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Formula USA National Road Race Series - Round 3

Notes from Virginia International Raceway - June 29-July 1, 2001

reprinted from original article on formulausa.com

Fri - Top 10 Practice Times || Results After Friday || Saturday AM || Amateur 600 Supersport || Buell Qualifying (Sat)
Pro Sportbike Qual. || Un. Superbike Qual. ||Aprilia Cup Qual. || GPRA & Grand Prix || Sportbike Final
Sunday AM || Buell Final || Superbike (1) || Superbike (2) || Aprilia Final ||Sportsman || Team Challenge

June 29, 01 - Alton, Va - The 2.25 mile north course of VIR (Virginia International Raceway) is a hotbed of activity on day one of round three of the Formula USA National Road Race Series. The first practice sessions of the day got underway under sunny skies and 95% humidity which will make staying hydrated crucial to riders performance throughout the weekend. Official times from the sessions will be available later in the day.

The Engine Ice 200 Mile Team challenge is set to start at 3:00pm, EST. This race runs two classes, GTO (Grand Touring Open) and GTU (Grand Touring Under). The GTO class features motorcycles with cc's of 750 and higher while GTU is a 600cc and under class. In the course of the 200 miles, pit stops are necessary for refueling and tire changes. For a teams results to stand, it is mandatory that a change in riders is made during the course of the race.

** Fritz Kling (Currently tied with Dave Sadowski for most wins in Formula USA Racing) and Ray Yoder are here this weekend. Both will be aboard Zlock Racing Kawasaki ZX-9R's in the Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike class.

** Thursday's press day had a great turnout and resulted in a front page story of the sports section in one of the area's newspapers. Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider and defending Unlimited Superbike champion Grant Lopez took four journalists out for a tour of the track, each of them taking a turn as a passenger and all of the them returning with big smiles on their face.

** Also run on Thursday was the Team Hammer School and Track Ride which saw 56 participants take part in the days on track activities.

** The Grand AM cars have had their first practice session of the day with more to be run tonight at the conclusion of Formula USA's practice sessions.

Friday Top 10 Practice Times

Engine Ice Team Challenge

1. Loudon Motorsports 1:36.241
2. Brotz Motorsports 1:39.015
3. Bad Apple Racing 1:41.427
4. Edge Junior Varsity 1:41.427
5. Siemens Patent Services 1:42.110
6. imotosports.com 1:43.538
7. Go Fast Racing 1:46.589
8. Whizzie Racing 1:52.545
9. Naked Boy Racing 1:55.535

Sportbike

1. Mike Cicotto - Suzuki 1:30.620
2. Lee Acree - Suzuki 1:31.374
3. Brian Parriott - Suzuki 1:32.852
4. Michael Barnes - Suzuki 1:33.803
5. Scott Greenwood - Suzuki 1:33.869
6. Brian Livengood - Yamaha 1:33.918
7. Marc Palazzo - Honda 1:34.014
8. Brian Stokes - Suzuki 1:34.195
9. Charles Chouinard - Suzuki 1:34.350
10. Shannon Ball - Suzuki 1:34.597

Buell Lightning

1. Michael Barnes - Buell 1:36.249
2. Bryan Bemisderfer - Buell 1:38.443
3. Jason Smith - Buell 1:39.012
4. Brian Kcraget - Buell 1:40.293
5. Jeffrey D. Johnson - Buell 1:40.293
6. Richie Morris - Buell 1:41.528
7. Mark Reynolds - Buell 1:41.869
8. Steve Luxem - Buell 1:42.795
9. Daniel Bilansky - Buell 1:44.809
10. Brian Frank - 1:44.848

Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike

1. Mike Ciccotto - Suzuki 1:30.242
2. Shawn Higbee - Suzuki 1:30.984
3. Lee Acree - Suzuki 1:31.306
4. Brian Parriott - Suzuki 1:31.339
5. Tray Batey - Aprilia 1:31.378
6. Grant Lopez - Suzuki 1:31.602
7. Mike Himmelsbach - Aprilia 1:31.688
8. John Haner - Suzuki 1:32.237
9. Eric Wood - Suzuki 1:32.509
10. Craig Connell - Ducuati 1:32.552

