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AZOP Returns to Payson for Second Time in 2019

2019 AZOP Rowley White RV Series, Round 9, Payson, AZ October 5-6, 2019

Story & photos by: Miller Truby

With the 2019 AZOP Rowley White RV Series rolling into the home stretch for the year, racers were invited back to the charming mountain town of Payson to take a second shot at the popular track for two days of grand prix style racing. Presented by Four Seasons Motorsports and DragonFire Racing, the second go-around in Payson saw a track that was mostly familiar save for a totally new single-track section thrown in for the big bikes, which totally changed the complexion of the racing. Challenging riders to quickly transition from a motocross-style start into a series of endurocross-style obstacles before sending them into a steep single-track climb and descent through the cedar trees and rocks native to Payson made for some tough and tight racing.

With the weather pleasantly warm and sunny (especially compared to the fall of 2018 Payson race, which saw a torrential downpour turn the track into a mud-pit) racers and fans showed up in large numbers looking forward to a weekend of short-course action. The two previous races – Cinders and Saint Johns – both featured courses largely inaccessible to those wanting to spectate, whereas nearly the entire Payson track is visible from the pit area or any of the adjacent grandstands. The crowd was in a good mood and there was something of a family barbecue atmosphere among the toy haulers and moto-vans parked in the packed rodeo grounds lot. And with a variety of restaurants, shops, and casinos just a mile or two away in town, it’s easy to see why the Payson location has long been a favorite on the AZOP calendar. With plenty of help on hand throughout the week prior to the race, the AZOP crew presented competitors with a well-groomed track from the very start and worked hard to keep water on the course between races to keep the dust down.

With only three points-paying rounds remaining in the season coming into the weekend, many of the championship races remained undecided. The most competitive drivers and riders all seemed to be keenly aware that their opportunities to make moves on the leader board were dwindling and that this was the weekend to really start the final push. In the 1000cc Non-Turbo UTV class, Clayton Winiecki entered the races with a reasonable points cushion over Evan Striplin, however a 4th place finish for Winiecki on Saturday in a race won by Striplin put the pressure on set the scene for a vicious Sunday race which saw four of the six cars in the field breaking down. Unfortunately for Winiecki, he got the worst of it, tearing the left rear wheel and suspension off the car entirely, ending his weekend. Striplin, in a battered car of his own, was able to limp home in third place and take over the points lead in the class by just 3 points!

The Open B bike class has been a back-and-forth affair all year, with Jarren Atwater holding the slimmest of advantages over Tate Van Voorst. Unfortunately, the Saint Johns race saw Atwater suffer a broken collarbone and forced him to skip the Payson race altogether. Van Voorst capitalized with two fourth-place finishes on the weekend and he now finds himself in first place with just a couple more race weekends to go. With Atwater expected to be back on the bike in Wickenburg, it will be up to Van Voorst to put himself in position to defend his slim lead and go into the final race of the season in shape to win his first championship.

Similar scenarios are playing out across many of the other classes, and while some points races have been more or less sewn up for weeks now, there’s still plenty of bar-to-bar, wheel-to-wheel action left in the 2019 season! AZOP next heads west to Wickenburg for the second Vulture Mine race of the season. Two days of hare-scramble style racing on one of the roughest, most technical desert loops in the state October 19th-20th. Registration is open now!

As always AZOP would like to thank all of the sponsors, staff, volunteers, racers, and spectators for making this another successful and fun weekend of racing.  For full race results, videos, and photos or to find out about upcoming events go to www.azopracing.com.

