Owners Corner - 1
Well here we are again, the beginning of the 2014 ATV MX race season.
This report has been a long time coming and long overdue. There have
been a handful of changes that have taken place in the off season with
riders and the shop. The team has trained longer and hard than ever
before and I have put in more time and effort into assisting the Mtn Dew
ATV MX National Championship series.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Brent Sellers came to me with a
disheartened feeling of how his season went due to his remaining
hesitation that still remained from his epic crash at Red Bud in 2012
that ended his season. He thanked me over and over for everything that I
had done for him, but let me know that at that time he was not planning
on continuing to race the national series. I wish him well and told him
there would always be a spot for him if he chose to return.
Mike Barnhart also said goodbye to his full sponsorship due to mounting
responsibilities at home and at work. He told me that winning at
national championship was always a dream of his, but at this time would
have to remain a dream. In 2012 & 2013 he mounted great and solid runs
at that dream, but came up points short both years. He is an asset as
well as a great rider for this team that will be dearly missed.
Our Motowoz shock specialist, Doug Schultz left the team with a great
job offer that didn’t include 50 plus days of travel. Doug told me that
he was really going to miss all the riders and all the fun we had at the
track. He has obviously missed us enough that we have seen quite a bit
of Doug. In the last two months, he has stopped in on weekends and days
off to check on the progress and to lend a hand whenever we have needed
I have grown the full time staff to with the addition of Jim Keough and
Leon Spinden III. Both are working out great.
In the 2013 season, Megan Manshack was put on the team after the 4th
round, because I thought she would help round out the team. She was
already coming to all the races with her dad, team motor builder and
trainer, Dee Manshack, I just figured since I had an extra new race quad
there why not put her on it instead of her local race quad. She took to
it like a duck to water. I offered to her a spot on the team full time
by the end of the year.
The team as in the years past, have traveled to Splendora, TX to train
with Dee Manshack. The training seasons were much more intense than
previous years. Dee really pushed these kids this year. Watching them
progress still is awe inspiring to me.
As we rolled into Aonia Pass MX for round 1, the team and everyone we
talked to was very positive and upbeat. The atmosphere throughout the
pits was very welcoming and happy all weekend long. It was very
refreshing to have good weather and not have to fight mother nature and
the mountains of mud that we had to deal with at every round last year.
The races went very well. I was happy with the team’s performance in
round 1. It was great to see lots of podium finishes including Megan
Manshack taking home her first overall national win. You could
definitely tell she trained her butt off in the off season and was there
to win. Huge congrats goes out to Noah Mickelson and Dylan Tremellen for
their finishes. Noah took home the overall win in both Supermini and
Schoolboy Jr Open and Dylan took the overall win in 450 A.
A very few minor mishaps kept riders from the podium, but that can be
expected with brand new race machines. Sean Taylor had a thumb throttle
issue which was a defective part. Alex Gillette, while adjusting his
handle bars didn’t tighten down his thumb throttle well enough and it
came loose during a moto. The biggie was Haedyn Mickelson’s get off
during his first moto of the season. His leg ended up in between some
bars on the quad and as they tumbled, the force of the quad snapped his
tibia and fibula below his knee. This was a heart breaker for everyone,
because I know Haedyn had put in more time in the off season training
and riding to come into this season with the drive and motivation to
take nothing less than a championship in both of his classes. Surgery
was required and they added a rod and 3 screws to his leg. The doctors,
knowing his profession, didn’t cast his leg for the fastest recovery
possible. I’m sure we’ll see him back out on the track before
The Liebe family from Troy Mills, IA has for the past year and a half
have been very much a part of our team. They have become a team within
the Root River Racing team. Mark and Marcey Liebe are raising some
awesome kids that are good racers. With the assistance of our
experienced riders, mechanics and training that we do, I have confidence
that you will see Taron, Tristen, Trax and Teagon make their way to the
podium and on to championships in their respected classes. Taron has
already started to make his move with an overall win at round 1 in the
90 Open Jr class. They are known as the KILLER Ts, so stop by the Root
River Racing Compound on vendor’s row to meet them as well as the rest
of the Root River Racing riders and staff. Everyone is always welcome.
As of today, Rod, Tony, Jim and Leon have completed the race prep on all
of the machines and are loading the trailers for round 2 of the Mtn Dew
ATV MX National Championship series at Muddy Creek MX this weekend in
Blountville, TN. The weather looks to be good on the race days of
Saturday and Sunday so it should be another awesome weekend. Hope to see
you all there.
Travel safe and Moto to a championship,