419 Racing

Race Report: Grattan Raceway – WERA

The crew from 419 RACING traveled to the scenic landscape of mid-Michigan’s Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI August 10th to participate in the 3rd round of WERA North Central region racing. Warm and dry forecasted weather made the team excited about returning to the technical layout of Grattan. The track is not close to home regarding distance, but each member of the team has an abundance of track time at the facility. It should be noted that all members of the team (and spouses for that matter) began their track riding/racing careers at Grattan Raceway. From first crashes to first victories, there are many sentimental feelings about Grattan.

The 3rd round of the season was setup as a “double-header”, meaning Saturday and Sunday would each be ran as a normal sprint race format. Each rider participated in three races each day and the action was abundant as usual. Legendary SV racer Joe Kraft from Witchkraft Racing was on hand to keep things honest on the expert grid. Through tough battles, the overall results for the 419 RACING crew were positive. The following is a summary of the team’s results:

Saturday Races:
Lightweight Twins Superstock
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 2nd place
#419 – Justin Maas – 3rd place

Lightweight Twins Superbike
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 2nd place
#419 – Justin Maas – 3rd place
#592 – Jon Crawford – 5th place

Formula 2
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 3rd place
#419 – Justin Maas – 4th place
#592 – Jon Crawford – 5th place

Heavyweight Twins Superbike
#592 – Jon Crawford – 3rd place

Sunday Races:
Lightweight Twins Superstock
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 1st place
#419 – Justin Maas – 2nd place

Lightweight Twins Superbike
#419 – Justin Maas – 2nd place
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 3rd place
#592 – Jon Crawford – 4th place

Formula 2
#419 – Justin Maas – 1st place
#728 – Jerry Reeves – 2nd place
#592 – Jon Crawford – 4th place

Heavyweight Twins Superbike
#592 – Jon Crawford – 3rd place

Overall the team came away with podium finishes in 13 out of the 17 races entered. Lap times were some of the best each has ran at Grattan and setup changes proved positive results as the weekend went on. Dominance is not something that is developed overnight, but strong improvements were made and the team came away with good feelings from a track that has the word “tricky” as its middle name.

In the past race reports it has been noted that 419 RACING appreciates the support from fans, friends, family and sponsors. Well, Grattan was once again an event that humbled the team with the showing of support for what we do. The t-shirts that are worn by so many people at each event make it clear that 419 RACING has a large following and totally makes it worth every last drop of sweat that comes from preparing for AND racing these two-wheel machines.

As always, a big thanks to the sponsors that made another weekend of racing a huge success … and a LOT of fun!: Autolite, Fram, Jazz Motorsports, Spears Racing, Vortex, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, Galfer, ARP Customz, Dynamite Designs, Amsoil, KG Clutch Factory and Sportbike Tire Service.

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