Cole Thompson wins 4th straight Clash for Cash in AxTour Arenacross
Cole Thompson wins 4th straight Clash for Cash in AxTour Arena cross
Story by Shaun Foster
Photos by David Jones & Shaun Foster
Murfreesboro, TN (1/14) Canadian Cole Thompson took home his fourth straight win in the AxTour Arenacross Clash for Cash Race at Miller Coliseum. The Clash for Cash was the main event of the AxTour Arenacross show.
Amateur and professional motorcycle riders descended on Murfreesboro to participate in the fourth stop of the AxTour circuit. The garage area was crammed, almost overflowing with bikes and quads of all kinds. Riders from 4 years old to adult, male and female alike, eagerly waited their turn to race the dirt track full of hills and 180 degree turns. The events of the night were 40 races in different categories so that riders could find acompetitive race that fit their bike, age group, and skill level. The main event featured professional riders in a shoot-out for their share of over $30,000.
The Coliseum was packed with fans that were about to be treated to a night of bike and quad racing. The cold January air was filled with dust, smoke and motorcycles that seemed to defy the laws of gravity.
Johnny Moore bested Cole Thompson in Race 1 (Ax Pro) but no one had an answer for Thompson in the Clash finale.
Race three (85cc 9-15 yrs) was won by Murfreesboro’s own Hayden Spencer who overcame a huge starting lead by Donnie Arvin of Old Hickory, TN.
In Race ten (Schoolboy) Austin Barden lost his helmet during the race and was black flagged for safety, he finished 9th.
Race twelve (Ax Beg) wrapped up with the top three racers being from Murfreesboro, TN. Jacob Ruff took home the win. Jeffery Russell finished 2nd and Dakota Duraud came in 3rd. Jonathon Waggoner of Rockvale,TN came in 7th in the field of 19 racers.
Emily Bean of Murfreesboro,TN was part of the AxTour Amateur Spotlight at the beginning of the event, because of her exceptional performance on the track. In Race sixteen (51cc 4-8yrs) she took a nasty spill in turn two of the first lap. The crowd went silent as safety crews rushed to her, and caution flags flew. Bean was slow to get up but after she shook it off, the crowd erupted in cheers as she climbed back on her bike and continued the race. Despite being far behind the pack she still managed to catch them and finish 13th out of 15 racers.
Kyle Carlton from Eagleville, TN won Race 38 (Ax Lites Nov). Peyton Patterson of Murfreesboro, TN was involved in a crash and had to be helped off the track. Patterson was unable to continue the race.
The Pros took to the track for one last showdown in the Clash for Cash. When the dust settled, Cole Thompson was first, for the 4th straight Clash. With this win, Thompson remains undefeated in the 2011-2012 AxTour season Clash for Cash race and is firmly on top of the championship points.
The AxTour Arenacross series will head to Hattiesburg, MS for their next race on Jan. 21st. AxTour will return to Tennessee for round 7 of the series when they race in Cookeville on Feb. 4th.