Woods Racing – Slingin' Mud

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Woods Racing – Slingin' Mud

♪♪ [ HARD ROCK MUSIC PLAYS ] THESE ARE THE ROOTS OF THE AMSOIL GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES, PRESENTED BY THESE ARE THE ROOTS OF THE AMSOIL SERIES SANCTIONED BY THE AMA THIS SERIES STARTED WITH THE FAMOUS BLACKWATER 100 REAR AT SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN NOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM THERE AT THE BEAUTIFUL LUSH SKI VILLAGE LET’S RECAP OUR LAST EVENT OUR RACE RECAP WITH A BREAKTHROUGH RUN FROM DUVAL TO GET IT IN THE DRIVE SHOT, TRY TO GET THE SHOT FROM THE 114 AND DEFENDING SERIES CHAMPION, RUSSELL BUT A TRIO OF RIDERS WOULD KEEP THE HEAT ON SIKES IN THIRD AND DUVAL WORKING HIS WAY TO FOURTH CHAOS IN OUR PIT STOP, RUSSELL HAS TO STOP TO GET A NEW SHIFT LEVER ON HIS BIKE HERE HE IS IN UPPER RIGHT AND SIKES GETS BY AND DUVAL IN THIRD THEN SIKES GOES PAST AND TAKES THE LEAD, THE FORMER MOTOCROSSER PUTTING HIS HIGH SPEED EXPERIENCE TO WORK AS THE TWO BATTLE IT OUT AS CONDITIONS GOT WORSE, DUVAL WOULD OVERHAUL BOTH OF THEM TO TAKE OVER THE LEAD WITH THAT, HE HAS TWO RACE VICTORIES IN A ROW WHAT A WAY TO END A DISAPPOINTING RUN HE STARTED THE SEASON WITH A MECHANICAL FAILURE AND SECOND Y WE’RE HERE TO WIN FOR SURE >> AT SNOWSHOE, SINCE WE START ON THE PAVEMENT WE DON’T HAVE THE NORMAL WIDE STARTING LINE WE LINE UP THE RIDERS IN ORDER OF POINTS JOSH OATES IS ON A 250 BUT TODAY HE GETS TO START ON THE FRONT ROW WITH THE 450 RIDERS STEWART WILL GRAB THE HOLE SHOT AND LEAD THEM DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND BEHIND THEM IS 212 WE’LL SEE HOW THE 250 DOES, YOUR POINTS LEADER IN THE 2 DIVISION XCT AND XC 1 RIDERS IN THERE LINING THEM IN ORDER OF OVERALL POINTS INSTEAD OF BIKE CLASS THERE IS A TIME DIFFERENTIATION IF A RIDER FROM 2 CATCHES THESE GUYS WILL BE IN THE OVERALL LEAD THERE WILL BE A TIME ADJUSTMENT BECAUSE THEY START 30 SECONDS BEHIND A LOT GOING ON AT SNOWSHOE THE REAL BATTLE IS MAN AGAINST THE ELEMENTS THIS TRACK WILL GET SO NASTY IN THE WOODS REALLY, ABOUT NOT GETTING STUCK, FINDING THE WHITE LINES, BATTLING IT OUT AS FAR AS A 30 SECOND TIME ADJUSTMENT THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGH ONE YOU CAN SEE HOW SLOW THE PACE IS IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN, YEAH, THAT’S WHERE ALL THE WATER COLLECTS BAYLOR CONTINUES TO LEAD DUVALL QUICKLY MOVES TO SECOND DUVALL ALWAYS PASSES AT THIS RATE BUT ALWAYS BESET BY BAD LUCK WHEN DUVALL WAS A 250 RIDER HE WOULD CONSISTENTLY CHALLENGE THE 250 MOTORCYCLES WHEN HE WAS ON A 450 IT WOULD BE EASY FOR HIM BUT SOMETHING ALWAYS SEEMS TO GO WRONG LEADING THE TOP OF THIS SLIGHT ABOUT 1,000 FEET IN ELEVATION AND THIS TRACK HAS