Track Review: Miami MX Park

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http://www.miamimxpark.com

Kurt Lucas Skill Level – Intermediate

Located just a few miles west of the Florida Turnpike in Hialeah, FL Miami MX Park lies in the heart of South Florida. The track was built at an old campground thus providing the track with a unique layout. Lap times range from a 1:00-1:30 for the average rider as the track is very fast. The course is filled with small to medium size doubles as well as table tops which makes the course very beginner friendly. The course has some good size triples for the more advanced riders as well. The dirt is very hard packed which makes for slippery corners and jumps with some kickers. However, the track crew does an awesome job keeping some moisture in the corners which allows for some wicked ruts to form. There is also a peewee track on the property for the little ones as well as a

The wet dirt allows for some sweet ruts to form.

The wet dirt allows for some sweet ruts to form.

concrete building which allows spectators to see the entire track. – Kurt Lucas

Brandon Cunningham Skill Level – Intermediate

 

Miami MX Park is one of the few tracks in South Florida, if you count Okeechobee as “South Florida.” The track flows quite nicely with the help of many diverse sections including doubles, triples, table tops, and whoop sections. However the typical South Florida weather is very influential as rain could make this track very slippery. That doesn’t stop many people from all over to ride and even race at Miami MX Park. - Brandon Cunningham

Johnny Marinos Skill Level – Advanced

I personally love Miami MX, I like tracks that are tight and flow nice which is exactly what Miami is. It is also safe for all different types of riders which is great. Some people don’t like it for various reasons, such as the dust getting pretty bad but that’s part of the sport in my opinion. Also, the track owner and people around the track are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, great

Miami MX has a very unique track layout.

Miami MX has a very unique track layout.

place. - Johnny Marinos

OVERALL TRACK RATING – 7.33

KL – 7

BC – 7

JM – 8

OA = 22/3 = 7.33

 

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FTR HS 12 Dade City Twister Race Report

First off I would like to say thank you to everyone who came out and bid on the items I had set up to benefit the family of Evan Max. We raised just under $1600 dollars for the family.

Well it looks like the season is not quite over like many thought, nothing is official but it looks like we are going to Sumterville again as SEFTR is holding their race there with help from Big Scrub Trail Riders. Azalea City MC is also looking into holding their race at Gatorback in May, again nothing is official and as of now a couple different dates are being thrown around. Unfortunately with all the rain that has been hitting the panhandle Tallahassee Trail Riders was forced to cancel their race in Chipley.

Due to the fact that I was setting up my tent for the auction I was unable to head over to the peewee track and watch the little guys and girls race. So here are some results, Raymond Coburn would take the Peewee A win but the big story in that class was that Jimmy Moore, who suffered a broken arm last race, raced and came away with a third place finish! These little guys have a lot of heart and I give Jimmy props on riding with his arm all jacked up and in a brace. Wyatt Smyth took the win in Peewee B and the C class win went to Austin Bartlett. As for the Peewee Quads Dalton Sargant took the Super PW A win and the B win went to Riley Olsen, who would of finished third in A class by the way, so good rides by those two. In the Peewee Quad A and B classes the victories went to Cole Tucker (A) and Adam Rumisek (B), Adam was the only B rider to make five laps so props to him on his ride.