Aprilia Cup Challenge

1. Derek King - Aprilia 1:38.480
2. Jeffery Wood - Aprilia 1:39.596
3. Thad Halsmer - Aprilia 1:40.941
4. Brian Kcraget - Aprilia 1:41.220
5. Tim Cochran - Aprilia 1:41.601
6. Gus Holcomb - Aprilia 1:42.275
7. John Lemak - Aprilia 1:42.455
8. Shannon Silva - Aprilia 1:42.629
9. Mathew J. Wissel - Aprilia 1:42.961
10. Joshua Sortor - Aprilia 1:43.417

Grand-Am Cup

1. Powell/Goad - Corvette 2:05.350 93.913 mph
2. Kohler/Smith - Mustang Saleen SR 2:07.299 92.475 mph
3. Steiner/James - Porsche TT 2:07.354 92.435 mph
4. Wellman/Tremblay - Porsche 911Supercup 2:09.026 91.237 mph
5. Haskell/Tremblay - Porsche 911 2:09.119 91.172 mph
6. Lloyd/Liebengood - BMW M3 2:11.023 89.847 mph
7. DeFontes/Brown - Mustang Saleen SR 2:11.409 89.583 mph
8. Shreiner/Mountain - Mustang Cobra R 2:11.657 89.414 mph
9. Rutherford/Istook - Audi S4 2:11.788 89.325 mph
10. Sachs/Snipes - Mustang Cobra R 2:12.421 88.898 mph

200 Miles at VIR Complete

June 29, 01 - Alton, VA - Temperatures weren't any cooler or humidity any less than the mornings practice sessions when the Engine Ice 200 Mile Team Challenge got the green for go at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) this afternoon.

The only team to complete the 89 laps of the long 200 miles was GTO class winner Loudon Motorsports. Teammates Kenneth Snyder and Bryan Bemisderfer took the checkered flag after a two hour, twenty-four minute battle with second place finishers Michael Fitzpatrick and Gabrielle Henning racing their Edge Motorsports Suzuki GSXR750 to the line and one lap down. Following in third place was the Imotorsports.com team of Peter Friedman and Brandon Bashore riding an Aprilia RSV Mile and finishing just two laps down from first place.

The GTU class saw Shawn Conrad and Daniel Bilansky take the win aboard their Brotz Motorsports Yamaha R6 completing 85 laps in two hours, twenty-five minutes. The Edge JV team of Tony Tinsley and Anthony Cammack pulled through in second place riding Suzuki GSXR-600's and were followed by the third place team of Naked Boy Racing's Harold Jordan on a Yamaha FZR400.

Saturday AM
June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - Riders for the Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike class are out on the track in their first practice session of the day with qualifying sessions set for later in the day at 2:30pm, EST. Qualifying for Formula USA Pro Sportbike, Buell Lightning and the Aprilia Cup Challenge will also take place today, telling the tail for grid position for Sunday's main events.

While the Grandam Cup Sports Cars run their qualifying session at 11:00 am, Formula USA will hold an autograph session, giving fans a chance to meet their favorite riders. Mixed in with the qualifying sessions for the four premiere classes will be final events for Amateur 600cc Supersport, GPRA 125cc & 250cc and Unlimited Grand Prix, all of these being 10 lap races. The day will end with the Grandam Cup Sports Car Series 3-Hour Final Event
scheduled to start at 5:00pm. This is the seventh round of the 10-race Grandam Cup season with the next event scheduled for Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI next weekend.

** Advanced Motorsports Ducati rider and Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike points leader Craig Connell arrived at the track on Friday, jetlagged from the long journey from Australia. Though still exhausted from the trip, he made it to the track in time for the last practice session of the day, getting a total of seven laps under his belt and recording the 10th fastest time of 1:32.552, two seconds off the sessions fastest time of Hooters Suzuki sponsored Mike Ciccotto. Craig indicated that he finds it difficult getting up to speed on his first day back riding since round two at Willow Springs nearly two months ago. He has a full time job back home and though he spends his spare time training to remain fit for racing, he gets no seat time on the bike for practice or testing. However difficult he says it is for him, come time for qualifying and raceday, he finds what it takes from himself and his #153 Advanced Motorsports Ducati 996 to qualify upfront and so far in the series, finish no less than fifth place. (** Advanced Motorsports is a Ducati racing performance and service shop based in Mansfield, TX and is owned by Jeff Nash. Nash is in Portland, OR this weekend for a WERA Endurance race.)

