The following is an industry press release...
Garysburg, N.C. - Round two of the AMA East HS Series and round one of the VXCS drew a record number of entries at the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research facility - VXCS's first year to host an AMA East HS.
Rain was in the forecast for Friday and Saturday as approximately 275 riders were in attendance for the race, including Bikes, Quads and UTV's. The majority of the riders were surprisingly from the North as they ventured south to escape the two to three feet of snow that had recently fallen.
In the 2-wheel main event there were approximately 200 racers. Robby Norwood, Brandon Nero, Kyle Honeycutt and several others were to do battle with 2016 AMA East Champion Kyle McDonal and 2016's second overall AMA East Harescramble finisher "Wild" Wally Palmer.
When the green flag dropped it was Palmer with the holeshot out onto the 9.5 mile course. The track was a mix of tight trees, winding tails, enduro-x and wide-open, cross-country terrain. Rain the night before took care of the the dust and made for some great "slip-n-slide" action.
The course held up well for approximately two of the four laps, but the ruts and mud holes would became a major concern. Several racers rode into the waterholes in hopes that they would be the same depth as the lap before, but this was not the case as the field clicked away laps and the red clay ruts and mud holes became unforgiving.
There was a 30-foot road crossing that the property manager took special care in making sure a rubber mat was in place. At the riders meeting all the racers were instructed to stay upon the mats in order to keep the mud off of the roadway. This venue was a "state run" proving ground and they were very particular in keeping the mud off of the paved connector sections.
Wild Wally Palmer apparently felt the rubber mats were just not his style so he decided to jump the roadway completely and cleared it every lap, which left the crowd in awe.
At the halfway point it was Palmer aboard his KTM-SRT with a two-minute lead over second place McDonal aboard his Bromley-Beta. About three minutes back from McDonal was Nero. This remained for the rest of the race giving the checkered flag to Palmer.
The top A Rider was Justin Lafferty, while the top B Rider was Dylan Box and the top C rider was Mike Beeler Jr, who actually finished 9th O/A. Beeler was also the Youth O/A winner the day before.
The top female racer was none other then Kiersten McDonal, younger sister to Kyle.