Morehead, KY – Muddy Creek Raceway is a track that has been on the ATVMX National Circuit since the 90’s, it’s a track that racers either love or they hate. The reason most likely is because of the soil at the East Tennessee facility. Over the years the track crew has put what must amount to thousands of truck loads of sawdust on the track. So the soil at Muddy Creek starts off really soft and spongy in the mornings but by noon it’s hard as a rock and blue groove with huge holes and enough square edges to make a carpenter jealous. Oh and factor in that Muddy Creek usually lives up to it’s name and you get at least 1 day of sloppy mud racing and you have a track that you either love…or you hate. This year we were blessed and got nothing but sunshine and great racing! The track was hard, the track had holes and edges, but it was fast and it wasn’t muddy so what more can you ask for right?
Team Media Allstars rolled into town Friday with a bit of a depleted roster as a couple of our racers were unable to attend this round of racing. Josh Holley’s teachers didn’t think racing was that important and they had the nerve to make him take his final exams on Friday, while Michael Perkins was at home trying to recover from shoulder surgery he required following his big get off at Ironman. The rest of the team put their heads down and went to work over the weekend doing our best to top the competition.
Brandon Cesaroni #243 finally got rolling at Muddy Creek. Brandon had been struggling with his starts all season but a quick trip to the Hinson Racing tent and some new clutch components he was able to rip some nice holeshots. Brandon rode his tail off in the 16-24 class (which has proven to be one of the fastest at the Nationals this year) to a 5-3 score for a very solid and season best 3rd overall!
Brandon was rolling in the Production A class as well until the last turn when an over aggressive rider decided to take him out, dashing any hopes of a solid finish on the weekend. But his speed was there and he was able to show he can run up front.
Team Captain/Manager Chase Cunningham #419 had another good outing in the 30+ class. Chase used his TC Racing Engine’s powered Honda to rocket out of the gate in both motos pulling 2 holeshots and taking both motos on his way to the overall for the weekend. The 2 time Amateur National Champion is trying his best to win a 3rd this year and he’s creeping closer to the points lead after Muddy Creek.
Cunningham also went a very respectable 3-4 for 4th in the 25+ class just missing the podium. We expect to see the #419 back on the box in just over a week at Sunset Ridge
Gabe Dommer #171 put in his best ride of the season at Muddy Creek as well. Gabe was able to take a 2nd in his 450B heat race Saturday morning after leading most of the moto he made a poor line choice and had to settle for 2nd. Gabe battled a poor start in the 2nd moto of 450B and went 2-7 for 5th overall on the weekend. That was still good enough to keep him in the points race as he sits 3rd. Gabe has what it takes to win every time he gets on the track and I think in the next few rounds we’ll see him do just that….he’s due.
Team Rookie Gabe Dommer gives it all he has every time out in the B classes, with his desire to get faster and drive to improve we feel like he’ll be on the top of the podium really soon
Another team rookie that had a nice outing was Gage Beebe #99. Gage didn’t turn 16 until the weekend before Ironman so he’s getting his feet wet in the 450 classes. Gage put in some really solid motos at Muddy Creek highlighted by his 3-3 for 3rd overall in the Production B/C Limited class and his 5-4 for 5th in the 450C class. It was nice to see Gage run towards the front with his favorite track being the next stop on the circuit we could see Gage on the podium 3 times at Sunset Ridge.
Gage Beebe #99
Team Rookie Jordan Trimble had plenty of speed and zero luck. Sometimes the Motocross Gods just say “this is not your weekend” and that pretty much sums up Jordan’s Muddy Creek experience. Jordan lost his transmission on Friday which sent him into scramble mode to even get a machine to race. Lucky Jordan was able to find another engine but that engine also decided to lose 4th gear. Jordan being the trooper he is and the competitor he is decided it was better to race with 3 good gears than to not race at all. The #18 machine should be a lot faster at the next race as he’ll have 5 gears to choose from instead of 3. Trimble still managed to salvage some points by going 5-18 for 11th in Open C and 4-7 for 7th in 450C.
The stars are going to align soon for this this talented young rider and when that happens look out! Keep your head up Jordan Trimble as gremlins have ruined many a racers weekend
Caleb Hatter #22 has been using 2017 as a learning experience. The Lawrenceburg, KY rider is picking up speed though as he put in 2 really solid rides at Muddy Creek. The Youth Allstar class is always stacked full of amazing talent so we’re pretty excited to see Caleb go 11-5 for 9th. The #22 Apex/Yamaha pilot also went 7-5 for 6th in the Schoolboy Sr. class. This young racer continues to show improvement every time out and he’s come a long way since Monster Mountain just a few months ago.
James Perry of JPMX made it out of hibernation and faired well in the 30+C class. James knocked the rust off to go 5-4 for 4th overall. The #44 looks odd on a red machine as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing him on a KTM over the years.
Media Allstars Youth Racer Kobe VanFossen #60 put in a really solid ride in the 90 shifter 12-15 year old class by going 3-2 for 2nd overall!
Kazin VanFossen went 12-11 for 11th place in the 70 open 6-11 class
Media Allstars lone Pro Rider Zach Kaczmarzyk #41 put in a solid ride in the AMA ATV Pro Class at Muddy Creek. Zach qualified 11th Saturday morning and took moto scores of 13-13 for 13th overall. Pro Class is tough and after his impressive 9th at Ironman we’re sure Zach is disappointed with a 13th. The series travels to his hometown track for the next round so we should see another impressive ride from the #41 really soon.
Kaczmarzyk just needs some decent seat time to get his fitness where it needs to be for Pro Class competition. Since he’s officially on summer break from college now he should be able to get some valuable seat time which will make a huge difference and allow him to hit his stride in the 2nd half of the season.
Last but certainly not least is WMX competitor and MAS rider Kelsey Dyer. Kelsey took a few years off from racing but came back in 2017 with a vengeance when she took home the win at Daytona earlier this year. Kelsey has been struggling with bad luck all season but she put it all together at Muddy Creek. The #10 machine found the top spot on the box by way of 3-1 moto scores and a heck of a battle to hold onto that lead in the 2nd moto. We think it’s safe to say but Kelsey is back and the WMX class should be on notice!
Team Riders Chase Cunningham #419 and Brandon Cesaroni #243 playing around in practice Saturday morning