Everything you need to know about 100AW

While on Sno*Drift competitors struggled for speed, there will be no such issues on this rally

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After an exciting start to the 2022 American Rally Association presented by DirtFish National Championship in Atlanta Michigan last month, the series heads south to the forests of central Missouri for the 2022 100 Acre Wood Rally.

Last year’s event had what was at the time the most competitive field in years in American rallying, and this year is sure to top it once again.

While on Sno*Drift competitors struggled to gain speed, there should be no issues in that area for 100AW, but where there’s plenty more speed, there’s also much rougher roads, and more water crossings than anywhere else in the ARA.

There’s plenty to unpack as we head into 100AW, so join us for all that you need to know to follow along an exciting early round of the ARA National championship!

Entry breakdown

National

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Surprise points leader Mark Piatkowski steps into the RC2 class for the first time to cover for an absent Kyle Tilley, hoping to extend his points lead as much as possible in a faster car.

The return of Subaru Motorsports USA in full force with both Brandon Semenuk and Travis Pastrana, as well as Ken Block and Barry McKenna, will make it difficult for him as the M-Sport R5 Fiesta will struggle to match the performance level of the top cars.

There could be some upsets in the overall top five via Pat Gruzska in his first non-snow event in an Open class Mitsubishi Mirage, as well as Paul Rowley in his Fiesta R5 modified with a larger restrictor. Of course, Pat Moro is always a fan favorite with his V8-powered Chevy Sonic.

Piatkowski will be joined by some of the best in the RC2 class. Last year’s class champion Enda McCormack, as well as last year’s RC2 class winner at 100AW, Johnny O’Sullivan will be tough to beat first time out in the new car.

Another first-timer in RC2 will be Marc Russell, who is competing on his first ever stage rally. Meanwhile, recent Black Rifle Coffee Company recruit Tom Williams will try to build on the momentum he started last year in a Fiesta Rally2.

Open 2WD will be missing the steadfast reliability of Michael Hooper and his IS350 this year, but will still be a hot class to watch. Seamus Burke and Martin Brady return in their one-of-a-kind Mk2 Escort, while Cam Steely, Brad Morris, Micah Nickleson and Cian McCormack are some of the favorites.

Also joining the O2WD class for the first time will be 15-year-old Lia Block. She is moving from an R1 that she drove at the end of last year up to an R2 Fiesta, hoping to leave her mark early on this season.

The Limited 4WD, Naturally Aspirated 4WD combined class has plenty of competition this year with Dave Carapetyan, Arek Bialobrzeski, Will Graham, and Dylan Murcott being some of the immediate favorites.

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With such a huge lineup, there are plenty of others to keep an eye on. Rock legend Vivian Campbell has been improving with every rally he does, as does Phil Wearn in his WRX STI. Mike Glover and Bucky Lasek will also be ones to watch as recent recruits under the BRCC rally team.

Finally, L2WD will be hotly contested with nine entrants this year. The most restricted class of the rally has 2021 L2WD champion Roberto Iglesias as the favorite, but with Alex Ramos, Paul Dickinson, and a slew of other talents anything could happen.

