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Wise motocross racer Hopkins pockets six titles this season

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Tyler Hopkins has collected plenty of hardware this season. The Wise rider has won 34 races and six championships over three motocross series.

The 18-year-old Wise Central graduate, a criminal justice major at Mountain Empire Community College, locked up the 250 C and 450 C titles in the Mega Series, Ultra Series and SAS Series. During the season, the KTM rider competed in 72 motos and earned 51 podium finishes (71%) and 34 wins (47%). He won exactly half the races he entered in both the Mega Series and SAS Series.

Hopkins was among the best nationally in the two classes. He ranked eighth out of 3,687 AMA racers in the United States in 250 C for total points and 10th out of 3,121 racers in 450 C (Open C).

He won’t be competing in Saturday’s Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series season finale at I-81 Motorsports Park.

All classes featuring bikes from 51cc to 450cc will be in action. Practice is scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by racing. The track will be open Sunday for another practice day.

Local points leaders heading into the final race include Tyler Orfield of Johnson City (Veteran Warrior), Hunter Ford of Church Hill (two classes), Dawson Ball of Kingsport (Unlimited D), Tanner Myers of Bluff City (250 C), Jacob Carberry of Jonesborough (250 D) and Nick Hammons of Elizabethton (450 D).

On the smaller bikes, Alex Colley of Norton leads three classes and Anthony Fields leads two. Other youth leaders are Jackson Statzer of Elizabethton (51cc, 4-6), Seth Fields of Church Hill (65cc, 7-9), Laken Cox of Limestone (65cc, Beginner), Jackson Horne of Kingsport (85cc, 9-13) and Memphis Scott of Johnson City (85cc, Beginner).

Alton Clark of Johnson City leads the ATV Novice division.


Volunteer Speedway wraps up its season Saturday with a seven-division program.

Though a non-points race, the evening will celebrate the 2019 track champions. Jonesborough driver Tim Byrd won the championship for the featured Crate Late Model division at the four-tenths-mile Bulls Gap dirt track.

The Crate Late Models will again be on the marquee with a 30-lap feature. There are feature races also scheduled in Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Street Stock, Classic, Mini Stock and Front Wheel Drive.

Grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by qualifying and racing.


Clay Valley Speedway, the former Lonesome Pine Raceway, is still up for sale after an auction last weekend. Although it felt short of the desired selling price, owner Bobby Hill is said to be considering other offers from a party interested in keeping it a racetrack.

On the Ron Ramsey and Associates site, the property is listed as 40.26 acres and includes the three-eighths-mile racetrack, utility water, sewer, a NASCAR-approved scoring system with warning lights and lighted parking.

There is a 6,500-seat grandstand with a 3,295-square-foot VIP suite and 1,700-foot control tower. In addition, there is a 10,621-square-foot office building and garage.

Email writer Jeff Birchfield at jbirchfield@johnsoncitypress.com.