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Ultra4s Invade The Bilek Silver State 300

May 4th2011

For this entry I’ll spare you from a play by play recap and instead share some quick highlights I took away from The Silver State 300.

1) Out of 144 cars & trucks, the Ultra4 class was the single largest class in The Silver State 300.

2) Chasing was easy as all pit stops were located directly off the main highway. This was great for both teams and spectators alike.

3) Watching Ultra4s battle it out with not just each other but with other vehicle classes makes The Silver State 300 stand out from the crowd.

That’s it…short and to the point. I’ll wrap up with class positions & times below (congratulations Shannon!) followed by a few shots I grabbed while out there (thank you BITD for the media pass!). Be sure to check back here this weekend as we continue with more rock crawling/racing motorsports action on May 7th with W.E.Rock’s Round #2 in Oroville, CA.

Cls Pos
Ovl Pos
Veh Num
Time on Course
The Team
1
24
4495
6:06:53.507
Shannon Campbell (41) Gilbert, AZ
2
42
4446
6:38:07.081
Gary Ferravanti Jr (31) Paso Robles, CA

Gary Ferravanti Sr (53) Paso Robles, CA

3
48
4485
6:50:53.010
Tony Pellegrino (46) Simi Valley, CA

Tony Fiori (47) Simi Valley, CA

4
52
4413
6:58:23.109
JT Taylor (42) Fountain, CO

Shanon Powell (38) Las Vegas, NV

Jacob Povey (24) Sparks, NV

5
53
4411
6:59:16.419
Dean Bulloch (52) Cedar City, UT

Karl Munford (47) Hatch, UT

6
58
4484
7:11:17.609
Casey Beach (24) Herriman, UT

Tylon Beach (23) Herriman, UT

7
59
4428
7:12:51.171
Loren Healy (30) Farmington, NM

Rodney Woody (27) Farmington, NM

8
61
4481
7:16:09.486
Alex Hardaway (32) Santa Rosa, CA

Ernie Hardaway (62) Santa Rosa, CA

9
62
4499
7:16:57.805
Jesse Haines (32) Sparks, NV

Rich Klein (26) Placerville, CA

10
65
4480
7:33:27.348
Bill Phillips () Whittier, CA

Hal Deschamp (52) Whittier, CA

Matt Phillips (27) Whittier, CA

Cody Deschamp (23) Whittier, Canada

11
67
4422
7:37:38.953
Todd McCullen (46) Apache Junction, AZ

Troy Dagen (48) Apache Junction, AZ

Ron Christenson (43) Apache Junction, AZ

12
68
4432
7:38:17.603
Roger Lovell (37) Colorado Springs, CO

Brad Lovell (34) Colorado Springs, CO

13
72
4474
7:59:25.760
Richie Carter (38) Simi Valley, CA

Kristen Carter (37) Simi Valley, CA

14
76
4455
8:10:48.899
Richard Mooneyham (35) Lake Havasu City, AZ

Brian Smith (46) Homeland, CA

Nate LaRusso (27) Camarillo, CA

15
79
4401
8:34:31.916
Dave Schneider (36) Reno, NV

Tim Priess (26) Carson City, NV

16
81
4440
8:52:38.469
Dave Moore (48) Mesa, AZ

Tim Flahart (29) Mesa, AZ

Trevor Flahart (24) San Tan Valley, AZ

17
84
4454
9:00:43.339
JT Stephens (28) Little Rock, AR

Scott Foster (46) Las Vegas, NV

Derrick Timney (41) Las Vegas, NV

18
87
4420
9:06:55.422
Derek West (32) Springfield, MO

Jason Henne (34) Springfield, MO

19
89
4494
9:46:35.274
Chris Garrison (27) Rancho Cordova, CA

Darin Floyd (26) Sacramento, CA

20
94
4441
10:39:00.791
Darren Henke (34) Golden, CO

Darlene Henke (34) Golden, CO

21
96
4409
11:05:06.698
Mike Dora (37) Queen Creek, AZ

Paul Garner (29) Queen Creek, AZ

Skip Schulte (38) Queen Creek, AZ

22
104
4461
DNF
Ben Napier (27) Sydney, NS, Australia

Wayne Israelsen (42) Menifee, CA

23
114
4405
DNF
Travis Carpenter (30) Orangevale, CA

Joshua Blay (33) Orangevale, CA

24
117
4412
DNF
Casey Trujillo (30) Farmington, NM

RJ Brown (39) Farmington, NM

25
118
4418
DNF
Zach Steele (35) Flora Vista, NM

Joe Warren (39) Farmington, NM

26
119
4452
DNF
Barry Beadle (39) Granbury, TX

Kevin Barnes (50) Burleson, TX

Barry Jr. Beadle (16) Granbury, TX

27
136
4402
DNF
Kevin Stearns (32) Morgan Hill, CA

Kyle Crowley (24) Cupertino, CA

28
137
4435
DNF
Kevin Sacalas (28) Riverside, CA

Tim Carlson (35) Moreno Valley, CA

29
138
4492
DNF
Scott Morris (38) Sunman, IN

David Hording (35) Cincinatti, OH

30
139
4463
DNF
Rob Lynch (48) Rockford, WA

Luke Shuman (25) Spokane, WA

31
140
4410
DNF
Curtis Warner (32) Armstrong, BC, Canada

David Warner (36) Delta, BC, Canada

Tommy Hunter (25) Burnaby, BC, Canada

32
144
4466
DQ
Ivan Vanortwick (33) Rowland Hts, CA

Brian Kirby (33) Ontario, CA

Dallas Wyatt (21) Chino Hills, CA

Derek West #4420 Derek West #4420 Derek West #4420 Kevin Sacalas #4435 Tony Pellegrino #4485 Tony Pellegrino #4485 Derek West #4420

