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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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 Performance Tech Motorsports will start fifth in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase tomorrow at Road America after a gritty qualifying effort from David Ostella.  In what is becoming a trademark for Ostella, the 22-year old Canadian driver pulled last-lap heroics to get his fast lap in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge car under the checkered flag.

 Ostella's qualifying time of 2 minutes, .144 seconds was more than two seconds faster than his previous practice laps and less than six-tenths behind the pole sitter. The team struggled throughout the practice sessions to find a good baseline setup for both Ostella and his co-driver James French.

 The long track combined with complex corners makes for exciting racing, but also makes it difficult to find the perfect setup. Performance Tech Lead Engineer Ty Sayman said the team has been looking for a balance that could work for both drivers.

 "Just like any track you have to find a good balance," Sayman said. "There are three different spots that we're reaching speeds above 165 mph and there are some fast corners. So you want to try and trim the car as much as you can, but we also have to be prepared for the slow corners, it really is just all a balance."

 Team Principal Brent O'Neill was pleased with Ostella's qualifying effort. He has seen the growth of both drivers and feels like they have found that balance for the two.

 "It was a great effort by David," O'Neill said. "We made a couple of little mistakes on setup today and took some confidence away from him and James and it took him until the last couple of laps to get going. But it's okay, we're sixth-tenths from the pole and we have a good car for the race. The confidence is back 100 percent."

 Ostella, while pleased with the qualifying results, wants to see continued improvement for the race tomorrow.

 "We really focus on race setup and so qualifying isn't always our strongest session," Ostella said. The guys set the car up pretty good and it was consistent. One thing this weekend we didn't get a lot of time on is new tires so we struggled a little bit to get up to speed. And it being such a long track, you don't get many laps out there and that was a little unfortunate.

 "But fifth is great for us. Now we're just going to put our heads together and see what we can put together for the race. After that qualifying run and James having a good practice session before that, I think we can do really well tomorrow."

 Ostella and French will take to the track for the two-hour, 45-minute race, at 1:15 p.m. (CT) Sunday, Aug. 10. Live streaming and timing will be available at imsa.com, and the race will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 10 on FOX Sports 1.

 David Ostella qualified fifth Saturday in his No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge car at historic Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on Sunday. Echoing his qualifying drama at the last race, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,Ostella set his fastest time of 2 minutes, .144 of a second on the last lap of the 15-minute session.

"The car did really well," Ostella said. "The guys set it up pretty good and it was consistent. One thing for this weekend we didn't get a lot of time on new tires so we struggled a little bit to get up to speed. But we still pulled out a great qualifying, fifth is great for us. Our philosophy all weekend and all year has been race setup and that's what we've been doing. So now we're just going to put our heads together and see what we can put together for the race."

 The 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America circuit is the longest on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule and produces some of the most exciting racing in North America. It's also one of the fastest. Though Ostella has not raced on the course since 2010, he hopes to visit the podium there Sunday.

 "The goal is to get back on the podium again, for sure," Ostella said. "We should have had a podium at Indy but had to settle for fourth. James (French, Ostella's teammate) and I have been butting heads a little bit setup-wise, but I think we've got a good one now. We had a good qualifying run today and James had a good run in practice, so I think we can do really well tomorrow."

 Ostella and French will take to the track for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, a two-hour, 45-minute race, at 1:15 p.m. (CT) Sunday, Aug. 10. Live streaming and timing will be available at imsa.com, and the race will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 10 on FOX Sports 1.

 

Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Maryland, finished in the top position for Round Nine of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich tires at Road America, part of the Road Race Showcase. Nathanial Sparks, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the podium. For the second time in his career, Copeland scored a series win at Road America. This time, Copeland did it as part of a race that average 91.386 mph around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile permanent road course. For 16 laps, Copeland kept his No. 7 Copeland Motorsports/Sync Speed Inc. MX-5 in contention for the lead. On the final lap, he started his move in the Carousel to get around Sparks. While Copeland started the pass it turn 10, it wasn’t complete until the exit of Turn 12.
 
“We had a long time to think about this race since it was so late,” Copeland said. “Before the race, I played every scenario through my head that I could think of. But, when it came to the start of the race, all that planning goes out the window. It was pretty clear the Sick Sideways guys, of Sparks and Dean, were working together very closely. I tried to get between them early on, but they weren’t having any of that. So, I just decided to sit behind them until the closing laps, and I was hoping someone would come to help.
 
“Once we got the white flag, Sebastian [Landy] was there to help. We had a shot, and we took it. Landy have me enough of a draft to get around the two Sick Sideways guys.
 
“This type of racing suits my driving style. I like race on the edge, and you can’t be scared around this place. Going flat out through ‘The Kink’ isn’t easy, but it’s something you have to do.”
 
Like Copeland, Sparks was part of the five-car group that continually swapped the lead amongst themselves for the second half of the race. The lead officially changed hands nine times among three drivers, while many other unofficial passes for the race lead took place elsewhere on the circuit.
 
“Crazy is an understatement for what happened out on the track,” Sparks said. “You come here knowing it’s going to be close, but you never can fully expect what is going to happen. I can’t wait to go back and watch the in-car footage.
 
“At most places it comes down to who can physically drive better, but here it’s all about the mental battle and finding who can help keep you out front. If it weren’t for my teammate, John Dean, I wouldn’t be here right now. I’m really glad we’re here and competitive, as a team, for tomorrow.”
 
In his No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy spent most of the race at the tail end of the lead draft. While not continually dicing for the lead, Landy was able to sit back and size up his competition.
 
“There were six of seven cars that could have walked away with the win,” Landy said. “The Sick Sideways guys and Dean Copeland were strong. For the most part it was tough to hang with the leaders, and I wasn’t sure I had anything for them. As the race went on, things came to me a little more. I tried to take advantage of the opportunities and came home third. It was great.
 
