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WORDS: ROBERTS, LANTZER #98 PHOTOGRAPHY: HALL, LANTZER #98 Greiner

The amateurs that qualified through a Northeast Area Qualifier headed to Budds Creek for the Regional Qualifier—the final step before earning one of the coveted tickets to Loretta Lynn Ranch.

With Steel City removed from the Pro Motocross schedule, Pennsylvania’s finest had just one shot to show their home crowd what they had up their sleeve.

WORDS: BRITTANY DENEEN PHOTOGRAPHY: ARLENE LANTZER #98

Pittsburgh Raceway Park hosted a multitude of events packed into one day, but the main attraction was the Pro Am race and the purse money it came with.

WORDS: ZAK LOWERY PHOTOGRAPHY: GREINER, LOWERY

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Pleasure Valley Raceway followed up PRP the next day with a Pro Am of their own. If you build the purse up, they will come. That’s right, Field of Dreams.

WORDS: ARLENE LANTZER #98 PHOTOGRAPHY: GREINER, LANTZER #98

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Hey, what’s up, man? My name is Kyle Atwood and I’m 26 years old. As you can see, I’m doing great! I found myself in a state jail here in Waynesburg, PA. My reason for writing you today is, I’d like to kinda tell you a little about myself and maybe you can give me some words to more-or-less pick my head up. So, in 2007, I was an S.R.H. support rider and was on my way to a deal with Fleshgear. The bad thing is, I was hooked on drugs. I lost everything, man. Rudy Waller went to bat for me at Steel City to get me in the jump show lineup. I blew that when he seen how addicted to drugs I really was. Broc Hepler and I went to high school together in Kittanning. We stayed close until he found out about the drugs, then he walked away. I’m not even allowed to ride at Switchback in Butler or High Voltage in Ford City due to my childish actions. I felt that drugs and parties were such a big part of freestyle moto. Look where it landed me. This probably sounds crazy, but I didn’t think I could ride sober. What can I do? Drugs ruined everything. Can I bounce back? I hope to hear from you soon, Kyle Atwood

Chet isn’t an official contributor, per say. He doesn’t really know how to work a camera and his written English is less than stellar. He’s never used a computer before, so typing isn’t even an option anyway. However, he did use a disposable camera to take this outof-focus selfie while sitting on the throne of a public rest room. We’ll give him some credit as an amateur photographer there. What Chet lacks in talent, he makes up with friendliness. Sometimes his friendliness can take you by surprise, like the time he made aFred’s bed for him when he was still sleeping in it, but he normally means well. The strange thing is that he’s always around, but he’s doesn’t necessarily have a job here. Some say he started hanging around here after his last cat ran away, but that’s purely speculation. Chet doesn’t mind a good conversation, but don’t ask him about his kitties. Seriously.

Hey Kyle, I haven’t been to jail yet, but from what I hear, it sucks. I’m glad you received your first issue of The Racing Paper recently. I’ve got you on the subscription list, so it looks like you’ll have 192 more pages of it to read through over the course of this year. I’m sorry to hear about your current predicament. I’ve had good friends walk down a similar path and it ultimately resulted in us growing further and further apart. I realize it’s an easy trap to fall into, but getting out of it is only half the battle. The last impression you may have left with family and friends can be tough to overturn. It’s well worth the effort, though. Don’t hesitate to write in again if it helps pass the time. I hope the content in each issue of The Racing Paper helps you feel a little closer to home. And don’t forget, drugs are bad… Mmmkay? (Source: South Park’s Mr. Mackey) Best regards, JR

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Round 1 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship Round 2 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship

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Round 3 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship Round 4 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship Red Bull RE-MX Round 5 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship Round 6 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship Vet National MX Vet National MX and Hare Scramble Round 7 of the Fly Racing PA State Championship

