TRP Volume 10 // Issue 2
Cover: Jared Lesher by Arlene Lantzer. Features: The Midpoint, Will Against Weather, Steel City Rundown.
SHELOCTA, PA VOLUME 10 ISSUE 2 // 2013 Greiner STEEL CITY THE SPRING SERIES HEADS TO DELMONT Lantzer #98 THE HEARTOF HIGH POINT GODSPEED, MR. HOLBERT TAKE 5 WITH BROCK PAPI • DARRYN DURHAM IS BACK! • TOTAL IMAGE AUTOSPORT 1 2 THE RACING PAPER The Northeast Area Qualifiers hit close to home and the halfway point of the schedule as the racing headed to Pleasure Valley. The local motocross community lost a staple member late this past April. WORDS: DAVEY COOMBS PHOTOGRAPHY: ARLENE LANTZER #98 WORDS: BRITTANY DENEEN PHOTOGRAPHY: MIMI GREINER The Lantzers presented one rider with their In Memory of Aaron Award on a tough day at High Point. WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: ARLENE LANTZER #98 contributor p.04 sign up p.05 pamx schedule p.06 next exit p.09 flashpoint p.10 front & center p.16 bar-to-bar p.18 virtual trainer p.20 public address p.22 premix p.26 take 5 p.31 inventory p.45 tapped out p.46 amanda bynes p.49 PAMX riders enjoyed themselves in the first Spring Series race at Steel City in the 2013 season. Steel City Rundown WORDS: BRITTANY DENEEN PHOTOGRAPHY: GREINER/LANTZER #98 Editor / Designer Jordan Roberts Staff Lens aFred, Simon Cudby Staff Pens Jen Kenyon, Chase Stallo Head Honcho Davey Coombs Boss Guy Bryan Stealey Boss Girl Julie Kramer Advertising Tim Crytser Accounts Jerri Headlee Voice of Reason Rita Coombs Contributing Writers Timmy Coombs, Tyler Newcomer Contributing Photographers Mimi Greiner, Lauren Hall, Arlene Lantzer #98, Zak Lowery, Amy Schaaf COVER PHOTO BY ARLENE LANTZER #98 The Racing Paper 122 Vista Del Rio Drive, Morgantown, WV 26508 tel 304.284.0080 | fax 304.284.0081 | theracingpaper.com The riders appearing in this newspaper are, for the most part, skilled amateurs or highly trained individuals with experience racing and operating motorcycles. Please donâ€™t try to imitate them. When you ride a motorcycle or ATV, always wear a helmet, eye protection and the appropriate safety gear. Never ride beyond your capabilities. Use your head, be safe and enjoy the ride. The Racing Paper publishes six issues annually by World Sports Holdings, LLC. Our editorial office is located at 122 Vista Del Rio Drive, Morgantown, WV 26508. Copyright ÂŠ2012 Filter Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing in this newspaper may be reprinted in whole or in part without the express written permission of the publisher. Editorial contributions are welcomed, but must be guaranteed exclusive to The Racing Paper. We are not responsible for the return of unsolicited material. Letters cannot all be answered, nor can all service inquiries be answered. We appreciate correspondence sent to our editorial office and will use the most interesting and appropriate letters in the newspaper. Email letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Please call Tim Crytser at 407-748-4663 4 THE RACING PAPER USA 5¢ Sign Up Letters to the Editor SLO(?) JOE I was just reading the rider profile on Joey DeNeen in the current issue of The Racing Paper and it brought back a memory from last July at Sleepy Hollow. DeNeen had finished second in moto one of 250 B and needed a win in moto two to secure the overall. With a stunning display of skill and aggression, Joey managed to stuff his CR underneath the first moto winner’s YZ to claim the holeshot. The definitive move put DeNeen into a lead he never relinquished, taking the moto win and the overall victory on that day. It’s that kind of move that makes people take notice. Best of luck this season Joey! I f you’ve been to a PAMX race within the past few years, chances are pretty good you’ve seen Brittany on the sidelines cheering on her brother Joey. Brittany has been involved in the sport and the local scene for some time doing one thing or another. You could find her flagging at a local race one day and handing out awards at a banquet the next. Most recently, though, she became involved with the editorial side of The Racing Paper. The Bedford, Pennsylvania native started giving us a hand last issue with a rider interview. That rider was none other than her brother, Joey. For this issue, however, she moved right into feature articles. Brittany wrote “The Midpoint” and “Steel City Rundown” features that can be found on pages 34 and 42. When we’re not roping Brittany into writing for The Racing Paper, she’s busy earning a degree in nursing at Duquesne University. Dan Hathaway Hey Dan, Thanks for sharing! It doesn’t matter if you’re skilled or stupid; it still takes some innards to thread the needle like that. It looks like Joey was just a split second away from being eaten up by a hungry Suzuki. It’s a good thing he made it out alive, because now we get to see what he can do in the A class this season. He doesn’t seem to be doing too shabby so far. JR Want to write a letter to The Racing Paper? 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PYRAMIDVALLEY.COM 8 THE RACING PAPER EXIT next WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY: AFRED Popeye won’t have anything on the size of my arms after practice. T his column is coming to you from Lakewood, Colorado. It’s 11:30 a.m. EST on Friday and, as usual, I’m scrambling to wrap up this issue so I can send it to the printer by noon. I have to give props to AFred, though, because if it weren’t for him you’d be seeing a lot of typos and no-brainer mistakes. As soon as I hand off this issue to the printer, it’s off to Thunder Valley to catch up on Racer X duties. While it’s cool, and fun, and whatever else to go to some of these outdoor nationals across the country, nothing can beat being at the races back east. Going to an outdoor national in the east means no airports, no cramped coach seats, no crying babies and no noxious time changes. Instead, some friends and I can load up the bikes and barge through any little misadventure we may find. I say misadventure because even though we think we have a perfectly laid out plan, we never seem to get it right. That’s the fun of it though—peeing in jugs without pulling over, arriving in church parking lots as our final destination (according to the GPS) and messing with people when they’re sleeping. You don’t get that kind of stuff when you fly cross-country. There’s hardly ever a funny story paired with an airline mishap. So the first outdoor national round to venture back east will be at Muddy Creek. The Utah National will be cool and everything, but I think the crowd at Muddy Creek