Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier
Cycle Ranch MX
Sat | Apr 9, 2011
The first day of racing at the Cycle Ranch Loretta Lynn Qualifier kicked was filled with great action in almost every class! The depth of the riders was excellent - as often there was a huge swing in moto placing depending on the start.
H.P. mounted riders included Stuart Harmon, T.J. Tuttle, Jacob Turbyfill, Grant Crawford, Colbe Perrenot, Zach Mcbryde, Scotty Haver, and Team CMC.
In the 250B stock class, Stuart Harmon, Dylan Kirchner, T.J. Tuttle, and Jacob Turbyfill all came out to play. In the first moto Dylan managed an awesome third place finish behind Mitchell Oldenburg (who checked out) and Curren Thurman. Jacob had a terrible moto finish back in eigth, and Stuart had an awesome ride in 5th after an early fall.
T.J. had the worst luck of all - as his drain bolt fell out mid moto. Thankfully and incredibly lucky, T.J. stopped the engine soon enough to keep it from locking up - and fixed the issue for his other races. Other notables included Honda of Houston, EBR mounted Vann Martin finishing 12th due to an early wreck with another rider.
In the second moto, Merge's Mitchell Oldenburg again won handily, followed by JM Racing's Curren Thurman. Raymond Jennings finished strong in third, followed by Vann Martin who couldn't buy a start in this class. H.P.'s Dylan Kirchner had a poor ride - finishing seventh. Jacob Turbyfill rode strong to fifth. Stuart got off to a dead last start - and managed a hard charge to eighth.
In the 85 12-14 stock class H.P. mounted Scott Haver ripped out to a huge holeshot. He led nearly the entire moto but on the last lap the Suzuki mounted rider Robert Stiers caught him and passed him for first. Scotty finished up in second. Team CMC racing (H.P. suspended riders) Cameron Kothman finished a solid fifth.
In the second moto Scotty took a tumble and could only muster an sixth. Cameron stuck it out for well earned fifth.
The supermini 1 class was blessed with INCREDIBLE action from start to finish. H.P. mounted Grant Crawford and Scotty Haver were both out to play - Scotty riding a little wheel 85! Grant rode strong to close finish behind Robert Stiers in 4th, and Scotty hung tough in seventh after a poor start in one of the weekends largest classes. Hats off to Zach Mcbryde for nearly nabbing the moto win on his 150, just succumbing to James Milson at the end for a second place moto.
In the second moto we could hardly believe our eyes! Little Scotty RIPPED off a holeshot and began a blistering pace out front. Milson went down early and got stuck in the rear wheel of another rider, and Zach didn't make the starting line. Scottie was pressured early and heavily by Taylor Higgons, who finally managed to get the lead on lap three. Grant was holding off Robert Stiers in thurd, and the battle up front couldn't have been much closer. On the last lap, Taylor took a little tip over handing it back to Scotty, and with a few turns left Grant just got passed by Robert. Finish went Scotty Haver, Robert Stiers, and Grant Crawford.
The 250C stock class is always exciting. The depth this year was impressive - as the moto finishes would show! In the first moto, Cycle Nation mounted Joey Deets ripped off a holeshot and led wire to wire for a win. H.P. mounted Colby Perrenot had a terrible start spinning on the concrete, but mustered a 5th place finish, and H.P.'s Zach Mcbryde rode great to finish third in the first moto.
The second moto was a toss up - with Joey Deets missing his grove from the first moto finishing seventh. Zach rode hard to fourth and Colbe finished up in third.
The 450 B stock class found a lot of riders competing on their 250f's. HHR's Vann Martin stole the show taking home both moto victories over Curren Thurman. Dylan Kirchner rode great from behind to secure third his first moto.
T.J. Tuttle and Jacob Turbyfill both rode hard, battling with one another along the way, with T.J. taking a fifth in moto one and Jacob a seventh.
Second moto saw a terrible first lap wreck with Casey Compton breaking his femur and hitting his head. Sadly Jacob had no where to go when he wrecked in a highspeed uphill and centerpunched Casey falling hard. The moto was Red Flagged and Casey was tended to by the staff. He was flown out and it was later heard he will be ok.
Thankfully Jacob was ok, although we had a mad dash to get his bike ready with broken front spokes, tweaked radiators, a stuck throttle and tweaked bars. The second moto took off and Jacob rode his best yet to a fifth right behind Dylan Kirchner in fourth. T.J. struggled with a poor start, but finished a respectable sixth