“On the last lap, it came down to me working with Dean [Copeland] since he was the only guy with whom I could work. I just tried to see if we could both get by the Sick Sideways guys. I got him to the lead and I was able to get in front of John [Dean]. It was great racing with Sparks through Canada Corner. It was just a great race, the whole way around.”
 
John Dean finished fourth in his No. 16 Projections Research/PPG MX-5. As the laps wound down, Dean was in the mix for the race lead. He just didn’t have the placement to get to the point position.
 
Championship Leader Kenton Koch brought his No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5 home in fifth. Koch hung with the leaders early on, but had lost close contact with the front-running group by lap 14. He spent the remaining three laps fighting to hold the fifth position.
 
In the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Drake Kemper, of Toluca Lake, California, took a hard-fought win. Kemper, Ben Albano and Lucas Bize were all scored as lap leaders during the race, but Kemper was able to put his No. 99 Royal Rugby SBMX-5 in the right place when it counted.
 
“That was the most insane 45 minutes of my entire life,” Kemper said. “We probably switched positions 30 different times since there were four official leaders in our class. There wasn’t a lap where the drivers in the lead group didn’t change positions at least once.
 
“Coming into this weekend, I was worried about this track. On TV, it looks much wider than it is and with more grip. When I figured that it was none of those things, I got even more worried. I’m happy though. We qualified with a double pole, and we’re looking to get a double win.”
 
Lucas Bize, of New York, finished second followed by Robby Foley, of Randolph, New Jersey, who completed the podium.
 
Round 10 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires is scheduled for Sunday, at 10:50 a.m. (CDT).

Sloan Urry passed pole-sitter Michael Lewis for the lead on Lap 1 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race Saturday at Road America to earn his second victory this season for JDX Racing. The 45-minute timed race on the 4.048-mile road course was slowed by three caution periods. That never gave Urry, from Park City, Utah, enough green flag running to pull away from the field.

After a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag, Urry took the checkered flag .293 of a second ahead of Lewis in his No. 20 JDX Racing Porsche.

"We didn't get the pole in qualifying, but we were able to get the pass over Lewis pretty quickly after the green flag flew," Urry said. "After that, it was a little bit of a nightmare inside the car because there were so many yellows. I wanted to go, go, go, but we kept getting bunched up at the restarts.

"JDX Racing gave me an incredible car today. Porsche is always supplying the best stuff and making sure we're running right, and the Yokohama tires were there the whole time. This is probably the best car I've had all year. It was amazing."

Lewis, from Laguna Beach, Calif., was happy to collect his fourth Platinum Cup (2014 car models) podium finish of the 2014 season in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche.

"I made a small mistake on the first lap in the Turn 5 area and lost the lead, but that's racing," Lewis said. "That was a pretty intense race, but I ended up second and got good points. I feel like we have a really good car, and we have two more races tomorrow to try and get a win."

Kasey Kuhlman started 10th and kept the nose of his No. 15 Wright Motorsports Porsche out of trouble to climb all the way to third overall. Cincinnati resident Kuhlman earned his third Platinum Cup podium of the year and was also the highest finisher in the Platinum Cup Masters (drivers age 45 and older) class.

"I just kept my head down, hit my marks and took the opportunities that were in front of me," Kuhlman said. "I tried not to make any mistakes, and at the same time take advantage of others' mistakes. It was a good race."

Platinum Cup championship leader Colin Thompson finished fourth for Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County, just missing the podium. Championship contender Angel Benitez Jr. lost four positions on the last lap of the race to finish sixth.

 

Platinum Masters

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): David Calvert-Jones, Kasey Kuhlman, Charlie Putman

 

Kuhlman took the top spot on the Platinum Cup Masters podium for the ninth time in 10 rounds this season. He has won the class in the last nine consecutive races since finishing fourth in the season-opening round in March at Sebring International Raceway.

"I just kept my head down, hit my marks and took the opportunities that were in front of me," added Kuhlman. "I tried not to make any mistakes and take advantage of others' mistakes. It was a good race."

David Calvert-Jones finished second after starting fifth overall. It was the Australian's sixth appearance on the Platinum Masters podium this season.

 "I started in a good position. I had a good qualifying, and then I had a terrible race," stated Calvert-Jones. "There were a couple issues with some cars around me that I didn't think was all that favorable, but hey, that's racing, I guess, and I got passed by a couple of cars that shouldn't have passed me on a few restarts. Tomorrow will be a better day."
 

Dempsey Racing driver Charlie Putman made up three positions on the 14-turn circuit at Road America to finish third. Putman has finished on the Platinum Masters podium four times this season in a limited schedule.

"We started out with quite a bit of action there at Turn 5 and in a few other places, but it's just a result of hard racing and guys running as hard as they can," Putman interjected. "We sort of settled down in the middle, but in those last few laps it was really hard again. There was a lot of rubbing and a lot of dirt and smoke. It was really exciting from the car; I hope it was as exciting for the spectators." 


 Gold Cup/Gold Masters

Gold Cup/Gold Masters podium finishers (from left): Jeff Mosing, David Ducote, Michael Levitas

Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County driver David Ducote made a successful first Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) start this season after racing six rounds in the Platinum Cup class. Houston resident Ducote was the top Gold Cup qualifier, and he never relinquished the lead in the 45-minute timed race.

 "It was fast and furious and very chaotic," added Ducote. "There was a lot going on all the time. I was fighting with a couple of Platinum cars, and I had a couple of battles here and there. I was just trying to stay focused and avoid the carnage, which was hard, but I made it through." 

Jeff Mosing of Topp Racingand Michael Levitas of TPC Racing joined Ducote on the podium in second and third, respectively. Ducote, Mosing and Levitas also comprised the Gold Masters podium.


 "As kind of predicted, we did have a little bit of melee at the exit of Turn 5," stated Mosing. "I had my good friend and coach Eric Foss eyes and ears for me, and he told us head's up, and we were able to avoid the wreck between 5 and 6. That was a big help. Hats off to Todd Opperman for giving me a great car. We weren't the fastest car out there, but we were strong enough to be competitive. Everyone behind me was so busy scruffing with each other that I just had to put my head down and get some decent laps in."

