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Having what it takes to consistently play at the highest levels of off-road endurance racing takes skill and not a little bit of hard work. From success in the XRRA Eastern series, to a 4th place finish (after starting 42nd of 44) at the 2008 King of the Hammers, Doug Bigelow consistently proves he's one of the big dogs. He's run every KOH since 2008 and the purple 4413 is headed north for the King of Hammers Qualifier race at Crandon International Speedway this weekend.

The man in charge of Bigelow Motorsports was kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to us about his off-road racing career, past, present and future. Click here to continue...
Will Carter's new Ultra4 car has had quite an eventful 2012 season. The maiden voyage was the Line Mountain 4 Wheelers race at Raush Creek at the end of April. After an early flop, Will finished in 8th place. He put down one of the fastest laps at the Great American Park in the ECORS C Class race on May 19, but tagged a tree and broke a wheel on lap 5. Now the Will Carter Racing 4452 is prepped and ready for the inaugural King of Hammers Qualifier at the Brush Run at Crandon International Speedway this weekend, June 16 and 17.

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Chris Marshall started his fabrication career helping his dad build a brush guard for his '92 S-10 Blazer. At the age of 14 or 15, his dad was buying up cheap tools to fix and resell, and it snowballed from the brush guard to a roof rack to projects on his own 1991 Explorer.

Chris says, "I started working on projects for friends and trying to learn everything I could. Over the next ten or so years I worked as a landscaper, a structural steel welder and a parts runner for an auto parts company all while doing fab projects in my dad's garage on the weekends. I wanted to end up with my own "official" fab shop. Well the landscaping business I was working for was drying up fast and I needed to come up with another job asap. My wife and I were settled into our house, she had a good job, it seemed like a great time to start a business. So almost 3 years ago to the day I opened up shop and started doing what I love for a living!" Click here to for the interview...
Rausch Creek Off Road Park occupies 3,000 acres in the heart of Pennsylvania's coal region. It is also the sight of the upcoming fourth running of the Ultra4 4WD Hardware Rausch Creek. The "Rausch Creek Qualifier" will be the first of two Eastern Regional Series qualifying races for the 2013 King of the Hammers.

The Rausch Creek race pits drivers against the coal dust of the Alleghenies in terrain that can range from dusty to muddy. The RCQ is a course famous for its dense trees and unpredictable weather. There isn't as much room for high speed, like you see in Johnson Valley, but winding through the forest at speed and tackling the "Rock Creek" glacial deposit, which covers a third of a mile with large boulders, there is plenty of opportunity for drivers to showcase their talents. It's all about proving you have what it takes to be the King.

Our good friend Sean Rose will be racing in his 4th RCQ and hoping to qualify for his third KOH. "Looking forward to our 4th year of challenging the RCQ. We can't wait to hit the high speed and technical areas, but have no desire to drive over all those 6" stumps for hours on end! This is where we qualified for KOH last year and plan on doing it again."

Sean's racing habit comes down to a simple motivation... he says the Stroker Ace, Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, puts it like this:

"It ain't about the money or even being #1
You gotta know when it's all over you did the best you could've done
Knowing that it's in you and you never let it out
Is worse than blowing any engine or any wreck you'll ever have" - Daddy's Cup

Basically, if you’ve got the ability and opportunity… and you’re NOT doing it… then you’re doing it wrong.

aimg.nc4x4.net_wp_2012_04_savethehammersforweb.jpg RCQ will take place June 2 and 3, 2012. Entry forms and fees for this year's race are due by May 15, 2012 (additional fees apply after the 15th).

This year's race will also include qualifiers for Stock and Stock-Mod classes, for entry in the 2013 Every Man Challenge. Every Man Challenge Drivers (4500 and 4600 vehicles) will be eligible to race in all Ultra4 venues and earn Every Man Challenge Series points for all of the Ultra4 races.

Rausch Creek Off Road park is located at 453 Molleystown Road, Tremont, PA 17981, just north of Harrisburg, PA, off of I-81.
The Traxxas Offroad Championship 2012 Series opens this weekend at the dirt track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Presented by AMSOIL, this is short course off-road truck racing in a stadium setting! The epic battle at Charlotte last year between Ricky Johnson and Johnny Greaves was the series' most talked about race of the year. The two are set to square off again this weekend.

Ricky and Johnny took a few minutes to share their views on the rivalry. Click here for the interview...