FAR Husky riders give solid performances in the double-header season finale race weekend.
Andrew Delong (center) celebrates an XC2-class win at the GNCC season finale at Loretta Lynn’s in Tennessee. Despite having missed the first two rounds of the season, Delong finished third in points. Photo: Shan Moore
The Fred Andrews Racing FAR Husqvarna team faced a double-header this weekend with the GNCC series finale on Saturday followed by the final National Enduro of 2012 on Sunday. FAR Husky racers Andrew Delong and Nick Davis had their hands full between the two season-ending races, but managed to close out the year on a strong note.
The weekend started in Tennessee with the Loretta Lynn’s GNCC on Saturday. Andrew came into the last round of the
Delong worked his way into the lead by the end of the second lap and controlled the rest of the race to end his season with a win in the XC2 class. Photo: Shan Moore
season with one thing on his mind – WIN! Andrew and Nick both got out to a mid-pack start, but by the end of the second lap, Delong had worked his way into the lead. Nick was pushing his TC250 as hard as possible, and steadily working his way into the top-three.
Heading into the final lap, the FAR Husky team was looking at a 1-2 finish with Nick closing in on second place. While Andrew stayed in a solid lead, Nick’s day was about to take a turn for the worst. As Davis accelerated out of a turn his rear tire came off the rim. He was forced to head back to the pits for a new rear tire which relegated him to a 16th place finish.
“I wanted to finish out the year on a winning note,” Delong said. “I was glad to do that, and I’m proud to have pulled off a third overall finish in the XC2 class despite having missed the first two rounds.”
“I had a hard time getting going today,” Davis commented. “I started to get myself together and pushed all the way up to third. I could see second and ‘Davis luck’ struck! I am bummed about not getting on the box today.”
From there it was straight to Alabama for the final round of the National Enduro series. Delong and Davis jumped back into action for the Gobbler Getter National Enduro where Andrew pulled off a strong top-ten finish in eighth place, and Nick carded a season-best finish of 12th overall.
“This weekend was a strong finish to a remarkable season,” team manager Fred Andrews said. “AD really showed them today who to watch out for next year! Nick rode awesome and gave his all only to get a flat on the last lap at the GNCC. I feel so bad for him, but he showed some real determination this year. I’m so proud of our whole team for a solid year!”