Millville, MN October 13
By Rolfe Otterness
Jackson Althoff roosted away to three wins on the Spring Creek Mini
track to top off the 2019 race season at Spring Creek Park and jump to the lead
in points for those classes as this race counts as next year’s first of
the 2020 Super Series. Althoff rode to six moto wins in Hornets 7-11, 50cc Premix
4-6 and 50cc Open 4-8 on this cold, blustery day showing that the cool temps
were not affecting his skills.
About 260 other riders showed they would not be deterred by the
nearly-winter temps as they charged around the challenging terrain in slippery
conditions for the early motos, but conditions
improved throughout the day and the snows of Saturday practice became just a
on some of the classes on the big track, let’s see what transpired in the
60+ boys. Wayne Welzien ripped up the start straight to take control in
turn one as they initiated battle in moto one. Welzien has
been strong all year and settled into the lead but Jack Parenteau was charging
too and kept close for the first couple of laps. Welzien had a
good pace though and Parenteau dropped back bit by bit in the later couple
laps. Lynn Meyer and Jerry
Schulze were duking it out over third for most of the race and Schulze got the
upper hand on the last lap to follow Welzien and
Parenteau across the line for third.
Jerry Dillon rounded out the top five.
featured Welzien once again leading the way for the
rest of the field as they hit turn one.
Parenteau latched onto second again while Meyer and Schulze battled over
built a lead over Parenteau as the laps rolled by and Schulze displaced Meyer
in third about halfway through the race. The checkered flag brought the
race to a close with Welzien holding a safe lead for
the win. Parenteau was clear of the
continued battle behind him as Schulze brought his bike across for third
despite Meyer’s pressure.
Harold Gooch was next across the line to tie up fifth overall with a 6-5
charged out to the early lead in the first 85cc 9-12 moto. He was on the gas and started to
build a nice lead while an intense battle developed over second place with
Braxton Williamson, Caleb Wagner and Landon Quandahl
as participants. Maas took the win
with a big gap over his competitors.
Williamson snagged second over Quandahl and
Wagner despite all their efforts and Chad Schmitt pulled across the line for
out ahead in moto two for a repeat win.
Williamson and Wagner ran in second and third for the entirety of the
race and were spaced apart a bit back from Maas at the flag. Carson Lanning came out on top of the
battle he had with Quandahl for most of the moto as
his fourth-place finish topped the eighth place he had in moto one. But Quandahl’s
more consistent 3-5 score was good for 4th overall.
Tilford motored out to lead the Schoolboy 1 class as the gate was dropped by
Tom Kidd for moto one. Tilford
looked strong out front as he set a rapid pace. Carson Johanningmeier held second at the
conclusion of lap one but had Wyatt McGrath on his tail. McGrath was soon by to take over
second place with Brodie Boumeester latching onto
third. McGrath seemed to be
catching up a bit on Tilford but had a bobble on the last lap, losing enough
time so that Boumeester caught up to him just as he
was recovering from his dirt sampling. Tilford took the win confortably while McGrath managed to hold off Boumeester’s charge. Johanningmeier grabbed fourth over Evan
was on in moto two with Tilford leading the way and McGrath pressuring him for
the duration. It all came down to
the last turn and McGrath got a good run down the last hill and went to the
outside in a high-intensity move to take the win by half a bike length over
Tilford. Hawkins improved for
third this second time out with Boumeester and
Johanningmeier rounding out the top five.