Bowers emerged out of the gate for the 25-lap Arenacross Class Main Event with the holeshot, and it was all he needed to carry the momentum the rest of the way. The reigning series champion posted a convincing wire-to-wire victory, grabbing the checkered flag over six seconds ahead of the field.
Behind Bowers, Bella’s Cupcakes/Club MX Kawasaki’s Zach Ames, of Prospect, Ohio, and FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, engaged in battled for the runner-up spot, going bar-to-bar with one another for the majority of the main event. On Lap 17, Gibson finally found a way by and held on to the runner-up spot through to the finish. Ames looked to hold on to the final podium spot, but was passed late by Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis.
Bowers extended his points lead to 16 points over Gibson, one night after losing two points to his rival.
In the 18-lap Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, BNTQ.com Honda’s Kevin Markwardt, of Freeport, Ill., took the holeshot, with Vincent and night one winner Kevin Johnson, of Spring, Texas, in tow aboard his Team Faith KTM.
Markwardt handled the pressure of being out front and the advances of his competitors well, holding onto the lead for nearly the entire race. On Lap 10, Vincent moved into the lead, while Markwardt and Johnson battled for the runner-up spot. On Lap 15, Johnson moved into second while Markwardt experienced misfortune.
Johnson held on for second, capping of a stellar weekend, while Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM’s Michael Willard, of Newark, Ohio, grabbed third.
The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season continues next weekend, hosting the ninth round of the championship from another new venue. Lexington, Ky., and Rupp Arena will host one night of action, on Saturday, February 4, with action kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.
2012 AMA Arenacross Cedar Park Saturday Results:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
4. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
7. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
8. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM
9. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
10. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
2012 Arenacross Lites Cedar Park Saturday Results:
1. Lance Vincent, Breaux Bridge, La., KTM
2. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
3. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
4. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
5. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
6. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
7. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
8. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
9. Sean Hackley Jr., Orvila, Texas, KTM
10. Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., KTM
2012 AMA Arenacross Championship Points:
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (9 wins)– 305
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (2 wins) – 289
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (2 wins) – 253
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (1 win) – 227
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 198
6. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 197
7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 155
8. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 127
9. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 116
10. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM – 101
2012 Arenacross Western Regional Lites Championship Points:
1.Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 78
2.Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 63
3.Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 63
4.Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda – 35
5.Lance Vincent, Breaux Bridge, La., KTM – 25
6.Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki – 25
7.Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 24
8.Nick Myers, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki – 22
9.Sean Hackley Jr., Orvila, Texas, KTM – 12
10.Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM – 12
Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series returns for the 2012 season! To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com.