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Round 6 – 2013 Sho-Me State Pitbike Series – Midway Speedway

057September 23, 2013 – St. Louis, MO:

Cool weather greeted the racers at Midway Speedway in Lebanon, MO for Round 6 of the Sho-Me State Pit Bike Series. Rain the previous 3 days had the track well watered and the Midway crew had prepped the track to perfect racing condition.

Hot off his 1st place win at the last round, Pit Bike Junkie co-founder James “Professor” Smoot (piloting the new Daytona 190) expected a tough battle with Piranha team-mate Cody Dempsey (current 12” amateur series leader). The two were separated by only 1 point.

The Professor grabbed the hole-shot in both moto’s and never looked back, leading every lap for a 1st place overall and earning the series lead. Dempsey had killed his bike at the gate on the first moto which kept him from mounting a challenge. In moto 2 Dempsey would make a valiant effort but just didn’t have the power to keep up with the pace of the Professor’s 190cc Piranha & aggressive riding. With only 3 races left either rider could take the championship for the Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha team.

In the Vet class, “Fantasy” Jim (the world’s oldest pit bike racer) debuted his new Piranha 190 and grabbed the hole-shot but the old guy couldn’t hang on to his lead and was immediately passed by new Piranha 190 rider, Mike Gilstrap and a few turns later by Doug “Nick Novice” Scrounce (series points leader). Moto 2 was a carbon copy with “Fantasy” taking the hole-shot and Gilstrap & Scrounce making the quick pass. Gilstrap’s Piranha would out-power the Kawasaki and was never challenged. Mike Gilstrap would lead every lap for a 1st place win, Scrounce would be 2nd & “Fantasy” Jim would settle for 3rd for the day.

Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Team Results Round 6:
1st place 12” Am – James “Professor” Smoot (holeshot both motos)
2nd place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
3rd place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim (holeshot both motos)

Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Team Series Results as of Round 6:
1st place 12” Am – James “Professor” Smoot
2nd place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
3rd place 12” Am – Hank “Hotshoe” Cahill
2nd place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim & current Holeshot King (10 of 12)
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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