Tunnelton hosts season’s final Full Throttle event

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brittany Hardy Cody Pingley makes his way through a field at Snuff Hollow during Round 10 of the Full Throttle series.

TUNNELTON — The final round of the 10-race Full Throttle Harescramble Championship series was held recently in Tunnelton at Snuff Hollow, a new location.

Snuff Hollow is on Goff Farm but on the opposite hillside from the other races that took place there this year.

While Snuff Hollow was one of the shortest tracks this season, it was also one of the most technical, with an abundance of rocks, mud and dreaded grapevines.

Paul Koontz gave the riders the same challenge as the last race. If 50 riders were to show up, the overall winners of both the ATV and dirt bike races would take home $500 in cash. If 100 riders were there, the overall winners would take home $1,000 cash.

Dirt bikes started before the ATVs again at 12:30 pm. More than 50 riders lined up at the start. 19-year-old Cody Pingley jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

“I definitely enjoyed the track today,” said Pingley. “It was a technical, slippery track — something I’m not used to due to me focusing on the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series. It brought me back to my roots growing up racing in the rocks and mud.”

Pingley is not a stranger to racing. He grew up racing the Grand National Cross Country series.

After suffering a severe injury in 2014, he was able to recover and tried racing the GNCC series again. Pingley quickly realized he wasn’t in shape to run the three-hour events at the GNCC level. He decided to try out the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series and has been doing extremely well ever since.

Pingley won the overall and took home the $500 cash prize. Nathan Thornhill came in second and Gary Fridley finished in third.

“I would like to thank the good Lord up above for keeping me safe,” Pingley said.

“JDP MX for the outstanding suspension set up, Ride On Moto, Jordan Kimble at Mountain Motoworks, Mufflers, Brakes & More, Joey’s Bike Shop, John Ross, Trevor Murphy for being my training partner and, of course, my family for making everything possible,” Pingley said.

The ATVs started their race at 3 p.m. Pro rider Bryan Channell decided to give himself a challenge and line up on the last row instead of the first.

He was already in the fourth spot on lap one and kept pushing. Wes Kinsley took home another overall win with Barry Nicholson finishing in second and Channell rounding out the top three.

Paul Koontz will be hosting an end-of-the-season banquet as well as a fall “buddy” race that is in the works.

More information will be available when details are sorted out. Preparations for the 2018 Full Throttle Series are also underway.

For further information to the website or Koontz’s Facebook page.