All-Pro Trail Breaker Challenge

The teams that complete the trail are surely the top drivers in the world. The amout of skill it takes to complete the trail takes extensive knowledge on how to push their vehicles to the extreme and beyond. This is no trail for the faint of heart as it forces drivers to take immense risks that could have ended that driver's vehicle. It isn't a matter of being able to wheel the rest of the weekend, but more like the vehicle would have to be scraped and dismembered to get them out of certain obstacles.

Take the top 12 drivers in the world and present them with a trail that is so difficult that it has never been conquered. This insane new competitive format will invite only the best drivers in the game, and feature an exclusive look into what it takes for top drivers to defeat the impossible. This feature has quickly developed into an exciting venue for everyone from the most extreme and hardcore enthusiasts to the average weekend wheeler warriors to watch the most daring drivers in the sport.

This new outlook in the sport allows for no judges, cones, penalties, or spotters, and allows for the terrain to be the determining factor on the difficulty. Boundaries will be set for spectator safety and a given time limit for each obstacle will be displayed. Drivers must defeat the obstacle within time to receive their score (Obstacle score based on difficulty), the driver with the most points will win, with the tie breaker being cumulative time throughout the entire course. 

The twist to this new sport? Drivers will not be able to watch each others attempts. With every vehicle, driver and style being different, this is sure to add to the excitement.

This feature will be held Wednesday, October 4th in an undisclosed location... Location will be released the day before the event for drivers to walk and put together a game plan.  

In the mean time, let's meet the drivers invited to the battle it out.

#1 - Jeff McKinlay (Auto Invite to the next Trail Breaker due to 1st place finish

Jeff McKinlay completed the entire course with the fewest errors resulting in the quickest time. Local to Rigby, Idaho; Jeff has been living “off-road” for well over 25 years whether it be in a Rock Crawler, on a Motorcycle, or a Snowmobile. McKinlay has also broke open new trails at the Hammers, Moab, Sand Hollow, Arizona, and Idaho. Driving a new Red Dot Engineering buggy, McKinlay may not have the notoriety that some of the other drivers do, but he definitively has the experience on some of the hardest trails in the country.  Jeff rightfully was granted the ability to name the trail that he won the first Trail Breaker event on. IRON MAN is now the name of the toughest trail at Sand Hollow.


#2 - Cody Waggoner 

Not a lot of people gave Cody Waggoner a thought when it came to doing well in this event. His vehicle is amazing and his driving was literally only second to 1. He was not given much attention because of his lack of Rear Steer on his vehicle. But let me tell you that Cody was able to pilot his car to an impressive finish and only lost by a mear 57 seconds. Driver of the Lasernut #48 Moonbuggy, Cody has won well over 20 events and 5 championships over multiple classes throughout his rock crawling career. With another Rear Straight Axle car, his goal is to not only perform well but pave the way for his daughter to eventually get into the driver’s seat by showing her how fun the sport can be as well. 

#3 - Justin Keilman 

Justin doesn't give himself enough credit when it comes to his driving. After the first 2 vehicles were denied on the first obstacle, Justin then led the way in completing the rest of the trail from the front of the pack. He was the only driver that tried the famed "Waterfall" on the 3rd Stage and was the first driver to complete the trail. Residing in Phoenix, Arizona, Keilman has earned quite the following in the south west hardcore wheeling scene. Known by locals for breaking open new trails in the rugged terrain that Arizona has to offer; Keilman recently won the National Championship in 2015 with seasoned spotter Jody Everding helping navigate the way. Most recently, Keilman won Trail Hero's Maxxis Night Crawl by W.E.ROCK and took home $5,000.

#4 - Cary Gleason 

Cary Gleason won his position through the Pirate4x4.com Member vote. He has a long history of extreme wheeling and the results show that he has a HUGE following of fans that are dedicated to Cary's effort. Cary has limited Competition experience, however he is well known for tackling the hardest terrain Arizona has to offer. With this in mind, he was the perfect fit for this event and he showed us why with a 5th place finish and taking the last spot available for the next Trail Breaker event. 

#5 - Steve Nantz

Steve Nantz is the owner of Moab 4x4 Outpost and co-owner of Sand Hollow Off-Road. He won the Moab All-Pro Trail Breaker during Easter Jeep Safari and was the ONLY driver to complete the course. After 20 years of competitive rock crawling, countless top 5 and top 3 finishes, Steve's first win came in a big way with the victory at the last Trail Breaker. His vehicle design is unique and works perfect for those tight spaces, while his temperment is perfect for the Trail Breaker. Look for Steve at the podium once again come October.

#6 - Jesse Haines

Jesse Haines and his new rig Prickle was definitely a name to contend with on the roster. Unfortunately Jesse found himself with a blown motor the day before the event and couldn't get it fixed in time. He attempted the Stage 1 anyway and couldn't get enough power out of this tiny 4 cylinder to move him much further than what was shown in the picture. With almost 2 decades in off-road and rock crawling, Jesse Haines has competed in events ranging from Top Truck Challenge to King of the Hammers to winning W.E.ROCK’s Grand Nationals. Owner of Jesse Haines Fabrication, Haines has 22 wins and 3 Championships to hang his hat on. Jesse Haines’ invite was based off his relentless effort to push the rock sports industry through innovation, driving skill, and multiple other contributions.

#7 - Masa Tdusa

Masa comes all the way from Japan and is known for his aggresive driving style with over a decade of rock crawling experience. One of the world's best Rock Crawlers, Masa has taken Rock Crawling to the next level with his sportsmanship, driving ability, and unique outlook at execution. The Trail Breaker format will favor Masa's approach to rock sports and prove that he belongs with the top driver's in the world. Masa also runs the W.E.ROCK Japan events.

#8 - Jake Hallenbeck

Jake Hallenbeck has been rock crawling since the inception of the sport. Notorious for placing 3rd place in the early days of crawling, he has since been more notorious for swiping the 1st place trophy in multiple classes. Jake comes off a Western U.S. Nationals Championship win in W.E.ROCK and regularly drives some of the most difficult trails in the country. Residing from Reno, NV, Jake builds and sells his own vehicles that have a proven track record. Watch for Jake to make a run at the podium once again in the All-Pro Trail Breaker

The Vote for the #11 spot in 2017 will be set up come after the new year on Pirate4x4.com. Until then the drivers in next years battle will be as follows: