NHHA National Hare and Hound Association Series
Round 7: Silver State Trail Blazers Hare and Hound at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds
Courtesy of the National Hare and Hound Association
Photos by Mark Kariya
PANACA, NV, AUG. 19, 2015
It’s that time again! The NHHA series is set to return to the small town of Panaca, Nevada, located just a few hours northeast of Las Vegas on August 22, 2015. Staging out of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, this one-of-a-kind race incorporates a bomb run smack dab in the middle of the city and races under roads, down washes, and through the mountains above town.
The weekend will start at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Fairgrounds with registration, a meet-the-Pros session, and a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Lincoln County High School softball team.
With a single day of racing scheduled for the weekend, Saturday will start early, at 7 a.m., with all the Mini classes – including the Supermini, Mini, Junior Mini, Micro Mini and Girls’ classes. The fastest youngsters in off-road will do battle for a full one hour on the 10-mile course. Immediately following, the youngest racers in the desert will take to the course, with the 50cc 4- to 8-year-olds doing battle for 45 minutes.
While Burke Barnes currently leads the Supermini points chase on paper, once you take the throw-out from the season, he is just two points behind Blais Racing’s Braydon Bland, who has won every race he has finished – and after being number two for the last two years in a row, Bland is looking to earn that number-one plate for 2015.
The Girls Championship has also been heating up with the return of the Sage Riders Motorcycle Club’s Rachel Stout to the points chase. She has been the only racer who has been able to beat two-time champion Caitlyn Kurtz in a straight-up battle. These two ladies are currently tied in points, and it will all come down to these final two rounds!
After the final Youth racer crosses the finish line, the banner will go up for the big boys. The top names in desert racing will go head to head on three loops of the best terrain Nevada has to offer.
FMF/ KTM’s Ivan Ramirez currently leads the field by 13 points after a wild round six in Utah, with reigning champion Ricky Brabec crashing out and FMF/ KTM’s Gary Sutherlin pulling another spoiler win out of his hat.
Brabec was scheduled to be back on the bike for round seven. There has been no official word from the team as to his progress after his huge crash at round six, but the last we heard, he was in good spirits.
“I just have to make sure I win the last two rounds,” Brabec said. “Ha ha.”
The FMF Pro 250cc class has been dominated by Zip-Ty Husqvarna’s Dalton Shirey, and one more win will lock up the 2015 title for him. Taylor Stevens and Steven Kirk III have been on the podium at almost every event, but both will be on the sidelines for the upcoming round, leaving the top three wide open for 3 Bros KTM’s Nick Stover, Rekluse/ Klim-backed Brent Klingner, and Blais Racing’s Ben Meza. These racers have been champing at the bit for the top spots, and Panaca is always a wild-card round for the racers.
The B championships are always the ones to watch, as every top racer has to come through the ranks the same way. The next number-one racer may just be among them, and these kids have been displaying the speed, tenacity and determination that it takes to triumph.
The So Cal MC’s Zachary Cramer currently leads the 250cc B class by 10 points over the 100’s MC’s John Miller, who finished fourth in the 2014 title chase. Cramer is looking to better his third-place finishes this season and get on the top step of the podium!
So, to sum it all up, there will be more than a hundred miles of amazing Nevada terrain at this event hosted by Silver State Trail Blazers. There is an overall purse of $1,800 on the line, 50-percent Pro payout, and more than $200 to the racer able to catch the hare!
There will also be a $100 Gift Certificate to the first A, B and C riders to reach the pits!
Premier Glass & Mirror and Team Aggie have gotten together to offer $25 Visa Gift Cards to the top three in every class for the Youth Championship! Be there!
This event pays District 26 MRAN, District 37 Desert and NHHA points, so there will be tons of great battles in every class across every skill level!
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