Jane Miller's In the Fast Lane racing column.
After winning just about all there is to win in state B Class motocross this season, Cody Stum is taking it to the next level. The East Peoria High School student competes in his first A Class race this weekend at Taylorville after winning the Illinois season championship and state championship races in B Class this year. Stum races 125 and 250 bikes and is sponsored by RTR Cycles of Washington, SOAR gear, Spy Goggles, KTM motorcycles and DeCal Works. “I've been racing a lot this year,” said Stum, who is in the welding program at East Peoria. He also has been winning a lot. Stum won 18 of 24 events in the 125 class and 20 races in the 250 class. His biggest win was the state championship the weekend of Sept. 16 at Casey. Twenty raced in each class and Stum won seven of the eight events that weekend to sweep both classes. “To win the state championship and winning the championship at the end of the season were the biggest things that happened this year,” Stum said. “It's a big deal to win both of those.” A Class is one step below the professional class. The bikes are the same as B Class but the competition is different. Stum will debut in A Class this weekend, then race two more A Class events, one at Casey and one at Mason. “Then I start training for next year,” he said. Between races, he spends his time at school, training, working out and practicing at tracks in the area. “I'm trying to make a career out of this,” said Stum, who wants to run some professional Arenacross races next year in order to get his Supercross license. Not Sold — Yet A rumor surfaced Friday that Jacques Villeneuve and his business manager, Craig Pollock, had purchased Bill Davis Racing, the team that owns the Caterpillar-sponsored car driven by Dave Blaney. According to an ESPN.com report, Davis said the rumor was not true, but “several parties have expressed interest in purchasing the company.” Reporter David Newton quoted Davis as saying, “We've had a lot of interest, a lot of very interested people, and a lot of things that are for real. We just have to do our due diligence and make a smart, logical choice.” The report added Davis intends to keep an ownership stake in the team but concedes a partner probably is necessary. “That's the wave,” Davis was quoted as saying. “That's where the sport is headed right now. I don't think a team owner needs to be hard-headed. He needs to look at it and make the best decision for his employees and his sponsors.” Testing Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler spent two days at Gateway International Raceway last week, testing in preparation for the race at Phoenix on Nov. 11. This Tuesday and Wednesday, Bill Davis Racing drivers Dave Blaney and Jacques Villeneuve also will test at the Madison oval. Raising Funds A celebrity roast of former racer and current Formula One broadcaster David Hobbs recently raised $25,000 for a Wisconsin charity. Motorsports photographer Russ Lake, a friend I see often at races, organized the event to benefit Curative Ranch Community Services Campus, a facility for people with disabilities. Roasters included SPEED TV personalities Dave Despain and Bob Varsha as well as motorsports publicist Judy Stropus, who currently represents drivers at Don Schumacher Racing. Hobbs was co-emcee of the banquet from 1992 through 2006. The event has raised $425,000 during that time. Jane Miller is the Journal Star motorsports columnist. Write her at 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643, call (309) 686-3207 or e-mail email@example.com.