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2012 AMA Arenacross Rupp Arena Preview

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
AMA Arenacross Series
A new winner stood atop the podium last Friday night as Team Faith KTM’s Kelly Smith became the fourth different rider to claim victory during the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series. The veteran rider’s triumph helped kick off two nights of action for the inaugural Cedar Park race, but by the end of the weekend, it was Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers who left Texas with all the momentum.

Bowers, the reigning AMA Arenacross Series Champion and current Arenacross Class points leader, grabbed his ninth win of the season on Saturday to close out the weekend and extend his advantage to 16 points over FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson. Now, the championship heads to another new venue, Lexington, Ky., and Rupp Arena, for one night of action this Saturday, February 4.

Bowers experienced a rare falter on the first evening of competition last weekend, but despite being forced to work his way through a talented field of riders, he still salvaged a third-place finish, losing just two points to Gibson, who finished second.

The following night, Bowers bounced back in resounding fashion, taking the holeshot and leading wire-to-wire to still walk away from Cedar Park with a point in his favor towards the championship after Gibson posted another runner-up effort.

The AMA Arenacross Series enters its final month of competition this weekend inside Rupp Arena. The state of Kentucky is no stranger to the sport of Arenacross, and with Bowers’ hometown of Danville a mere 35 miles from Lexington, fans are sure to come out in droves to support their tremendously successful local star.

As the premier class title fight continues to soldier on, a champion will be crowned on Saturday night in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Championship, which will host its 2012 season finale inside Rupp Arena. Motostar Kawasaki’s Michael McDade has established himself as the favorite heading into the weekend, by virtue of consistent efforts and one victory, throughout the course of the nine main events.

McDade currently holds a 17-point lead over Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM’s Michael Willard, the winningest rider in the Eastern Region.
 
The AMA Arenacross Series will make its debut from Rupp Arena on Saturday, February 4, with opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Previous Round Results:

Cedar Park Center – Cedar Park, Texas
January 27-28, 2012
Round 8 of 12

Arenacross Class Results – Night One (Cedar Park, Texas)
1. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
2. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
4. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
6. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
7. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
8. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda
9. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
10. Brad Ripple, Cypress, Texas, Honda

Arenacross Class Results – Night Two (Cedar Park, Texas)
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

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results – Night One (Cedar Park, Texas)
1. Kevin Johnson, Spring, Texas, KTM
2. Nick Myers, Collinsville, Texas, Kawasaki
3. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatcong, N.J., KTM
4. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
5. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM
6. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
7. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki
8. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
9. Kevin Markwardt, Freeport, Ill., Honda
10. Patrick Massie, Washington Court House, Ohio, Honda

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results – Night Two (Cedar Park, Texas)
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

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 14 of 19)
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

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

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 5 of 9)
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

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
Cedar Park Night One – Kelly Smith
Cedar Park Night Two – Tyler Bowers

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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