As the AMA Arenacross Series prepares to descend on Cedar Park, Texas, for the first time this weekend, a captivating battle for the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship is taking shape.
The Cedar Park Center will host two nights of competition, beginning tonight. While Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers sits atop the premier Arenacross Class standings, the young rising stars of the Arenacross Class are waging war in their quest for a championship.
Currently, Letko KTM’s Tanner Moore and House of Kawasaki’s Chad Cook are in a deadlock atop the standings. With two rounds and three races completed, there is still a lot of racing to be had in the championship, including a three-week run to the finish. However, both riders will be looking to gain as much momentum as possible now in hopes of carrying it through to the finish.
Cook is the reigning Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Champion, which puts experience on his side as the season moves forward. However, Moore has established himself as one of the sport’s rising stars and he’s shown tremendous speed in nearly two full seasons of professional competition.
Moore kicked off the season with a solid outing in Des Moines, Iowa, in October. He looked for even more success two weeks ago when he had the chance to compete in front of his hometown crowd in Topeka, Kan. While a win wasn’t in the cards that weekend, Moore still put forth solid fourth- and seventh-place efforts to stay in the points lead.
Now, with about a month of competition remaining, Moore is looking to gain an edge this weekend.
“This weekend will have a lot of importance as we get further into the season,” said Moore. “I have to be more consistent and hopefully make the main events every single night. Chad already has a title so I hope to be the new guy to come in and take it away. Hopefully, we’re just consistent and have good nights from here on out.”
Cook’s inaugural professional title was highlighted by stellar consistency in addition to some victories. He closed out the season strong in order to secure the title, which no doubt gave him valuable experience for the future. At the championship’s previous round in Topeka, Cook vaulted himself into the title picture on the heels of third- and second-place efforts. Now, he and Moore enter this weekend knotted on top.
“It’d mean a lot to defend this title and show I deserved it last year,” said Cook. “I’m just going to ride the best I can and whatever happens, happens. If it’s meant to be it’ll come, but if it’s not, then it won’t. I’m just going to take it race-by-race, one at a time, and we’ll see what happens.”
Ultimately, the key for both riders will be wins. Last year, both riders captured multiple victories, but have yet to stand atop the podium this far in 2012, thanks in large part to the increased depth of competition throughout the AMA Arenacross Series. With a championship on the line, both riders can make considerable gains in the standings and in their confidence by taking the checkered flag. Both riders have two opportunities to achieve that this weekend, and will be sure to lay it all on the line.
Cedar Park is a major suburb of the Austin area of Texas, incorporated in 1973. The Cedar Park Center serves as a central location for various forms of entertainment and sports for residence of the greater Travis and Williamson counties. The arena opened in 2009, and serves as the current home of the AHL’s Texas Stars, and the NBA D-League’s Austin Toros. The venue is one of the premier arenas in the state, and has a capacity of 6,863.
The action commences for the inaugural Cedar Park Arenacross tonight at 7 p.m. CT, and continues Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Amateur Day concludes an exciting weekend of action on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. CT
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