will be astronomical. I’m not sure what measures of preparation are being taken for this, but I’m just imagining the entire venue looking like the packed pits of the Atlanta Supercross. The buzz surrounding this event has got me thinking it’ll be a little chaotic, even though I know a lot of work is going into it. It’d be cool to race the amateur day at the very first national there, but as always, I have to figure out a way to get my bike to move forward without going down a hill. Oh, the Craigslist adventures… Once Muddy Creek is wrapped up the circuit heads back up to High Point. You’d think that’d be the easiest round to work, but it somehow ends up being one of the most difficult. It’s worth it, though. The High Point National is my new hometown race away from home, and being able to see everyone that frequents the local tracks in Pennsylvania is always a good time. If my bike isn’t running by Muddy Creek, hopefully it will be by High Point so I can show off my arm pump in front of everyone. Popeye won’t have anything on the size of my arms after practice. Well, I think I’m going to have to wrap this up a little early since the people at the printer are nagging at me to get everything in. It’s ok, though, I doubt they read this. Hit up The Racing Paper on Facebook or shoot me an email at Jordan@racerxonline.com if you plan on racing at Muddy Creek during the national weekend. We’ll throw a GoPro on your helmet and post the footage later in the week—that is, unless you goon out or wad it up. See you there! 9 Darryn Durham finally returned to racing at Hangtown, the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, after recovering from an unfortunate injury to his achilles. The Butler, Pennsylvania native finished 6-36 for 14th overall. Flip to page 26 for more info. PHOTO: JORDAN ROBERTS 10 THE RACING PAPER John Wells shows Mimi the bottom of his case so Mimi can inspect it and make sure it’s not cracked from that one rock that hit it last lap. Yeah, that’s probably what’s going on here. PHOTO: MIMI GREINER 11 Mike McDade isn’t eligible to qualify for Loretta’s, but he did go to Pleasure Valley to race against those racing the Area Qualifier. Racing against fast up-and-comers is a good way to keep the skills sharp, and it helps the up-and-comers, such as Nick Fratz-Orr and Daniel Lippman, shoot for that next level. PHOTO: ARLENE LANTZER #98 12 THE RACING PAPER While other suspension companies have come and gone, Pro-Action has stood the test of time being a leader in suspension technology and local race support for more than 35 years. As suspension components have advanced, Pro-Action has stayed ahead of the curve with unmatched technology. Pro-Action has developed and refined an industry exclusive three-stage valving system including controlled flow piston technology. Why settle for a shim shuffle when you can have the complete PHOTO BY MIMI suspension experience. Visit our support truck at all the PAMX events for information on how we can customize your suspension to suit your racing style. 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Van, Truck, trailer, Motorhome, What ever We have EVERYTHING you need to look like the pros! 16 THE RACING PAPER front & center WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTO: MIMI GREINER Jared TRP: We were going to try and knock this interview out last night, but you said you ended up riding until dark. Where’d you go riding? Lesher: High Voltage Did they just have open practice or something? Yeah. So what’s been going on lately? How has this racing season been going for you? It’s been alright. I did decent at the [Area] Qualifiers at High Point and Pleasure Valley. I think I’ve only raced two times before that. I think that’s really the only times I’ve raced so far this year. I did pretty good in all of them—definitely better than last year, that’s for sure. What Loretta Lynn classes are you going for this year? I qualified in four different classes for the Regional, but I plan on focusing mostly on 250 B Limited and Unlimited. I qualified for 250 B Limited and Unlimited, Two-Stroke and Collegeboy. How old are you? 17. Ok, so last year was the first year you were able to race in Collegeboy. Yeah. It looks like your 250 motos went pretty good at Pleasure Valley. Yeah, I won 250 B Limited and I think I got third in 250 B Unlimited. I’m not 100% sure; I can’t remember. It was either second or third. Well I’m pretty sure you won both motos of 250 B Limited. I think one of the motos for 250 B Unlimited was a mud race because it poured out there later on. Like I said, it’s definitely been going better than last year. I raced a qualifier at Tomahawk last year and I don’t even know if I was top five or not. This year is definitely an improvement. So you said you haven’t been racing a whole lot this season. Have you been hitting up a bunch of practice tracks instead? No, we actually haven’t practiced as much as I’ve been wanting to. For the first qualifier at Pleasure Valley, we rode practice at PRP on Thursday, and then practice at Pleasure Valley on Friday before the races on Saturday and Sunday. I really haven’t practiced since then; it’s just been racing every weekend now. So if you didn’t do that much riding beforehand, and then you go out and sweep some motos, what’s your secret? Do you watch a lot of T.V. while eating McDonald’s, or… No [laughs]. I’ve been training pretty hard for the past couple of months now—more than last year. I’m pretty pumped, though. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I pretty much just showed up to the qualifiers to get in, you know what I mean? I can’t really tell you what the secret is. It’s probably just really wanting to ride after sitting around all winter. Until the Regionals come up, what are your plans until then? Probably just training and try to practice more during the week. Last night at High Voltage I did some longer motos, and it was pretty warm out, too. Going into Regionals, I’ll be trying to get my speed up and get rid of arm pump and hand cramps. You get so much arm pump that first time back out; it’s crazy. So is there anything else going on other than racing right now, or is that pretty much where it’s at? Yeah, just racing, riding and training. Well, I’ve been riding a lot of pit bikes and stuff. Me and a couple buddies will go out and ride some pit bikes and have some fun—trail riding and stuff like that. Do you have a pit bike track or anything? Yeah, we actually built a full-fledged pit bike track behind my house. We’ve got some rhythm sections, so it’s pretty cool. That’s cool. So the only other thing is, who’s helping you get to the races? Definitely my mom and dad. They help me out with everything. I’ve picked up a couple of good sponsors this year, too. I’ve got some pretty good deals through MSR, 100%, EVS, Moto Option—they’re becoming a pretty big clothing company—but definitely my mom and dad. I give them props for everything. They’re definitely my biggest sponsors. 