Cross Fork, PA, July 31, 2011 - Nick Fahringer backed up his recent win at the Jack Pine National Enduro in Moorestown, Michigan with another equally impressive victory at the Rattlesnake National Enduro – round eight of the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania.
After getting off to a slow start in the opening grass track test, Fahringer put himself in a good position by turning the fastest time in test two, some 23 seconds faster than factory Husaberg teammate Michael Lafferty. Fahringer edged FMF/KTM’s Charlie Mullins by four seconds in the third test, and then built on his lead with an ultra-fast time in the brutal fifth section – a nine-mile, rock-infested, AA-only section. Fahringer then finished off the event by posting the fastest time in the sixth and final test, making a total of four tests won by the Ohio rider.
At the end of the day, Fahringer took the win by 58 seconds over Lafferty, while Mullins rounded out the podium in third.
“My entire motivation for this race was to prove that my win in Michigan was not luck,” said Fahringer. “I was a little bit nervous at the start, but by the second section I had settled down and I was in a groove. It was a pretty tough event, and I’m glad to get the win.”
Cory Buttrick came on strong in the last two tests to beat out FMF/KTM teammate Russell Bobbitt for fourth, while Pennsylvania KTM rider Shane Hufford Jr. finish sixth for the second race in a row.
With just two rounds remaining in the season, Bobbitt holds a slim, one-point lead over Mullins in the series standings, 193 to 192. With his win, Fahringer moves into third overall in the standings with 168, with Buttrick fourth at 160 and Lafferty fifth with 129.
The series resumes on August 28th at Chandlersville, Ohio, for round nine of the series, and then wraps up on October 1st, a Saturday race, for the series finale at Mathews, Indiana.