Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Joe0
Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars Take Unadilla by Storm!
After enduring their fair share of bad luck and misfortune, it seemed that the stars aligned just right for Team Media Allstars. With a roster loaded with talent it was just a matter of time before it showed on the results page. A race season has its ups and downs; sometimes it’s hard to remember the good times as you get frustrated with your current situation. Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2011 ATVA MX Championship saw Team Media Allstars put up solid finishes as Josh Holley took his first national win at Sunday Creek and Calen McGinty took home two podium finishes in the same weekend at Spring Creek, but the rest of the team couldn’t buy a break or so it seemed. Jake McGraw had to borrow bikes to ride, Chase Cunningham found his motor looked more at home on a work bench than on the quad, even Mr. Consistency Dylan Tremellen scored a 9th place, his worst finish in over 2 years. Strange how in just 1 race weekend everything can fall into place.
World famous Unadilla Valley Raceway was the site of round 9 of the ATV MX National Championship Series, known for it’s fast straight stretches, massive elevation changes, rocky soil and of course….the Sky Shot! Team Media Allstars took right too the tricky Unadilla race course and showed their competition the fast way around it for most of the weekend.
The Team MVP for the 2nd race in a row went to JoshHolley #7. Josh may as well be butter because he’s on a roll! After winning the 70 single speed class at Sunday Creek Josh’s confidence was at an all time high. He showed his competition that he plans to continue his hot streak. Josh won both the 70 Single Speed and 70 CVT classes at Unadilla, and he did it very convincingly. In fact Josh won every moto he entered going 1-1 in both classes. Dan Hoisington #71 and Calen McGinty #33 both earned their first national wins of the season. Dan got great holeshotsand rode smart in the 450B class to go 2-1 and take the overall, while Calen made the best of a bad start in his second moto of Production B,charged to the front and never looked back as he went 1-1 for the win. Nick Lepkoski #28 won the award for longest drive, but the Georgia rider made it worth the trip with a dominating performance in the Open C class as he went 1-1 for a win as well. Nick may have had a shot at 2 overalls, but his exhaust came off his qua d in the second moto of the 450C class costing him any hopes of a decent finish. Mark #636 and Dale Batson #671 represented the team well in the Vet 30+ class over the weekend. Dale went 8-6 for 6th overall and Mark rode his way to 11-7 scores for 9th. Matthew Holley #9 (Josh’s little brother) keeps steadily improving from race to race. Matthew scored 5-8 moto finishes and earned 6th overall in the 50 Sr. (6-8) class.
One rider who just can’t seem to catch a break is Team Manager Chase Cunningham #419. Unadilla made it 4 races this year that the #419 machine has had major OEM engine parts failure. This time the Crankshaft let go sending the piston rod through the engine cases. Chase’s weekend looked all but done, but thanks to an all night effort from Pat, Donnie and Toby at MotoXperts Chase was able hit the track Saturday morning. Despite piecing a motor together Chase still only missed a win by two turns as he held off former Pro Class Champion Travis Spader till the checkers were in sight, in what may have been the best race of the weekend. The 2-2 scores earned him 2nd overall in the 25+ class and moves him back into the points lead. Jake McGraw #83 got back to his winning ways at round 9. Jake used his MotoXperts engine to pull 4 holeshots and take home the win in 4-stroke A as he went 1-1. Jake finished up 2nd overall in the Open A class giving him 2 solid performances, and after his recent string of bad luck it was a welcomed relief. Dylan Tremellen #940 showed us all that he’s extremely hungry for another national championship. Dylan is bound and determined to claim the 4-stroke B class title in 2011. The #940 Honda pilot put his machine out front early and never looked back going 1-1 and earning his 5 overall win of the season. With the win it gives Dylan a comfortable point’s lead going into round 10 at Red Bud.
Team Media Allstars has been primed all season long to issue a statement of complete domination at the ATVA MX Nationals. Finally….at Unadilla that statement was made. With 7 overall wins and another 4 second place overall finishes, it’s safe to say Team LSR, Morehead Motorsports, Media Allstars turned heads. With the series heading to Red Bud Track and Trail later this month could there be an encore to this performance? Stay tuned….!
Unadilla Results at a glance:
Overall Wins: 7
Moto Wins: 13
Moto Podiums: 23
Top 5s: 11
Special Thanks to all our 2011 sponsors!
Lonestar Racing, Morehead Motorsports, MotoXperts, Maxxis Tire, Rath Racing, Fox Shox, Yoshimura, Uni Filters, Maxima, DWT, Maier, G4, HPI, Powermadd, Quadtech, Tag, Sunline, ONE Industries, Precision Racing Products, Smith Optics, Oury Grips, Suzuki City, ATVondemand.com, ATVscene.com.