Ducote, Mosing and Levitas finished just .920 of a second apart. Patrick-Otto Madsenwas fourth in Gold despite a spirited charge from second to fourth before dropping back to fourth in an ANSA Motorsports Porsche. Madsen finished 1.013 seconds off the podium.


 

Yokohama Hard Charger

Yokohama Hard Charger Winner David Baker

David Baker of Topp Racing took home the Yokohama Hard Charger award for Round 11. Baker started the 45-minute sprint 17th and gained nine positions to finish eighth overall and fourth in the Platinum Masters division.

 "It was a survival kind of a race," stated Baker. "There was a lot of mayhem out there. But I do want to thank my sponsor Apex Capital and Topp Racing for giving me a great car today."

Two more 45-minute races will take place Sunday as part of a triple-header for the series this weekend at Road America. 

Round 12 will start at 9:50 a.m. (CT). Round 6 will begin at 5 p.m. That race was rescheduled for this weekend after being rained out in late May at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. 

Follow the action live through streaming video at fanschoice.tv, live timing at scoring.imsa.com/gt3-challenge-usa and live race details on Twitter @IMSALive.

For the past seven years, Kevin Bealko has played second fiddle on his own race team.

Not anymore.

After nearly a decade of success in the world of Pro Stock, just not in his own car, Bealko finally broke through with his first career Mountain Motor Pro Stock victory Saturday night in front of a jam-packed crowd at the IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park.



Kevin Bealko won his first career race Saturday at US 131 Motorsports Park

Bealko bested No. 1 qualifier and the quickest man all weekend, Scott Hintz, to collect his first career Ironman trophy, doing so on a holeshot as the entire Black Diamond Motorsports team gathered on the starting line to witness the occasion. Joining Bealko in the winner's circle on Saturday were Ron Maroney (Nitro Altered), Randal Andras (Nitro Harley), Marisha Falk (Jet Dragster) and Dom Lagana (Top Fuel) as the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series season winds down with only one race remaining on the tour.

"This means a heck of a lot to me. I have never been able to win a Pro Stock race in all these years of trying and to do it here today in this division, with these great racers, on the quarter-mile and right here in Michigan where John (DeFlorian) got his first win a few years back, is just tremendous," Bealko said. "The whole gang has done a wonderful job for us, we are fortunate to have them. I just strap in and drive this thing; they deserve all the credit here."

The Black Diamond Motorsports team, headed by Bealko, has enjoyed a great deal of success since it was founded in 2007. The team has won multiple races, set a number of world records and has been a force in the world of Pro Stock for the past several seasons. But a lot of that success has resided with Bealko's teammate, Missouri native John DeFlorian, and not with Bealko himself.



Bealko eliminated Hintz, Goforth and Berner on his way to the win

On Saturday, however, Bealko had his own moment in the spotlight as the Bridgeport, W.Va. native drove the AMSOIL-sponsored Black Diamond Motorsports 2014 Chevrolet Camaro to the winner's circle in dramatic fashion. Going up against top qualifier Scott Hintz in the final, Bealko got the jump on the line with a .039 reaction time to a .085 and used that narrow margin to edge his opponent with a 6.289-second pass at 222.13 mph. Hintz ran a 6.280 at 223.60 in the runner-up effort.

"There are just so many people to thank. My wife, she has put up with a lot these past few years, AMSOIL has been great to us and we think the world of their product and IHRA has just been magnificent. This has been the best drag racing experience I have ever had running with a great organization like IHRA," Bealko said.

Bealko added wins over Pete Berner and Cary Goforth on his way to the victory.

"The car has been great lately. We had to tweak it a bit on day one when it was brand new, but slowly we have been getting the balance right on it," Bealko said. "We have strived to win one of these with our second car for a while and now that we have done it, it is a pretty good feeling. The Lord has blessed us in a big way."

Ron Maroney was Saturday's other big winner as the driver of the "Blind Faith" Nitro Altered collected his third win of the year and, more importantly, locked up his second career Nitro Altered championship.



Randal Andras made his bid for the Nitro Harley title with another win

Maroney was quickest in class for most of the weekend and entered the finals as the fast car from round one. In the final, Maroney drew Kyle Hough and dominated from starting line to finish line with a 6.382-second pass at 217.95 mph. Hough had a 6.899 at 162.48 as he just missed collecting his first win of the season.

With the win, Maroney locked up his second IHRA Nitro Altered championship, winning his first back in 2010 running in the very same car Hough drove in Martin.

"It is exciting to get our second championship. They both mean a lot to me, but they are also very different," Maroney said. "I love the Hough family to death and they gave me that opportunity to drive the 'Nanook' car, a car I grew up idolizing, to win a championship. Now, to win it in my own car, a car that my wife and I own 100 percent, is really special."

Maroney's victory capped a wild weekend in the nostalgia class as three different teams had run-ins with the wall while others took out timing blocks and traded lanes, a trademark of the class.

"It was a great weekend, but it was a weekend that really showed what these Altereds are all about. We went out and ran 6.20s on one pass, then the next pass we are taking out cones while other guys are hitting the wall. Then we come back and run 6.30s right down the center," Maroney said. "You just never know what these things are going to do. Sometimes they go straight as an arrow and sometimes you are just along for the ride."



Ron Maroney survived a thrilling weekend in Nitro Altered

Troy Martin and Shane Harter collected consolation round wins to close out the Nitro Altered class.

IHRA's other major eliminator, Nitro Harley, was won by Louisiana native Randal Andras as the championship battle in the nitro-powered motorcycle class reaches new heights. Any one of four drivers will have an opportunity to clinch the title in Memphis in two months.

Andras made his case for the Nitro Harley championship with his second win of the season, besting Mike Pelrine in the final. Andras had little trouble powering down the US 131 quarter-mile with a 6.857 at 220.15 pass in the final, while Pelrine ran into trouble and had to shut it off early.

