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Wichita Nitro Arenacross | Race Report

Dustin Winter and Aaron Gulley Split Wins

Wichita, Kansas – Friday night’s full moon seemed to be the only object that held sanity during the weekend of rounds 15 & 16 of the Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour, presented by Nitro Lubricants. Above the frisky clouds, the moonlight seemed to illuminate its secret madness inside the Hartman Arena on a night filled with bizarre events. But all the toxic and volatile emotions, and crashes on the challenging track could not put a roadblock to all that is worthwhile and meaningful - the bond that links moto families together for a night of great entertainment and good competitive racing.

 

Addison IV Emory scored two podiums in Wichita despite having mechanical problems early on.

 

 

250 MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT

In the 250 class, what started for great racing ended in tragedy for Addison Emory. Emory grabbed the holeshot and led Dustin Winter and Adam Gulley on the opening laps before having bike issues. Points leader Aaron Gulley tucked his front wheel too tight in the first turn and crashed. Emory faded quick and pulled off the track ultimately taking a DNF. He stated on his Instagram account that his clutch broke. 

Winter inherited the lead and gapped Adam Gulley to take his first win of the season. Aaron Gulley worked his way up to third for the bottom step of the podium. Mitch Gaylord got his best finish of the season with a fourth and Tanner Young passed Tucker Smith to capture fifth.

250 Pro Main Event Results Friday Top 5

  1. Dustin Winter
  2. Adam Gulley
  3. Aaron Gulley
  4. Mitch Gaylord
  5. Tanner Young

 

Dustin Winter captures his first win of the season.

 

450 MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT

Dustin Winter squeezed his Yamaha in the inside of the first turn and pushed Aaron Gulley high on the berm to take command of the main event. With the open track in front of him, Winter left everyone else to battle for the remaining two podium spots.  Aaron Gulley again worked his way through the pack to capture the second-place spot over Emory who finished third.

450 Pro Main Event Results Friday Top 5

  1. Dustin Winter
  2. Aaron Gulley
  3. Addison IV Emory
  4. Adam Gulley
  5. Jason Richey

 

Winter is all smiles after taking both pro class wins on Friday night.

 

250 MAIN EVENT SATURDAY NIGHT

After what has generally been a tame evening, moto passions seemed to heat up on night two. Dustin Winter and Aaron Gulley both won their heat races, and the main event was set up for great racing. Aaron Gulley nabbed the holeshot. The holeshot was protested after the race saying that Aaron Gulley cut the inside corner of the track, but the protest was denied by race officials.  Adam Gulley got in behind his brother with Winter in tow. On lap 3, Winter passed Adam Gulley for second, but it was short lived. Adam Gulley dove on the inside of Winter in the sweeper turn and had the advantage before the finish line jump. Winter cut back in but connected with Gulley’s rear tire and crashed. Addison Emory accepted the third spot and held it to the finish. The Gulley’s went on to finish one and two. After remounting, Winter climbed back to fifth.

250 Pro Main Event Results Saturday Top 5

  1. Aaron Gulley
  2. Adam Gulley
  3. Addison IV Emory
  4. Tanner Young
  5. Dustin Winter

 

450 MAIN EVENT SATURDAY NIGHT

 After the 250 Pro main event, tension seemed to get unglued in the 450 class. Both Gulley boys won their heat races, and when the gate dropped for the 450 Main Event, it was the Gulley’s again out front one and two with Tanner Young (who has been quiet all weekend) in tow. Winter was off to his worst start all weekend in sixth but made a couple passes in the second corner after the whoops to move in on Young. Winter got around Young rather quickly and immediately went after Adam Gulley for second. On the third lap, Winter caught Adam Gulley through the whoops, got the inside advantage, and made an aggressive pass for position in the turn. Adam Gulley seemed like he did not appreciate it because on the next lap, in the turn after the straightaway, Gulley paid back the favor. Winter went down, and Gulley got held up for a second or two. That let Young take over the second spot. Winter tried to attack Adam, but Adam regrouped and motored away from Winter’s reach. Adam Gulley went on to pass Young back for second place while Young held onto the third spot. Aaron Gulley claimed his second win of the night and increased his points lead.

Tensions rose in the pit area after the race between the camps of the Gulley's and Winter’s. Race officials warned both parties that such behavior would not be tolerated at future Nitro Arenacross Tour events.

450 Pro Main Event Results Saturday Top 5

  1. Aaron Gulley
  2. Adam Gulley
  3. Tanner Young
  4. Addison IV Emory
  5. Jason Richey
Points leader, Aaron Gulley leads the pack through the rhythm section.

Top 10 250 Pro Points Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 407
  2. Adam Gulley 386
  3. Tanner Young 316
  4. Addison IV Emory 193
  5. Tucker Smith 190
  6. Logan Kustanborter 165
  7. Drayke Sizemore 162
  8. Dustin Winter 118
  9. Kevin Moranz 95
  10. John Short 94

Top 10 450 Pro Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 450
  2. Adam Gulley 403
  3. Tanner Young 292
  4. Addison IV Emory 232
  5. Tucker Smith 218
  6. Logan Kustanborter 159
  7. Drayke Sizemore 144
  8. Dustin Winter 103
  9. John Short 84
  10. Mitch Gaylord 76

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

In a small arena, where racing is tight, and patience is sometimes lost, many riders should look at Ryder Lenhart and Clayton Dalton for inspiration. Lenhart and Dalton are the perfect examples of good sportsmanship. Whether on the track or off the track, these two moto buds can always be seen together. All year long, they have delighted fans with awesome back-and-forth battles in the 65cc classes, and only eleven points separate them from the overall championship in the 65cc 10-12 class.

