Clark enjoying success in Arenacross with his family
Izaih Clark has enjoyed his time in the Hoosier Arenacross Nationals, but the last two races have brought back a feeling of family.
In Springfield, Missouri and last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clark has been competing with his cousin Tayler Grall in the 250 Pro and 450 Pro Class.
“Tayler and I grew up around racing,” Clark said. “It’s nice to be racing with him again. He went off to college and has come back for some races.
“He has been riding pretty good since being back.”
Clark, a 2019 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, missed the first two stops on tour, but has had 15 overall top-five finishes, to put him in the top-three of points in both the 250 and 450 classes.
Grall, who was born in Fort Dodge, grew up racing with Clark, but Grall just recently got back on the bike.
“I’ve taken a couple of years off, but recently something has clicked and I have the urge to go racing again,” said Grall, who is a 2019 graduate of West Des Moines Valley. “Going to train and ride the tracks down there (in Oklahmoa) has been helping me get my speed back and I’m starting to feel like my old self more and more each day.”
Last week in the two-day event at Tulsa, Clark had two thirds, a fourth and a fifth on the 250 and a two thirds, a fourth and a fifth on the 450.
The Dodger graduate had a breakthrough the weekend before in Springfield, earning his first career win.
“It was pretty cool (winning first race),” Clark said. “I feel like I belong. I just got in there and got pumped when I won.
“I’ve been pretty solid and it’s nice to win a heat race. I’ve been riding smarter.”
On the first day on the 250 he finished first and second in the motos and first overall. The second day he was second and fifth. On the 450 he brought home four top-five finishes, including a second.
The two will compete in the final race of the season this weekend for the World Championship in Tunica, Mississippi.
Grall has turned in six top five finishes, including four fourth place showings.
“I’ve taken a couple of trips down to Oklahoma to ride with Zay and it means a lot to me because it reminds me of when we were kids,” Grall said. “Just traveling the country doing what we love.”
Clark is currently sitting third in the 250 Pro point standings with 220 points and third in the 450 with 216 points.
“Since I started so late in the points, It was never really a goal to win it,” Clark said. “We have one race left this weekend and then it’s time to get ready for Supercross.”
Grall has a plan to join his cousin soon on the pro tour.
“I also feel like it’s (riding) helping me push towards my goal of getting my pro card this summer,” Grall said. “That has been a goal of mine since I started racing dirt bikes.
“Overall I’m just having fun and doing what I love, with the people I love — and you can’t beat that.”