This last week I raced at the California Classic Amateur National race at Glen Helen raceway.
The event was ran by 2X Promotions and was a lot of fun.
This event was run different than most races because it was a 3 race format. instead of racing each class only two times, it was the best out of three races. Glen Helen is famous for the “Talladega” first turn and the “Mt. St. Helen” hill. (Picture of me on the starting line looking up the Talladega turn – picture thanks to MyLucasOil.com)
When the races started I found that my mod bike was not running the way other bikes were on the track. I decided to run my stock motor in all classes because that motor pulled more where I needed it to. Because I had already raced the first race on the mod bike, I had to continue the other races in that class on that bike frame. After each race my Dad had to switch the motor and suspension from my stock frame to my mod frame so I could race the correct bike frame in the correct class. First my Dad had 6 races between my classes to make the switch and then after that race he only had 4 races to make the switch back. My Dad worked so hard each day switching my bike back and forth so I could race.
My Dad had some help a few times he had to make the switch. Ryan Cuhna let my Dad use his work area to make the switch, Pax engines and Nost suspension also gave my Dad a hand with the switch.
On the second day I finished first in my race and I got to put my bike on the podium and get interviewed. Because my Dad only had 4 races to make the switch he had to take my bike to get started and Wes Kain (the announcer that interviewed me) put me on the bike stand for the interview.
…..and my Dad was back working on my bike again.
I was able to finish every race on both my 65 and my 85 classes in the top 5. I was under the tent after every race. My 85 races were totally fun also…. my old bike didn’t get the best starts but on a hard passing track I was able to make moves, ride hard and finish consistently for 3rd.
The last day of racing I was in first or second going into each of my 65 races. Whoever finished each race in front would take the overall. Although I rode as well as I could, I just missed the overall finishes I needed. My bike was not running well and because we had to switch motors so quickly we didn’t have any time to actually work on the bike to see what was wrong. When the races were over my Dad found that my power valvue was broken which meant that I was really down on power. With the huge hills that they have at Glen Helen, I am thinking I am lucky I was able to finish each race where I did.
I ended up overall 2nd – 3rd – 3rd – 4th place finishes.
Jimmy from Fly Racing has been at each of the national races I have been at and have watched and cheered me on at every race. Thank you for helping me look FLY and for the continued supports.
Lucas Oil was there supporting all of us riders. If you are not already using their products, you have to get some! My Dad says it is awesome. Go to http://www.mylucasoil.com
2X promotions did an awesome job at the event! I loved the medals we got for each win, they were so awesome and the trophies were also different. Always cool adding different trophies to the collection.
Thank you to all of my sponsors, friends and family that cheered me on from home and support me consistently. And of course the 51 Fifty Energy Drinks were flowing…..