Hot night of Racing at
By Dave Henry 9-17-2011
Round 8 of the Megacross Shootout series
treated everyone to much cooler temperatures and perfect racing conditions. While the weather may have been cool,
the racing action was HOT as usual.
One of the
hottest classes of the night was Open A. 14
racers lined up and it appeared that 14 may be the magic number as Kevin
Markwardt (14) pulled the holeshot on his #14 Honda. As they completed lap 1 of the 7 lap main it was Markwardt
holding down the lead over Kyle White on his BWR backed Honda, Rock River
Powersports backed Tommy Hofmaster(110), TZR, Decal Works backed Scott Zont and
Illinois Powersports backed Justin Kelly. Could
this be the night that someone knocks Hofmaster off the top spot of the box? As they completed lap 2, Markwardt was
still holding down the lead, but Hofmaster had worked his way around Kyle White
into 2nd, with White now in 3rd, Zont in 4th
and Vaughn Mays rounding out the top 5. Lap
3 would see the same top 5 come across the stripe. Lap 4 is where things really started the
get HOT. Hofmaster was catching
Markwardt and as the two entered the back straight they were separated by only
two bike lengths. As they completed
lap 4 they were nose to tail at the line. Lap
5 saw Hofmaster and Markwardt go back and forth as they came across the start
straight and into the left hander. First
it was Hofmaster to the inside and into the lead, then in the next turn,
Markwardt dove under to take the lead back.
They came across the announcers stand table top side by side and the
crowd was on their feet. What were
they going to do as they came side by side into the S turns at the finish line? Would they hold position? Markwardt had his eye on the inside line
and was ready to rail the nice line that was there, while Hofmaster was blazing
around the outside hoping to find an edge in the next turn. Markwardt is in the rut and
railing…but he is leaned too far to the inside and is down! Hofmaster now has the lead and as lap 5
finishes, White is back in 2nd, Zont in 3rd, Mays in 4th,
Kelly in 5th and Markwardt back to 6th. What a heartbreaker for Markwardt. He was flying and appeared that he may
have had what it took to knock Hofmaster off the top of the box. The final 2 laps would hold in check and
as the checkered flag flew, it was Hofmaster, once again taking the win. Rounding out the podium was Kyle White
and Scott Zont.
250A saw many of
the same racers as Open A and the racing was just as hot. Pulling the holeshot was Tommy Hofmaster
on his Rock River Powersports YZ250 2 stroke.
Following Tommy around the first turn in a close 2nd was BWR
Honda mounted Kyle White. At the
end of lap one it was Hofmaster, followed by White, Maxx Malatia, Scott Zont and
Vaughn Mays. At several different
times during the main the racing was hot and heavy between 3rd, 4th
and 5th as Malatia, Zont and Mays battled back and forth to see who
would come away with the final step on the podium. In the end, it was Hofmaster with the win, with Kyle White
turning in an awesome ride and keeping Tommy honest the whole time. Malatia would hold off Zont for 3rd
and Mays crossed the line in 5th.
In the B classes
Eric Utech(111) has been a man on a mission lately. He is getting faster and faster each
race, but still running into consistency issues as he comes to terms with his
ever increasing speed. The first B
class main of the night, was Open B. You
could tell that Utech was gunning for the victory right out of the gate, because
he pulled a monster holeshot. Utech
was not backing off at all, as he was running a furious pace out there on his
YZ450. As the racers made their way
around the track on lap 2, Utech was building a nice lead, but then fell victim
to his arch enemy, his self. After
the set of whoops that come after the back straight away, Utech would run it so
high on the berm that he power slip his back wheel over the top of the berm and
was literally stuck on top of the berm teetering back and forth. He was trying all he could to get his
bike off the top of the berm, but was not having any luck at all. By the time he was back on the track and
lap 2 was in the books, it was Ricki Williams in the lead, followed closely by
Robert Dixon and Kyle Somner. Utech
would cross the line in 6th. As
the 2nd half of the race went on, we all witnessed a great battle
between Williams and Dixon as they went back and forth. Williams was doing all he could to hold
off Dixon and in the end as they crossed the finish line for the final time, it
was Williams with the win. Dixon
would finish 2nd and Utech fought his way back to 3rd. That was an exciting race!
