racing in Texas kicked off at Oak Hill MX Park
in Alvord, TX on
January 14th-15th with the TQRA/ Oak Hill National
Warm Up. Although considered a practice race to
many national riders, as well as ones from the
Texoma Quad Racing Association and the South
Texas Quad Racing Association, the competition
offered a glimpse of the excitement the upcoming
2006 series will bring.
Riders from as far
away as Pennsylvania joined those from Texas and
surrounding states in a battle to the finish at
Oak Hill, a track most will eagerly return to
next month for Round 2 of the 2006 ATVA ITP-Moose
Grand National Championship Motocross Series.
With a full gate in the Open Expert class,
thrilling race action was anticipated and
spectators were not disappointed. What some may
not have expected, however, was the excellent
show put on by the amateurs. Non-stop action
continued, race after race, through both motos
as 178 riders revealed their determination to
get to the front of the pack in each of their
A few of the 2005 GNC Pro and Pro Am riders
competing at Oak Hill were Dustin Wimmer (191),
Jason “Dunk” Dunkelberger (19), Matt White (32),
Chad Wienen (152), Josh Creamer (270), Cody
Miller (22), Hunter Miller (90), Johnny Hale
(16), and Jesse Sheaffer (311). Positions
changed on the track throughout both races, with
a surprising overall win for Wienen.
In the first moto, Cody Miller got the
holeshot. Nick Hickey (82), Daniel Donnon (9),
Wimmer and others were right with him coming
into the first turn out of the gate, but Wimmer
soon made his way to the front, passing for
second. He and Cody were gaining a lead until
Wienen passed for third.
“This is where things got really
interesting,” said Barbara Miller, mom to Cody
and Hunter. “Chad started making time back on
Cody and Dustin, and by lap 5 he was right with
them on a wild ride for the finish.”
Wimmer was all over Cody, trying to make a pass,
with Wienen right on them. Cody took the inside
on an inside/outside berm and when Wimmer went
around for a pass, Wienen flew through, taking
his second place position and going for first.
With all three running close together, Wienen
made another attempt to pass Cody in the last
lap before the checkered flag, but could not
make it stick. Cody took first, followed by
Wienen, Wimmer, Dunkelberger, Hunter Miller,
White, RJ Slayton (15), Brice Simon (29), Thomas
Brown (84), and Nate Frees (114) in the top ten.
Wienen blasted through the holeshot in moto
2, taking his lead early, followed by Cody and
Hunter Miller. Running without a working clutch,
Dunkelberger stalled in turn two and could not
get his bike started right away. By the time he
did, the pack was well ahead of him and he had
lots of ground to make up.
“It didn’t matter anyway,” said Barbara
Miller, “because Chad Wienen was gone by the
second corner. I mean just flat out gone, and
there wasn't anything that anyone could do about
it. He was a man on a mission and he wasn't
A battle for second place began between the
two brothers, Cody and Hunter. The two ran neck
and neck at times, with Hunter passing Cody in
lap two and Cody taking him back in lap three,
and then Hunter flipped. Coming on strong,
Wimmer took third, then second, but it was too
late to catch Wienen.
“Chad was so far out in front, it was amazing
to see this happening,” said Barbara Miller.
“He was clearly 20 or 30 seconds ahead of
everybody and still pushing like it was the last
race and the championship was on the line. It
was like watching a star being born right in
front of our eyes.”
Wienen took the checkered flag, and first
place overall. Wimmer took second, followed in
the moto by White, Creamer, Cody Miller,
Dunkelberger, Brown, Frees, Slayton, and Bobby
Ross (815). Overall top ten finishes following
Wienen and Wimmer were Cody Miller, White,
Dunkelberger, Brown, Slayton, Frees, Hunter
Miller, and Creamer.
Several of the experts were back out on the
track in the Pro Am class, including White, who
took second in the first moto and first in the
second for a first place overall. Creamer won
the first moto and finished second overall,
followed by Matt Christian (36), Denton Boyer
(156), Sheaffer Brown, Brown Tyler Steffens
(12), Tyson Strauss (87), Zakk Lumm (93) and
Cory Dunaway (9) as the top ten.
In the Over 40 Open, Roger Moore (38) took
first in both motos, followed by Robbie
Carpenter (63), Roger Ratliff (32), Rick Raymond
(611), and Tony Wo (137), with the same top five
positions in both motos.
