8/22/15: The Silver State Trail Blazers Muley Run Kenda/SRT National Hare and Hound Presented by Purvines Racing is a crowd favorite. With the staging in the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, a spaghetti Dinner by the local girls soft ball team and terrain similar but at the same time very unique it’s no wonder so many racers look forward to this round.
The banner went up at 11:01am for 248 Big Bikes and once it dropped it was a mad rush to the big sand hill at the end of the bomb run. It looked as though Blais Racing’s Skyler Howes would have another holeshot on the season but at the very last second Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson would jump past. The two would drop into the first wash with Factory Husqvarna’s Jake Argubright right on their tail. Burson would lead through the entire first loop while all the riders just behind him would shuffle through almost every check!
At the end of loop one Burson had maintained a good lead but a wrong turn in the rodeo cattle arena just after scoring would have him stuck in one of the gates. Argubright had gotten past Howes and came right to the same spot, flipped around but missed the corner again putting Burson in the lead out onto the next loop. The debacle was solved by the time 3rd overall Howes came through followed by Factory FMF KTM rider Gary Sutherlin ripping through the arena.
Once on the second loop Burson picked up the pace leaving the pits just ahead of Argubright and was able to stretch out a Minute and 47 second gap on Argubright. Once they went out on the third and final loop he would put almost an extra minute and a half taking his first overall victory in the National hare and Hound Championship in the 2015 season! Argubright would come across in 2nd making for his best finish of the season after his wrist injury in Fall of 2014. Sutherlin would come across in 3rd followed by Howes in 4th and a great battle for 5th between FMF KTM racer Ivan Ramirez and Purvines Racings Axel Pearson.
With the 5th place finish Ramirez has a firm hold on the series points lead with Sutherlin 28 points back. While both Suherlin and Brabec are still mathematically able to get the title Ramirez has been solid all season and would only need to finish 17th overall to score 3 points at the finale in October.
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