Block first at 100 Acre Wood, Pastrana second
It's safe to say Ken Block is comfortable in the 100 Acre Wood.
For the seventh time in the last eight races, Block captained his Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta rally car to the top spot in the annual two-day race outside of Salem, Missouri.
This time, Block and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino built a slight 20-second lead after Day 1 on Friday, but broke loose on Saturday's final after his nearest competitors, David Higgins and co-driver Craig Drew, had to withdraw on Sunday because of engine failure. Higgins missed the podium for the first time in 22 races.
"I felt as if I had very few mistakes this weekend," Block said to Rally-America.com, "Unfortunately, my top competition fell out on day two and I was able to extend my lead. It took some pressure off, which I don't like, because I like to push hard. Instead, I was able to just enjoy these roads and put on a good show for the fans."
After a three-year absence to focus on NASCAR and Global Rallycross, Travis Pastrana rejoined rally racing on Team USA Subaru in a new 2014 WRX STI Rally with co-driver Chrissie Beavis to take second place, despite recovering from a broken leg and dislocated ankle he suffered last month on the Nitro Circus Tour.
Pastrana and Beavis finished almost five minutes behind Block and three minutes ahead of third-place finishers Adam Yeoman and co-driver Jordan Schulze for a comfortable second-place podium finish.
Pastrana plans on racing the rest of the season on Rally-America, while Block's participation will be irregular on the tour because of his Global Rallycross commitments this year.