17 Andy McClelland, son of race referee Craig, passed away at the young age of 27. O ur racing community suffered a great loss earlier this month. Andy McClelland, son of race referee Craig, passed away at the young age of 27. Andy was the guy who ran staging and started the races with the two card at both High Point and Steel City, always making sure to tune in to every WVU football game that was on the radio every time we had a coinciding event on Saturday. He and his father were avid Mountaineer fans even though Andy grew up in Mt. Lebanon, where he was an accomplished running back and cornerback for his championship-winning high-school football team. He also coached football for several years for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade kids. Cernic said that Andy was a true racing enthusiast. He came and worked at the races because he loved the sport so much, along with his father. It was something that they could do together even though Andy himself never really got into motocross racing. His only motocross outing was at Steel City many years ago aboard a PW50 in a race against his brother, Brad, and Ryan Holliday, who were both on Italijets. He probably won because the Italijets probably broke down. Other than that race, Andy was more of a woods rider, preferring to repeatedly tear up equipment on extra-rough and rocky trails. Maybe he was always working at the races to pay for all the bikes he tore up in the woods. Andy first started working at Starvation Point for Buddy Little, where he was, among other things, the finish-line flagman and eventual track referee. Buddy remembers Andy as always having a big smile and being very laid back during race days, quickly rebounding from heated situations. Andy loved to work with Lamont Hunter at the races and considered him to be his adopted uncle and close friend. Lamont is now helping Craig out at work, filling in for Andy at the family business. He wears Andyâ€™s working outfit in his memory, and because it fits him. Waste not, want not. On the lighter side, Craig said Andy was sort of a knucklehead, like my son Cade. He liked to hang out with Andy in staging before his pee wee practices and motos, sometimes six or seven motos before his own. Coincidently, Andy and Cade were both born on October 25, and Craig wanted the picture of the two of them together at the finish line of the last race that Andy flagged. Godspeed, Andy! 18 THE RACING PAPER 19 Greiner If you are trying to catch up by “just getting back in the gym,” I applaud you. Are You Ready for Summer Riding? Tip #3: Pay Attention to Recovery No doubt it has been a long, hard struggle with Mother Nature to loosen her grip on the Northeast and give motocross riders something to talk about: good riding weather. It seems like winter lasted longer than usual, and when spring weather finally did show up in early April, winter reared its ugly head and slapped it down quicker than Ryan Villopoto winning another championship. One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is not allowing for proper recovery. This is especially true when they feel they are behind in their training. Most people think more is better and they have to work as hard as they can for as long as they can to get in shape. This is simply not true. For the training equation to remain in check, work and recovery must be in perfect balance. I’ve received a few emails from PAMX and OHMX riders who are worried that the late arrival of spring will put a damper on their summer race season. I’m here to tell you that, while getting a late start is not optimal, there is still time to adequately prepare for the season ahead. But there are a few key factors that you must follow if you want to do it right. Playing catch-up by increasing training volume and intensity can be risky. Most self-coached athletes who are on the catch-up carousel struggle with knowing when enough is enough and when more is too much. Just listen to your body. Pay close attention to how well you rest at night and your morning heart rate (search RacerXVT.com for complete details on resting heart rates). Some athletes benefit from two recovery days early in the week, one good interval day midweek, a speed session the next day, and a recovery day on Friday. Tip #1: Strength Training: Increase Exercise Intensity Most of us are creatures of habit, and that applies to our training as well. You get up, go to work, come home, grab a bite to eat, and rush off to the gym. Most athletes who are crunched for time don’t give their daily, weekly, and monthly training enough thought to be effective. They end up going to the gym and doing the same workouts over and over at the same intensity. While consistency is a vital key to maintaining fitness, stagnation is the killer of consistency. In order to avoid stagnant workouts, you have to focus on increasing training stress so the body has something to adapt to. Most athletes simply cannot add hours to their training, so the only solution is to add intensity. Springtime is the perfect time of year to add this type of workout, but just be careful not to make every workout a go-until-you-puke session. Highintensity workouts are like medications; the right dosage is crucial. Tip #2: Cardio Training: Do Sprint Workouts Sprint work is a form of interval training and is a great way to break out of a cardio plateau. Sprint work can be done with any type of cardio training, including running, cycling, and rowing. Scan the QR code to learn how to do a Sprint Interval Workout. 20 THE RACING PAPER Training consistently throughout the year is certainly a difficult task when faced with the gloom and doom that often comes with Northeastern winter weather. If you are trying to catch up by “just getting back in the gym,” I applaud you. But generalized training will only get you so far, and now is the time to kick up the intensity of your training and find another gear. This is a critical time for riders across the PAMX and OHMX districts. If you’re behind, you’re probably not as behind as you think. The season has just started, so what you do now will have a huge impact on the rest of your summer! Racer X Virtual Trainer is a website dedicated to helping the weekend warrior get in better shape to ride. For all your fitness, training, and nutritional needs, check out RacerxVT. com or contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our collection of digital issues, on the house. www.TheRacingPaper.com 21 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 These duct tape numbers are Kantner approved. