Team Monster Energy gets it done at Miller Motorsports Park at the American Rocksports Challenge!

 

Ultra4 American Rocksports September 21-22, 2012 September 24, 2012 – Gilbert, AZ – Team Monster Energy/Campbell Racing brought their best machinery to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT for the Ultra4 American Rocksports Challenge September 21-22 and undoubtedly the trio brought the show.  “It was a lot of work for all of us having three cars in this race,” said Shannon Campbell.  “Our goal for the weekend was to get all three cars to the checkered flag and with hope that Wayland would qualify for the 2013 King of the Hammers.” Campbell Racing had been burning the midnight oil getting the new car completed and prepping 2 other cars for this final Ultra4 race of the pro series.  Finishing the car with just enough time to tune it and do some shock testing. “The car tested amazing, especially the Fox Shox, they soaked up the big whoops and I was really looking forward to seeing how they worked on the short course track!” said Shannon.

Friday night new car blues left Shannon without practice time on the track.  He was given the opportunity to go first in qualifying and have one lap to knock the mud off the track then line up to qualify.  Knowing he had originally missed on his gear selection, he hesitated, then said, “let’s GET IT”  it was more important to get at least one lap before taking it at full speed.  Shannon put down the second fastest time of the day (1:53.25) just behind Derek West (1:51.37). Nick Campbell (2:05.24) and Wayland Campbell in the #3az and Co-driver Ryan Miller took a time of (2:24.26).  The whole team was in an excellent position to be successful for the weekend. There were two heat races, where the top half of finishers advanced straight to the main event and the rest would have to go into a LCQ scenario.  Young gun of the bunch, Wayland Campbell knew he didn’t have the fastest car, so his strategy was to keep the open wheeled car on all four wheels and move it to the front. He was in the first heat race and finished strong with a 5th place finish, advancing straight to the main.  Brothers Shannon and Nick were both lined up in Heat 2.  Taking the green flag Shannon put the new IFS “Monster” machine to is first real test soaring over the table tops and hammering it through the rhythm section taking a commanding lead putting him on the pole for the main event.  Nick Campbell in the #8 single seat King of the Hammers car kept it up in the front with a strong 4th place finish also securing a spot in the main.

 

As we waited for the Main our pit was packed with curious fans, spectators and competitors lining up to see Campbell Racing’s new “Monster” machine and what made it so unique.  “All of us enjoy talking to our fellow racers and fans about the cars and the racing,” said Shannon.  “It was a good time.” At 3:00pm all drivers were lined up and when the green flag dropped all you could hear was the thunder of the Dynomax Exhaust coming from the #5az.  Keeping it together, Shannon Campbell stayed out front and never looked back taking the top spot on the podium. First place out of the box proves again the significance of the Campbell Racing team.  Racing to the finish, the #8 of Nick Campbell would round out the top 5. Wayland and Co-Driver Ryan Miller were looking for a top ten to qualify for the 2013 King of the Hammers but on the last lap tangled with Kevin Yoder going end over end. Thanks to Mastercraft Safety, all involved walked away unharmed. Shannon immediately left the podium to make sure everyone was ok and found Wayland sitting on the K-rail disappointed and looking at the carnage.  Shannon looked at Wayland and said, “That’s racing and these are the mistakes we learn from. The good thing is everyone is ok.”  Walking back to the pits Wayland heard Dave Cole announce that both he and Kevin had received the last two qualifying spots for the 2013 King of the Hammers.

A special ‘Thank You’ to all of Campbell’s Marketing Partners, without their support and superior products we would not be able to do this. Monster Energy, Goodyear Tires, Currie Enterprises, ARB, Turnkey Engine Supply, Howe Performance, Fox Shox, Hughes Performance, Ron Davis Racing Products, Advance Adapters, ProAm Racing, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Mastercraft Safety, Warn Winch, Dynomax Performance Exhaust, Powertank, KC Hilites, Motive Gear, Rugged Radios, Arizona Driveshaft, Southwest Ground Control, Tireballs, Campbell Enterprises Custom Fabrication, SDHQ, Allstart Electric, Finishline Racing

Thank you to everyone that came out to support us this weekend: Ryan Miller, Jason Speiss, Tammy and Bailey Campbell, Jen Nichols, Bill Baird Motorsports, John Currie, Gerald Lee, Charlene Bower of Bower Media, Josh England (photos).  If you’d like to follow Campbell Racing, next up for the Campbell’s will be: Oct 6-7 Offroad Expo Pomona, CA, then Oct 18-24 JRCA  Osaka, Japan, and Oct 27-28 LOORs Phoenix, AZ

For more info about the Campbell team you can always check out www.campbellent.com or the Campbell Facebook page!

Here is a video recapping what it took to get to the race…

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