 

Brandon Gray is another rider who leads by setting a positive example at the races. Gray is about to wrap up the 450 Novice championship and currently sits second in the 250 Novice 63 points behind Hunter Angell.

 

Grayson Russel was honored with the Nitro Lubricants “Most Promising Rider” award and for a good reason. First, Russel and his family have attended every round of the 2016/2017 Nitro Arenacross Tour so far, this season. He is the current points leader in the 50cc 4-6 and 50cc Beginner classes with 18 podiums and six overall wins.

 

Korey Teson must have packed a broom and dustpan on his long journey from St. Charles, MO. Teson swept the College Boy and Intermediate Open classes during the weekend in perfect fashion. However, it did not come as easy as it sounds. Matt Hannah was leading the last lap of the College Boy class and on his way to spoiling Teson’s perfect weekend, but the young rider made a huge mistake and gave up the win to Teson.

 

In the ATV classes, Keenan Millington won the ATV Beginner C class, and Jake Collins won the ATV Amateur B class.

 

The next gate drop will be on February 17 and 18, 2017, at the Ozark Empire Arena in Springfield, MO. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.nitroaxtour.com/events/buy_tickets  before the race or at the event the day of the race.

     

ABOUT THE ARCTIC CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR:

The Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants is owned by Motorhead Events, LLC.  The Nitro AX Tour started in 2007 as a grass roots effort to give MX racers a place to expand their skills indoors to get away from the harsh winters of the Midwest. The series has organically grown into one of the largest Arenacross Tours in the United States due largely to its over 600 entries per weekend and their award winning Intro shows and high entertainment show quality. Today the Tour covers eight states from November to March, pays out $70,000 in Pro prize money and entertains 1000’s every night.  www.nitroaxtour.com

2016 - 2017 NATIONAL TOUR MARKETING PARTNERS

Arctic Cat * Nitro Lubricants * Bike Graphics * Big St. Charles * Ride 365 * Honda of the Ozarks * FMF * MX 343 * Croft Trailer Supply * KTM * Suzuki * Husqvarna

Race Report: Texans Win Podium Sweep Saturday Night at Mesquite Arenacross

Texans Win Podium Sweep Saturday Night at Mesquite Arena

Mesquite, Texas – The Mesquite Arena may need a pair of brooms on Sunday after John Short and Brady Kiesel completed the pro class sweep by winning Saturday’s 250 and 450 Pro classes.

Some familiar faces and newcomers claimed wins during rounds 13 and 14 of the Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour, presented by Nitro Lubricants. On Friday night, Short took the checkered flag twice in the 250 Pro by winning the heat and main. Kiesel did the same in the 450 Pro. Those two wins added two new winners of the season in the pro classes.

250 PRO

On Friday night, John Short beat out local, Brandon Glenn, and Nitro Arenacross Tour’s first timer, Wyatt Fontenot to the finish.  After winning the heat on Saturday night, Short was just one race from perfection in the 250 Pro class.

Josh Hernandez of Andrews, TX grabbed the holeshot, but his lead was short-lived. John Short hustled his way past three riders to take over the lead at the beginning of lap two. Once he got the lead, the battle for second was in dispute between Logan Kustanborter and Brandon Glenn. Kustanborter was on course to his first podium of the season until the two tangled up in a corner. By no means was it a hard hit by Glenn, but when they came together, Kustanborter’s foot peg snagged Glenn’s front wheel causing both riders to go down and roadblock any possibility for a podium spot. Josh Hernandez and Blake Neiheiser inherited those podium positions. Neiheiser passed Hernandez on the next lap to secure the second spot.  With a substantial lead, Short saw the checkered flag waving first in front of his Texas fans.

“Really no one contested me; I think there was some carnage behind me. I just put my head forward and road a smooth clean and tried to be safe. It feels good to come out of here safe; I really just wanted to race for some gate drops and for some experience.” -Short. 

 

 

250 Pro Top 5 Results

  1. John Short
  2. Blake Neiheiser
  3. Josh Hernandez
  4. Nick Peterson
  5. Aaron Smith

250 Pro Top 10 Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley
  2. Adam Gulley
  3. Tanner Young
  4. Logan Kustanborter
  5. Drayke Sizemore
  6. Tucker Smith
  7. Addison IV Emory
  8. John Short
  9. Kevin Moranz
  10. Gage Mast

 

450 PRO

The Friday night crowd saw Brady Kiesel top John Short and Nick Peterson for the win. After winning the heat race on Saturday, Kiesel was one win away from sweeping the 450 Pro class for the weekend.

