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Ah yes, the great outdoors. Gatorback is one of the most storied facilities in the country and once again it did not disappoint. Thanksgiving Day kicked off the MX portion of the event with practice wrapping up in the morning followed promptly by the racing itself. We are looking at a total of 94 heat races with some classes having over 100 kids in them! 65 7-9 limited has three full gates. Yes, 120 total entries for one class.
It is so dope to see this many people at one event period. Running the math back there is an ever so slight chance that we will actually finish on Saturday. The combination of so many entries and around 10 hours of total daylight to race has us all looking at racing on the early part of Sunday. That however will be confirmed or denied today with a full sunup to sundown day of racing.
Some quick bits thus far through 15.5 classes.
- Two-strokes are not dead, just ask Brandon Scharer as he lead wire to wire in 250 Pro Sport Heat 1…on a KTM 250cc. (Pictured above)
- Levi Kitchen continues his reign as well taking the Heat 2 win. Jack Chambers has also been a standout (again) leading a TON of laps and looking really comfy doing so, but when Kitchen catches fire there is no stopping him.
- Agustin Barreneche is a damn animal, throwing big whips mid moto. The kid has style for days as he looks to take the main event win later in the weekend.
- Kade Nightingale and the Mini-E bike are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go so well together as he took the heat 1 win.
- The women’s class is STACKED! Jordan Jarvis, Tayler Allred, Jazzmyn Canfield (welcome back), Shelby Rolen, Hannah Hodges, Ignacia Riveros, the list just keeps on going! Heat 2 in the class had Jarvis, Allred, Canfield, and Hodges all in it and running top four. Canfield showed some insane speed giving Jarvis all she could handle but would drop anchor and fall back to third as Allred made the pass for second and checked out. Jarvis and Rolen would take their respective heat races wins.
- 250 B limited would see Luca Marsalisi and Gage Linville snagging the wins in convincing fashion.
- Supermini heat 1 would see one of the better second-fourth place battles of the week. Haiden Deegan set sail up front leaving Gavin Betts, Jordan Miller and Krystian Janik to sort out the rest. They would finish in that order but all within a corner of each other. Casey Cochran would check out in heat 2, taking the win.
- I think one of the most stacked classes of the weekend is the 85 9-13 class. Names like Seth Dennis, Drew Adams, Landin Pepperd, Nathan Abbott, Thomas Wood, Agustin Barreneche, and Everett Clarke all grabbing top 3 spots in the three heats. That top 10 all have a shot to throw their name in the hat for the main event win. Keep an eye out on Saturday for this one. It WILL NOT disappoint.
- The evening wrapped up with the first moto of Schoolboy 2. Caden Braswell made his mark in the class grabbing the early lead over Linville, Clough, Hawkins, Bennick and Towers. The dudes at the front were CHARGING the entire moto. Towers had a nasty high-speed swap towards the end of the moto that resulted in him getting carted off. I haven’t heard much but we hope he is all good. VMZ will bring you the update as soon as we can.
After racing wrapped up the real fun began as each and every rig had their own version of Thanksgiving dinner, Mini O’s style. I can’t thank the Tapt House crew out of TX for the hospitality!
It’s Friday y’all. LET’S GET IT!