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50CC 1

1. NATHANIAL JACKSON

POINTS 195

85CC 9-11

1. CHRISTIAN MCCAULEY

166

2. JOSEPH SLAUGHTER

65

2. JACOB HEPLER

146

3. PHILLIP WILLIAMS

44

3. BRETT DOLFI

139

4. JOSEPH SHIPLEY

42

4. COLTON GORBY

108

*5. MASON TUCKER/DEVON LINE-

25

5. JACOB POSEY

91

MAN 50CC 2

JR MINI THRU 13 1. SETH ANDRES

200

1. TYLER REARIC

182

2. EMMA HEPLER

145

2. TYLER CAPANE

181

3. BRETT DOLFI

120

3. JAYDON MCCURDY

86

4. MATTHEW MONTANTI

102

4. BRADEN HINTENBERGER

58

5. COLTON GORBY

92

5. CADE COOMBS

45

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85/150 12-15

1. SETH ANDRES

175

1. NATHANIAL JACKSON

192

2. THOMAS MELOY

120

2. JOSEPH SHIPLEY

169

3. MARK PETERMAN

114

3. PHILLIP WILLIAMS

44

4. VINCENT LUHOVEY JR.

100

4. CADE COOMBS

42

5. KOBE MCKNIGHT

82

*5. QUINTON RITCHEY/JOSEPH

34

SLAUGHTER 50CC OPEN

SUPERMINI 12-15

1. DEREK ELWOOD

185

2. JOSEPH MONTANTI

136

1. TYLER REARIC

168

3. MARK PETERMAN

134

2. JAYDON MCCURDY

95

4. THOMAS MELOY

108

3. TYLER CAPANE

92

5. KOBIE MCKNIGHT

81

4. BREYDEN CAMPBELL

43

5. CADE COOMBS

42

65CC 7-9

SCHOOLBOY 12-16 1. TIMMY CROSBY

175

2. GARRETT SMITH

161

1. BRETT DOLFI

214

3. DEVIN CAFASSO

156

2. BRANDON SLAUGHTER

188

4. CHRISTIAN MIKITA

107

3. JACOB HEPLER

183

5. ZACK BABICH

76

4. ANGELO AGONSTINELLI

50

5. DEREK LEATHERMAN/BRIAN

25

ESPINOZA 65CC 10-11

250 A

1. JASON MCCONNELL JR

171

2. JOEY DENEEN

164

3. ALEXANDER ODELL

133

1. COLE JONES

176

4. JONATHAN WELLS

109

2. CHRISTIAN MCCAULEY

175

5. DYLAN SLUSSER

75

3. COLTON GORBY

151

4. CAMERON DAVIS

50

5. GAGE STINE

25

MINI ENTRY 65-85CC 1. TYLER CAPANE

72

2. JEREMY LISTON

67

3. TYLER REARIC

62

4. BLAKE MILLER

25

5. ROBERT REYNOLDS

22

250 B

*1. GARRETT SMITH/KEVIN FLEMM

147

3. TIMMY CROSBY

140

4. JARRETT THOMPSON

128

5. BROCK BELL

108

250 C (CONT’D NEX PAGE) 1. ROBERT KNUPP

158

2. DYLAN SHEEN

148

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POINTS

4. CHRISTIAN MIKITA/JOSHUA

121

3. BRENDAN MAYANCSIK

124

WETZEL OPEN A

4. JASON KLINE

141

5. JESSICA COOMBS

60

+35

1. RICK BARRETT

185

2. RALPH BENTLEY

94

1. BROC STREIT

159

3. TAYLOR BARNHART

62

2. JASON MCCONNELL JR

133

4. JAMES RAY JR.

58

3. JOEY DENEEN

124

5. ROBERT ELLENBERGER

42

4. ALEXANDER ODELL

123

5. JOHNATHAN WELLS

83

OPEN B

+40 B/C

1. MICHAEL WARCHOL

225

2. RALPH BENTLEY

219

1. JARRETT THOMPSON

179

3. EARL ROTHEY

94

2. CLINTON SCHAFFER

97

4. KIRK ROGERS

40

3. JOSHUA LISTON

82

*5. KEN FISHER JR./LOUIS ALI

34

4. AARON FENCHAK

76

5. ZACH OESTERLING

73

OPEN C

+45

1. RALPH BENTLEY

214

2. RICK BARRETT

177

1. DYLAN SHEEN

193

3. TODD STREIT

165

2. BRODI SNYDER

155

4. RICHARD LISCIO

105

3. JOSHUA WETZEL

124

5. JOHN MCCONNELL JR

56

4. TRAVIS WEST

118

5. MICHAEL PETERS

117

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2 STROKE

1. ZACHARY KANTNER

208

2. MICHAEL MORRISON

147

1. BROC STREIT

181

3. TIMOTHY DAUGHERTY

130

2. ALEXANDER ODELL

129

4. TRISTEN WALTERS

99

3. TIFFANY PALACKI

106

5. GAVIN MURPHY

79

4. TREY GILDEA

78

5. MICHAEL PETERS

72

+25 A

4 STROKE

1. BROC STREIT

200

2. AL POTCCHKO

138

1. BILLY KIBLER

72

3. RYAN BOYER

100

2. MARK MILLS

67

4. DAVID GRIMES

44

3. SHANE KRABAL

42

*5. TODD STREIT/JOSHUA LISTON

42

4. ANTHONY MARISA

38

5. ADAM RUSSLER

29

+25 B/C

WOMEN

1. TIFFANY PALACKI

220

2. RAESLEE WEIMER

147

1. RANDY LAWSON

217

3. JENNIFER KISH

72

2. MATT MASON

138

4. TAYLOR LEVIC

67

3. MICHAEL PAYNE

92

5. JESSICA COOMBS

63

4. JAY WETZEL

84

5. SHAWN RENO

49

VET B/C

BOMBER

1. DAVID KLINE

199

2. COLTON RABER

113

1. RANDY LAWSON

221

3. LAMONT HUNTER

76

2. RALPH BENTLEY

212

4. MATT MASON

74

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5. QUENTIN FREEDMAN

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WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTO: AFRED

I kind of did a front flip dismount, but that’s beside the point.

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haven’t been able to ride much this season and it’s really been killing me. I went for an entire two months without even sitting on a bike! Withdrawals were pounding at the door but I had nothing to answer back with. I found a stray Zuma at Budds Creek and went joy riding on a whim of desperation. It turned out to be Tim Cotter’s Zuma, and my actions ultimately spurred a one-way heated conversation. It’s a good thing I’m a good listener. Sorry, Tim. The worst had yet to come. The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, which also meant the RedBud National was right around the corner. I grew up just 15 minutes away from RedBud, so this National always means reuniting with family and friends. Now I know that doesn’t sound bad—and it isn’t by any means—but it usually creates an awfully busy weekend. Trying to make all of my rounds in the short weekend is like trying to fill a five-gallon bucket with six gallons of time— it’s so impossible it doesn’t even make sense. After I realized I had responsibilities up to my ears, I had to face the hard truth: I would not be able to race the RedBud National amateur program for the first time in 13 years. That was a tough pill to swallow, but hopefully I’ll be able to refer to it as “that one year” somewhere down the road.

