We are just three short days away from the start of the final event of the 2013 FMF/GPR National Hare and Hound Championship Series, and although many class championships have already been decided, there is plenty more racing to be had. With 100 miles of grueling, exciting, National-Level terrain prepared for the racers, the 100’s MC along with the help of the Invaders MC have been hard at work ever since rescheduling of their event due to the government shut down.
Kicking things off Saturday Morning, Erek Kudla and the National Youth Hare and Hound Series Presented by District 37/Kenda/Fasst Co. will see the crowning of 5 new Champions for the first time ever, with four classes that are yet to be decided. Cleaning up early in his class, five-year-old Cole Timboe is your 2013 AMA National Pee Wee Champion. In the Micro Mini Class, Mason Klein aboard his KTM65 is currently in the lead but must finish fourth or better to wrap up the championship. Second in points, Cody Glover has the chance to take the Championship for himself if he can win here at round 10. The win, and championship will only hold up if Klein finishes 5th or worse. Either way its going to be an exciting race for the little guys. Caitlyn Kurtz can seal her own destiny with a win this weekend, but with five wins of her own Utah’s Rachel Stout is knocking at the door. However, a midsummer injury could keep Rachel on the sidelines, only time will tell what Saturday will bring..
In the Supermini Class, Jared Megla of California holds on to the lead with a 7-point margin over the KTM of Braydon Bland from Utah. With a podium finish here at Round 10, Bland could propel himself to the top of the leaderboard leaving Megla short for the championship. The dark horse in the mix is Kolton Christensen who can take the Championship for himself with a win. In order for a Christensen championship to take place, Bland would have to finish 5th or worse. With three wins to date Bland has the speed to win, but the California Desert is full of surprises and this weekend’s event is anyone’s game.
It’s an even closer battle in the 85cc division as James Thomas holds on to first by a comparable 7-points. If Mason Matthies can pull it together to take his second win in as many races he could be a new AMA National Hare and Hound Champion. If Thomas can hold on, and finish ahead of Matthies, then our new Champion will be Thomas himself. It will come down to who rides the best this weekend as both riders look to earn their first AMA National Championship.
Sunday, as the big bikes take to the bomb run, we will have an all-out slugfest between Pro Class Racers Jacob Argubright and Nick Burson. Argubright and his Off Road Support/KSV/Fly Kawasaki will be fighting for second place in the championship series while his one-time teammate Nick Burson on the Purvines/FMF/GPR Beta tries to best him at the final round. With 21 points separating the two riders it will come down to the final event as both have traded places on the podium all year. Sadly, missing in action will be the 2013 NHHA Champion Kurt Caselli who lost his life in a tragic accident last weekend at the Baja 100. Caselli, who had already wrapped up the title with one race to go, has scheduled to miss the final round due to scheduling conflicts. After collecting his third championship in as many years, the NHHA will deeply miss the happy-go-lucky attitude of our three time champion.
In the evening at 6:00pm, there will be a “Flashlight Vigil” in honor of Kurt near the Blais Racing/KTM pit. Bring your flashlight and a chair. Everyone is welcomed!
The action really heats up when we look at the 250 “A” class as Levi Hutchins narrowly holds on to the points lead. With a 30 point margin, Hutchins of Nevada can only be bested if the KTM of Nic Garvin wins round 10. To make things more interesting, Garvin and Hutchins would tie for the year if Levi gets anything less than 3rd. As the AMA rules explain, the tie breaker would come down to whichever rider has the most wins. If Garvin takes his fourth win of the season here at Round 10, he will clinch his first AMA National Hare and Hound Championship. On the contrary, if Hutchins can manage a second or better (which he has done four times this year), Garvin will have no chance at the championship. Needless to say, this will be the class to watch all weekend and you can bet that the NHHA will have their eyes on this class.
There are many other close points chases, so George Antill is sure to have his hands full on the podium. In the 30+ “C” class only 13 points separate Kevin Walker from Matt Martin, while the 40+ “B” class has an even tighter race will Steve Grieb holding a 1 point lead over Michael Phillips. With both 40+ racers having two drops to date, it comes down to round 10 and who can finish out front!
In the 50+ “A” division John Kearney holds a 22 point lead over William Ohara who is fresh off of a win at Round Nine. Another one-point separation can be found in the ATV “C” class as Peggy Ogaz holds the narrow lead over Mark May. With both racers hitting all of the ATV events this year, only one can walk away a champion.
It all comes down to this last round as the ATV “A” class has two potential champions. Colt Brinkerhoff is currently the points leader at 165, but the St George native isn’t safe as long as Andy Lagzdins is in the desert. A win from Lagzdins could propel him to the top of the championship chase, but a second or better from Brinkerhoff will squash those chances.
Join the AMA, NHHA, District 37 and George Antill this weekend as the 100’s MC and Invaders MC present Round Ten of the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series. If you can’t make it, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as the NHHA and Ryan Sanders post LIVE UPDATES all weekend long. Don’t miss any of the racing action as we post updates from the startline, pits, finish line, and more.
We will have awesome giveaways for the final round from DirtTricks, BRP, FMF, & No Toil. Don’t miss out!
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