Shannon Campbell #4495 Tony Pellegrino #4485 Tony Pellegrino #4485 Alex Hardaway #4481 Alex Hardaway #4481 JT Taylor #4413 JT Taylor #4413

JT Taylor #4413 JT Taylor #4413 Gary Ferravanti #4446 Roger Lovell #4432 Ivan Vanortwick #4466 Ivan Vanortwick #4466 Ben Napier #4461

Jesse Haines #4499 Ben Napier #4461 Ben Napier #4461 Ben Napier #4461 JT Taylor #4413 JT Taylor #4413 Nick Campbell #1554

Shannon Campbell #4495 Shannon Campbell #4495 Shannon Campbell #4495

Spidertrax Unit Bearings 2300+ Racing Miles Later

June 28th2010

This is a follow-up to our very popular "Domestic vs. Import Unit Bearings – Bearing Play Comparison" video posted back on October 15, 2009. In that video, we discussed the differences between domestic & import grade unit bearings using Kevin Sacalas’ domestic grade Spidertrax Unit Bearings for our case study.

Since that time, Kevin has now racked on over 2300 miles of extreme desert racing on these same unit bearings with his nearly 5000 lb race vehicle. So how are our unit bearings holding up? Watch the video and see for yourself.

Rock Racers Take On Best In The Desert

September 14th2009

https://i0.wp.com/files.spidertrax.com/images/sacalas.jpgKevin Sacalas makes history as the 1st Ultra4 class winner.

It was a few weeks after the 09’ King of the Hammers competition when I had first heard rumors of rock racers entering the BITD Vegas to Reno desert race. At the time, the idea of rock racers running a 1000 mile desert race seemed novel and not exactly realistic. After all, I had just watched a race where nearly half of the field didn’t make it to the rock section of the course where they were supposed to excel! Well, fast forward a few months and we have a group of 11 rock racers building and preparing cars for this long desert event. Although this race would not be the first time that a rock racer has entered a desert comp it would be the first time that rock racers would have their own class and would attempt to complete 1000 miles.

In the months leading up to the race, several drivers contacted us about the Spider 9 axles inquiring if the components were up to the task of a thousand miles of harsh desert abuse. Most of the concern was directed at the Spidertrax 1 Ton Unit Bearings and their reliability. I know that some people that have bad experiences with unit bearings, (most folks in the desert racing community regard them as junk), but we were pretty confident that the domestic grade unit bearings we use could survive. Spidertrax has spent many hours testing, dissecting and evaluating the quality of the F450 unit bearings made by different manufacturers and are convinced that the Timken brand unit bearings that we modify are of the highest quality and up to the task. Out of the field of 11 Ultra4 competitors, Spidertrax axles and components were on 6 of the vehicles. To date, all of the tests that we have done on the components were in rock crawling, rock racing and the KOH events. To say that this race would be a true test of a product that was developed for rock crawling would be an understatement.

Unfortunately the timing of the race did not allow us to attend the competition in person. Instead, we followed live updates (via text, pictures, & GPS tracking) provided by Pirate4x4 and BITD. While these sources of information were great, it could not replace the excitement and action that only being at the race could provide. We followed along for 3 days of racing, watching the Ultra4 (4400 class) battle the desert environment, learning about the problems that the cars were encountering from the heat and terrain. Not only was this a test of man and machine but a testament of the dedication of the chase/pit crews to recover, fix and push on in an unfamiliar atmosphere.

As the third day of racing came to a close, car number 4435 (built and driven by Kevin Sacalas) was 1st in the 4400 class and 69th overall. Kevin’s team was the only Ultra4 to finish all 3 days and 1000 miles of the race!!! This was exciting for Spidertrax, as Kevin’s car was running complete Spider 9 axles, front and rear. In the week following the race, we contacted Kevin to congratulate him on the win and to find out how the Spidertrax components performed. We were pleased to discover that his Spider 9 axles performed beautifully & that his Spidertrax 1 Ton Unit Bearings were as tight as when originally installed.

Hearing the post race stories from the event can be almost exciting as the race itself. Reports of how the rock racers assisted one another, before and during the race made me proud to be involved in the sport. The race for the Ultra4 wasn’t about individuals doing whatever they could to win, but a class wide effort for all to finish the race. I wish that I could end this story by saying that all of the competitors in the 4400 class finished, but unfortunately that was not the case. Some teams fell victim to the 110+ degree heat, whereas others dealt with the abuse that a 1000 mile desert race puts out. What I can say is that these competitors fought hard to survive, worked together and that the lessons learned are invaluable to our sport. Congratulations to every team that entered, as their representation in the Vegas to Reno race puts a mark in the win column for all of us in the rock crawling community.