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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

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