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Pro Rock Tour Event 1 Recap

The morning of the event was much like the 2 weeks prior… rain, rain, and more rain. Everyone knew from the get go it was going to be a sloppy day on the hillside watching UTVs and Bouncers battle it out for their piece of $20k in prize money. With 47 UTV racers signed up and 35 Bouncers there was a lot of action going to take place.

The UTV class started the day off and right out of the gate people were having a hard time with the hill. The mixture of rocks, mud, and literally water running down the hill made it the sloppiest, nastiest, most difficult race hill we had ever seen. The drivers were trying everything to hold and pick a line sliding from bank to bank and slipping into holes and ruts they were trying to avoid.

The first person to make the climb was Wesley Gatlin, and due to the weather a timing issue occurred and he was forced to rerun the hill. Fortunately for him that was no problem as he made short work of the hill and completed the task at hand again, and this time with a recorded time! All other UTV drivers attempted the hill and at the end of Run 1 only 5 people had climbed the hill. (Wesley Gatlin, Gilbert Hollingsworth, Chris West, Jimmy Elam, and Cash Lecroy in that exact order)

Hill 2 was basically the same climb with only a change at where the hill ended. The new exit route had a few different ledges and was fresh ground. This proved really tough for the drivers again, and many drivers barely made it half way as hill and weather conditions worsened. A few drivers, Travis Skelton and Jeremy Gray, were able to make the second hill climb even though they could not defeat the first pass.


All of the UTV Drivers who did climb the first hill failed at a second attempt except for one. Wesley Gatlin would not be denied in his brand new untested, self built, custom chassis Polaris Turbo RZR Bouncer. He would end the day in the top spot receiving $2500 followed by Gilbert Hollingsworth in second and Travis Skelton in Third. Bothe 2nd and 3rd place drivers were driving brand new untested Gilbert’s Offroad Chassis that were completed just days before the event.

At this point in the event it had already been a long day with a lot of hard recovery, poor weather, and timing issues. The Pro Rock Team battled all day to get it all in. The Bouncer class did not start till after 4:00 P.M. The first few passes proved that the bouncers were not going to have a much easier time with the hill. Anthony Yount among others put an absolute beating on the machines and the hill with no success. A few drivers such as Todd Puckett and Justin Williams made short work of the nasty climb and recorded great times. There would be 2 others to make the climb Saturday evening leaving us with a total of 4 successful climbs.

Due to time restraints there would only be one hill and one pass, and as the day turned to night Race Management made the tough and unfortunate call to roll the remaining driver’s into Sunday morning. Some drivers chose to run at dusk and try to complete the hill, while others were simply forced to make a decision to stay and run Sunday or not run this event. With 4 completed climbs everyone who ran or not was given the choice to throw out their time and run Sunday, or keep their time. 15 drivers choose to either reattempt the hill or run for their first time on Sunday. Wild Bill in the No Name buggy and Jake Pike in the Ford powered bouncer decided to throw their times out and try again.

Sunday morning the conditions were exactly the same and the results were very similar. Out of the 15 attempts there were only 3 more drivers to complete the hill, although Danny Smith and Bubba Bacon were mere feet away from a completed pass. Todd Puckett and Justin Williams decision to not run again paid off as Todd would hold first, Justin in second, followed by Clayton Hollingsworth in Outlaw 2.0. Kenneth Cozine and Nick Cooper would be the only other 2 finishers in 4th and 5th place.

The event was a challenge for fans, racers, and Pro Rock alike with the weather conditions and short daylight this early in the year. Many people stayed to watch all day, and some returning on Sunday. All the racers that possibly could stayed and raced in the horrible conditions showing true grit and determination. Pro Rock Racing President took to Facebook to issue a statement and apology that the event was unable to finish on time due to the adverse conditions and he has taken all responsibility for that matter. The great Sponsors of this sport made this event possible, and we urge you to check them out on our sponsors page!

To everyone who came out and spent the day with the offroad family- YOU GUYS ROCK AND WE CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE YOU AT BUSTED KNUCKLE OFFROAD PARK MARCH 23RD-25TH 2018!