This isn’t completely a sob story, though. There was a tradeoff. After everything was wrapped up at RedBud, aFred and I jetted off to Silver Lake Sand Dunes, which is just less than three hours north up the coast of Lake Michigan. I hadn’t been there since I was 17 years old when I rode with a broken ankle in my Alpinestars “cast”. I had forgotten some of the hoops you have to jump through to be able to get out on the dunes, so our bikes were far from dune-ready. The bikes had to undergo a bit of last-minute parking lot preparation before we got any seat time in. We made it, though, and were holding it WFO before we knew it. We were carefree from that point on… well, at least for a good 45 minutes. aFred’s bike blew up after a radiator hose fitting broke and all of his coolant leaked out. We resorted to riding just one bike between the two of us in a small area of the dunes confined by trees. In this small, confined area rested a pond that had a good circle track around it. It was probably 100 feet long and 50 feet wide. We had some fun on that for a little while until my attention span snapped and I decided to try and blitz across the top of the 50-foot stretch of water. The approach and the first 25 feet of skimming across the water were flawless. The rest? Not so much. The front tire dropped and I was promptly ejected over the bars. Even though the bike and I were no longer one, we both had enough momentum and managed to make it across to the other side. Surprisingly, the bike remained upright through most of its course. I kind of did a front flip dismount, but that’s beside the point. We only broke one bike, got some good riding in, learned some valuable experiences and are now even more excited to make another run at a trip up to the dunes again before summer comes to an end. Get ahold of me if you’d like throw a paddle tire on and join us next time! It’s the closest thing you’ll get to Glamis without having to travel all the way across the country. 9


Darryn Durham worked out an eighth-place finish in the first moto at High Point, but a DNF set him back to 14th overall. His highest finish this season came one week later at Budds Creek, where he ran up front nearly the entire second moto en route to a third-place finish. More coverage on pg. 33. PHOTO: ARLENE LANTZER #98

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If Garrett Smith’s underwear contract falls out, he might be able to resort to making pancakes for a living. He does some work in the Schoolboy Class most weekends. PHOTO: MIMI GREINER

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Mike McDade had a strong finishing at Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s Pro Am, but a field full of talent didn’t make it an easy run. More on pg. 42. PHOTO: MIMI GREINER

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Westminister, Maryland’s Broc Schmelyun soaks up the face of one of Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s tabletops the weekend after the High Point National. To read more on Broc’s outing at the National, flip to pg. 33. PHOTO: ZAK LOWERY

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AS TOLD TO JORDAN ROBERTS PHOTO: ARLENE LANTZER #98

Daniel What did the start of your season look like? Was it just riding as usual or was there a different approach in comparison to previous years? It is pretty much the same as the last couple of years. I went down to GPF in Georgia for a couple weeks and rode. After I got back from there—which was in the beginning of March—it was just normal riding from there—local tracks and private tracks. I’d just do as much riding as possible before Muddy Creek started. That was pretty much everything you could do; just do as much training as possible and get as prepared as I could. Muddy Creek was the first east coast National to come this way. That was your first-ever pro race that you qualified for. How’d it feel to get in? It was real exciting. I was beyond pumped to get into Muddy Creek, especially with it being the first one I tried this year. And I qualified really good there, too. There are so many people that try and that don’t ever get in. Being able to make it into one was kind of like getting a large monkey off my back—to be able to do that and knowing that I qualified for one. It just gave me a ton of confidence knowing I was able to qualify that good. Did you have a strategy in timed qualifying, or did you just go out and give it your all every lap? From the first couple I did last year in 2012, I kind of learned a little bit what it was like to do

the timed qualifying, so basically I didn’t really have that much of a strategy. You just kind of got to go hard as much as possible. I usually try to just do every other lap—go hard and ride around, just depending on how I’m feeling. If I know it’s not going that great I just try to go hard the entire practice. Eventually you’re going to throw down at least one lap if you do that. Basically, it’s just looking for the clearest lap that you can find and you just got to throw it down. You can’t really make many mistakes at that level.

head to stay up with everyone. You think the pace is going to drop off but it never does. It’s just wide open the entire time. You’ve got to be focused the entire time to get through it. It’s just crazy out there. Everyone’s going so fast. Everybody wants the same thing—to do as best they can. You’ve got to be on it the entire 30 minutes plus two.

What was going through your head as you were lining up for the first moto there?

Yeah, definitely. You can’t train for a race pace like that, especially if you’ve never done one like it. The pace right off the bat is just ridiculous. Everyone’s just trying to position themselves the best they can when everyone’s all bunched up, and they’re all still wide open! It’s crazy.

It was honestly just a crazy experience. Being able to look around at the finish, all the other structures, all of the fans, everything. It was just really exciting. There were obviously some nerves going into it—being the first pro moto I’ve ever done—but I honestly remained pretty calm just knowing that I had already made it in and I just had to go out and ride my own race. It was nerve-wracking, but it was a really exciting experience at the same time. For all those people that haven’t made it into a pro national, and for that many more that probably never will, what was it like after the gate dropped compared to your normal local race or even a Loretta’s race? After the gate dropped it was mayhem throughout the first couple of laps. Everyone’s going so fast right from the drop of the gate. It’s just a full-on sprint. You almost have to ride over your

Were you kind of surprised at that? Did it kind of wear you out faster than you expected going into it?

You got in at High Point—the home race— which was the very next National. Did you expect to make it in there after qualifying for Muddy Creek, or were you just taking it as it comes? I expected to make it in, especially after how high I qualified at Muddy Creek. There’s always that doubt of thinking, ‘What if I don’t get in?’ But you kind have got to push past that and just have the confidence to can make it in. Especially with it being a home race, I wanted to get in so badly that I just pushed that much harder in practice to make sure I got in. I still barely got in, but it was really cool to get in at High Point and be able to ride a National at my home track. (cont’d next page) 17


