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Banquet Date Adjustment

Hello everyone. It appears that there was a miscommunication with our events center and our banquet reservation was made for January 13th. So please adjust your calendars and accept our most sincere apologies for the mix-up. Just to reiterate, the 2017 Season Awards Banquet and Member Meeting is on January 13th, 2018.

Join the 2017 Member Focus Group

The Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association Board of Directors are seeking members to join a focus group to help discover areas of success and areas for improvement.  We would like to seek input from members well in advance of the 2018 season so that we can factor in your feedback and desires as we build a 2018 championship series.

Once you have signed up for the list, you will receive a series of surveys, covering a range of topics.  Questions will range from feedback on recent events, to opinions on organizational issues, to ideas for 2018.  Participants will have ample opportunity to offer feedback and propose solutions. Continue reading Join the 2017 Member Focus Group

Fall Schedule Updates

The fall half of the season is approaching and we are looking forward to heading out to a new location on the circuit – Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK. I’ll have a lot more info about this location in the next couple of days, but in the meantime I have some more schedule information to share.
 
So some of you may have already heard, but Lafferty Motorsports has shut the gate and will no longer be a riding area. So yet again, we are faced with another change. The positive side of the situation is that we now get to go to a new location on the circuit – Discoveryland OK. Discoveryland is actually a public riding area, so not only will we be able to try a new place, we will also be able to contribute new trails to their trail system for everyone to enjoy.
 
Due to time constraints of adding new trail, we have worked with the landowners to swap the locations for round 9 and 11. So we will now be going to Baldwin Ranch for Round 9 (this track was built over the summer, so is ready to go) and will head to Discoveryland for Round 11. We are very excited about both of these new locations as they hold a lot of potential for being perennial visits on the circuit and are very appreciative of these property owners for inviting us to their land to hold our races!
 
Now I want to close this by saying that while it has been a bummer of a season in terms of reschedules, the real loss is in the public riding areas that we are no longer able to visit on non-race weekends. I think this really highlights the importance of patronizing these public riding areas on off weekends and spreading the word to other riders. That’s how we keep these places open and profitable.
 
I summed up the revised fall schedule into the attached graphic. Please share this info with your friends so that they are up-to-date. Thanks to all of our riders and officers for being so flexible this season and we’ll see you in just a few short weeks for OCCRA 2017 Rd 8 Big Fox Run XC!

Attention Quads: We Need Rear Facing Numbers!

Good morning guys and gals. Round 7 is coming up and we need to tackle an issue – displaying your numbers.

We’re going to start with quads and it’s really pretty simple. We need you all to have your numbers displayed from the front AND rear of your quad. So basically, you need to obtain a rear facing number plate and hang it from your grab bar, tail light bracket, etc. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the most obvious ones are: it’s the rule, it helps y’all identify each other on the trail (passing, break downs, injuries, etc.), and for scoring (yes, scoring IS checking out your rear sometimes! lol). Sometimes on muddy races, that front number is totally unreadable.

So we’re going to start enforcing this rule. Many of you are already A-OK, but a lot of you are missing the rear facing plate. Here’s the breakdown:
*Printed number graphics are acceptable on the hood for front facing
*Plastic number plate on the bumper is acceptable for front facing
*For rear facing, you need the plastic number plate with your number on it (rear fender graphics are cool looking and helpful but do not meet this requirement because they are not rear facing).

BUT! Cole Williams has your back and has worked with Velocity Vinyl’s to make this super easy for you. Velocity Vinyl’s will sell you a number plate at the track with your number on it for $10. That’s a heck of a deal and it’s ready to go. Bring a couple of zip ties and you’re ready to race!

I’ve attached a few photos of folks that are winning at displaying their numbers (at least from one angle). At Round 7, you will not start the race without a front and rear facing number. So you can do something on your own before then or you can take care of it at the track with Velocity Vinyl’s. I feel like it should go without saying, but your displayed number should also be your correct OCCRA number. If you have another series number or an old number on your quad – cover it up with tape so as not to cause confusion.

Thank you all for your help with this and thank you to Velocity Vinyl’s for making this easy for the racers to accomplish.

