March 2017 MATT NEWSLINE
1 Russ Amos, Allan Newcomb and David Blicker Nice section by the shop to kick off the event
2 Kelly Echterling and Luis Belausteguil No regrets hiring Latin labor!-) Voted best section of the day (by me)
3 President Bowden and grandson Shawn Child labor laws do not apply. Shawn is a very good, enthusiastic
4 President Bowden and grandson Shawn worker on par with Latin workers!-)
5 Bruce Carver and Steve Morgan Big Logs! Nuff said
6 The Dennis Family Possibly hardest of the day; so tough a change was made after L1
7 Carl Hopkins Combined logs and creek bed
8 Scott Carpenter and Bill Sanderson Sneaky snake section in a nice little gully
9 Mike and Jason Carpenter Vying for the toughest section of the day with #6
NOTE: I apologize if I missed anyone or have given misinformation.
I smell a friendly(?) rivalry brewing between Jenean and Julie. I believe this is the first time Jenean has beat Julie in competition and Julie has thrown down the gauntlet! I guess that’s what happens when you practice. Ok Jenean, Julie has been out with us to ride twice since the event! Stay tuned as this hot battle for Women’s class superiority progresses!
Keri Dennis schooled the novice riders, taking one point in 3 different sections of 2 loops.
Luis Belausteguil proudly accepted his first first place medal in the Amateur class. The Dakar competitor and holder of the record for smallest displacement vehicle to finish the Dakar (KTM 150) is going trials crazy! He is practicing often and learning skills from anyone who will teach him. Luis has his sights on Jim Thornton then this humble writer. Be ready Jim! BTW: Be sure and check the Amateur results.
Sr Amateurs had a good competition between seasoned pilots. Jim Thornton’s falling loop scores bested Hans Wessels and Jim Jeter.
Rick Land’s consistency bested myself and Randy Dennis. Randy and I both had 2 costly mental errors resulting in fives. As usual, Randy finished the event early. Rick, Carl and I were on route to section 2 when a maniac on a four stroke was trying to MX me on the trail. We park at the section and Randy on his new Montesa says to me with a big grin, “Could you tell you it was behind you?” I said I figured it was either you or Dawson’s girlfriend on her TTR! Rick and Carl ride the section which wound around a hillside with a gulley on the left, then twice over a log, loop around to square up on a small log, wheel base, larger log, rocky turn right and a medium size log then down to exit. All of sudden Randy takes off into the section. I wait till he gets about half way thru then I begin. As I go over the first log I hear a very loud “HEY! WOOHOO! HEY!” and a whistle. I progress thru the section and look up to see Randy pinned between his bike a log. I decide I can make it past to his left when Richard charges up to help Randy. I stop to help. Randy’s bike made it over the log but slipped left and Randy went down, his right leg between the log and bike and against the hot pipe, right hand on the ground downhill from the log and his left foot caught between the chain and spokes of his rear wheel! He could not move! Richard raised the bike as I raised Randy’s torso and we got him free! I decide to resume the section after the log I had just cleared, clean so far. I took two points in the spot where Randy had been pinned. I get to the exit and Rick, who was scoring me, said to re-ride it. I did and got a “0”. I beat Randy by one point! Karma.
Bill Sanderson’s bike was stuck in first and using that as his excuse not to ride the Master class, he rode Intermediate as Non-comp.
Mike Carpenter had to end early due to a tweaked knee. I think he is doing okay now.
Dawson Dennis breezes to the win in the Expert class on his newly acquired Sherco. Steve Morgan commented that Dawson was riding each section twice on their last loop, whereas Steve said he barely had enough energy to finish! Jesse Wessels was in the mix with Steve. He may or may not have been distracted but a couple of observers. His daughter Sidney and grandson Cole were in attendance and proud grandpa was seen numerous times with Cole on his lap while waiting his turn at sections.
Jeremy Farber made the trek once again and rode really well with a ten point win over Nate Dawson and Scott Carpenter, followed closely by Bruce Carver whose score card listed him as “Grand Master Extraordinaire”. Sections 1 and 6 appeared to be the toughest for them.
Many riders took advantage of the great sections and weather to ride another loop or practice particular sections including Richard Bowden and Luis Belausteguil.
As I looked thru the loop scores I also notice many riders improving their scores on from loop to loop. It is early in the season, perhaps folks are working off the rust from a very short winter season?
WOMEN: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Jenean Wofford 9 3 3 15
Julie Phillips 6 3 10 19
NOVICE: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Keri Dennis 2 1 0 3
Brian Shulder (sp?) 8 1 0 9
Ron Wofford 5 3 4 12
Phil Peterson 7 1 5 13
David Blicker 17 7 2 26
Ben Jones DNF
Allan Newcomb DNF
Russ Amos 1 0 ? NonComp
AMATEUR: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Luis Belausteguil 12 10 6 26
SR. AMATEUR: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Jim Thornton 11 8 1 20
Hans Wessels 10 14 5 29
Jim Jeter 9 15 12 36
INTERMEDIATE: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Rick Land 7 3 6 16
Kelly Echterling 7 7 10 24
Randy Dennis 5 17 3 25
Chris Rohr 19 16 11 46
Carl Hopkins 20 17 14 51
Richard Bowden 29 17 13 59
Mike Carpenter 22 28 --- DNF
Ken Brown 27 --- --- DNF
Bill Sanderson 3 3 4 10 (NonComp)
EXPERT: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Dawson Dennis 8 7 8 23
Steve Morgan 18 27 20 65
Jesse Wessels 24 20 25 69
Master: L1 L2 L3 TOTAL
Jeremy Farber 13 9 5 27
Nate Dennis 16 14 8 38
Scott Carpenter 19 10 9 38
Bruce Carver 17 10 15 42
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