National Endurance Series Round 7
Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV
2005 by Dan Schmitt
The temperature was near
perfect for eastern West Virginia in early August for the seventh round of the
DUNLOP/WERA National Endurance Series. When Al Wilcox flew the green flag to
start this six-hour event, it was eighty-four degrees.
Tray Batey on the Vesrah
Suzuki led the field of forty teams, with the Yamaha R1 of Team Velocity running
second. Behind this duo, Bellís ARNCHU Racing, Red Star, Dalke Motorsports,
Team Xtreme/Maxxis and Wikle Racing jockeyed for position.
At the top of the first
hour, Vesrah continued to lead with Velocity second. Army of Darkness charged to
third with ARNCHU fourth. The SuperStock teams began to make their first of many
pit stops, running with stock fuel tank.
Griffith, my grandson, started the race and was running fine during the first
hour, I took over during the second hour and made one of my few mistakes of the
season. Going into the first corner, I held the front brake on too long and when
the front wheel hit the concrete in that corner, the front wheel slid, putting
me down and into the gravel pit.
After picking the
bike up, I rode it back to the pits using the dirt road outside the track. Once
in the pits, we look it over and there was gravel and water everywhere. I
assumed that the radiator was leaking and like a goof, I decided to give up
right then and went to videotape some more of the race. If I had taken a couple
of minutes more to evaluate the situation, I should have ran the bike, looking
for leaks. It turned out that the radiator was not leaking and with a little
work, we could have returned to the track, racing for some valuable points. A
dumb mistake, and Brandon was not happy with my decision.
One hour and forty minutes
into the race, the red flag flew. Jamie Miller of Wilke Racing high-sided coming
out of turn five. Both he and his bike were on the track. After a long delay,
the team charged into the first corner again. Vesrah and Velocity led with
ARNCHU third and Red Star fourth. Notorious P.I.G. led the Lightweight SuperBike
class with a lap over Ghetto Customs and Blue Ridge Performance.
During the fourth hour,
Dalke Motorsports had a shockingly slow pit stop for both tires and Dixie Mafia
charged to the lead in the Middleweight SuperStock class. Team Velocity Racing
had a great pit stop, changing both tires and refueling in one minute flat, but
this allowed Vesrah Suzuki to stretch their lead. Team Xtreme/Maxxis and 5150
Racing moved up to sixth and seventh. Light Smith Racing moved their Yamaha R1
to the top ten.
The race to watch on the
track became the battle between Bellís ARNCHU Racing, Red Star and Army of
Darkness for third place overall. Twenty seconds separated these three teams
with the horsepower advantage going to ARNCHU on the 750 Suzuki, and the local
track knowledge going to Army with their 600 Suzuki and Red Star on the 600
Yamaha. Notorious increased their lead over Blue Ridge. Dixie Mafia held onto
their lead in the Middleweight SuperStock class.
It became a sprint to the
end during the sixth hour. Army was out and ARNCHU and Red Star were at it. Back
and forth they went, an hour of leather-swapping racing. Team Xtreme/Maxxis ran
securely in fifth and another battle developed for sixth between Dalke, 5150 and
Dixie. This trio was on the same lap, just seconds from each other.
At 5:00 PM, the checkered
flag flew and Vesrah claimed the victory. It was a flawless race, making up for
the their last two disasters. Velocity did everything right and earned a
well-deserved second. The Yamaha of Red Star was screaming as it crossed the
line .594 seconds ahead of Bellís ARNCHU Racing Suzuki. Dalke took the victory
in their class over Dixie, and the gang from Notorious P.I.G. lined the hot pit
celebrating their victory at their home track.
1.Vesrah Suzuki, Suz1000,
2. Team Velocity Racing, Yam1000, 3. Red Star, Yam600, 4. Bellís ARNCHU
Racing, Suz750, 5. Team Xtreme/Maxxis, Suz750, 6. Dalke Motorsports, Suz600, 7.
5150 Racing, Suz750, 8. Dixie Mafia, Suz600, 9. Light Smith Racing, Yam1000, 10.
D & D Racing, Suz750, 11. Team Eclipse, Suz750, 12. MRP Motorsports, Kaw600,
13. Velocity Crew Racing, Suz600, 14. BP Pipeline, Suz750, 15. The Notorious
Results by Class:
HS/Bk: 1. Vesrah Suzuki, 2.
Bellís ARNCHU Racing, 3. Team Extreme/Maxxis
HS/Sk: 1. Team Velocity
Racing, 2. 5150Racing, 3. Light Smith Racing
MS/Bk: 1. Red Star, 2. MRP
Motorsports, 3. Velocity Crew Racing
MS/Sk: 1. Dalke
Motorsports, 2. Dixie Mafia, 3. Hollywood (SBR)
LS/Bk: 1. The Notorious
P.I.G., 2. Blue Ridge Performance, 3. Ghetto Customs
after 6 rounds
1.Vesrah Suzuki, 738; 2.
Team Velocity Racing, 717, 3.Red Star, 630;
4. Army of Darkness, 561, 5. Bellís ARNCHU Racing, 541 , 6. Darke
Motorsports, 527, 7. Team Xtreme/Maxxis, 519, 8. Team Eclipse, 483, 9. Dixie
Mafia, 445, 10. 5150 Racing, 427.
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