Andras added wins over Jim Fagan and Alvin Kobernusz on his way to the win.

Dom Lagana ceremoniously welcomed Top Fuel Dragster back to the IHRA Nitro Jam lineup over the weekend as the younger of the two Lagana brothers swept the weekend, taking all four round wins over his brother Bobby.



Dom Lagana bested his brother Bobby all four passes

To cap the weekend, Dom had passes of 4.664 at 306.27 and 4.835 at 243.71 to seal the win.

Finally in Jet Dragster, Marisha Falk placed the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University jet-powered dragster in the winner's circle as the Florida native dominated the class from start to finish. Falk was the top qualifier on Friday and used that momentum to eliminate Allison West and Elaine Larsen for her third Ironman of the season. Falk had a 5.744 at 278.17 in the final, just edging Larsen's 5.799 at 275.38.

The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to action October 10-11 at Memphis International Raceway for the season finale at the IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals featuring the Nitro Jam Nationals.



SATURDAY FINAL ELIMINATIONS

Martin, Mich. - Final results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park

Top Fuel Dragster - Dom Lagana, Scarsdale, N.Y., dragster, 4.835, 243.71 def. Bobby Lagana Jr., Scarsdale, N.Y., dragster, 5.266, 206.26

Pro Stock - Kevin Bealko, Bridgeport, W.Va., '14 Camaro, 6.2899, 222.13 def. Scott Hintz, Odessa, Texas, '13 Mustang, 6.280, 223.60

Nitro Harley - Randal Andras, Amelia, La., motorcycle, 6.857, 220.15 def. Mike Pelrine, Bruderheim, Alb., motorcycle, 9.075, 102.89

Nitro Altered - Ron Maroney, Chandler, Ariz., '32 Bantam, 6.382, 217.95 def. Kyle Hough, Las Vegas, Nev., '23 Ford T, 6.899, 162.48

Jet Dragster - Marisha Falk, Port Orange, Fla., 5.744, 278.17 def. Elaine Larsen, Port Orange, Fla., 5.799, 275.38

SATURDAY ROUND-BY-ROUND RESULTS

Martin, Mich. - Final round-by-round results from the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park

Top Fuel Dragster

Round 1 - Dom Lagana, 4.664, 306.27 def. Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.881, 322.53

Final - Dom Lagana, 4.835, 243.71 def. Bobby Lagana, 5.266, 206.26

Pro Stock

Round 1 - Scott Hintz, 6.301, 223.53 def. Dean Goforth, 6.295, 222.29; Todd Hoerner, 6.356, 221.44 def. John DeFlorian, 6.396, 220.15; Cary Goforth, 6.354, 220.37 def. Matt Bertsch, 6.402, 218.96; Kevin Bealko, 6.355, 219.19 def. Pete Berner, 6.378, 219.07

Semis - Bealko, 6.365, 212.88 def. Goforth, broke; Hintz, 6.297, 221.45 def. Hoerner, 6.346, 221.13

Final - Bealko, 6.289, 221.21 def. Scott Hintz, 6.280, 223.60

Nitro Harley

Round 1 - Mike Pelrine, 6.897, 159.65 def. Jay Turner, 8.202, 107.53; Mark Cox, 6.476, 215.11 def. Lyle Newton 7.740, 131.42; Randal Andras, 6.418, 217.91 def. Jim Fagan 7.273, 186.71; Alvin Kobernusz, 7.389, 153.69 def. Mike Scott, 10.613, 85.06

Semis - Pelrine, 6.380, 206.17 def. Cox, foul; Andras, 6.368, 228.97 def. Kobernusz, 7.230, 163.11

Final - Andras, 6.857, 220.15 def. Pelrine, 9.075, 102.89

Nitro Altered

Round 1 - Ron Maroney, 6.205, 221.28 def. Troy Ray, no time; Kyle Hough, 6.250, 227.00 def. Shane Harter 6.408, 207.02; Don Blackshear, 6.600, 216.16 def. Troy Martin, DQ

Consolation - Martin, 6.284, 204.16 def. Ray, 8.990, 148.57; Harter, 6.382, 220.14 def. Blackshear, 7.154, 141.14

Final - Maroney, 6.382, 217.95 def. Hough, 6.899, 162.48

Jet Dragster

Round 1 - Marisha Falk, 5.780, 274.96 def. Allison West, 6.044, 195.54; Elaine Larsen, 5.851, 271.41 def. Kat Moller, 6.026, 264.22

Consolation - West, 6.009, 199.75 def. Moller, foul

Final - Falk, 5.744, 278.17 def. Larsen, 5.799, 275.38

 

(IHRA PR)

Following its final break in action for the 2014 season, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, began its stretch run on Saturday with the 10th round of the summer from Central New York's legendary Unadilla with the Red Bull Unadilla National. With just two rounds and four motos remaining, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey made another major jump in the 450 Class title fight by earning his third win in the last four rounds and closing to within single digits of his teammate Ken Roczen atop the standings. In the 250 Class, Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Christophe Pourcel became the fifth different winner this season in the division, signifying the Frenchman's first victory on U.S. soil since the 2010 season.

 

Dungey (5) continues to close in on his teammate Roczen (94).

Photo: Simon Cudby

 

For the third consecutive moto, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Justin Brayton put himself out front of the start to earn the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the first 450 Class moto, bringing his JGRMX teammate Phil Nicoletti with him. Not far behind them was Dungey, who wasted little time is making his march to the front and passed both Yamaha riders to assume control of the lead on the opening lap. Roczen kept pace with his teammate and fought his way from a start outside the top five to move into second. From there it became a two-rider battle for the moto win between the KTM duo.

 

Dungey kept Roczen at bay throughout the entirety of the moto, with mere bike lengths separating the teammates for the bulk of the race. However, in the closing laps Dungey extended his advantage and ultimately posted a wire-to-wire victory to put him in the drivers seat for the overall. Behind this pair, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac quietly rode to a solid and consistent third-place finish. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard, who was fastest in practice, fought his way forward from a start outside the top 10 to finish fourth. BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short rounded out the top five.

