The following is an industry press release...
Sumter, S.C. – On Jan. 19, SE&TRA put on Round 1 of the AMA East Hare Scrambles Championship Series where 325 racers ascended on the small town of Wedgfield, S.C. The weather couldn't have been better, as rain a few days before the race combined with a steady crosswind kept down the dust.
For the Youth Racers, their event took them across 4.5 miles of tight trails, hill climbs and sand whoops. After just one lap the “beast from the East" Mike Beeler Jr. was leading his class and the O/A event from the 12-13 SM line, but not too far behind was 14-15 SM Michael Overstreet.
Beeler and Overstreet battled for the first two laps, but eventually Overstreet could not keep up with last year’s champion.
Sneaking up on the two was 7-11 85cc racer Grant Davis. At just 11-years-old, Davis started on the fourth row and quickly picked his way through the two rows in front of him. He would eventually finish first in class and fourth overall.
At the end of the one and a half hour race it was Beeler who came away with the win with Overstreet in second and female racer Brianna May, riding the 14-15 SM, in 3rd.
As the Main Event came up, the club decided to run A, B and C together due to shortness of daylight hours left. For the two-hour race, approximately 280 riders were on the line along with 37 AA racers. The course itself was 9 miles of South Carolina sand with several elevation changes and lots of whoops.
As the riders completed their first lap it was Pennsylvania’s Tegan Temple in the lead. Following close behind him was series heavy weights Sturt Baylor, Andrew Delong and Russell Bobbit.
The lead changed on lap two as Baylor took over first, but Delong was right on his fender with Bobbit just a few seconds back.
Kyle McDonald, AMA East Hare Scramble’s 2016 champions was just outside the top five and would eventually finish 6th.
On the final lap Baylor came through in the lead just as he had before and again with Delong directly behind him.
Unfortunately for Delong, his fitness let go on the final lap, hampering his grip and allowing Bobbitt to take over second.
It was a great race for AMA East Hare Scrambles to welcome SETRA to the series for 2017.
For more information visit the AMA East Hare Scramble page at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.