Story: Stephanie Hulsey
Photos By: Miller Photography
Round 3 of the OXC Pulls in 131 Racers in
Kyle Martin Takes 2nd Overall Win
April 5, 2008
Reeds Spring, MO
Mid 60's & Sunny
Wet, rocky & technical 6 Mile Track
PRO Holeshot with Kyle Martin Leading.
PRO Polaris Rider Bryan Baker making the
pass on Carson Coffman.
3rd Place PRO finisher Matt Olsen.
PRO Top Five from Left, Jody Estes 4th,
Bryan Baker 2nd, Kyle Martin 1st, Matt
Olsen 3rd, Jac Johnson 5th.
Right off the starting line of round three,
it was single file with rocks flying, weaving
through a couple twists and turns at the edge of
the woods, and under the arch where many
spectators chose to view the hole shot battle.
It was déjà vu for Missouri’s Kyle Martin, who
once again grabbed the hole shot in the Pro
Class and held onto the lead for the five lap
race. Martin said that getting through the
lappers in the bottlenecks was key to clinching
the top spot in the afternoon race and a
commanding points lead in the series.
Fourteen Pro’s were among the 131 racers
battling it out on the rocky terrain at the
Reeds Spring venue of the Ozarks Cross Country
ATV Racing series.
This six-mile track was the most challenging so
far with its rocky terrain, Ozark hills, creek
crossings, and bottlenecks plaguing riders
throughout the race. A section of the
track was rerouted before the start of the race
when some riders found that bottlenecks can play
havoc even during practice. Recent rains
throughout the state left the soil soft and when
combined with the loose rocks, and off camber
sections, created a struggle for many riders on
steep uphill climbs and downhill turns.
Joining Martin on the podium was Bryan Baker and
his Polaris Outlaw, placing second after
starting from dead last off the start and having
a lengthy battle with a rocky ledge in an
attempt to work his way around lappers hung up
in a bottleneck. OXC’s emcee, Matt Olson
of Illinois, took a different spot on the podium
this time, finishing third overall for the day
on his Honda and tying with Kentucky’s Jake
Yates for third place in series points.
While the bottlenecks were a concern for many,
Olson stated they seemed to work in his favor.
After battling with Yates and Zac Johnson, it
was Olson who came through for the final podium
Jody Estes, aboard his Gateway Cycles Kawasaki
took fourth place honors, while Zac Johnson
rounded out the top five at Reeds Spring.
Johnson is now tied with Carson Coffman for
second place in series points.
Todd Senger came through the finish line in
fourth place after lap two and pressed his way
through lappers to hold onto second place, only
to drop to sixth overall in the final lap due to
mechanical problems. Two of the Pro-Am
racers, Josh Eaton and Frankie Musarra raced
their way among the Pro’s to take the seventh
and tenth place spots among the top ten overall
finishers. Round three’s top ten all came
through for the checkered flag within seven
minutes for an exciting finish to a hard fought
Thirteen women and youth class racers tackled
the southern Missouri terrain in the morning
class. After three rounds, Hannah Payne,
Kerri Roberts, and Shellie Robertson are at the
top of the Women’s class standings.
With the season half over, point battles are a
thought on some racers minds. In the
Pro-Am Class, Jeff Range and Tony Friga are tied
for first, with Josh Eaton only one point behind
and Tony Shepard nipping at their heels.
Mike Blanton, Rodney House, and Chris Wyatt have
raced their way to the top three spots in the A
Class, with ten points separating first and
third. Richard Stanley, Patrick O’Neill,
and Gaylon Harris, representing their home
states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois, are
in a hard fought battle for top honors in the
+30A class, and well ahead of the remaining six
riders in the class.
Round four takes riders to Westphalia, Missouri
on May 3 and one stop closer to the end of a
tremendous inaugural season of OXC Racing