In 250B it was Utech on his Yamaha, neck
and neck with Jody Walker on his Honda for the holeshot. As the two worked their way through lap 1 it was Walker with
the lead as they went down the back straight.
As they crossed the line to complete lap 1, it was Walker out front,
followed closely by Utech, Mark Mannce in 3rd and Kyle Poska in 4th. As Walker and Utech went through the
first set of whoops, Utech dove to the inside to gain a small advantage on
Walker, but Walker held off his charge with the better, inside line going into
the next turn. At the line to
complete lap 2, it was once again, Walker, followed by Utech, Mannce and Poska. You could tell that Jody Walker was
feeling the heat from Utech and he was going to do all he could to stay out
front. As he came into the whoops
on lap 3, he blitzed through them, with the front wheel never touching the
ground once. However, that is when
and where it went all wrong. He has
so much speed as he approached the next jump before the left hand turn, that he
went down. Utech was now in the
lead. As the racers completed lap
3, it was Utech, followed by Mannce, Poska, Jake Cook and Conner Robinson. Mannce would put on a small charge in
the final 2 laps, but it was Utech with the win.
Mannce would come across the line in 2nd, with Poska rounding
out the podium. Walker would end up
with a DNF, but he definitely had the speed for the win.
In the C
classes, the first up was 250C. Drew
Jackson, (70)son of famous IL racer Junior Jackson, was in the house and had a
nice holeshot in the works, but pushed wide in the first turn. Coming out with the lead, was Lucas Hayes on his Kawasaki. Lucas is the son of longtime racer and
fast Senior, Dave Hayes. As the 23
racers crossed the line to complete lap one, it was Hayes in the lead, followed
by Kody Smith and Nick Campbell. As
the race went on, Smith was doing all he could to catch and pass Hayes through
the midway part of the race. As the
white flag flew, it was Hayes, now stretching it out with a 3 second lead over
Smith. Another 3 seconds back in 3rd was Jake Cinkus on his Venning
Motosports backed Honda. As the
checkered flag came out, it was Hayes taking the win, Smith in 2nd,
Cinkus 3rd and Drew Jackson coming home in 4th.
In Open C, Kody
Smith would seek revenge on the competition, and revenge it was. Out in the lead, with the holeshot was
Smith on his Honda. As the racers
completed lap one, it was Smith, followed by Steve Bookhouse in 2nd,
Andrew Magiera in 3rd and Drew Jackson in 4th. Lap 2 would see Jackson on his KTM put
on a nice charge and work his way from 4th to 2nd. At the white flag, it was Smith with a 5
second lead over Jackson in 2nd and Bookhouse in 3rd. As Smith cruised around on the final
lap, he played it safe and brought home the win.
Coming across 3 seconds back in 2nd was Drew Jackson. There was a nice battle at the end for
the final step on the box, with Bookhouse and Grant Bodner battling hard to the
line. In the final turn, they would
bump, but Brookhouse hung on to 3rd.
classes at Megacross are always stacked and this night was no different. Plus 25 A&B went off the line
together with what looked like the Open A main.
Hofmaster, Markwardt, Justin Kelly and several other top riders out there
to battle it out. Hofmaster had the
holeshot, with Kelly right on his heels. Markwardt
was flying up on Hofmaster and trying all he could to figure out a way around
him. From lap 3 to the end, Tommy
would hold his ground, with about a 2 second lead most of the time and come home
with the win. Markwardt would come
home in 2nd and Kelly in 3rd. The Plus 25 B win went to Matt Bristol
on his Yamaha.