Josh Tolken would grab the holeshot in the Mini A class to kick off the start of the 12:15 Mini Race. Josh was having his best ride of the season as he was sitting in third behind Gage Hunter when is his bike quit on him. I don’t think I have ever been more bummed for a rider than I was saturday for Josh, he’s the nicest kid in the pits and he just hasn’t had much luck this season. Jesse Ansley would end up winning the Mini A class after squidding out in the second turn and hitting the dirt. Now, I cant express how pumped I am for Joe Gallo on his ride, I actually think I’m more pumped than he is. Joe Gallo not only came from almost a minute behind first to grab a win but he finished second overall! Jonathan Fitzgerald was checking out on the Mini B group the first lap but ran into some bike problems (finished 3rd) and then a four rider battle between Fitzgerald, Gallo, Wyatt Dreggors, and Jack Wilbur ensued. Wilbur began to fade and would eventually finish fourth, Fitzgerald’s bike only allowed him to ride so hard and Gallo and Dreggors began to check out. Dreggors would finish second and fourth overall! Joe Gallo would catch and pass third place Mini A rider Hunter “Catfish” RIch, who was also putting in a solid ride. Logan Lanier would win 65 A and finish 14th overall, Logan’s mother informed me that Logan along with Colin Nix and Conor Crory are all within three points of each other for the 65 A championship with either one, two, or possibly no races left on the schedule, Conor Crory is the current points leader. Floridadirtbike.net’s first official sponsored rider Wyatt Wilsey grabbed his first win aboard his YZ 85. Wyatt, who won the 65 C championship in 2011, hasn’t had the results he has been capable of on the bigger bike but I think his ride at Dade City ended all of that. Wyatt caught and passed Daniel Cyr, who has been dominating the Mini C class, on the third lap and held him off for the win. Gabriel Kennon would take the win in 65 B, he looked the best that I’ve seen all season, Cole Ryll and Aiden Klucinec would swap positions the entire race and Ryll would eventually hold off Klucinec for second. Simon Turner would take the win in 65 C ahead of Michael Appling. Alli Lamb would grab her first win of the season in 65 Girls and she had to be pumped about beating her old 65 Girls rival Kayla Cone, who was racing Mini Girls on her 85. Kayla would take the win in Mini Girls ahead of Katie Stoner and Caitlin Crory. This was Caitlin’s first race and she did very well beating a handful of riders and receiving her first battle wound with a cut under her eye, gotta love this sport! Lastly, Kya Dunkel put the hammer down and finished second in 65 Girls ahead of Alyssa Quenzer and Kirsten Klucinec.

Trevor McCabe would overall the 2PM race from the Sportsman 2 line, Joey Medina would finish second and Ryan Mieszczenski would round out the top three. Austin Rich would grab yet another win in the Junior A class with Mark Zerrusen finishing second place. Clay Lyons finished sixth overall and on top of the Evo A class with Cash Jacobs finishing second. Cody Thomas was battling for second with Cash but fell back quite a bit. When I asked him what happened he told me “My bike is allergic to water.” Jerry Curtis and Craig Wilder once again battled hard with Curtis just edging out Wilder at the end. Gabriel Rodriguez would take the Junior B win after checking out early, Jeremy Gagen and Jordan Leftwich were putting on a hard charge but just came up short on the leader. I was very happy to see Beau Smith finish fifth after a bad first lap, Beau has been very off and on this season and I think this was one of his better races. Billy Cassidy took home the win in Evo B, Billy was racing a CR 500 and I think he definitely benefited from the fast fields, good ride Billy! Kent Ashby was running a close second until stopped with Junior C rider Brandon Gallo who was down with a leg injury. Initial reports were that Gallo broke his femur but after visiting the hospital it was just a deep bruise so that is great news. Bradley Leachman would take the win in Junior C just ahead of Daniel Perez and Mikey “Meatsweats”Hague-Rodgers. Dario Mazzitelli took the Evo Senior B win but the battle was happening just one spot back where Scott Doerr just beat out Steve Harp by one second! Matt Esola took the win in Sportman 1, Haley Schell put in an excellent ride for the Junior Girls win, and Doug Robertson took home the Vintage win. Congratulations to Matt Hilton on his first career win in the Beginner class!

Cody Ellison would take the Quad overall finishing over three minutes ahead of second overall. Second and third overall came from the Quad A line as Michael Relyea and Domingo Fuentes were on the gas. Christian Schenker topped the B class and finished seventh overall, David Moeller finished second and 13th overall. I talked to Cody, Chris, and David after the race and they told me they went go-karting in Ocala after practice only to make it back 20 minutes before race time, talk about a wild day! Great ride by my buddy Dan Aitken who finished eighth overall and atop of the Quad 30+ class. James Sheer took the Quad Vet win and Michael Hubbard took the Quad Super Senior win by three seconds over Don Johnson. Robert Novak took the Quad Senior win and Steve Johnson took the win in Quad Master. Chad Kurtz took the win in Quad C Open just edging out Vito Vasconcelos by two seconds! Katie Swann grabbed a win in Quad Women, Rob Catterton III took the win in Quad Junior, and Danielle Hennessey added another win in the Quad 0-400 Class. Robert Loesel grabbed the Utility Open win and Heidi Strand took her ninth win of the year in Quad Women Vet.

