Ohio Valley Classic
Warren County Fairgrounds
Story and Photos by Kurt Bauer/www.dirtbauer.com
LEBANON, OH, MAY 2, 2015
The last time they held motorcycle races at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, was nearly 50 years ago, on the pea-gravel Half Mile.
At this year’s edition, 17-year-old Jarod Vanderkooi of Ohio, racing for Don’s Kawasaki, DPC Racing and Woody Kyle Racing, won both his heat races in the Expert Singles and Expert Pro Twins class and went on to win both main events.
Zakk Palmer kept Vanderkooi honest in the Expert Singles outing, but it didn’t take long for Jarod to take the lead and, eventually, the win.
The Pro Singles heat-race winners were Jeffrey Lowery and Hunter Edwards. In the main, it was Edwards taking the win, ahead of Justin Jones and J.R. Addison. Lowery would finish in fifth place.
Cody Johncox and Vanderkooi won the heat races in the Expert Pro Twins class. Johncox led the first few laps of the main event before Vanderkooi took over the front spot and then stayed there for the remainder. Johncox finished in second, and Lowery finished out the podium in third.
In the Amateur classes, it was Stevi Smith stealing the show with impressive wins in the 450cc class. This was her first race back after an injury last year, and she didn’t disappoint the Buckeye fans. She battled with Chaz Meiman in the heat race and then led the way in the main.
Twelve-year-old Trent Lowe, who hails from just across the border in Indiana, won the 250cc class, ahead of Drew Hart, Hunter Goodwin and Jeremiah Duffy.
After a poor start, Rob Gessner made his way to the front of the pack of Senior riders, beating out Davey Durelle. Scott Lowery beat out a hard-charging Ken Maynard at the checkers for the third position on the podium.
After the races, there was a concert featuring Michael Stacey and Taylor Shannon.
This is an excellent facility for flat-track racing. Thanks to all who made this event happen!
Warren County Fairgrounds
Results: May 2, 2015
PRO SINGLES 450: 1. Hunter Edwards; 2. Justin Jones; 3. J.R. Addison; 4. Kolby Carlile; 5. Jeffrey Lowery; 6. Ryan Varnes; 7. Chad Rall; 8. Allen Robinette; 9. John Sams; 10. Austin Conant.
EX SINGLES 450: 1. Jarod Vanderkooi; 2. Zakk Palmer; 3. Jeffrey Carver; 4. Cody Johncox; 5. Matthew Pinkley.
EX PRO TWINS: 1. Jarod Vanderkooi; 2. Jeffrey Lowery; 3. Cody Johncox; 4. Ryan Varnes; 5. Justin Zeigler; 6. Ben Evans; 7. Kyle McGrane; 8. Ken Maynard; 9. Barry Benkert Jr.; 10. Austin Conant.
Amateur Support Classes
50: 1. Dillon Durelle.
250: 1. Trent Lowe; 2. Drew Hart; 3. Hunter Goodwin; 4. Jeremiah Duffy; 5. Dallas Daniels; 6. Kyler Adams; 7. Ian Wolfe.
450: 1. Stevi Smith; 2. Kyle McGrane; 3. Chaz Meiman Jr.; 4. Jacob Walter; 5. Matthew Proctor; 6. Matthew Pinkley; 7. Trey Conant; 8. Kevin Lambert; 9. Josh Hamblen; 10. Danny Salzgaber.
SR 40+: 1. Rob Gessner; 2. Davey Durelle; 3. Scott Lowery; 4. Ken Maynard; 5. Mike Butler; 6. Brad Haas; 7. Kirk Emrick; 8. Marty Stalkner; 9. Joe Matthews Jr.; 10. Joe Matthews Sr.
[For a racer’s-eye view of this event, please see “Race Report from the Ohio Valley Classic” by rider Stevi Smith… Editor]