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Checkers MC Wraps up the 2017 NHHA Season in Barstow!

| 17 November 2017 12:52 pm

AMA Kenda/ SRT National Hare & Hound Association Championship Series
Round 9: Checkers MC’s Checkers Check Chase at Slash X Ranch Café

Courtesy of the National Hare & Hound Association
Photos by Mark Kariya
BARSTOW, CA, NOV. 12, 2017

That’s a wrap!

The 2017 AMA Kenda/ SRT National Hare and Hound Association Championship Series came to a close in the technical desert terrain of Barstow, California. The Checkers Motorcycle Club was determined to give these riders a run for their money, while making sure the spectators had the best environment possible for the final round.

The final NHHA round had a dust storm of a start!

The final NHHA round had a dust storm of a start!

The one-day event began Sunday morning. The pits were firing up at 6 a.m. with bike prep and registration, while the NHHA crew and the Checkers MC prepared for the banner drop. Riders made their way to the Zip-Ty Racing start line for the banner drop at 9:30. A row that was made up of more than 100 racers definitely contributed to a dust-storm start!

Taylor Robert (33) led the field from start to finish.

Taylor Robert (33) led the field from start to finish.

FMF KTM Factory rider Taylor Robert was first to reach the end of the bomb, taking the holeshot and catching the “hare” for a $300 reward. Holding his position, Robert led the field, just ahead of Purvines/ DA8 Racing-backed Gary Sutherlin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Jacob Argubright.

Argubright and Sutherlin came within seconds of each other heading into the pits off of the first loop, with Sutherlin currently in second. Argubright was able to steal the second-place position during the second loop, leaving Sutherlin in third. Kendall Norman was running in fourth, and Purvines Racing-backed Nick Burson was fifth.

Taylor Robert (center) topped the final Pro podium of the season, with Jacob Argubright (911) as runner-up and Gary Sutherlin (324) as the third-place finisher.

Taylor Robert (center) topped the final Pro podium of the season, with Jacob Argubright (911) as runner-up and Gary Sutherlin (324) as the third-place finisher.

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The Women’s class saw a few riders garner some hard-earned finishes, including a win by Britney Gallegos. Brandy Richards landed second, and Stephanie Woolslayer was third. Out on the course, Richards and Gallegos were swapping the first-place position. Richards held the lead until Gallegos was able to pass her. This back-and-forth battle continued for the entire race right up until the checkered flag, when Gallegos was able to pull off the victory. Richards came in only 30 seconds back.

Winner Britney Gallegos (center), runner-up Brandy Richards (left) and third-place finisher Stephanie Woolslayer (right) made up the best-looking podium of the day, in the Women’s class.

Winner Britney Gallegos (center), runner-up Brandy Richards (left) and third-place finisher Stephanie Woolslayer (right) made up the best-looking podium of the day, in the Women’s class.

The Pro ATV class also saw a well-earned win, this one from Jeremy Gray. Colt Brinkerhoff was second.

Gray was first to see the checkered flag, with an untouchable lead on Brinkerhoff. Gray landed at the race site at around 1 a.m. after coming north from Baja California in Mexico, pulled off the victory, and was headed back down south after the podium presentation! Brinkerhoff landed in second on the podium but was able to take home the 2017 Pro ATV championship!

Jeremy Gray takes the checkered flag in the ATV class!

Jeremy Gray takes the checkered flag in the ATV class!

The FMF Pro 250cc podium saw another win by Chidester Transport Racing-backed Tyler Lynn, with Zip-Ty Racing-backed J.P. Alvarez in second and Ryan Karell in third.

Somewhat new to NHHA racing this season, Alvarez certainly gave Lynn a battle, along with Karell. Despite there being such a rough and technical second loop, Alvarez pushed his way toward the front and earned his second-place finish, behind Lynn.

Tyler Lynn (222) dominated the Pro 250cc class.

Tyler Lynn (222) dominated the Pro 250cc class.

Cody Kurtz won the 250cc A class. Previous Youth racer Mason Matthies finished in second; he is already making his mark on the Big Bike podiums.

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Off-road racing legend Paul Krause topped the 200cc A podium, with Austin Porter in second and Mason Klein in third. By finishing on the podium, Porter was able to pull off the 2017 200 A championship as well!

As we wrap up the 2017 season, we want to thank all of our racers, families, sponsors, and clubs for their continued commitment and dedication to off-road racing. We look forward to the 2018 AMA/ Kenda SRT National Hare and Hound Association Championship Series!

Slash X Ranch Café
Barstow, California
Results: November 12, 2017 (Final Round)

OVERALL: 1. Taylor Robert (KTM); 2. Jacob Argubright (Hsq); 3. Gary Sutherlin (Yam); 4. Kendall Norman (Hon); 5. Nicholas Burson (Yam); 6. Axel Pearson (Yam); 7. Tyler Lynn (Yam); 8. Travis Damon (Hon); 9. Joseph Wasson (Bet); 10. J.P. Alvarez (Hsq).

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