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ATVA Extreme Dirt Track Nationals
Round #6 - Elizabeth City, NC
Dixieland Speedway
August 26, 2006

Little's Championship Hopes Go Up in Smoke, With Farr's Win!


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Elizabeth City, NC - The Dixieland Speedway was the site for the sixth round of the Extreme Dirt Track Series, which is one of my personal favorite locations for racing because of its close proximity to the beautiful beaches along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Prior to heading to the track each year, I leave early and head to the beach for few day vacation with the family, which is one of the few times a year that I actually get to relax, and as usual, the weather was picture perfect, but it was definitely warm with temperatures in the mid 90 s, and fortunately there wasn t any rain in the forecast, which has plagued the EDT series this year.

#4 Tim Farr & #38 Michael Coburn split the option lane down the infield straigt-away during practice

The Dixieland 3/8 mile clay oval track allows the riders to get on the hammer as the sprint down the long straight way into turns one and out of turn two before stomping on the brakes to head into the infield. The infield has a series of breaking/ kicker jumps and a sweeping right hand turn, and to make it more interesting this year a split lane was added to the infield, which allowed for some additional passing opportunities.

The event attracted over 300 entries including 22 Pro riders, which meant that once again there would need to be three Heat Races and a LCQ to narrow down the field to 20 riders for the Pro Main. Unfortunately, the field was narrowed down by one rider when Shane Hitt and his ATV went flipping down the last straightaway of the infield in the first lap of the Heat race, which mangled his Honda and sent him to the Norfolk Trauma Center for observation and testing. An MRI revealed that Shane suffered a cracked C-5 vertebrate in his neck, and he will be sidelined for the remainder of the year. Shane will need to wear a neck brace for up to 12 weeks, but afterwards, he should be back to 100%.

After wrapping up the WPSA QuadTerrain Championship, Daryl Rath has made his return to his first love, Extreme Dirt Track Racing

If anyone dares to complain about traveling to the races, they better talk to California's Frank Batista first because he traveled from coast to coast to race at Dixieland

Upon the restart of the pro heat race, Tim Farr grabbed the Holeshot and claimed the win in the fastest heat race of the evening over Zac Willet, which secured Tim the first gate pick for the Pro Main. The other two heat races provided some intense racing action with Darin Ogden and Keith Little going at it for the win with Ogden holding off Little to the checkered flag. Chuckie Creech surprised everyone when he was able to maintain the lead and take the win over Harold Goodman in another intense heat race to the finish.

With the stage set for the Pro Main, the 20 Pros lined up just after 11:00PM with Tim Farr picking the center line with Keith Little and Harold Goodman lining up to his left while Darin Ogden picked the far outside line up against the wall. When the light turned green, it would be Harold The Bee Goodman grabbing the Chick-Fil-A Holeshot Award and five juicing chicken sandwiches to go with it, but before the end of the first lap, Tim Farr would make the pass and take over the lead. Chuckie Creech held down the third spot over Darin Ogden, Keith Little, and Zac Willet.

Tim Farr quickly took over the lead and never looked back

With no one in his way, Tim Farr wasted no time in pulling away from the rest of the field with Harold Goodman maintaining the second spot several seconds behind Farr while the battle was on between Creech, Little, and Ogden for the third spot with them running tire to tire around the track for several laps. Several seconds behind the battling trio was another wave of riders lead by Michael Colburn in 6th place with Trent Powell, Zach Stanley, Adam Anderson, and Frank Batista rounding out the top ten only inches apart with the rest of the field right behind them.

Several laps into the race, Darin Ogden was able to work his way past both Creech and Little to take over third with Little moving into fourth place, but his Honda was beginning to billow smoke. Zac Willet s charge in sixth place would end when he stalled his Honda heading into the infield and couldn t get it to re-fire, which left him kicking emphatically till it finally started with him a lap down.

With only two laps remaining in the race, Keith Little s Honda came to a stop as it finally seized up from losing oil from a blown valve cover gasket, which most likely ended his run at the 2006 Championship with only two races remaining and no throw-outs

#2 Darin Ogden found himself on the Podium once again with only a handful of sponsors to thank for his success

#12 Keith Little removes his helmet as he pushes his Honda back to the trailer after his engine went up in smoke

Tim Farr was able to cruise the final lap to the checkered for the win, which extended his points lead over Keith Little to 32 points with Harold Goodman holding on to second place and moving to within 6 points Little in points. Darin Ogden once again earned himself a spot on the podium with a third place finish, and Chuckie Creech and Michael Colburn rounded out the top five. For Creech and Colburn, this race will be one to remember as they both secured their best ever Pro finishes.

It was a great night, and I feel bad for Keith because I hated to see him go out that way, but you know we just have to stay on top of this bike and make sure that it doesn t happen to us, said Tim Farr.

Harold Goodman and his Father, Harold, are a great team

For Harold Goodman, it was his first time on the Podium since the opening round in Texas after coming up short the past two races. We had everything working real well tonight, said Goodman.

Darin Ogden claimed his first Pro win at Dixieland last year, but he was just as happy this year to be on the Podium as a privateer with a small budget, and he gave huge props to his sponsor FTZ for making it happen. If you want to go fast, you will go as fast as you want with an FTZ engine, said Ogden.

Once again, the Dixieland track put out Keith Little s fire as his Championship hopes apparently went up in smoke for the second year in a row, which gives the reigning champion, Tim Farr, some major breathing room at the final two rounds of racing in Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

ATVA Extreme Dirt Track - Pro ATV Top 20 Results

Finish

Rider Name

Brand

1

Tim Farr

HONDA

2

Harold Goodman

HONDA

3

Darin Ogden

HONDA

4

Chuckie Creech

HONDA

5

Michael Coburn

HONDA

6

Zach S. Stanley

HONDA

7

Frank Batista

HONDA

8

Adam Anderson

YAMAHA

9

Tyler Smith

YAMAHA

10

Trent Powell

YAMAHA

11

Scott Morris

HONDA

12

Daryl Rath

HONDA

13

Brad Riley

YAMAHA

14

Kelsey Stamm

HONDA

15

Brain Ace

YAMAHA

16

Cody Anderson

YAMAHA

17

Danny Mcgraw

YAMAHA

18

Zac Willett

HONDA

19

Keith Little

YAMAHA

20

Chad Winfrey

SUZUKI

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