Story: Kaeley Porter // Photos: Mark Kariya
With temperatures below 30 degrees fahrenheit, and even snow … the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scramble Championship series returned to Prescott Valley for Round 2 of the 2019 race season hosted by Team 6 Events and AMRA. Hard-earned wins made by Brandy Richards, Factory Beta’s Max Gerston & Zane Roberts, as well as new rider to the off-road racing scene, Preston Boespflug, made for an awesome journey back to the deep canyons of Prescott Valley, AZ.
Due to a few unexpected course conditions caused by the frozen temperatures, the decision was made to delay each race by one hour to protect our racers from a dangerous and icy course. By the time the hour had passed and the ice had melted, the Pee Wee class anxiously lined up on the start line to start the first race of the day. Coming into the scoring chute off of the first lap, James Mermelstein was in the lead with only 4 seconds between himself and the current 2nd place racer, Kyle Riddle. By the fifth lap, Kyle Riddle as well as the previous leader James Mermelstein pulled off of the course due to bike issues to DNF their race, placing Edward Reim as the current leader. Reim led for the remainder of the race with Gary Sanders in 2nd and Myles Mcneil in 3rd to round out the Pee Wee podium.
The following race would see the Micro Mini class. Coming off of the first lap in the leading position, Lowe Lord would eventually fall behind in a very close 2nd behind Jon Nordling for 2 laps to follow. After a bit of back and forth battling for the leading position, Jesse Blevins-Heck would pull the leading position and remain there for the rest of the race. Not too far behind Blevins-Heck, Colton Calmes, Jon Nordling, and Lowe Lord swapped positions to ultimately put Colton Calmes 2nd, and Jon Nordling in 3rd for the Micro Mini podium.
The eldest of the youth classes, it was time for the Big Wheel class to dominate the course. New to the off-road racing scene, Preston Boespflug showed what he was made of when coming off of the first lap in the lead with Chase Haynes and Dominic Craighill racing only one second apart from each other and the leader. Boespflug, averaging an 8 second lead on 2nd place Chase Haynes, appeared to face zero challenges while racing effortlessly in the lead to top the Big Wheel podium with Chase Haynes in 2nd. A battle that all spectators were anxious to see the finish of, Ryder Thomaselli and Dominic Craighill raced into the scoring chute within seconds of each other from the very beginning of the race. Dominic Craighill would come out on top of this battle to round out the Big Wheel podium next to Chase Haynes in 2nd and Preston Boespflug in 1st OA.