Kevin Carothers (06) placed first overall in
the Over 30 A, followed by Michael Fisk (65),
Robert Salinas (738), Aaron McMahan (77) and
Eric Gilbert (13).
Jay Holman (2r) took a 1-1 win for first
overall in the Over 30 B, followed by Dan Teague
(131), Brian Saliba (51), Don McKain (8r), and
Joe Gonzales (2) for the top five overall.
In the Open A, Shane Owens (1) won the first
moto and Chris Zolnai (33) won the second, but
Cody Magnuson (57) took first overall, followed
by Lumm and Chase Ingram (12r). The rider to
watch in this class, however, was Robby Early
(12), who finished fourth overall after mishaps
in both motos.
In the first moto, Early flipped after
tangling with a few riders coming into the first
turn. With bent handlebars, he went on to finish
seventh. In the second moto, Early was on the
gas and flying. Out ahead of everyone, he spun
out between jumps seven and eight and stalled,
losing several places, but managed to make it
back to second before the checkered flag. Zolnai,
running in second, won the race and ended up
with fifth overall.
With 24 riders, the Open B was the only class
required to qualify. Finishing in the top five
overall in this class were Jared Heintschel
(88), William Creese (16), Joshua Bateman (7r),
Tracy Yocham (55) and Daniel Jones (3).
The top five overall riders in the Open C
included Chad Wilson (4), Brad Dunn (8), Braden
Feller (13r), Larry Corwin (13), and Ryan
McDaniel (44), and the top five in the Open
4-stroke included Spencer Owens (411), followed
by Heintschel, Brent Henneman (39), Creese, and
Austin Wilson (12), who won his second moto.
Ryan Anderson (414) took first place wins all
around in the Blaster and Youth classes.
Although Chase Snapp (22) managed to pass him
once or twice in the Blaster class, Anderson
quickly took his first place position back as he
hit all of the jumps on his little Blaster. On
the heels of Snapp, Tyler Whitmire (4) tried to
make a pass for second, but Snapp took him in
both motos. Whitmire finished third overall,
followed by Terrell Evans (9) and Chaz Howell
(23) in the top five.
Following Anderson in both motos of the Youth
class were Yocham, who also placed in the Open
B., and Josh Juneau (56) who took third,
although Whitmire tried several times to get
around him. “He was all over me,” said Juneau.
“It was hard to hold him off, ‘cause he’s really
Weinen jumps out front in moto 2.
Whitmire finished fourth, and Cody Bales (22)
rounded out the top five among these highly
competitive Youth racers.
Megan Manshack (11) ran away with the Open
Ladies class, no contest, followed by Shae
Warren (324), Courtney Griggs (15), Rachelle
Lewis (8), Megan Magnuson (57) and Anne Reece
In the Mom’s class, made up of racers’ moms
with very little racing experience, Kim Whitmire
(4) took first in both motos, followed by Gail
Tincher (9), Kelly Gonzalez (2) and Audrey
Hickey (82) in the overall finishes.
Tessa May (12) won both motos in the Super
Mini (6-12), although Tanner Bales (11) had a
big lead in the first moto before spinning out
and losing a couple of positions. Finishing
second overall was Rhett Sims (112), followed by
Bales, Brennan Mullins (33), and Trey Talley (3)
in the top five.
Only four riders entered the Super Stock Mini
class. Keifer Peak (23) had a 1-1 win, with
Baylee Evans (9) finishing second overall, Cory
Gonzalez (6) in third and Max Bledsoe (4g) in
The Mini Quad (5-11) had the same top four
finishes in both motos. Evans placed first,
followed by Bledsoe, Bailey Holman (4), and JD
Head (46). Payton Howell (6) finished fifth
overall with a 5-6 win.
The smallest class was the Peewee (4-8), with
only two riders starting. Keaton Forsyth (714)
took first in both motos and Payton Howell
A majority of the riders commenting on the
Oak Hill track said it was “awesome” and they
“loved it,” although it is long and did become
“blue grooved.” Known as the “country club of
motocross,” it is considered sandy with “safe,
but technical jumps”, a lot of flat turns, and a
“knarly” woop section _certainly a national
caliber track. Many say they cannot wait to
return for the GNC Round 2, The
Wrangler at Oak Hill, scheduled for February
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Complete results from the TQRA/ Oak Hill
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