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2016 Durhamtown OffRoad Park
$25,000 Southern SxS National
Union Point, Georgia
November 25-26, 2016

Durhamtown Off Road Park

$25,000 Durhamtown Southern SxS National Report
Mickey Thomas Wins $12,000 for Pro Overall SxS Win

2016 Durhamtown Southern SXS National Links
Union Point, GA (11/30/2016) -The biggest cash payout in east coast SXS racing history was given out this past Thanksgiving weekend with $25,000 up for grabs at Durhamtown’s Southern SxS National. The two day racing event combined short course and endurance racing event results to determine the overall winner, and the $12,000 for the big win in the pro class went to Georgia’s own, Mickey Thomas. North Carolina’s Payton Mills secured the second spot and $5,000 followed by Arkansas’ Mike Taylor in third with $3,000 in cash and prizes.
Durhamtown Southern SxS National
Durhamtown Souther SxS National Pro Podium (left to right)
Lee Pope (4th), Mickey Thomas (1st), Payton Mills (2nd)

In the winner take all Outlaw class, Yamaha’s Johnny Greaves took home the overall win after dominating the short course racing to bring home $5,000 in cash in prizes, and Johnny Ford and Maddie Cox rounded out the podium.

Johnny Greaves Durhamtown Southern SxS National
Monster Energy / Yamaha's Johnny Greaves scored the Outlaw Class overall win to take home the winner take all $5,000 Purse

The two-day short-course and long-course races were held at Durhamtown’s 6,000-acre off-road park in Union Point, Georgia. The event kicked off with short course races on Friday, held on a roughly mile long GP flat track style short course that was full of elevation change with a lot of single jumps. It finished with a three-hour endurance race Saturday night held on a 10+ mile course that featured part of the short course, as well as cross-country sections and plenty of trees, roots, ruts, and hill climbs to challenge the racers in the dark, so good headlights were a must.

Mickey Thomas Durhamtown Southern SxS National
Addict Racing's Mickey Thomas had some stiff competition in the Pro class with over 20 racers competing for the top three money spots

Tire choice and suspension setup were key to the short course races and Mickey Thomas, along with a set of Hoosier Tires, was the man to beat in the Pro class. Meanwhile Johnny Greaves’ Yamaha was in its element in the short course Outlaw events.

“The Yamahas were fast out there, but I set the car up just right and I had a great race,” said Thomas. “I just tried to stay patient and I’m happy to walk away with the win.”

Mickey Thomas Durhamtown Southern SxS National
Joe Owen Motorsport's Mickey Thomas dominated both motos on the Short track race on Friday

With less than an inch of rain since May, the first several laps of the night race were plagued by dust. However, as the race continued, the dust died down, but Thomas certainly didn’t. He dominated the race prior to and after taking a mandatory pit stop.

“I knew it was going to be super dusty at the beginning, so I laid back in the beginning and then started picking off some guys,” said Thomas. “I tried to make time, while keeping the car together because there are so many trees out there and the dust was so thick. If I had lost focus for just a second, my race would have been over. After that, I got some clean air and it was smooth sailing. I was concerned about starting behind the Outlaw class, but it worked out OK.”

Mickey Thomas Durhamtown Southern SxS National
Once Again, Walker Evans Racing's Mickey Thomas took the checkered flag for the win in the night race to sweep all three races for the overall win
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