Big Crowd Roosts Berm Benders

Mora, MN, June 24, 2007

As the heat of summer settled in, racing in the District 23 Premier classes moved to the Berm Benders Raceway. With some extra money on the line, a few track changes, most of the fastest riders in the state attending, Kawasaki and Suzuki contingency awards, and ten-lap motos, racing in those classes was intense and unpredictable. There was also the usual compliment of District classes with nearly 500 riders keeping the gates full all day.

The first premier race was in 125A. John Dehn got the holeshot with James Larson, Spencer Kadlec, and Bruce Dehn battling early. As the laps wore on, John Dehn pulled a gap with Kadlec set in second. Bruce eventually passed Larson for third. Runaway Premier points leader, Scott Jendro, had a bad start and could only work up to fifth.

In the second moto, John Dehn again got the holeshot and pulled an early gap. Larson held second early, but was passed by Bruce Dehn, then Jendro, who was again working his way through the pack after a poor start. Overall, it was the Caswell Kawasakis of John Dehn (1-1) and Bruce Dehn (3-2) getting the top 2 spots, and with it, plenty of Kawasaki contingency bucks. Following overall were Kadlec (2-5), Jendro (5-3) and Larson (4-4).

James Larson ran close to the front all day.
Photos courtesy of MN Racing

Later in the day, with the track a bit rougher, the 250 A class took to the track. The players were mostly the same, with the addition of Jason Doyle, who had been pounding down the laps in Texas as a VP Fuel tester, and was making his first D23 appearance of the year.

In the first race, Chad Koenig lead into the first turn, but started to slide out. If he was riding by himself, he would probably save it every time, but unfortunately there was a pack of charging riders behind him. The resulting chain reaction took down quite a few of the contenders as well as leaving Koenig with what appeared to be a broken collarbone. Getting away clean, Bruce Dehn built a quick lead over Amzoil Vet rider, Rick Amatuzio and Kyle Jones. On the third lap, Jendro, who was caught up in the first turn pile, highsided spectacularly out of the moto. John Dehn had already retired from the race and would not start the second. Bruce lead all the way, with Doyle and Kadlec moving through to second and third. Jones and Amatuzio followed.

In the second race, Jendro got out front early and just kept pulling away, taking out his frustrations of the day by charging hard for the entire race. Dehn and Doyle were next, working up from bad starts, seeming to get faster as the race wore on. With many riders running into problems in one of the motos, the overall ended up being Dehn (1-2), Doyle (2-3), Kadlec (3-6), Justin Tate (7-7) , and Dana Yacuk (6-8).

Doug Stacklie and Berm Benders Raceway have seen a lot of each other over the years.

Getting away from the Premier classes, not all the racers are young males. One of my favorite combinations is the often double-dropped 50+ and Womenís classes. In the 50+ class, Doug Stacklie looked to keep his long win streak in the class going, a streak so long that it surpassed the research capabilities of the author, but is estimated to be at least four years. The always-smooth Stacklie made it look easy, pulling the holeshot and pulling a big gap early. Behind him both times was Craig Cherrington, whose presence would still provoke waves of dread at any quad race, but is concentrating on making the transition back to bikes. He looked close to matching Stacklieís speed as the race wore on, but couldnít close the early gap. Unlike most of the other classes, both motos had an identical finish order. Following overall were Robert Anderson, Danny Buckwalter, and Bruce Schaapveld.

"Bad Dad" Cherrington, jumping with two wheels

In the first moto of the Womenís class, Jessica Hansen withstood some early pressure to take a comfortable win. Allison Larson worked into second, followed by Emma Rizner, Jenee Boie, and Jenna Fore. In the second moto, Hansen, Larson, and Fore were close early, before Hansen pulled a gap in the lead with Larson comfortably in second. Boie moved up to third followed by Fore and Kala Swenson. With the sweep, Hansen took her Wheeler MX / Dammer Designs / Thanks Mom and Dad / Honda to the overall win followed by Larson (2-2), Boie (4-3), Fore (5-4) and Rizner (3-8).