 

With all eyes on Dungey and Roczen in Moto 2, it was once again Brayton who emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot Award for the fourth straight time, but his time out front was short lived as both Tomac and Canard moved to the forefront and ultimately steal the spotlight. With the Honda duo out front, both Dungey and Roczen were forced to fight their way from starts outside the top five. When the jockeying was complete on the opening lap it was Tomac leading, followed by Canard, Dungey and Roczen.

 

Tomac and Roczen opened a significant gap over the rest of the field, but then started to engage in an exciting battle for the top spot that lasted several laps. The two riders traded positions multiple times on the track, which allowed Dungey to close the deficit to a matter of bike lengths and make it a three-rider fight for the win. Eventually Canard logged consistent laps to assert himself in the lead, leaving Tomac and Dungey to fight for second, with Roczen a distant fourth.

  

Canard (41), Tomac (3) and Dungey (5) did battle in Moto 2.

Photo: Simon Cudby

 

Dungey made his way past Tomac with four laps remaining and pushed to close in on Canard. About a second separated the two riders throughout the closing laps and Dungey moved within striking distance on the final lap, but the Honda rider held on to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career. Tomac followed in third, with Roczen finishing off the podium for just the second time this season in fourth.

 

Dungey's 1-2 results ensured him of the overall, his third at Unadilla. He now has four wins this season, tying him for the most in the division with Roczen.

 

"It was an awesome day. We just wanted to make the most of the day and not get sidetracked [with the championship]," said Dungey. "There's a lot of racing left still with two rounds to go, but things are going good. It feels great to get another overall, but I made it hard on myself in the second moto and let those guys [Tomac and Canard] get away. Maybe a couple more laps we could have got Canard, but he was riding really good."

 

Canard earned his best finish of the season in second (4-1) thanks to the moto win, with Tomac (3-3) edging out Roczen (2-4) for third overall via a tiebreaker. It marked the first time this season that Roczen failed to finish on the overall podium.

 

"I can't tell you how good that feels," said Canard after his moto win. "I'm not going to sit here and cry about what's happened [in the past with injuries], but I am just so thankful to have the opportunity to be here [on top of the podium] again. I'm just so happy to be up here and I'm looking forward to the next two races."

 

Dungey's win marked another seven-point swing in his favor, bringing his deficit to Roczen atop the championship standings to just seven points. Dungey has gained 17 points on Roczen the past two rounds. Canard sits third, 74 points behind, with Monster Energy Kawasaki's Brett Metcalfe fourth (-167) and Tomac jumping up all the way to fifth (-195) despite missing the first four rounds of the season with injury.

  

Canard's first career moto win was an impressive one.

Photo: Simon Cudby

 

Throughout the 2014 season, Pourcel has proven to be one of the fastest riders in the 250 Class, consistently posting the fastest lap of practice and regularly earning the Motosport.com Holeshot Award. At Unadilla, he earned his fifth straight holeshot to begin Moto 1 and used that to his advantage to pace the field for the entirety of the moto. While fellow Frenchman Marvin Musquin ultimately challenged him late aboard his Red Bull KTM, Pourcel was able to break through for his first moto win of the season with relative ease.

 

While the action up front was under Pourcel's control, the battles behind him were captivating. The Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha duo of Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin slotted in behind Pourcel early, but Musquin was on a mission, moving past both riders from his fourth-place starting spot before closing in on Pourcel. A late crash by Webb while battling his teammate for third dropped the sophomore rider several spots back, which allowed Martin to finish third. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson finished in fourth, with GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle fifth. Webb dropped to seventh.

 

Pourcel was the rider to beat all afternoon at Unadilla.

Photo: Simon Cudby

 

The start of the second moto resulted in more of the same for Pourcel, who captured his sixth consecutive Motosport.com Holeshot Award to put himself in position to earn the overall. Martin began the moto in second with Bogle following in third. Musquin had to fight his way forward from a fifth-place start, while Webb was mired in ninth.

 

Pourcel dominated the first half of the moto but slowly began to lose ground to Martin. On Lap 6, the championship points leader took over the lead from the Frenchman and quickly pulled away. The pair maintained their large gap over the rest of the field, while Bogle maintained his hold on third for the whole moto.

 

In the end, Martin raced to his class-leading eighth moto win, with Pourcel second and Bogle third. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett was fourth just ahead of Musquin. Webb suffered an apparent bike issue and was forced to retire, finishing 36th.

 

After a three-year hiatus from full time competition in America, Pourcel was back on top of the podium thanks to his 1-2 moto results. It was the seventh win of his 250 Class career and his second at Unadilla.

 

"The first moto was good and we got a good start in the second moto," said Pourcel. "I love the track here [at Unadilla] and it really works for my style. I'm just really grateful to be back up here [atop the podium] and want to thank everyone for the support they've given to me. Jeremy was riding great in that second moto, so I had to give it to him."

 

Martin maintains his hold over the field in the 250 Class.

Photo: Simon Cudby

 

Martin's 3-1 results landed him second overall and extended his double-digit points lead to an even greater margin. Musquin rounded out the overall podium in third (2-5).

 

"I got off to a great start [in Moto 2] and battled with Christophe [Pourcel] for a while, then I chipped by tooth after getting hit by a rock," said Martin. "After that I realized I needed to make my move. I haven't won a moto in a while so it felt good to get back out front. I did make a few mistakes out there today, so I'll do some work during the week to come back stronger next weekend."

 

Martin moved to 66 points over Baggett, who jumped into second following Webb's misfortune. Webb sits third, 74 points back. Musquin sits fourth (-93), while Pourcel rounds out the top five (-101)

 

The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hosts the penultimate round of the championship next Saturday, August 16, with the 11th round of the season and the inaugural event from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Action for the Thor Indiana National begins at 1 p.m. ET.