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 High Point LLAQ: A goggle guy’s worst nightmare. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 The Strider nation army is about to take over... PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Matt and Dennis Toth have every angle covered. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 We don’t know whether we should make fun of this or commend them on their innovation. Move along sirs. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Pro-Action was on hand at the PVR LLAQ as always. 22 THE RACING PAPER Lisa just saved 15% on car insurance. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Flip to page 49 to see how you can donate to the Feed the Hungry Moto Boys fund. “It’s crazy. I bring out the puppy for one second and the chicks just start to flock to me.” PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 This photo will eventually get out on the internet and be transformed into a motivational poster. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Our newest contributor Brittany pulls double duty. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 If you don’t see immediate results, your puppy may be past its chick-pulling prime. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Isn’t this a scene from that movie Gladiator? PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 They only had to pay a $5 entry fee to check out the world’s largest chocolate lab. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Jonathan may have lost his shirt and seat, but you’ll never get his wristband. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 The Newcomes enjoy a sunny day at Steel City. Somebody forgot to order the port-a-johns. An inmate from SCI Greene gets ready to take on Tomac in practice. 23 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 ...Told you so. Watch your back. They strike in stride. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Somebody’s upset they forgot to bring their leaning post. 1st gate pick? So. Many. Choices. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 “It says you need two AA batteries before you can start talking into it.” PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 THE BEST PART ABOUT MUD RACING! PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 Prepping the track for the High Point LLAQ was no easy task. PHOTO: ARLENE LATNZER #98 We’re getting mixed signals here. Got tires? Cernic’s does. 24 THE RACING PAPER At least somebody is paying attention. Would you like your photo in Public Address? • Email email@example.com • Snail Mail TRP Public Address 122 Vista Del Rio Dr. Morgantown, WV 26508 1 PM SATURDAY JUNE 22 TICKETS: BUDDSCREEKPROMX.COM | $40 ADULTS | $20 KIDS (6-11) 2013 PRICING ADULT (12 & OVER) KIDS (6-11) KIDS 5 & UNDER CAMPING THU - SUN FRI - SUN 80 $ 50 FREE $ 80 70 $ 40 FREE $ 70 $ 3 nights $ 2 nights SAT ONLY PRO RACING 40 $ 20 FREE $ 30 $ Sat Only SUN ONLY 15 $ 10 FREE $ n/a SUPER TICKET! VIP FAN ZONE $200 Adults | $100 Kids | Fri - Sat Admission | Deluxe VIP Viewing Area All Day/Hot Pit Access | Full Lunch Buffet on Sat | Souvenir Yearbook Limited Quantity HOLESHOT CLUB $125 per person | Sat Admission | Reserved Seating Adjacent to Start Line | All Day/Hot Pit Access | Limited Quantity PREFERRED CAMPING $150 per vehicle | Reserved Camping | Limited Quantity AMATEUR SCHEDULE FRIDAY JUNE 21 TYPE: Open Practice, 10am-3pm FEES: $25 per group Open to all riders. No membership required. SUNDAY JUNE 23 TYPE: Amateur Racing, 8 am FEES: $30/Class $40/Purse Class DETAILS: AMA Membership Required 25 PHOTO: KTM 27 PHOTO: COURTESY TOTAL IMAGE PHOTO: COURTESY GORBY 29 30 28 Darryn Durham’s return to pro racing B WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS efore the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season even started, recent Pro Circuit Kawasaki add-on and Butler, Pennsylvania native Darryn Durham suffered a severed Achilles tendon from a non-motocross related incident. Durham was slated to hopefully return to supercross by the time East Region 250SX started, but he had not fully recovered from the injury by the time the Dallas SX approached. Durham returned to riding midway towards the end of the series, but his return to racing had shifted focus from supercross to the start of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown Motocross Classic. As the checkered flag waved for the first moto, Durham seemed to be back to form with a sixth-place finish. The second moto, however, didn’t go as well. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider crashed after a tabletop and DNF’d the race, resulting in a 36th for Moto 2 for 14th overall. The crash resulted in a punctured leg that required stitches, as well as a black eye. Even after reviewing the severity of the crash and injury, Durham still plans to continue on with the season like business as usual. Courtesy Balkovic invited to race Jr. MXoN WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS F or the second year in a row, Jarek Balkovic has been invited to race the Junior Motocross of Nations by the AMA’s Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. The race will be held in the Czech Republic on August 10-11 at the track Jinin. Jeff Cernic and KTM’s Michael Sleeter will join Team USA Jr. as the two active team managers. 26 THE RACING PAPER The riders will have to qualify for the race through timed practice, or an LCQ if practice doesn’t go as planned. Timed practice will determine the riders’ gate pick in the first moto of the two-moto format. Balkovic ran into a little bad luck last year, but here’s hoping better luck prevails at Jinin. Best of luck, Jarek! Roberts Durham style check EVENT: PLEASURE VALLEY LLAQ PHOTOGRAPHY: LANTZER #98 TOP Q ive TRP FACEBOOK POLL : Who’s got the best bike lineup in 2013? PHOTO: COURTESY KTM Honda 18% JOEY CROWN BROCK PAPI Kawasaki 18% KTM 44% Suzuki KTM SX 350 & 125 9% Yamaha Visit facebook.com/theracingpaper to tilt the scales! 