You tried a couple other ones and just missed the mark. One of those tracks was Southwick. You said that was the first time riding that. What was that experience like, riding against all those guys at a legendary track you’ve never ridden before? That was a real cool experience too. I didn’t even make my mind up to go there until the Monday before it. So it was kind of a spur of the moment kind of deal. It was really cool to be able to ride that track, especially since it was the last one they were having there. It was just really cool to be able to ride that. Never being there was kind of a disadvantage for me. Another one of those things, you just had to go for it and not think about it. It was a super cool track—one of the most fun I’ve ridden. Riding in sand is totally different than what we’ve got around here. I had to adapt to that pretty quickly, but it wasn’t bad for never riding that track and not having ridden sand in a while. It was good. It was just really cool to be able to go out there and participate in the event. Do you plan on doing Unadilla or any other Nationals? Yeah, Unadilla will probably be my last one of the year. I really wanted to try to get out to Millville, but it’s just so far away that it doesn’t seem to be in the budget. I’ll definitely be at Unadilla, so we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully I can get in there and then just finish out the rest of the year doing local stuff. Is that what you got planned for the rest of the year, just some PAMX races? Are there any pro-ams you had your eye on or anything else? I haven’t looked at the pro-am schedule at all, really. But I would definitely like to do some. You’ve got a lot more competition there. It would be cool to do some pro-ams and probably just do some PAMX races. I might do a couple amateur nationals if there are any close around. Who are some of the people that helped you out this year, getting to the races and all that stuff? I would like to thank Eleven10 Mods, Cernics, PR2 Suspension, 100% Goggles, Yoshimura, 180 Decals, Total Image Autosport, One Industries, Tag, Sunline, Hinson, Three Rivers Auto Glass, Matt Toth for helping me out at Southwick, and my mom and dad. I wouldn’t have made it anywhere without dad, so I can’t thank him enough. 18

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WORDS: TIMMY COOMBS PHOTO: AFRED

I’d check my lead and stay behind them so they’d have to do another lap and stay out in the cold longer.

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funny thing happened at the race at Steel City this past weekend: nobody showed up to race. Enough to make me wonder why. Sure, it was up against a Loretta Lynn’s Qualifier, but so was a practice at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, and they got three times as many riders as Steel City.

Still, there must be other reasons for the low turnout, which ended up allowing every class to get eight-lap motos. Some said it wasn’t on the schedule. Which one? There are a couple, I think. It wasn’t part of any type of summer series, but it was in the summer—like many other non-series races that, when grouped together, make up a series of possible Loretta Lynn’s warm-up races. The contingencies would be the valuable “get used to hot motos” experience that you’ll need when you get to the most humid place on earth in August. Still, there must be something more to it. If I knew what it was, I might be able to fix it. I’m not asking everyone to roost me on the internet, just drop me an email at Timmy500@ me.com. It’s like my new watering program idea between motos. Instead of having the class on the line take a sight lap, which shapes the track into a one-lined follow-the-leader track due to the fact that nobody wants to get covered in mud or have their goggles ruined right before their moto so they tiptoe around and try to stay out of any slick spots. Some don’t have an extra pair of good goggles or even a mechanic to hold the extra pair for them at the starting line. In fact, one of the only two recurring childhood nightmares I can still remember involves a never-ending panic to get to staging for my first moto in the 125 Expert Class at Harbor Woods back in about 1980. I was still in high school and it was a very cold day in February with snow on the ground. The track circled around a totally frozen lake. Getting your racing gear on was torturous—this was before motor homes or box vans. Since it was below freezing, my KX125 would never start, so I invented tri-tasking. Imagine this: I’m far away from the staging area and it’s freezing cold and my bike won’t start. What does a 15-year-old boy do? He relentlessly tries to bump start his bike, always in the direction of staging. It’s a great way to meet new friends and pay back old ones. If you ask me, this is where hand guards originated—by a guy named Ed Leasure who made them in his basement. I hid my bark busters under them until I got caught. That’s okay, they weren’t needed or used since I’d always get the holeshot and run away from the rest of the pack. Sometimes on the last lap I’d come up on lappers halfway around the track. I’d check my lead and stay behind them so they’d have to do another lap and stay out in the cold longer than the guy who won the moto. But I never really got that far in my active nightmares. The farthest I can remember is when I couldn’t find my gloves and somebody let our sheepdog named Polly Pooh out of the van. Mind you this was years before pit riding was considered a bad thing, or bricks attached to the ends of the rubber-band start to keep it fair. They didn’t want chaos to surface in the pits afterwards. Oh yeah, instead of the class on deck running in the track, send out all the C riders, or A and B riders, or Vets and Ds. I don’t think the mini classes will take part in this phase of the process. You see, since the riders on the track don’t have to race next, they’ll ride looser and use more of the track, creating a better racetrack for everyone. Plus, more practice—maybe two or three laps—since you can send them straight back to the pits. Repercussions: I’ll be able to put more water down and dig it deeper than before since pussyfoots won’t be the ones breaking the track in for the next moto. I rest my case. 19


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with clint I wish Chipotle, but they won’t sponsor me. It’s probably a good thing, though, because I don’t think I’d be riding motorcycles as fast as I what I could. I’d probably weigh about 300 pounds. Medino, Ohio It’s a pretty big town. I went to school my whole life here from kindergarten to 12th grade. There’s a great practice track down the road that’s like five minutes away. It doesn’t get a rut in a single corner. I’m pretty much the only one who rides here so that kind of sucks. It’s kind of boring. I shred my Ruckus around town all the time. There’s a Chipotle, so I’m there like, three times a week. High Point National Weekend High Point weekend was super rowdy with all the drunks. There were passed out people everywhere. We watched Villopoto kill it again, like usual, which is getting old. I rode the Segway around and checked out the babes. Amateur day wasn’t too good. I got to High Point on Thursday afternoon, so I didn’t do anything Friday. I walked around all day Saturday and I was dead-tired beat on Sunday. I got into a first turn crash—like every race—and then rode crappy, so that wasn’t too good. Budds Creek Regional Qualifier The Budds Creek Regional was great in Two-Stroke. The first moto I went out, got a great start and got fourth. Then, second moto I was able to get a good start again. I think I was around fifth or so, and then I ended up getting sixth the second moto. The third moto was definitely the worst one. I went out and I was in, I think, third or so. I fell on the first lap in a corner and got up and was around 15th, so I had to work my way back and ended up coming back to 10th. I went 4-6-10 for fifth overall. Loretta Lynn‘s Yeah, I made it in 2010 in 250 C Mod, but I had mono in 2011 during all the Regionals and Area [qualifiers]. Last year I broke my shoulder and back, and a bunch of other stuff, so I was finally able to get some luck this year. Best Track The week before the Budds Creek Regional—the National weekend—the track was sweet on Sunday and I liked it then, but the Regional was horrible, so I wouldn’t say that’s my favorite track. I would 20