O4WD 97 Barry Mckenna Leon Jordan 2021 Ford Fiesta
O4WD 43 Ken Block Alex Gelsomino 2021 Other TBC
O4WD 1 Travis Pastrana Rhianon Gelsomino 2021 Subaru WRX STI
O4WD 180 Brandon Semenuk Keaton Williams 2020 Subaru WRX STI
O4WD 115 Joseph Burke Nick Dobbs 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
O4WD 132 Paul Rowley Darragh Mullen 2011 Ford Fiesta
RC2 688 Tom Williams Ross Whittock 2022 Ford Fiesta Rally 2
L4WD 725 Dave Carapetyan Danny Norkus 2006 Subaru WRX STi
RC2 195 Johnny O’sullivan Kenneth Quirke 2018 Ford Fiesta
RC2 136 Enda Mccormack Liam Mccormack 2018 Hyundai i20 R5
RC2 35 Mark Piatkowski John Hall 2019 Ford Fiesta R5
O2WD 25 Seamus Burke Martin Brady 1977 Ford Escort
L4WD 270 Will Graham Oliver Smith 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
NA4WD 102 Arek Bialobrzeski Aris Mantopoulos 2011 Subaru Impreza
L4WD 729 Dylan Murcott Andrew Sims 2005 Subaru Impreza STI
O4WD 59 Patrick Moro Ole Holter 2021 Chevrolet Sonic
L4WD 877 Klim Fedoff Andres Romero 2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9
L4WD 47 Tim Rooney Claudia Barbera 2015 Subaru WRX STI
O2WD 824 Cameron Steely Aj Hakala 2011 Ford Fiesta
O2WD 386 Brad Morris Ryan Scott 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage
O2WD 237 Micah Nickelson Tyler Ptacek 1986 Volkswagen Golf
L4WD 52 Eamon Fallon Stephen Joyce 2009 Mitsubishi Evolution x
RC2 551 Marc Russell Dominik Jozwiak 2017 Ford Fiesta R5
L4WD 801 Bucky Lasek Greg Dorman 2000 Subaru GC Impreza
O2WD 184 Cian Mccormack Patrick Brides 2012 Ford Fiesta
NA4WD 964 Vivian Campbell Michael Hordijk 2003 Subaru Imprezza
O4WD 243 Patrick Gruszka Zach Pfeil 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage RS
L4WD 919 Phil Wearn Karen Jankowski 2016 Subaru WRX STI
O2WD 158 Spencer Sherman Boyd Smith 2013 Ford Fiesta R2 N/A
L4WD 41 Chris Sladek Brian Penza 2022 Honda Passport
O4WD 133 Liam Mcnelis John Mcgrath 2021 Ford Fiesta R3
O2WD 234 Jesse Yuvali Cengiz Nomer 1996 BMW Compact Maxi
L4WD 902 Scott Putnam Derrik Cole 2014 Subaru WRX-STI
O2WD 857 Lia Block Matthew James 2014 Ford Fiesta
L2WD 135 Roberto Yglesias Kyle Miller 2017 Ford Fiesta ST
NA4WD 107 Dan Colburn Cameron Case 2004 Subaru Impreza 2.5i
O2WD 161 Bret Hunter Melissa Sherowski 1988 Honda Crx
L2WD 15 Alex Ramos Sarah Freeze 2005 Other RSX
L4WD 366 Mike Glover Glen Ray 1995 Subaru Impreza
O4WD 430 Lucy Block Michelle Miller 2021 Ford Fiesta
L2WD 64 Paul Dickinson Dylan Whittaker 2017 Ford Fiesta
L2WD 436 Kubo Kordisch Scott Anderson 2015 Ford Fiesta ST
L2WD 413 Zach Lumsden Carrie Lumsden 2010 Volkswagen Golf MK6
L2WD 348 John Concha Mark Tisdel Jr 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
L2WD 610 Craig A Lumsden Shannon Moham 2007 Mazda Speed 3
L2WD 84 Nick Allen Steve Harrell 2016 Ford Fiesta
L2WD 24 Tracey Gardiner Terry Hanson 2007 Toyota Yaris
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Regional

The ARA Central Regional Championship is about to start picking up at 100AW. After 13 teams competed on the Nemadji Trail Rally for this championships season opener, and just over 20 competed at Sno*Drift, 100AW will have well over 40 regional competitors taking to the stage, many no-doubt looking to make up for lost time.

The competition at the top of the field is tight, with Jimmy Pelizzari and Zachary Jacques being the favorites in the O4WD class. After an absolute max attack showing at Sno*Drift Patrick Glodz may be ready to take those two head-on.

Stephen and Katie Gingras will be competing for NA4WD class victories, but also to take the Central Regional Championship lead from Sno*Drift Regional winner Ivo Draganov, who is absent from 100AW. Ryan Rethy and Jacob Despain will be ones to watch for passing them up.

O2WD in Regional should be just as exciting as in National. Mike Hurst in his beautiful 1974 Capri will be one to watch for taking the win in this class – and to look good while doing it. Al Dantes Jr. will be chasing him down in his V8-powered RX-7, Rexine.

Dantes also holds second overall in the Central Regional points standings and will be looking to score as many more as possible. One to watch for this class will be Nigel Maidment in a Tower City built Lexus IS350, a similar build to Michael Hooper, last year’s National 2WD winner for 100AW.