9% MAURO CAUTELA AUSTIN LEGG Apr 28 Sun PAXC HARE SCRAMBLES PAXC Points May 10 Fri Organized practice (10a-3p). Open to all riders. May 11 Sat NORTHEAST AREA QUALIFER May 12 Sun FOR AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT LORETTA LYNN’S (AMA membership required. Classes are open to non-qualifying riders.) Jun 7 Fri Jun 8 Sat Organized practice (10a-3p). Open to all riders. LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S PRO MOTOCROSS TRIPLE CROWN Jun 9 Sun PAMX THOR YAHAMA SPRING SERIES PAMX Spring Series Points Sep 28 Sat 23rd ANNUAL DC VET NATIONAL MOTOCROSS Sep 29 Sun 1ST ANNUAL DC VET NATIONAL HARE SCRAMBLE Oct 5 Oct 6 Sat Organized practice (10a-3p). Open to all riders. Sun PAMX FLY RACING PENNSYLVANIA STATE MX CHAMPIONSHIP PAMX State Champ Points Organized practices are open to all motorcycle riders. No membership required for practice. 27 style check EVENT: HIGH POINT PHOTOGRAPHY: LANTZER #98 JARRED WILLIAMS - LAP 1 BLAKE RIVARD ROBERT BERCOSKY Mimi Greiner #13 Location: Country Springs Circa 1977 JARRED WILLIAMS - LAP 2 Who’s listening to what before the gate drops... 28 Name Artist Album Nick Fratz-Orr’s Playlist 1 Try 2 When I’m Gone 3 Mr. Carter 4 Just What I Am 5 Medicated Sweatshop Union Wiz Khalifa Lil Wayne Kid Cudi Wiz Khalifa United We Fall Rolling Papers Tha Carter III Indicud O.N.I.F.C. Amy Schaaf’s Playlist 1 Comeback Kid 2 Springsteen 3 Sweetness 4 Sweet Disposition 5 Sail Brett Dennen Eric Church Jimmy Eat World The Temper Trap AWOLNATION Loverboy Chief Bleed American Conditions Megalithic Symphony Mat Simmon’s Playlist 1 All Night Longer 2 Cruise 3 Wooooo! 4 Lifetime Season 5 Scarlet Morning Sam Adams Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly Mac Lethal Squashy Nice & AD Language Arts Crew Single Here’s to the Good Times Irish Goodbye Night Owls 3: The Chiro... I Shot the Shepherd THE RACING PAPER craigslist pittsburgh / morgantown motorcycles dukes of hazzard trike! - $1111111 ((beaver co)) Hi i have a 3.5hp trike i redone as the general lee,(its not exact but its close)it runs and rides GREAT!!! ALL IT NEEDS IS BRAKES!!!! i might have front ones on it in a few days, but the back ones need band brakes(ebay) (CASH make offer) ! NO LOW BALLERS!!! OR TRADE FOR PITBIKE 110 UP CAN NEED SOME WORK,RUNNING OR NOT!!! OR SOMETHING WITH A MOTOR,,,,,,,,TRIKE GOES 25MPH AND TURNS ON A DIME!!!! CONFEDERATE FLAG IS STAINED AND HAS LITTLE TEARS IN IT BUT STILL LOOKS GOOD!!! 1993 rm 250 - $8 (kittanning) 1993 rm 250 I would like to trade for a warrior or a 4 stroke quad bigger than a 250... this dirt bike was in throttle cable clutch cable an intake boot and will have new plastics .... shop talk PHOTO: COURTESY TOTAL IMAGE AUTOSPORT WORDS: TAYLOR DRESSLER S ince opening its doors in 1996, Total Image Autosport has grown to be one of the largest automobile customization shops in the greater Pittsburgh area. The locally owned and operated detail shop began as a small car-audio shop and has grown to offer a full range of aftermarket products and services. The company now offers high-end audio and video systems—both sales and installation—custom interior work, security systems, remote starters, custom wheels, navigation systems, satellite radio, lowering and lift kits, PHOTO: COURTESY TOTAL IMAGE AUTOSPORT window tinting, and interior detailing. With customers like the Steelers’ Ike Taylor and Penguin goalie MarcAndre Fleury, it’s become known as a premier customization shop that can do pretty much anything your bank account allows. After seventeen years of business, the company still continues to grow. Through the interest of owner Wayne Arlet, Total Image has also become more involved with the local motocross scene. As a motocross enthusiast, Arlet has found ways to involve Total Image with the sport he loves and grew up participating in. He started riding and racing at age 10 and eventually worked his way up to the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National a few times in his earlier racing days. Arlet stayed involved with the sport throughout the ’90s. His son, Cody, has become involved with the sport as well, and the two would do team races together. He still enjoys riding and remains an active member of many local series through Cody’s racing. The shop teamed up with PAMX as a series sponsor while also supporting local racers including Dylan Slusser, Timmy Crosby, Matt Toth, and Shane Smallwood. Total Image Autosport is also a sponsor of Eleven10 Mods Yamaha featuring professional riders Alex Martin and Brady Kiesel. Total Image Autosport has become known in the Pennsylvania motocross community as a result of the Arlet family’s passion for the sport. As a former racer himself, Wayne understands the value of supporting local riders and the series they are a part of. He’s hung up the boots and now focuses on his son’s racing and helping the community grow through rider support and event sponsorship. TOTAL IMAGE AUTOSPORT • 5654 STEUBENVILLE PIKE PITTSBURGH, PA 15205 • WWW.TOTALIMAGEAUTOSPORT.COM (412)788-3980 29 Brought to you by: PHOTO: COURTESY GORBY Like The Racing Paper on Facebook to learn how you can win cool prizes while sitting on your butt. 30 THE RACING PAPER COLTON GORBY WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTO: ARLENE LANTZER #98 Brock & Dave TRP: What are you guys up to today? Dave (Brock’s dad): We’re going to Switchback to get a little session in today, then we’re off to Sunday Creek on Thursday. Cool. So how did you guys start this season off? Did you kick it off with some of the amateur nationals or what? Dave: Do you want me to answer these, Brock? Brock: Yeah. Dave: Well, we started off with the Daytona Amateur Supercross. That was our first big race of the year. Brock finished third there. He was very sick. He had the flu there, but rode well and finished third. From there, we flew to Texas to race Oak Hill and Freestone. Oak Hill didn’t go so well, but he actually won a title at Freestone in the 9-13 85 class. He started riding better then. Which amateur national was your favorite to race so far? Brock: Freestone. I like the track a lot. They do a real good job with it, at least for the [amateur] national. I’m pretty pumped to win a championship there. Dave: Yeah, they just offer a lot more. They do timed practice, and that sets up your gate pick for the week. That’s very nice, and not really utilized enough at the amateur nationals. They give major prizes back to their riders, like Oakley watches for holeshots and things like that. That Daytona Supercross is also a really great way to go because the parking is spectacular— you’re on asphalt with hookups. You have the pro supercross, which is