On Saturday, the 450 Pro main got off to a messy start. Kiesel grabbed the holeshot and was on his way to the perfect weekend in the 450 class. Short was in second going through the whoops section until Brandon Glenn overtook him in the corner. At the end of lap 1, Kiesel grabbed a handful of throttle coming out of the corner, lost control of the bike and fell into Glenn's line. Hernandez got caught up in the wreckage too while the rest of the field could get away. Short received the lead, but on the same lap, he washed out his front end in the sweeper and gave it up to Aaron Smith. Meanwhile, Kiesel already worked his way back to third at this point, now found himself in second and back in contention for the sweep. After three laps, Kiesel made an aggressive pass on Smith and was back out front. Glenn also was on the move and worked his way up to third, and Kustanborter was in the fourth spot. Kustanborter gave Glenn a little taste of his own medicine in the same corner, but both riders came out unscathed. At this time, Short was in last. Glenn past Smith on the next lap to claim the second spot while Kustanborter dropped off the pace a bit. With three laps to go, Short worked his way up to fifth and passed Smith and Neiheiser while they were battling for the last podium spot. When the white flag came out, Kiesel had about a three to a four-second gap on Glenn and took the checkers four out of four times in the 450 Pro class during the weekend.

“The track conditions were treacherous, they were so slick. There were little tiny holes everywhere that would grab your front wheel. The sections were technical too, so it made for some great racing in the pro class. It was tough; it was fun.” -Glenn

 

450 Pro Top 5 Results

  1. Brady Kiesel
  2. Brendon Glenn
  3. John Short
  4. Aaron Smith
  5. Blake Neiheiser

Top 10 450 Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 356
  2. Adam Gulley 323
  3. Tanner Young 234
  4. Logan Kustanborter 173
  5. Tucker Smith 160
  6. Addison Emory IV 156
  7. Drayke Sizemore 144
  8. John Short 104
  9. Brady Keisel 90
  10. Nick Peterson 84

 

UTV NATIONALS

 

Photo: Kurt Schellenberger

Billy Champion eluded the first turn crash and secured the win from the start. All eyes were on the battle for second between Todd Williams and Nash Garvey. Garvey had the advantage of a tight course but cracked the door open for Williams to squeeze his UTV through for second in the sweeper turn. 

 

ATV Pro

Jeffrey Rastrelli (728) was the first one out of the gate and the first to get to the checkered flag at the Mequite Rodeo Arena. After winning the heat race, Ronnie Higgerson (665) earned the second spot on the podium and Westley Wolfe (741) finished third.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Photo: Kurt Schellenberger

The Nitro Arenacross Tour’s “Two-Minute Preacher,” Bryan Jackson set two world records Friday night during the intermission stunt show. For the first time, Jackson front rolled a three-wheeler three times in 100 feet, nonstop. Then Jackson successfully attempted a trick on two-wheels by turning around and riding backward and back forward again in 100 feet, nonstop on a dirt bike. The record-breaking stunts are a part of the Doug Domokos “Wheelie King” Tribute Tour that Jackson has put together.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Hunter Angell increased his points lead for the entire series over Brendon Grey in the 250 Novice class. On Saturday night, while Angell grabbed the holeshot and checked out, Gray got a terrible start but minimized the damage by passing his way up to third behind Jaylend McCarthy.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Alexander Rudd prospered from the 9.5-hour journey from Festus, MO by taking three main event wins on the most challenging track of the season. In the Intermediate and Collegeboy classes, Rudd won without having to make any passes. Rudd only saw the rear fender of lappers in the main events.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

From nearby Decatur, TX, Aiden Benson did not have to travel far to claim four main event wins over the weekend. Benson is the points leader in the 50cc 7-9 and 50cc Outlaw classes of the South Region.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

In the Mini ATV Advance class, Bryce Ford of Springtown, TX aired his machine like a pro and awed the fans by jumping the finish line triple. Though, he crashed on it once. Favorably, it was when Ford took the checkered flag. Luckily, he came out unscathed to enjoy the win.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Brock Walker raced the Nitro Arenacross Tour for the first time ever and stole three wins from the series’ regulars in the 85cc 7-11 and Supermini classes.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Collin Allen returned to the tour in Mesquite and grabbed two wins in the 65cc 10-12 class.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Local ripper, Branden Walther (68) clutched a win from Supermini point leaders, Brayden Mahlstedt and Ethan Kidd on Saturday night.

 

The next gate drop will be on February 10 and 11, 2017, at the Hartman Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.nitroaxtour.com/events/buy_tickets  before the race or at the event the day of the race.

 ABOUT THE ARCTIC CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR:

The Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants is owned by Motorhead Events, LLC.  The Nitro AX Tour started in 2007 as a grass roots effort to give MX racers a place to expand their skills indoors to get away from the harsh winters of the Midwest. The series has organically grown into one of the largest Arenacross Tours in the United States due largely to its over 600 entries per weekend and their award winning Intro shows and high entertainment show quality. Today the Tour covers eight states from November to March, pays out $70,000 in Pro prize money and entertains 1000’s every night.  www.nitroaxtour.com

2016 - 2017 NATIONAL TOUR MARKETING PARTNERS

Arctic Cat * Nitro Lubricants * Bike Graphics * Big St. Charles * Ride 365 * Honda of the Ozarks * FMF * MX 343 * Croft Trailer Supply * KTM * Suzuki * Husqvarna

Race Report: Nitro Arenacross Little Rock

Tanner Young claimed first win of the 2017 Nitro Arenacross Tour season during a thrilling, hard-fought weekend of racing in Little Rock.