 

Results

 

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Red Bull Unadilla National

Unadilla - New Berlin, New York

August 9, 2014

Round 10 of 12

 

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (1-2)
  2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (4-1)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-3)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (2-4)
  5. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (6-7)
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (5-8)
  7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (10-5)
  8. Phil Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Yamaha (7-9)
  9. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (12-6)
  10. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (8-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 447
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 440
  3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 373
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 280
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 252
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 247
  7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 244
  8. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
  9. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 218
  10. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda, 159

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (1-2)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (3-1)
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (2-5)
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (5-3)
  5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (6-4)
  6. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (4-6)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (9-9)
  8. Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki (13-8)
  9. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (12-10)
  10. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Honda (10-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 422
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 356
  3. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 348
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 329
  5. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 321
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 310
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 243
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 225
  9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 200
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 176
  11. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 176

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Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) earned its second consecutive pole position in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series today. Ryan Dalziel, co-driver of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD), saved the best lap for last at Road America. With seconds to spare in the 15-minute session, the Scotsman vaulted to the top of the charts with a lap of 1:55.166 (126.537 mph), nearly eight-tenths quicker than the second-place qualifier. 

“We’ve had a tough weekend," added Dalziel. "The track has been changing every session. We felt like we rolled off the truck pretty good and then we lost our way a little bit. During that last practice and qualifying the guys did a great job. We went back to how we unloaded from the truck and then the car was excellent."

This marks the third pole position from ESM in 2014: Johannes van Overbeek earned the pole during the May race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In the last round at Indianapolis, it was an all-ESM, all-Tequila Patrón front row with Dalziel starting first and van Overbeek second.
 
“I’m really happy for Ryan and the No. 1 car," van Overbeek stated. "I’m happy for ESM and Tequila Patrón. I’m just a little disappointed in the No. 2 car’s performance, but we’ll make some changes for tomorrow and have a good race.”
 
ESM owner Scott Sharp will start the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase for the No. 1 team and Dalziel will drive second.
 
In the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD, van Overbeek lapped the 4.048-mile, 14-turn permanent road course in 1:56.319 (125.283 mph), which sets him fifth on the starting grid. Co-driver Ed Brown will start the race for the No. 2 team and van Overbeek will drive second.
 
Sunday’s two-hour, 45-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is the ninth race of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Green flag is 1:15 p.m. CT on Sunday, Aug 10.
 
Television coverage of the Road Race Showcase starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
 

 Patience helped Chris Green earn his second victory of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin season after a rough-and-tumble race Saturday during the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières (GP3R). 

"I'm really proud of the Pfaff Motorsports Castrol guys today, especially here today in front of my Castrol family, my friends and family here at home," Green said. "I'm pretty pumped." 

Green, from Montreal, beat rival Scott Hargrove to the finish by 4.996 seconds in his No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche. He also trimmed Hargrove's Platinum Cup (2014 car models) championship lead to 14 points, 134-120, with three rounds remaining in this season.

 "Unfortunately, we were battling really hard," stated  Hargrove. "Everybody was pushing really hard, but we've got to try to make it a little cleaner because you're not going to get so lucky every time. But the OpenRoad Racing Porsche was fast, and we'll be back tomorrow and try to secure the win here at Trois-Rivières."

Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, finished third in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports entry for his first Platinum Cup overall podium finish of the season.

 "I was just sitting back there taking it easy, just running my race, trying to run good, consistent laps," added de Quesada. "I knew once I got up on Etienne (Borgeat), just keep on putting pressure, that my shot would be a lot better getting a good pass. I didn't try pushing it hard. Just ran consistently and found the opening. He ran wide in Turn 8, and I took advantage of that. It was a good race." (About first podium of season): "It's about time. I've been waiting a year. It's funny: Two years ago, I got multiple podiums, and last year I ran Gold class. So it's nice to be back on top again."

Spencer Pigot, from Orlando, Florida, finished fourth in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car. Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, rounded out the top five in the No. 2 GT Racing entry on the 11-turn, 1.53-mile (2.46 km) Circuit Trois-Rivières.

Green started from the pole but fell to second in the early laps after a joust with Hargrove, who started second in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. Pigot also squirted past in the early moments of the 45-minute race, dropping Green to third.

But Pigot nudged Hargrove in Turn 9 with 34 minutes remaining, causing Hargrove to spin. Pigot lost momentum in the contact, and Green drive past both of his title rivals to take a lead he never would lose.

"As soon as I got shoved out of first place again, I just was able to settle back in position behind Spencer," Green said. "I knew I had a faster car than the guys ahead of me. I kind of had a gut feeling something would happen in front, so I just went with the flow. There was lots of time left in the race."

Race officials judged Pigot was responsible for the contact with Hargrove, and he was forced to the pits from second place to stop for a 20-second penalty.

Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, dropped to fifth after the incident with Pigot. But he jumped into third behind Green and Borgeat when Pigot served his penalty, and Hargrove dove under Borgeat for second with 23 minutes remaining in the race.

It was the second consecutive race in which Hargrove was forced to fight from deep in the field. He was assessed a penalty July 20 in Toronto after contact with Green but still drove through the field to finish second.

"The last one in Toronto was my fault," Hargrove said. "But here, it was unfortunate because we weren't really even side by side or anything. I just got punted from the rear. Spun around, had to work my way back up."

Green led Hargrove by 10.541 seconds with 21 minutes remaining, but it was anything but smooth sailing for him to the finish. His car developed a gearbox problem, causing him to slow over the last 20 minutes. But Green had enough of a cushion to keep Hargrove out of sight until the checkered flag.

"That made it a little bit interesting for a while, but I just maintained the pace," Green said.

Hargrove has finished first or second in all seven rounds this season.

2013 Gold Cup champion de Quesada earned his first Platinum Cup podium finish since 2012 after a spirited duel with Borgeat for third. De Quesada pulled to within six-tenths of a second of Borgeat with 16 minutes to go.

Both drivers wove through lapped traffic, with de Quesada applying heavy pressure to Borgeat. The high-horsepower stalemate broke with 12 minutes left in the race with Borgeat slid wide in Turn 8, and de Quesada powered past for third.