Saturday Motorcycle Results

Big Bikes

Pro:1.) #444 Ryan Wells 2.) #375 Dominic Dugi 3.) #909 Miguel Cordovez Open A:1.) #214 Drake Hacker 2.) #717 Mark Gent 3.) #372 Alejandro Cortez, Jr. Open B:1.) #002 Zach Burgett 2.) #989 Vincent Popovich 3.) #158 Nick Reynolds Open C:1.) #343 Jake Moffat 2.) #814 Lewis Wright 3.) #174 Tanner Lindley 125-250cc A:1.) #104 Tim Dana 2.) #974 Dustin Queen 125-250cc B:1.) #429 Kaden Bedlion 2.) #29 Colton Edwards 125-250cc C:1.) #700 Anthony Luna 2.) #724 Taylor Wilson 3.) #048 Catalina Springstroh Vet 30+ A:1.) #19 Dayton Raper 2.) #044 Jesse Belcher 3.) #754 Michael Whiteley Vet 30+ B:1.) #6 Martin Craven 2.) #004 John Spires Senior 40+ A:1.) #77 Jay Jewell Senior 40+ B:1.) #43 Jeremiah Schnurpel 2.) #133 Micah Chlarson 3.) #Andrew Smallhouse Senior 40+ C:1.) #041 Vinnie Wyatt 2.) #144 Dallas Brown 3.) #831 Lewis Stephan Master 50+ A:1.) #59 Gary Peterson Master 50+ B:1.) #808 Bob Chartier 2.) #001 Michael Young Super Senior 60+:1.) #1946 Ron Kenyon

Pee Wee Bikes

Pee Wee 50cc 4-6 years:1.) #187 Brayden Almendarez 2.) #723 Hayden Griffith 3.) #301 Jayce Tracy Pee Wee 50cc 7-8 years:1.) #238 Kaycee Curley 2.) #153 Ryder Yates 3.) #898 Kash Schmidt Pee Wee 65cc C:1.) #308 Aayden Tracy 2.) #910 Tiernan Finnegan 3.) #7 Michael Vogelzang

Mini Bikes

Mini 65cc A:1.) #21 Marley Kuhn Mini 65cc B:1.) #2 Tristin Andrade 2.) #247 Cooper Skersick 3.) #928 Owen Wesley Mini 80-150cc A:1.) #168 Samuel Campbell 2.) #381 Keegan Hardy 3.) #138 Cody Reyes Mini 80-150cc B:1.) #48 Danny Baca 2.) #604 Cody Smit 3.) #4 Chase Boyd Mini 80-150cc C:1.) #130 Clayton Hixon 2.) #199 Jaxon Steele 3.) #413 Colson Skersick Women’s C:1.) #191 Grace Vinagro 2.) #046 Rebecca Lowery 3.) #371 Emilee Carter

Saturday Quad/ATC Results

Big Quads/ATCs

Expert:1.) #165 Emilio Garcia Vet Pro:1.) #102 Ron Suor 2.) #504 Abe Martinez 3.) #14 Brandon Siewiyumptewa Sportsman:1.) #106 Robert Dearth 2.) #053 Seth Garcia 3.) #555 Ransom Martinez ATC:1.) #208 Ed Hicks 2.) #71 Paul Airey 3.) #055 Ryan Miller

Mini Quads

Mini 250-400cc:1.) #308 Ryan Forward 2.) #57 Dakota Hibler 3.) #61 Wyatt Little Mini 91-300cc 10-15 Years:1.) #34 Landen Johnson 2.) #17 Brayden Earlewine

Pee Wee Quads

Pee Wee 80cc Advanced:1.) #95 Brendon Turner Pee Wee 80cc Beginner:1.) #85 Cade Little 2.) #222 Jack Wilson 3.) #31 Kaiden Lee Pee Wee 50-79cc 4-6 Years:1.) #289 Lane Johnson 2.) #88 Tyler Wade 3.) #100 Brantley Little

Saturday UTV Results

Big UTVs

Pro:1.) #903 Kody Winiecki 2.) #143 Kali Kinsman 3.) #44 Ryan Wells Unlimited Turbo:1.) #969 Dan Hurn 2.) #316 Chris Lindstrom 3.) #866 Chris Leaming 1000cc Non-Turbo:1.) #902 Evan Striplin 2.) #504 Abe Martinez 3.) #824 Robert Furnell 900cc:1.) #381 Chuck Stevenson

570cc UTVs

570cc:1.) #1910 Grace Vinagro 2.) #193 Ashton Stowell 3.) #17 Vincent Riccitelli

170cc/250cc UTVs

250cc:1.) #17 Vincent Riccitelli 170cc:1.) #147 Braden Krah 2.) #866 Jaxon Leaming 3.) #116 Erik Alvidrez

