It’s been a productive two weeks for 10-year-old Travis Lentz and the Lentz Motorsports family.
On April 25, Lentz raced in Round three of the IXCR cross country racing series, which was held at Lee Farms in Martinsville, IN. Competing in the 65cc (7-12 year-old) division, Lentz took first, completing five laps in one hour to beat Hunter Carey of Aurora, IN by almost four minutes. Lentz also placed 21st overall in the overall youth standings, beating out several 85cc and Super Mini riders.
Round four of the IXCR series is on May 15-16, at King of the Mountain in Canaan, IN.
The following week the Lentz family was in Crawfordsville, IN for the Hoosier, the sixth round of the elite Grand National Cross Country Series on May 2.
Travis Lentz would have another solid outing, scoring his first podium finish in a GNCC race with a second place finish in the 65cc (10-11) class. Lentz ran seven laps in a time of 1:26:44.2, while the winner, Caleb Wood of Donalds, SC, ran eight laps in 1:33:50.620. Wood has placed first in all six races in the GNCC series.
The runner-up finish also boosted Lentz in the 65cc standings as he now sits second with 95 points, two more than Hunter Carey, who finished fifth at the Hoosier.
Lentz wasn’t the only local racer to have a good day at Ironman Raceway. Morrisonville’s Jhak Walker took sixth in the Super Mini (14-15) class, running nine laps in 1:36:19.451. After his fifth top ten finish in six rounds, Walker currently sits seventh in the Super Mini overall points with 75 points.
Walker’s older brother, Jhadyn, raced in the Open A class and took 16th, running six laps in 3:05:18.499, while his younger brother, Jhenner, ran eighth in the MXCI (8-9) class in the Micro division with a time of 38:13.010 for five laps.
Gillespie racer Collin Johnson scored a top ten finish in the Open B class, running six laps in 3:07:09.077. His father, Darold Johnson, was fifth in the Masters B (50+) class.
Lake Plowman of Waverly was 16th in the 4-stroke A Lites, running seven laps in 3:22:43.059. Plowman also ran at IXCR on April 25 and finished first in the 3A Lite class. His younger brother, Grayson Plowman, also raced finishing 31st in 85cc (12-13).
Others competing in Crawfordsville included Carlinville racers Mason Wise (23rd in Super Mini), Reece Frankford (17th in 85cc, 12-13), Rylan Wise (11th in 65cc, 10-11), Lane Davis (31st in 150 C), Casey Boyett (21st in Super Senior C, 45+), Rylan Frankford (9th in Sportsman A), Jordan Emmons (19th in Sportsman A), Nathan Dyer (7th in 150 C) and Colt Rosentreter (12th in MXC2 (6-8).
The next GNCC event is the John Penton at Sunday Creek Raceway in Millfield, OH, on May 22-23.
Canton Motorcycle Club
In addition to the action in Indiana, several area racers also competed in the Canton Motorcycle Club Hare Scramble near Cuba on April 25.
Two riders would come away with wins on the day as Donnellson’s Cooper Duff took first in the 65cc class and Litchfield’s Ryan Komor topped the podium in 201-Open C.
The pair both had family members competing as well, as Ryan Duff, Cooper’s father, was 10th in the 30+ class and Alex Komor, Ryan’s brother, took 13th in Open C.
Keeping with the family theme in Canton, Gillespie’s Collin Johnson would rebound from an early accident to take third in the Open B class, while his father, Darold, was second in his class.
The next stop on the AMA District 17 schedule is this Sunday, May 9, in Oakford for a WFO Productions event.