Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha TeamRace Report
James “Professor” Smoot WinsState Championship Title
October22, 2013 – St. Louis, MO: The Sho-MeState Pit Bike Series moved to Riverbottom MX at Crybaby Campground in OsageBeach, MO. for Round 8 racing.
With3 team riders out for the season, it would be up to Pit Bike Junkieco-founders, “Fantasy” Jim & James “Professor” Smoot to bring home thegold. The father/son duo had just wonthe track championship titles at Midway Speedway but there were two more racesto determine the State Championship titles.
Bothriders were on their new factory Piranha P190R-4V pit bikes with the 4 valveDaytona motor. The Professor was in theseries lead in the 12” Amateur class and would only need to complete both motosto take the championship, but just finishing was not in his vocabulary. “Let’s win this thing” he shouted as herolled to the gate.
Whenthe gate dropped three riders quickly left the pack behind. Jon Schneider, out of Topeka, KS., who hadjust picked up his Pit Bike Junkie prepared Piranha 190 the week before, tookthe holeshot & lead. The 50 Farmteam rider Zack Martin out of the Chicago area was 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] and theProfessor was 3[SUP]rd[/SUP]. The threebattled it out for 3 laps within feet of each other while the track announcerwas screaming that this was the most exciting race of the day! Suddenly, just over the finish-line jump,Schneider lost front wheel traction and nearly crashed. Martin & Smoot quickly made the passfinishing 1[SUP]st[/SUP] & 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] with Schneider a 3[SUP]rd[/SUP]. In Moto 2 the Professor would get theholeshot and would lead for nearly 3 laps when Martin made the pass. The talented Martin simply out-road thePiranha 190’s raw power and finished the day with 2 moto wins for The 50 Farmcrew. The two Piranha riders would endup 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] & 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] overall with the Professor locking inthe State Championship title.
Inthe always entertaining Vet class, “Fantasy” Jim was one point out of 1[SUP]st[/SUP]place, but when series leader Doug “Nick Novice” Scrounce was a no show, the“world’s oldest pit bike racer” would automatically move into the series leadby just completing the race. On the gatein moto 1 were Piranha riders “Mad” Mike Gilstrap & Walter Ray.
Ina race similar to the 12” class, the 3 riders would battle it out to the lastlap. “Mad” Mike would take two 1[SUP]st[/SUP]place wins while “Fantasy” Jim would end up with 2 hole-shots and 2[SUP]nd[/SUP]overall while Walter Ray would finish a close 3[SUP]rd[/SUP].
TheFINAL RACE of the series is on Oct. 27[SUP]th[/SUP] at Hwy 65mx in Sedalia, MO.
PitBike Junkie/Piranha Team Results Round 8:
2[SUP]nd[/SUP] place 12” Am – James“Professor” Smoot (hole-shot moto 2)
2[SUP]nd[/SUP] place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim(hole-shot both motos)
PitBike Junkie/Piranha Team Series Results as of Round 8:
1[SUP]st[/SUP] place 12” Am – James“Professor” Smoot – 2013 State Champion
2[SUP]nd[/SUP] place 12” Am – Cody Dempsey
3[SUP]rd[/SUP] place 12” Am – Hank “Hot-shoe”Cahill
1[SUP]st[/SUP] place Vet – “Fantasy” Jim – SeriesLeader & current Hole-shot King (13 of 16)
3[SUP]rd[/SUP] place 12” Pro – Jake “theAssassin” Payne
Resultsfor Piranha Riders:
RonPepper is ranked #3 in the Vet class riding a Piranha P150R-4V.
WalterRay is tied for #3 in the Vet class riding a Piranha P150R-4V.
“Mad”Mike Gilstrap has blazed onto the Vet scene with his new Piranha P190R-4V andhas taken two 1[SUP]st[/SUP] place & two 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] place podiums and ahole-shot award in his first 4 races and is now ranked #5.
ThePit Bike Junkie/Piranha Race Team is sponsored by OnealMX, TBparts, Pit Posse,Outlaw Racing Products, Piranha Pit Bikes, Wholesale Cycle & SourceMX.