Sunday Motorcycle Results

Big Bikes

Pro:1.) #909 Miguel Cordovez Open A:1.) #372 Alejandro Cortez, Jr. 2.) #717 Mark Gent Open B:1.) #002 Zach Burgett 2.) #989 Vincent Popovich 3.) #063 Ant Samora Open C:1.) #343 Jake Moffat 2.) #814 Lewis Wright 3.) #800 Jacob Moraga 125-250cc A:1.) #104 Tim Dana 2.) #974 Dustin Queen 125-250cc B:1.) #429 Kaden Bedlion 2.) #29 Colton Edwards 125-250cc C:1.) #727 Jaeqon Peterson 2.) #700 Anthony Luna 3.) #724 Taylor Wilson Vet 30+ A:1.) #19 Dayton Raper 2.) #058 David Moskat Vet 30+ B:1.) #83 Jacob Letner 2.) #061 Adam Geiger 3.) #004 John Spires Vet 30+ C:1.) #687 Andrew Boyd 2.) #8081 Robbie Willis 3.) #335 William Milbourn Senior 40+ A:1.) #77 Jay Jewell Senior 40+ B:1.) #133 Micah Chlarson Senior 40+ C:1.) #98 Jason Baxter 2.) #5 Juan Rivas 3.) #831 Lewis Stephan Master 50+ A:1.) #59 Gary Peterson Master 50+ B:1.) ##144 Dallas Brown 2.) #808 Bob Chartier 3.) #625 Ron Simpson Women:1.) #059 Lauren Thompson

Pee Wee Bikes

Pee Wee 50cc 4-6 years:1.) #187 Brayden Almendarez 2.) #723 Hayden Griffith 3.) #060 Adrian Hopkins Pee Wee 50cc 7-8 years:1.) #238 Kaycee Curley 2.) #881 Jake Pennington 3.) #898 Kash Schmidt Pee Wee 65cc C:1.) #308 Aayden Tracy 2.) #910 Tiernan Finnegan 3.) #419 Wyatt Massey

Mini Bikes

Mini 65cc A:1.) #21 Marley Kuhn Mini 65cc B:1.) #2 Tristin Andrade 2.) #247 Cooper Skersick 3.) #928 Owen Wesley Mini 80-150cc A:1.) #168 Samuel Campbell 2.) #381 Keegan Hardy 3.) #052 Chase Haynes Mini 80-150cc B:1.) #78 Jacob Jewell 2.) #48 Danny Baca 3.) #4 Chase Boyd Mini 80-150cc C:1.) #199 Jaxon Steele 2.) #130 Clayton Hixon 3.) #413 Colson Skersick Women’s C:1.) #191 Grace Vinagro2.) #371 Emilee Carter 3.) #332 Jade Vogelzang

Sunday Quad/ATC Results

Big Quads/ATCs

Vet Pro:1.) #102 Ron Suor Sportsman:1.) #106 Robert Dearth 2.) #174 Dustin Queen 3.) #357 Carly Senter ATC:1.) #208 Ed Hicks 2.) #71 Paul Airey

Mini Quads

Mini 250-400cc:1.) #57 Dakota Hibler 2.) #55 Maddison Freshour Mini 91-300cc 10-15 Years:1.) #34 Landen Johnson 2.) #17 Brayden Earlewine

Pee Wee Quads

Pee Wee 80cc Advanced:1.) #95 Brendon Turner Pee Wee 80cc Beginner:1.) #31 Kaiden Lee 2.) #200 Cutter Gehrts 3.) #24 Shawnlee Spires Pee Wee 50-79cc 4-6 Years:1.) #88 Tyler Wade 2.) #289 Lane Johnson 3.) #89 Zane Gehrts

Sunday UTV Results

Big UTVs

Unlimited Turbo:1.) #969 Dan Hurn 2.) #316 Chris Lindstrom 1000cc Non-Turbo:1.) #2004 John Nix 2.) #504 Abe Martinez 3.) #902 Evan Striplin

570cc UTVs

570cc:1.) #1910 Grace Vinagro 2.) #193 Ashton Stowell 3.) #17 Vincent Riccitelli

170cc/250cc UTVs

250cc:1.) #17 Vincent Riccitelli 170cc:1.) #147 Braden Krah 2.) #192 Ryland Stowell 3.) #866 Jaxon Leaming

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