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have to say on a nice, rainy day, Hillsville-it’s not a track but it’s like a place to go ride—is like a big sand track. You’ve got to sneak in and ride. That’s definitely a fun day in the woods because you can go ride trails and splash some puddles or just do wheelies and hit big jumps. Riding Buddies There’s not really anyone around me. I would have to say in Butler, Pennsylvania, I have one of my best friends, Zach Oesterling. We always meet up and we’ll ride together. Another one of my best friends is Trey Gildea. He lives in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Holidaysburg is like four hours away, and Butler is like two hours away from where I live; but we always make it happen so we can meet up and stay at somebody’s house and ride. Daily Driver I have a 2004 Chevy 1500 truck with two 12s in the back. I’m rolling around town bumping all the time. The other ride is a 2012 Honda Ruckus—49 raw CC’s. I ride that around town and just watch everyone laugh at me, but I don’t really care. It gets, like, 110 miles to the gallon, so that’s sick. I’ll be going wide open through town, jumping off curbs and trying to do wheelies and stuff. Worst Food I would have to say Olive Garden is the worst food because the first time I went there, I had a broken shoulder blade and I was all drugged up on Tylenol Codeine for the first time, and I just chowed down on some chicken parmesan. About an hour and a half later on the drive home, I just threw it all up. Thanks First off, I’d like to thank my mom and dad, because without them I couldn’t do anything; my sister Jessica and Heather watching down on me all the time when I’m on the track, keeping me going. Then I’ve got Wiseco, Dunlop Tires, Cernics, Total Image Autosport, One Industries, PR2, Novik Gloves, 100% Goggles, 180 Decals and Gaerne Boots helping me out. I wish Chipotle, but they won’t sponsor me. It’s probably a good thing, though, because I don’t think I’d be riding motorcycles as fast as I what I could. I’d probably weigh about 300 pounds.


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Rob Buydos joins in on the inaugural Dunlop taste test.

Shane hopped on his little bro’s bike at PRP.


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Everybody who’s somebody stopped by to sign the Lantzer’s 2013 High Point table cover.

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Ray locks down his spot for the High Point National.

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Pro Am staging at PRP. PHOTO: LOWERY

Just remember your roots when you make it to GQ.

PRP’s 30 second girl.

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Craig and Jason always communicate via headset. No. Matter. What. PHOTO: LOWERY

Ray has the best fart jokes, but they’re not Jim and Jerry’s flavor.

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Tiffany is a mini bike warrior in her spare time. PHOTO: LANTZER #98

Good racing and great friends are all you need.

Alex scowls at the competition.

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With a little planning and some sucking up to mom or girlfriend, your cooler can be the envy of the pits!

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e all know that nutrition is a very important element of a complete training program. Even if you are a very recreational weekend warrior, you can get more bang for your fitness buck if you pay a little closer attention to what you eat. And if you are serious about racing, nutrition simply cannot be overlooked. Race performance depends as much on nutrition as it does training, conditioning and skill. Eating healthy and keeping your diet in check at the racetrack can be a challenge but with a little planning, it can be done. I’ve come up with a list of 12 foods that every rider should have in their cooler. They are full of energy, easy to make, and are perfect to take to the track. 1. Eggs: Quite possibly mother natures perfect food, eggs top my list because they are nutritious, versatile, economical, and a great way to fill up on quality protein. Tip: hard boil a dozen eggs put them in a zip lock bag and pack on ice. Makes for a great snack any time of day. 2. Avocado: This fruit (no it’s not a vegetable!) has sometimes received a “bad rap” as a food too high in fat. While it is high in fat, it’s the kind of healthy fat our bodies need. Tip: If you don’t like avocado by itself, slice it and put it on a burger, sandwich, or combine with eggs. Guacamole is also a great option. 3. Mixed Vegetables: Cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, tomato, cauliflower, and broccoli make for an easy to make and extremely healthy snack. Mixed veggies are so easy to prepare even us guys can handle this task. Tip: Frozen vegetables are actually very nutritious. Buy several bags and throw them in the cooler. Can also be used to ice a sore shoulder! 4. Mixed Fruit: Strawberries, cantaloupe, melon, blueberries, watermelon, apples, oranges, bananas, and whatever else you can think of make a very nutritious racetrack snack. Tip: Buy whole fruit and combine at home. Pre mixed fruit at the store is way too expensive! 5. Greek Yogurt: This super food can be eaten as a snack, in recipes, or added to smoothies. Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt, which makes it great for recovery. Tip: Buy the big tub and add blueberries and honey. 6. Honey: Honey is great for pre, during and post workout nutrition. There are far too many benefits of eating honey to list here. Tip: It doesn’t take