Wilson’s Dirt Park XC Recap

It turned out to be a beautiful weekend to try out a new location in Weatherford. As most of you know, this was a very last minute change in venue and we most sincerely thank Wilson’s DirtPark for welcoming us to their property on such short notice. This was definitely another track for the throttle twisters and we hope you were able to satisfy your need for speed here! The soil soaked in the moisture well, but we did require an emergency bridge build, some rerouting, and some quads still went home muddy. Thank you again to our round title sponsor ROKK construction for their support – they look like magicians with concrete, so check them out for your next building or remodel project! Thank you also to Amsoil, Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas, and B&H Engraving. We, of course, couldn’t have any of these races without the help of all of the officers and members that pitched in their time to make this track happen. Enjoy your week and holiday weekend and we’ll see you in two weeks for a picturesque and very different location terrain-wise at OCCRA 2017 Rd 7 Lone Tree Benefit Race.

Results: http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/Results.aspx/2017/6/O1/CT

(photo credit Jay Houchen)

Rush Springs Prep in Yucky Weather

Teamwork makes the dream work! With just one weekend to prep a new track, our options were pretty much to drop the round or get to work and make it happen. This awesome team of officers and members said we want to race!! So it to Pettijohn’s Off-Road Park they went to scout, layout, trim and arrow trail in rain, cold, and high winds so we can all roost it up next weekend.

Some of you may have ridden this track in the past, but don’t expect to recognize too much. The layout is all new and we think you’re going to have a lot of fun going down and up through the ravine, racing around ponds and twisting the throttle through high speed sections. We also get to enjoy a fun new motocross track laid out by the Pettijohn boys. The dirt was amazing this weekend and you’ll enjoy a lot of passing room and wishbone splits to add some excitement.

Since three track is pretty virgin, we need your help with not taking out banners and with respecting the layout of the track (I.e. No cutting!). Of course we also need spectators to be careful when getting around the track.  In addition to the usual arrows and banners, you will also want to keep an eye out for log/brush barriers and in some areas arrows are painted on the hard surfaces.  This track will be fast and fun with plenty of passing opportunity.

Now for the thank yous, and please add on if I missed anybody. A round of applause for Quinton Cranford, Mike McDonald, Mike Sterling, Dennis Morgan, David Brown, Jason LaHood, Greg Gordon, Russell Doughty, Dakota Doughty, Barry Hawley, and another Honda guy (sorry I didn’t catch your name!). And thanks, of course, to the Pettijohn family for giving us a place to race and to our round title sponsor Oklahoma Honda- Suzuki for their outstanding support.

Mona’s Rose of Sharon will be at Rush Springs to treat us to tasty concession and will also be donating 10% of their profits to Blake Thomas to help with expenses resulting from his accident.  If you would like to read about Blake’s recovery or to make a personal donation, go to to this page: https://www.gofundme.com/3piyxdc.

Finally, there are a couple of things to know about this track.  We have a motocross track incorporated, so remember to roll right and jump left.  The left side of the track is the “fast lane” and slower/non-airborne riders should keep to the right.  The landowner also has personal property on site, so leave it alone!  Don’t climb on it, touch it, anything!  Finally, there is also a barrel racing track setup…a HORSE barrel racing track. This area is OFF LIMITS to motorized vehicles.  It is actively used by the property owner for barrel racing practice.

Less than a week now, so get ready for some softer soil and let’s get to racing!

Change of Venue for Round 6

We regret to have to say that we are having to switch the location for Round 6.  The Arbuckle Offroad Park has been sold and will no longer be a riding area.  This news came suddenly, but fortunately we were able to find a location to move the race to that officers will be able to add a track to very quickly.  The new location for Round 6 will be Wilson’s Dirt Park in Weatherford, OK.  Thank you to the owners of this new location for being flexible and accommodating us at a short notice.  Stay tuned for more information about the track features and thank you for your patience.

Round 3 Recap, Video and Photos

Video provided by the talented team at Ajax Motorsports in Oklahoma City!

Well we just closed out round 3 with a fantastic weekend at Terbush Ranch! The Wild West Shootout saw a lot of great battles as riders enjoyed Woodward soil with good moisture. Ron Rader, Randy Rader, Vic Terbush, Russell Doughty, Mary Doughty, the Shaw brothers and Zane Rader did a super job of mixing up the diverse terrain of Woodward into a fun flowing track with some new looks. Thank you all for your hard work and thank you also to our workers this weekend. We hope that everyone enjoyed the awards and prizes provided by our sponsors Mike’s Dirt Bike Suspension, Amsoil, Cranford Motorsports, Brown and Hartman Engraving, Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas, and Cherlyn’s Style Shoppe in Woodward. And, of course, thank you to our contingency sponsors Fly Racing, Rocky Mountain ATVMC, Husqvarna Motorcycles USA, and Honda Motorcycles & ATVs. Thank you to these wonderful sponsors and programs for providing a little extra something to accompany those race memories.