Platinum Masters

 

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Carlos de Quesada, Perry Bortolotti

De Quesada earned his first Platinum Masters victory of the season with his third-place overall finish. 

Mark Motors Racing teammates Marco Cirone and Perry Bortolotti finished second and third, respectively, in Platinum Masters. 

 "It was lots of banging and knocking and people closing doors on each other," Bortolotti  stated. "It was pretty hairy, for sure. I'm a little disappointed in myself. I ended up trying to get by one of the backmarkers. He shut the door on me. I had to lock the tires up, and I flat-spotted them. So I was hunting Carlos (de Quesada) down, but with the flat spots, I had nothing left. At the end there, it was just uncontrollable. I lost it in (Turn) 8 and had to get it back around and get going again. Really disappointing finish, actually, but good race overall, still."

Cirone, from Toronto, spun early in the race and was hampered by water leaking from the box that fed the "cool suit" under his driving suit. He still holds a 12-point lead over de Quesada in the Platinum Masters championship with three rounds remaining. 

Bortolotti, from Kanata, Ontario, threatened de Quesada for position during the race. But he spun in Turn 8 with two minutes remaining on tires that were flat-spotted a few laps earlier when he was forced to lock his brakes while trying to pass a stubborn lapped car. 

Gold Cup 

Gold Cup podium finishers (from left): Shaun McKaigue, Tim Sanderson, Martin Harvey

Tim Sanderson regained the Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) championship lead with his second victory of the season in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports Porsche. He leads Jerimy Daniel, 122-118, with three rounds remaining. 

Daniel was forced to drop out of the race with mechanical problems in the No. 75 TRC Porsche. 

Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, never was threatened after Daniel's misfortune and cruised to a victory. Shaun McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, finished second in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing entry. Martin Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, was third in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Inc. 911 GT3 Cup car. 

"Things couldn't have worked out better for us today," Sanderson said. "I guess the race gods are with us a little bit. Great start - we did exactly what we were wanting to do, which was put a car between me and the 75 car (Jerimy Daniel), and it worked out well. I think Jerimy had some problems. I guess he overheated or something. 

"That is really unfortunate because you always want to race them to the end. But hats off to him: He's a great competitor, he pushes the hell out of me, and I hope to do the same for him. Tomorrow's a new day, and I hope he's back." 

Just 20 points separate Sanderson from fifth-place Ilker Starck in the tight championship chase in Gold Cup.

 

Silver Cup

 

Silver Cup podium finishers (from left): Chuck Harris, Keith Bass

Keith Bass ended the perfect streak of Alegra Motorsports teammate Chuck Harris with his first Silver Cup (2005½-2009 car models) victory of the season in the No. 49 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. 

"I've been working hard for it," Bass said. "Beautiful city, the people are wonderful. The track is fantastic. I had a blast. Great track." 

Bass, from Tampa, Florida, took the Silver Cup lead after Harris hit the wall in Turn 1 early in the race and damaged the cooling system on his No. 50 Alegra Motorsports entry. 

Harris, from Tampa, Florida, pursued Bass but was forced to pull off into a runoff area due to overheating and eventually retired from the race. Harris had won in Silver Cup for the first six rounds of the season. 

 "I got tangled up, crossed up in Turn 1, hit the wall,"  Harris  stated. "I must have pulled a hose off or something because I started getting temp issues and then oil issues and then water level. So I ran as long as I could and brought it in. Good time, great track. Lots of walls out there, and I found one today. The car will be good to go tomorrow."

Round 8 of the 2014 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin - another 45-minute race - is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. (ET) Sunday at Trois-Rivières.

Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Georgia, made the most of his time in the No. 11 HPD/Honda Performance Development Piper DF5/Honda, winning Saturday’s sprint race commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Formula F class at the SCCA® Summer Speedfest at Barber Motorsports Park. Futrelle will turn the seat over to current Verizon IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden for Sunday’s feature race. 

Qualifying for Saturday’s race was held under dry conditions, and the No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper/Honda of defending SCCA Runoffs® National Champion Tim Kautz set the pace, turning a 1:33.942. The lap put him 0.020-second ahead of Futrelle, with 16-year-old Max Mallinen, Jason Generotti and Cliff Johnson each within a half second of the front row.
 
Following qualifying and during the opening Spec:RaceAtom race, the threatening skies opened up, putting the field on wet setups for the race, which was shortened to a 20-minute sprint.
 
At the start, Futrelle went to the front, a position he would never relinquish in the 12-lap run. In the end, Futrelle beat Kautz, of Geneva, Illinois, by 6.254 seconds. Johnson, of Stillwell, Kansas, finished third in his No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda.
 
“The track was kind of weird,” Futrelle said. “There were parts of the track that were dry, but then others that weren’t even close to dry. I even debated trying dry tires before the race, which would have been a horrible call. I have some experience running on dirt tracks, so that helped me search for grip on the track.”
 
Saturday was the first time Futrelle had driven the No. 11 machine.
 
“This is the Honda factory car,” he explained. “It’s a made-in-America Piper, with a Honda motor directly from HPD, so it hasn’t been off to a separate builder. We struggled in practice and qualifying, but the HPD and Jay Motorsports guys worked really hard to get it good for the race.”
 
In other action on the day, Donnie Isley, of Fletcher, N.C., made a last-lap pass in changing conditions to win the Formula Vee race in his No. 30 Agitator by Brookshire Agitator 016/VW.
 
Polesitter Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., led the opening 10 laps immediately following the Formula F race, the final seven with Isley on his gearbox. As rain began to again fall, Isley was able to make his move in the final corners on Davis’ No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer’s Wedge SB-1/VW to take 0.282-second victory.
 
“I had sized [Davis] up the last couple of laps and it started to sprinkle again in a couple of spots,” Isley said. “I thought maybe he’d make a mistake somewhere, but he never did. Then, he opened the door for me on the last lap and that surprised me. I went for the gap and the rest is history!”
 
