On Track With Journal-News Motorsports: Saathoff and Company Collect Wins

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Hillsboro High School freshman Chase Saathoff has been in a southern state of mind this month, competing in races in Georgia and Florida in March.

Satthoff competed in Steve Nace Racing Promotions’ Oglethorpe Speedway Park All-Star race on March 5,  and took first in the Open Singles Amateur class, beating out Bradon Pfanders of Bethlehem, PA, and first in the 450 Amateur, besting Logan Mcgrane of Gap, PA.

Saathoff was back at Oglethorpe Speedway Park on March 6, for round one of Nace’s Bike Week races. In the 250cc-Open division, Saathoff took first, winning both motos to relegate Pfanders to second again. He would also take first in the 450cc Production class and second in the 450cc Modified class.

Racing then moved to Volusia Speedway Park in DeLeon Springs, FL, with an all-star race kicking off the next rounds on March 8. Saathoff would continue his strong performance, running second in both the 450 Amateur and Open Singles Amateur, and 10th in a loaded field for the All-Star Singles.

Round two of Bike Week yielded more wins for Saathoff on March 9, as he topped the podium in both the 450cc Modified and 450cc Production classes. Saathoff also ran in the 250cc Open Singles and finished 12th.

Round three wrapped up Bike Week on March 10, at Marion County Speedway in Ocala, FL. Saathoff capped off the week with three more wins, sweeping the 450cc Modified, 450cc Production and 250cc Open Singles classes.

The wins secured his spot atop the points standings in all three classes, with the gap betweeen first and second 16 points in 250cc Open Singles, 25 points in 450cc Production and 33 points in 450cc Modified. 

Saathoff is also first in the 450 Amateur All-Star standings, four points ahead of Tyler Scott, and 15th in the All-Star Singles standings. He leads the All-Star Series Open Singles Amateur standings as well, by seven points over Logan McGrane.

Midwest Motocross Club

It was the first Gran Prix of the year for AMA District 17 and the Duff Boys Racing team of Donnellson was there in full force.

Brothers Zach and Cooper Duff both raced in the Midwest Motocross Club Gran Prix in Chandlerville on March 14, with their dad, Ryan, also hitting the course.

Zach Duff came away with the win in the Super Mini class and was the top overall rider in the youth division. Younger brother Cooper also won his class and was third overall, while Ryan was fifth in his group.

Full results have not been posted yet, but Anthony Krivi finished first in the Pro class. 

Crossroads Series

The 2021 Crossroads Cross Country Series kicked off on March 13-14 at Big River Off Road Park in Hutsonville.

Gillespie’s Collin Johnson had a big day as he took first in the Open B class, completing seven laps in 1:55:18. Not only did Johnson finish first in his class, but he was first overall in the B division and 23rd out of nearly 100 riders in the PM bikes division.

In the intermediate bike division, Gideon Cruthis of Panama completed three laps in 54:37 to take eighth in the four-stroke class.

GNCC Series

It was the third stop of the Grand National Cross Country Series on March 13-14, with riders taking on The General at Aonia Pass MX in Washington, GA.

Jhak Walker of Morrisonville ran fourth in the Super Mini Senior (14-15) division, posting a time of 1:32:13.558 for eight laps. Travis Lentz of Walshville took fifth in the 65cc (10-11) class, running a time of 1:26:34.657 for six laps. Overall, Walker was fourth in youth bikes, while Lentz was 94th overall.

Other area racers included Reece Frankford of Carlinville (11th in 85cc, 12-13), Grayson Plowman of Waverly (19th in 85cc, 12-13), Rylan Frankford of Carlinville (11th in Sportsman A) and Lake Plowman of Waverly (15th in 4-Stroke A Lites).

Fly Racing Series

Lincoln Trail Motosports Park in Casey hosted round one of the Fly Racing Showdown Series on Sunday, March 14, with several area riders finishing near the top of the standings.

In the adult ranks, Adam Wright of Hillsboro and Chris Short of Litchfield both finished second in their classes (30+ A for Wright and 30+ B/C for Short). Blake Copeland of Morrisonville finished first in the Open A class and second in the 25+ A class for another solid day.

Ryan Petroski of Irving was 22nd in the Open C class and 23rd overall in the 250 C class, while Bailey Powell of Litchfield was 23rd in the first moto in the same class. Christopher Furlow of Witt also raced and was 11th in the Open Beginner class.

In the youth races, Hudson Wright of Hillsboro was sixth out of 29 riders in the 65cc Junior (7-9) class and 27th in the 85cc Junior (9-11) class.

Camron Bone of Litchfield also raced in the 65cc Junior group and placed tenth, while also taking 23rd in the 65 Open (7-11) class.

Holden Wright of Hillsboro was 12th in the 50cc Pee Wee (4-8) class and 14th in the 50cc Junior (4-6) class.

Trenton Kimbro of Taylor Springs was 16th in the 85cc Senior (12-15) class and was 23rd in the first moto in the 85cc Open (9-15) class.

Grayson Short of Litchfield finished 20th in the 50cc Shaft/Shifter Beginner (4-8) class and 21st in the 50cc Pee Wee (4-8) class.

Corbin Durbin of Morrisonville ran fifth in the 65cc Senior (10-11) class, ninth in the 85cc Open (9-15) class and seventh in the 85cc Junior (9-11) class.

The next event at Lincoln Trail is the Monster Energy Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier on March 27-28.

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