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By: Ray Larez  

ITP Quadcross

ITP Quadcross Round 6 Glen Helen Raceway

ason Dunkelberger having a good weekend, making the podium in the Open Pro Class with his Golden West Yamaha.
Jason Dunkelberger having a good weekend, making the podium in the Open Pro Class with his Golden West Yamaha.

The start to the second pro production moto, with Beau Baron taking the early lead.
The start to the second pro production moto, with Beau Baron taking the early lead.

Dustin Nelson in second chasing down the Honda machine of Beau Baron.
Dustin Nelson in second chasing down the Honda machine of Beau Baron.

Aug, 15, 2010 - Round 6 of the 2010 ITP Quadcross was held at Glen Helen Raceway in sunny, very sunny, Devore, California. It was definitely on the hotter side of things, but at least there was a cool breeze once in a while, which made the weather pretty nice.  For most of the racers involved, this is their home track and the home track of the series. So, most of these riders practice on this track during the weekend and on off-weekends, most have it mastered and already know their lines. That just makes for some seriously good racing for this round.

Kody Evans surprised everyone with his Moto One Open Class hole shot, this upcoming young rider looked good all weekend. Look for him to be up front in the future.
Kody Evans surprised everyone with his Moto One Open Class hole shot, this upcoming young rider looked good all weekend. Look for him to be up front in the future.

Running all four Motos Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson was in top form for the weekend’s event., Now running two classes for the rest of the series, he is going to be the man to beat.
Running all four Motos Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson was in top form for the weekend’s event., Now running two classes for the rest of the series, he is going to be the man to beat.

This year the Pro Production Class has thinned out and most racers have migrated to the Open Pro Class. Factory Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson started the season running the Pro for a repeat championship. Since the majority of the racers had moved to the other class, it seems like it was a no-brainer he’s going to pull it off. However, now he has decided to run open class and show everyone it doesn’t matter what class it is, he’s there to win. That means 4 motos each round for Dustin. He has his work cut out for him.

Pro Production Moto One

The Pro Class blazed down the start straight and into the first turn with Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson leading through the turn to grab the hole shot in Moto one. Beau Baron was right behind Nelson with John Shafe in a close third. Nelson and Baron would battle it out for the first few laps, until Nelson was able to distance himself from the pack and grab the Moto one win. Baron would hold on to second to be followed by Justin Noss in third and Jason Fife in fourth.

Open Pro Moto One

The kick-off to the Open Pro Class was interesting. A young and upcoming rider by the name of Kody Evans pulled the hole shot and took off to an early lead. Kody was looking pretty good, holding on for most of the Moto. Dustin Nelson, running both classes, got a second-place start and was hot on Kody’s tail to make a pass. Nelson was followed by last year’s Open Pro Champion Beau Baron in third, and he was trying to keep dibs on Nelson. Nelson worked his way around Kody and started to pull away. Now Baron began to work on Evans and was trying to see if he could get around this young racer. Kody looked strong all through the race, but with a lap or two to go Baron would finally make his move and get around Evans. Nelson would take the Moto win followed by Baron and then Evans.

Pro Production Moto Two

The thunderous sound of the four-stroke engines roared as Moto two kicked off. This time Beau Baron would take the early lead with Reed Petchnick off the line in second, one of his best starts of the year, followed By Team Yamaha’s Justin Noss and Dustin Nelson in third and fourth. Before they could even get half way around the track, Nelson made quick work of his teammate and Petchnick to bump up to second. Nelson then started to apply the pressure to Baron for the lead. Now, Team Golden West rider, Jason Dunkelberger was making his move and had moved up to third by the third lap, followed now by Justin Noss. Shortly after that Nelson would make his pass on Baron for the lead and would solidify the win for that Moto and the overall for the day. Beau Baron would hold on for second. As for Dunkelberger, Noss would make his way around him, as did Jason Fife. Dunkelberger would take home fifth and finish fifth overall. Noss would take home third and Fife would finish fourth.

Open Pro Moto Two

Pro Moto two kicked off well for Team Yamaha’s Dustin Nelson after winning the last three Motos. Nelson would take the hole shot in Open Moto two and would straight run away with it. From start to finish Nelson was in the lead and was running hard on a nearly stock YFZR450, well if it was compared to the other big bores in the Open Class.

With another good start Kody Evans would come off the line in second followed by Dunkelberger in third. Beau Baron would get a mid-pack start and work his way up in the pack, eventually passing both Evans and  Dunkelberger for second.  Dunkelberger would get a third and Evans would take home fourth, where they both would finish overall in the class for the day.

Wrap up

Dustin Nelson dominated this round and has pretty much has done so all season with Beau Baron very close behind. With only three rounds left it’s still anybody’s championship. Even though Dustin is in the points lead in the Pro Production someone could still pull off a miracle. The next round is in Arizona at Speed World Raceway and will be a night race. It’s a good thing Arizona is usually pretty hot. So, we’ll be racing under the lights!


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