The following is an industry press release...
On May 13-14, AMA's District 6 did the best they could after 6-inches of rain dropped on the AMA East Harescramble Championship Series Course in Palmerton, Pa.
Over 360 racers were in attendance on Mother's Day weekend for an awesome course that many compared to the GNCC Championship Series Snowshoe event, except his event had 3-6 inches of mud alongside roots and rocks instead of snow. Conditioning, experience and determination were the keys to get on the podium.
In the Main event, 15 of the fastest East Cost racers would do battle on the mud-laden, 8-mile course. After the first lap it was none other then 8-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty leading the race with his nephew, Ryder Lafferty in tow. Putting on the pressure in third place was no stranger to East Coast racing, Jesse Groemm. Groemm would continue to battle for the 2-hour race, but the only change to take place in the top three was between Uncle and Nephew, Mike and Ryder Lafferty. Mike struggled on the final two laps and just enough to hold off the younger charging Ryder. The final three would be Ryder, Mike and Jesse.
Notable to mention was A-250 winner Justin Lafferty who was also in attendance.
In the Quad event is was GNCC racer Jarrod McClure with the holeshot who went on to lead every lap. The local district racers could not keep the fast pace that McClure would display.
An epic battle between "Mad Max" Fernandez and the "Beast From the East" Mike Beeler Jr., both from the Schoolboy classes, also ensured. All eyes were upon these young thoroughbreds as they also did battle the day before in the youth event. On the White Flag lap, Beeler would clip a tree and knock himself silly. At the end of the race, he didn't even remember remounting and finishing the last lap and he had to be advised by his family that he actually won.
On Saturday only the toughest of the youth racers would assemble on the starting grids. The rain was falling at a rate of an inch an hour, with heavy fog and cold conditions. Portions of the grass track already showed 1" of pooling water, but the racers still lined up to battled.
In the 50cc race the District changed the design of the track to accommodation the 10" wheels of the youth racers, but after 45 minutes, Ryder Sigety was able to take the checkered flag. This would be Ryders 1st national win.
In the Juniors 65cc heat, newcomer Griere Moir and last years AMA National No. 1 plate holder Ryan Gribbin challenged each other for the win. They were less then 20-seconds apart the entire race, but in the end it was the experience of Gribbin that would prevail.
All eyes were on the super mini lines next up in the youth main event. Who would take the Overall on the mud soaked track; Mike Beeler Jr or Max Fernandez?
Fernandez started from the front row and Beeler left from the 2nd row. Frenandez got the start and while the two raced through the wood, it was easy to see Fernandez did not want to let up -- even for a second. Beeler was also on the gas but was riding more conservatively and trying to keep it on two wheels. Unfortunately, riding conservatively would not get it done, and Fernandez took the win.