Michael McDade, Broc Schmelyun, Joey Peters and Garret Toth are favorites to win at any of the local district 6 tracks on any given weekend and they also fair well when they enter a national race against the best in the world. September 3, 2011 at the Steel City National these riders showed skill, stamina and desire to prove their abilities among the motocross elite.
In the 250 class it was Michael McDade who topped Broc Schmelyun for the overall but it wasn’t until he found his rhythm in the second moto that he was comfortably ahead of Broc. Broc Schmelyun actually finished a position higher in the first moto when he came across the finish line in 22nd, only two spots away from earning one of those ever so valuable points. Michael and Broc’s battle in moto one was as exciting as watching Dean Wilson throwing down the fastest laps of the race. Their battle the entire 35 minutes consisted of them passing each other several time before the checkered flag.
Another interesting fact both McDade and Schmelyun can be proud of is that they were only a few turns from staying on the same lap as the winner Dean Wilson. Dean not only won, he clinched the championship. So for privateers Michael McDade and Broc Schmelyun to stay this close to finishing on the same lap as a rider of Dean’s ability is a great accomplishment. To see video of this be sure to watch the video that accompanies this article. There you will see Dean Wilson take moto one followed closely by Broc Schmelyun and Michael McDade along with other highlights of the day.
In the 450 class we saw Joey Peters qualify from the Group B timed practice and Garret Toth make it into the motos from the Group A timed practice. Joey and Garret both frequent local district tracks and were excited to show their talents at one of the best nationals to visit close enough for district 6 riders to attend.
Lowell Spangler, another district 6 rider that has qualified for nationals before, was in the Group A timed practice with Garret. The Group A practice is mostly riders who have earn points in the previous national. This meant they were in fast company their entire time qualifying session. Unfortunately Lowell did not make it this time because an old knee injury would not let him perform to his full potential.
Then we saw more district 6 riders posting their fastest times when the Group B timed practice hit the track. In Group B we saw Joey Peters, Dustin Kendall, Jeremy Cook and Willy Toth with only Joey Peters making the cut. Garret Toth was securely in with the 30th fastest lap time of both goups and Joey Peters grabbed the last pick on the gate with the 40th fastest lap time of both groups combined. Then you had Dustin Kendall, now on a Honda, just missing out. He was only 2 positions and less then a second from qualifying. So close, yet so far away.
Even though Garret Toth had the faster lap time in practice along with the better gate pick Joey Peters faired better in the motos. Joey finished 22nd and 23rd for 27th overall while Garret finished 34th and 28th for 35th overall. It is always great to see racers from our local events competing for their place among the best in the business as well as seeing the fastest and most popular riders racing at one of PA’s most picturesque tracks. Check out the slide show to see some of these riders captured at the famous Steel City National. And to see the lap time sheets of both classes click here.