|JACOB ARGUBRIGHT RETURNS TO THE PODIUM AT ROUND 4 OF AMA NATIONAL HARE AND HOUND|
August 24th, 2020 With the return of the 2020 AMA National Hare and Hound Championship series since the Covid-19 pandemic, Off-Road Support/TBT Suspension rider Jacob Argubright lined up for his first hare and hound-style event after in 6-months. Argubright last lined up for the series at round two in Lubbock, Texas where he crashed and suffered a fracture to his ulna; ultimately missing round three The Mint 400.
Hosted by Silver State Trailblazers in Panaca, Nevada, a now healthy Argubright lined up on the start of the 70+ mile course in hopes of continuing the defense of his 2019 Championship title. Consisting of sand washes, two track roads, silt and high desert vegetated trails, the heat and dry conditions would amplify the already challenging course conditions.
On Saturday morning, Argubright lined up on his preferred starting position alongside a heavy-set list of Pro riders just as anxious to get back to racing. With the drop of the banner, Argubright was quick to start his 2020 Kawasaki KX 450, grabbing an ideal jump off the line. Over the next mile that made the bomb run, Argubright moved into second overall but a slight loss of traction uphill forced him off-trail. Quickly regaining control, he settled back in into line, now 6th overall.
Over the duration of Loop 1, Argubright navigated his way through the field, and after just 38 miles he latched onto the 3rd place rider, Evan Kelly, coming into the pits. While both first (Joe Wasson) and second (David Kamo) held a healthy gap on the competition, Argubright turned up the heat leaving the pits to reel in Kelly. Nearly 15-miles into Loop 2, after the two ensued in an exciting battle, Argubright made the pass into third and found the intensity to attempt to close the gap on the leaders.
As the checkers flew, Argubright crossed the line in 3rd overall behind Wasson and Kamo after nearly two and a half hours of racing. “It felt so good to get back to AMA National Hare and Hound Racing! I was pretty nervous (just as everyone else probably was after six months of not racing) and couldn’t wait for the banner to drop. I bobbled on the start but discovered a newfound intensity today that kept me in a good zone. Joe and David were really on it today, and Evan and I kept each other honest all day. I had a blast and look forward to round five in Utah.” Argubright stated.
Argubright now sits 7th in points, and will head to Jericho, Utah for round five on September 26th
AMA National Hare and Hound Round 4 Official Results:
1. Joe Wasson
2. David Kamo
3. Jacob Argubright
4. Axel Pearson
5. Preston Campbell