BRSD GT Performance "Top Shop" Champions at ATV Nationals
MO -- Have you ever had one of "those weeks"? You know -- when one terrible thing happens right after
another. Then, things begin to look up... But, is it a mirage?
Hmmm... Definitely could be. After all, we are in Missouris desert. That's right.
The all "sand" terrain at Big River Sand Drags makes it tough to bear on hot,
summer days. But, the heat didnt arrive until the end of this dreadfully
glorious week at the 2008 ATV Nationals. Let's go back in time just a few
short days ago. When planning operations on Monday, forecasts predicted
four straight days of wonderful rain. Yep... Thursday through
Sunday. Well, this did not slow down the Merseal family's intent to produce
a show capable of setting new track records. After stocking and prepping
the facility for a wet week, the unimaginable happened. BRSD was broken
into and vandalized. Equipment was stolen as well as product from the
concession stand. Windows were shattered and doors were broken.
This tragedy marks the third major occurrence of its kind in the tracks 18
years in Bonne Terre. Don't worry, though. There is a small light
at the end of the sand tunnel. The thief was caught and equipment was
returned. However, the owners were still left with the tab on replacing
food and windows; cleaning up the mess and trudging toward the end.
finally arrived and miraculously after a day and a half of rain, it turned out
beautiful. The weather was nice, too! Seventy-one entries were made
into the test & tune allowing some of the best riders on the fastest ATV's
on the planet to make hundreds of time trial passes. The festivities
lasted over six hours before locking down for the ride of a lifetime.
Saturday, at high noon, somebody would win the biggest honor since "Overall
Track Champion" in the first ever contest of its kind at BigRiver...
The Top Shop Shoot-out.
wailed as four psyched shops took the line to begin the battle of all
time. The teams were: Adrenaline Racing, The Bom Racing, GT
Performance and Precision Powersports. As the contest ran into the
qualifying round, it was proven that GT Performance and Precision Powersports
would be the two fastest teams. Each had to select one rider and one bike
to face off for the title. It came down to Clay Ide (GT) and Kevin
Betzer, Jr. (Precision). It was a best 2 of 3 shoot-out. Each ended
up with one victory. Then, in the final round it was Ide who won the Top
Shop trophy for GT Performance of Dearborn, MO. He not only took the ride
of his life victory wise; Clay also had one near catastrophe miss. He
started on the outside of the right lane only to be pulled toward the center
rail at the 125 ft. mark. Ide rode the center and collided with the MPH
& E.T. markers. He was not injured, nor was his record setting
rocket. The previous ATV record for fastest E.T. was a 3.62 second pass
from John Conner of Oak Grove,
MO. Well, the first
recorded ATV record anyway. Clay shattered it with a 3.485 pass (backed
up). He also set a MPH record for ATVs at 95! So, let's recap -- the track was vandalized (set a record), it rained and rained (not a record,
but probably needed none the less), 71 at test & tune (set a record) and a
new ATV record for E.T. and MPH. Isn't that enough?!? Nah...
BRSD set a record with 162 entries in a single event night. A combined
Pro ATV/Super Pro ATV class had 40+ while Unlimited ATV saw a record
participation of 51 entries. Wrap this up and serve it for 22 hours over two
days. That's how long it took to see this event through to its end.
Imagine how the owners and staff felt. Many additional hours were worked
to ensure a safe track for all competitors and a family friendly
atmosphere. In the end -- as the final race of the annual event took a
light at 4:00 a.m. Sunday -- I believe everyone involved realized just what had
happened; what had they pulled off? Overall, one of the greatest ATV
events this area has ever experienced. So now, we can only wonder -- what
will happen next... ?
point season continues with all classes participating in the two day show on
Labor Day weekend, August 30th & 31st, sponsored by Cruse
Welding. Races begin at 6pm with gates opening at 2pm and time
trials 3pm-5pm. Admission is $10 per adult; kids 12 and under FREE.
225-8360, or visit www.bigriversanddrag.com for the latest results.
Information can also be found in the forums of www.stlracing.com , and BRSD is
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