‘Race With Restraint’ proves grassroots racers want, will use more safety equipment at affordable rate


The first attempt at bringing top-of-the-line safety equipment to the grassroots racing masses – particularly those who can’t afford high-ticket items like HANS devices and high-tech helmets – was an unqualified success.

The Motorsport Safety Foundation, formed last year, debuted its “Race With Restraint” initiative this past weekend at the 24 Hours of LeMons at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill.

“It went amazingly well,” said Scot Elkins, chief operation officer of the MSF. “We came here with six HANS devices and six helmets. We ended up renting all of the HANS devices we had and probably could have rented two or three more if we had more because once the word got out, everyone wanted to do it.

“At $30 per day for the HANS device and another $30 per day for the Bell helmets. For $60 a day, a driver got $1,600 worth of safety equipment. Immediately after the driver’s meeting, we rented all our units. It was kind of proof in the pudding. … It seems like this could go very, very well.”

The 24 Hours of LeMons endurance race was arguably the most basic level of grassroots racing there is. Drivers compete in cars that cannot be worth more than $500.

“This type of racing, the LeMons racing, works perfectly for us because these guys only participate two or three times a year and it doesn’t justify them to go out and spend a lot of money on safety equipment,” said Elkins, a former vice president of IMSA.

The debut was so successful, Elkins said, that the MSF plans to take the concept national, with hopes of having 20 different displays placed across the country that will travel to nearby racetracks to allow drivers to feel safer while competing.

“Road racing is where we want to start, but clearly, we want to spread this to every form of motorsport because it applies the same way,” Elkins said. “There’s grassroots drag racing and open-wheel racing. We want to apply it there, as well.”

Those that took part in the initiative lauded it.

“I know when I was shopping for my gear, HANS was on my list,” Detroit resident Curtis Hogan said. “I read a lot about how important it was for safety, but it was just difficult to justify the purchase for the number of times I race (2-3 times per year). This is extremely affordable, so I was real happy to hear about it.”

Added fellow Detroit-based racer Matt Taus, “I think it’s actually a pretty good deal. Instead of having to buy a $500 HANS device, for $30 a race, you can’t go wrong.”

Elkins is working on where the initiative will go next.

“I think the biggest takeaway in doing this pilot program this weekend proves this initiative is very, very real and is something that is very, very much needed,” Elkins said.

“When we did it the first time here and nobody ever heard of it or us before, and then we run out of equipment because of demand, I think it’s very, very clear this is something that’s needed in the marketplace and something we really need to step up and add to more locations. It’s good to justify your idea.”

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

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Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s