In 30+ B/C the
battle for the top was once again going to be decided between Jesse Keith and
Brandon Boggio. 22 racers lined up
in 30 B/C, all hoping to get a chance to do battle with the top 2 in the class. The holeshot was too close to call, with
both Keith and Boggio, side by side around turn 1. As they completed lap 1 it was Keith with a small lead over
Boggio in 2nd, Kyle Bounds in 3rd and Michael Monn in 4th. Lap 2 would see the top 3 hold form,
with Brian Pederson now moving into 4th. The second half of the race would see
Keith hold a comfortable lead over Boggio with the battle for 3rd
between Bounds and Pederson heating up. At
the finish it was Keith with the win and Boggio in 2nd. Bounds and Pederson would exit the last
turn side by side, with Bounds squeaking out 3rd at the stripe.
Plus 30A racers
would once again have to deal with the speed and talent of Tommy Hofmaster. Tommy was off the line like a rocket and
never looked back. The battle for 2nd
was a good one between Burton “Turbo” Lavens and Nate Eslinger. Lavens would hang onto 2nd
for the entire race and Eslinger would finish 3rd. With that win, that made it a perfect 4
for 4 for Hofmaster on the night.
In Plus 35,
there is always a nice battle between Lavens, Dave Hayes and Tim Damron. The holeshot was a neck and neck battle
between Lavens and Hayes, but Lavens on his Yamaha emerged with the lead and
that was all she wrote. Turbo never
looked back, as he gradually built his lead from 5 bikes in the beginning, to
about 3 seconds at the end. A nice
battle shaped up between Damron on his YZ250F and Hayes on his KX450, but it was
Damron pulling out 2nd place by 2 seconds over Hayes.
Plus 40 would
see Steve Perkins pull the holeshot and be closely followed by Dave Hayes. At the end of lap 1, it was Perkins
holding down the lead, followed by Hayes, “The Rev” Larry Dean Bank, and
Troy Quest. Lap 2 would see Hayes
pick up the pace and hone in on Perkins. The
two raced neck and neck for a time and at the end of lap 3, it was Hayes with
the lead. Hayes would go on for the
win, with “The Rev putting on a nice battle with Perkins for the number two
spot. In the end, Perkins held onto
2nd and “The Rev” Larry Dean Bank finished 3rd.
14-24 B/C is
another class at Megacross that provides a way for the top B/C riders to battle
it out. With the holeshot was Kyle
Somner on his Kawasaki. Somners
lead would be short lived, as a freight train of racers were on the move. At the end of lap 1, Somner had fallen
back to 4th, behind Tony Spizzirri in 3rd, Colton Beard in
2nd and Jody Walker (162)holding down the lead.
On lap 2, Walker would once again start blitzing the whoops after the
finish line and looked to pull away. Spizzirri
wasn’t going to let him run away, as he began blitzing the whoops also and
kept it close. The second half of
the race would see Spizzirri pull up side by side with Walker and try every move
he could to get around the Honda mounted racer.
In the end however, Walker was able to hang on for the win. Spizzirri would bring home 2nd
and Beard was 3rd.
2 strokes always
come out in full force at Megacross, and the 125 class once again proved to be
not only a very entertaining race, but a very fast one also. Pulling the holeshot was Robbie Hyson on
his KTM. Hyson was followed closely
on lap 1 by Paul Gerke on his BWR Honda CR125.
Gerke has been out all year due to knee surgery and this was his 1st
race in 2011 at Megacross. Gerke is
your reigning District 17 125 class champion and although this was his first
outing of the year, he was not about cruise around. As the race progressed, Hyson was pulling a commanding lead,
with Gerke, Matt Mellott, Tony Spizzirri and Conner Robinson all battling for
the spots after Robbie. Gerke would
hold down 2nd until the white flag came out. He then gave way to Tony Spizzirri who had his Sunrise
Powersports CR125 just singing around the track. As they crossed the line at the checkers, it was Hyson,
followed by Spizzirri. Robinson
made his way into 3rd in the last turn as he found a way around Gerke. Matt Mellott would come home
Super Mini would
see RCR Kawasaki backed Jordan Mackiewicz hold off a battle from KTM mounted
Kyle Nelson on lap one and put in a great showing for the win. Neslon would come home in 2nd,
followed by RJ Mackenzie in 3rd.
