By Rolfe Otterness
Joe Perron stormed back into
action at the Spring Creek track after a hiatus of a year or so. Joe had strong rides to top 25 Plus and
Open A as he ran 2-1 in both classes.
Where have you been Joe?
Other riders taking advantage of the decent track conditions to top
their rivals in multiple divisions included Eli Bumgardner in two of the 50cc
classes, Tanner Schlegel in 85 12-15 and Supermini, Caleb
Wagner in 85cc 9-11 and 85cc 9-12, Pat Donaho in the
40 and 45 plus A classes, Terry
Trout in the 45 and 50 B divsions, plus Brandon
Johnson topping 25 Plus and Open B.
The crowd was a decent size considering that rain had threatened
to douse down attendees but with over 420 entries there was plenty of knobbies churning up the minor amount of mud left on the surface by a
late afternoon shower on Saturday.
Some slickness was present for the earliest moto or two and some minor
shots of precip appeared during the first part of the
day but the track was nice for most of the day with watering necessary after
the sun came out. Johnny M
and the gang had been busy in the weeks leading up to this race, hauling over
100 truckloads of sandy soil in to perk up the track. There was pretty good
sized triple way up on top of the hill to challenge the faster riders
and the corners worked up nicely to produce multiple lines.
The Open A class seems to be the premiere battleground for A
class supremacy these days and although the turnout was light on this day with
a number of riders absent due to the Amateur national there was good action
despite. Brennan Myers stormed off
the line to grab the holeshot money provide this weekend by Feine Tune
Motorsports. Nick Jackson and Phil
Maus settled in second and third in the early going and were running well but
Myers was gapping them. Perron was maybe a bit rusty for the first few laps but was
definitely picking up the pace about mid-moto. He sliced and diced his way by
first Maus, then reeled in Jackson to take over second. Myers rode a masterful moto though
and won with a decent margin as the checkers flew. Jackson, Maus and Kyle Koosman then trailed Perron
across the line.
Myers snared the holeshot cash again in moto two but Perron was close behind and just a bit back as they cleared
the whoop section. Coming
around to the “Chadapult” jump he pulled
alongside and motored up the hill and over the triple at the top to take over
the lead. Myers stayed fairly close
after that but Perrron inched away to take the win
with a safe margin. Maus put in
some strong laps late in the race and closed in on Myers but couldn’t
quite catch him. Jackson and Koosman had a nice battle on their way in to fourth and
Ian Miller charged to grab the holeshot as the 14-24B class
hit the track for their first moto, but Mitchell Prescott was soon out front
and led the pack for the remainder of the moto. Miller maintained a strong pace to hold second
while Dalton Hein was making headway through the pack with strong riding like
the outside pass on Trevor Bonnicksen as they were in
the corner at the bottom of Mount Martin.
When the flag dropped on the moto, Prescott took a solid win with
Miller, Hein, Levi Dertien and Bonnicksen
in the top five.
Hein and Prescott blasted through turn one as the second
moto erupted into action. Prescott
surged ahead and while Hein stayed within sight, Prescott pulled out about a 3
second gap for the moto win. Dertien and Bonnicksen pulled off
third and fourth with Reyden Danner taking
fifth. Miller had some issues and was way off
pace for a twelvth place score.
Tanner Schlegel ran strong in the 85cc 12-15 class to take
the win in both motos. Jeff Rinkel
ran well with a 4-2
score to take second overall while Chase Chyma
and Braxton Kragenbring were in the mix too as they
pulled off 5-3 and 3-6 for moto scores
respectively. Rounding out
the top five was Gavin Olson on his Kawi with a solid 5-6 day. This class is always good
entertainment with lots of riders and good battles down the line.