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Pro Rock Racing Team

There is no doubt about what makes Pro Rock Racing and Pro UTV Racing successful. Teamwork is the key to what allows us to run fast paced, action packed, and thrill ride events all over the country. Check out the 2018 team members below for some background about how they came to be a part of what we do and the value they bring to the team.

Jeremy Forsyth- Co-Founder and Owner of Pro Rock Racing, Southern Rock Racing, and Mega Truck Series. Jeremy has had an extensive background in offroading and race promotions. He basically is responsible for organizing the whole sport and pioneering the formats that a lot of race series use in the country today for hill climbing events and mega truck racing. While it is true that he has retired from the industry to focus on family and other adventures his influence and vision is very much alive and well within our company and the whole sport. Thank you for the opportunities you have provided so many Mr. Forsyth

Joey Beck is the new CEO of Pro Rock Racing and Pro UTV Racing. In late 2017 Jeremy Forsyth handed over the reigns of their company. He strives to take the company to new heights and exceed expectations of racers and followers for many years to come without sacrificing the core values that he and Jeremy founded the company on together. Give back to the racers, treat everyone fairly, and give God the Glory! Joey Has been into offroad racing and riding his entire life from atvs, dirt bikes, mud trucks, sxs, mega trucks, rock bouncers, and ultra4. He has raced a little of everything and uses those expierences to create great race day events and atmospheres.

Elyse Beck handles a lot of business behind the scenes. Media, Website, and of course travel on the road with her family she puts a lot into making the team successful. Most importantly she allows and supports her husband Joey in chasing his dreams. We couldn’t imagine this team without her.

Tripp Pullen is undoubtedly the most well known member of our team. From Coast to Coast he has made a name for himself from crazy race day shenanigans, winning races, or just plain out having a good time. He is the driving force behind the scenes that gets the racers staged, safety checked, and to the start line to keep the race moving. He has been involved in the sport since day one helping Jeremy and Clyde with the birth and growth of Southern Rock Racing Series and Mega Truck Series. We are thrilled and thankful to have Tripp as a team member forever.

David Uptain is our New Marketing President and the Official Score Keeper at all events. His background in the industry is second to none. He is the founder of BlueFire Outdoors and RZRLife.com and Facebook page. He is well known and respected coast to coast. He has been a key player in our success this past season and helped in the creative process greatly for what is coming next. We can never tell David and his family thank you enough for the time and energy they have put into Pro Rock Racing.

Taylor Pickett is most definitely the most important person on our team. He is out safety check manager and our startling official, but more importantly he is the person who prays for our event and with each racer every single time they run for safety. His work with RPM is the most important part of us being at an event and he always sets the example and shares God’s love with everyone. Thank you Taylor and for what you stand for!

Jonathan Wright with Black Dog Photography has came on board as staff. He will be snapping photos and getting all the behind the scene info on what we do as well as helping out all season. We are excited to have him join our team.

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2018

We want you to come be a part of our family this year!

2018 is here and we are bringing a lot of changes for this season! First off we will be offering an all new point series for our racers called the Pro Rock Tour. With 4 stops in the Southeast and $20k in payouts per event for Bouncers and UTVs combined. It’s going to be a wild time and we hope you come out and join in the fun!

Rookie Division will be adding inside of the Pro Rock and Pro UTV classes to help urge new racers to come enjoy the racing action and get started out. The Rookies will be eligible for a separate payout as well as the main payout each event and points for the season will determine the Rookie of the Year!

Women’s Division will also allow us to give the ladies of racing a chance to have the same fun as the guys! This class will run after the Pro class on 1 hill and all entry fees will pay back to the top 3 ladies!

Race-2-Riche$ 3 is going to be a wild time out of this world! we have decided to make it a 2 part event to allow more racers a chance to participate and shorten the length of the event to make it more enjoyable for everyone attending. Windrock Park will be the location for round 1 and Rush Offroad will be the location for round 2. You do not want to miss this event as spectator or a racer! More info to come!

Survival Racing is our brand of endurance racing. Incorporating a little of everything you can find in offered racing you can expect some wild obstacles, high speeds, tricky trails, and tons of action. Our first Survival race is at Busted Knuckle Offroad March 24th 2018! We are excited for our new format and hope everyone comes out and gives it a shot!