With Round 7 in Reno, Nevada having been cancelled due to BLM issues, the close point’s standings have been on hold. Thankfully, Round 8 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series, presented by Sugarloafers MC, is in full swing and is just a week away in Jericho, Utah. Our last visit to Jericho was cold, snowy and brought out locals TJ Hannifin and Shawn Strong, who both were front-pack runners. Kurt Caselli earned a great first place finish in the heavy snow conditions, but the temperatures have heated up, and so has the point’s chase.
Down south in sunny Lucerne Valley, California, Round 6 of the National Hare & Hound series saw the JCR Honda of Kendall Norman up front and on the podium for the first time since his 2010 championship. Off Road Support’s Jacob Argubright rode a strategic and smooth ride from start to his second place finish, while KTM/FMF rider Kurt Caselli fell back to third towards the end of the 80-mile course after a painful run in with a cactus bush.
As of now, Caselli only sits 16 points ahead of Purvines Racing’s David Pearson, while Monster Energy’s Destry Abbott sits 16 points behind Pearson and just 4 points ahead of Off Road Support’s Jacob Argubright. The battle for series points is tense and could change with Kendall Norman back in the mix.
Anna Cody made a surprise appearance in Lucerne and took the win in the Women’s Expert class, followed by series point’s leader Shayla Fulfer of Blais Racing Services/ KTM and Off Road Support’s Sarah Kritsch. These ladies have had quite the season of racing and Fulfer is working towards her 4th win of the season while Kritsch and Olivia Rich are looking forward to staying in the top 3 as contenders for the championship.
201cc-250cc A Class point’s leader Chris Morrow not only won the class, but also placed an impressive 10th overall. The point’s chase between Morrow and Skylar Howes is just a matter of a win away.
Andy Lagzdins’ win streak has put him ahead in the point’s chase of the ATV class with 120 points and is followed by Kyle Penner (94) and Aaron Hopson (89). ATV’s are welcome in Jericho as it is one of the best terrains on the circuit.
In giveaways for Round 8, our newest sponsor Leatt Brace has really stepped up this round to provide racers with excellent protection. Leatt will be giving away a Leatt Brace, Leatt Chest Protector and Leatt Hydration System for EACH winner of the B, C and ATV row Holeshot winners.
Kenda Kash is available again for the first 4 bikes with a set of Kenda tires, to finish both loops, as well as the first quad to come through their finish with a complete set of 4 Kenda tires.
Check out the NHHA/ Kenda Sponsorship Program available through XTRM for all National Hare & Hound Racers.
On the finish line, BRP is giving away discounts and prizes and over 80 contingency discount coupons will be handed out at sign-ups to all B and C riders from our various series sponsors as well. ALL riders will receive a $10 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC online gift card just for signing up to race.
Remember, all NHHA racers are eligible for Honda, Kawasaki, Husqvarna and KTM OEM contingency. Click on the Manufacturers bike you ride above for details or you can find all the details at: www.NationalHareandHound.com
Pro Rider poster signing on Friday from 5-6pm at the sign up tent for everyone that wants to meet the pros and get some autographs.
Story provided by Megan Blackburn of Offroad-Journal.com