Published on April 22nd, 2011 | by Joe0
Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars endure the 2011 Motoworks Budds Creek National
Morehead, KY – Some weekends everything just goes wrong. The Budds Creek National was one of those weekends for Team Media Allstars. Friday started out with a bang as both Jake and Austin McGraw suffered from more bad luck. Austin decided to take a Maryland soil sample and ended up in the hospital and Jake’s transmission found itself incapable of functioning. To make matters worse Mother Nature decided to make a grand entrance into the 2011 National race scene as rain poured down for most of the day on Saturday. The muddy conditions made many racers second guess their decision to even race at all. The 50, 70 and 90 classes first motos on Saturday were canceled all together the track was so water logged. This left those racers to duke it out in a winner take all single moto format on Sunday.
As mentioned above Friday started off with a scare for Team Media Allstars. Austin McGraw came up short on an up hill double that left him unconscious on the track. Austin was taken to a local hospital and then later moved to a Washington, DC hospital for more tests and observation. After a night in the hospital an extremely sore and dazed Austin McGraw showed up Saturday morning borrowed a bike, threw down his crutches, suited up and rode! If anyone gets the no gusts no glory award for round 4 it’s Austin. Knowing that no one could ride fast in the mud the #114 rider did what he could to salvage his points lead. Going 4-8 for 6th in 4-stroke B and 8-8 for 7th in Open B was just good enough to keep him in contention for a title. Also taking a soil sample over the weekend was the #940 of Dylan
Tremellen. Dylan showed his true speed though as he put in his most impressive ride of the year to date going 1-2 for 2nd in the highly competitive 16-24 class. He wasn’t as fortunate in 4-stroke B as he rolled his Honda TRX450R down one of the massive down hills at Budds Creek causing him to finish up with 8-2 scores and a 4th overall. While we’re on the subject of down hill crashes….Cody Kimberlin #67 found himself upside down in nearly the same spot as Dylan. Cody put in a very impressive ride in 4-stroke B with 2-3 finishes for 2nd overall and had just passed for the lead in Open B when he got crossed up on the steepest down hill ski jump on the track. After flipping multiple times he was left with his fair share of dirt rash and bruises. He remounted and finished up 6-10 for 8th for the weekend. Nick Lepkoske #28 continued his streak of great rides in both the Production and 450 C classes. Nick went 2-3 for 2nd in Production C and 4-1 for 2nd in 450C. With 4 rounds down the Suzuki rider sits at top the point’s race in both classes! Calen McGinty #33 put in a couple of consistent rides to maintain his top 5 points standing. Calen earned 7-5 scores in Open B for 5th overall and went 7-7 for 7th in Production B. Ryan Wheeler #52 also
quietly crept into a top 5 points standing. Ryan put his Suzuki on the podium in the 450B class at Budds Creek going 2-5 for 3rd. A 6-4 finish also earned the Hillsboro, OH rider a 4th overall in Production B. Another Suzuki LTR450 rider having mixed results at round 4 was #71 Dan Hoisington. Dan fell victim to Mother Nature’s wrath in Open B as he scored a DNF in moto 1. He recovered to earn a 6th in the second moto and earn 9th for the weekend. The 450B class wasn’t quite as rough on Dan as he went 6-4 earning a 5th overall. As previously stated, Jake McGraw #83 saw his transmission bite the dust on his LTR450 in Friday’s practice. After finding out that trackside repair was not an option Jake decided to ride his brother’s bike. Even on a borrowed machine Jake showed why he’s currently leading the points in both Open and 4-stroke A…he’s talented. Jake went 3-6 in 4-stroke A to earn 4th overall and earned a 5-4 score for a podium and 3rd for the weekend in Open A. With the heavy rains on Saturday both Josh and Matthew Holly were forced into a single moto format for their classes at Budds Creek. Josh earned a 7th in the 70 CVT and held onto 3rd in the point’s race. Matthew earned his best finish of the season with a 4th showing that he may finally be figuring that new Cobra 50 of his out! Team Manager/Racer Chase Cunningham #419 scored a moto win on Saturday in the 25+ class but saw a cracked engine case bring his day to an early end on Sunday, forcing him to sit out both the Open A and 25+ main events. Chase still sits in 1st place in the 25+ class points race through 4 rounds but can’t seem to catch a break this season.
As the team heads for round 5 at Sunset Ridge in Walnut, IL things are looking promising. Currently Team Media Allstars Racers are leading 6 classes and are holding down top 3 in the points for 3 more classes. Remember if you’ve not had a chance to stop by the Media Allstars pits make plans to do so. With product on display from Lonestar Racing and RC truck demos from HPI your national race experience won’t be complete unless you give us a visit.