Jon McCabe took the overall in the 12:30 AM Sunday race with Shaw Dunkel trailing behind for second overall. Jason Chambers just edged out Eric Berard for third overall, both riders finished second in their classes. George Edwards took home a win in the Super Senior A class, his shoulder is all torn up so I bet he liked that the track didn’t get too rough. Jerry Curtis went two for two this weekend after winning the Master A class, he had a little help from Mark Mannschreck after he suffered from bike problems. Top B rider was Joel Gregor from the Vet B class, he finished 22nd overall just ahead of Golden Master A rider Karl Taylor. Shawn Norton took the win in Senior B, Scott Lamb finished second even after running out of gas on the last lap. Greg Davis took the win in Class of 66, he finished 53rd overall and he had that YZ 125 rung out in those fields. Top C rider was George Paulsen from the Senior C class, he finished 62nd overall. Cheryl Myers won the Women Vet class and she was the fastest Women’s rider on the day beating both the A and B winners. Ashlee Applewhite took the win in Women A and Ramsey Henderson took the win in Women B.

In the Sunday 1PM race it was Garret Edmisten taking the overall victory thus making him 12 for 12 on the year. Clay Lyons would finish just over two minutes behind and Luke Parsons rounded out the top three. Luke had a scare on the line after his steering locked up on him when he pulled up, he took it over to Doug Harvey’s and he got it all fixed up with just a minute to spare. Dylan Rash was top amateur finishing fourth overall and on top of the A 250 line. Rich Wilkes took the win in the A Open class by passing Josh Hickey in the last mile, Delmi Molina finished a close third. Timothy Campbell put on a hard charge to take the win in A 200, Jake Paul led the majority of the race. Marty Hickey would pass Steve Loomis for the lead on the last lap to grab a win in the B Open class. Marty and Steve finished 11th and 12th overall. Riley Harris rode awesome to take home the B 200 win, Jett Ryll and Alex Rodriguez followed. Landon Lynn took the win in B 250, a three way battle was going on between Austin Marquez, Bryce Koster, and Lynn but both Marquez and Koster ran into trouble. Bryan Faby was your top C rider from the C Open class, Danny Hill grabbed his first C 250 victory of the season and Tyler Dalzell took the win in C 200.

Thank you for reading and feel free to e-mail me any questions, complaints, or concerns! floridadirtbike@gmail.com

Thanks, Kurt Lucas

 

Shady Brook Harescramble Race Report

Well, it sure has been a while since I have done one of these. I decided to change it up a little bit this time, these reports got to the point where I was just listing the results and thats not what I intended for it to be.

First off, I want to give huge props to Toni Ryll and company for setting up the releasing of the balloons in honor of Evan Max, it was awesome. I do have a few comments about the course design that I personally was not happy about, but hey it’s just my opinion. For one I thought the club could of jumped up into the pasture for the pit area as it was very sketchy having all those people on that narrow rock road. I am in no way bashing Big Scrub, I know some things are out of the clubs control and maybe the land owner wanted no track in his pasture which is understandable. Another thing which I was concerned about, which the club did end up changing, was the mile long rock road after the start. Kudos to the club for realizing how dangerous that was and re-routing and moving the trail up and down in the gully.

As for the Peewee racing, Raymond Coburn took home a commanding win in the Peewee A class. Jimmy Moore, who was gunning for a third straight peewee championship, went down in the first turn and suffered a broken arm which is a huge bummer for him. Eli Berthisel would win the Peewee B class and I had the opportunity to watch this kid out in the woods, keep an eye on this rider in the future. Eli is a very smooth rider and he reminds me a lot of Jesse Ansley and Logan Lanier when they were on 50’s. Gunner Williams just narrowly edged out Logan Crawford for the Peewee C victory. As for the peewee quads it was a sad day as we said goodbye to the Hedin family as they are moving up to Tennessee. I am sure we will get to see them from time to time as Jennifer informed me that the North Florida races may still be in the agenda. The Hedin family are one of the biggest supporters of this site and I will surely miss them and wish them luck in the move! Kalob Hedin decided to go out with a bang by winning the Super PW Quad A class by just one second over Dalton Sargent. In the Super PW B class Ryan Cain would take a commanding win with Jackson Parks and Beau Swann rounding out the top three. In the Quad PW A class Cole Tucker took the win and in the B class the victory went to Adam Rumisek.

