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Round 3 – 2013 Sho-Me State Pitbike Series – HLR Motorsports Park

035August 20, 2013 – St. Louis, MO:

The competitors in the Sho-Me State Pit Bike Series trekked north to HLR Motorsports Park in Moberly, MO to begin the Fall half of the season with a night race. With a record 5 rain-outs this race would be only Round 3 in the 9 race schedule.

Pit Bike Junkie team rider Jake “the Assassin” Payne (2013 Arenacross Champ) pulled the holeshot in both motos in the 12” Pro class. A failed throttle cable in Moto 1 and a tight battle with Josh “the Snake” Garner (2012 State Pit Bike Champ) in Moto 2 had Payne finishing 2/1 for the overall Pro win on his Piranha/Daytona bike.

In the 12” Amateur class…Team rider Hank “Hot-Shoe” Cahill (2013 Indoor Winter Nationals Champion) schooled the pack and stretched out his 1st place lead in the series by taking 2 holeshots and back to back wins in both motos for a commanding overall 1st place for the night. Cahill’s Piranha teammates Cody Dempsey and James “Professor” Smoot would finish 3rd & 4th for the evening.

In the packed Vet class…Pit Bike Junkie Publisher ”Fantasy” Jim (the world’s oldest pit bike racer) took the Moto 1 holeshot but was quickly passed by the series leader Doug “Nick Novice” Scrounce (#1 ranked Kawasaki pilot). Scrounce would keep his lead finishing in 1st while “Fantasy” Jim would settle for 2nd. In Moto 2 the “old guy” would again take the holeshot but a hot-on-the-throttle “Nick Novice” would again make the pass at the 1st turn. The two hard-charging Vets would battle it out wheel to wheel till the very last lap when “Fantasy” made the pass at the bottom of the downhill ski jump to take the lead. Scrounce wouldn’t give up and stayed on “Fantasy’s” back wheel to the finish line. The 59 yr. old “Fantasy” Jim would go 2/1 for the overall 1st place win and would move within one point of the series leader.

Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Team Results:

1st Place 12” Pro – Jake “the Assassin” Payne – Holeshot Award (both Motos)
1st Place 12” Am – Hank “Hot-Shoe” Cahill – Holeshot Award (both Motos)
3rd Place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
4th Place 12” Am – James “Professor” Smoot
1st Place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim – Holeshot Award (both Motos)

The Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Race Team is sponsored by OnealMX, TBparts, Pit Posse, Outlaw Racing Products, Piranha Pit Bikes, Wholesale Cycle & SourceMX.

The ShoMe State Pit Bike Series has a 9 race schedule with 5 races that make up a track championship at Midway Speedway and 4 additional races that make up the full Series. Awards will be given for both track champions & state champions for all combined races.

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