Miller And Bartram Air It Out In Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (March 16, 2002) - For the first time this year, the IFMA Freestyle Motocross tour ventured south of the Mason-Dixon Line to the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Though it was a first-time event and the territory was new, two familiar faces took the wins. Dustin Miller and a popular Kenny "the Cowboy" Bartram split the weekend with Miller victorious on Friday and Bartram on top Saturday.
Friday night Jesse Olson set the pace and took the hotseat with a score of 91.3, but it wouldn't last long as the "Tomcat" Tommy Clowers topped Olson's score by a mere .4 of a point. Drake McElroy was the final rider to qualify through the last chance qualifier. His run was good enough to knock Clowers out of the hotseat and take the top spot with a 92.3. McElroy survived a run by Nate Adams before being relieved by Trevor Vines. Jake Windham took a shot at Vines, but it was red hot Kenny "the Cowboy" Bartram who was successful in grabbing the top spot with just one rider remaining. Dustin Miller came out in a good old fashioned gun fight pulling just about every trick combination imaginable and most to a no-handed lander. Even thought the crowd didn't agree, but Miller bested Bartram by .7 of a point. It was Miller's sixth win of the 2002 IFMA series.
"Kenny's always tough to beat. He had one mistake and that's all it took. I threw out every trick to try to beat him," said Miller before he handed his trophy to a stoked fan.
Saturday night's final kicked-off with Ronnie Renner bringing the crowd to their feet and earning a 89.0 in front of Jake Windham and his 90.0. Nate Adams rebounded from his run Friday night to post a score of 90.5. But Adams didn't last long as Trevor Vines took the top spot and started a game of musical hotseat. Vines was bumped out by Tommy Clowers who was immediately bumped out by Drake McElroy. McElroy looked on as his buddy and the Friday night winner, Dustin Miller tried to top him. Miller's run was good, but one mistake cost him dearly. Miller would finish sixth on the night. The saying "we save the best for last" held true tonight as Kenny "the Cowboy" Bartram was the top qualifier, final rider with a chance to Snag the Victory from McElroy, and the Cowboy didn't disappoint. Bartram took his lucky thirteenth win of the season with a score of 93.0, .5 of a point better than McElroy.
"Winning is cool, but the mullet contest rocked. The highlight of my night was cutting off that guy's mullet," said the victorious Bartram in the hotseat. Bartram cut the winning mullet in a $1000 mullet contest sponsored by the new movie, National Lampoon's Van Wilder. <pre> Weekend Results Top Five Friday and Saturday nights
FRIDAY SATURDAY Dustin Miller 93.7 Kenny Bartram 93.0 Kenny Bartram 93.0 Drake McElroy 92.5 Trevor Vines 92.7 Tommy Clowers 92.0 Drake McElroy 92.3 Trevor Vines 91.5 Tommy Clowers 91.7 Nate Adams 90.5