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Nick Burson does it Again at NHHA Round 3!

Nick Burson Proves it was No Fluke with Back to Back National Victories

March 23rd, 2014 – NHHA Round 3 – Murphy, Id – Dirt Inc National Hare and Hound

Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson heading into Round 3 with a lot more momentum than anyone else & a huge “bulls-eye” on his back after his slim victory at Round 2. He wasn’t 100% confident in this event, but had to stay positive going into the only Idaho event of the series. “I always struggle with the out-of-state rounds. They’re so dusty & tight that you have to get a perfect start to do well at all.” said Burson and he would do just that. At the banner drop he would get out front early on his Beta 498 RR and have a nearly 10 second lead by the end of the sage strewn bomb run.
While the rest of the field was bouncing across the virgin pasture both THR Racing’s Ricky Brabec and Blais Racing’s Skyler Howes would left behind. “I figured I’d give everyone a head start and just holeshot the Amateur line..” joked Brabec. He would eventually get bump started by his mechanic almost a full minute after the banner drop. Howes and Brabec would hook up on their way to the front of the pack. Howes would actually run a solid 2nd overall into the first gas alternate before a few big course reading mistakes that would eventually give him 8th overall on the day. Ivan Ramirez aboard his Factory KTM/FMF 450 would suffer a similar fate. “I got such a bad start. I was just in a wall of dust.” said Ramirez. He would elect to take it easy and not take any chances risking the rest of the season. He would struggle in the dust but come away with 10th overall.
Out front, the battle would be heating up! While Burson was out front, Factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright would push his way though the field until the next racer he saw was Burson, way out front. “I looked back and I saw Jake coming, and fast!” exclaimed Burson “He was going way faster then I was so I just did what I could to ride solid and use the dust to my advantage.” The two riders would hook up and come in off the first 60 mile loop only 7 seconds apart. “I’ve had really bad luck at the Hare and Hound’s this year with 2 DNF’s already, so I have to win and be on the podium as much as possible.” said Jake. While he had the speed on the course, he would lack the speed necessary in the pits. The 2014 Husqvarna is so new that there is still not an aftermarket tank with a dry break yet. So they were forced to squeeze jugs of gas into the tank. While it would only take about 20 seconds to fill him up completely it would not compare to the 6 seconds Burson would take giving him a little of a buffer going out onto the final 40 miles.
While Burson and Argubright would enjoy a full 3 minute lead on the rest of the field the next 3 racers would all be close enough to throw a blanket over them. Purvines Racing’s Axel Pearson would come into the pits in 3rd overall with team mate Justin Morrow right on his heals and amazingly Brabec was chasing their dust in 5th! All the riders were preparing for a tougher 2nd loop, after running an already very challenging 1st loop, but the club pulled a fast one! They ran all the racers on the more technical loop first and then sent them out on the faster, more flowing 2nd loop. This would definitely benefit Burson as Argubright excels in the more technical racing.
In the final 10 miles of the loop Argubright would finally make his move passing Burson and hoping to make a push for his first National Hare and Hound victory of the season. A blown corner and quick trip over the bars would give the lead back over to Burson in the final stretch and he would cross the finish line in first overall pulling out 20 seconds over Argubright. “That was such a gnarly race..” said a winded Burson “We were pushing so hard the whole time… it was crazy! The two would sit at the finish line bench racing for OVER 5 minutes when 3rd overall would cross the line. Brabec was able to push his way through the field and get himself back on the podium this season. Team mates Justin Morrow and Axel Pearson would round out the Beta dominated top 5.
Nick Burson now holds control of the 2014 AMA National Hare and Hound points lead, a first for Purvines Racing & Beta USA. After just 2 short years the motorcyle and the team has shown that they are able to dominate the entire desert and are looking to continue the win streak and hopes to take the title!



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