great, and then an entire amateur national that runs all in one and a half days. I just think it’s a great experience. Don’t you also get an invite to the Stewart compound if you win your class? Brock: Yeah. Dave: That’s coming up on November 20th this year. This will be our second time there. It’s the Wednesday before Mini O’s. It’s nice; we get to Florida and get to ride at James Stewart’s place and then head up to Mini O’s. So Loretta’s… What classes are you trying to qualify for? Brock: Mini Sr. (12-14) Limited and Unlimited. Dave: Yep, and we’re also running Super Mini 1 (12-15) as a backup. Did you run any of those classes last year? Dave: No, Brock only ran the 85 (9-11) Stock and Mod. I think he’s probably the youngest in the older 85 Class this year. What regions have you guys been going to? Dave: We did the Mid-East, Northeast and Southeast. Out of all those regions, what track was your favorite to race? Brock: Probably North Carolina Motorsports Park in the Southeast. They did a good job. The track was real good. Will you try to narrow it down to one or two regions if all goes well? Dave: Yeah, we’re going to start at Sunday Creek. To be honest, it’s not one of our favorite tracks for a Regional because it’s very one-lined. However, it’s the closest, so if we can knock it out early, we’re going to bypass the Northeast Regionals. We are going to the Southeast at Gatorback because one of our sponsors will be there since they’re out of Florida. So how does travel work for you guys when you’re going back and forth between races? Dave: We’ve been very fortunate in that our sponsors take the bikes to these races for us. It really helps out. What program are you guys a part of now? Dave: Factory KTM backs us for the most part, and then WMR does our engine and suspension. Our mechanic is also a part of WMR. Of course incredible sponsors such as Mike Jones MX Training, FLY, 100%, Nihilo, ARMA ENERGY, Motorex, DUNLOP, DT1, ODI, Vertex, Hinson, Champion Tool Box, Dubya, FMF, DC Shoes, Skullcandy, Total Image, Renthal, Cometic, Motion Pro, Acerbis, HDX Drink, One Industries, Light Speed and Pivot Works help out a great deal too. Brock, is there anything—hobbies or otherwise—you like to do in between practice and racing that some people may not know about? Brock: I like to ride BMX; I’ve been doing that a lot. I usually try to get on my road bike and ride every morning, but I always like to jump on my Fit bike and ride that. Fit’s pretty solid. So is there anything else we haven’t touched on up until now? Dave: We’re going to try to get ready to do the Monster Cup, possibly on a Super Mini, here in October. He’ll be selected to go to that if he wants to go, so we may get him prepared for that. We’re not quite sure we’ll do it, but we’re still pretty excited for that. Other than that, we’ve also done some local racing, but this Loretta Lynn’s stuff really consumes you. 31 32 THE RACING PAPER BY DAVEY COOMBS B ack in the early days of motocross in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, there were tracks with cool names now practically lost to history. Names like Maidsville, Rocky Ridge, Shoaf, Country Springs, Pirate MX, Brownsville, Paw Paw, the Motodrome, Appalachia Lake Park... There were also fast riders trying to make it on the local circuit, nationals even, with names not-so-familiar now, but downright daunting in those pre-internet days: Bosnic, Bunting, Godby, Wargo, Pustelak, Garrison, Kirkland, Knisley, Holbert... That last name on the list—Holbert—spoke for more than just one racer. It spoke for five young men, all of them very fast. Bobby, Mike and Tommy were the sons of Carroll Holbert; David and Steve were the sons of his brother Jack. The Holbert family raced out of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, in the early seventies, and anytime they showed up at those tracks mentioned, they meant to win. They were motocross enthusiasts who did it as one big, fast family, their family business being a tire shop begun in the fifties. They used their homestead farm as their own big practice track, though that often meant chasing their sisters and their horses off the very same fields. While the five boys were fast, and the tire shop successful, that’s not the legacy of their time in motorcycle racing. What would become the lasting legacy of the Holbert family and that farm was what we now know as High Point Raceway, which was founded there in September of 1976. The Holberts didn’t mean to get into the motocross promotions business, or even opening their farm to public riding, but when Dave Coombs Sr., a friend and local race organizer, found himself in need a of new piece of property to keep his MX business going, it was the Holbert brothers—Carroll and Jack—who suggested he come see their land and the trails the boys had shaped upon it as a possible new raceway. He loved it. One week later the first race on the Holbert family farm, which the men decided to call High Point Raceway, took place. Within a year, High Point was on the outdoor national schedule, where it has remained ever since. High Point Raceway has long been one of the most familiar and respected racing facilities in all of motocross, and even though all of the Holbert boys have long since stopped racing motocross, the pride and love and deep family connections to moto remain. In fact, this month High Point Raceway will celebrate its 37th annual running of it’s outdoor national, one of the premier races in all of American motocross. Sadly, this year’s race will be the first without its co-founder Carroll Holbert. Carroll passed away in late April, after a full life. He left behind all three of those racing sons, plus his daughters, many more grandchildren, and countless friends and fellow motocross enthusiasts he met along the way, all of whom drove onto his family farm, which they of course knew as High Point Raceway. The races there will go on, and so will the memory of a good man who loved motocross more, and did more for it, than most will ever know. Godspeed, Carroll Holbert. And thank you. 33 The Northeast Area Qualifiers hit close to home and the halfway point of the schedule as the racing headed to Pleasure Valley. WORDS: BRITTANY DENEEN PHOTOGRAPHY: MIMI GREINER A s the number of chances to make it to the Northeast Regionals dwindles away, the number of riders still looking to advance or improve upon their qualifying positions remains constant to a certain degree, the end goal being a spot on the gate at Loretta Lynn Ranch come the end of July. Among those who were looking for a qualifying position were those who have already qualified and were out scouting the competition for the regional. Riders from all over came to Pleasure Valley looking to ensure their place at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Championship, traveling from Florida, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, and more. Riders and their supporters are willing to go the distance to join the Lorettaâ€™s Class of 2013. (Clockwise from left) Brock Papi scored second-place finishes in every moto of both Mini Sr. Limited and Unlimited behind Metamora, Michiganâ€™s Joey Crown; Nick Fratz-Orr (38) and Joey DeNeen (22) fight the holeshot in 450 A; Jared Lesher swept both motos of 250 B Limited, and even won a moto in 250 B Unlimited. 