The track for the 12:15 youth race was very open with just a few tighter woods sections. This kept the racing very tight and exciting. Jesse Ansley would go onto win the Mini A class but not without a fight from Jack Chambers who finished a close second. Jack Wilbur would grab his first win in the Mini B class this year, he snapped Jonathan Fitzgerald’s four race win streak after he crashed early on. I want to note that Julia Cone ran her best Mini B race this year as she was knee-deep in a three rider battle for third. In the Mini C class the top three separated themselves from the pack and Daniel Cyr took the win in front of Evan Berard and Wyatt “WyDawg” Wilsey. Conor Crory and Logan Lanier were attached at the fenders all race long and Conor was able to take the lead on the last lap and hold on for the 65 A win. Kalob Hedin was back out racing on his bike in the 65 B class and almost grabbed his second win of the day but Aiden Klucinec would edge him out. Evan Schaefer would dominate the 65 C class as he would of beaten all the B riders as well. Kayla Cone put together a great ride winning the 65 Girls class and she would of finished fourth in 65 A, only 30 seconds behind Patrick Crory. Just imagine if Kayla didn’t have to work her way through all that lap traffic, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Cone girls grow up and become very smooth riders. Watch out for Kayla next year in the Mini B class along with her sister Julia. There has been a lot of talk lately about maybe getting rid of the girls classes, there is no way Holly Langford, Julia Cone, Kayla Dunkel, Alli Lamb, Emma Chambers, Alyssa Meisczcenski, Kayla Cone and many others would be whooping up on the boys without starting out in these girl classes. It gives them the confidence they need to excel in this mainly male oriented sport.

As for the 2:00 Palmer Lynch would take the overall win from the sportsman line, Ryan Meiszczenski would finish fourth overall and second in sportsman for one of his best rides of the year. Austin Rich would finish off second overall and on top of the Junior A podium. Cody Thomas and Cash Jacobs were having an epic battle in the Evo A class, each rider was pushing as hard as the bikes would let them. Unfortunately, Cash’s bike clutch would burn up ending his race on the third lap. Watch the video of the battle here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp1B00X-mo4 . Bryce Koster would take another win in the Junior B class, since his return to hare scramble racing he is two for three with wins. I want to note that Nathan Moir went from being in seventh on the first lap all the way to third by the end of the race. Kent Ashby would get the win in Evo B but not without a challenge from Billy Cassidy on that big CR 500. Jerry Curtis and Craig Wilder would have yet another epic battle with Curtis taking the win by just eight seconds. In the Evo Senior B class Scott Doerr would lead a large group of riders all the way to the end. Shane Sands would take the win in Junior C, Emma Chambers would win Mini Girls, Derek Hunter won Sportsman 1, and Kevin Hodge would take the Vintage class win. Congratulations to Jason Brunderman on his first career win in the Beginners class.

As for the quads go Chris Bithell would wind up winning the Overall, Cody Ellison would claim top Florida rider in fifth overall. Domingo Fuentes and James Tyson IV would go one and two in the Quad A class. James Sheer would win Quad Vet and finish eighth overall, Wayne Whitehead would finish ninth overall and win the +30 class. The top B rider was Christian Schenker out of Miami, the Quad C win would go to Vitor Vasconcelos. As for the age group classes the Quad Senior victory would go to Robert Novak, Michael Terango however would finish top 20 overall from the Super Senior line. Quad Master would be won by Steve Johnson by a little over two minutes in front of Keith Knauss. Rob Catterton III would top the Junior class, Kayla Vawter and Katie Swann would take the top two spots in the Quad Women class. The Quad Women Vet top three were Heidi Strand, Clarice Roth, and Suzan Rosman and Quad Utility Open victory went to Jim Cain.

As for the Sunday loop it had its mix of fast fields, hills, tight woods, and flowing pines. Shaw Dunkel would take the Overall win, Jon McCabe, Chad Hunter, Joslie Cutillas, and Ian Sherwood rounded out the top five. Becca Sheets would be the top woman rider has she finished a very respectable 19th overall. Scott Curtis continued his winning ways by taking another victory in the Super Senior A class. Jack Burton put in a great ride finishing 23rd overall from the Master B row! The top B rider would go to Senior B rider Shawn Fortin who finished 14th overall. The top C rider was Super Senior C rider Joel Hurlburt. I also want to welcome back Bill Garrett or “Tuxedo Man” after his first turn crash at Ormand Beach where he broke a few ribs. Bill would yet again pull one of his signature holeshots.

