys from Michigan were going big in their mammoth rigs as well with no fear! I’ve never in my life seen people get air like these guys. Jordan had the fastest lap in his screamin 2 buggy and did a few celebration cyclones for the crowd. Scott Roberts and Cory Miller finished off the top 3.
After all was said and done Travis Lovett and the Sosebees Off Road and Performance built Hitman Buggy is your Southern Rock Racing Series Race 2 Champion. His two 2nd place finishes on the first two courses brought him out on top. The next race will be August 4th at Wheeling in the Country located in Summertown, Tennessee. The competition is getting fierce as we get closer to the 10,000 Championship Race at Superlift!
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Here are the standings after Race 2.