The track is located about 80 miles north of the Twin Cities, near the city of Mora. The surface is fairly unique, as it isnít quite sand or hard pack. Dig it up and it gets thick and rough, like sand. Pack it down and it gets quite hard packed. Kurt and Kelly Caswell purchased the track in 2004 and have been making improvements to the track and the facility ever since. The turnout, which was one of the largest in a down year, showed that people appreciate the considerable efforts of the Caswells and the Berm Benders crew.

No one was able to win three classes, but several were able to win two. Jesse Wentland took the overalls in 85cc 9-12 and 85cc 12-15, Dalton Carlson topped Super-Mini and 125 Jr., Cody Thomsen won the crowded 125 B and 250 B classes, Levi McMains continued his climb back from serious injuries by sweeping 25+ B and 30+ B, and Mike Nathe handled 40+ A and 45+ A.

50cc Oil Inj. 4-8:
1.Tanner Walczak (KTM); 2.Spencer Miller (KTM); 3.Harrison Gulick (COB); 4.Tayden Simpson (KTM); 5.Mavrick Engstrom (KTM); 6.Pierce Knight (KTM); 7.Jake Belair (KTM); 8.Cole Nye (Yam);

50cc Multispeed 4-8:
1.Mavrick Engstrom (KTM); 2.Antonio Burton (Kaw); 3.Haley Greig (KTM); 4.Austin Pingel (COB); 5.Aaron Iler (Hon);

50cc Pre-Mix 4-6:
1.Spencer Miller (COB); 2.Devin Schultz (KTM); 3.Pierce Knight (KTM); 4.Travis Frias (KTM); 5.Olivia Odegard (KTM);

50cc Pre-Mix 7-8:
1.Daniel Benham Jr (COB); 2.Drew Slocum (KTM); 3.Garret Strong (KTM); 4.Noah Mcpherson (KTM); 5.James Ebert (KTM); 6.Blake Maxey (KTM); 7.Joshwa Hoeffs (KTM); 8.Thomas Frias (KTM);

65cc 7-9:
1.Dante Ramacher (KTM); 2.Liam Strong (KTM); 3.Gavin Wilkins (KTM); 4.Daniel Benham Jr (KTM); 5.Aaron Lindell (KTM); 6.Cole Harrington (KTM); 7.Mateo Johnson (KTM); 8.Jeremiah Lindberg (KTM);

65cc 10-11:
1.Tyler Gast (KTM); 2.Blake Miller (KTM); 3.Eric Anderson (KTM); 4.Adam Godfrey (Suz); 5.Alexander Ives (KTM); 6.Tristan Titus (KTM); 7.Eric Prachar (KTM); 8.Jacob Paulson (Suz);

85cc 7-11:
1.Aaron Rouse (KTM); 2.Kyle Swenson (Suz); 3.Dylan Schultz (Suz); 4.Tyler Anderson (Yam); 5.Blake Miller (Hon); 6.Liam Strong (KTM); 7.Damon Holcomb (Suz); 8.Dante Ramacher (KTM);

85cc 9-12:
1.Jesse Wentland (Suz); 2.Joe Neumann (Suz); 3.Taylor Gast (KTM); 4.Zachary Trout (Suz); 5.Mike Evjen (Suz); 6.Aaron Rouse (KTM); 7.Kyle Swenson (Suz); 8.Spencer Henrikson (Kaw);

85cc 12-15:
1.Jesse Wentland (Suz) 2.Jake Loberg (Hon) 3.Dalton Carlson (Kaw) 4.Jeremy Juliot (Kaw); 5.Joe Neumann (Suz); 6.Dustin Fore (Suz); 7.Mitch Evjen (Suz); 8.Aaron Thomas (Suz);