much honey to do the trick; one spoonful is all that is needed before your moto. 7. Chocolate Milk: You may be surprised but Chocolate Milk tends to be a better choice for recovery than most sports supplements. Tip: Buy organic, fat-free milk and add chocolate syrup. 8. Nuts: Almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts are all great to snack on. Nuts are loaded with the good fats and have plenty of antioxidants. Tip: Nuts are calorie dense so a handful is all that is needed. 9. Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is nearly a perfect food. It’s tasty, nutritious, full of good fats and protein, and is relatively inexpensive. Tip: Steer clear of creamy peanut butters like Jiff. Look for all natural peanut butter with 1 ingredient. Peanuts! 10. Beets: Whole pickled beets or beet juice has been shown to boost athletic performance while lowering blood pressure. For high intensity efforts drink 3 shots (0.6 cups) of concentrated juice two hours before you ride. For lower intensity efforts, drink 6 shots (1.2 cups) three hours prior to riding. Tip: If you do nothing else, add beets to your diet! 11. Boneless Skinless Chicken: Grill a bunch of chicken the night before you leave for a weekend of racing and put in zip lock bag. Cold chicken is tasty enough to eat and if you prefer it heated, that’s easy as well. Tip: With all those fresh veggies in the cooler, buy some skewers and make chicken kebabs for the grill. 12. Frozen Salmon: This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, iron and protein. Iron helps the body in the production of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the red blood cells. A lack of iron has been known to cause an increase in fatigue. Tip: Combine with some greens and salsa to make a great salad for dinner. As you can see, maintaining a healthy diet at the track is not that hard. With a little planning and some sucking up to mom or girlfriend, your cooler can be the envy of the pits! 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 us out at RacerxVT.com or contact Tim at tim@racerxonline.com

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he Eleven10 Mods team formed as way to help a local rider Darryn Durham get to the professional ranks (and to the races), and team owner Chad Sanner has been on a continuous learning curve as operations expanded. With 250 veteran Alex Martin and up-and-coming rookie Brady Kiesel on board, the team set its sights on the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with factory backing from Yamaha. PHOTO: AFRED

“The team took over—we were traveling so much, and that’s where all my time was going,” Sanner explains. “It seemed like we were just spending money, and the time away from the shop meant that we weren’t making money either.” Race teams are certainly expensive endeavors, and Sanner ultimately faced the difficult decision to continue funding the team or to return to running an engine modification and rebuild shop. After much contemplation, he opted for the latter.

“This whole thing was a learning experience, and none of it really went as planned,” Sanner adds. “It all started as a repair shop, and within months we were doing engine mods, and then the team started. It was a progression, and I never could have anticipated any of it.” Eleven10 Mods still helps a handful of local amateur riders and will continue developing its engine modification program, but for the most part, Sanner and his crew are working on building the shop back up and making sure motor turnaround times are optimized. They will also continue to work with professional riders and teams.

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Robert How did the start of the season go for you? Looks like you’ve been racing a lot of PAMX rounds. It’s been going good. I started out the season racing the Spring Series and I won 250 C in points. It’s been going really good.

to send an appeal to the AMA to classify that I was a C rider. The appeal came back and they classified me as a C rider.

Were there any other classes that you were racing regularly there? I would race 450 C every once in a while, but not enough to get the overall points.

How old are you? I’m 22.

Was that kind of to get you ready for those Loretta’s classes? It was kind of to get ready. I wanted to get more seat time on my bike. It’s more riding; it was just practice. I was looking at your results. Looks like you didn’t do too bad at one of the Area Qualifiers. You swept both of your motos in 250 C Limited at High Point. How were your races that day? That day was fun. It was real muddy, and I love the mud. I pulled the holeshot and just pulled away each moto. It was pretty fun. I also saw that you got some DQs at PVR. What was that about? I used to race back in 2009 and I quit after that for a while. Then I came back and somebody protested me, saying that I should be in B Class. They disqualified me for those races and I had

What got you back into racing? I just missed it a lot.

I saw that you actually improved your results at the Budds Creek Regional from your Area Qualifier. How were you able to make that happen? I guess I would say holeshots and keeping it on two wheels. The track was pretty rough out there. I got good holeshots all day and that helped me stay up front. How’d your other classes go for you that day? Well, I got fourth overall in 250 C Limited. I got 2nd overall my 450 C Class. I dropped out of 250 C Mod because I wrecked in the first moto, but other than that, they went pretty good. So now you’re just getting ready for Loretta’s. Is the first time you went to Loretta’s or have you been in 2009 or years prior? No, this is the first time I ever did. It’s pretty nerve-wracking. I was down in 2008 or 2009 just to watch. It was fun, but it’s just really hot. My whole family’s expecting to go this year. I’m hoping to at least get into the top ten in each

class and just ride safe down there to get some good results. Have you been riding and racing much other than the PAMX rounds or Loretta Lynn qualifiers lately? No, I’ve been practicing after Budds Creek. I go every weekend—Saturday and Sunday—to go practice at Pittsburgh Raceway. I usually meet up with Luke Himler, Billy Boot, Brendan Mayancsik and JT George. It’s pretty fun. So do you have anything else going on besides racing much right now? Or is Loretta’s and work your focus? Those two are my main focuses. I’ve been training a little bit to get ready for it, but that’s about it—just working and riding. I work Monday through Friday, 7:00 - 5:30, and there’s really nowhere to ride around here after work. Pittsburgh Raceway usually only has practice Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and I live about ten minutes away from there. It’s a nice track. Do you have anybody helping you out as far as sponsors, family or friends this year? Yeah, I’ve got a couple sponsors: Cernics, A&A Cycle, Thunderlight, JT Pit Stop, Clearview Auto, D’s Windy Cottage, Coon’s Brothers Construction, and a lot of family and friends just helping me out.