BEEN THE LOW POINT AND HIGHEST RICKIE RUSSELL IN THIRD, CALEB RUSSELL, NO RELATION IN FOURTH AND DOING A GOOD JOB, TOTH, HANGING WITH THEM IN FIFTH LOOKS LIKE STRANGE BY THE RIDING STYLE THE HONDA COMING THROUGH AND NASHBERG AND RUSSELL BOBBIT COULD BE THE ONE TO WATCH ON A TRACK LIKE THIS TODAY RICKIE RUSSELL IN THE LEAD ON THE YAMAHA GOOD TO SEE HIM GETTING IT DONE HE’S BEEN FAST THE LAST COUPLE OF RACES HE HAS TO BE ABLE TO FINISH IT OFF, A NATIVE OF WASHINGTON STATE WE’LL SEE IF ALL THE EXPERIENCE WILL PAY OFF TROUBLE HERE FOR BAYLOR WHO WAS YOUR LEADER, YOU GET TO SEE HOW DIFFICULT THIS IS THE TIME WOULD NEVER INDICATE HOW STEEP THE CLIMBS ARE IN OFF-ROAD RACING TRUST ME IF THESE RIDERS ARE STRUGGLING IT IS TOUGH TAYLOR UP TO SECOND BEHIND RICKIE AND TOTH IN THIRD

WHAT HAPPENED TO DUVALL? QUICK RUN TO THE FRONT CROSS COUNTRY SERIES — YES, THAT’S JNCC YAMAMO >>> WE HAVE A GUEST TODAY FROM THE JAPANESE NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES YAMAMOTO RIDING NUMBER 14th IN THE PRO CLASS RIGHT NOW AND THE SERIES USUALLY SENDS AN AMERICAN RIDER TO RACE IN JAPAN ONCE A YEAR A LITTLE EXCHANGE THERE NO CHANGE, RICKY RUSSELL, KAILUB RUSSELL TOTH AND THAD DUVALL THE OVERALL WIN AND STEWARD BAYLOR ON THOSE ROCKS! THAT HURTS SO BAD WHEN YOU FALL ON THE ROCKS AND TREE ROOTS HE’LL GET GOING AGAIN I THINK THAT WAS HIS BROTHER BEHIND HIM YELLING AT HIM TO GET UP THE BAYLOR BOYS WILL TRY TO WORK TOGETHER THE RELATION BETWEEN OUR LEADER, THEY ARE NOT BROTHER, RICKY RUSSELL AND KAILUB RUSSELL RICKY PUTTING THE HAMMER DOWN NOW I LOVE HIS STORY, THE FORMER STAR OF THE SERIES “RACE WINNER” CAME FROM WASHINGTON STATE TO MAKE A LIVING IN THE EAST AND YAMAHA MANAGED BY RANDY HAWKINS, IT WAS RICKY RUSSELL’S DREAM TO COME HERE, MOVE TO SOUTH CAROLINA, LEARN THE CRAFT OF OFF-ROAD RACING IN THE EASTERN WOODS, AND SO FAR SO GOOD HE’S PULLING AWAY FROM TAYLOR RUSSELL AND THE REST OF THE FIELD EARLY HERE AT SNOWSHOE THE FANS LINED UP DEEP IN THE WOODS TO SEE SOME ACTION, WE CALL THEM “THE MUD FLEET.” HERE’S KAILUB WORKING HIS WAY THROUGH THE ROCKS YOU CAN SEE A PRETTY GOOD GAB ALREADY BUILT UP BY RICKY RUSSELL THAD DUVALL IN THAT BATTLE WITH POST RIGHT NOW LISTEN TO THE FANS THEY LOVE THAD IN WEST VIRGINIA I THINK THEY’RE PRETTY INSPIRED BY WHAT TOTH HAS DONE THIS SEASON WON 7 OF 8 RACES IN XC2 THERE HE IS CHALLENGING DUVALL STICK WITH THAD AND YOU’RE GOING TO THE FRONT YOUNG MAN INTO THE PIT, KAILUB RUSSELL YOUR SERIES CHAMP PASSES UP THE WATER FROM HIS TEAM AND KEEPS ON GOING THE REAL CHALLENGE WHEN YOU HAVE TO PIT AT RACES LIKE THIS YOU HAVE TO SLOW THE PACE EASY TO HURT A KNOBBY REAR TIRE ON THE PAVEMENT IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHY THEY’RE CRUISING MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU DON’T WANT TO BURN THOSE TIRES, YOU NEED ALL THE TRACTION YOU CAN GET IN THE MUD RICKY RUSSELL CONTINUES TO LEAD, A DREAM RIDE FOR HIM HAS A NICE GAP BUILT UP THEY SAY IT’S ABOUT 19 SECONDS ON KAILUB RUSSELL HERE’S KAILUB NOTE TO RPM HOW LOW THESE GUYS ARE CHUGGING ALONG THE ONLY REAL SOUND OF THE WOODS, THE FANS THEY KNOW THAD DUVALL IS COMING IF THEY’RE CHEERING LOOK AT TOTH HANGING RIGHT WITH HIM OUT OF CONNECTICUT, RACES A LOT OF JAY DAY RACES THERE A POPULAR SERIES IN NEW ENGLAND IF YOU RIDE IN NEW ENGLAND, YOU RIDE IN MUD AND TREES QUITE OFTEN IF YOU RIDE OFF-ROAD I MADE NOTE OF THE LOW RPM IN THE WOODS NOW, THEY’RE UP ON THE HARD ROAD AND YOU WILL HEAR THEM WIND THESE THINGS OUT SUCH A DYNAMIC RACETRACK WE TALKED TO HIM EARLIER >> OBVIOUSLY, IT HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS IT’S BEEN CONSISTENT EVERY WEEKEND WE’VE BEEN UP THERE AND FEEL COMPETITIVE

THIS WEEKEND, WE’LL SEE ROCKY AND NASTY HERE I SAW SOME QUADS COME OUT BURIED AND LOOKING MUDDY I’VE NEVER DONE REAL GOOD HERE IT’S TECHNICAL AND I USUALLY LIKE TECHNICAL STUFF WE’LL SEE, I WILL PUT MY HEAD DOWN AND MAKE IT THROUGH THE FIRST THREE OR FOUR HOURS PUSHING >> ONLY ONE TOP FINISH FOR RUSSELL THIS YEAR HE’S LED THE LAPS, HAD GOOD START THEY’RE PUTTING IT SOMETHING FOR THREE HOURS RUSSELL STILL RACING HIM IT’S NOT JUST FITNESS, A HUGE PART IN A THREE HOUR EVENT A LOT IS RACE STRATEGY ESPECIALLY ON A TOUGH RACETRACK LIKE THIS YOU NEVER KNOW IF EVERYONE IS PUTTING IT ALL OUT THE BEGINNING, EVERYONE IS ALL SMILES AS IT RATCHETS UP IT >> THIS IS THE AMSOIL GRAND NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SERIES AND THE TOUGHEST RACE OF THE YEAR SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN, A SKI RESORT IN WEST VIRGINIA, OPENS THE >>> THIS IS THE TOUGHEST RACE OF THE YEAR, SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN A SKI RESORT IN WEST VIRGINIA OPENS THE DOOR TO OFF-ROAD ATVs AND DIRT BIKES I CAN TELL YOU THE SKI TRAILS ARE NOT NEARLY AS PLURB IN THE SUMMERTIME WHEN COVERED WITH POWDER IN THE WINTER THESE RIDERS HAVE BEEN BATTLING ROCKS AND ROOTS ALL DAY LONG RICKY RUSSELL A PROBLEM, BIG MISTAKE FOR HIM AND NOW KAILUB RUSSELL IN SECOND HAS HIM IN SIGHT WE’LL SEE HOW RICKY RESPOND TO A LITTLE ADVERSITY HERE YOU HAVE TO BE SO SMART WITH THE LINE KAILUB ON THE GAS AND HE GETS BY RICKY RUSSELL IS STUCK THESE BOGS ARE ALMOST BOTTOMLESS, YOU PICK ONE BAD LINE DON’T LET THE CAMERAS DECEIVE YOU KAILUB RUSSELL WAS HANGING BACK THERE, I DON’T KNOW IF HE NECESSARILY WANTED THE LEAD AT THIS POINT BUT NOT GOING TO DENY IT IF THE OPPORTUNITIES COMES YOU SEE HIM GO TO THE GRASS, GO WHERE THE FANS ARE, THEY ALWAYS STAND ON THE HARD GROUND RICKY SURVIVES THAT, NOT TOO FAR BACK LET’S SEE THE DAMAGE WITH