Davis finished second, with Charlie Rogers, of Powder Springs, Ga., making up three seconds on the final lap to finish third, less than a half second behind Isley.
 
Other winners on the day included Kevin Ferah, of Montreal, Quebec, in Spec:RaceAtom, driving his Ariel Atom; Clint McMahan, of Covington, Ga., driving his Nova KBS/Honda Formula 600; and James Christian Forrer, of Pensacola, Fla., who put his Scurvydog Motorsports Tiga/Ford into the lead on the final lap in Club Formula F.
 
Forrer said Newgarden’s advice after watching the Formula F race prompted him to choose slick tires, despite the slippery conditions. The tire choice was the right one, and helped set up the last-lap move.
 
The racers, teams and workers come together Saturday evening for the 45th Formula F Anniversary party, presented by HPD/Honda Performance Development.
 
Sunday brings morning warm-up sessions for all four race groups, with 21-lap feature races concluding the inaugural SCCA Summer Speedfest weekend. To follow all the action, including complete results, visit www.scca.com/ff45th.
 
 

 50-year-old Jeremy McWilliams leveraged every last bit of his vast racing experience to claim Saturday's AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The GP race winner led across the stripe to open all but one lap after starting from pole, but that fact masks the contest's actual hard-fought nature. Four and five riders packed tightly at the front, jockeying for position in the draft down the fabled venue's long start/finish straight.

 McWilliams found another gear on his Harley-Davidson of Bloomington XR1200 on the race's last lap to successfully counter a late strike from Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson's Ben Carlson.

 The Northern Irishman took the white flag with just over a half second in hand, but Wisconsin native Carlson made a desperate bid to chase him down. Feet in the air and bars locked at one point, Carlson made good in his effort, diving past McWilliams at the end of the circuit's back straight. 

However, McWilliams calmly settled in and ultimately leveraged the slipstream to claim his second Indy victory at the line by a scant 0.083 seconds. 

"You put a bit of pressure on yourself when you start from pole because I suppose you've done all that work and you don't want to give it away on the first lap," McWilliams said. "So I got the hammer down and stupidly thought I could break away. I gave it everything - I tried to maintain the tire a little bit but to be honest, that didn't really work - Benny caught me.

 "He taught me a few things when he got through - he was just using his superior height to get the bike back on the big, fat part of the tire and I thought if he keeps doing this, we're going to be in trouble. So I had to keep working hard to get back on him on the last sector, because once the draft's broken, it's gone. I'm lucky Bloomington Harley gave me a bike that can stay in the draft. It's as good as it was last year and it's a pleasure to ride. That's a big weight off my shoulder to get a win here. I just wanted one again because it's such a special place to do it."

 Meanwhile, Carlson continues to knock on the door, drawing ever closer to finally securing his first-career AMA Pro Road Racing victory. 

 "Turn 1 last lap, I almost went down," Carlson said. "I don't know the gentleman on the PETRONAS bike but I thought 'I'm going to push him off line if I have to because I'm not going to let (McWilliams) get away.' I haven't won one yet - so that's why.

 "I drafted (McWilliams) down the backstretch up the inside. I knew I was getting a better drive down the front stretch so I thought if I could get five or ten bike lengths, I could beat him. But..."

 Third place finisher Kyle Wyman came from seemingly nowhere to claim the final spot on the box. Wyman had been rendered to a relatively lonely fifth as the race took shape, falling more than two seconds back of the fight for first, which included McWilliams, Carlson, defending champ Steve Rapp and PETRONAS-backed Malaysian Ramden Rosli.

 However, Wyman was able to better tend to his tires. This allowed him to claw his way back into contention over the contest's final three laps, which positioned him to displace both Rapp and Rosli on the last lap.

 "I just showed up a little late to the party," said Wyman. "I didn't really get a bad start, but I was on the third row and got caught up with a couple of guys. By the time I was free, I had lost some ground. I knew we had a little better tire life on our bike with our Nitron shocks, so that was the key for me. I knew if I stayed consistent with fast laps and didn't make any mistakes, the tire life would be in my favor. The last laps, those guys slowed down and I stayed the same. It allowed me to make two passes on the last lap. I would have liked to have seen what I could have done if I had been up there from the get-go."

 Rosli, who actually opened the final lap in second place, came up less than a half second short of the podium in what was a most impressive Indy debut for the teenager.

 For the second consecutive race, Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson ace Rapp lost out on the last lap, seeing what appeared to be a potential race win turn into a fifth-place finish.

 As expected, title rivals Danny Eslick and Tyler O'Hara battled for position, both on track and in the points standings today in Indianapolis. However, unexpectedly, this fight took place well below their usual spots in the order. Eslick ultimately padded his championship advantage by a single point by finishing seventh on Saturday, one position ahead of O'Hara.

 Eslick fell 0.002 seconds short of opening up just a bit more space in the title hunt, losing out to Harv's Harley-Davidson's Travis Wyman for sixth at the checkered flag. It was the opposite story for O'Hara, who edged ChiliPepperRacing.com's Hayden Schultz for eighth by 0.028 seconds.

 Their combined struggles have opened the door for the surging Carlson, who now sits just 12 points back of first.

 Thrashed Bike Racing's David Estok completed the race's top ten.

 

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race 1 top 10 finishers

1. Jeremy McWilliams

2. Ben Carlson

3. Kyle Wyman

4. Ramden Rosli

5. Steve Rapp

6. Travis Wyman

7. Danny Eslick

8. Tyler O'Hara

9. Hayden Schultz

10. David Estok

 

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series top 10 in points

1. Danny Eslick 134

2. Tyler O'Hara 127

3. Ben Carlson 122

4. Kyle Wyman 90

5. Steve Rapp 89

6. Gage McCallister 84

7. Nick Hansen 68

8. Hayden Schultz 65

9. Josh Chisum 60

10. Darren James 58

  The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contenders are set for a Sunday rematch, with the weekend's second 10-lap contest scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT) tomorrow afternoon.

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