On a more somber note, we would like to keep Daran Sherwood and his father in our prayers as they lost their mother this weekend. We all know Daran and his dad as our gate keepers of more than 10 years. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Easter weekend is up next and then we head to Round 4 at Henryetta. Results from Woodward are posted at http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/Results.aspx/2017/3/O1/CT.

Now we know you like photos, so here are the links I’ve seen so far.  Thank you so much to our volunteer photographers for spending their weekend behind a camera!

Kristi Salek Photography

Tina Gregory Photography

Richardson Family

Some Racer Videos

2017 Round 1 Photos & Videos

You’ve seen some of these links already, but I compiled them into one post for your convenience.  For being such a muddy weekend, y’all hauled in a lot of photos!  Thank you very very much to Dylan Pilgrim, Kristi Salek, Stacie Ann Wyatt and Emily Cohlmia for some great memories!  And, thank you to Cody Rader and Ajax Motorsports for the awesome video!  We would also like to thank the sponsor of Round 1 – Sprinkler Works!  Don’t forget that there’s still time to get signed up for Fly Racing, Husqvarna and/or Honda Red Rider contingency before Round 2!

Found a few race videos too…

 

 

OCCRA Racers Heading to GNCC Big Buck

The opening round of GNCC Racing is this weekend at Big Buck in Union, SC. OCCRA Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association is going to be well represented by four young racers. Tucker Grooms (#412) will be racing the 85 Senior race at 8:00 a.m., Nolan Birks (#438) will be racing the School Boy class at 10:00 a.m., Dillon Trail (#415) in the 65 7-9 class, and Kristian Brooks (#404) will be finishing it up in the 1:00 PM race in the Open B class. You can get live text alerts on these racers by texting ‘sub’ and the rider’s number to m@gncclive.com and you can also check out the action live on http://www.racertv.com. Best of luck to these young racers as they take on #xcracing on the big stage! #occra

Honda Red Rider Contingency for 2017

We’re very excited to announce that OCCRA has been included in the Honda Red Rider contingency program for 6 events in the 2017 season. The program pages are still being updated, so check back to see which rounds (6 out of 12) are the ones that will qualify. The link below has all of the details, including which classes are eligible and the requirements. If you ride red, or are thinking of a new ride, be sure to take a look at the Hondas. Those new RX models look pretty sweet! Let’s give a big thanks to Kristopher Erik Hoopes for reaching out to Honda and submitting our series for consideration. Don’t forget that we have several great Honda dealers in the area that are big supporters of OCCRA! #honda #ridered #occra #xcracing

http://www.xtrm.com/contingency/honda/index.asp

Thank you 2017 Round Title Sponsors!

We would like to give a quick shout out to all of our awesome 2017 race title sponsors. These wonderful businesses have made contributions to help us present race awards to you. Please check them out at their websites below to see the products and services they offer. We’ll be highlighting each one more as the season progresses, but we would like to say thank you for your support!

Round 1 – Sprinkler Works Llc (http://sprinklerworks.publishpath.com/)
Round 2 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 3 – Mike’s Dirt Bike Suspension (http://www.mikes-dirt-bike.com/)
Round 4 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 5 – Oklahoma Honda- Suzuki (http://www.okhonda-suzuki.com/)
Round 6 – ROKK Construction (http://www.rokkcon.com/)
Round 7 – BluewaterOKC (http://bluewaterokc.com/)
Round 8 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 9 – 3S TEAM, LLC (http://3s-team.com/)
Round 10 – Ajax Motorsports (http://www.ajaxmotorsports.com/)
Round 11 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 12 – Innovative Comfort Solutions (http://icsheatair.webs.com/)

We also can’t forget our series sponsors and contingency partners Fly Racing, Western Power Sports, Rocky Mountain ATVMC and Husqvarna Motorcycles USA. There’s still time to get signed up for the contingency programs – get the details at https://www.occra.com/site/2017-contingency/.

Update on Mini Riders and Number Reservations

First, scoring would like us to relay that if you did not receive a response to your number reservation, it may be because your number selection(s) were already reserved or you did not choose the correct number for your class.  Please review this article for the links to see what numbers match your desired class and which numbers are already taken.  If you are unsure of what to pick, please contact scoringdirector@occra.com.  And, please send THREE choices for your number.  Putting the same number three times doesn’t help if that number is already taken by somebody else.

