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Douglas Dominates Second Stoney Lonesome Round at Saddleback

| 3 July 2015 2:46 pm

Stoney Lonesome Series
Round 2: Saddleback East

Story by David Dunnuck
Photos by Kurt Bauer
BEDFORD, KY, JUNE 27, 2015

Chris Douglas flew to the overall victory at round two of the Stoney Lonesome Series.

Chris Douglas flew to the overall victory at round two of the Stoney Lonesome Series.

Super Senior contestant Tim Thomson and Carl Pruett converse prior to Tim’s finishing fifth overall.

Super Senior contestant Tim Thomson and Carl Pruett converse prior to Tim’s finishing fifth overall.

The Stoney Lonesome Motorcycle Club and the Saddleback Motorcycle Club have a long history, dating back to some of the original introductions of transponder scoring. In an effort to renew and strengthen their relationship, the two clubs decided to host a Stoney Lonesome race on the hilly and very rocky land near Bedford, Kentucky. Mother Nature once again played a significant role in the track conditions, as she provided quite a bit of rain leading up to the Saturday event.

The Pee Wee racers were presented with a rather short track, simply due to the rugged terrain, but they were given more grass-track course than they are used to when racing at Stoney Lonesome. With all the rain, the woods can be described as nothing short of greasy and slick.

Grayson Fischer had the early lead in the race, but Van Adams eventually made the pass and held on for a hard-earned win.

Many of the little racers struggled with the build-up of mud and grass, which bogged down and overheated the 50cc machines.

Open C rider Kephon Stevens (left) snared the holeshot and was first into the woods.

Open C rider Kephon Stevens (left) snared the holeshot and was first into the woods.

The Youth Mini riders faced a tough track, which included several challenging off-camber maneuvers, a rocky creek bed, and a tough and rock-covered hillclimb leading up to the grass-track. In the Supermini class, Lance Maschino was once again on fire, leading the race in commanding fashion. Colton Beavers held on for a tough-earned second in the Supermini class.

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In the 85cc class, Garrett Mundy and Kenton Coleman had another tight race similar to their skirmish at round one. Coleman had the lead at the white flag, but Mundy was able to make the pass on the last lap and tie the series points with a win.

Jackson Fischer was showing quite a bit of style on the grass-track jumps on his to the win in the 65cc class.

Tom Sorrells (17), Ken Wolf (right) and Bill Boyd (95) jostling off the Super Senior start.

Tom Sorrells (17), Ken Wolf (right) and Bill Boyd (95) jostling off the Super Senior start.

For the Adult race, the track crews worked all morning rerouting a lot of the challenging hills in an attempt to make sure it was passable and doable by all involved. This resulted in more than a two-mile creek-bottom run leading to several steep uphill and downhill sections. Unfortunately, reports were coming in during the race that several riders were struggling on a couple of the hills. The track crews worked very hard trying to help and redirect racers to more passable areas throughout the contest.

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The Adult race gets under way.

The Adult race gets under way.

Chris Douglas took the early lead, with Jeff Cregg and Vince Smith following close behind. The riders were getting spaced out by the end of the second lap, with some of the Open A riders and even some local Senior riders making their way up in the overall standings.

In the AA class, Douglas held on for an impressive win, with Cregg taking second and John Maschino rounding out the top three.

A fan cheers Chris Douglas (20) on to a victory on an overcast day in the hills of Kentucky.

A fan cheers Chris Douglas (20) on to a victory on an overcast day in the hills of Kentucky.

For the overall, Josh Keys physically worked his way into the second-place position, passing both Cregg and Maschino as they fell victim to lapped riders and challenging hillclimbs. Cregg held on for third place in the overall standings.

Second overall went to Josh Keys, who was the Open A-class winner.

Second overall went to Josh Keys, who was the Open A-class winner.

AA rider Jeff Cregg came in third overall.

AA rider Jeff Cregg came in third overall.

In the end, it was a great experience, rekindling the Stoney-Saddleback relationship and providing riders with some exposure to the beautiful Saddleback property.

Thomas Wagner was the Open B winner and eighth overall.

Thomas Wagner was the Open B winner and eighth overall.

Stoney Lonesome would like to thank the spectators and all the riders who participated in this event, and would also like to thank their dedicated sponsors for their support of the 2015 Stoney Lonesome Series!

Casey Moore placed third in the 250cc C class.

Casey Moore placed third in the 250cc C class.

Saddleback East
Bedford, Kentucky
Overall Results: June 27, 2015

OVERALL: 1. Christopher Douglas (AA); 2. Josh J. Keys (Open A); 3. Jeff R. Cregg (AA); 4. John A. Maschino (AA); 5. Tim Thomson (Super Senior); 6. Vincent M. Smith (AA); 7. Clint Parker (Open A); 8. Thomas Wagner (Open B); 9. Brad J. Caraway (Vet A); 10. Dawson Dunnuck (Open A).

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