Raines Wins Illinois National Hare Scrambles
Defending champ Jason Raines claimed the victory at round five of the AMA National Hare Scrambles Series in Crab Orchard, Illinois, yesterday, and by doing so, moved into the lead in the overall points standings.
Raines trailed Kawasaki’s Chuck Woodford early in the race but took advantage of an incident between Woodford and a lapper on lap three of the five-lap event to put his Am-Pro Yamaha into the lead.
Woodford rebounded to finish second, while KTM’s Robbie Jenks rode a steady race for third.
Raines now has a 19-point advantage over Woodford in the series standings, 92-83, while Brian Garrahan is third with 65. Garrahan, who was the points leader going into the event, dropped out on the first lap of the race after clipping a tree.
Local Pro, Charles Mullins, turned in a strong ride for fourth on his Yamaha, while Kawasaki-mounted Travis Green was the top-finishing non-Pro rider in fifth overall.
Completing the top 10 overall was Yamaha rider Kevin Bailey, Suzuki-mounted Nathan Alering, Husqvarna pilot Marty Michels, KTM’s Patrick Garrahan and Kawasaki rider Morgan Green.