3C Ranch hosts off road race

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Madison Thornbrugh, age 5, placed first in the 50 Class. Dakota Hibler, age 7, placed first in the 90 Class. John Hernandez | Miner

Local racer Josh Torres (#316) finished third in the All Big Bikes Open A Division and fourth place overall. John Hernandez | Miner

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The Pepper Sauce Canyon Hare Scrambles Off-Road Race was held Sunday, May 25 at the 3C Ranch near Oracle. The race was put on by Arizona Offroad Promotions out of Tucson. There were over 100 entries for the bike, UTVs and Quad races. A racing course was built on the historic 3C Ranch property. Many of the race enthusiasts stayed at the 3C Ranch and the RV park next to it. Food was provided by the Oracle Inn and included breakfast burritos, burgers, hot dogs and barbecued pork sandwiches. Racers from all over the state came to participate in the first of what will become an annual event.

Adrian Darimont, owner of the 3C Ranch and Oracle Inn said next year they hope to make it a full weekend event with music, dancing, food and racing.

Racers from age five to over 50 came to compete including people from Yuma, San Tan Valley, Sedona, Prescott, Payson, Ajo, Cottonwood and Flagstaff. Two local bike racers competed and did well in the races. Shawn Barney from San Manuel finished second in the Big Bike age 40 plus division. Josh Torres also from San Manuel placed third in the Big Bike Open A Division and finished fourth overall out of 56 entries. Winners of the races in their divisions included:

PEE Wee Bikes:

50 cc age 4 – 6: Canyon Ortiz, Casa Grande

50 cc age 7 – 8: First Talan Raper, San Tan; second Carson Millikan, Queen Creek

65 cc C: Gunner Deathrage, Eloy; secondRobert Mohler, Flagstaff

ATV Pee Wee:

80 cc plus: Dakota Hibler, Gilbert

50 to 79 cc: First Dillon Grieser, San Tan Valley; second Madison Thornbrugh, Globe

All Big Bikes

125-250cc A: Luke Moore, Tucson

125 – 250cc B: Graham Aldridge, Flagstaff

125-250cc C: Gavin Burnett, Yuma

Pro: Daniel Martin, Tucson

Open A: Daniel Schoon, Vail

Open B: Brad Gillespie, Phoenix

Open C: Nick Staats, Cottonwood

Vets 30 plus A: Dayton Raper, San Tan

Vets 30 plus B: Michael McNeilly, Gilbert

Vets 30 plus C: Lee Donham, Payson

Senior 0 plus B: Thomas Connelly, Glendale

Master 50 plus B: Gary Peterson, Scottsdale

Women: Samantha McNeilly, Gilbert

Overall: Daniel Martin, Tucson

All Big ATVs:

Pro Class: Matthew Hancock, Tempe

Team Class: Tucson 2 Strokes

Expert: Anthony Razo, Flagstaff

Sportsman: Harold Colby, Vail

Overall: Matthew Hancock, Tempe

Bike/Quad Minis:

91-300cc ages 10-15: Kofey Begay, Casa Grande

All UTVs:

1000 Class: Chase Warren, Tempe

John Hernandez (641 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.

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