Super-Mini 12-15:
1.Dalton Carlson (Kaw) 2.Jake Loberg (Hon) 3.Jesse Wentland (Suz) 4.Dustin Fore (Suz); 5.Joe Neumann (Suz); 6.Zack Osowski (KTM); 7.Jeremy Juliot (Kaw); 8.Mitch Evjen (Suz);

125 Jr. 12-15:
1.Dalton Carlson (Suz); 2.Cody Thomsen (Suz); 3.Jake Loberg (Hon); 4.Jared Blaser (Suz); 5.Gavin Kadlec (Hon); 6.Storm Johnson (Hon); 7.Zachary Shermer (Suz); 8.Logan Bemis (Yam);

Schoolboy 12-15:
1.Tyler Sherrill (Suz); 2.Dustin Fore (Suz); 3.Jacob Larson (Yam); 4.Jonathan Quinzon (Suz); 5.Cory Mackenzie (Yam); 6.Mitch Evjen (Suz); 7.Kala Swenson (Suz); 8.Blake Buckley (Hon);

Girls 9-13:
1.Cassie Holcomb (Suz); 2.Nicole Evjen (Suz); 3.Bailey Dupey (Hon); 4.Marissa Polencheck (KTM); 5.Hannah Devine (Suz); 6.Hanna Beach (Yam); 7.Andrea Godfrey (Suz); 8.Sabrina Odegard (KTM);

125 A:
1.John Dehn (Kaw); 2.Bruce Dehn (Kaw); 3.Spencer Kadlec (Hon); 4.Scott Jendro (Hon); 5.James Larson (Yam); 6.Jason Johnson (Kaw); 7.Jamie Ledin (Suz); 8.Steven Lorr (Yam);

125 B:
1.Cody Thomsen (Suz); 2.Storm Johnson (Hon); 3.Eric Sherrill (Kaw); 4.Dustin Carlson (Kaw); 5.Jared Blaser (Suz); 6.Chas Kadlec (Yam); 7.Logan Bemis (Yam); 8.Korey Beach (Yam);

125 C:
1.Zachary Shermer (Suz); 2.Josh Lekson (Yam); 3.Chad Noaeill (Hon); 4.Tyler Kostecki (KTM); 5.Alec Loeffler (Yam); 6.Jonathan Quinzon (Suz); 7.Tony Selle (Kaw); 8.Ryan Springer (Hon);

250/Open A:
1.Bruce Dehn (Kaw); 2.Jason Doyle (Hon); 3.Spencer Kadlec (Hon); 4.Justin Tate (Hon); 5.Dana Yacuk (Yam); 6.James Larson (Yam); 7.Zachary Kenning (Hon); 8.Scott Jendro (Hon);

250/Open B:
1.Cody Thomsen (Hon); 2.Cody Breitbach (Kaw); 3.Luke Johnson (Suz); 4.Richard Connolly (Kaw); 5.Shane Marsyla (Yam); 6.Michael Odencrans (Suz); 7.Dylon Turner (Suz); 8.Eric Wick (Hon);

250/Open C:
1.Andrew Snyder (KTM); 2.Zachary Whittaker (Kaw); 3.Jeremy Ledin (Suz); 4.Cody Raze (Yam); 5.Joe Bonacci (Kaw); 6.Kyle Breukelman (Hon); 7.Christopher Mackenzie (Yam); 8.Chad Noaeill (Hon);

16-24 A:
1.Scott Jendro (Hon); 2.Jason Doyle (Hon); 3.Steven Lorr (Yam); 4.James Lorr (Kaw); 5.Dana Yacuk (Yam); 6.Nathan Rosso (Yam); 7.Kyle Jones (Hon); 8.Jason Johnson (Kaw);

16-24 B:
1.Cody Breitbach (Kaw); 2.Zack Hayford (Hon); 3.Richard Connolly (Kaw); 4.Matthew Nesbit (Hon); 5.Chas Kadlec (Yam); 6.Korey Beach (Yam); 7.Deon Guinn (Kaw); 8.Josh Virnig (Yam);

16-24 C:
1.Jake Dupont (Yam); 2.Cody Gamble (KTM); 3.Tony Selle (Kaw); 4.Travis Hughes (Yam); 5.Andrew Snyder (KTM); 6.Blake Dullinger (Hon); 7.Christopher Mackenzie (Yam); 8.Justin Jelsing (Suz);

25+ A:
1.Justin Tate (Hon); 2.Sheldon Fratzke (Suz); 3.Joshua Patzoldt (Yam); 4.Frank Jackson (Yam); 5.Samuel Stejskal (Kaw); 6.Wes Wyman (Hon); 7.Jared Anderson (Hon); 8.Jeremie Reinhart (Hon);

25+ B:
1.Levi Mcmains (Kaw); 2.Brandon Lang (Kaw); 3.Ryan Steckman (Kaw); 4.Jesse Given (Hon); 5.Anthony Radloff (Yam);

25+ C:
1.Michael Vanbrunt (Yam); 2.Mike Carpenter (Suz);

30+ A:
1.Frank Jackson (Yam); 2.Rick Amatuzio (Hon); 3.Daniel Benham (Yam); 4.Mike Masters (Hon); 5.Samuel Stejskal (Kaw); 6.Wes Wyman (Hon); 7.Ron Fratzke (Yam); 8.Jeremie Reinhart (Hon);

30+ B:
1.Levi Mcmains (Kaw); 2.Anthony Radloff (Yam); 3.Richard Blaser (Hon); 4.Robert Wallskog (Hon); 5.Jesse Given (Hon); 6.Ryan Steckman (Kaw);

30+ C:
1.Lee Jon Reineccius (Hon); 2.Kristopher Griese (Kaw); 3.Mark Blood (Suz); 4.Michael Whittaker (Kaw); 5.Shawn Rivet (Hon); 6.Jeffery Titus (KTM); 7.Jeremy Belsheim (Kaw); 8.Raymond Labrecque (Hon);

40+ A:
1.Michael Nathe (Kaw); 2.Craig Janzig (Hon); 3.Daniel Benham (Yam); 4.Mark Deal (Hon); 5.Jack Parenteau (Hon);

40+ B:
1.Mark Smith (Kaw); 2.Robert Wallskog (Hon); 3.John Cram (Kaw); 4.Don Anderson (KTM); 5.Richard Blaser (Hon); 6.Theodore Schulte (Yam); 7.Gene East (Hon); 8.Kevin Nelsen (Hon);

40+ C:
1.Dave Hammond (Hon); 2.Michael Whittaker (Kaw); 3.Larry Beach (Yam); 4.Jeff Johnson (Hon); 5.Kenneth Snyder (KTM); 6.Danny Buckwalter (Yam); 7.Kevin Stockey (Hon); 8.Mike Carpenter (Suz);

45+ A:
1.Michael Nathe (Kaw); 2.Mark Deal (Hon); 3.Ray Osowski (KTM); 4.Blair Schmidt (Hon); 5.Jack Parenteau (Hon);

1.Theodore Schulte (Yam); 2.Bob Chase (Hon); 3.Don Anderson (KTM); 4.Robert Anderson (Hon); 5.James Grieser (Suz); 6.Gene East (Hon); 7.Timothy Gamble (KTM); 8.Mark Speldrick (Kaw);

1.Douglas Stacklie (Yam); 2.Craig Cherington (Hon); 3.Robert Anderson (Hon); 4.Danny Buckwalter (Yam); 5.Bruce Schaapveld (Yam); 6.Barry Mckay (Kaw);

1.Jessica Hansen (Hon); 2.Allison Larson (Yam); 3.Jenee Boie (Yam); 4.Jenna Fore (Suz); 5.Emma Rizner (Yam); 6.Kala Swenson (Suz); 7.Nicole Evjen (Suz); 8.Steffani Burton (Suz);

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