Petton Takes the 250cc DTX Title

| 9 July 2017 2:11 pm

Rider Update: Travis Petton IV

Story by Rodney Rutherford
Photo provided by the Petton Family

The Yamaha bLUcRU rang the top bell of the box three times at the 2017 American Motorcyclist Association’s Dirt Track Grand Championship. Travis Petton IV did his share, leaving with the number-one plate in the 250cc DTX (Stock) class.

Travis Petton IV with all his goodies. He only finished off the podium once in nine races.

Travis Petton IV with all his goodies. He only finished off the podium once in nine races.

The DTGC is a four-day affair for Amateur racers. Phase one, the Half Mile flat-track event, was held on July 1. Phase two was the TT race, which was held the following day. Both of those events were held at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois. The Amateur racers then took a break on July 3, in preparation for phase three’s short-track race, which was held at the Southern Illinois Center Short Track Building. Points are awarded for each discipline based on finishing position; the accumulated total of the three races decides who takes home the number-one plate.

Racing in three classes – 250cc DTX, 201-250cc, and 250cc Modified – Petton had to do his action minus a modified bike, bringing in his stock bike for extra duty. In the longer races, he said he lost ground in the straights in the Modified, and made up the space in the corners.

Regardless, Petton worked with what he had and came in third in the final 250cc Mod standings, with his teammate Grant Holmes winning the title.

In the 201-250cc contest, Petton locked in for second in the closing standings, once again behind title winner Holmes.

The 250cc DTX class was winning time for Petton. Coming back from fifth on the start, he immediately made headway and worked his way into second, behind local Illinois racer Parker Robinson. While Robinson went on to take the Half Mile win, Petton stuck to second with two events to go.

Petton, who hails from Ramona, California, lives close to two motocross tracks, Barona and Pala Raceway. With the bumpy track time and his experience on big jumps, he let it fly in event number two, the TT race. Barging his way to the front of the pack, he airmailed his Yamaha on the lone jump each time and ran away for the win with one event to go, the short track.

After the rest day, Petton was ready to celebrate the Fourth of July on his own terms: by taking the title in the 250cc DTX class. Reportedly, he needed at least a second-place finish to clinch the title. Figuring out which gear to run in, Petton made his choice and proceeded to do as tasked: get into second and hold off any challengers for the big picture – the title. He went on to do just that: Petton made his way past the checkers with his leathers clean for second place in the race – and the 2017 DTGC 250 DTX title.

Petton thanked the Yamaha bLUcRU, Thousand Oaks Powersports, AM Ortega, Fontana Radiator, Rod Lake Racing, Competitive Sheet Metal, Kali Protective’s, Kayl Kolkman Suspension, Garcia Racing, Booze Fighters MC Racing, Karl Kahn, his brother Colin Petton, his dad Travis Petton III, and his grandpa Travis Petton II.

Travis Petton IV, along with bLUcRU teammate Holmes, combined to win all three of the 250 Amateur classes at the DTGC. Congratulations to both teams for representing the bLUcRU in the best possible way: a three-class sweep!

Look for Travis Petton IV to be finishing the season racing with the California Flat Track Association and the Southern California Flat Track Association.

[For more on the event, please see “AMA Crowns National Champions at 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship,” and “Two Titles for Grant Holmes” by Rodney Rutherford… Editor]

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