ArenaX: Round #1 Race Report - Worcester, MA (Video)

Tyler Bowers race action shot

Arenacross Media Press Release:

The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross kicked off on Friday night from the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Tyler Bowers began his quest for a fourth consecutive title with an impressive sweep of the Main Events in the Arenacross Class. The opening round of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Championship produced a wild Main Event, won by Yamaha's Keith Tucker.

Michael McDade grabbed the lead at the start of the first Arenacross Class Main Event with Zach Ames and Bowers following second a third, respectively. McDade opened a small lead over the field and maintained it through the majority of the 15-lap race. Behind him, Bowers made a pass on his teammate for second on Lap 2 and patiently waited for his opportunity to attack McDade for the lead. On Lap 11, Bowers made his move and took over the lead, carrying it through to the finish ahead of McDade and Jacob Hayes.

Bowers selected an inversion of zero riders heading into the second Main Event, meaning he and his rivals carried an advantage into the 15-lap race.

As the gate dropped on the final race of the evening, Hayes got a good jump to grab the early lead with Gavin Gracyk and Bowers close behind. McDade didn’t fare as well when contact pushed him deep in the 16-rider field. Bowers moved into second on Lap 5 and needed four laps to make the winning pass on Hayes. Ames followed his teammate into the lead duo, assuming second. The pair maintained their spots through to the finish, with Gracyk fending off a stiff challenge from Colt Nichols to finish third.

Bowers’ perfect 1-1 scores secured the overall, with Ames (4-2) and Hayes (3-5) rounding out the podium.

In the first Head-to-Head Bracket Racing of the season pitted the top four finishers from each Arenacross Class Heat Race against one another in a battle for coveted championship bonus points. While all eight riders secured a single bonus point for their efforts, it was Hayes who emerged victorious to secure the additional bonus point awarded to the winner.

In the Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, Kyle Bitterman took the early lead with Michael Lang and Scott Zont in tow. It didn’t take long for the excitement to begin as Lang took over the top spot early with Bitterman crashing out of the 18-lap race. The following lap, Lang and Steve Roman engaged in battle for the top spot, ultimately making contact and allowing Yamaha rider Jacob Williamson to take over the top spot. Swedish rider Fredik Noren followed into second.

Williamson maintained a narrow lead over Noren for the next six laps, before Noren closed in on Lap 12 and took advantage of misfortune by Williamson. Noren attempted to open a gap on the field, but his possession of the top spot was short lived when Tucker made the winning pass the following lap. Tucker maintained his advantage for the remainder of the Main Event to take his first career win. Noren followed in second, with Roman rebounding to finish third.

The opening round of AMSOIL Arenacross from Worcester’s DCU Center continues with a second night of action tomorrow, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Arenacross podium shot

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 1:

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki

Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha

Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM

Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 2:

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki

Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM

Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM

Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha

Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki

Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (1-1)

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (4-2)

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki (3-5)

Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM (8-3)

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki (2-9)

Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha (5-7)

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (7-6)

Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM (6-8)

Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (15-4)

Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (11-10)

Arenacross Lites Class Results:

1.     Keith Tucker, Furgacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha

2.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM

3.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki

4.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki

5.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM

6.     Sunny Drake, Fulton, N.Y., Kawasaki

7.     Lane Staley, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM

8.     Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha

9.     Aaron Lampi, Fishkill, N.Y., Suzuki

10.  Tyler Wozney, Clayton, Del., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 1 of 19)

Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 33

Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 29

Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Kawasaki – 28

Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 24

Gavin Gracyk, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 23

Keith Tucker, Fugacy-Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 23

Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 22

Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM – 20

Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 16

Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 13

Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 13

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 1 of 9)

1.     Keith Tucker, Furgacy-varina, N.C., Yamaha – 16

2.     Fredrik Noren, Sweden, KTM – 15

3.     Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki – 14

4.     Tony Archer, Waldorf, Md., Kawasaki – 13

5.     Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 12

6.     Sunny Drake, Fulton, N.Y., Kawasaki – 11

7.     Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Yamaha – 9

8.     Aaron Lampi, Fishkill, N.Y., Suzuki – 8

9.     Tyler Wozney, Clayton, Del., Kawasaki – 7

10.  Logan Pfleiderer, Galion, Ohio, KTM – 6

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