Little Rock, AR – Tanner Young’s 2016-2017 season at the Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour, presented by Nitro Lubricants got off to a quiet start, but this weekend full of heated battles and excitement, Young avoided the hoopla and took the 250 Pro win Friday night. The Gulley boys split the rest of the Pro class wins amid the frenzy at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

250 PRO MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT

Coming into the main event, Logan Kustanborter and Adam Gulley won the heat races. It was Kustanborter’s first heat race win as a pro in the series. Drayke Sizemore grabbed the holeshot with Aaron Gulley in tow. It did not take long for the turmoil to begin. Gulley came into the corner hot after the rhythm section and tried to take the inside away from Sizemore. However, Sizemore was committed to the inside and Gulley hit Sizemore’s rear tire. Gulley dropped his bike in the rut; Sizemore came to a stop. Third place rider, Adam Gulley tried to cut in between his brother on the ground and Sizemore who was upright, but as he did, Sizemore laid down into Adam Gulley, and like dominos, the three rested on top of each other.

Tanner Young, Johnny Moore, Logan Kustanborter, and Ricard Jackson took advantage of the ordeal with Young coming out on top. Kustanborter rode in second for much of the race but fell back to fifth. Jackson moved into second behind Young, but could not make anything happen. Young took the checkered flag with a fender slap in the air. Jackson settled for second, but third place was still undecided. In the last turn before the finish line jump, like a ball of fire, Aaron Gulley caught Johnny Moore in the corner and passed him to wrap up the podium. Sizemore suffered a flat tire that his team believes occurred from the collision, and he rolled the Yamaha in for twelfth place.

 

Top 10 250 Pro Main Event Results – Friday Night

  1. Tanner Young
  2. Richard Jackson
  3. Aaron Gulley
  4. Johnny Moore
  5. Logan Kustanborter
  6. Adam Gulley
  7. Travis Eck
  8. Tucker Smith
  9. Leeq Chavous
  10. Lee Taylor

450 PRO MAIN EVENT FRIDAY NIGHT

As the riders lined up for a new race in the 450 Main, it was clear some riders some riders had a score to settle. The most evident of that occurred immediately after the gate dropped. In the first turn, Adam Gulley took Sizemore high in the berm and cleaned him out. Adam Gulley was still able to capture the holeshot with Tanner Young in second and Aaron Gulley in third. Aaron Gulley passed Young on the third lap, and that’s the order they finished. After a last place start, Sizemore passed his way up to fifth. 

 

 

Top 10 450 Pro Main Event Results – Friday Night

  1. Adam Gulley
  2. Aaron Gulley
  3. Tanner Young
  4. Tucker Smith
  5. Drayke Sizemore
  6. Brett Cue
  7. Johnny Moore
  8. Logan Kustanborter
  9. Richard Jackson
  10. Lee Taylor

250 PRO MAIN EVENT – SATURDAY NIGHT

Though no transponders were used for lap times, it was quite clear Drayke Sizemore was the fastest on the track during the heat races. Perhaps motivated by Friday night's activities, he rode with ambition, but that did not carry over into the mains.

The controversy started this time right before the gate dropped. Aaron Gulley jumped the gate, but it did not give him much of an advantage because he almost came to a complete stop. Sizemore lined up right next to Gulley, had a front row seat to the gate jump. He did not take off right away because he was expecting the race to be red flagged. However, the officials let them race. Adam Gulley took the holeshot with Aaron Gulley in second. The race officials already decided to dock Aaron Gulley a position for the gate jump. Johnny Moore, who admitted he has not been on a dirt bike since last summer, was riding in third for a few laps until Tanner Young passed him to take over that spot. After starting dead last, Sizemore went into beast mode and caught the top three leaders. When the white flag came out, Sizemore was all over Young in a battle for third (really second). In the last corner before the finish, Young tried to protect his position by using the inside to outside line, but Sizemore cut down and beat Young to the finish.

 

Top 10 250 Pro Main Results – Saturday Night

  1. Adam Gulley
  2. Drayke Sizemore
  3. Aaron Gulley
  4. Tanner Young
  5. Johnny Moore
  6. Tucker Smith
  7. Logan Kustanborter
  8. Richard Jackson
  9. Kyle Porter
  10. Leeq Chavous

Top 10 250 Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 280
  2. Adam Gulley 258
  3. Tanner Young 208
  4. Drayke Sizemore 162
  5. Addison IV Emory 137
  6. Logan Kustanborter 120
  7. Tucker Smith 113
  8. Gage Mast 91
  9. Cheyenne Harmon 78
  10. Kyle Porter 71

450 PRO MAIN EVENT – SATURDAY NIGHT

The fan favorite, Brett Cue grabbed the holeshot and had both Gulleys in tow. Drayke Sizemore crashed in the first turn. When he got up, he was last and did not seem to have the drive he had previously.

On lap four, Adam Gulley went to make the pass on Cue but fell during the process in the corner before the whoops. Cue looked back and saw he had another Gulley to deal with. Two laps later, Cue seemed to run out of steam, failed to hit the finish line jump and let Aaron Gulley pass for the lead. Tanner Young soon would follow Gulley’s lead.

