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Indiana XC Racing


Clear skies and perfect weather was the scene for Round Three of the IXCR Series hosted by the Demaree Family in Cross Plains, In.  With rain showers during the week and strong winds the day before race day, left us with great track conditions with a nice mix of dust and mud.  Cross Plains is located in southern Indiana in Ripley County.  It is known for it Tobacco fields and Deer Hunting.  But as of May 18th, 2008 it is now known for a great place to hold a Cross Country race.  The track was 7 miles long with several long open field sections where you could max out your machine!  With speeds hitting the 70MPH mark fast laps were sure to be had by everyone.  However the IXCR crew would not let the racers run at top speed the entire race.  Several obstacles were thrown at the riders including a chicken house that the bikers rode right thru the middle of, and a few jumps where you could take in a deep breath of the clean country air!  Mud was found in several areas of the track as the course ran across one creek, thru another creek, and right down the middle of a small stream!  That water was then carried right up on the hill climbs and made for a great place to pass and see some action.  With close to 300 riders, Demaree Farms turned out to be a great success.

Our bike race saw Jeff Cregg run 8 laps on his Suzuki to take the win in the Pro class with John Robbins only a minute and four seconds behind him.  Robert Wilkerson won the A class and Jordan Johns did the same in the A-Lites class.  Jeff Ramsey came up from the Bluegrass state and beat everyone in the B Class.  In the C Lites class  Jesse Ford took a W and is looking for a championship this year.  Zach Halcomb, of Versailles, was the winner of the C Class.  Joe Stanley now holds the points lead in the Vet 30+A class and took his second win of the year at the Farm.  Vet 30+B was won by David Dunnuck and Sr 40+A saw another Suzuki take a win by Robert Kirchner followed by Joe Halcomb.  Kevin Kruer and Marvin Popp did work in the Sr 40+B and Super Senior 50+ Classes by overcoming their competitors and collecting 30 more points each.  If you follow the GNCC’s you might be familiar with five time GNCC Champ Scott Summers.  Scott was present for this race and we hope he enjoyed himself and we will look for him again later this year!

Our fearless four wheeled racers took to the course setting a blistering pace and Factory Yamaha backed Donald Ockerman took the overall with Craig Bowman in tow.  Jonathan Fugate had an impressive ride wining the A Class and Moto-Xperts rider Wesley Fruits was second.  Local rider Fred Marley put his S.I.C.C. Racing Honda in the front of the B 16-25 class and Mike Goss did the same in the 26+B Class.  Justin Kirchhoff was victorious in the 16-21 C Class and Gary Stallard won the 22-29 C Class.  Mike Muskopf has really turned up the dial since switching over to the Honda and he built up even more momentum with another victory in the 30+ C Class.  Ryan Edmondson won our First Year Racer class and Garret Mercer finished out front in the Sport class.  “B-Rad” Brad Morrison has a flashy new Raptor 250 and he proved it is “Show’n Go” for this toy as he won the Sport-Lite class.  Polaris should be proud of Steve Zapfe as he won the very competitive 30+ Vet class and David Robinson won the 40+ Senior Class.  Josh Brewer took his WKC Powersports Utility to front of the pack and won his class along with Chris Sigman in the Utility Unlimited Class.

The entire staff of IXCR would like to thank the Demaree family for opening up their property to us along with the Cross Plains Community.

Next round will be held in Bedford, IN on all virgin trails again but look for it to tighten up next round.  As the trees will get closer and the point battles will do the same!

Until next time, Stay between the trees!
Garon Davis

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