EVERYONE ELSE THAD IS IN THIRD AND I THINK HE’S A LITTLE CLOSER WHERE HE WAS AND HE’S GOING ALL THE WAY TO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE, TRYING TO STAY OUT OF THE MUD YOU HEAR THE FANS, GO GET HIM, GO GET HIM THEY LOVE THAD DUVALL IT’S TOUGH TO DO IN THESE CONDITIONS, RICKY RUSSELL TRYING TO HAN SEASON ON THE 450 FOR JOHNNY CAMPBELL RACING TEAM, LAST YEAR’S 250 CHAMP AND BATTLED FOR THE WIN AGAINST KAILUB RUSSELL AT THIS RACE A YEAR AGO STILL LEARNING THE ROPES OF THE BIG BIKE WAIT A MINUTE, RICKY RUSSELL BACK IN THE LEAGUE RICKY RUSSELL HAS REPASSED KAILUB RUSSELL, DOING A GREAT JOB RECOVERING GETTING STUCK IN THE MUD I LIKE THAT TECHNIQUE THAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPER FAST BUT HE IS OFF TRACK AND BROKEN MOTORCYCLES TODAY, HE’S TAKING LESS WIT BY JUST FOLLOWING THEM AND RICKY JUST TRYING TO FIGURE THE BEST WAY THROUGH THIS IS THE ONLY GNCC THAT TAKES ON THE LOOK OF A HARD ENDURO OR EXTREME ENDURO, LITERALLY WHO GETS TO THE TOP OF THE SECTION THEY’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT SPEED, THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO NOT GET STUCK KAILUB, A LITTLE STEAM COMING OUT OF THAT KTM THEY WORK THE BIKE HARD IN THESE CONDITIONS WHEN YOU’RE REVVING THEM HARD AND NOT PASSING A LOT OF AIR THROUGH THE RADIATORS, IT CAN BE TOUGH ON EQUIPMENT THIS IS GREAT RACING BACK TO THE UPHILL RICKY RUSSELL IN THE LEAD [CHUCKLES] ONCE YOU GET INTO THE SUMMER MONTHS, THESE KIDS ARE ONLY THINKING ABOUT RIDING THEIR DIRT BIKES AND GOING TO SCHOO SUMMERTIME HONORING ANY PERSON THAT GRADUATED AND ONCE YOU GET TO SUMMERTIME THEY JUST THINK ABOUT RIDING THEIR DIRT BIKES YOU HAVE RICKY RUSSELL IN THE LEAD KAILUB RUSSELL AND HE MADE A MISTAKE AND RUSSELL HAS A NICE SIZE LEAD BUT HE GOT STUCK IT’S SO HARD TO GET GOING ON THOSE SLIPPERY ROCKS AND GUY GAN TICK TREE ROOT THAT’S THE LAST RIDER BEHIND HIM, BUT THE LEAD IS STILL SAFE HOW MUCH ENERGY WILL HE SPEND GETTING STUCK WHEN YOU HAVE A 250 POUND

MOTORCYCLE WITH YOUR UPPER BODY FROM A DEAD STOP IT TAKES A LOT OUT OF YOU JOSH IS IN SECOND AND GOTTEN STUCK WHERE RUSSELL DID HE GOT THE MOMENTUM UP BEFORE HE THERE HE IS THE GIANT KILLER RIGHT NOW TOTH LEADING THE CLASS OF THE 250 A LONG WAY HE HAS A SHOT AT THE OVERALL WIN YAHAMA 1-2 GOOD FOR THOSE GUYS THAD BEEN SHUFFLED BACK BUT NOT GIVING UP THE FANS STILL CHEERING HIM I BELIEVE HE IS AHEAD OF TAYLOR RUSSELL RIGHT NOW THAT WOULD BE A NICE GAIN OF POINTS FOR THAD, MAKING THIS CHAMPIONSHIP CLOSER AND CLOSER HE IS REALLY TAKING IT EASY THROUGH THE PITS NOW TO GET ENERGY BACK AND WATER THERE THAD DUVALL WAS BATTLING FOR THE WIN AT THE OPENING ROUND OF THE SEASON IN SOUTH CAROLINA HE HAD PROBLEMS WITH REAR BRAKES WITH HIS BIKE AND EVER SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN TRYING TO CRAWL BACK IN THE SERIES HE WON THE LAST TWO RACES AND GOT RUSSELL BEHIND HIM RIGHT NOW AND HE HAS MORE PROBLEMS HERE THESE GUYS LOOK SPENT THIS IS THE MUD SECTION THAT LED TO RICKY RUSSELL’S UNDOING EARLIER NOW, HE HAS JOSH TOTH RIGHT BEHIND HIM HOW ABOUT TOTH ON THE 250 YAMAHA COMMERCIAL, 450 AND 250 TO BATTLE FOR THE WIN ON SNOWSHOE, THE FIRST WIN FOR EITHER RIDER THAT IS REST FOR THE WEARY THE BIG UPHILL, TOTH CONTINUES TO CLOSE AND A RIDER SMOKING HIS MACHINE ON THE UPCOMING HILL AND TOTH LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MAKE A PASS., AND HE THEY’RE BOG DOWN DEEP HUGE RUTS RICKY RUSSELL GOT THROUGH IT TOTH IS STILL BACK THERE AND HE IS STUCK AN EXHAUSTING EFFORT BY RICKY RUSSELL, BUT WORTH IT HE PROBABLY PULLED 15 SECONDS ON TOTH RIGHT HERE THAD DUVALL IS BACK IN IT HE GOT THROUGH THAT SECTION CLEAN AND HE’S RIGHT BACK IN CONTENTION IT LOOKED LIKE YAMAHA IS TRYING TO SPOIL THE PARTY HERE’S RUSSELL AND TOTH AND DUVALL RARELY DO WE SEE A TRACK THIS GNARLY PRODUCE RACING THIS CLOSE THEY WANT IT BADLY DUVALL WANTS THE POINTS AND THE OTHER TWO WANT THE MIRACLE FIRST WIN AND DUVALL IS STUCK!LINE AND BE SOMEONE’S GONNA TAKE A BAD ONE, THIS TRACK HAS BEEN CHEWED UP DOWN TO NOTHING SOMEONE WILL TAKE A GRAPEVINE AND BENEFIT AND SOMEONE WILL TAKE A BAD ONE AND WILL LEAD TO THE UNDOING OF THEM YOU SEE KAILUB RUSSELL STILL FIGHTING THE MOTORCYCLE AND THE TRAFFIC IT HAS TURNED INTO A POINTS SALVAGE DAY FOR HIM I DON’T THINK HE HAS NEARLY ENOUGH TIME TO GET BACK FOR THE WIN WHICH RIDER WILL COME THROUGH FIRST? RICKY RUSSELL? WILL IT BE TOTH? IT’S GOING TO BE RICKY RUSSELL HIS LIFE-LONG DREAM OF MOVING EAST TO COMPETE HAS ALL COME TRUE HE TAKES THE WIN IT’S TOTH WHO FINISHES SECOND ON THE 250, 1, 2, 3 FOR THEYAMA HAS AND RANDY HAWKINS RUNNING THAT TEAM FOR A LONG TIME THEY HAVE THE WIN LET’S TALK TO RICKY >> THE FIRST WIN AND COULDN’T BE HAPPIER IT WAS AN AWESOME DAY.HALF TO G BE HAPPIER, GREATEST FEELING EVER >> DARNED RIGHT IT IS HERE IS THE RECAP TOTH ON THE 250 GETS PULLED OFF THE LINE STU BAYLOR, WHEN HE WAS A FAVORITE, HE GOT THE EARLY LEAD HE WOULD GO DOWN ON THE ROCKS OPEN THE DOOR FOR RICKY RUSSELL TO GET THE NUMBER ONE SPOT HE LED RACERS BUT THE QUESTION, COULD HE HOLD ONTO IT ALL THE WAY WHEN HE GOT STUCK IN THE MUD WITH YOUR DEFENDING CHAM TAYLOR RUSSELL GETTING BY HIM IT LOOK LIKE THE CINDERELLA STORY WAS ABOUT TO TURN PUMPKIN NO, HE BOUNCED BACK AND TAYLOR GOT STUCK IN A MUDHOLE OF HIS OWN, THE ONLY RIDER LEFT TO CHALLENGE HE NEEDED ONE MORE MISTAKE FROM RICKY HERE’S JOSH

>> I ACTUALLY AT THE END, I CAUGHT RICKY AND WE WENT BACK AND FORTH PASSING EACH OTHER I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS IN THE OVERALL, I THOUGHT HE WAS IN