Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck – NorCal Rock Racing – 2014 Finale

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Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck – NorCal Rock Racing – 2014 Finale

Words & photos: Michael Plunkett

With this being Nor Cal Rock Racing’s Championship race, we all knew that Jake being the defending 2013 Champion, might as well have a bull’s-eye on his back! Every team had one thing in mind, “beating Jake Hallenbeck!” As things were getting started and heat races were being randomly drawn, Jake found out he had been drawn to start in the back of the pack. Starting in the back forces Jake to work his way through slower traffic, which sometimes is a challenge in itself on a course like this.

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With the two other power house teams of concern drawing the same heat race, this would give us an idea of how the rest of the day was going to go. Jake found himself being held up by certain drivers, slowing him down considerably. By the end of the race, Jake had worked his way up to finish 2nd behind his closest competitor in the points standings. This was going to be a showdown!

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As the team was going over the car in the pits, Jake found out that they had a transmission cooler failure. Without a spare cooler, they decided to bypass the trans-cooler altogether and hope for the best.

Starting in the back of heat race 2 once again meant that Jake would have to rely on his skills to get him out in front to secure a better starting position for the main event. As the race started and Jake charged through the pack, he suffered a broken axle in the first rock pile. He maintained his pace the best he could to finish that heat in what appeared to be 4th place. Jake and his team quickly went to work pulling the axle, and in the meantime damaged the inner seal.

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Fortunately, with Trail Gear’s large fill cap on their axles, they were able to get a pry bar in there so they could get the axle changed without having to pull the entire axle apart to put the seal housing back in. As it was, they finished with minutes to spare for the start of the main event!

When the teams lined up for the main event, I could see Jon Cagliero starting in the front row. Jon was only two points behind Jake in the points race. Jake was forced to start mid-pack and have to work his way through traffic once again! With the lineup in place and the sun in their eyes, the race for the Championship was about to begin!

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From what I could see, Jake got a great hole shot and by the first and second rock pile he found himself in 3rd place. He drove the wheels off his bomber buggy and began to reel in the leaders…until his engine’s heating issue began to come back and haunt him. He was forced to pace himself for the longer main event so he could be in the hunt at the finish. He maintained his 3rd place position throughout the race until he got over taken by a car during a yellow flag.

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Out of his control at that point, Jake knew he needed to gain that position back and get closer to the front for a chance to keep his lead in the points standings. With one lap to go, Jake overtook that 3rd position again but was running out of time to catch the leaders. When the race came to an end, Gary Ferravanti Sr. crossed the line first, followed by Jon Cagliero, and Jake finishing in 3rd and collecting another podium finish!

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With the results of the race in place, it was time to figure out the point standings and who would be the 2014 Season Champion! With Jon Cagliero finishing the race in 2nd and Jake finishing in 3rd, it meant that they were tied in points for the 2014 season. With nothing in the rule book stating what to do in the case of a tie, John Goodby of Nor Cal Rock Racing decided to go with a motocross rule that states whoever crossed the finish line first between the two points leaders would be the new Champion.

Like the true Sportsman and Champion that Jake Hallenbeck is, he looked at Goodby and stated, “As long as you will assure me that this will be in the rule books in the future, I am good with that.” In the same breath, Jake asked John if he could deliver the Championship trophy to Jon Cagliero himself. Goodby agreed as long as he could be present. They together they delivered the trophy to Jon Cagliero and named him the 2014 Nor Cal Rock Racing Champion! It’s never easy in racing to except a 2nd place finish, but Jake did it with grace and style.

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As the season concludes, I look forward to seeing if Jake can pick up new sponsors in the off season so he too can upgrade his rig to what most of the powerhouse rigs are running. Jake proves to me that you can stay on the podium with driving skills alone, but to be able to win races consistently you have to equal the playing field and run Independent Front Suspension with big horsepower!

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All in all, in two years of racing the Ultra4 class, Jake has achieved a Nor Cal Championship, a tie for another Nor Cal Championship, The Ultra4 Racing series Rookie of the Year Award, and is still in contention in the 2014 Ultra4 Racing Series on driving ability alone. If given the Independent Front Suspension and the horsepower other teams are running, in my opinion, Jake Hallenbeck would be a force to be reckoned with!

Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck Rocks Utah Ultra4 race

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Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck Rocks Utah Ultra4 race

2014 American Rock Sports Challenge, Toole, UT

words and photos by: Mike Plunkett

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As usual , when Jake Hallenbeck of Marked Motorsports shows up to the track in the Axial sponsored
Bomber car. Everyone recognizes how well the car has been prepped just by the way it looks.
After the prep is all complete, Jake and his boys spend hours detailing the car for every event, and it
shows! ( I’ve even witnessed him washing it between heat races)

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Fridays Practice went smoothly. While most of the teams spent all their time trying to perfect times through their
favorite lines. Jake, I noticed, spent most of his time driving alternate lines in the event of a course pile-up.
Racing rarely comes without issues so planning ahead is sometimes key. (Great tactics if you ask me).

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Qualifying started out as expected until Jake had an axle break half way through the course slowing them considerably. He finished the coarse with a time of 2:07 minutes qualifying them 15th overall.

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With the days activities coming to a close the rain started coming down heavily. They were forced to make an axle swap in less than ideal conditions. The team was able to get the axle completed that evening so they could get rested and wait to find out where they would be placed for saturday’s prelims.

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It rained most of the night but by Saturday morning the sun was shinning. The nights rain made a muddy mess
of the track! It was some of the worst I have ever seen at an Ultra4 race! Luckily, Jake and the team found themselves in the 5th prelim of the day. This meant the mud had dried out only “slightly” making the track a little easier to navigate. And I do mean “slightly” as Jakes bomber is pictured. (Below) The mud was some of the worst i have ever seen at an ultra4 race. The race cars were unrecognizable to most.

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Lining up 5th in the prelims would mean he would have to charge to the front to gain a better starting position
for the main event. As prelim 5 unfolded, traffic in the rocks worsened. They also found themselves battling a power issue from the motor that they thought was cured from the previous race! They sercombed and were able to finish 4th in their heat race guaranteeing them a spot in the main event. Not the starting position they were shooting for, but a spot in the main none the less.

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With a few hours to the main event the team decided to clean up the mud acquired during the race. They also dug into the car once again in search of their power loss issue. Checking codes, temperatures of each cylinders, wiring, fuel pumps, and anything else they could have missed.

Based on their prelim times the line up was set for the main event. Jake and Co-dog Bernie found themselves to be starting 10th off the line. He knew he needed to be closer to the front to be within striking distance of those over powered IFS cars and have a chance at a podium finish.

As the main race began things started out as expected. Those IFS cars took off in a blistering pace, forcing Jake to push the car that much harder. Running a fast, yet consistent race was keeping him in the hunt, but at this pace he also found the cars power issues were still there and it was running hot at over 250 degrees!

I have been photographing and watching Jake since he started Ultra4 just a little over a year ago. Jake is known for waiting for drivers ahead to make mistakes and then pouncing. Could he hold out long enough and wait for those powerhouses to make a mistake? The mistakes were beginning to unfold but without the engine power, and what appeared to be some slower lap times, I wasnt sure if it was going to happen this time.

All of a sudden he began to run the buggy hard! It was time to pounce and see where the cards stacked. I scrambled to run around the track and get photos and thats when things got rather confusing! One leader rolled, another lost his lead and was forced to run on a flat front tire, teams were being slowed for recovery vehicles, and in general, I don’t think anyone knew what position they were in anymore!

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When the checkered flag was thrown, we all knew Loren Healy had won but we were being told Jake was running in 2nd or 3rd? By the time I arrived at the podium officials had spent several minutes of checking the electronic transponders and sorting things out. Dave Cole of Ultra4 announced Jake finished 4th behind Loren Healy, Jason Scherer, and Erik Miller in that order.

