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DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally: Weekend Preview

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by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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The DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally is one of stage rally’s crown jewel events in the United States, a three-day event that spans both Oregon and Washington and presents crews with some of the most exciting stages in the country. Kicking off on Friday night at Portland International Raceway with a super special, the entire weekend is jam-packed with challenges for the top drivers, co-drivers, and cars in North America.

This weekend’s entry list will once again feature most of the biggest and most exciting teams in the sport, led by the Subaru Motorsports USA tandems of David Higgins/Craig Drew and Travis Pastrana/Robbie Durant. Higgins/Drew won 2018’s event, while Pastrana/Durant came out on top in 2017, but missed last year’s event. They’ll be joined in the Open 4WD class by top crews like 100 Acre Wood Rally winners Barry McKenna/Leon Jordan, Sno*Drift winners Piotr Fetela/Dominik Jozwiak, Dave Wallingford/Leanne Junnila, and Seamus Burke/Martin Brady.

Defending event runner-up and Limited 4WD winner Jeff Seehorn will partner with new co-driver Cody Crawford, as his regular navigator Karen Jankowski will be driving herself this year in the Open 2WD class. She’s not the only familiar co-driver getting behind the wheel this weekend, though, as O.D.D. Racing’s Preston Osborn will be driving in Limited 2WD.

DirtFish will have a major presence at this year’s Oregon Trail Rally as its title sponsor, but members of the DirtFish family are also represented throughout the entry list. Sam Albert will partner with Krista Skucas in the Open 4WD class, Travis Nease will work with Melissa Sherowski in Limited 4WD, and Chris and Michelle Miller are teamed up in Open 2WD.

Following Friday night’s super special, DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally will move to Goldendale, Washington on Saturday before returning to Dufur, Oregon on Sunday. From there, the American Rally Association takes a three-week break before heading slightly east for the return of Idaho Rally, which moves up from September last year to June 22-23 in 2019.

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