Story and Images By: Lexi Thompson
Sleepy Hollow 9-19-2020
This past weekend in Fredricksburg, Pennsylvania, Sleepy Hollow MX hosted their 11th annual U.S. 2 Stroke Shootout event. With not a cloud in the crystal blue sky, bikes took to the starting line to fight for the $5,000 purse.
Jack Rogers (35) leads the 125 Pro division at Sleepy Hollow.
Just escaping the carnage of the first turn pileup, #15 of Cody Groves and the #749 rider, Trevor Schmidt, followed the leader, closely in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The standings remained as that until midway through the second lap, when Schmidt passed Groves along the back of the track. Rogers continued pulling ahead while the two fought for the position behind him. The Yamaha rider of Robert Piazza on the #777 was able to gain ground and trail the podium position holders.
Further back in the pack, Michael Lacore on the #33 and the #85 of John Bowlin were racing for a top 5 spot. Heading into the third lap, Cody Groves went down in a turn just before the finish line jump; this leaving him to finish the race in fourth place. This mistake allowed for Trevor Schmidt to push past and put pressure on Rogers for the lead. Piazza also got around Groves and was able to steal the podium position from him. The #454 in 5th place was charging ahead chasing Groves in hopes of stealing the 4th place spot, but fell short when the checkered flag waved.
Withless than 3 laps to go of the 8 lap moto, Michael Lacore pulled off the track due to mechanical issues and was unable to finish the race, resulting in a DNF and an opening in the top positions. Despite Schmidt gaining time and getting closer to the leader, he was unable to make the pass, leaving Jack Rogers to finish the race in the same first place position that he started in. Robert Piazza rounded out the podium in 3rd.
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