This week had a lot of local racing going on for us here in Texas. We had TCCRA and TORN having races in Denton and Callisburg respectively. Both tracks were dry and dusty as we haven't had any rain here lately. Luckily for all the local riders though, we did have a cool front come through which dropped the temperatures way below where they have been.
If you were lucky enough to be in Delmont, PA, you would have found yourself close to, if not at, Round 11 of the Lucas Oil AMA National Outdoor Motocross. The conditions for the area really weren't all that bad. The riders did mention how the track seemed to have some slick, hard packed spots mixed in with some more loamy sections. Tire selection and throttle control plays a big part on tracks like this where you don't want the bike getting away from you.
The weekends racing at Steel City crowned Dean Wilson the #1 plate of the 250 class. He and his family didn't plan for it to happen this way, as they were driving cross country to catch the racing at Pala Raceway where they thought he would take the overall win. Luckily though for Wilson, his competitors, Rattray and Baggett, didn't have the races they would have liked and placed them out of striking distance for the Overall. Way to go Wilson, Heck of a great season.
There is no congratulating anyone in the 450 class yet, though you could start to pat on Villopoto's back a bit. He and Dungey were racing all the way through the first Moto. It looked like any mistake could give Villopoto the win over Dungey, and that's what happened. Dungey made a slight mistake in the second to last turn, Villopoto capitalized and he came away with the win. For Moto 2, Dungey struck hot getting the holeshot, but once Villopoto got around, he checked out. The two wins for Villopoto gives him a comfortable margin going into the final round at Pala Raceway. Only a disaster for Villopoto could really give Dungey the overall win.
One rider, who we have to congratulate and give an Awesomeness Award to is Cameron Ishmael. He raced the TCCRA Pro race in Denton, Texas, where he finished second. He then packed himself up, headed north to the TORN Callisburg race and lined up for the Pro race there. No having the greatest of starts and making a few mistakes had him coming away with 4th. But for having raced two hour and a half races back to back, that seems like a pretty good day.
Round 9 of TCCRA was held in Denton, TX and Brian Storrie's property. If you have done any series in Texas, you have raced on his property. It is a great piece of land, but has been used a bunch. Luckily, Storrie likes to change it up and does what he can to keep it interesting. Caleb Ramsey found some consistency after a string of bad luck and got the holeshot and came away with the win. Chris Storrie, the son of Brian, was our third place finisher. Chris has been getting stronger, and stronger, and will soon be a great contender within thePro series in Texas.
When Ishmael went north to Callisburg, he was heading to Round 7 of the TORN series. Having 15 minutes to get ready, he had some contenders on the line. Cheyenne Harmon was on his new Honda, Josh Young (local TORCS Pro) had headed north for some TORN fun and John Short (winner of the last round) was making another off-road appearance. Those three names alone meant the competition had shown up. Harmon got the holeshot and lead the whole race. Young was up in the mix as well, while Ishmael didn't have the best of starts. With Harmon in first, Young in second, Austin Henderson rode a strong and smart race and came away with third. Ishmael, though he made a few mistakes, was in fourth. Short had more than a few problems and just didn't have great day. 6th on the day for Short.
Coming up this weekend we start back up with some GNCC racing in Unadilla. There are many fans looking forward to GNCC getting back under way. Josh Strang, Charlie Mullins and Paul Whibley are three racers who are very much looking forward to getting back to racing.
The LACC has the Jim Bowie II this weekend in Sicily Island, LA. Fun property, cool prizes and good to see LA with some great racing.
The big news this weekend will be watching the National Motocross series wrap up at Pala Raceway in Pala, CA. Villopoto is going in with a strong points lead. If disaster strikes, Dungey might be able to capitalize. Villopoto has been having a great year, so I doubt counting on disaster is that good of a strategy. We have already seen Wilson wrap up the 250 title, but there is still racing to do. No one in this sport likes to roll over just because they won a title.
Thanx for tuning in guys. We look forward to all the racing this weekend and as always, Enjoying a Pint Full of Awesome!