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Mike Shaffer and Lance Clifford take the gold!

Crowds thrilled by crawlers
Nevada Driver captures first stage of championship
By Darren Marcy/The Daily Times

Choke Cherry Canyon, New Mexico - Threatening weather couldn't dampen the excitement of a huge crowd Saturday as Farmington crowned the winner of the first stage of the Rock Crawlers Association of America series.

Mike Shaffer of Carson City, Nev., and Lance Clifford of Pollock Pines, Calif., teamed up for the first time ever to win the first Goodyear/Skyjacker Extreme Rock Crawling Nationals.

Shaffer and Clifford finished with a total of 6 points for the weekend, to bring home the win for Team Summit Truckstyle Off Road Racing.

The duo was thrilled with their victory.

"I consider this Farmington event the Dayton 500 (of rock crawling)," Clifford said. "The crowd was great, very enthusiastic."

Shaffer agreed.

"Farmington is the nastiest place and to win the first event is awesome," Shaffer said. "Sitting in the winner's circle you can't complain."

John Gilleland was second with 13 points, followed by Joel Randall in 3rd place with 17 points.

Ken Shupe was fourth with 31 points and Jason Paule finished fifth with 35 points.

Shaffer and Clifford picked up $7,000 with the win, but bagged contingency money totalling $4,500. They garnered $2,000 from BF Goodrich for running off-the-shelf Mud Terrain TAs, $1,000 from Summit Truckstyle, $1,000 from Skyjacker, and $500 from Advance Adaptors.

Shaffer drives a custom tube-frame chassis powered by a mixture of Suzuki powertrain products. Dana 44's dole out the power through ARB air lockers and CTM u-joints to 37 inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain TAs on 17 inch Trail Ready beadlock rims.

The team is also sponsored by Shaffer's Offroad in Carson City, Pirate-4x4.Ru, and Roggy Enterprises.

The duo rolled the rig twice, but was able to get it back on it's wheels both times without accumulating any points.

The first time, Shaffer was able to spin the tires and get the rubber side down, but the second time, he climed out of the crawler and helped Clifford push it back over, jumped back in, and made the climb.

Click here for pictures of the competitor's vehciles

 

OVERALL SCORES FOR RCAA Farmington '02 (See story below)

Place
Vehicle #
Driver
Day 1 Total
Day 2 Total
Overall Score
1
6 Mike Shaffer 15 -9 6
2
5 John Gilleland -6 19 13
3
4 Joel Randall -1 18 17
4
30 Ken Shupe 18 13 31
5
3 Jason Paule -10 45 35
6
54 Nantz/Bonney 48 3 51
7
1 Currie/Waggoner 4 50 54
8
34 Ian liljeblad 49 8 57
9
208 Mitch Guthrie 60 15 75
10
9 Rich Hudson 71 5 76
11
36 Chris Durham 23 62 85
12
41 Charlie Copsey 12 73 85
13
2 Don Robbins 17 72 89
14 
20 Walker Evans 89 11 100
15
46 Wilson/Harris 63 38 101
16
211 Amy Bulloch 24 81 105
17
115 Neil Lillard 72 35 107
18
141 Bart Jacobs 59 50 109
19
204 Jason Bunch 38 74 112
20
8 Shannon Campbell 57 56 113
21
207 T.Faber/J.Faber 69 47 116
22
119 Mike Palmer 89 34 123
23
10 Randy Ellis 91 42 133
24
112 Tracy Jordan 59 81 140
25
242 Bryan Hamilton 73 68 141
26
59 Harold Off 70 74 144
27
136 Jeff Price 81 74 155
28
235 Howe/Lizzelle 85 71 156
29
40 Mike Harmuth 93 82 175
30
24 Dan Dunaway 79 97 176
31
231 Monk, Chris 73 111 184
32
206 Jeremy Faber 109 93 202
33
221 Jeff Baucom 83 119 202
34
230 William Roulette 45 166 211
35
155 Eddie Casanueva 116 103 219
36
32 Sisson/Sisson 113 124 237
37
251 J. Scott Gadsen 124 115 239
38
145 Mattingly/Lindberg 114 125 239
39
253 Dallas Luttrell 100 146 246
40
142 Curtis McNeil 135 118 253
41
140 Dan Brown 131 124 255
42
49 Matt Burkett 39 218 257
43
238 Drew Barber 47 232 279
44
139 Mike Weaver 87 216 303
45
241 Jake Hallenbeck 226 102 328
46
245 Chris Forenbaher 216 118 334
47
133 Brandon Johnson 184 156 340
48
113 Dave Knight 248 96 344
49
222 Todd McCullen 88 274 362
50
47 Bernier/McMahan 211 158 369
51
103 RJ Brown 101 276 377
52
252 Parker Garrett 276 102 378
53
  Joel McClure 108 280 388
54
240 Brannon Feldt 209 182 391
55
244 Jack McCullen 122 276 398
56
236 Jan Nilsen 217 181 398
57
26 Curt Hildebrand 280 130 410
58
205 Kerry Campbell 241 173 414
59
249 Ron Christensen 135 280 415
60
227 Cathy Baucom 280 141 421
61
58 Ted LeBaron 252 188 440
62
247 Gary Tidwell 280 190 470
63
225 Cassie Johnson 258 228 486
64
117 Robert Mecchi 242 280 522
65
215 Jason Tharp 280 280 560