Kendall Norman 1st Overall, JCR Honda.
Kendall Norman continued his dominance and led wire to wire to win his fourth AMA/KENDA National Hare and Hound event of the year. The JCR rider took the lead and never looked back completing the 115 mile course in just over three hours in Round 7.
Weeks of preparation and an equally important week’s worth of rain set the stage for one of the most enjoyable events of the NHHA’s short career. The Sugarloafers MC took control of the reigns and went above and beyond to impress both desert racers and fans alike. A whole loot of event certificates were provided by APF Construction and DementeD Designs and it was JCR Honda’s Kendall Norman who took home the $500 cash professional purse.
Running equally strong, FMF/KTM’s David Kamo had a good run despite suffering a pit stop malfunction with his gas tank. Matching virtually shift for shift otherwise to Norman, David Kamo took second place just seconds behind the leader.
David Kamo 2nd (Left), Kendall Norman 1st (Middle), Jake Argubright 3rd (Right)
Kawasaki of Simi Valley’s Jacob Argubright made his first appearance on the podium of the year. Passing local favorite TJ Hannifin early on, Argubright held on to round out the podium matching his career best National overall finish from a year before.
T.J. Hannifin 4th Overall, Local USRA Utah Racer.
Local Open Expert TJ Hannifin, who had troubles a month earlier at Round 5, came back and rode hard. Swapping positions after running at third off the bomb, Hannifin was part of a slew of riders who led the 4th overall position for a portion of the event. In the end, he was able to hold off three different KTM riders to finish at 4th Overall and first local rider.
Blais Racing Services/ KTM rider Morgan Crawford was on fire yet again and managed to keep himself within the Top 5 when it counted on his KTM 530. Swapping positions with Justin Imhof, David Pearson, and TJ Hannifin, Morgan matched his best finish of the year at 5th Overall.
Morgan Crawford 5th Overall, Blais Racing Services/KTM/ Kenda Tires
Malcolm Smith Motorsports and Paul Krause Racing’s Justin Imhof had his KTM 250cc 2-stroke tapped out and managed to finish 6th and tie his best career National Hare and Hound Finish. The 2-stroke phenom is on fire this year and looks to be on par to win the 250cc title.
The woman’s class was a heated battle throughout each of the three loops, and in the end it was Shayla Fulfer who took the lead to win in the Woman’s A/B National class. With a certificate valued at $100, Shayla joined the rest of the winners on the podium after the race. With her first win of the season, Fulfer looks to make the trek to California for the last two rounds in October!
The largest crowd of the year was on hand to spectate, and as the racers stepped onto the podium one at a time, memories of the past 50 years were kept alive in riders like Terry Bland, the winner of the first Cherry Creek event who was in attendance!
The NHHA now embarks on its summer break where each of the pro racers will spend time in their alternate forms of racing. Whether it is the SCORE series, EnduroCross, ISDE, or Motorcross, the pros of the AMA/KENDA National Hare and Hound Championship Series will have their hands in the off road racing world all summer long and keeping fit for the last two National rounds in October.
Stay tuned to www.NationalHareandHound.com for details on the remaining rounds in the series.
All Photos Courtesy of Mark Kariya.
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