Stoney Lonesome Series
Round 2: Saddleback East
Story by David Dunnuck
Photos by Kurt Bauer
BEDFORD, KY, JUNE 27, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the end, it was a great experience, rekindling the Stoney-Saddleback relationship and providing riders with some exposure to the beautiful Saddleback property.
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!
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).