Another weekend of racing in the books and yet another rainout as well. I traveled to Plymouth, Wisconsin last thursday to race a big money race on friday they had scheduled. We got there and it rained a little bit. The track looked to be fine, but the pits were declared “too muddy” and they canceled the race. I think they could of did something to get the race in, but they just didn’t get it done for us. Another waste of gas money to a race that didn’t happen. I came home and raced two local races on saturday and sunday.
Path Valley in Spring Run
Saturday was Path Valley in Spring Run, PA. It was the first time I rode my framer in 2 months or so. I was excited to ride it. The track was super slick and really hard to pass. I felt like I was the fastest one there, setting the fastest heat time of the night but my holeshots were just about as bad as possible and I finished 2nd and 3rd after coming from behind in both finals. I was pretty disappointed, but holeshots are part of racing, and I didn’t deserve to win getting holeshots like that! Piston Poppers TT was on sunday. I really like racing there because its real close to home and it’s alot of fun. Some good riders showed up to race. The GNC singles leader and factory suzuki rider, Jake Johnson was there. Along with Mick Kirkness from Australia, Nat. Number 88 Raun Wood, Brandon Robinson, and local favorite Don Mullen. I felt good all day and there was no reason I couldn’t pull of an upset. After beating Jersey Jake in my heat race and setting pole in both of the finals, I knew I was fast enough to get it done. The first final, I didn’t get the best of start because the rider next to me creeped on the line and I hesitated. I got off the line 2nd behind Mullen. I stayed glue to his rear tire the whole race. I tried finding a couple of holes out there, but I just couldn’t get the job done. After almost crashing off my motorcycle, I tried one last time to pull it off, but just came short. Jersey Jake was 3rd.
Congrats on the win Don.
The 2nd final, I was determined to win this darn thing. Before the light went green I saw a rider a bike length ahead of everyone else. Sure enough, they didn’t call it and I went into the first right hander wide open and still managed a holeshot. I settled in and rode a smooth, consistent race and won that main. It wasn’t a perfect day, but it was good. The bike needs to get freshened up and I can’t wait to come back again! I am going to take the weekend off to relax some and train alot getting ready for the next national in Tennesse on June 21. Thanks for all the support and hope to see everyone at the track real soon! Wish Shayna luck this weekend as she competes at her next pro-sport hot shoe in Dayton, OH!
We headed out to Hartford, MI for this new track. I watched some videos on you tube and it looked pretty big and I grew up on clay tracks, so I was pretty excited. Shayna, her friend Becca, my girlfriend Amber, Myself and the dog made it out there by ourselves. Jimmy Varnes helped me out with some wrenching so we actually had a pretty good team for this day. I really look up to the whole Varnes family from Dolly & Jimmy to #89 Kevin, so it was cool to have them behind us.
There was alot of riders there. I think 54 or 56. First practice out, I was kinda slow. I didn’t feel slow, but our times proved I was slow as I was like 36th or something. I really have been sucking in qualifying to say the least. Not going to sugar coat that fact. Everyone was pretty close though, I just needed to change a little bit with the set-up of the bike. I think the 2nd round I was like 26th and then the final round I was 17th, so I was coming around. I was in the 2nd heat race. Coolbeth, Johnson, Jimmy Wood, Lewis, Logan Myers, Mataya, etc. I was on the very bottom of the front row and it wasn’t a good spot as the groove was up high and it was alot tackier near that. I was 6th off the line and that’s where I stayed. I didn’t gain much or loose much from the guys ahead of me. I knew I felt good, I just needed to put it together. In GNC flattrack, there are are so many good guys and we are all pretty close, that a holeshot is very important.
I wanted to shoot everyone on update on my weekend. I race in Millersburg, Ohio this past saturday at the Ohio Outlaw Motorsport’s Rutherford Memorial. I did a major change on my chassis this weekend on my CRF 450. A bigger change then I have done all season long. I ended up winning my heat race and winning the main event by a straight-away. It felt good to take home the win a descent size purse.
I also entered the Open Pro Quad class. Bob Kline lended me a super fast Honda 450 quad for this race. It was paying $1500 and there were 30 super fast pro racers from all over the east coast. I never rode a quad before, so I defintley jumped in the deep end. I qualfied 20th, which wasn’t too great. However, I pulled a super good holeshot and won one of the 5 heat races! I was pumped to get in the main event, let alone on the front row. The thumb style throttle was really hard for me to figure out, so we put a real throttle on it. I got a really bad start in the main event. A rider crashed in turn three and I went to avoid him. I launched up off the banking at like 70mph, probably got 15 ft of air and went sailing into the pits. I got it stopped right before a parked fire truck, grabbed the front brake, pulled a 360 and joined the tail end of the race. I ended up working my way up to 6th place, right on the lead pack at the finish. Everyone was really pumped with my finish, but I was just happy to be alive, haha! That was one of the most scariest racing moments of my life. I think with a good start, I had a legit shot at winning.
I beat alot of the best quad pro riders in the country my first time ever riding one and I won the the pro motorcycle class, so overall it was a good night. Three wins in two weekends. I think we are heading in the right direction. I am having fun and feeling great.