Six laps and two hours of greasy, slick mud stood in front of the racers as the green flagged waved at the first round of the NETRA Hare Scramble Series in Hurleyville, NY. Persistent rain made for a messy, grueling track as the AA line drifted through the first turn with John Kelley leading the pack.

As lap one made its end, the faint sound of a two stroke on the pipe and some squeaking brakes…