Top 10 Times from A.M. Practice Session

Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike

1. Mike Ciccotto - Suzuki 1:29.141
2. Shawn Higbee - Suzuki 1:30.043
3. Paul Harrell - Yamaha 1:31.049
4. Lee Acree - Suzuki 1:30.312
5. Tray Batey - Aprilia 1:30.350
6. Brian Parriott - Suzuki 1:30.355
7. Craig Connell - Ducati 1:30.526
8. Grant Lopez - Suzuki 1:30.683
9. Joe Prussiano - Yamaha 1:31.040
10. Mike Himmelsbach - Aprilia 1:31.217

Formula USA Pro Sportbike

1. Mike Cicotto - Suzuki 1:30.968
2. Paul Harrell - Yamaha 1:30.971
3. Brian Parriott - Suzuki 1:31.413
4. Lee Acree - Suzuki 1:31.441
5. Scott Greenwood - Suzuki 1:32.307
6. Marc Palazzo - Honda 1:32.565
7. Charles Chouinard - Suzuki 1:32.812
8. Michael Barnes - Suzuki 1:32.846
9. Brian Livengood - Yamaha 1:32.956
10. Brian Stokes - Suzuki 1:33.588

Aprilia Cup Challenge

1. Derek King - Aprilia 1:38.077
2. Andre Castanos - Aprilia 1:39.357
3. Jeffrey Wood - Aprilia 1:39.365
4. Thad Halsmer - Aprilia 1:40.597
5. Shannon Silva - Aprilia 1:40.840
6. Joshua Sortor- Aprilia 1:41.741
7. Gus Holcomb - Aprilia 1:42.023
8. Mark Blackman - Aprilia 1:42.161
9. Brian Roach - Aprilia 1:42.248
10. Tim Cochran - Aprilia 1:42.368

Buell Lightning

1. Jason Smith - Buell 1:38.061
2. Brian Kcraget - Buell 1:38.073
3. Brian Bemisderfer - Buell 1:38.135
4. Mark Reynolds - Buell 1:40.065
5. Jeffrey D. Johnson - Buell 1:40.644
6. Brian Bodine - Buell 1:42.155
7. Steve Luxem - Buell 1:42.209
8. Daniel Bilansky - Buell 1:42.849
9. Brian Frank - Buell 1:46.173
10. Chad Healy - Buell 1:48.870

Amateur 600 Supersport

Bauchiero Takes Amateur 600cc Supersport Win

June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - Tomas Bauchiero had his hands full during the 10 lap main event Amateur 600cc Supersport race at Virginia International Raceway. He would eventually win the battle for first aboard his Yamaha R6, but it wasn't without constant chase from second place finisher Giovanni Rojas. Rojas gave it all he had riding his Giovanni Hardwood Floors/Pirelli Tires sponsored Suzuki GSXR600. David Hopwood of Randallstown, MD rounded out the podium in third on his High Maintenance Racing Suzuki GSXR600.

Amateur 600cc Supersport Results
1. Tomas Bauchiero (Yam 600)
2. Giovanni Rojas (Suz 600), Vortex
3. David Hopwood (Suz 600), High Maintenance Racing
4. Chris Beck (Suz 600), Washington Cycle Works
5. Mark Morgan (Suz 600), Cycle Shack of Roanoke VA
6. Mike Kontos (Suz 600)
7. Ryan Lettich (Kaw 600)
8. Joseph Rozynski III (Suz 600), Sound Waves
9. Samuel Rozynski (Suz 600), Sound Waves
10. Alessandro Canales (Hon 600)
11. Paul Johnston (Yam 600)
12. Thomas German (Hon 600)
13. Matthew Mooney (Suz 650), Black Duck Grille
14. Tony Tinsley (Suz 600)
15. Forrest Freeman Jr. (Kaw 600)
16. Bannon Wysocki (Yam 600)
17. Stratos Safarikas (Hon 600)
18. Christos Demetroules (Suz 600)

Buell Lightning Qualifying

June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - Michael Barnes blasted the field in Buell Lightning qualifying for round three of the Formula USA National Road Race Series, putting him on the pole for tomorrow's 12 lap main event. Barnes posted a time of 1:35.894, nearly two seconds faster than Tim Bemisderfer's time for second fastest of 1:37.086. Tim's brother Bryan was third fastest with a 1:37.095.

