A slew of riders from the area spent Easter in their favorite way possible, navigating the twists and turns of a hare scramble course.
Two dozen competitors from the Journal-News Motorsports area competed in the third stop in the WFO Promotions hare scramble series at Midwest Motosports Park in Chandlerville.
Three of those racers would come home with first place trophies, including Zach Duff of Donnellson, who was first in Super Mini and in the overall youth division. Duff ran a 54.45 for five laps, beating out Camren McCoy of Petersburg by just under a minute.
Travis Lentz of Walshville would score a win as well, narrowly defeating Cooper Duff of Donnellson in the 65cc class. Both racers are listed as finishing four laps in 47.15, 36 seconds ahead of the third place finisher, Cooper Lair of Alexis.
Jhak Walker of Morrisonville picked up the third win of the group as he continues to excel in the Open B class. Walker completed eight laps in 1:49.48, eight minutes faster than Riley Brueggeman of Shipman, to take his second straight WFO victory in the class.
The other members of the Walker Racing family also did well. Jhenner Walker was second in 50cc (7-8) and eighth in 65cc Beginner, while Jhadyn Walker was tenth in AA. The boys’ father, Jeremey, also raced and was second in the 40+ A class.
Walker wasn’t the only dad racing alongside his offspring. Ryan Duff, Zach and Cooper’s dad, ran seventh in 30+ A, while Gillespie’s father and son combo of Darold and Collin Johnson finished fourth and fifth in the 40+ B and the 98-Open B classes.
Jim and Ryan Komor also both raced on Sunday, with Jim taking 13th in 40+ C and Ryan picking up his second second place finish in the 201-Open C class.
The younger Komor was one of three Litchfield competitors to race Open C. Bradlee Saxby finished right behind Komor in third, while Tyler Rakey was 10th.
Other area competitors at Chandlerville included Dawson Wise (7th in 65cc Beginner), Rylan Wise (4th in 65cc), Jordan Emmons (2nd in 98-Open A), Michael Robinson (5th in 30+ B), Mason Wise (8th in 85-200 C) and Dave Emmons (6th in 30+ B), all of Carlinville; Brandon Frizzo (2nd in 40+ B) and Jake Frizzo (12th in 85cc) of Mt. Olive; and Lake Plowman (9th in AA) and Grayson Plowman (14th in 85-200 C) of Waverly.
Full results can be found at www.wfopromotions.com. The next WFO hare scramble is scheduled for May 9, in Oakford.
After trips to South Carolina, Florida and Georgia in the first three rounds of the Grand National Cross Country series, several area racers were back in the Palmetto State for round four of the GNCC at the Camp Coker Bullet in Society Hill, SC on March 27-28.
Jhak Walker of Morrisonville raced in the Super Mini Senior (14-15) class and took sixth out of 26 riders. Walker completed eight laps in a time of 1:26:11.470, less than four minutes behind the first place finisher, Cole Forbes of Richmond, VA.
Walshville’s Travis Lentz was eighth overall, running a time of 1:23:44.135 for six laps in the 65cc (10-11) class. Caleb Wood of Donalds, SC was the top finisher, clocking in at 1:23:46.339 for seven laps.
Grayson Plowman of Waverly took 16th in the 85cc (12-13) class, running a time of 1:23:42.162, the second fastest time for six laps. Ryder Sigety of Kinnelon, NJ, took first overall with a time of 1:23:55.07 for seven laps.
Lake Plowman, also of Waverly, would finish 18th in the Sportsman A class, running a time of 2:02:42.319 for four laps. Brewer Cawley of Lexington, SC, finished first in the 43-racer field, with a time of 1:46:44.90 for four laps.
Lake Plowman would finish 40th overall in the AM Bikes division, while Grayson Plowman was 82nd in the Youth Bikes division.
Travis Lentz would be right behind the younger Plowman, while Jhak Walker matched his Super Mini finish with a sixth place finish overall.
Walker is currently eighth out of 30 racers in the Super Mini Senior point standings, while Lentz is fourth out of 39 racers, with four straight top eight finishes in the 65cc class.
Round five of the GNCC will be back at Big Buck Farm in Union, SC, the site of round one of the off-road series. The race is scheduled for April 17-18.