This season, it’s been a mission for the Kentucky native to come back from the unfortunate outcome from one year ago and with 10 wins and a points lead of 38 points in the standings, it’s safe to say he’s done a pretty good job of accomplishing that goal. Now, as the series heads to its penultimate round of 2011, Bowers is in position to secure his first professional title after compiling one of the most impressive seasons in AMA Arenacross Series history.
The season got off to a slow start for Bowers. After watching the first three wins of the season go to TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, it looked as if Bowers’ championship hopes would be based off a head-to-head battle with one of his closest rivals. In Denver, Bower’s broke through for his first win of the season and ended Gibson’s streak in the process. It was at this point that the season hit its turning point and from there, Bowers gradually began to assert himself as the rider to beat.
Throughout all his achievements this season, which includes 13 podiums in 16 races, the most impressive element of Bowers’ 2011 campaign was his stellar eight-race winning streak throughout the middle portion of the season. It was this run, which included several hard-fought victories, that helped Bowers extend his advantage over the rest of the field and has now put him in the position he sits in this weekend.
Despite coming off a season-worst 11th-place effort last weekend in Little Rock, Bowers still holds a near 40-point advantage in the championship and if he leaves Rockford on Saturday night with at least 25 points in his pocket, the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series title that he’s worked so hard for will be his. Several riders are looking to stand in Bowers’ way of accomplishing this task, led by Gibson and Bowers’ Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki teammate Chad Johnson. It should all make for some incredible racing over the course of two evenings.
The MetroCentre in Rockford has been a longtime venue of the AMA Arenacross Series. Currently, it is the home of the AHL’s Rockford Icehogs hockey team, and in the past, has been the host arena for the Rockford Lightning basketball team, the Rock River Raptors indoor football team, and the Rockford Rampage indoor soccer team.
Opened in 1981, it serves as one of the oldest venues on the schedule, but is a beloved attribute of the city of Rockford. The arena garnered headlines when it hosted the inaugural Arena Football League game in 1986, and is also well known for being one of the stops of the Rolling Stones North American tour during its first year of business in 1981.
The action commences for the Rockford Arenacross this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Amateur Day concludes an exciting weekend of action on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. CT
Advance tickets are available for the Rockford Arenacross at the MetroCentre Box Office, online at MetroCentre.com and by phone at 815-968-5222. Tickets cost $2 more the day of the race.
New for 2011! Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-365-5750.