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With Steel City removed from the Pro Motocross schedule, Pennsylvania’s finest had just one shot to show their home crowd what they were made of. WORDS: JORDAN ROBERTS // ARLENE LANTZER #98

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ow that Steel City is absent from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule, High Point is the only national left for Pennsylvaniabased riders to claim as their home race. Some of them will have been following the circuit since Hangtown, while others with less support join in once the series makes its way out east. Butler, Pennsylvania’s Darryn Durham returned to pro racing at the season opener, as did Alex Martin (alongside teammate Brady Kiesel) for the Uniotown, Pennsylvania-based Eleven10 Mods team.

Durham had a decent top-ten outing in the first 250 moto at High Point with an eighth-place finish, but his overall position dropped to fourteenth after a second-moto DNF. The Eleven10 Mods team experienced a similar fate: Martin went 15-36 for twentieth overall due a DNF in the second moto, and Kiesel DNF’d in the first but came back in the second to score a point, good for twenty-fourth overall.

An array of privateer riders from Pennsylvania and surrounding states attempted to qualify for High Point. Pennsylvania’s Daniel Lippman and Steve Roman made it into the 250 Class, while the local 450 scene was represented by Shane Durham and Ronnie Stewart. Daniel Herrlein qualified his CRF250R as the lone rider from West Virginia, and the Maryland duo of Broc Schmelyun and Tony Archer made it into the 450 Class. Although Lippman just made it in through 250 timed qualifying in the last transfer spot, he was the highest-finishing true privateer from the region, his 25-28 moto scores good for twenty-eighth overall. Schmelyun locked down the best overall finish of all regional privateers, scoring two points in the second 450 moto en route to twenty-second on the day. Fans may have been looking to Shane Durham for an inspired ride after last year at Steel City—he was up to twelfth in the second 450 moto at one point—but a mechanical DNF in the first moto left the Butler, Pennsylvania, rider out for the remainder of the day. Bad luck seemed to affect most of the region’s riders in one way or another, but it didn’t stop some taking home a commendable finish in at least one moto. -Roberts Hall

(Clockwise from left) Broc Schmelyun keeps improving as his rookie season unfolds, this time with 22nd overall; Darryn Durham finished 8th in the first moto, but DNF’d the second moto; veteran Steve Roman and rookie Daniel Lippman push forward after bad starts; High Point was Alex Martin’s last ride for the Uniontown, Pennsylvania-based Eleven10 Mods team for the season; Shane Durham won the 450 LCQ, but suffered mechanical issues and DNF’d both motos.

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(Main) Open A holeshot. (Clockwise from top left) Garrett Smith won the 250 B overall and placed 2nd in Schoolboy; Raeslee Weimer notched off another win in the Women’s class; Hank Hayes cleaned up in Jr. Mini Thru 13, 85/150 12-15 and Supermini 12-15; Trey Gildea and Aerian Weaver battle in Open B.

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es, the High Point National weekend is over. We plan for weeks and anticipate the great four days at the Point! We had rain, no rain, a little more rain, and then it finally dried up. The rain did stop practice on Friday, but it did not stop all of the great visiting we enjoyed with so many wonderful people. Thank you to the riders for stopping by and signing the High Point 2013 table. By the way, I still have a huge bag of Skittles and Starbursts left. We need another event so I can share!

Saturday’s racing had a great group of local riders doing their thing in qualifying. Daniel Lippman and Stevie Roman made it in the 250 Class despite tough competition and an even tougher track. The crew did a great job getting it ready after the major rain that hit Thursday evening. I saw ruts there that I haven’t seen in years. Dee Shuckhart would have loved it. Sunday’s amateur racing had perfect conditions, as the track was worked up from all the pros racing on it Saturday, and lots of riders took to the track. There were twenty motos if you count the 250 C Consolation—just like old times! The heat hit most of us, and I was not ready for it at all—Loretta Lynn’s training, if you will. Maybe it was the four days out in the elements that made it a short day for me, but I didn’t get through the seventh moto of the second set. Jerry and I still had the campsite to tear down, so we called it a day. -Lantzer #98 35


Darryn Durham and his Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammate, Blake Baggett, chase after Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson.

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Those that qualified via a Northeast Area Qualifier headed to Budds Creek for the Regional Qualifier—the final step before earning one of the coveted tickets to Loretta Lynn Ranch. WORDS: BRITTANY DeNEEN

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(Left to right) Luke Renzland (43), Joey DeNeen (22) and Jonathan Wells (477) go three wide in 250 A; Jared Lesher swept Two-Stroke B/C and also won the overall in 250 B Limited with 1-1-2 moto scores; Robert Bercosky qualified in College B/C with a fourth-place overall finish. 37


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ucky number seven: That was the finishing position to focus on the weekend of June 28 at the Budds Creek Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier. Every rider had spent weeks preparing for the weekend—and, it never hurts to have a little luck on your side, of course, because the unexpected can be just around the next corner.

The first moto started with a nasty crash at the first tunnel jump, which was challenging to begin with and only got tougher as motos progressed. The face of the jump was altered for Sunday’s motos, though, making it easier for the riders to master. Before that, though, riders had to get a good jump off the concrete start. Budds Creek’s challenging start features a short but fast straight shot into a 180-degree turn. No rider wants to bring up the tail end here. Joey DeNeen [related? We should add a disclosure notice if so], Jared Lesher, Dakota Alix, Ray Neibel, and Chad Wages all did well here. Riders who started poorly and had to fight through the pack definitely had their work cut out on Saturday, as track (and viewing) conditions were less than appealing due to the rain. Sunday started pretty muddy and humid due to occasional morning drizzle, but it cleared up later in the afternoon. The southern Maryland heat gave riders a hint of what to expect at Loretta Lynn Ranch a few weeks down the line, but it didn’t slow the riders down. Jared Lesher put on a show in 250 B Limited and Two-Stroke, taking five of six wins to secure his spot at the Ranch. Best of luck to those who earned the coveted “Admit One” ticket to Loretta Lynn Ranch: Jared Lesher, Dakota Yohe, Jonathan Wells, Robert Knupp, Clint Schaffer, Robert Bercosky, Cody Artlet, Jimmy Evans, Ralph Bentley, and Ray Neibel (apologies to those we may have missed). For those who didn’t quite make the mark, training for next year starts now. Please keep Josh Boyd in your thoughts and prayers, as he is recovering from a serious accident suffered during his moto on Saturday.

