|Round 9 - Race Report|
|Round Nine was yet again another dusty race, which we were fortunate Hurricane Hanna didn’t come blazing through right on top of us! Once again at the Goldmine in Morganton, NC, one extreme to the other! In the Super PeeWee Class, Tucker Hamrick got out to the early lead with the holeshot. Cole Bates was running second with Austin McCraw right behind him for third. Halfway into the race, McCraw’s machine quit, allowing Jeremiah Freeland to finish third, and Bates took second behind Hamrick with the Overall. In the PeeWee Class, Michael Overstreet took the early lead with Christian Chalmers and Breanna May wheel to wheel on lap one. On the second lap, May took the lead and was on her way to her first PeeWee Class win, but on the last lap, May fell allowing Colby Banks to take first, just twenty-eight seconds ahead of May. The Youth Quad race was intense and exciting! On lap one, Ashleigh Davis pulled a great lead and was working on pulling away from Branson Solesbee. On lap four, Solesbee had reeled Davis in and the two were battling wheel to wheel. On lap eight, the two lap card was out and Davis held a seven second lead. With the white flag out, just halfway into the track, Davis was behind some lappers and Solesbee took advantage of a line and made the pass over Davis and the lappers. Coming in to the checkered flag, Davis was doing all she could to get him back, but Solesbee crossed the finish to take the Overall win. In the 90cc Class, Deanna Canipe took the Youth Holeshot award aboard her Kymco. On lap one, Colton White had taken over the lead with Canipe two seconds back. A freight train of third through sixth came in wheel to wheel. White still held the lead up to lap five, but then Jon-Michael Rainey Jr took over the lead aboard his bone stock Honda. White had a crash, dropping him back to sixth, leaving Clint McCorkle to chase Rainey in second; where they would finish at the checkered flag, taking third and fourth overall. In the Youth Bike race, Steward Baylor came around on lap one with Caleb Garrow and Trevor Barrett just seconds behind him. By lap two, Baylor was out front by twenty seconds. Garrow stayed slightly off Baylor’s pace for the remainder of the race, but was able to finish strong in second. Jordon Smith in the Junior Mini Class rode a flawless race aboard his Suzuki, stretching out his lead to nearly two minutes over Grant Baylor mid way into the race. Smith started to run out of gas on the last lap, but was able to salvage a win and fourth overall with Grant Baylor a minute back taking fifth overall. Jon-Michael Rainey Jr. took sixth overall after leading the Intermediate class from lap two on. Hunter Green finished two minutes back in the Intermediate Class. Taylor Johnson and Jonathan Johnson were back and forth in the 65cc Class. J. Johnson soon took over the lead having just a few seconds lead over T. Johnson for the whole race. On the last lap, T. Johnson ran out of gas, allowing J. Johnson to take the class win and stay on the lead lap. T. Johnson was still able to finish second. Shortly after noon, the bike race got under way as the temperature was rising. When the green flag went up, Jason Gilleland took the holeshot and came in on lap one with Josh Strang right on his rear tire. By lap four, Strang was tired of following Gilleland’s dust and took over the lead and checked out. After seven laps of racing, Strang took the checkered flag by fifty-five seconds over Gilleland. Finishing third overall was Jesse Robinson with Jeff Vealey taking fourth overall. In the Open A Class, Greg Reynolds from Fletcher, NC took the early lead with Robby Austell right on his rear tires, staying just seconds back from him. By lap six, Austell took over the lead, but he couldn’t shake Reynolds who was staying right there. On the last lap, Austell rode hard and took sixth overall, thirty seconds ahead of Reynolds. In the Vet B Class, Bret Stenhouse was the holeshot winner, but William Wilson soon took over the lead and never looked back til he put his Yamaha over the checkered flag for first place. John McDonald rode a solid race in second place with Stenhouse taking third. Bouncing back from injuries, Trevor Bollinger and Seth Murray were battling tight in the 4 stroke C Class, but both broke and left Jarrett Miller who had been running right behind them in third take over the lead. Miller rode strong for the remainding three laps, battling back and forth with Josh James, but was able to come out first at the checkered flag with James just seconds behind. In the Senior C Class, the championship battle continues between Al Scott and Butch Hensley. These two battled all day at the Goldmine, but Scott was able to bring in the first place. The next rounds will be exciting to see who can take over the Championships. In the Quad race, Bryan Cook took the holeshot with Kaleb Nicholson right on his rear tires going into the woods. On lap one, Cook held a solid lead of over forty seconds with Nicholson and Dustin Canipe battling it out for second. By lap two, Cook held a minute lead with Canipe charging in second with Nicholson nearly a minute back for third. David Reeves was coming on strong to challenge Nicholson for third. With the white flag out, Cook had over a minute and a half lead, but stripped the teeth off the sprocket at the three and a half mile marker, allowing Canipe to take over the lead and take his second Overall win for the season. Nicholson was able to hold off Reeves to finish second and third. In the B 16-24 year old Class, Chris Newton took off the line last, but soon was able to work his way to the front by the end of lap one. Newton rode strong all race to get a top overall at the checkered flag. Finishing first allowed Newton to wrap up his championship for the year. In the B 25+ Class, Isaac Bentley took the early lead and was looking for first win of the year. Joey Coogler worked his way through the pack and started to pressure Bentley, only staying about ten seconds back. At the checkered flag, Bentley was able to get his first win of the year with Coogler taking second. In the C 25+ Class, Mark Walker held the lead on lap one, but was getting intense pressure from Chris Barbee; by lap three, Barbee made the pass and pulled away from Walker. Barbee took the class win, but a second place was all Walker needed to wrap up his first championship. Just two weeks away and we will be heading to Yadkinville for Round 10. Championships are on the line and its go time! See ya soon.|
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