Down and dirty |

Down and dirty

Yampa Valley Sportsman's Rider Club hosts final race of summer

David Pressgrove

Even after watching her son compete in motorcross racing for more than 10 years, Donna Zulian still gets nervous when Chad, her 22-year-old, goes out on the track.

“No matter what age their kid is I think a parent is anxiously watching as their child races,” she said. “I had to restrain myself from running out there when Chad went down today.”

Chad provided his mom several unnerving moments Sunday as the Yampa Valley Sportsman’s Rider Club hosted a race for the Rocky Mountain Motorcross Association (RMXA) at the track south of town. Zulian had what he called a frustrating day as he dismounted in four of his six races.

After playing catch-up for most of the day, Zulian was able to finish third overall in the 250 pro (the classes are pro or A, B and C) and 125 pro class.

“Today was just one of those days,” said Zulian, who traveled back from the University of Northern Colorado to compete at his home track. “Considering my wrecks I guess my finishes weren’t too bad.”

Chad’s cousin, Blaine went down in his final race of the day, the16-24 open, and raced back to finish sixth in the race and third overall on the day.

“All you think about when you go down is get back up and go after people,” Blaine said. “There isn’t a bike out here that hasn’t gone down, it is just common thing that happens.”

Blaine also finished third overall in the 125B class.

The Zulian family has seen their share of wrecks and races over the years in Moffat County. Dan, Blaine’s father, and Gary, Chad’s dad, grew up watching their father race and now they are keeping the tradition going.

“It hasn’t been just us the whole time,” Dan said. “But we’ve been here the most consistently.”

One of the biggest feats for the family has been to get the Craig track certified by both the American Motorcross Association and the RMXA. By being certified, the races at the track have grown from 50-60 racers to this weekend’s 503 riders at the track.

“People don’t realize what we’re bringing to Craig three times a summer,” Dan said.

“We bring in over 1,000 people, yet we hardly have anybody out here from Craig.”

The spectators that were there saw both Zulians on the threshold of the next level of racing.

Chad hopes to move up to the national level in four-stroke racing or outdoor racing. Blaine plans to move up to the125pro class in the near future. Both racers are ranked in the top three in the RXMA series points races in several of their classes.

On Sunday other local Craig riders that competed were Mike and Dale Martin, Eric Sjostrom and Blake Gaylord.

Sjostrom raced again Chad in the 250pro and the open pro races. He was fourth overall 250’s and second in open pro.

Mike Martin’s best race of the day came in the second race of the 250b class with a second place finish.

Gaylord, after sleeping through a couple of his early races finished up a respectable eighth in the open beginner race.

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