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Story by: Terri Stevens
Photos by: Judy Fedd or J and J Racing

STQRA (South Texas Quad Racing Association)
STQRA (South Texas Quad Racing Assciation) - Round 1 Results

The South Texas Quad Racing Association kicked off its 2006 Southern Challenge Series February 26 at San Jacinto Cycle Park in Splendora, Texas. About 100 riders competed in the quad motocross race, including a few national pros on their way to the next ATVA national motocross series. The turn-out was better than expected, considering the circumstances, and STQRA members called the opening round a success.

Grady Antich, #00, gets the holeshot both motos in the Super Mini class.
Grady Antich, #00, gets the holeshot
both motos in the Super Mini class
#124 Ryan Callahan and #02 Shawn Lane battle for second, then first in Open B.
#124 Ryan Callahan and #02 Shawn Lane
battle for second, then first in Open B

Although last season’s STQRA races averaged about the same number of riders, after the recent formation of another series in the area by former STQRA members, those who remained with the original association worried the split would cause their numbers at each race to be too low. Quad motocross riders throughout the nation face an uphill battle to get track time of their own. Even time on a motocross track with the dirt bikes can be a struggle, with some tracks refusing to allow quads at all. Although the number of riders in the STQRA series had doubled in the last year or so, it was just barely enough to keep tracks satisfied with the quad-only races, and then came the split.

If that was not enough to concern STQRA promoters and members, the weather also brought uncertainty for race day. Rain fell most of the day Saturday, so only a few riders were able to get a lap or two of practice in before it began, although many had camped at the track the night before. As the rain continued, the racers and their families remained optimistic. Some joked that they would use towels to mop up water on the track, if necessary, so they could still race on Sunday. National Pro Pat Brown had a difficult time getting in to park, and had his big rig stuck in the mud, but he was not the only one who would need a tow from the dozer to get out after racing.

#44 Chad Wienen led about half of the second moto in the Expert class.
#44 Chad Wienen led about half of
the second moto in the Expert class
#199 National Pro Pat Brown takes both wins in the Expert class.
#199 National Pro Pat Brown
takes both wins in the Expert class

Luckily, the rain ended Saturday evening, and the racers with family and friends just kept pouring in. Track officials worked to get the track into the best shape possible, and by Sunday morning excitement filled the air as each class took extra time for practice before racing began.

Mud was flying as the quads made their way around the national style track, and many were sliding, yet that did not stop them from keeping the throttle pinned and their momentum flowing. Several riders, out of shape from the off-season, were breathing heavy as they finished their rounds, and the nervousness of the beginners was obvious, but most were smiling with optimism and sheer joy as they raced into the new series.

The locals were eager to see #199 Pat Brown, get out on the track and tear it up against #44 Chad Wienen, also a national pro, and #49 Pro Am racer Sage Baker. Brown had talked to STQRA President Dee Manshack about the race, and then told the other two. On their way to Gainesville, Florida for Round 3 of the national series, they each arrived for the race, and afterward spent a few days riding the track. The Splendora track is a favorite among local riders, and Manshack is tight with the owner. Manshack, also owner of Rage ATV Racing, as well as mechanic and engine builder for John Natalie Jr., is becoming well-known on the national circuit, and along with his wife, Michele, and daughter, Megan, have made many friends in the ATV motocross world.

Local #18 Expert John Buller battles with Pro Am #49 Sage Baker for third in the Expert class. Local #18 Expert John Buller battles with Pro Am #49 Sage Baker for third in the Expert class.
Local #18 Expert John Buller battles with Pro
Am #49 Sage Baker for third in the Expert class.

Brown, Wienen and Baker all competed in the STQRA’s Expert class, giving the locals who have yet to attend a national race the opportunity to see a few top pros in action. Brown and Wienen battled for first both motos, as did Baker and local Expert John Buller, #18, for third, with Brown taking a 1-1 win. Wienen had jumped out front in the second moto, but Brown, right on him, took first about mid-race. Wienen, then running without a seat, kept the second place position for second overall, with Baker taking third. Buller had stayed right with Baker, passing him and taking third for a few laps in the second moto, but was passed back and ended up in fourth. Robert Salinas, #738, who also ran the Over 30 A class, finished both motos in fifth.

Megan Manshack, #11, surprised many with an overall win in the Open A. After dominating the women’s class in Texas the last few years, Megan moved to the Open A this season, hoping the new competition would help her increase her speed before she turns 16 and can run in the national women’s class. She started out the first moto in about sixth place, with #94 Robert Hanson in first. After two of the front runners, #783 Kyle Baker and #15 Joe Messina crashed, Megan finished third in her first Open A race. Anthony Trevino, #36, took second.

The second moto, however, was a different story. Megan blasted out of the holeshot in first and never slowed up. She led the entire race, with Adam Woodard, #22, finishing in second and Hanson in third. Hanson’s 1-3 finishes gave him second overall, with Woodard coming in third. #777 Chris Newland took fourth in both motos and finished fourth overall, and #782 Scott Woodard got fifth with 7-6 finishes.