 

However, all eyes were on Aaron Gulley as he was catching soon to be lapped rider, Sizemore. Sizemore made it difficult for Aaron Gulley to pass by cutting in on his lines and braking checking him in the corners. Gulley got around him unscathed, and Sizemore got the black flag for the incident to put an end to the heatwave on a chilly night.

Aaron Gulley came away with the victory; Tanner Young held on to second, and despite going down, Adam Gulley rounded off the podium in third.

 

Top 10 450 Pro Main Results – Saturday Night

  1. Aaron Gulley
  2. Tanner Young
  3. Adam Gulley
  4. Brett Cue
  5. Richard Jackson
  6. Tucker Smith
  7. Ozzy Barbaree
  8. Johnny Moore
  9. Logan Kustanborter
  10. Drayke Sizemore

Top 10 450 Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 323
  2. Adam Gulley 273
  3. Tanner Young 188
  4. Addison IV Emory 156
  5. Drayke Sizemore 144
  6. Tucker Smith 137
  7. Logan Kustanborter 115
  8. Justin Kelley 76
  9. Brett Cue 66
  10. Gage Mast 65

HONORABLE MENTIONS

The ATV Pro class may have had its lowest turnout of the season, but Michael Cataldo rode with a do or die temperament that delighted the fans.

 

Hunter Angell continues the lead the 250 Novice and 125 class points race of the series. Angell took home three wins from the weekend.

 

In the youngest classes of the Nitro Arenacross Tour, Greyson Russel of Ottawa, KS had an excellent weekend. Russel won the 50cc Beginner class on Friday and Saturday night. He also took second place in the 50cc 4-6 class on Saturday night behind Breckyn Mosley of Terrell, TX who raced the series for the first time this year. Russel lead the points series in both classes.

 

In the other 50cc classes, Aiden Benson swept the 50cc 7-9 and Outlaw in his heats and mains. He also won the 65cc 7-9 class on Saturday night.

 

It was not shocking to see Dusty Rader win the Mini ATV Advanced class twice this weekend. Rader continues to dominate that class with 67 points lead over second place held by Skyler Read.  Jhordan Brown got the best of Rader in the ATV Outlaw class. Mady Trower finished third and is the current points leader.

 

Alex Rudd continues to show why he was given the “Most Promising Rider Award” in Topeka, KS a couple of weeks ago. Rudd earned five wins in Little Rock and took second in the College Boy class behind Korey Teson. However, Matt Hannah leads College Boy and Schoolboy in the points race for the championship.

 

Brendon Gray not only took both 450 Novice class wins last weekend, but he also took home fifty dollars from FMF for the “Most Promising Rider Award.” Gray leads the 450 Novice class in points and is 44 points down in the 250 Novice class from the leader, Hunter Angell.

 

The other “Most Promising Rider Award,” presented by Nitro Lubricants went to Dalton Bushong. Bushong, from Grain Valley, MO is sitting in third place in the points series in the 65cc 7-9 class.

The next gate drop will be on January 20 and 21, 2017, at the Hale Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.nitroaxtour.com/events/buy_tickets  before the race or at the event the day of the race.

     

ABOUT THE ARCTIC CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR:

The Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants is owned by Motorhead Events, LLC.  The Nitro AX Tour started in 2007 as a grass roots effort to give MX racers a place to expand their skills indoors to get away from the harsh winters of the Midwest. The series has organically grown into one of the largest Arenacross Tours in the United States due largely to its over 600 entries per weekend and their award winning Intro shows and high entertainment show quality. Today the Tour covers eight states from November to March, pays out $70,000 in Pro prize money and entertains 1000’s every night.  www.nitroaxtour.com

2016 - 2017 NATIONAL TOUR MARKETING PARTNERS

Arctic Cat * Nitro Lubricants * Bike Graphics * Big St. Charles * Ride 365 * Honda of the Ozarks * FMF * MX 343 * Croft Trailer Supply * KTM * Suzuki * Husqvarna

Race Report: The Showdown at Nitro Arenacross Kansas City

Kevin Moranz and the Gulley Boys Split Wins in the Kansas City Showdown

Kansas City, Missouri – The 100-mile radius that surrounds the Kansas City area in recent years is known to produce some of the fastest motocross riders in the country. With a reputation like that, it’s no surprise that over 800 entries competed in Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016/2017 Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour, presented by Nitro Lubricants. On Friday and Saturday night, the large crowd witnessed local favorites, such as Kevin Moranz, Tanner Moore, Nick Peterson, and Tucker Smith challenge the tour’s points leaders Aaron and Adam Gulley at the popular venue at the Hale Arena.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

 

250 PRO FRIDAY NIGHT

The heat races appeared to serve as a precursor to the action that would unfold in the main event. Adam Gulley and Kevin Moranz won their perspective heat races. Moranz captured the holeshot, and Adam Gulley was in tow. Points leader, Aaron Gulley, got a terrible start and had a lot of work ahead of him. Devin Reed battled Adam Gulley for second on the first lap and made the pass through the whoops, but Adam claimed the spot back for keeps in the next corner. In a mid-pack battle, Tanner Moore t-boned Chase Pearson, and both riders went down. But the battle to watch was between Aaron Gulley and Brad Deprenger for the fourth. Deprenger ended up winning that battle. With the open track in the lead, Moranz was able to pull away from the rest of the field and claim his second win of the series. Adam Gulley held onto the second position, and Johnny Moore quietly rounded off the podium for third.

