Published on June 1st, 2011 | by Joe0
Lonestar, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars On the Box at Steel City Raceway!
Morehead, KY- Delmont, PA and world famous Steel City Raceway played host to round 6 of the 2011 ATVA MX Nationals. As racers arrived they found the pits and track extremely saturated…to the point that some rigs had to be pulled into the pits. Luckily the rain that had plagued the South Western Pennsylvania area took a weekend off, but the storm that is Team LSR, MMS, Media Allstars was just picking up steam!
Fresh off an impressive performance at Sunset Ridge at round 5, Dylan Tremellen #940 went right back to work in 4-stroke B by making it 2 wins in a row. Dylan also rode his way to a 2nd place in College Boy 16-24. Also making a strong showing in 4-stroke B was Austin McGraw. The #114 Suzuki scored a 5-3 for 3rd overall. Austin also recorded his first moto win since his nasty get off in Maryland by showing the Open B class around the track on Saturday. He fell just short of his first overall of the season by going 1-2 for 2nd place overall in Open B. Cody Kimberlin #67 decided he wanted in on the action in 4-stroke B as well. Cody rode his way to 6-4 scores for 4th overall in 4-stroke B which gave Team Media Allstars 3 of the top 4 finishes in the class. Cody had his best ride of the weekend in the Open B class though, as moto scores of 3-5 put him on the podium with 3rd overall. Calen McGinty #33 celebrated his birthday over the weekend and although he didn’t record the podium he wanted, scores of 3-4 and 4-6 were good enough for 4th overall in Production B and 5th in Open B. Ryan Wheeler #52 fought mechanical gremlins all weekend long but still managed to put up a 6-5 score for 6th in Production B. The Hillsboro, OH rider also went 5-5 for 5th overall in 450B giving him a comfortable 3rd place in the series points. Nick Lepkoske #28 picked an appropriate place to be a true iron man. Nick raced 3 classes at Steel City and recorded podiums in all 3! Nick’s 1-1 for 1st in Open C highlighted a great weekend in which he also recorded 2nd place overalls in Production B and 450C. Racing against a former AMA Pro Champion is no easy task…Just ask Jake McGraw #83. Jake had to battle with former Pro Travis Spader in both 4-stroke A and Open A at Steel City. McGraw proved up to the challenge but couldn’t quite get over the hump as he went 3-2 for 2nd in 4-stroke A. He may have lost the battle at round 6 but Jake currently has a 40 point lead in the chase for the 4-stroke A championship. The Piketon, OH rider also scored a 4-5 for 4th in Open A which puts him comfortably in 2nd place in points for that class. Chase Cunningham #419 just can’t catch a break this season. Another OEM parts failure saw the Team Captain resort to borrowing a machine to compete on. With much thanks to teammate Dale Batson, Chase salvaged points in both 25+ and Open A classes. Chase’s 3-3 for 3rd in Open A and 2-2 for 2nd in 25+ ensure that he still has championship hopes in 2011.
Speaking of the #671 of Dale Batson, racing in only his second national of the season Dale recorded a 6-6 for 6th overall in a crowded 30+ A class. Mark Batson #636 also raced the 30+ A class to the tune of 8-10 scores and 10th overall. Mini riders Josh #7 and Matthew Holly #9 finished up 10th and 5th in their respective classes over the weekend. Josh still holds down 3rd in the 70 CVT points and Matthew is trying his best to creep in to the top 5.
The Race weekend as a whole saw a lot of ups and downs. One thing was certain though if you were looking for a Media Allstars rider just look to the front of the pack. The team collected 2 more overall wins, but more impressive than that recorded an amazing 11 podiums! Out of those 11 podium finishes 6 were 2nd places. The next stop on the 2011 ATVA MX National tour is Millville MN in 2 weeks see you there!
Steel City at a glance….
Moto wins: 5
Moto Podiums: 20
Top 5 overalls: 16