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Bowers Ends Gibson’s Streak, Leading Babbitt’s Podium Sweep from Night One in Denver

Published February 1st, 2011

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Chad Cook Wins Arenacross Lites Class Main Event

Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers, of Danville, Ky., became just the second winner of the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series season on Friday night in Denver, capturing the Arenacross class main event win from the Denver Coliseum. In the second round of the Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship, Chad Cook, of Oklahoma City, Okla., raced to the win aboard his House of Kawasaki machine.

After a fast start by TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson, of Blacklick, Ohio, resulted in overall victories in the first three rounds of the season, Bowers proved the championship is nowhere near over this early in the season. After a strong start by his teammate Gray Davenport, of Lehi, Utah, Bowers was forced to be patient in his chase for the victory. He made his move for the lead just about halfway through the main event and never looked back. Throughout the remainder of the race, fellow Babbitt’s rider Chad Johnson, of Rhinelander, Wis., kept Bowers honest, following him to the end to secure second overall. Davenport solidified the Babbitt’s podium sweep in third while Gibson overcame a rough start to finish fourth.

In the Arenacross Lites main event, Cook was untouchable. The Oklahoma native was strong throughout the 18-lap main event and eventually pulled away from the rest of the field as the laps winded down and by the time the checkers flew, only five riders remained on the lead lap. Sun Honda’s Bobby Fitch, of Littleton, Colo., grabbed the runner-up spot while Precision Kawasaki’s Aviery Hickey, of Decatur, Texas, rounded out the podium in third.

The Denver Arenacross continues tomorrow night from the Denver Coliseum, kicking off the festivities at 7:00 p.m. MT.

Arenacross Class Results (Denver, Colo.)

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki
  3. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki
  4. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda
  5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha
  6. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda
  7. Travis Bannister, Calhoun, Colo., Kawasaki
  8. Broc Sellards, Sherrodsville, Ohio, Honda
  9. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda
  10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki

AMA Arenacross Lites Class Results (Denver, Colo.)

  1. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki
  2. Bobby Fitch, Littleton, Colo., Honda
  3. Aviery Hickey, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki
  4. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., Honda
  5. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda
  6. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM
  7. Ricky Yorks, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Travis Smith, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Justin Jensen, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Yamaha
  10. Zachary Jaynes, Princeton, Texas, Yamaha

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 4 of 19)

  1. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda – 93
  2. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 83
  3. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki – 82
  4. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 63
  5. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda – 60
  6. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda – 60
  7. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 59
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, Honda – 46
  9. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 46
  10. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha – 45

Arenacross Lites Class Western Regional Points (After Race 2 of 10)

  1. Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki – 47
  2. Aviery Hickey, Decatur, Texas, Kawasaki – 238
  3. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM – 27
  4. Travis Smith, Lancaster, Calif., Yamaha – 26
  5. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 25
  6. Bobby Fitch, Littleton, Colo., Honda – 22
  7. Brian Alquist, Lagrange, Calif., Honda – 16
  8. Jeremy Huddleston, Eustace, Texas, KTM – 16
  9. Ricky Yorks, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 14
  10. Justin Jensen, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Yamaha – 12


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