“I got the holeshot in the 250 and just ran away with it. I felt good,” said Moranz. “I love the track, Tracy (Freeman) did an amazing job with it. It’s pretty choppy right now, especially in the whoops. The whoops are getting a lot of people. It’s going to be the game breaker tomorrow.”

Top 10 250 Pro Main Event Results – Friday Night
1. Kevin Moranz
2. Adam Gulley
3. Johnny Moore
4. Brad Deprenger
5. Devin Reed
6. Aaron Gulley
7. Tanner Young
8. Travis Eck
9. Logan Kustanborter
10. Chase Pearson

450 PRO FRIDAY NIGHT

From the start, it looked like Moranz was going to pull off the pro main event sweep by grabbing the holeshot. However, Colin Hickman challenged Moranz in the corner after the whoops, sending Moranz wide, off the track. Adam Gulley took advantage and passed Moranz to take over the second spot and wasted no time to pass Hickman for the lead. Though, his lead was short-lived. Adam Gulley washed out his front end in the sweeper turn and seemed to have erased any hope for victory. The lead went back to Moranz, who had just passed Hickman for second. Tanner Young and Aaron Gulley were in the mix as well. Hickman crashed out of the top 10, and the battle was on for second between Young and Aaron Gulley. Gulley won that battle and clawed his way to catch Moranz. Gulley was faster in the whoops and would get close to Moranz in the corner lap after lap, but coming out of the corner, Moranz was clearly faster in double – double section. The only chance for Gulley to make a pass for the lead was in that corner, and he tried. However, Aaron Gulley came in too hot and t-boned Moranz sending both riders to the dirt. That allowed Adam Gulley, Tanner Young, and Johnny Moore to take over the top three positions and that is how they finished. 

“I tried a new line in the sweeper turn on the end and washed the front end out and was like fourth. I got back to third, and Aaron and Kevin got together and gave me the lead back and took it all the way to the end.”

Tanner Moore finished fourth, and Keven Moranz rolled it in for fifth. In the middle of the rhythm section on the last lap, Aaron Gulley’s rear sprocket cracked causing him to crashed hard on a jump on, jump off to put an explanation point on a turbulent night for the points leader.

 

Aaron Gulley came into the corner too hot to avoid the t-bone on Keven Moranz - Photo: Ronnie Rayfield



Top 10 450 Pro Main Event Results – Friday Night
1. Adam Gulley
2. Tanner Young
3. Johnny Moore
4. Tanner Moore
5. Kevin Moranz
6. Travis Eck
7. Logan Kustanborter
8. Nick Peterson
9. Mitchell Gaylord
10. Aaron Gulley

 


250 PRO – SATURDAY NIGHT

Twenty-four hours after winning the 250 Main Event the previous night, Kevin Moranz was back on top and on track to chasing another pro win. In the first heat, local rider, Moranz squared off with the Gulley boys in one of the most exciting battles of the year. Adam Gulley secured the holeshot over Moranz, but at the end of the first lap, Moranz captured the lead. The two swapped the lead spot several times on the opening laps until Moranz seized it from Adam for the last time. Aaron Gulley got into the mix and passed his brother for second midway through the seven-lap heat race. Adam couldn’t hold pace with the leaders and lost ground while Tanner Moore closed the gap on Adam and eventually picked him off. Meanwhile, Moranz held off several of Aaron Gulley’s attacks. In the last corner, Aaron Gulley tried to slip in the inside line, but Moranz powered his KTM for the win.

 

When the gate dropped for the 250 Main Event, it was Kevin Moranz who grabbed the holeshot over Brad Deprenger and Aaron Gulley. Aaron made the pass for second on lap two. From that point the top three cemented hold of their positions to the checkered flag.

“I just got out to a good start; rode my race; made a few mistakes, but regrouped and just pulled away a little bit,” said Moranz.

Top 10 250 Pro Main Results – Saturday Night

1. Kevin Moranz
2. Aaron Gulley
3. Brad Deprenger
4. Adam Gulley
5. Tanner Moore
6. Tucker Smith
7. Connar Troyer
8. Nick Peterson
9. Mitchell Gaylord
10. Travis Eck

Top 10 250 Point Standings
1. Aaron Gulley 317
2. Adam Gulley 298
3. Tanner Young 222
4. Drayke Sizemore 162
5. Tucker Smith 138
6. Addison IV Emory 137
7. Logan Kustanborter 132
8. Kevin Moranz 95
9. Gage Mast 91
10. Johnny Moore 88

450 PRO SATURDAY NIGHT

The 450 Pro Main Event went down much like the 250 Pro; the leaders sealed their positions from start to finish. Adam edged out the holeshot from Aaron. The Gulley boys were running one and two complicated things for Moranz in third. Adam went on to capture his second 450 win of the weekend, fourth 450 win of the season, and the seventh total combined Pro class win. Although Adam gained valuable points on Aaron, Aaron holds onto the points lead in both pro classes.