Now on to minis…the scoring team and mini directors analyzed last year’s mini riders compiled a list of class assignments for minis and noted riders who have “aged out” of a division.  Some of you have already registered, but the majority have not.  The riders were analyzed similar to how the adults were analyzed, so a few were placed “backwards” in a division.  A rider does not have to move back, though, and can elect to stay in the class up.  Please review the list below: Continue reading Update on Mini Riders and Number Reservations

FCA MX/Offroad Discount Coupons Available

***UPDATE – BOTH COUPONS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED***

Gene Thomas, director of the FCA Oklahoma program, has informed me that two $100 gift certificates are available to use for the 2017 FCA camp.  He would like to offer them to someone that plans to attend the camp this year.  If you haven’t heard about the FCA MX/Offroad camp, it’s held at Fry Lake over the summer and brings together awesome training from skilled riders with fellowship.

Read more about FCA MX/Offroad on their homepage or Facebook page.

Pit Bike Racing in 2017

Calling all big kids with little bikes!  Did you know that OCCRA will be adding four pit bike classes to the Saturday Short Course bike race this spring?  That’s right, you can now take that mini dirt bike back away from your kid and ride it yourself!  Just kidding, of course, we don’t want you snatching your young racer’s race machine, but we do have a place for you to bring your own mini moto for some offroad racing action!  Minimum age is 16 to race these classes – these classes are for the big kids!

The pit bike classes will consist of:

  • Outlaw – The craziest of the crazy!  This class is for the highly modded bikes with a maximum 14″ front/12″ rear wheel.
  • Mad Dog – We’re talking air cooled, slightly larger wheels allowed (max 19″ front/16″ rear) and a few normal bike mods.
  • 12 inch – This is the larger-wheel option for the stock bikes.  Think KLX/DRZ/CRF/TTR 110/90 with no mods.
  • 10 inch – If you really like being close to the ground, here’s the class for you.  This class is designed around CRF/Z50, DRZ50, TTR50, and alike bikes with no modification.

So what are you waiting for?  Drag those mini bikes out and sign up on Saturday for 30 minutes of good clean fun.  We’re running this as a 3-round trial series so we’re looking for riders to make sure it “takes” for the whole season.  Get all of the finer details on the classes page.

Twilight Team and UTV Mini Series

Did you know that we will be hosting a two-race mini series for evening bike teams, quad teams and UTVs?  Races will be held after practice on Saturday at HOTT and Lone Tree Ranch.  UTVs will run first with the team races held afterward.  The team races may run into the night, so headlights are recommended!  Check out the page below for the details.  If you’re interested in participating (particularly UTV racers), please fill out the form on the details page so we can judge what classes we will need.

More Information

https://www.occra.com/site/twilight-team-utv-mini-series/

OCCRA Race Team Challenge

Ok guys and gals, we’ve decided to add a little extra fun and challenge to the 2017 race season.  For the 2017 season, we’re holding a race team challenge where you assemble a team of ace riders and then try to finish the best you can throughout the season.  At the end of the season, the race teams that end up with the highest points totals will be awarded with special awards and prizes!  There is a cost to enter the challenge and it’s totally for fun (well and the rewards and spoils of winning as a team)!  Your team can have be all kids, all adults, a mix of kids and adults, quads, bikes, a mix of quads and bikes…well you get the idea!  Visit the page linked below for all little details and to sign your team up.

So who has the right strategy to put together a winning race team?

https://www.occra.com/site/occra-team-challenge/

Early Membership Sign-Ups

Hello race fans!  We have two early sign-up events scheduled in Oklahoma City and Tulsa!  Ajax Motorsports and Honda of Tulsa have generously allowed us to invade their retail space to get an early start on the 2017 season.  At early sign-up, you can turn in your membership, pick a number, and ask all the questions you would like.  If you have some friends or family that are interested in racing, send them our way and we’ll answer all their questions! Continue reading Early Membership Sign-Ups

Number Reservations Now Open!

Number reservation for the 2017 season is now open!  Get your number locked in now.  Don’t forget that numbers are held until you either 1) join as a member at an early sign-up or through the mail, or 2) by racing the first race.  After the first race, numbers are release back to the wild!! Visit the membership page, to download the form and review the ways to join up.  We have an exciting season in store and look forward to seeing you all at round 1 at Williams Ranch in Skiatook!

A few articles to help you out…

A and B: https://www.occra.com/site/2016/12/23/class-reorganization/
X: https://www.occra.com/site/2017/01/09/quad-division-class-placement/

See OCCRA classes and requirements at https://www.occra.com/site/classes. There are several new classes including pit bike classes and youth short course quad and, of course, there were changes to A, B and X as outlined in the articles above.  In case you didn’t hear…A, B and X races are now 1 hour and 45 minutes in length.

