NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Series
Round 3: Dirt Inc. Rabbit Creek 100
By Brendan Crow
Photo by Mark Kariya
Courtesy of Blais Racing Services
MURPHY, ID, MAR. 21-22, 2015
Race Report by Brendan Crow, Fifth Place Open A
Idaho has always been something different. Whether it’s the drive, the location, or the extended weekend, it always seems to have something none of the other NHHA rounds have. Unfortunately, in my case, I seem to struggle in the series until after this round. I had hoped to change this luck, but I was in for an interesting race.
I always have disliked the starts in Idaho. The bomb run seems to always venture through some crazy bush land, and I never feel very confident leading to the start. I was happy to get to ride the twisty washes of Idaho, and I sat on the line, waiting, eager to get going.
I had a decent jump when the banner dropped but was quickly closed off my desired line and had to fade way to the right to avoid being caught in the dust. I saw people crashing all around me, which only fueled my desire to stay in clear air and miss the carnage. I funneled into the end of the bomb and was engulfed in a ton of dust. I did my best to make quick passes and move forward, knowing that it was going to be a long day.
I was able to work my way up into a decent position in the first half of the race and didn’t have any major problems. The only mistake that I had was hitting a big branch with my hand guard and knocking it loose, but it wasn’t bothering me, so I didn’t think much of it.
As I headed out onto the second loop, I was ready to make the dash to the finish. Of course, I was not going to have an easy journey home. It turned out that my branch-clipping incident caused my front-brake bolt to come loose, and it ended up falling off completely. I’m sure every corner I came up to for the next 20-ish miles was very comedic without a front brake, because I either had to brake extremely early and go through the corner very slow, or completely blow the corner and have to backtrack. As anyone can imagine, this isn’t the most efficient way to get around a course quickly, but I didn’t have much choice but to ride smooth into the finish.
I would finish 25th overall and fifth Open A.
I had a good time in Idaho, and I would have liked a better finish, but I came away safe.
Next on the race agenda is a few local district races before heading to the round where I obtained my first win last year, round four in Johnson Valley OHV.
Thanks, everyone, for the continued support: Blais Racing, Fasst Co., Costa Rica Unlimited, FMF, Kenda, Race Tech, ESR, Dirt Tricks, Motorex, Fastway, A’ME, TLD, Bullet Proof Designs, Maxilube, Samco, IMS, RmorFX, BRP, Alpinestars, X Brand Goggles, Acerbis, and Rekluse.
[For more from this event, please see “Race Report from NHHA Series Round 3, Take 1: Skyler Howes,” and “Race Report from NHHA Series Round 3, Take 2: Ben Meza”… Editor]