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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
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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...
If you've got the ability and opportunity... and you're NOT doing it... then you're doing it wrong.

The 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is in two weeks! Stay tuned for stories on some of our friends heading out to compete for the crown and for the new EveryMan trophy!

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Hammertown opens in just a little more than a week!

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The Gulches Presidents Day Run will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, 2012.

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The Tarheel Sports Car Club 2012 RallyCross schedule is up and the first event will be March 11, in Wilson, NC. Even cars (that don't mind getting dirty) are encouraged to come out and have a blast!
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The ECORS 2012 season opener will take place at The Flats in Marion, NC, on March 17.

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Harlan County Rescue Squad will host an April Fools Run at Black Mountain Off-Road Park in Evarts, Kentucky, the weekend of March 30 - April 1, 2012. They've added a zipline to the park and they are working on adding paintball courses, as well.

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The trails at Uwharrie National Forest open for 2012 at 10am on Friday, March 30!

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2012 Jeep Beach registration is now open. This annual event of Jeep enthusiasts celebrating a passion for off-road vehicles will be held in Daytona Beach, FL, April 25 - 29.

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The second 2012 ECORS race will take place on May 19, at The Great American Park in Auburn, AL.

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ECORS has announced that race #3 will be July 7, at Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, GA. With this event, there will also be many other happenings July 4 week and weekend at Durhamtown!!! MX, ATV, SxS, and 4x4 events all week and weekend to keep everyone entertained! ECORS will only be using a small section of the 4x4 trails, so bring your rig to the race and enjoy some of the other trails at the complex!

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If you've got the ability and opportunity... and you're NOT doing it... then you're doing it wrong.

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Events...
We're compiling a list of events scheduled for the first half of 2012. Get out your calendars!

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January
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Rock Corps 4x4 Club will be having an open ride on January 14, 2012, at The Flats to raise money for a family in need. Gates will open at 8am and close at 6pm. Fees are $10 per rig, $5 per person, for the day. All proceeds will go to the family.

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The NCRCC 2012 Qualifying Series Event #3 will be at Rhodhiss on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Course Building begins at 8:30am. There will be a Drivers Meeting at 9:15 and the competition starts at 9:30am.

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The 2012 Open Run at Crozet will be Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22, 2012. Search 6000 Bearwood Rd., Crozet, VA 22932 for directions. A non-member pre-registration form can be found on the RCPFA website here.

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February
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The 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is February 10, 2012, less than five weeks away! Hammer Town officially opens February 3rd, on the lake bed.

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The Gulches Presidents Day Run Weekend will be Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 21, 2012. A preregistration discount form can be found on the Gulches home page.

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March
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The ECORS 2012 schedule has been posted! The season opener will take place at The Flats in Marion, NC, on March 17.

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The 2012 General Tire Mint 400 race will be held March 23 - 25 in Las Vegas, Nevada! The 2012 event will feature a new Casey Folks-Designed 400-Mile Course, a Side-by-Side (2X) Start, new Spectator Areas (including a High-Speed Passing Zone), increased TV coverage, Live Coverage via Race-Dezert.com and more!

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The 4x4cross Season Opener and National Throttle King Qualifier Weekend will kick off on Thursday, March 29, at the Dirty Mo' with DOT Light & Heavy Comp Pulls. The weekend will include the Third Annual Efird Memorial Ride at the Devils' Playground on Saturday, March 31.

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The trails at Uwharrie National Forest open for 2012 at noon on Friday, March 30!

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The First Annual Uwharrie Off-Highway Vehicle Jamboree will celebrate the early opening of the trails at UNF! Hosted by the Eldorado Outpost and the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center (UORTC), the Jamboree will include a Swap Meet, vendor booths and a Spartan Race (mud run), March 30 - April 1, 2012. The website will be updated soon with a list of vendors.

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April
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The Straight Diesel Season Opener Sled Pull and Mud Race will be April 14, 2012 in Peachland. Rules for this and several other regional venues have been posted in the 4x4Cross forum.

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Rock Corps 4x4 Club will host an Open Invite and Benefit, Down and Dirty For Life, on April 20-22, 2012. The gates will open at 9am on Friday and close at 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 per rig, $10 per person, kids 16 and under are free. Camping is free. Fees go to benefit the American Cancer Society.

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May
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The Spring Farm weekend, hosted by the Big Dixe Boggers, is scheduled for May 4-6, 2012.

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The second 2012 ECORS race will take place on May 19, at The Great American Park in Auburn, AL.

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June
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The Farmington Dragway Straight Diesel Pull and Mud Race will be June 9, 2012, in Mocksville, NC.

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The Bottomland4x4 Annual Bog For Charity will be June 16, in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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News...
For the first time, starting order for King of the Hammers main race will be determined by a qualifying race. More than 70 Last Chance Qualifier contestants will be competing for one of 20 spots remaining... while 90 pre-qualified racers will be competing for their starting order in the 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers. The qualifying races will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, February 7 & 8, on the 4Wheel Parts Qualifying course. Some of the qualifying races will be televised during the Ultra4 “Happy Hour”.

ECORS veterans BJ Allen, Sean Rose will both qualify on Wednesday. It also looks like the rumors are true and Robby Gordon will race KOH!

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Robby Gordon won Stage 9 of Dakar 2012 yesterday but still trailed leader Stephane Peterhansel by 5'58” in the general standings. Co-driver Johnny Campbell said, "RG was matted at 205kph! Omg I was freaking out!!!" Gordon/Campbell are closing the gap in Stage 10 today.