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Mushin Racing

Mushin Racing Takes Three Podiums at Steel City ATV MX Stampede

Chase Snapp
Chase Snapp

Cody Gibson
Cody Gibson

Cody Gibson taking the holeshot
Cody Gibson taking the holeshot

Kodi Ward
Kodi Ward

Tanner Stockton
Tanner Stockton

Reynoldsburg, OH – Mushin Racing’s Thomas Brown found his way to the Pro podium for the second time this season at Steel City, while Pro-am racer Chase Snapp would take the Pro-am Production win and Jeffrey Rastrelli would join him on the Pro-am podium.

At round five of the 2010 AMA ATV Motocross Championships, Mushin Racing’s Thomas Brown once again went the distance and took an impressive third place finish overall. In moto one, Brown got off to a great start in third place behind Josh Upperman and John Natalie. Brown would stay close to Natalie and hold his own, despite pressure from Nick DeNoble. Brown would get around Natalie, but would eventually fall back to third when Josh Creamer would get by, but he was able to make a pass on Natalie late in the moto to take second place.

In moto two, Brown got an even better start and was in second behind Greg Gee. Brown made quick work of Gee and took the lead in the second lap. Brown would hold his lead for over one lap before Josh Creamer would get by. Brown would eventually finish moto two in third, but his 2-3 finishes were enough to put him in third place on the podium. “It really feels good to be on the podium again. It’s a really great confidence booster to be up here again,” stated Brown after the race.

“If you give him the tools, he’s going to get the job done!” exclaimed Mushin Racing’s team manager/owner, Scott Ward, in regards to Thomas Brown’s second pro podium finish of the year. “Thomas is doing a fantastic job! He has one of the best work ethics I have seen in our sport. He trains hard and gives it his all every time,” Ward added.

Cody Gibson, who is still recovering from injury was looking good as he shot off the line in moto one. Gibson looked strong and consistent as he would battle with Pat Brown and Jeremie Warnia before taking a solid eighth place in moto one. In moto two, Gibson charged off the line and was holding down an impressive fourth place, but Gibson would encounter issues in lap three that would put him at the back of the pack.

Pro-am Production class racer Chase Snapp has been most impressive all season and this weekend, showed why he is the Pro-am points leader. Snapp would come from a top five start and work his way to the number one spot by the mid-way point of moto one. Once in the lead, Snapp would check out, finishing six seconds ahead of the competition. In moto two, Snapp played it smart as he went wheel to wheel with Joel Hetrick. Snapp knew that he only had to finish in second to take the overall win, and that’s exactly what he did. “I’m really happy to take the overall win and stay ahead in the points,” said Snapp.

Pro-am teammate Jeffrey Rastrelli, who was quite impressive at round four, came out swinging for round five. Rastrelli grabbed the Pro-am Production moto one holeshot and led for half of the race before falling back to second, where he would stay all the way to the checkered flag. In moto two, Rastrelli had to work a little harder off the start, but he was impressive as he charged his way into the number three spot, by the end of the third lap, where he would remain all the way to the finish line. Rastrelli’s strong 2-3 finishes would put him in the number three spot on the Pro-am Production podium. “I have to thank Mushin Racing for all they have done in helping me so far this season,” said Rastrelli, who is now holding down a respectable fourth in the points race.

In the youth classes, Kodi ward was back in action after an injury had him sidelined for six weeks. Ward would come back strong in the 90 CVT class as he would go 4-6 to take a solid fifth overall. “I think Kodi is doing great for not even being on a quad for six weeks. Now that he’s better, he is training again and he is looking to be on top at Minnesota,” stated Scott Ward.

Ashton Ward also had a strong performance in the 50 Limited class. Ward got off to a great start and fought hard in moto one to claim a third place finish. In moto two, he was able to work himself up to a sixth place finish, allowing him to round out the top five in his class. Ward’s consistent performance all season has him sitting comfortably in the number two spot in the 50 Limited points race. “Ashton has been doing well all season and I couldn’t ask for anything more. He tries hard and it shows,” said Scott Ward.

Round number six of the 2010 AMA ATV Motocross Championships will be heading to Spring Creek motocross Park in Millville, MN on June 12th – 13th and the Mushin Racing team will be training hard as they have their sights set on the podium once again.

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