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2012 AMA Arenacross Cedar Park Preview

Monday, January 23, 2012
Last Saturday, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers extended his lead in the Arenacross Class standings by grabbing his eighth win of the season. This weekend, Bowers leads the world’s best arenacross riders into the eighth round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season with two nights of action slated for the championship’s debut from Cedar Park, Texas, and the Cedar Park Center, on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28.

AMA Arenacross Series
At the series’ previous stop in Dayton, Ohio, Bowers relied on patience to lead him to victory. FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, who currently sits second in the Arenacross Class standings, led the majority of the 25-lap main event, but fell to the ground entering the final five laps of the race, allowing Bowers to take control and extend his championship lead to 15 points, as Gibson was forced to settle for second.

With five rounds and seven races remaining in the 2012 season, the championship battle in the Arenacross Class is sure to intensify. Gibson has shown the speed to minimize his deficit to Bowers, but misfortune at the previous two stops has hurt the 2009 champion, who has been on the receiving end of a 15-point swing in Bowers’ favor through the past three main events. Just two weeks ago following the fifth round of the season, Gibson shared the top spot in the standings with Bowers.

While the Arenacross Class competitors continue to wage war, the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Championship returns to action following a one-week break. Only three main events have been completed in the nine-race title fight, but at the last round from Topeka, the championship tightened up. Currently, Letko KTM’s Tanner Moore and House of Kawasaki’s Chad Cook share the points lead and will both wear the red number plate this weekend.

Additionally, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Vick Golden will continue her comeback from injury, looking to qualify for her first main event of the 2012 season.

Both nights of action from the AMA Arenacross Series debut from Cedar Park are set to begin with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. CT.

Previous Round Results:

Nutter Center – Dayton, Ohio
January 21, 2012
Round 7 of 12

Arenacross Class Results (Dayton, Ohio)
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
4. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
5. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
6. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
8. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
9. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
10. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results (Dayton, Ohio)
1. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
2. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
3. Michael McDade, Edingburg, Pa., Kawasaki
4. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
5. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda
6. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda
7. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
8. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
9. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
10. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 12 of 19)
1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (8 wins) – 260
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda (2 wins) – 245
3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki (2 wins) – 218
4. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 186
5. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 173
6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 164
7. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 128
8. Josh Demuth, North Richland Hills, Texas, Kawasaki – 127
9. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 101
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 86

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 3 of 9)
1. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 47
2. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 47
3. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 36
4. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 19
5. Cody Church, Grand Junction, Colo., Kawasaki – 18
6. Aviery Hickey, Southlake, Texas, Honda – 11
7. Shawn Rife, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Honda – 7
8. Devin Reed, Indianola, Iowa, Honda – 6
9. Jake Locks, Dixon, Calif., KTM – 6
10. Jeremy Huddleston, Eustace, Texas, KTM – 5

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 9 of 10)
1. Michael McDade, Indiana, Pa., Kawasaki (1 win) – 176
2. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM (3 wins) – 159
3. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM (2 win) – 150
4. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki (1 win) – 140
5. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM – 102
6. Travis Sewell, Westfield, Ind., KTM – 91
7. Austin Coon, Spencer, W. Va., Honda – 77
8. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 75
9. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 72
10. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 58

2012 Dash for Cash Winners:
Des Moines – Zach Ames
Baltimore Night One – Tyler Bowers
Baltimore Night Two – Tyler Bowers
Madison Night One – Willy Browning
Madison Night Two – Jeff Gibson
Wilkes Barre Night One – Tyler Bowers
Wilkes Barre Night Two – Nathan Skaggs
Grand Rapids Night One – Zach Ames
Grand Rapids Night Two – Jeff Gibson
Topeka Night One – Chad Johnson
Topeka Night Two – Nathan Skaggs
Dayton – Jeff Gibson

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.

For more information on the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series, log on to www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short: brandon@nextlevelsportsinc.com or 949-365-5750.

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