(Clockwise from top left) Jimmy Evans won the Vet 35+ overall, but Chad Wages topped him in Junior 25+; Cody Arlet grabbed the last spot in 250 C; Jonatan Wells and Dakota Yohe went 7-8 overall in 250 A for their ticket; Josh Liston didn’t have the best of luck in 450 B Limited, but he made it happen in 450 B with a sixth-place overall; Ray Niebel used old man strength to crank out second overall in Masters 50+; Ralph Bentley locked down second in Vet B/C 30+ and fifth in Senior 45+. 38

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Pittsburgh Raceway Park hosted a multitude of events packed into one day, but the main attraction was the Pro Am and the purse money they were pushing out for it. WORDS: ZAK LOWERY PHOTOGRAPHY: MIMI GREINER, ZAK LOWERY

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ith just a one-weekend gap and a short drive between the High Point and Budds Creek Nationals, some of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross riders decided to stick around here rather than book a couple of expensive flights. One of the members of DCS Financial Group—a company based out of Woburn, Massachusetts—is a motocross enthusiast and realized an opportunity the off-weekend presented. They rented out Pittsburgh Raceway Park to host the Redman Redzone Shootout Pro Am. The $10k purse attracted out-of-state pro riders such as Fredrik Noren, Austin Howell, Heath Harrison and Derek Anderson, as well as the father-son duo of John and Ryan Dowd. As with any Pro Am that has a decent payout, local talent also came out of the woodwork. Mike McDade, Shane Durham and Steve Roman were just a few of the local riders to show up to take on the outside prospects. In addition to racing, the Redman Redzone Shootout featured a mini football camp by Isaac Redman himself, a 5K foot race and an 80s concert featuring bands such as Warrant, Trixter and Firehouse.

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(Opposite page, clockwise, from top right) Mike McDade picked up the overall in 250 A, but 8-DNF in Open A set him back to 20th; Ty Newcome fared much better on his Yamaha in 250 A as opposed to his Kawi in Open A; Alex Odell chases down Ryan Dowd; Austin Howell stayed in Pennsylvania for the break in the Pro Motocross schedule to earn some money. (This page, clockwise, from top left) Steve Roman leads Jonathan Wells in a left-hand sweeper; Sweden’s Fredrik Noren swept Open A and won the only 250 A moto he raced; Shane Durham didn’t fare too bad in Open A, but 21-DNS wasn’t what he looked for in 250 A; 450 A start; Stephen Vertucci took the last podium position in 250 A. Lowery

250 Pro Am 1. Mike McDade 2. Jonathan Wells 3. Stephen Vertucci 4. Alexander Odell 5. Ty Newcome 6. Jason McConnell Jr. 7. Ryan Dowd 8. Joey DeNeen 9. Cody Young 10. Konnor Buffis

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450 Pro Am 1. Fredrik Noren 2. Austin Howell 3. Heath Harrison 4. Derek Anderson 5. Shane Durham 6. Steve Roman 7. Cameron Stone 8. Broc Schmelyun 9. John Dowd 10. Alexander Odell

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Pleasure Valley Raceway followed up PRP the next day with a Pro Am of their own. If you build up the purse, they will come. WORDS: ARLENE LANTZER #98

(Clockwise from top left) Good starts helped Jason McConnell sweep both 250 A motos; Swedish pro rider Fredrik Noren was on a different level; Broc Streit was next in line after Noren; Alex Odell followed up McConnel with two second-place finishes in 250 A for second overall.

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he morning of the Pro Am at Pleasure Valley Raceway started out with some sprinkles, but the weather cleared up for most of the first motos. A great group of riders were in attendance—250 A had twelve riders and Open A had

sixteen. Nearly half the riders were from PAMX, while the rest were in from other regions. It was a great mix. Jason McConnell took both holeshots in the 250 A motos, which certainly helped him secure the overall win. Congrats, Jason! In Open A, Swiss import Fredrik Noren got out front early and stayed there to take the overall. The sky opened up and the rain poured down shortly after the second set of motos began. Despite the rain, it was still

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(Clockwise from top) New Jersey’s Sean Koeller (212) and New York’s Daniel Netti (47) go at it in 250 A for the title of the newest; Tim Scouten nearly made it into the top ten in both classes; Joey DeNeen hasn’t been doing too shabby in the A Class this year; Jason McConnell rolls away from the finish line with another moto win in 250 A; practice was a little muddy, as demonstrated by Steve Good.

250 Pro Am 1. Jason McConnell Jr. 2. Alexander Odell 3. Joey DeNeen 4. Konnor Buffis 5. Steven Good 6. Sean Koeller 7. Andrew Daggett 8. Tim Scouten 9. Justin Patz 10. Tyler Kline

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Open Pro Am 1. Fredrik Noren 2. Broc Streit 3. Konnor Bufis 4. Robert Tisco 5. Steven Good 6. Kevin Uebrick 7. Sean Koeller 8. Tyler Kline 9. Jason McConnell Jr. 10. Zachary Lang

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Sometimes the captain has to go down with the ship. Jarrett Thompson held onto the wheel until the last song was sang. In this case, a dismal first lap chain reaction caused quite the commotion in the 250 B Class at Pittsburgh Raceway Park’s Pro Am race. Jarrett ended up walking away from the carnage relatively unscathed and went on to win the Open B overall.

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