June 26, 2016

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Fair motocross: County racers win 10 events

Matthew Doyle | The Gazette

MEDINA — The annual motocross event at the Medina County Fair gave fans a chance to see the future and present of the sport Tuesday evening.

The local riders also provided some excitement for fans rooting for the hometown kid, as they won 10 of the 36 races.

Four of the county’s 10 wins came from Seville’s Daniel Harbaugh and Hinckley Township’s Dominic Butscher.

Dominic Butscher of Hinckley Township had plenty to celebrate Tuesday winning the 65cc and 50cc Senior motocross at the Medina County Fair. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

It was quite a night for Butscher, who celebrated his ninth birthday with victories in the 65cc and 50cc Senior races. Following the 50cc Senior win, he and his family celebrated at their station with a birthday cake.

Butscher’s family and friends gave him the nickname, “The Holeshot Kid,” because he looks for an opening and aggressively shoots straight to the front of the pack at the beginning of the race.

Butscher has been part of the fair’s motocross event since 2008, as he lives with his grandparents over the summer in Hinckley. He goes to school in Texas, while both of his parents are currently serving in the military.

Motocross is the lone sport Butscher has ever loved, as he often enjoys doing freestyle like his idol, “Mad” Mike Jones, whose autograph is plastered on the front of his No. 52 bike.

While Butscher, who was extremely shy in front of reporters, gave fans a look at the future, Medina’s Tyler Hollopeter offered excitement in his dominant performance in the 2-Stroke race.

His victory was great redemption from his disappointing fifth-place finish in the 250B race, where Hollopeter’s brakes locked and caused him to lose ground.

“It wasn’t the conditions of the track,” Hollopeter said when asked what caused his brakes to lock. “Whether I picked up a piece of dirt from my front tires swinging when I put my brake on, who knows?”

Missing a chance to win the first race because of his bike motivated Hollopeter to go out and win his second one, which he did in commanding fashion.

“That felt a lot better,” he said. “Towards the end, I started to slow down because I had such a big gap that I didn’t need to kill myself out there. Yeah, I did a lot better in that second moto.”

Hollopeter was one of the seven Medina County riders to win Tuesday, and he enjoyed doing so in front of the hometown crowd.

“It’s nice to win somewhere where everyone recognizes you,” he said. “There were a lot of people here that were rooting for me, so it feels good to win at home compared to away.”

Other Medina County winners were Joe Cisar of Seville (ATV C Group 1), Nicholas Walkuski of Medina (ATV C Group 2), Drake Honigman of Seville (Sr. Trail), and Julian Mantz of Seville (Jr. Trail).

Contact Matthew Doyle at sports@medina-gazette.com.

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