As for the 1PM race Garret Edmisten would make it 11 for 11 this year in the AA class even with quite  a few out-of-state pro riders showing up. Chris Douglas would finish second and Kyle Hangos in the third. Dylan Rash was your top amateur finishing fifth overall. The next amateur was four minutes back and ninth overall Brandon St. John. St. John would grab his fist A Open win of the season. Aaron Havener had a great ride for him tying his best finish of the year with a second place.  Spencer St. John would win A 200 matching his brother with a win. Landon Lynn was your top B rider finishing in 12th overall and just 24 seconds behind Havener. Steve Loomis Jr. would finish 15th overall and atop of the B Open class. Jett Ryll would take his third B 200 win of the season after an intense battle with Alex Rodriguez. The top C rider was Matt Daugherty who finished 35th overall and on top in the C 250 class, Danny Hill and Nick Doerr would round out the top three. Bryan Faby would take the C Open win and the C 200 win would go to Ethan Dickson.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to e-mail me floridadirtbike@gmail.com

 

Mid Season Report: Sunday PM

Well it is officially the halfway point in FTR Harescramble season. So I dropped two scores from each person and here is how the scores are starting to shape up.

AA

In the AA class Garret Edmisten is leading the way with a perfect score of 250 points, Matt Boni sits comfortably in second with 235 points and has a 12 point lead on Scott Gawler Jr. who sits in third. Clay Lyons and Corey Blanton round out the top five.

A Open

In the A Open class Branson Blake leads the class with a perfect score of 250 points. JP Wilson sits in second with 239 points and Delmi Molina is slowly creeping in on JP with 233 points. A battle for fourth is beginning to emerge between Mike Jones and Brandon St. John who only sit within six points of each other. Josh Hickey, Kurt Lucas, Mike Hall, Jason Hood, and Seth Robbins round out the top ten and less than 30 points separates fifth from tenth. 

A 250

Dylan Rash and Max Coughlin are currently tied for first in points with 247 points a piece. Tommy Hill sits in third with 225 points in front of Aaron Havener and Kyle Fischer. Zack Muchard, Bobby Springer, and Cody Thomas run sixth, seventh, and eighth and sit within five points of each other.

A 200

Spencer St. John leads the class by almost 50 points with 241 points. Matt Lyons, who has only raced four races, sits in second with 197 points. JD Smith who has only raced four races has 184 points sits in third in front Timothy Campbell who has 167 points. 

B Open

Steve Loomis Jr. leads the class with 239 points and Marty Hickey Jr. sits in second tied with James Tyson with 235 points. All three riders have won a race this season. Jose Santos sits in fourth with 216 in front of Jeff Marinko with 209. Ryan Colon, Tyler Miller, Mark Strong, and Clay Pendray round out the rest of the contenders. 

B 250

Landon Lynn leads the pack with 241 points and he sits eight points in front of Jason Hendricks for second. Austin Marquez who suffered a wrist injury at Apollo sits two points behind Jason in third. Matt Arick, Kyle Piveral, Ivan Read, Brandon Cunningham, Anthony Demichael, Jack Frey Hansen, Clayton Edmonson, and Joey Cancillo-Bello round out the top eleven.

B 200

Jesse Miller sits in first in B 200 even though he has not won a race yet, he did come very close at Myakka however. Jett Ryll sits three points behind Jesse with 226 points. Lacey Nordle sits in third with Riley Harris and Billy Cassidy on her tail. Alex Rodriguez has only races three races in the class but he is 3 for 3 with wins and sits in sixth. 

C Open

Chris McGuckin and Bryan Faby are tied for first with 215 points in the class. Ben Reasner sits two points behind them with Josh Titsworth, Jordan Pernini, and Brandon Kent rounding out the top six.

C 250

Nick Doerr has a comfortable 25 point lead over Matt Daugherty who has 206 points. Jason Martel sits in third over Chad Carlson, Brad Pettinger, and Brandon Misciagno.

C 200

Mitchell Farmer leads the C 200 class with 221 points, Ethan Dickson sits in second with four races and Jacob West sits in third.