Finally, check the membership lists from 2016 and 2017 by clicking here and submit THREE unique number choices. We will make every effort to approve your first choice!

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Summary of Changes for the 2017 Season

This post will outline some of the notable changes for the 2017 season.

Race Length Increased to 1 Hour and 45 Minutes

The A, B and X races have been increased in length from 90 minutes to 105 minutes (1 hour and 45 minutes).  This was a compromised solution to the request that the A race be extended to 2 hours.  By extending each of these races by 15 minutes, we are effectively allowing our last lines to be able to race closer to 1.5 hours.  Currently, it is often the case that later rows in A, B and X only race 1 hour and 20 minutes or so.  For informational purposes, the timing of the white flag is determined by taking the time of the leader’s first lap and subtracting it from the race length.  The checkered flag is thrown at exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes. Continue reading Summary of Changes for the 2017 Season

Sign UP for Fly/WPS Contingency

The 2017 Fly/WPS contingency form is now online in the “Series Info” menu.  This is a great program, that for many riders, will almost pay for your gear for the next race season.  Go to the link below and download the form…it has all the information you need about the program and we highly encourage you to read it all the way through so you know what gear to buy and how to submit the form.  Also, don’t forget that if you make any changes throughout the year (like class, etc.), then you need to update Fly so that your Fly Bucks aren’t affected!

https://www.occra.com/site/2017-contingency/

Quad Division Class Placement

Hello quad racers.  As you all know, we did a speed evaluation of the bike long course classes and placed riders according to their speed.  Quinton, Drew, and Cole went through the same process for our long course ATV racers.  In this reorganization, the age-based classes were removed to distribute riders between open classes.  The reasoning behind this change is that the number of riders that compete in the quad division simply does not support the number of classes in that division.  However, the officers reserved the 400-499X range of numbers to leave the potential to re-introduce additional classes should the need arise the future for additional open classes or even reintroduction of age based classes.  So the long and short of it is, please bring your friends and let’s build the ATV racer numbers!  In the short term, the classes are designed to meet the same goals as the bike reorganization to increase competition.  If you haven’t read that article yet, please at least read the first part of it so that you know how we approached the realignment and what our reasoning and goals were. Continue reading Quad Division Class Placement

A and B Class Reorganization for 2017

OCCRA is excited to announce a class realignment affecting pretty much all riders that are racing in the A and B bike races. This was a ground up overhaul that used mathematical methods to rate each riders speed and then rank riders based on their speed to find much more suitable competition for everyone. The classes most affected are the expert level classes and all non-age based classes. We know there will be lots of questions so we have tried to summarize our strategy below. Let it just be known that we did not take this task lightly and we would not be doing it if we did not think it was to benefit of the club as a whole. I urge you to fully read through the details before you throw any harsh judgments.  There is a lot of information here, but please take the time to read through it. Continue reading A and B Class Reorganization for 2017

Banquet & End of Season Details

There are just a couple of weeks left until we get together for the 2016 member meeting and banquet.  Congratulations to all of our finishers for the 2016 season – a couple of classes came right down to the wire, and it’s always fun to see those play out.

As for the banquet, we’re going to do our best to keep everything moving at a fast pace!  Awards are important, but people keep reminding us that Anaheim 1 supercross is too!

Don’t forget to show up a little early for the member meeting and early sign-ups.  There are several rule proposals on the table, and you can get a sneak preview of those proposals here.

The details…

Date: January 7, 2016
Member Meeting: 1:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchases: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2017 Membership Sign-Up: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
Banquet: 5:45 p.m. Continue reading Banquet & End of Season Details

Welcome 2017 Officers

We are excited to announce the 2017 officer corps.  These individuals have stepped up and volunteered their time and talents so that we can all have a fun place to race our dirt bikes and ATVs.
President: Greg Shepherd
Vice President: Billy Beer
Race Director: Benny Darnell
Track Director: Quinton Cranford
Assistant Track Director: Jason LaHood
Scoring Director: Shane Apple
Scoring Coordinator: Drew Richardson
Work Director: Benny Darnell
Co-Mini Director: Mary Doughty
Co-Mini Director: Russell Doughty
Equipment Manager: Tanner Collins
Webmaster: Lauren Durbin
Assistant Webmaster: K. Erik Hoopes
We would also like to recognize David Brown and Brad Spiva for offering to help with track construction.  Building a track is a huge task and we welcome additional volunteers to help Quinton and Russell with building our main and mini tracks.  If we could get a couple of volunteers for each location, that would really help ease the load on our track builders.  Just let us know if you can help out.