A couple of Open A front runners, #783 Kyle Baker and #15 Joe Messina, crash in the first moto.
A couple of Open A front runners, #783 Kyle Baker
and #15 Joe Messina, crash in the first moto

Another exciting race to watch was the Sport Quads. This highly competitive class includes riders ages 12-17, with maximum 2-stroke 240cc and 4-stroke 350cc engines, although many of the quads stay within the national engine limits of 200cc and 300cc for youth production. Even running within those national limits, the lap times for some of these top youth riders on mid-size quads have been compared to those of the full-size ones in the Open B class.

Ryan Anderson, #414, took first overall, which was no surprise. Anderson is STQRA’s champion Youth and Sport Quad rider, and currently holds first in points in the national Youth Production class. However, this win did not come easily. In the first moto, Anderson got the holeshot, with #56 Josh Juneau in second. By the end of the first lap, #71 Corey Trevino fired his blaster into second place and went for first. A battle to the finish began between him and Anderson, with Trevino passing, Anderson spinning out, Trevino going over in a turn, and the two racing right down to the checkered flag.

The battle continued in the second moto, with Anderson getting the holeshot, then Trevino making a pass in half a lap, and Anderson passing back before the checkered flag. Juneau held third easily, with the battle for fourth and fifth running between #390 Kyle Valasquez, #32 Travis Hanus, and #357 Alex Kohl. Valasquez took fourth in both motos and Hanus, with 6-5 finishes, placed fifth overall.

Kara Corn, #454, got her first win in the Women’s class after racing the last few years under Megan Manshack. Corn took the checkered both motos, followed by #111 Courtney Leax, in second, #8 Brandi West in third, and #43 Leslie Smith in fourth. Brittney Keene, #13, placed fifth overall with 7-5 finishes.

#414 Ryan Anderson takes both moto wins in the Sport Quad class.
#414 Ryan Anderson takes both
moto wins in the Sport Quad class

The first race of the day was the Open C for beginners. With 17 on the gate, the crowd collectively held their breath as the racers made their way into the first turn. In the first moto, it was a smooth, clean start, but the second one had about a 10-quad pile-up, each returning to the race as quickly as possible. Kyle Underwood, #8, took the win in both motos, and #121 Jason Bryant placed second overall with 4-2 finishes. Zack White, #711, finished third both motos, and Jake Janacek, #1, took fourth with a 5-4. Skyler Jankowowiak, #11, placed fifth overall with his 2-9 finishes.

In the Open B, #7 Josh Bateman, took the first moto holeshot and pulled a big lead, with #02 Shawn Lane and #124 Ryan Callahan battling for second. Bateman crashed coming off of a jump about half a lap before the white flag, and Callahan, last year’s STQRA Open C champ, took the win in both motos. Lane finished second, with #39 James Peacock in third. Michael Schindewolf, #122, got fourth overall with 5-4 finishes, and #53 Marco Castillo had 4-5 finishes for fifth overall.

Doug Cucco, #9, took the overall win in the Over 30 A class with 3-1 finishes. Robert Salinas, with 1-3, finished second, and #08 Ramiro Medina got third overall with 5-2. Tony Wo, #137, finished fourth, and #06 Kevin Carothers got fifth overall.

#4 Kyla Mercado takes the win in the Mini class.
#4 Kyla Mercado takes the win in the Mini class

In the Over 30 B, #44 Bryan Fuhre got the win in both motos, followed by #43 Robert Smith in second and #26 Ronnie Jones in third. Gary White, #040, took fourth with 4-5 finishes, and Mark Zarzour, #7, took fifth with a 6-4.

Tyler Webster, #104, won both motos of the Youth class, although #29 Brent Sellers gave him a good race. Sellers, with 3-2 finishes, got second overall, and #22 Cody Bales took third. Joshua Valasquez, #892, took fourth both motos and Randy Grantham, #22x, finished fifth.

In the Super Mini class, Sellers raced a different quad and took the win in both motos, although #00 Grady Antich got both holeshots. Antich placed second overall with 3-2 finishes and #10 Hart Walker took third with a 2-4. Blaine Neely, #16, got fourth overall and #17 Hunter Oliver finished fifth.

#11 Megan Manshack, aboard her pink "Barbie" bike, puts a smack-down on the Open A guys.
#11 Megan Manshack, aboard her pink "Barbie"
bike, puts a smack-down on the Open A guys.

Kyla Mercado, #4, walked away with both wins in the Mini class, followed by Nathan Clague, #211, in second, Connor Zarzour in third, Lat Nichols, #7, in fourth, and #61 Sara Trevino in fifth.

Nicholas Webster, #105, won both motos of the Pee Wee class, followed by #9 Hunter Gengo in second, #13 Camden Nichols in third, #3 Tre Keene in fourth and #121 Cole Mc Cray in fifth.

The day ended with an awards ceremony and presentation of trophies, and riders began planning for the second round of the series, to be held March 26 at the Holeshot Mx in Victoria, TX.

STQRA membership is not required to compete in the races, but rather only for points and series awards. Complete race results and information on the STQRA series are available online at www.stqra.com.


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