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Visnic’s title chase continues

An Ohio Valley youngster’s quest for a pair of national titles, especially since school is out for the summer, is continuing.

Jake Visnic, an 11-year-old St. Clairsville resident, holds down a pair of first places in the three events he is entered on the Mountain Dew ATV MX National Championship series.

“School has been and always will be his main focus,” his father, Rob, said. “However, now that school is out, the focus is 100 percent on racing.”

Having nearly reached the halfway point of the 9-stop tour, the younger Visnic leads the 90 Auto Jr. (8-11) with 111 points, having secured 21 last week during the Amsoil ATV Showdown at Sunset Ridge MX in Walnut, Ill.

He has dominated the class throughout the first four stops, taking the checkered flag in the first three stops before finishing third last week. He was seventh in the first moto after sustaining engine troubles, but rectified things to take the checkered flag in the second moto.

“Jake was leading on the second lap when his engine failed,” his father explained via email. “We got it together though and had a good second moto.”

Visnic holds a 27-point lead over second-place Caleb Deal, who hails from Lakeland, Fla.

In the 70 Auto (6-11), he has a slim 10-point edge over Deal. Visnic has claimed three of the four first-place finishes, including last week, while Deal has captured the other checkered flag.

In the 90 Shifter class, he currently ranks sixth with 59 points, which is 46 behind leader Trevor Thatcher, of Swanton, Oh., who has 105.

Visnic finished fifth in both motos last week to accumulate 16 points. He is only 10 points out of third place.

Next stop on the tour is the Built Ford Tough Briarcliff ATV National at Briarcliff MX in Nashport, Oh.

Briarcliff MX is a brand-new stop on the schedule, but features all the things that make up a great venue for ATV motocross. Located about 60 miles east of Columbus, the facility is located on 140 acres of rolling land and features three motocross tracks and 2.5 miles of trails. Some believe the soil here might just be the best on the tour, with a good mix of loam and hard-pack.

There are no major elevation changes, and man-made jumps abound. A few featured jumps are key to good lap times, so getting them dialed in during practice is important.

The remember of the schedule includes:

Round 6-Mountain Dew Spring Creek ATV National, Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minn. (June 28-29)

Round 7-The NYCM Insurance Northeastern ATV National, Unadilla Valley Sports Center, New Berlin, N.Y. (July 12-13)

Round 8-Rocky Mountain ATV/MC RedBud ATV National, RedBud MX, Buchanan, Mich. (July 26-27)

Round 9-Can-Am ATV Dirt Days, Loretta Lynn’s, Hurricane Mills, Tn. (Aug. 9-10)

“We’ve had some good runs in the past at RedBud, and we won last year at Unadilla,” Rob Visnic said.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com