In 85 Jr/Sr,
they went off the line together and it was RJ Mackenzie with the holeshot. At the end of lap one, it was Mackenzie
with the lead, but 85 Jr racer Dylan Boyd was all over him. You could tell that Jr racer Boyd wanted
to prove something, racing against the Sr guys.
On lap 2, as he was pushing for the lead, he bobbled and fell back to 3rd,
behind Mackenzie and Yamaha mounted Noah Taylor. However, after the lap 2 bobble, Boyd had cleaned out the
cobwebs and was on the move once again. He
flew around Taylor down the back straight away and finished lap 3 in 2nd
behind Mackenzie. Lap 4 would see
him continue the charge and dive to the lead after he crossed the start
straight. At the end of lap 4, it
was now Boyd holding down the number 1 spot, with Mackenzie in 2nd
and Taylor in 3rd. As
the checkers flew it was Boyd with the win in 85 Jr and overall in the race. Mackenzie took the win in 85 Sr.
65 Jr saw a
dominating performance by Scotty Scamen. He
blitzed around the outside of his competition on the holeshot and never looked
back. Garrett Ward was on the move
and worked his way up to 3rd, but was not able to hold down the spot
for the entire race. Ethan Etes and
Conner Burger put on a great battle for 2nd, with Burger holding it
down at the end. The finish would
go, Scamen followed by Burger and Etes.
50 4-8 witnessed
16 racers line up to do battle and coming out with the holeshot was Ryder
Schnowske. Ryder was followed
closely by Kevin Huddleston and the two would soon pull way out from the rest of
the field. Schnowske would cruise
home for the win with Huddleston coming across in 2nd and Ian Murphy
finishing in 3rd. Schnowske
would also bring home the win in 50 Jr.
50 Sr saw Kash
Schnowske pull the holeshot and the KTM mounted racer was flying. Schnowske was clearing all 3 of the back
straight away table tops with ease as he motored away for the win. Joe Quest would come home in 2nd
and Collin Nodurft would finish in 3rd.
Quads also show
up to battle at Megacross in big numbers. Round
8 of the Megacross Shootout series saw a total of 19 Quads ready to do battle in
either the A, B or C class.
A was dominated by Justin Medine on his Yamaha.
Justin pulled the holeshot and never looked back. Quad B Devin Krontz took home the win on
his Honda. In Quad C, it was once
again, Ted Loomis on his retro Honda 250 2 stroke quad with the holeshot and
going on to take the win in convincing fashion.
Eli Lois would come home 2nd and Aaron Maier would round out
isn’t just about the “boys” either. If
you are a “lady” racer and want to battle it out with the top competition in
the area, Megacross is the place to be. Pulling
the holeshot, was mutli-time Loretta Lynn’s racer April Roper on her Honda. The race saw a total of 8 racers battle
it out, with Roper pulling away each lap and motoring home by 9 seconds for the
win. Coming across in 2nd
was Alyssa Hailing and rounding out the podium was Kayla Miller.
Well, there you
have it folks. Another spectacular
night of racing at the Megacross Shootout Series. Nearly 300 entries were treated with great weather, a free
T-Shirt from Megacross and good purse and plaques as always. Hofmaster dominated once again, Lavens
shows to be building up his endurance after that nasty shoulder injury last
year. Lavens is already planning
for the 2012 season as he recently picked up a 2012 Kawasaki 450 and will be
ready for battle on his Service Kawasaki/Borelli suspension backed ride. The B and C
classes were stacked as always. Round
9 of the Shootout series will be on October 1st, with District 17
Bonus points and Honda/Husky contingency. The
series will come to an end for 2011 on October 15th with the
Megacross Championship race and extra points towards the series totals. Hope to see you there. Don’t forget
the season ends with the new addition, GP racing comes to Fox Valley Off Road
and both series join for that final event.
GP……not moto, not woods, but a blend of all the fun stuff in a less
classes longer motos format. It’s
going to rock~! October 30th !!!