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18th Annual AMSOIL AMA Amateur National AX Championships Crowns 28 National Champions in Las Vegas

| 10 May 2017 3:21 pm

18th Annual AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships
Orleans Arena

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
LAS VEGAS, NV, MAY 7, 2016

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Less than 48 hours after Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith clinched back-to-back AMSOIL Arenacross titles, Orleans Arena was the epicenter of the Amateur racing world on Sunday, May 7. The 18th annual AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships brought the 2017 season to a formal conclusion with an action-packed day filled with 30 classes of competition for riders of all ages and skill levels. In the end, a total of 28 AMA National Champions were crowned.

Jett Reynolds (79) captured four AMA National Championships in Vegas.

Jett Reynolds (79) captured four AMA National Championships in Vegas.

Every entrant at ANAC punched their ticket to the finals, and a shot at an AMA National Championship, by competing in a minimum of one Sunday Amateur Day throughout the 13-round AMSOIL Arenacross season. Riders qualified for ANAC by accumulating points in one of four different amateur regions – Central, East, South and West.

The ANAC weekend got off to an unofficial start on Friday night, when the Ultracross 50cc (4-8) division and AMSOIL Dominator Supermini class raced in front of a capacity crowd during the AMSOIL Arenacross Finals. Mikah Carpenter took his first of a pair of National titles in Ultracross 50cc, riding an Elite Cobra.

With the Ultracross 50cc title already in hand, Carpenter added another championship in 50cc (4-8) action and was one of three riders to earn a pair of National titles.

Mikah Carpenter enjoyed a successful ANAC with a pair of 50cc titles.

Mikah Carpenter enjoyed a successful ANAC with a pair of 50cc titles.

Meanwhile, Jett Reynolds, on his Team Green Kawasaki, kicked off a dominant weekend filled with multiple titles by grabbing the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini victory. With the win, Reynolds locked in a spot in the Supermini class at October’s Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. He will be joined by fellow Dominator Supermini podium finishers Jack Rogers and Jeremy Ryan.

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The remainder of the ANAC divisions and its hundreds of qualified riders returned on Sunday morning, ready to do battle on the challenging layout inside Orleans Arena. Heat races got the full slate of races under way, followed by the main events that would ultimately crown each division champion.

The on-track action was exceptionally competitive, with the most talented Amateur riders in the country putting on a show each and every time the gate dropped.

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Reynolds emerged from the day with the most hardware of any other rider at ANAC, capturing four AMA National Championships. In addition to the AMSOIL Dominator Supermini victory, Reynolds took the win in Supermini 1, 85cc (9-12), and Mini Senior competition. Yamaha rider Ezra Hastings also enjoyed a memorable ANAC and captured a trio of championships, in the 250cc B, Open B, and Amateur All-Star classes.

Ezra Hastings (51) took home three AMA National Championships of his own.

Ezra Hastings (51) took home three AMA National Championships of his own.

Hastings was one of a second trio of riders who also punched their tickets to the Monster Energy Cup, thanks to his ANAC Amateur All-Star triumph. He’ll be joined this October by fellow podium finishers Johnny Garcia and Kameron Barboa as part of the highly talented lineup of Amateur All-Stars set to put on a show inside Sam Boyd Stadium.

The Amateur All-Star podium was comprised of Ezra Hastings (center), Johnny Garcia (left) and Kameron Barboa (right), all of whom punched their tickets to the Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars race in October.

The Amateur All-Star podium was comprised of Ezra Hastings (center), Johnny Garcia (left) and Kameron Barboa (right), all of whom punched their tickets to the Monster Energy Cup Amateur All-Stars race in October.

Husqvarna rider Brantley Schnell won his two championships in Schoolboy 1 and 125cc B/C, while veteran Suzuki rider Justin Kelly took championship wins in the more advanced Over 25 and Over 30 classes.

Veteran racer Justin Kelly (904, left) won two AMA National Championships.

Veteran racer Justin Kelly (904, left) won two AMA National Championships.

2017 AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Champions
Italics denote non-National-championship class

ULTRACROSS 50 (4-8): Mikah Carpenter – Freeport, Illinois (Cob).

51 (4-6) LIMITED: Gage Dunham – Golden, Colorado (Cob).

51 (4-8) LIMITED: Mikah Carpenter – Freeport, Illinois (Cob).

51 (7-8) LIMITED: Drew Adams – Chattanooga, Tennessee (Cob).

65 (7-9): Austin Schafer – Hamer, South Carolina (KTM).

65 (7-11): Preston Boespflug – Battle Ground, Washington (Hsq).

65 (10-11): Preston Boespflug – Battle Ground, Washington (Hsq).

85 (9-12): Jett Reynolds – Bakersfield, California (Kaw).

MINI SR (12-15): Jett Reynolds – Bakersfield, California (Kaw).

SUPERMINI 1 (9-15): Jett Reynolds – Bakersfield, California (Kaw).

SUPERMINI 2 (13-16): Kaeden Amerine – Great Bend, Kansas (KTM).

AMSOIL DOMINATOR SUPERMINI: Jett Reynolds – Bakersfield, California (Kaw).

BEG: Ethan Hay – Elma, Washington (Kaw).

125 B/C: Brantley Schnell – Denver, North Carolina (Hsq).

250 B: Ezra Hastings – Aurora, Indiana (Yam).

250 C: Jaylend McCarty – Colorado Springs, Colorado (Hon).

OPEN A: Steven Mages – Sardinia, Ohio (Kaw).

OPEN B: Ezra Hastings – Aurora, Indiana (Yam).

OPEN C: Matt Hannah – Fair Play, Missouri (Yam).

AM ALL-STARS: Ezra Hastings – Aurora, Indiana (Yam).

GIRLS (7-13): Katie Benson – Delmar, Delaware (KTM).

WOMEN (12+): Jordan Jarvis – Clayton, North Carolina (Yam).

WMX: Kylie Fasnacht – Port St. Lucie, Florida (Kaw).

SCHOOLBOY 1 (12-16): Brantley Schnell – Denver, North Carolina (Hsq).

SCHOOLBOY 2 (14-16): Devin Sale – Louisville, Kentucky (Kaw).

COLLEGEBOY (16-24): Addison Emory IV – Owasso, Oklahoma (Yam).

25+: Justin Kelly – La Moille, Illinois (Suz).

30+: Justin Kelly – La Moille, Illinois (Suz).

35+: Corey Romero – New Iberia, Louisiana (Suz).

40+: Matt Cleveland – Mabank, Texas (Yam).

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