Four Corners 4×4 Celebrates a strong 2015 season

The weather and spirits couldn’t have been better for the conclusion of the 4×4 endurance racing team’s season.  This past weekend, Four Corners 4×4 hosted its team and fans for an appreciation event at their Durango 4×4 shop.  Of special importance, co-driver Rick Jenkins and pit-crew member Cody DeClusin, both of Farmington, were recognized for their un-paralleled contributions to the program over the last four years.

A quick look back at 2015’s events…

March – WEROCK, First Place – Congress, AZ.

In their first competitive rock crawling event, Jason Kaminsky and Rick Jenkins earned a first place finish.

April – Dirt Riot, DNS – Moab, UT.

Unfortunately, due to mechanical failure that occurred while pre-running the course, the team was unable to compete at the annual event held in Moab, Utah.  The team still had a great time spectating and participating in the Crawl Reader’s Ride, Grandpa’s Garage Manufacturer’s Party, BFGoodrich Area BFE Trail Ride, and the  Superchips Appreciation Dinner at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

May – Southwest Colorado Outdoor Expo, Exhibition – Ignacio, CO.

Jason had the 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on display at the Sky Ute Casino Fairgrounds and had a chance to put it through its paces on the obstacle course created by the Creeper Jeepers 4WD Gang of Durango, Colorado.

June – WEROCK, First Place – Rangely, CO.

Competing in Rangely was a great time.  With terrain very similar to the team’s stomping ground of Farmington, New Mexico, Team Four Corners 4×4 was one of the few teams to complete two days of competition with zero roll-overs, and take home a first place trophy.

June – Dirt Riot, Fifth Place – Agate, CO.

While racing at the fastest track of the season, the team suffered a mechanical failure resulting in a rollover.

August – WEROCK, First Place – Goldendale, WA

Jason & Rick took to the road and made the journey to south-central Washington to secure the Western Regional Series WEROCK Title in the Modified-Stock Class and the National Championship Title in the Modified-Stock Class.

August – All-4-Fun, Recreational Four Wheeling – Buena Vista, CO.

With only a one-day turn around, the team got the LJ prepped after a win in Goldendale to head to the eastern slope of Colorado and participate in an event strictly for fun with friends from the Tucson Rough Riders.

August – Dirt Riot, First Place – Grand Junction, CO.

The team concluded the last competitive event of the 2015 with a first place finish over fellow competitor Joshua Jackson with Fatboyz Motorsports by only ten seconds!

 

Superchips Drivers Continue Impressive Podium Streak

Four Corners 4×4 began defense of its 2013 Mountain Series Title by earning a second place finish at Area BFE near Moab, Utah on April 19th.  The team has placed second in all three of its Dirt Riot competitions in 2014.  Held concurrently with the Moab Easter Jeep Safari, racing on “Big Saturday” included a full day of multi-class racing to wrap up the week long annual event that typically attracts thousands of Jeep and off road enthusiasts to the trails located in and around Moab.

Team owner and driver, Jason Kaminsky, was unable to compete during the race due to a wrist injury.  Farmington, New Mexico based team co-driver Richard Jenkins assumed driving duties with team crew member Cody DeClusin, also of Farmington, navigating.

“It was disappointing to be on the sidelines today, but I tried to be useful on the radio and in the pits,” recalls Kaminsky.  “Our first Dirt Riot competition was at Area BFE in 2012, and we took home a first place trophy.  I have stood on the podium in every event I have competed at here,” Kaminsky continued, “but, I had full confidence in Rick that his experience with the racecar and course would get us to the checkered flag.  Cody’s ability to jump in the co-driver’s seat at the last minute gave us the balance needed to finish well.  The entire team demonstrated again that it can step up when called upon and be successful.  It was a tough course; the strategy was to preserve the car and finish for points.  I couldn’t be more proud that Rick and Cody brought home second place.”

The Four Corners 4×4 team is scheduled to compete next in the second round of the Dirt Riot Mountain Series June 14th at RAM Offroad Park near Colorado Springs, CO.

For additional news and information about the Four Corners 4×4 team throughout the 2014 season and four-wheel drive racing and recreation in the Four Corners area, follow them at http://www.facebook.com/fourcorners4x4.