National Endurance Series Round 9
Ledges Roadcourse, Warren, Ohio
10, 2005 by Dan Schmitt
In order to bring
another challenge to the teams of this National Championship series, WERA
returned to their roots and decided to bring back some night racing. This
six-hour race was scheduled to start at 4:00 PM and run Ďtil 10:00 PM.
Twenty-seven teams made the trek to eastern Ohio and were greeted by absolutely
Mark Crozier led the charge
on the Team Velocity R1, followed by Tray Batey on the Vesrah Suzuki. Bellís
ARNCHU Racing, Red Star, Team Xtreme/Maxxis, P.B. Pipeline, Velocity Crew
Racing, 5150 Racing, Army of Darkness and Dalke Motorsports followed. On the
third lap Batey moved to the lead and ARNCHU moved up to challenge Velocity
Joe Ball took the Team
Chicago R6 into the top fifteen during the first hour. For the night time
activities, I fitted the stock headlight and fairing, and hoped for the best. We
had good pit stop, as Joe handed the bike off to me.
As Velocity charged into
the pits for their first of many stops for fuel at the fifty- minute mark, Need
a Sponsor was in the pits to reattach their header pipe, which lost them
fourteen precious laps. 5150 Racing was also in the pit with a bad running
engine, traced to a misfiring Power Commander. Vesrah gained a lap on the field
and by the second-hour mark, this advantage grew to two laps. ARNCHU, Red Star
and Team Xtreme continued to battle for third overall.
Two hours and forty-five
minutes into the race and with the shadows growing long on the track, Chris
Pyles crashed out in turn three missing the television cameraman by ten feet.
With an ambulance on the scene, Ghetto Customs ran off the track one-hundred
feet down the line, and this brought out the red flag.
Vesrah charged to the lead
again, with Team Velocity second. Again, Team Velocity needed fuel, running a
required stock fuel tank, so they ducked into the pits. ARNCHU moved to second
with Red star, Team Xtreme/Maxxis, Army of Darkness, Dalke Motorsports, Wikle Racing and 5150 Racing hot on their
As the shadows grew to
darkness in the back carrousel section of the track, the headlights came on.
Vesrah continued to lead with ARNCHU second. With the Prince of Darkness, Sam
Fleming, on the bike, Army began their assault on Red Starís two-lap lead.
This was the contest for dominance in the Middleweight SuperBike class.
I rode the bike into
darkness. The stock headlight worked fine on the straight-aways but we could
have used an extra light in the long carousal turn. Whereas we didnít pick up
any positions during this part of the race, we didnít lose any either. When I
pitted, everything went fine until Joe tried to leave the pits. The countershaft
sprocket nut was gone and the sprocket was spinning. Phil Caudill jumped right
in and in a couple of minutes we had the new nut in place and Joe back on the
With the bright half moon
shining in the southern sky, the teams began their final pit stops. Disaster
struck 5150 Racing in the pits. Justin Marm was entering the pits and turned in
early for their pit at the near-end of pit-row. His front wheel hit gravel at
that point and the bike slammed into the steel guardrail. Marm was okay, but
5150 fell out of seventh place overall.
During the last hour,
Velocity chased down ARNCHU and snatched second. Army got by Red Star and
Velocity Crew Racing charged to seventh overall, right behind Team Xtreme. With
the wave of the lit checkered flag, Vesrah took the victory and moved closer to
Team Velocity in the overall point standings. Vesrahís John Jacobi stated,
ďI just worked off everyoneís lights during that final hour. It was a good
clean race and we all worked together to finish.Ē
We ran a great race and
finished second in the Middleweight SuperStock class. This is the best finish of
the year, but the battery problem showed up again during the final minutes. Joe
did a great job and I did okay also.
Vesrah Suzuki, Suz 1000, 2. Team Velocity Racing, Yam 1000, 3. Bellís ARNCHU
Racing, Suz 750, 4. Army of
Darkness, Suz 600, 5.Red Star, Yam 600, 6. Team Xtreme, Suz 750, 7. Velocity
Crew Racing, Suz 600, 8. B. P. Pipeline, 9. Dalke Motorsports, 600 Suz, 10.
Ridge Racing, Kaw 1000
H S/Bk: 1. Vesrah Suzuki,
2. Bellís ARNCHU Racing, 3. Team Xtreme/Maxxis
H S/Sk: 1. Team Velocity
Racing, 2. B.P.Pipeline, 3. Zyvax
M S/Bk: 1. Army of
Darkness, 2. Red Star, 3. Velocity Crew Racing
M S/Sk: 1. Dalke
Motorsports, 2. Team Chicago, 3. Need a Sponsor
L S/Bk: 1. Deals Gap
Racing, 2. Ghetto Custom, 3. The Notorious P.I.G.
1. Team Velocity Racing, 941, 2. Vesrah Suzuki, 913;
3.Red Star, 828; 4. Army of Darkness, 759, 5. Team Xtreme/Maxxis, 702, 6.
Bellís ARNCHU Racing, 693 7. Darke Motorsports, 687,
8. Team Eclipse, 605, 9. Dixie Mafia, 565, 10. 5150 Racing, 560
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