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Considering the issues they had and a couple hundred horsepower shy of what the leaders were running, it ended up being a pretty good weekend for the Axial sponsored team! Im proud of Jake and his Marked Motorsports team for staying smooth and consistent as he does so well. Jake, you can run with most anyone! Good job you guys…

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2009 Axial WCC – Results

’09 AXIAL WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FIRST PLACE: Jake Hallenbeck

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SECOND PLACE: Jake Wright

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THIRD PLACE: Kolby Klingama

2.2 PRO

 

FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Jake Hallenbeck -19 -27 -11 -30 -29 -20 -29 -29 1 30 -163
2 Jake Wright -8 -8 -18 -19 -19 -29 -3 -18 16 -10 -116
3 Kolby Klingama -18 9 -8 -20 -25 -29 15 -27 2 3 -98
4 Scott Hughes -5 -8 -6 -20 -15 -18 0 -26 7 1 -90
5 Greg Sinclair -18 20 -6 -27 -2 -25 -9 -28 14 5 -76
6 Chad Hargrove -15 5 -14 -20 -29 -3 -2 -26 34 50 -20
7 Nabil Jamali -9 -24 22 0 -14 -30 0 -15 30 50 10
8 Brett Rogney -3 20 -5 -20 -27 -28 20 -27 30 50 10
9 Mike Johnson -13 20 -5 -3 -28 -30 20 -29 30 50 12
10 Scott VanOrtwick-5 6 -17 -4 -17 -30 28 -26 34 50 19
11 Jeremy Toney -17 -17 -7 -9 22 -19 11 -25 50 50 39
12 Nathan Eells -8 -7 20 -9 -15 -30 20 -28 50 50 43
13 Daniel Fleming -2 -8 -17 -5 -15 -29 1 20 50 50 45
14 Ryan Gerrish -16 -19 2 -4 -25 -29 13 26 50 50 48
15 Dean Hsaio -6 -15 -4 -14 24 -23 8 -17 50 50 53
16 Don Clark -7 -8 22 -10 -7 -27 -2 2 50 50 63
17 David Demaray 16 -16 0 -18 22 -17 -7 -12 50 50 68
18 Tom Brown -2 -8 -16 -18 -6 -18 20 20 50 50 72
19 John Privett 2 -17 -4 0 -27 -30 30 22 50 50 76
20 Tim Lambert 12 -10 -7 -8 1 -29 30 5 50 50 94
21 John Riplinger 11 20 -19 -28 22 -18 26 -9 50 50 105
22 Dan Bonvicin 1 20 7 -30 30 -30 18 -9 50 50 107
23 Jason Moreland -8 -17 -8 -9 20 20 20 4 50 50 122
24 Trace Hilburn -9 20 -16 -19 26 26 20 -16 50 50 132
25 Darwin James 1 20 -13 -19 20 50 22 26 50 50 207
26 Danny McClain -7 24 -7 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
27 Brad Dumont 3 20 -4 -18 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
28 Auston Dunn 20 20 -9 -28 50 50 50 50 50 50 303
29 Wayne Stanley 3 -10 20 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 305
30 Bryan Crofts 20 20 -7 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 317
31 David Hekel 20 15 -5 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 320
32 Amer Sahtout 1 3 32 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 321
33 Ray Butcher 20 -6 19 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 323
34 Dustin Wentworth-12 20 20 -4 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
35 Robert Youngsma -2 20 -16 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
36 Dean Hall 2 20 22 -19 50 50 50 50 50 50 325
37 Tracy Evans 32 -6 9 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 326
38 Keith Boelens -8 22 22 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 328
39 Daniel Jimenez 30 -15 20 1 50 50 50 50 50 50 336
40 Thom Kowatch -18 20 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
41 Andrew Patchett 7 24 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
42 Mike Regal 20 -6 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
43 Matt Kearney 26 20 -15 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 345
44 Tim Terry 28 20 22 -22 50 50 50 50 50 50 348
45 Tom Barger 32 20 5 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 349
46 Doug Toney 20 20 30 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
47 Jerry Tobin 20 26 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
48 Lars Peters 26 26 20 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 355
49 Rebecca Barger 24 22 22 -12 50 50 50 50 50 50 356
50 Jason Gainey 20 20 26 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 357
51 Mark Bales -2 26 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
52 Chris McMullin 20 -4 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
53 John Schultz -4 20 24 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 362
54 Jack Ingberg 22 20 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 366
55 Paul Rose 26 26 32 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 367
56 Devlin Shipley 22 20 26 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
57 Rocky Carlson 24 20 32 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
58 Joe Donnel 7 20 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
59 Cody Wagner 20 28 30 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
60 Mike Bergener 22 20 34 -5 50 50 50 50 50 50 371
61 Frank Brown 32 24 26 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 374
62 Nathan James 20 26 22 7 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
63 Jason Holt 22 26 30 -3 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
64 Brandon Coonce 30 24 32 -11 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
65 Justin Halbahm 20 20 20 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 380
66 Ron Mesa 26 22 36 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
67 Josh King 28 22 32 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
68 Steven Kautz 18 26 34 5 50 50 50 50 50 50 383
69 Dave Palacios 32 24 32 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 386
70 John Mesa 20 24 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 388
71 Dave Brown 22 28 30 9 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
72 Don Hughes 26 26 26 11 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
73 Dustin Siegfried22 26 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 390
74 Kevin Carey 8 28 30 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
75 Erik Grammon 20 26 30 18 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
76 Ryan Paquette 28 20 30 17 50 50 50 50 50 50 395
77 Justin Cobun 26 32 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
78 Randell Davis 28 24 26 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
79 Greg Peterson 22 26 32 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 402
80 Dale Johnson 50 50 30 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 414
81 Brad Rush 30 26 34 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
82 Cory Hannah 30 26 32 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
83 Matt Soileau 30 26 36 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 420
84 Rich Hinz 50 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 476
85 Stuart Gartner 50 50 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 478


