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Round 5 – 2013 Sho-Me State Pitbike Series – Midway Speedway

047September 10, 2013 – St. Louis, MO:

The racers were back at Midway Speedway in Lebanon, MO for Round 5 of the Sho-Me State Pitbike Series. Noticeably absent was Pit Bike Junkie pro rider Jake Payne (2013 Arenacross Champion) who was sidelined with a broken foot; we all wish him well. Also M.I.A. was Pit Bike Junkie team rider Hank Cahill (current 12” Am. series points leader), who was attending an important family function.

It would be up to team riders James “Professor” Smoot (Pit Bike Junkie co-founder) & Cody Dempsey (currently #2 in points) to defend the title in the ultra-competitive 12” Amateur class… And they did not disappoint!

The Professor (debuting the new Piranha P190R-4V) & Dempsey battled it out in Moto 1, leaving the pack behind, with Cody finishing in 1st place and the Professor in 2nd. In Moto 2, the Professor took the holeshot and led for more than 3 laps with Dempsey hot on his back wheel. Right before the white flag, Dempsey took the inside line and blew past the Professor with an aggressive block-pass. Right before the checkered flag, racing into the final turn, Dempsey’s racing line was blocked by a lap-down rider, slowing him down just enough for the Professor to slide along the inside and come neck and neck with Dempsey. As both riders came out of the corner, they wrenched open the throttle and shot up the ramp towards the finish line. Unfortunately for Dempsey, the Professor’s new bike had substantially more torque, and the lightweight machine launched itself just an inch ahead of Dempsey as they flew over the finish line… a near photo finish!!! James “Professor” Smoot succeeded in clenching first place, a perfect debut of the new Piranha P190R-4V. Cody Dempsey’s 2nd place finish was good enough to propel the talented young rider into 1st place in the Sho-Me Series’ overall standings, with Professor now a close 2nd place in points. Pit Bike Junkie team rider Hank Cahill would fall to 3rd place, with only 4 races left in the series to make up his #1 position.

In the Vet class… Pit Bike Junkie publisher ”Fantasy” Jim (current points leader & holeshot king) was 2nd into the first corner and chasing down his rival Doug “Nick Novice” Scrounce (#1 ranked Kawasaki pilot). The “world’s oldest pit bike racer” was unable to catch the “on fire” Scrounce who would go 1/1 for the day while “Fantasy” would settle for 2nd overall and pass the series #1 Vet position back to “Nick Novice”. “For safe keeping till the next race!”, proclaimed the old racer.

Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Team Results Round 5:
1st place 12” Am – James “Professor” Smoot
2nd place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
2nd place Veteran – “Fantasy” Jim

Series Results as of Round 5:
1st place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
2nd place 12” Am – James “Professor” Smoot
3rd place 12” Am – Hank “Hotshoe” Cahill
2nd place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim & current holeshot leader (8 of 8)
3rd place 12” Pro – Jake “The Assassin” Payne

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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