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posted: 07.23.20042004 ROAR Stock National champions
"There were so many little things on the car that showed all of the thought that went into the car." Baumgartner stated. "From the steering stops on the hubs, the slot cut in the rear chassis so the rear diff can sit as low as possible, not to mention the way the entire front kick-up, diff case, and shock tower all flow together."
On July 23 and 24, qualifying rounds placed the BJ4s ahead early. With 2 rounds of qualifying on Friday, and 2 on Saturday, Rod Rippee and Chris Baumgartner, mastered the BJ4. Rippee set the fastest time of the weekend in the third round of qualifying and also won the fourth round by close to 4 seconds.
The much anticipated release of the JConcepts BJ4 lived up to expectation in the Triple A-Mains on Sunday, July 25. With 4 cars in the A-Main, Rippee, Baumgartner, Chad Knapp and Justin Dewey, the BJ4s demonstrated speed, accuracy, and superior handling. "Rod and I both joked that the shaft drive gave us a legal, but unfair, advantage," Baumgartner joked.
Rippee also had no problems with the mains; "I had a straight away lead after the second lap in both mains and never trailed in either." With two first place finishes in the first two A-Mains, there was no reason to run a third A-main; Rippee was the 2004 ROAR Stock Off Road National Champ with the BJ4.
Congrats to Rod Rippee, National Champ, and all BJ4 drivers.