The NAHA Board of Directors has decided to calculate an overall top ten – combining riders’ results from all 4 pro classes. It’s been added to the Standings page – go check it out!
Also, great news for 2017 – fan-favorite Jamie Deer will be back to announce at all NAHA events!
Stay tuned for more updates for the 2017 season!
Following the apparent retirement of Jason Smith (say it isn’t so!), for the first time since 2012 there are new champions atop each class!
Logan Mead deservedly takes the crown in both the 700cc Exhibition and X-Climb, rounding out the season with a perfect 3-win record in the 700cc Ex class (with the rainout in CA and no 700cc Ex in Columbus). Logan had a tough fight with Jake Anstett though in a couple classes – with Anstett taking the runner-up spot in the X-Climb, and claiming victory over Mead in the 450cc Exhibition class.
Joe Shipman topped Mead in the Open Exhibition class…and get this: Mead finished either 1st or 2nd in every class this year, while Shipman was top 3 in every class! Austin Teyler was the only other rider to take a podium spot in the series points this year, grabbing 3rd place in both the 700cc Ex and Open Ex. Just those 4 riders took all 12 top-3 spots across all the classes! In the category of “so close, yet so far,” Casey Curtin had a great season as well, coming in at 4th place in not one, not two, but three classes – only 2 points out of 3rd in the Open Ex!
If Smith is well and truly retired from professional hillclimb, he’s more than earned it – his accomplishments in the NAHA are incredible. He stood at the top of the points standings in every class in 2013, 2014, and 2015 – a total sweep of the series 3 years running – as well as several class championships in prior years. His incredible achievements have secured his position in hillclimb history as one of, if not the best ever, and we’re grateful to have been around to watch him do it!
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There’s still one event that we’re working on lining up for August, but the rest of the schedule has been posted – including a brand-new hill in Pendleton, OR! Go check it out!
…and just like that, Jason Smith claims the #1 spot in all 4 NAHA pro classes…again!
The final standings for the 2015 season have just been posted – Smith has repeated with his total dominance of the sport…but it wasn’t easy, and he didn’t do it by much. Competition is intense – these are the greatest hillclimbers in the world, and their skills and machinery are unmatched – as a result, victory often comes by the skin of your teeth. In Smith’s case, the season was won in each class by barely a hair’s breadth…
In the 450cc Exhibition class, Smith posted 990 points on the season (1,000 points would be perfect) – and Tyler Cardwell put up 985. Those 5 points that seperate the two riders…the difference between Champion and runner-up…is 0.5% of the available total. Half a percent. In the 700cc Exhibition class, the gap between 1st and 2nd is at it’s widest this year – with Smith coming in at 995 and Cardwell again in 2nd, this time with 961. That’s a 34 point differential – which on the face of it sounds substantial, but based on the 1,000-point scale, the margin of victory for Smith was only 3.4%. Smith’s triumph in the Open Exhibition class was the narrowest of victories – a mere two points separates his 983 from Logan Mead’s 981. 0.2%. And the X-Climb was similarly close – with Smith collecting 987 points to Cardwell’s 983…a win by a mere 4 points, or 0.4%. Note that therefore 3 of the 4 classes were won by no more than one half of one percent of the available points.
While Smith’s momentous 4-class victory is a magnificent achievement, look at what Tyler Cardwell did – he finished in 2nd place in 3 of the 4 classes. In any other year, when all 4 classes weren’t dominated by a single rider, the lead story would probably be Cardwell’s – but his stellar showing this year is overshadowed by the practically unbelievable performance of Jason Smith.
On behalf of the NAHA and it’s sponsors, THANK YOU to all our riders, fans, and promoters for another awesome year!
Points after the 5th round in Sturgis have been posted…just one event remains in 2015. Jason Smith sits at the top of all the classes…except for the 450cc Exhibition, where he stands at a points tie with Logan Mead! Can Smith pull out another 4-class sweep in 2015, like he did in 2014? Or will some of the other challengers, like Tyler Cardwell who currently sits in the top 3 in 3 classes, take a championship away from him?
Stay tuned…we’ll find out in just a few more weeks!
T-Dub takes the win in the Open Ex. class at the X-12, edging out Max Simmons by a mere 5 hundredths of a second…who in turn kept Jason Smith at bay by an incredible 4 thousandths! Smith took the wins in the 450 and 700 Ex. classes, though – and claimed 2nd in the X-Climb behind Joe Shipman. Great racing! Full article and results posted in the Results section.
Our next event is coming up fast – the Nitro National in Sturgis, SD on August 6th & 7th. Then there’s just one more event left…the Big Nasty, on Sept. 18th to 20th.
Things are coming down to the wire…with two events left, anything could still happen! Stay tuned!
Current points have been posted for the halfway point in the 2015 season, with Jason Smith leading 3 classes – but having slipped to 5th place in the 450cc Exhibition. With three events left, can Smith claw his way back to the top of the 450cc class while keeping his grip on the other 3 classes to repeat as a 4-class champion? Or will the other highly-talented riders on his tail in each class, like Joe Shipman (who’s currently leading the 450cc class), Logan Mead, Bret Peterson, Tyler Cardwell, and a couple of Beers knock the defending champ down a couple notches?
Only time will tell – stay tuned for the second half of the season – the 4th round is only a little over a week away, when the X-12 goes off in Snowville, UT. Don’t miss it!
Oh, and riders – there’s 5 more days to register for the X-12 online – you can get there by clicking the X-12 logo over yonder ->
RIDERS! Get registered online now for the 3rd round in the 2015 NAHA series – https://naha.webconnex.com/columbus2015
Entries must be made before June 10th – so don’t delay, get signed up today!
The points standings have been updated after the 2nd round – go check them out!
Results are in from the 2015 Northwest Nitro Nationals…Jason Smith continues his winning streak in the 700cc and Open Exhibition classes, but Bret Peterson takes the win in X-Climb, while Joe Shipman claims victory in the 450cc Exhibition class! Congratulations to all, and thanks to NWNN for another great event!
Points will be updated soon – stay tuned!