SDR’S Annual Lee Thomas Cup

Posted: July 14, 2014 in motorcycle racing, Photography, Racing
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The first part of July is the time of year for the always popular Lee Thomas Cup at Square Deal Riders. This year was no exception, with a star studded field for the 19th annual Lee Thomas Cup. National #13 Jake Constantine, AMA rookie of the year contender Jay Maloney, Daytona podium rider Justin Jones, always fast Raun Wood, and local fast guy Craig Estelle were just part of the field that would battle on the 1/4 mile fast track for the cup.

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Above is a shot of 15 year old Dalton Gauthier ( a past interviewee on Under The Helmet). Gauthier had a good night at SDR winning his heat race and finishing 4th in the 25 lap main.

The track was in great shape for the nights event, and the stands were full of loyal flat track fans. After practice we could tell that main was going to be a battle, and it proved to be.

At the drop of the green #19 Justin Jones was first to turn one, with Craig Estelle, Jake Constantine and Gauthier close behind. Estelle said after the race that he was wondering how long it would be before #13 would show his wheel to wage a challenge. Well it wasn’t long and Jake went by #51 Estelle down the back stretch for the lead. As the battle was raging up front there were a ton of wheel to wheel racing in the pack. Early leader Jones had some tire issues that moved him back to the 5th spot.

It seemed like every where we looked there was two three wide for position. With the field full of potential winners it created some epic racing for the fans. Constantine held a two bike lead over Estelle and #27u Jamison Minor was on the move after starting in the second row. AMA winner Minor was picking off bikes lap after lap moving to the front. Jamison made his way to the third spot and set his sites on #51 Estelle. The extra laps played to Minor’s favor, giving him time catch Craig in the last few laps.

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Jamison Minor aboard his fast 27u

With only a few laps left Constantine held a nice lead over Estelle, but Minor made his move and passed Craig on the final lap to grab the 2nd step on the podium. Estelle would finish third by a small margin. Dalton Gauthier was fourth and Justin Jones rounded out the top five.

So another great night of racing was in the books, after a great show for the Lee Thomas Cup 2014. Congrats to #13 Jake Constantine for his first Lee Thomas Cup victory

And please go to my site John Zachary Photography for all of the racing action from SDR.

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We will see you at the next race July 26th at SDR

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