34 THE RACING PAPER T here were some minor changes made to the track for the Area Qualifier. The track normally sweeps uphill and left into a set of rollers across the backside of the track after the finish-line tabletop, but the Pleasure Valley staff rerouted the course at the top of the hill. Instead of hitting the rollers, the riders had to make a sharp left at the top of the hill into an off-camber that led right back up. The riders again made another hard left to reenter the original track layout, right before the long straightaway littered with jumps. This was an interesting change that received mixed reviews from both the riders and spectators. Some found it to be a real challenge and did not care for it much, while others immediately embraced the new design and enjoyed change. (Counterclockwise from top left) Clinton Schaffer swept both motos of Two-Stroke B/C and finished 4th overall in 250 B Limited; Timmy Crosby almost had perfect 1-1 scores in both Schoolboy 1 & 2, but Brad Esper (top left) came in to take the first-moto win in Schoolboy 2. 35 Americaâ€™s Greatest Amateur Race JULY 28 - AUGUST 3 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship NORTHEAST AREA QUALIFIER February 23 & 24 Elizabeth City March 9 & 10 Tomahawk March 23 & 24 Englishtown April 20 & 21 Broome Tioga Sports Center April 27 & 28 Pleasure Valley Raceway Elizabeth City, NC Hedgesville, WV Englishtown, NJ Binghampton, NY Armagh, PA May 11 & 12 High Point Raceway May 18 & 19 Winchester Speed Park May 25 & 26 Birch Creek Motorsports NORTHEAST REGIONAL June 1 & 2 Unadilla - Youth June 29 & 30 Budds Creek - Amateur Mt. Morris, PA Winchester, NH Danville, VA New Berlin, NY Mechanicsville, MD LORETTA LYNN RANCH | HURRICANE MILLS, TN | www.MXSPORTS.COM 36 THE RACING PAPER (Counterclockwise from top) Butler, PAâ€™s Brad Esper battled it out with Confluence, PAâ€™s Timmy Crosby in Schoolboy 1, but the end result was 8-3 moto scores for 4th overall; Nick Fratz-Orr went 2-1 in 450 A for the overall win and also scored 3rd overall in both Open Pro Sport and 250 A; Cody Carlock swept both motos of 250 C Limited; Ralph Bentley edged out Ray Niebel 2-2 moto scores with 3-1 for the overall win in Senior 45+. A s the days progressed, the ruts became deeper through the new off-camber section and caused some riders to struggle to make it through smoothly, especially the 50cc riders. Due to some rain prior to the qualifier weekend, the track was moist for Saturday and had dried up for decent track conditions by Sunday. The weather did not look too promising on Sunday, though. Caught between sunshine and clouds, rain deemed inevitable by the time the last few motos of the weekend rolled around. The riders in those motos faced challenging conditions, as the increasing precipitation turned the track to mud. Quite a few C riders struggled in the turn before the tunnel jump that leads under the bridge. Their exhaustion was apparent as they worked at picking up their bikes, trying their best to make up for lost time. After a long weekend of mixed track conditions, those who managed to make it in the top eight positions of their class can now look forward to preparing for the Northeast Regional. Youth Riders will head to Unadilla, while the rest of the amateur riders will race at Budds Creek. For those who just missed the mark, they had two chances left, at High Point and Winchester Speed Park, and still have one more chance to make it at Birch Creek Motorsports as we go to print. For complete official results, visit www.mxsports.com. 37 Wil Against Weather The Lantzers presented one rider with their In Memory of Aaron Award on a tough day at High Point. WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY: ARLENE LANTZER #98 (Clockwise from left) Robert Knupp swept both motos of 250 C Limited and finished 3rd overall in both 250 & 450 C Unlimited; Tyler Knowlton (leading) reeled in 3rd overall in 450 A; Justin Liston comes off the track after one of his B Class motos; Mark Petermanâ€™s highest finish of the day was a 4th in the second moto of Super Mini 2. 38 THE RACING PAPER IN MEMORY OF AARON AWARD: B CLASS 2011-2012 T he In Memory of Aaron Award goes to a B Class rider each year who we, his family, feel has qualities that are similar to Aaronâ€™s. For 20112012, the honor goes to Josh Liston. Aaron was always trying, no matter the obstacles he encountered on the track or in life. He always strived to move forward the best that he could. We see many of those qualities in Josh. This banner shows Josh back at a High Point Loretta Lynnâ€™s Regional Qualifier on a rainy, muddy day. Josh was leading his class and there was only one moto to go to lock down his trip to the Ranch. He came around leading his class and met the deep mud near the sweeping turn. He was stopped and the bike had dug into the deep mud. Josh worked and worked to bring the bike upright as the other riders slipped around him. The spectators were amazed as we all watched Josh working to remove his bike. I chose this picture of Josh and his diligence along with a picture of Aaron and his muddy race. Thank you, Josh, for being who you are! Josh Liston got 4th, 5th and 6th overall in Collegeboy B/C, 450 B Limited and 450 B Unlimited. Liston won the first moto of 450 B Limited and even landed inside the top three in a moto of both Collegeboy B/C and 450 B Unlimited. 39 ✔ 2 & 4 Stroke ✔ Welding & Repair ✔ Piston Kits/Coatings ✔ Boring & Honing ✔ Single or ✔ Big Bore Kits multi-cylinder block ✔ Nikaseal Plating (Aluminum, Steel, or Cast Iron) ✔ Expedite Service Fast Turnaround Dealers Welcome 337 Coldstream Rd. • Phoenixville, PA 19460 Toll Free 1.866.845.1531 • www.powersealusa.com 40 THE RACING PAPER (Counterclockwise from right) Jared Williams came from Spring Arbor, Michigan to win 450 B Limited, 450 B Unlimited and Two-Stroke B/C; Joey DeNeen won the overall in 450 A, his only class for the day; chaos in the first moto of 250 B; Jordan Oxley finished 2nd overall in Junior 25+ behind Lyman, SCâ€™s Nathan Winegar. 