2.2 Novice Class

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FIRST PLACE: Steven Fillion

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SECOND PLACE: Bob Tarvin

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THIRD PLACE:
Willy Davis

FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Steven Fillion -8 2 2 2 -10 0 -12
2 Bob Tarvin -7 -6 6 -9 -5 14 -7
3 Willy Davis -7 -18 2 4 -8 23 -4
4 Rhett Mora 5 -2 8 -9 11 2 15
5 Scott Jackson 30 -19 3 -10 2 30 36
6 Cassie Jenson 30 -11 -3 -7 5 50 64
7 Cole Bailey 20 -1 13 -6 -6 50 70
8 Olly Bradstreet 34 -3 2 0 -10 50 73
9 Donnie Sanders 30 8 2 -8 2 50 84
10 Mark Bouvia 34 -16 0 0 50 50 118
11 Daren Peterson 11 -6 40 -8 50 50 137
12 Gabe Strouse 26 30 -7 -9 50 50 140
13 Dewayne Bradon 32 10 12 -8 50 50 146
14 Jordan Webster 21 3 32 -7 50 50 149
15 Brad Bailey 23 2 38 -8 50 50 155
16 Dan French 5 2 38 11 50 50 156
17 Patti Johnson 34 8 14 1 50 50 157
18 Shane Ellett 36 0 11 17 50 50 164
19 Michael Pratt 30 16 32 -8 50 50 170
20 Charles Rogerson 30 -8 21 32 50 50 175
21 Shannon Davis 36 8 27 6 50 50 177
22 Ryan Bandley 38 -10 38 13 50 50 179
23 Jerry Clark 36 16 38 -10 50 50 180
24 Micheal Morris 30 32 30 -10 50 50 182
25 Johnathon Schultz36 32 22 2 50 50 192
26 Jeremy Clark 34 30 38 -9 50 50 193
27 Michael Brand 34 32 40 -10 50 50 196
28 Dusty Rigsby 36 30 32 6 50 50 204
29 Greg Nelson 32 32 32 12 50 50 208
30 Dan Cuevas 36 28 32 20 50 50 216
31 David Ellett 36 28 40 32 50 50 236
32 Jason Brown 36 50 50 4 50 50 240
33 Cole Cuevas 36 36 40 32 50 50 244
34 Tracy Evans 36 34 40 36 50 50 246
35 Wyatt Casper 36 50 50 32 50 50 268

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One more pic of the best trophy girl ever! (the one on the left aint that bad either)