National Endurance Series, Round 9
Park, Birmingham, Alabama
25, 2004 by Dan Schmitt
The ninth round of the Dunlop/WERA National Series started under clear skies with the temperature in the mid-80ís at the greatest road course in the Americas. Bradley Champion on the Team Velocity Yamaha R-1 ran upfront with Tray Batey on the Vesrah Suzuki 1000 following closely. CherokeeChallenge.net ran third with Neighbor of the Beast and Army of Darkness running together in fourth and fifth.
The next wave of bikes
included Velocity Crew, Team Eclipse, Team Xtreme/Maxxis,Mad Kaw, Muskateers ,
Bells Suzuki II, Team Chicago, SMP Racing, Need a Sponsor, R.E.C.H. Racing and
Dixie Mafia. Fritz Kling on the B & S Endurance II superbike pulled off the
track with a dead engine after twelve laps. And then, Scott Brown fell in turn
six, taking Army out of the running for a while. At the top of the first hour,
Vesrah gained a two-lap advantage as Velocity made their first fuel stop.
Twenty minutes into the
second hour, Batey was on the charge through the esses when Mad Kaw crashed at
the exit. With nowhere to go, Batey went over the rider and off the track riding
the front wheel. The red flag flew and safety crews went to work. With the flip
of the flag for the restart, the SuperStock team took over the race. Team
Velocity led with Cherokee, Eclipse and Neighbor right there. Velocity Crew led
in Middleweight SuperBike and Dixie Mafia and Bellís Suzuki battled for the
lead in the Lightweight SuperBike class. The Vesrah crew had their hands full,
changing the pipe, fairing, pegs, computer, etc. But they got the bike back
running in twenty minutes and headed out to gain some points.
The skirmish for the win
came both in the pits and on the track as these SuperStock teams, with no
allowed quick-change equipment, went about their tasks of changing tires and
refueling. With Steve Breckenridge at the helm, Velocity continued their one-lap
advantage over Cherokee, Neighbor and Eclipse. Velocity Crew ran fifth and Dixie
on the SV charged to sixth, Bellís was out with engine problems again. Need a
Sponsor, D & D, both B & S teams, SMP and Team Pennzoil were on the same
lap fighting for seventh overall.
During the last hour, the Team Xtreme/Maxxis boys put on the big push as they charged to fifth and sixth overall on their GSXR 1000ís with street based Maxxis tires. Cherokee gained a lap on Neighbor as Eclipse held off the charge of Velocity Crew. With the showing of the checkered flag, Team Velocity took their second victory of the year. Team owner and rider, Chuck Ivey said, ďWe expect to do well at every race. Running SuperStock, we canít expect to win the overall at every round, because we have to make the extra pit stops. As far as the teamwork, I think we have a great team, maybe the best.Ē
1.Team Velocity Racing, Yam
1000, 2. CherokeeChallenge.net, Yam 600, 3.
Neighbor of the Beast, Yam 600, 4.
Team Eclipse, Suz 750, 5. Velocity Crew Racing, Suz 600, 6. Team Xtreme/Maxxis,
Suz 1000 , 7. Team Pennsoil, Suz 1000, 8. B
& S Roadracing, Suz 600, 9. Need a Sponsor, Yam 600,
10. D & D Racing, Yam 600, 11. B & S Racing II, 600 Suz,
12. SMP Racing, Yam 600, 13.
R.E.C.H. Racing, Honda 600, 14. Army of Darkness, Suz 600, 15.
Team Chicago, Yam 600.
HW/SBK: 1. Team Pennzoil,
2. OuterXtreme Racing, 3. Vesrah Suzuki
HW/STK: 1. Team Velocity
Racing, 2 Team Eclipse, 3. Team Xtreme/Maxxis,
MW/SBK: 1. Velocity Crew
Racing, 2. B & S Endurance II, 3. SMP
CherokeeChallenge.net, 2. Neighbor of the Beast, 2. B & S Racing.
LW/SBK: 1 Dixie Mafia, 2.
Deals Gap Racing, 3. The Notorious P.I.G.
OVERALL (after 9 rounds)
1. Vesrah Suzuki, 942, 2.
Army of Darkness, 833, 3. Team Velocity Racing, 783, 4. Neighbor of the Beast,
771, 4., 5.CherokeeChallenge.net, 752, 6.
B & S Roadracing, 652, 7. Dixie Mafia, 607, 8. Team Xtreme/Maxxis, 602, 9.
Bellís Suzuki II, 563 10. Velocity Crew Racing, 551, 11. . Deals Gap
Racing, 503, 12. Blue Ridge Performance, 466, 13. Team Chicago, 458, 14. Team
HMR I, 424, 15. SMP Performance,
Photos by Shoot to Thrill Photo Sean Jordan
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