“The start is pretty much everything here. The track was getting a little technical at the end. The whoops were getting kind of tricky. I just did my best to just keep it up and not make any stupid moves and take it all the way to the win,” said Adam Gulley.

Top 10 450 Pro Main Results – Saturday Night
1. Adam Gulley
2. Aaron Gulley
3. Kevin Moranz
4. Tanner Moore
5. Brad Deprenger
6. Nick Peterson
7. Travis Eck
8. Tucker Smith
9. Alex Malott
10. John Berry

Top 10 450 Point Standings
1. Aaron Gulley 356
2. Adam Gulley 323
3. Tanner Young 210
4. Tucker Smith 160
5. Addison Emory IV 156
6. Drayke Sizemore 144
7. Logan Kustanborter 129
8. Justin Kelley 76
9. Johnny Moore 74
10. Kevin Moranz 67

UTV NATIONALS

Round 1 of the Arctic Cat UTV Nationals took place last weekend. The competition was fierce, but the track was more cutthroat for the UTVs. Bryce Cory of Kansas City, MO grabbed the holeshot and tamed the angry track for the win. Cory held off attacks from Michael Zinerich who flipped his UTV through the double-double section, but he was still in contention because he landed on all fours. Then on the last lap, Zinerich rolled the UTV on its side during a desperate pass attempt for the lead which let Cory roll it in for the victory.

“It was the first time ever trying this; here just trying to try something different,” said Cory. “The track really wasn’t set up for UTVs so we just kind of had to go with it. It was fun, and we went out there and had fun.”

Michael Zinerich flipping through the doubles during the UTV Nationals Saturday night.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Merrill Crose notched his first victory in the ATV Pro class in his first race of the season. After overcoming problems, Crose finished fourth in the heat race. In the main, Crose grabbed the holeshot and checked out with a huge lead.

 

Photo: Ronnie Rayfield

Hunter Day triumphed over ten other quads that lined up for the ATV Amateur B class. After a second-place start, Day passed Caden Colin for the lead on the first lap and drove his ATV to the checkered flag.

 

Jamison “Wild” Hindman won his first race of the 2016/2017 Nitro Arenacross Tour season on Friday night in the 50cc 4-6 class. If Hindman can get better starts, there is no doubt more wins will be in his “wild” future.

 

Carter Ingerson of Tonganoxie, KS cleaned up three wins over the weekend in the 50cc classes. The number 111 has twelve podiums this season, eight of them are wins.

 

Kyler Hatch racked up two wins out of three classes. Hatch earned wins in the 50cc 7-9 and 50cc Outlaw classes. Only Seth Mahlstedt could stop Hatch in the 65cc 7-9 class.

 

65cc 10-12 points leader, Ryder Lenhart, added a pair of wins in that class to give himself five total for the season.

Lindsay Johnson swept the Women class both nights. Her biggest battle she said was with the track, but Lindsay crushed it.

 

Nitro Lubricants “Most Promising Rider Award” – Clayton Dalton

 

FMF “Most Promising Rider Award” – Alexander Rudd

 

The next gate drop will be on January 27 and 28, 2017, at the Mesquite Rodeo Arena in Mesquite, Texas. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.nitroaxtour.com/events/buy_tickets before the race or at the event the day of the race.

ABOUT THE ARCTIC CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR:
The Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants is owned by Motorhead Events, LLC. The Nitro AX Tour started in 2007 as a grass roots effort to give MX racers a place to expand their skills indoors to get away from the harsh winters of the Midwest. The series has organically grown into one of the largest Arenacross Tours in the United States due largely to its over 600 entries per weekend and their award winning Intro shows and high entertainment show quality. Today the Tour covers eight states from November to March, pays out $70,000 in Pro prize money and entertains 1000’s every night. www.nitroaxtour.com

2016 - 2017 NATIONAL TOUR MARKETING PARTNERS
Arctic Cat * Nitro Lubricants * Bike Graphics * Big St. Charles * Ride 365 * Honda of the Ozarks * FMF * MX 343 * Croft Trailer Supply * KTM * Suzuki * Husqvarna

Race Report: Gulley Boys Hold off Tanner Young for Nitro Arenacross Wins at Lebanon, MO

Race Report: Gulley Boys Hold off Tanner Young for Nitro Arenacross Wins at Lebanon, MO

Lebanon, MO – The Cowan Civic Center hosted rounds 7 and 8 of the Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants last weekend. The Gulley boys crushed the field in all four pro main events. Aaron Gulley captured both 250 and 450 pro main events on night one, and Adam Gulley took care of the wins on night two. They were not perfect one-two, though. Despite sitting out Friday night for triple clamp mechanical issues, Tanner Young on the new KTM spoiled the Gulley boy reign over the top podium steps by seizing the second spot in the 250 Pro Saturday night to earn his best finish of the season. 

250 Pro Main Event

After winning both main events the night before, and winning the heat race, Aaron Gulley looked invincible. In fact, he looked like he was going to pull another holeshot, but Aaron Gulley went down in the first turn, and that is when things began to sway toward Adam Gulley’s favor.

By no means did Adam Gulley run away with this one. Tanner Young latched on to Gulley and kept him close during every lap, but could not get close enough to make a move for the lead. Aaron Gulley passed his way up to third, and Logan Kustanborter brought it home for fourth for his season’s best finish. 

