Block’s win is his third in-a-row at the Missouri event
CORONA, Calif., (Feb. 25, 2008) – Monster Energy’s Ken Block captured his third-straight 100 Acre Wood Rally in and around Salem, Mo., topping his Subaru Rally Team USA teammate and friendly rival, Travis Pastrana, in the 14-stage Rally America National Championship event held in snowy and ice conditions this past weekend.
Block, running a Vermont SportsCar-tuned ’07 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, took the lead of the race on the first stage and held off the charging Pastrana – winning more than half of the event’s 14 stages run on high-speed gravel that had been hardened by freezing rain and sleet in the days leading up to the event.
“These stages really require a lot of commitment; there are a lot of blind crests and high speed straights, all of which I enjoy,” said Block in a Vermont SportsCar/Subaru release.
Block nearly exited the race midway through the contest when he came down hard off a massive jump, but the Subaru Rally Team USA technicians were able to make the necessary repairs and Block continued his charge – unfazed.
With the win Monster Energy’s Block is now in 1st place overall in the 2008 Rally America National Championship point standings. His next race is April 19-20 in Olympia, Wash., for the Olympus Rally. Last year Block finished 4th in the Olympus Rally.