Smith & Whitlock Take Top Honors
|Travis Whitlock |
This weekend marked the opening round for the 2006 Racer X / Suzuki
N.A.H.A. Hillclimb Series. More than 10,000 spectators showed up in
Tracy, California to watch hundreds of pro and amateur racers battle
for king of the hill honors and a portion of the $30,000 prize money.
This climb was also the field’s first chance to see what they are up
against this year and, with the onslaught of exotic fuels and racing
engines, the roar emanating from the Manteca Trailer & Camper
Championship Hill was frightfully impressive. A mere 3.3 seconds was
the difference between taking home the win and coming in 10th place!
Travis Whitlock, Dusty Beer, Jason Smith and Jeff Thomas slugged it out
for top honors in both the 0-700cc and Open classes. Travis Whitlock
brought the crowd to their feet with his 15.616 run in the Open
Exhibition class run, only to be bested by the up and coming Jason
Smith’s blazing 15.024 run minutes later! In the end Travis Whitlock
took home the win in the 700cc class with Dusty Beer and Jason Smith
trailing in second and third. Jason Smith took top honors in the wild
Open Exhibition class with Whitlock and Jeff Thomas rounding out the
podium. The season opener was an exciting foray into the world of
hillclimbing and goes to show that this season is going to be hotly
contested all the way to the end.
For more information visit www.Pro-Hillclimbers.org.
Upcoming 2006 N.A.H.A. Events
June 17-18 Columbus, MT
July 15-16 New Plymouth, ID
Aug. 9-10 Sturgis, SD
Oct. 21-22 Carnegie, CA
There are also two affiliate events posting over $60,000 in additional prize money:
July 1-2 Decazeville, France
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 Nashville, IN