Richwoods, Missouri - The muddy conditions did not seem to dampen the competitive spirits of most racers who battled the slop at the ROMP MX Loretta Lynn Area North Central Qualifier last weekend. Nor were the competitors put off by the by the cold rain which was consistent. Recent downpours ensured that the track did not disappoint the mud lover; however, few exist. It wasn't pretty, but neither is the Amateur National Championship, sometimes. The Ranch is anything but a jog through the park on a cool summer day. Mother Nature usually makes sure of that by generously supplying excess heat and rain. This is what distinguishes the professionals from the amateurs, so to speak. It took mental strength and physical toughness to prevail. Qualifying in such harsh conditions makes the effort sweeter. Those who didn’t can grow from the grueling experience.
David Wilson, of Rushville, IL was one of those who did prevail on Saturday. The winner of the 250 All-Star A/B 14+ Sport and 250 A went perfectly in motos he races. Hot on his tail, Travis Eck, of Collinsville, IL followed with a 2-2 score in the 250 A class.
Connor Raithel, of Jefferson City, MO performed impressive moto finishes to win the 250 B Limited and 450 B Limited classes. In the 250 B Limited, Kyle Repstock, of Fairdale, KY traded moto finishes with Raithel, but Raithel won moto 2 for the overall. Parker Smith snapped up third place in the 250 B Limited by going 3-3.
The 65cc 7-9 Limited class was won by Zayden Mason, of Hazelton, IN. Two Missouri boys, Ace Enloe and Grant Sweeney followed in that order. On Sunday, Grand Sweeney, of Park Hills, MO beat Mason to win the 65c 7-11 class. Mason won the first moto but had his issues in moto 2. Jake Colbert rounded off the podium by taking third.
Blake Keeton won the Junior 25+ and Vet 30+ Sportsman classes with a brilliant performance by going perfect in motos in stacked classes. His closest challengers were the Sweeney boys, Matt, and Chris. Chris Sweeney went 2-2 for second overall in the Junior 25+, and Matt Sweeney scored 4-2.
Kiley Cento, of Troy, MO rode her Kawasaki to victory in both Women (14+) Amateur and Girls Dr (12-16) classes. Cento. Her ride in the mud should give here great confidence going to the North Central Youth Regional in June at Motozone in Tigerton, WI.