41 Lantzer #98 STEEL CITY RUNDOWN PAMX riders enjoyed themselves in the first Spring Series race at Steel City in the 2013 season. WORDS: BRITTANY DENEEN PHOTOGRAPHY: GREINER/LANTZER #98 T he fourth round of the PAMX Thor Spring Series at the legendary Steel City Raceway saw a great turnout and perfect track conditions for the better part of the day. The Racer Productions crew kept up as best as they could, working on several areas in between motos. Despite chilly temperatures and increasingly dusty conditions, it was a wonderful day of racing. The A and B classes normally run five-lap motos with the rest running four, but this time each class got an extra lap, promoting some pretty good battles throughout the day. Lantzer #98 The battle for second place entertained spectators during the first 250 A moto, as Joey DeNeen, Alex O’Dell, and the trailing John Wells stayed right on each other throughout the moto. O’Dell and DeNeen passed back and forth a couple of times, but DeNeen made the last move to secure the spot behind frontrunner Jason McConnell. Wells settled in behind O’Dell in fourth but came back to win the second moto and claim first overall. Greiner (Top to bottom) The downhill after the start straight is always tricky to navigate in the midst of other riders’ roost; a packed 250 C Class gets ready to fire off the gate; Broc Streit takes the holeshot in Collegeboy en route to 2-2 finishes behind Alex O’Dell’s 1-1 sweep 42 THE RACING PAPER Greiner Greiner Lantzer #98 I n a close top-three battle in the second Open A moto, Ty Newcome, in his first race of the season, edged out second-place DeNeen and third-place O’Dell for second overall. O’Dell was able to take the overall thanks to a first-moto win. In the 250 B motos, some riders were consistent and others just had bad luck. Usual front-runner Timmy Crosby had a mishap going over the roller after the first turn and was only able to muster sixteenth in the first moto. Crosby got back in gear the second time around and took the win. Brock Bell, Josh Liston, and Jarrett Thompson were the top three in the twenty-fourman class, Bell’s 2-2 scores topping the inconsistent Crosby and first-moto winner Garrett Smith. Greiner Neither C class lacked entrants—Open had twenty-five and 250 was close to a full gate with thirty-three. A nasty crash from Reese Gildea in the first Open C moto resulted in a red-flag restart; Gildea was taken off the track by the medical team but was released without injury after a quick checkup. Cody Carlock took the win after the restart and proceeded to secure the top spot in the remainder of the C-class motos. Another rider who was able to complete a sweep was Vinny Luhovey, who won both 85/150 and Supermini classes in dominant fashion. The little guys on the 50s had a good time spinning laps while their parents got their exercise running around the track to watch every turn. The Women’s class had a decent number of riders—six total—but nobody could keep up with Raeslee Weimer, who took wins in both motos. The series will return to Steel City Raceway on May 26 for Round 7. (Clockwise from left) Jaydon McCurdy went 1-1 in both 50cc 2 and 50cc Open; Jessica Coombs leads Tiffany Palacki and Jennifer Kish out of the first turn, but Raeslee Weimer topped the rest of the ladies in the Women’s Class; Angelo Agostinelli went 1-1 in 65cc 7-9; Tristen Walters launches it. STEEL CITY RUNDOWN 43 44 THE RACING PAPER WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTOGRAPHY: AFRED fly KINETIC INVERSION www.FlyRacing.com Do you want to look fly? Of course you do; quit derpin’ around. Fly Racing has come a long way with their quality and style in the past few years. If you were to look in a catalog from, say, 2008, you’d swear they’d be out of business by now. Nope. Not now. Probably not next year either. If you haven’t checked out Fly’s gear in a little while, do yourself a favor and do so by visiting them on the interweb. You’ll probably scratch your chin and say, “Hmm, not bad.” $129.00 oakley AIRBRAKE www.Oakley.com Are they expensive. Yeah. Are they cool and innovative. Yeah. That’s normally how these things go. I’ll go out on a limb and say many goggle companies will follow suit and make some sort of stride in lens replacement technology, etc. Until then, Oakley is pretty much your only bet at the new deal. You can check out Oakley’s Airbrake demo outside of their Rolling O Lab at High Point if you’re not convinced yet. $160.00 strider ST-KTM www.StriderBikes.com I hate Strider bikes. You know why? Fred went and traded a pair of perfectly good up-for-grabs Oakleys that were sent to the office for one of these bikes for his neice. Selfish, right? Those could’ve been mine, all mine! Instead, his neice got one of these awesome Strider bikes to cruise around on. I can only imagine the smug look on her three-year-old face while she’s having the time of her life as my retinas burn. She’s probably having a great time even as you read this. $99.00 racer x KEVIN WINDHAM BAG www.RacerXOnline.com Do you plan on going to a round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship? If so, stop by the Racer X booth to pick yourself up one of these polyester Kevin Windham drawstring bags. It’s a great way to lug your stuff around all day and it even comes with a year subscription to the magazine. We’ll even stuff it with the latest issue of Racer X, some Racer X stickers and those coveted event stickers. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, swing by and say hi! $20.00 45 tapped out WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTO: ARLENE LANTZER #98 Robert Bercosky kicks the back end out while scrubbing over a roller aboard his Phil Nicoletti Edition Eleven10 Mods Honda at Steel City. Bercosky finished 4-4 for fourth overall in Collegeboy, holding his own against A Class riders such Oâ€™Dell, Streit and Verrico. However, Bercosky went 1-2 for the win when he took to the track in Open B. 46 THE RACING PAPER 47 1 PM SATURDAY JUNE 8 TICKETS: HIGHPOINTMX.COM | $40 ADULTS | $20 KIDS (6-11) 2013 PRICING ADULT (12 & OVER) KIDS (6-11) KIDS 5 & UNDER CAMPING THU - SUN FRI - SUN 80 $ 50 FREE $ 80 70 $ 40 FREE $ 70 $ 3 nights $ 2 nights SAT ONLY PRO RACING 40 $ 20 FREE $ 30 $ Sat Only SUN ONLY 15 $ 10 FREE $ n/a SUPER TICKET! 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