A third-place finish in a whacky race is enough for Jacob Argubright to snare the AMA West Hare Scrambles title.
Factory Husqvarna rider Jacob Argubright clinched the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship today, enhancing the legitimacy of the relaunched brand by giving it its first AMA National title since Husqvarna was purchased by the same group that owns KTM.
Argubright finished third during round eight of the series at The Ranch in Anza, California, earning just enough points to clinch the number one plate.
The race proved to be a strange one, as a beyond-the-last-minute land-use controversy forced the race to be halted after it began. Argubright had been enjoying a 15-second lead over second-place Ricky Brabec at the time of the stoppage, which occurred on the second lap. Once the situation was ironed out, the race was restarted with the racers leaving the line in a staggered restart to do battle on a much shorter course. Once the race resumed, both Brabec and Timmy Weigand overtook Argubright, the duo going on to finish first and second respectively. Argubright’s third-place finish secured his first career AMA National number-one plate.
“I’m really happy I got a championship for Husky,” Argubright said. “Along with getting the first win for the new Husqvarna in the US, bringing home the 2014 championship makes it even better. This season has definitely had its ups and downs but I’d like to thank all my sponsors for their support; it all paid off in the end!”
Argubright’s factory teammate, Andrew Delong, has a chance to give Husqvarna another big AMA title if he can win the AMA National Enduro Championship. DeLong currently holds a solid lead in the series points standings.