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Chris and Lori O’Driscoll as well as Michael and Morgan Engle head into the rally as favorites for the L4WD class win, but there’s plenty of room for the rest of the field to pull an upset.

And of course, L2WD will likely feature some good battles for the Regional win. Mark Rokus and Cory Grant will both be driving 1980s VWs and are highest in speed factor, but Michael Eckstein in a Lexus IS250, as well as Chris Nonack and Tim Wickberg, each in Subaru BRZs could easily take top spot this weekend.

O4WD 887 Jimmy Pelizzari Sara Kate Stevens 2000 Subaru Impreza STi
O4WD 586 Zachary Jacques Ronald Jacques 2015 Subaru WRX STI
NA4WD 12 Stephen Gingras Katie Gingras 1994 Subaru Impreza
L4WD 62 Chris O’Driscoll Lori O’Driscoll 2003 Subaru Impreza sti
L4WD 123 Michael Engle Morgan Engle 2006 Subaru Impreza
O4WD 992 Patrick Glodz Michael Chmiel 2003 Mitsubishi EVOLUTION
O2WD 16 Mike Hurst Kyle Williams 1974 Ford Capri
NA4WD 890 Ryan Rethy Rachel Rethy 2000 Subaru Impreza Wagon
NA4WD 537 Jacob Despain Michael Despain 2001 Subaru Impreza RS
O4WD 678 Nick Bragg Dominic Depaoli 1990 Audi Coupe Quattro
O2WD 50 Al Dantes Jr Keegan Helwig 1987 Mazda LSRX-7 Rexine
O2WD 112 Adam Hardin Andrew Ecker 1991 Volkswagen Jetta
NA4WD 817 Michael Miller Angelica Miller 1991 Mitsubishi Galant 6R4
NA4WD 825 Tyler Matalas Dustin Sharkozy 1995 Subaru Impreza LX
L2WD 138 Cory Grant Kevin Forde 1989 Volkswagen Jetta
L2WD 235 Mark Rokus Tabitha Lohr 1985 Volkswagen VW mk2 GTI
L4WD 645 Todd Briley Valerie Briley 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
O2WD 750 Nick Lyle Kevin Dobrowolski 1991 Honda Civic Si
O2WD 705 Nigel Maidment Joe Wiederholt 2006 Lexus IS350
O4WD 429 Scott Crouch Elizabeth Crouch 2004 Subaru WRX
O4WD 507 Daryl Bergen Calvin Bergen 2011 Subaru STI
L4WD 170 Nick Balzer Jon Schrage 2004 Subaru WRX Wagon
NA4WD 929 Nathan Coulter Bryce Proseus 1990 Subaru Legacy
L2WD 986 Chris Nonack Sara Nonack 2013 Subaru BRZ
L2WD 670 Michael Eckstein Kevin Allen 2006 Lexus IS250
NA4WD 988 Josiah Shipley Tim Shipley 2013 Subaru Impreza
O4WD 991 Andrew Gregory Branden Wolf 1991 Subaru Legacy
L2WD 418 Tim Wickberg Matthew Trott 2016 Subaru BRZ
L4WD 444 Jovan Kelsey Kevin Schatz 2002 Subaru WRX
NA4WD 154 Travis Clark Kendal Clark 2010 Audi Quattro
L2WD 873 Kyle Cooper Matthew Brettschneider 1992 Volkswagen Golf
L2WD 317 Kyle Turner Kevin Turner 1995 Subaru Impreza
L2WD 468 Paul Hubers Gabriel Nieves 2017 Honda Civic
L4WD 499 Taylor Jessee Matthew Myers 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX
O2WD 277 Daniel Yarborough Dustin Yarborough 1994 Honda Integra
NA4WD 525 Alex Betlach Travis Elbert 2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5rs
NA4WD 434 Ed Perry Kyle Gill 1998 Subaru Impreza
O2WD 965 Chris Cyr Martin Headland 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
L4WD 287 Brian Mbuvi Alexander Ferencz 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
L4WD 396 David Matheson Adam Brock 1990 Other Talon TSi AWD
NA4WD 527 Dale Struemph Greg Struemph 2005 Subaru Impreza
NA4WD 341 Ty Crawford Jim Harter

Words:Mason Runkel

Photography:David Cosseboom

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