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Mushin Racing's Colors Paint Loretta's Podium

(L to R) Brian's father, Brian Johnson and Jody Bateman
(L to R) Brian's father, Brian Johnson and Jody Bateman

(L to R) Scott Ward, Jeffrey Rastrelli, Jody Bateman and Jeffrey Rastrelli, Sr.
(L to R) Scott Ward, Jeffrey Rastrelli, Jody Bateman and Jeffrey Rastrelli, Sr.

Reynoldsburg, OH - August 17, 2010 - When you are bound and determined to dominate it takes talent and a stroke of luck, not to mention a lot of mental and physical preparation for the task at hand. After huffing and puffing until he blew the podium barrier down early in the season, Mushin Racing's Jeffrey Rastrelli put it on the podium once again in grand fashion at the final round of the 2010 AMA-ATV Motocross Championship hosted by Racer Productions at Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on August 14/15, 2010.

Not content to settle for just one Pro/Am podium finish at the event, Rastrelli made himself a homesteader on the podium in both the Pro/Am Production and Pro/Am Unlimited classes. With 2-3 moto scores on Saturday, he captured the third place overall finish for the event and brought his Pro/Am Unlimited podium total for the season to six and found himself finishing up the season in 4th place overall in the final standings.

The Pro/Am Production race at Loretta's was a horse of a different color. With the normally two moto format squelched due to time restraints caused by nasty thunderstorms Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the Pro/Am Production final race of the season came down to one moto. Rastrelli took the mule by the reigns and hit the holeshot in second but didn't stay there long. He soon overtook the leader in the early laps and let his Mushin Racing Suzuki fly to the checkers, mud and all. His win at Loretta's secured him and the Mushin Racing team the third place season ranking in the class and his second podium appearance during the final round of the season.

Mushin Racing's Amateur Ace, Brian Johnson, found himself staring down the best of the amateur ranks from across the country in both the Production A and College 16-24 classes at the final round of the 2010 AMA-ATV MX Championship in Tennessee. With qualifiers in both classes, Johnson fought off 23 contestants in the Production A class to finish 5th overall, just missing the podium by a few seconds when the checkers fell.

In the College 16-24 class, he posted 1-3 moto scores to round out the class podium with a third place finish and, by doing so, secured his claim to the title of 2010 College 16-24 National Champion. On the season, Johnson visited the 16-24 class podium in 7 out of 11 rounds, netting a total of three wins, two 2nds, and two 3rd place finishes.

During the 2010 AMA-ATV Motocross Championship season, Mushin Racing's Chase Snapp put the team colors on the podium 8 times in the Pro/Am Unlimited class and 8 times in the Pro/Am Production class.

Headed into Loretta's Dirt Days, Snapp pretty much knew he would take the second place series' ranking in the Pro/Am Unlimited class but the Production class was up in the air between himself and the second place competitor. When the news came that the Pro/Am Production class would only be running one moto during the Sunday program at the final round, Snapp's tension levels grew to a point that resembled a young man watching a tornado form in his home state of Oklahoma.

Out of the gate, Snapp found himself buried inside the top ten of the pack but, exercising a patient catch and pass strategy, moved himself up to a 5th place position when the checkers waved. This finish gave him an eight point advantage over his rival for the title and Snapp was crowned the 2010 AMA-ATV Motocross Championship Pro/Am Production national champ.

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