Spring Run, PA_ The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) honored a new set of Tourist Trophy (TT) National Champions Sunday at the Path Valley Speedway Park as Two Wheel Promotions staged round two of the three-event AMA Northeast Amateur ...
Spring Run, PA_ The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) honored a new set of Tourist Trophy (TT) National Champions Sunday at the Path Valley Speedway Park as Two Wheel Promotions staged round two of the three-event AMA Northeast Amateur Nationals for more than 130 riders in 28 classes.
Results are unofficial until certified by the AMA, and the Half Mile race that is being rescheduled from a rainout Monday would have been the third event of the Championships. The Short Track events were raced at Path Valley Saturday.
Unlike the normal wheels to the walls flattrack racing at Path Valley, the TT course involves a hairpin left turn off the track's turn two into a chicane that leads to a jump parallel with the front stretch. At the end of the jump's runoff are a hairpin right and an S-Curve to take the rider back onto the remaining three-quarters of the circle track entering turn three. Riders in one of the 65cc youth classes were timed a 47 mph on the front stretch.
Riders are awarded plaques, trophies and national honors for each of the three events and overall Northeast Championships for their combined finishes in all three.
Many of the new champions had also won in past years and in the previous day's ST or Short Track races. Champions from five different states out of the eight states represented won feature events.
Multiple winners included an upset in four-wheeler racing by Eric Jennings of Bloomingburg NY on his #100 Yamaha as he beat full fields in four-wheeler four-stroke and Sportsman races.
Teenager John Lewis V of Brandamore won for the second day in a row in two Premiere classes, besting big fields in both the 450 Modified and 250 Modified 2-Stroke divisions. Lewis took his third win of the day in the 505 Modified class. 'Awesome Austin' Greenland of Spring Mills continued his domination of the 250 Modified 4-Stroke racing.
Among the adult classes, Donald Mullen of Coatesville won in the Sportsman class while Richard Mellinger of Paradise won the 30-Plus event and Joe Dohm of Red Lion won in 40+ Open. Michael Johnson of Mt. Morris MI on his #54 Honda dominated the 85cc youth classes with wins in both 85 DTX and 85 Modified for 7-11 year olds. Cassidy Heiser of York PA similarly dominated 65cc racing with wins in both classes.
Produced by Two Wheel Promotions, the races for 28 classes of bikes and four-wheelers are recognized as official national championships by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and winners in eight premier classes are awarded travel assistance to the 2004 AMA Progressive Insurance Dirt Track Grand Championships at the Illinois State Fairgrounds June 27 through July 4.
All of the winners are permitted and encouraged by the AMA to display a yellow on blue #1(NE) number tag on their machines, but while riders can enter up to three events, they are only permitted a travel assistance grant for one premier class win. The premier class winners are also seeded into guaranteed heat race starting spots at the Grand Nationals before the remainder of the field is set.
The 2004 premier classes are: 50cc Senior, 65cc Modified, 85cc 7-11 Modified, 250cc 2-Stroke Modified, 250cc 4-Stroke Modified, 450cc, 505cc Modified, and 30+ Open Singles.
<pre> 2004 AMA Tourist Trophy (TT) Northeast Amateur National Champions
4-Wheel 2-Stroke -- Kevin Bures of Blairsville on #21 Honda
250 Mod 4-Stroke -- Austin Greenland of Spring Mills on #8A KTM
85 DTX 9-13 -- Michael Johnson of Mt. Morris MI on #54 Honda
400 Mod -- Corey Texter of Willow Street on #65 KTM
4-Wheel 4-Stroke -- Eric Jennings of Bloomingburg NY on #100 Yamaha
450 Mod -- John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 KTM
Vet 30+ Singles -- Richard Mellinger of Paradise on #86 Yamaha
65 Mod 7-11 -- Cassidy Heiser of York on #67A Suzuki
250 Mod 2-Stroke -- John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 Honda
4-Wheel Sportsman -- Eric Jennings of Bloomingburg NY on #100 Yamaha
50 Jr. 4-6 -- Kenneth Venarchic of New Castle DE on #4x KTM
50 Sr. 7-8 -- Tyler Stacey of Akron PA on #91 LEM
250 DTX -- Michael Radley of Coeymans Hollow NY on #141 Rotax
85 Mod 12-15 -- Shayna Texter of Willow Street on #25 Honda
50 PW 4-8 -- Colton Smith of Street MD on #41 KTM
500 2-Valve -- Cory Texter of Willow Street on #65 Buell
505 Mod - John Lewis V of Brandamore on #21 KTM
50 PW Shaft -- Dylan Winsett of Bainbridge on #47 Yamaha
Sr. 40+ Open -- Joseph Dohm of Red Lion on #38A Rotax
65 DTX 7-11 -- Cassidy Heiser of York on #67A Suzuki
4-Wheel ATV Youth -- Joseph Bromley of Warrington on #5 POL
18+ Open Twin -- Nicholas Taylor of Owings Mills MD on #2N Yamaha
85 Mod 7-11 -- Michael Johnson of Mt. Morris MI on #54 Honda
125 Mod -- Michael Radley of Coeymans Hollow NY on #141 Rotax
600 Mod -- Todd Kendig of Mechanicsburg on #11 Rotax
Sportsman -- Donald Mullen II of Coatesville on #75 Honda
Pro Sport -- Mark Fillebrown of Bethlehem on #68A Yamaha
Super Senior 50+ Open -- Michael Keane of Baltimore on #1S Yamaha