Story: Kaeley Porter // Photos: Mark Kariya
The Pee Wee class lined up Saturday morning for the first race of the weekend. It was not long before our leader, Lincoln Brocker was coming through the scoring chute off of his first lap with Henry Leighton racing close behind in 2nd and Katin Lessing in 3rd OA. After a long 5 lap race, the checkered flag was thrown and the Pee Wee podium took their place; seeing an overall win from Lincoln Brocker next to Henry Leighton in 2nd and Katin Lessing in 3rd.
The next race of the day saw all remaining Youth classes; Big Wheel, Mini, Jr. Mini, and Micro Mini. The Big Wheel racers were off of the starting line first when the green flag was thrown, and it was not long before Ryder Thomaselli was out front, stealing the holeshot. Seth Sadorra moved in close behind him to begin a battle that would last throughout the entire race. Coming off of the first lap, Thomaselli was in the lead with Sadorra only seconds behind him. and Lane Forbes in 3rd. As the race continued, Thomaselli remained in the lead. The white flag was thrown, and the battle between Sadorra and Thomaselli had spectators on the edge of their seats as Sadorra attempted to make a pass on Thomaselli to seal the deal. Forbes remained in a 3rd place position throughout this battle. Ultimately, the checkered flag was thrown and Ryder Thomaselli secured himself a 1st place spot on the Big Wheel podium next to Seth Sadorra in 2nd and Lane Forbes in 3rd.
The Mini and Jr. Mini classes in this race had a few good battles as well. Although, Harley Jefferies was able to retain his lead throughout the entire race; securing his 2019 AMA Championship title for the Mini class. Behind Jefferies, Ruffin Dodson raced in a 2nd in class position for the entire race, ahead of Jett Lessing and Zachary Francies swapping between 3rd and 4th in class. Lessing was able to secure himself a 3rd place spot on the podium with Ruffin Dodson in 2nd and Harley Jefferies in 1st to round out the Mini podium. All the while, Elizabeth Edwards was on her way to her third consecutive 1st place podium for the Jr. Mini class next to Troy Pensotti in 2nd.
Lastly, the Micro Mini class saw a 4th consecutive win from Lowe Lord in a class stacked with talent. Jackson Adams would land 2nd on the podium next to Shane Shardlow in 3rd to round out the Micro Mini podium.