Big River Sand ATV Nationals race report

ATV Nationals packs Big River Sand Drags BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- (Oct. 7, 2001) When Gary Curtis Jr. of Blue Springs, Mo. sailed across the finish line to win the Quick 16 championship of the ATV Nationals last Sunday night, it put the cap on two...

ATV Nationals packs Big River Sand Drags

BONNE TERRE, Mo. -- (Oct. 7, 2001) When Gary Curtis Jr. of Blue Springs, Mo. sailed across the finish line to win the Quick 16 championship of the ATV Nationals last Sunday night, it put the cap on two days of outstanding racing featuring the finest ATV sand drag racers in the United States. The win by Counts Jr. earned him a cool $600, however that was just the tip of the iceberg as far as the overall competition went.

Following the opening day of practice and qualifications, the second day feature more than 12 hours of racing with the eventual crowning of five class champions.

In the Unlimited class, Rich Wood of Diamondale, Mich. was the first place winner with Paul Turner taking second, Randy Edley third, Michael Zielinski fourth and Matt Boons fifth.

In the Super Modified class, John Conner of Oak Grove, Mo. was the winner with Jason Waller of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. second, Andrew Weeks third, Rich Wood fourth and Mike Neeley fifth.

In the Modified Stock class, John Webb Jr. of St. Louis was the champion with Ben Scott of Harter, Mich. second, Erika Camden of Bonne Terre, Mo. third, Josh Hayes fourth and Jimmy Farris of Potosi fifth.

In the Stock class, Erika Camden of Bonne Terre was the winner with Andy Skiles second, Justin King third, Rich Wood fourth, and Rick Finney fifth. In the Junior class, Dalton King of Barnhart was the champion with Cameron Coleman second, Levi Harris third, Conner Matson fourth and Erika Bunavac fifth.

Other awards went to John Gowin of Independence, Mo. (for fastest ET time) and Buzz Blair of Eaton Rapids, Mich. (for driving the longest distance to the event).

Following the event, John McCulloch, owner/operator of Big River Sand Drags, said he was excited and pleased with the event.

"For a first-year event I don't know if things could have gone a whole lot better," McCulloch said. "The competition was fantastic, the people were great to work with and the overall weekend was just pure enjoyment for everyone involved. We learned a few things this year also that will help make next year's event even more enjoyable."

For more information on Big River Sand Drags visit its website at: http://go.to/bigriversanddrags.

-BRSD-

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