Last year, rain nearly kept Adam Wright and crew from building the motocross track for the races at the Montgomery County Fair. On Friday, June 21, the track was already done, but the wet weather made the track a little more challenging for this year's riders.
A little mud didn't slow anyone down too much though, as the event hosted riders from Illinois, Missouri and Michigan, with 58 total entries.
The pro class was dominated by Theodore "Bubba" Pauli of Edwardsville, who took an early lead in all four of his races and never looked back. Pauli would finish first overall in the 250 pro, winning both races, and did the same in the 450 pro class. Aaron Thompson of Martinsville would be second in the 250 pro class, while Hunter Grampp of Washington was third. In the 450 class, Thompson also finished second, while Morrisonville's Jhadyn Walker took third.
Fillmore's Derick Bell would match Pauli's performance in the 250 B/C and 450 B/C classes as he took the overall title in both divisions with four wins in four races. Bell also put in a few extra hours at the track, helping his father, Steve Bell, and Adam Wright build the track for the event.
Rylan Frankford of Carlinville would be second in the 250 B/C class, while Logan Nance of Vandalia was third. Levi Lamb of Beardstown was second in the 450 B/C class, with Irving's Ryan Petroski taking third.
In the open divisions, Hudson Wright of Hillsboro finished first in the 50 open, Travis Lentz of Walshville finished first in the 65 open and Dylan Gaddis of Tower Hill won the 85 open. Both Wright and Lentz won both of their races, while Gaddis split with Morrisonville's Jhak Walker, who also won the pit bike (50 to 150 cc air cooled) race.
In addition to the motorcycles, the race also featured two competitors in the quads, with Colten Finley of Pana taking the overall win over Ryder Armstrong of Jacksonville.
The event was sponsored by Action Powersports, Niehaus Cycle Sales, Walker Builders, Wehrle Brothers, Western Powersports, Bel Ray Total Performance Lubricants, Staunton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Sievers Equipment Company and Fly Racing.
June 21 at Butler
Montgomery County Fair Motocross
250 Pro: 1. Theodore Pauli (Edwardsville); 2. Aaron Thompson (Martinsville); 3. Hunter Grampp (Washington); 4. Kyle Porter (Louisville); 5. Jhadyn Walker (Morrisonville); DNF - Carter Gordon (Mattoon).
450 Pro: 1. Theodore Pauli (Edwardsville); 2. Aaron Thompson (Martinsville); 3. Jhadyn Walker (Morrisonville); 4. Hunter Grampp (Washington); 5. Kyle Porter (Louisville); 6. Ryan Duff (Donnellson); DNS - Carter Gordon (Mattoon).
250 B/C: 1. Derick Bell (Fillmore); 2. Rylan Frankford (Carlinville); 3. Logan Nance (Vandalia); 4. Will Carlile (Mt. Olive); 5. Levi Lamb (Beardstown); DNF - Cameron Gross (Nokomis); DNS - Jamie Ferrill (Taylorville).
450 B/C: 1. Derick Bell (Fillmore); 2. Levi Lamb (Beardstown); 3. Ryan Petroski (Irving); 4. Sean Anderson (Pleasant Plains); 5. Jamie Ferrill (Taylorville).
50 Open: 1. Hudson Wright (Hillsboro); 2. Hunter Carlisle (Bethalto); DNS - Ryder Armstrong (Jacksonville).
65 Open: 1. Travis Lentz (Walshville); 2. Waylon Armstrong (Pleasant Plains); 3. Casey Gaddis (Tower Hill); 4. Caleb Coulter (Litchfield); 5. Cooper Duff (Donnellson); 6. Jessy Schilly (Ste. Genevieve, MO).
85 Open (150cc 4-Stroke): 1. Dylan Gaddis (Tower Hill); 2. Jhak Walker (Morrisonville); 3. Reece Frankford (Carlinville); 4. Nathan Dier (Carlinville); 5. Tyler Lentz (Walshville); 6. Zack Duff (Donnellson); 7. Kylie Methner (Harrison, MI); 8. Cooper Poggenpohl (Farmersville); 9. Chandler Matterson (Greenville); DNF - Colten Finley (Pana).
50 Beginner: 1. Jhenner Walker (Morrisonville); 2. Hunter Carlisle (Bethalto); 3. Jacob Cox (Ramsey).
Big Bike Beginner: 1. Logan Nance (Vandalia); 2. Kylie Methner (Harrison, MI).
Pit Bike (Air Cooled 50-150cc): 1. Jhak Walker (Morrisonville); 2. Reece Frankford (Carlinville); 3. Travis Lentz (Walshville); 4. Ben Kvorka (Jacksonville); DNS - Hudson Wright.
Quad: 1. Colten Finley (Pana); 2. Ryder Armstrong (Jacksonville).