Maxxis Seals Rock Racing Success With XRRA top Three
Maxxis has swept the board in one of the USA’s premier professional rock racing championships, taking all three podium positions in the Eastern Division of the Maxxis sponsored XRRA series. Rusty Bray clinched victory, with Eric Childress in second place and Brian Shirley rounding out the top three. The results came after the three drivers put in strong performances at the last event of the regular season, which was held on August 18 in Badlands, Indiana.
Bray, who comes from a rock crawling background, maintained his overall victory was anything but a foregone conclusion. “We didn’t know how we’d do with the speed versus the rocks,” he said. “I ran Trepadors until this last event, when I needed a little more height. I ran the 40″ Creepy Crawlers this last time. They were good. This weekend was kind of our first time to deal with sand, but the Creepy Crawler worked well with the sand, dirt, rocks and the whole array of terrain.”
Bray believes his relationship with Maxxis has been a key element in his performance this year, saying “The success of our team in 2007 is due to an outstanding product and support from the team at Maxxis. Rock racing and rock crawling demand a superior tyre in strength and tread design and the Maxxis Trepador and Creepy Crawler have provided both.”
Shirley, who also ran Maxxis Creepy Crawlers, singled out the tyre’s sidewalls for praise. “I really like the sidewall; they’re great,” he said. “You invest a lot of money getting to an event and you hate to have something as simple as cutting a sidewall take you out of a race. The sticky compound really performs great, too.”