“I actually had a bunch of dirt in my goggles the whole moto; I almost took them off. But I decided not to do that. And I held off Tanner (Young), he was pretty close to me the whole race. But I held him off and was able to take home the win,” said Adam Gulley.

Top 10 250 Pro Main Event Results – Saturday Night

  1. Adam Gulley
  2. Tanner Young
  3. Aaron Gulley
  4. Logan Kustanborter
  5. Tucker Smith
  6. Austin Curry
  7. Kyle Porter
  8. James Brown
  9. Derek Greathouse
  10. Gage Mast

Top 10 250 Pro Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 200
  2. Adam Gulley 178
  3. Addison IV Emory 137
  4. Tanner Young 122
  5. Drake Sizemore 100
  6. Gage Mast 91
  7. Cheyenne Harmon 78
  8. Austin Curry 61
  9. Logan Kustanborter 60
  10. Tucker Smith 57

450 Pro Main Event

On the line, Tanner Young still looked like he had some unsolved problems with his triple clamp as he was desperately wrenching at it during the 30-second card. But when the gate dropped, and all riders hit the first turn, Adam Gulley grind out the holeshot around Aaron Gulley and Young was in third. Lap after lap the top three virtually rode the same pace and while giving each other some breathing room. Tucker Smith followed Young like an annoying gnat for most of the race, but Young must have had too much vinegar in his veins for Smith to attempt a bite.

Seeking his first 450 Pro victory of the season, Adam Gulley led all laps and was delighted with his performance.

“It’s been a rough series so far,” said Gulley. “After the little fall overs and bad starts, I was able to finally get it going and all together.”

 Top 10 450 Pro Main Results – Saturday Night

  1. Adam Gulley
  2. Aaron Gulley
  3. Tanner Young
  4. Tucker Smith
  5. Logan Kustanborter
  6. Austin Curry
  7. James Brown
  8. Kyle Porter
  9. Justin Harris
  10. Josh Mast

Top 10 450 Point Standings

  1. Aaron Gulley 229
  2. Adam Gulley 183
  3. Addison IV Emory 156
  4. Tanner Young 104
  5. Drayke Sizemore 90
  6. Justin Kelly 76
  7. Tucker Smith 71
  8. Logan Kustanborter 65
  9. Gage Mast 65
  10. Cheyenne Harmon 63

Amateur Honorable Mentions

 

Caden Bolin led the main event from start to finish. On lap two, Kaleb Tuinstra rubbed wheels with Bolin in a corner in a fight for the lead. Tuinstra saved himself from tipping over but stalled the machine.

After that, it was all Bolin until the final laps; Codi Willingham was on the move. Willingham passed Thomas Jennings on the outside of the turn after the straightaway and immediately went after Bolin who seemed to have the moto locked. When the white flag came out, Bolin was on defense, protecting his lines all the way to the checkered.

 

Matt Hannah’s three main events during the weekend earned himself the FMF MPR “Most Promising Rider” Award. Hannah had victories in the College Boy and Schoolboy classes.

“It feels amazing to get that award,” said Hannah. “It means a lot and pushes me harder coming into the 2017 year. The last day of 2016 is a pretty good way to start 2017.”

 

Hunter Angell claimed a win in the 250 Novice and second place in Schoolboy Saturday night. On Friday, he won the 125 Class and 250 Novice to earn three wins for the weekend.

 

In one of the most competitive classes of the Nitro Arenacross Tour, Charlie Curry of Liberty, IL won three out of four main events in the 50cc 7-9 and 50cc Outlaw classes. Jaxton Dodson currently leads the 50cc 7-9 class in points, and Burley Yeubanks leads the 50cc Outlaw class.

 

Seth Mahlstedt’s wins in the 65cc 7-9 and 65cc Outlaw classes puts him in the points lead in both classes. Bridger Grimshaw spoiled Mahlstedt’s perfect weekend by winning the 65cc Outlaw class on night two.

 

Back to his old form, Trevor Rodgers of Osawatomie, KS won three out of four main events in the 85cc 12-16 and Supermini classes. On Friday night in the 85cc 12-16 class, Rodgers crashed on the finish line jump but was able to salvage second.

The next gate drop will be on January 6 and 7, 2017, at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, AR. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at https://www.nitroaxtour.com/events/buy_tickets  before the race or at the event the day of the race.

ABOUT THE ARCTIC CAT NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR:

The Arctic Cat Nitro Arenacross Tour presented by Nitro Lubricants is owned by Motorhead Events, LLC.  The Nitro AX Tour started in 2007 as a grass roots effort to give MX racers a place to expand their skills indoors to get away from the harsh winters of the Midwest. The series has organically grown into one of the largest Arenacross Tours in the United States due largely to its over 600 entries per weekend and their award winning Intro shows and high entertainment show quality. Today the Tour covers eight states from November to March, pays out $70,000 in Pro prize money and entertains 1000’s every night.  www.nitroaxtour.com

2016 - 2017 NATIONAL TOUR MARKETING PARTNERS

Arctic Cat * Nitro Lubricants * Bike Graphics * Big St. Charles * Ride 365 * Honda of the Ozarks * FMF * MX 343 * Croft Trailer Supply * KTM * Suzuki * Husqvarna

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