Bartosek Celebration Race
10th Annual Event - August 26, 2012
Maple Shade MX - Sugar Grove, PA
Upperman Wins the Final
Bartosek Celebration Race
#88 Can-Am / Motoworks’ Joel Hetrick would
come away with a 2-2 finish on the day after battling
it out in both the extreme mud and then dry conditions.
For moto one, Hetrick would come off the line just
barely being edged out by Josh Upperman. Hetrick
would then keep his distance as the mud flew but
would later set his sights on the rear grab bar
As the laps and time ticked away Hetrick poured
on the coal and the pair increased their lead
over the rest of the pack by over 15 seconds.
Unfortunately for Hetrick, the mud and visibility
would dampen his ability to make a solid pass
for the lead but would settle in for a respectable
2nd place for the first moto.
#88 Joel Hetrick battled through the mud
in Moto One to secure the 2nd spot behind
#88 Joel Hetrick applied the pressure to
#20 Josh Upperman in Moto 2, but Hetrick
was unable to make a move for the lead &
finished 2-2 for 2nd Overall
As moto 2 rolled around it was a near identical
start for Hetrick as he tucked into second place
once again off the line. This time, the track
was in near perfect racing condition as the moisture
had subsided from the rocky Maple Shade MX soil.
The conditions greatly improved passing opportunities
out on the track and allowed Hetrick to get within
striking distance of the lead position. Once again
he would come up just short of the position but
would be able to walk away with a second place
finish on the day going 2-2.
The #726 entry of Tyler Hamrick would make the short
jaunt from Ohio to race in this year’s event
and would pull off a 3rd place finish after blasting
his way through the mud in moto one to a third place
finish and then would slip back one in moto 2 for
a 4th place finish putting him 3-4 for third place
overall edging out Derek Swartfager who would bring
home 4th place overall with a 7-3 finish and fellow
Ohio racer Justin Hanusosky who would finish out
the top 5 with a 5-7 finish for 5th place overall.
Tyler Hamrick battled his way to a 3-4 finish
for a Top three finish
Hamrick would come off the line in an 8th place
start but would put the hammer down on his Baldwin
Motorsports’ Honda and slip his way up to
a 3rd place finish for the first moto after battling
in the mud.
Moto two for Hamrick would go a bit different as
he would come off the line in the 5th place position
behind the Floridian #55 Brian Johnson. Hamrick
would make fairly quick work of Johnson and move
his way up to the 4th place position which would
secure him the 3rd place overall for the day.
After a ten year run, Debi Bartosek has decided
it is time to retire the Matt Bartosek Celebration
Race, but the original #88 will forever live on
in the hearts of everyone that was fortunate enough
to know Matt Bartosek.
Derek Swartfager got off to a better start
in Moto 2 to claim a 3rd place finish &
went 7-3 for 4th Overall