Provisional Qualifying Results
1. Michael Barnes Sponsor Information Unknown
2. Tim Bemisderfer Sponsor Information Unknown
3. Bryan Bemisderfer Sponsor Information Unknown
4. Jeff Johnson Hobans's H-D/Buell
5. Richie Morris Hal's H-D/Buell
6. Mark Reynolds H-D/Buell of Boston
7. Steve Luxem Conrad Motorsports/Brighton Superbike
8. Daniel Bilansky Hal's H-D/Buell
9. Chad Healy H-D/Buell of Boston
10. Brian Bodine New Castle H-D/Buell
11. Brian Frank Hal's H-D/Buell
12. Tim Johnson Universal Coating, Inc.
13. Pat Wakefield H-D/Buell of Jamestown
14. Jason Smith Smith Brothers H-D/Buell

Pro-Sportbike Qualifying
June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - Hooters Suzuki rider Mike Ciccotto has been fastest all weekend in practice and was anticipated to be the possible pole setter for Sunday's 18 lap Main event but a trip behind pit wall during the odd numbered session resulted in Mike's disqualification. He will start Sunday's race from the back of the grid. Taking the pole position for tomorrow's main event will be Shogun Motorsports Paul Harrell on his Yamaha R6. Official times posted show Harrell as the only rider lapping the 2.25 mile course in the 1:30's. Second fastest was Arclight Suzuki's Brian Parriott with teammate Lee Acree as third fastest. Rounding out the front row with the fourth fastest time will be Michael Barnes on a Hooters Suzuki GSXR600.

Formula USA Pro Sportbike Provisional Qualifying Results
1. Paul Harrell - Yamaha Shogun Motorsports
2. Brian Parriott - Suzuki Arclight Suzuki
3. Lee Acree - Suzuki Arclight Suzuki
4. Michael Barnes - Suzuki Hooters Suzuki Racing
5. Scott Greenwood - Suzuki New England Performance
6. Brian Stokes - Suzuki M & M Mortgage
7. Charles Chouinard - Suzuki Barry Motorsports
8. Brian Livengood - Yamaha Penske/GMD
9. Shawn Conrad - Suzuki Conrad Motorsports
10. Marc Palazzo - Honda Synergy Racing Technologies

Unlimited Superbike Qualifying

June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - As previously reported in results from Formula USA Pro Sportbike qualifying, Hooters Suzuki sponsored Mike Ciccotto has been fast all weekend in both Sportbike and Unlimited Superbike practice sessions. The Sebastien, FL native will start on pole in Sunday's Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike main event after he posted a 1:29.060 lap time in today's qualifying on his Pirelli tire mounted Suzuki GSXR750. Second on the grid will be FUSA's Pro Sportbike pole setter Paul Harrell riding his #47 Shogun
Motorsports Yamaha R1. The Millennium Technologies/KWS Motorsports #14 rider Shawn Higbee will start third on the grid with Lee Acree on his #84 Arclight Suzuki GSXR750 rounding out the front row in fourth.

Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Combined Qualifying Results
1. Mike Ciccotto - Suzuki Hooters Suzuki
2. Paul Harrell - Yamaha Shogun Motorsports
3. Shawn Higbee - Suzuki Millennium Technologies/KWS Motorsports
4. Lee Acree - Suzuki Arclight Suzuki
5. Brian Parriott - Suzuki Arclight Suzuki
6. Tray Batey - Aprilia Blackman's Cycle
7. Craig Connell - Ducati Advanced Motorsports
8. John Haner - Suzuki DSC of Texas
9. Joe Prussiano - Yamaha Shogun Motorsports
10. Grant Lopez - Suzuki Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
11. Eric Wood - Suzuki, Keystone Learning Systems
12. Mike Himmelsbach - Aprilia Sponsor Information Unavailable
13. Ken Chase - Suzuki White Tip Racing
14. Brian Stokes - Suzuki M & M Mortgage
15. Chuck Chouinard - Suzuki Sparks Steak House
16. Ken Snyder - Suzuki Sponsor Information Unavailable
17. Gabriel Henning - Suzuki Hooters Suzuki
18. Marc Palazzo - Honda Synergy Racing Technologies
19. Tim Bemisderfer - Yamaha 2wheelsale.com
20. Aaron Clark - Aprilia Pro Italia
21. Byron Barbour - Suzuki Free Wheeling Suzuki
22. Roland Williams - Suzuki ATR Technologies
23. Anthony Fania Jr. - Suzuki KSW Cycle Ins/Riders Edge
24. Chris Rankin - Suzuki High Maintenance Racing
25. Mark Ledesma - Aprilia Pro Italia
26. Mike Fitzpatrick - Suzuki Edge Motorsports
27. Russ Masecar - Suzuki Tapeworks Graphics
28. Fritz Kling - Kawasaki Zlock Racing
29. Ray Yoder Jr. - Kawasaki Zlock Racing
30. Joseph Spina - Suzuki Sponsor Information Unavailable
31. Scott Carpenter - Suzuki Tapeworks Graphics
32. Brian Boyd - Yamaha Boyd Racing
33. Jim Bonner - Yamaha Scott Powersports
34. Brett Boyd - Suzuki Boyd Racing
35. Peter Friedman - Suzuki Thermosman Suspension
36. Brian Baker - Suzuki Baker Racer Gear, Inc.

Aprilia Cup Qualifying
June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - Official Aprilia Cup Challenge qualifying results came late in the day seeing Champion Honda/Carolina Covers sponsored Derek King take the pole for Sunday's 12 lap main event with his best lap being a 1:36.961. Following King across start/finish with the second fastest time as the session ended was Brian Kcraget on his #473 Aprilia 250. Derek and Brian will be joined on the front row with the sessions third and fourth fastest qualifiers Penguin Racing School's Jeffrey Wood and Libasci Racing's Andre Castanos.

Aprilia Cup Challenge Official Qualifying Results
1. Derek King Champion Honda/Carolina Covers
2. Brian Kcraget Sponsor Information Unavailable
3. Jeffrey Wood Penguin Racing School
4. Andre Castanos Libasci Racing
5. Shannon Silva Blackmans Racing
6. Dan Fischer Sponsor Information Unavailable
7. Thad Halsmer Action Motor Sports
8. Joshua Sortor Advance Autobody
9. Tim Cochran Sponsor Information Unavailable
10. John Lemak Blackson's Cycle

GPRA & Grand Prix Results
June 30, 01 - Alton, VA - The last races of the day at Virginia International Raceway saw Unlimited Grand Prix, 125cc and 250cc GPRA classes hit the 2.25 mile course under sunny skies and high humidity.

The GPRA 125cc/250cc Grand Prix race ran their 10 lap main event immediately following Formula USA Pro Sportbike qualifying with Champion Honda/Carolina Covers Derek King taking the win on his #84 Honda 250 for the 250cc class with an eight-second lead over second place finisher Stuart Nodell out of Ontario, Canada. Scott Powersports Jim Bonner took the last podium spot for third on his #27 Yamaha.

In the 125cc run for the checkered flag, Mountain View, CA rider Stewart Aitken-Cade raced his Milpetas Honda 125 to the win over Danville, VA local hero Brian Kcraget who was also on a Honda. The trip to VIR for Robert Rawlins of Crystal Lake, IL was worth it as he went on to finish third.

GPRA 250cc GP Results
1. Derek M. King (Hon 250), Champion Honda
2. Stuart Nodell (Hon 250)
3. Jim Bonner (Yam 250), Scott Powersports
4. Steve Genter (Hon 250)
5. Daniel Little (Hon 250), Precision Tire & Wheel
6. Nathan Franson (Yam 250), Team Warhorse

GPRA 125cc GP Results
1. Stewart Aitken-Cade (Hon 125), Milpetas Honda
2. Brian Kcraget (Hon 125), Speed Werks Racing
3. Robert Rawlins (Hon 125)
4. Dale Greenwood (Hon 125), FW Developments
5. Bill Cole (Yam 125)
6. Rodney Helsens (Hon 125), Sunoco Race Fuels
7. Raymond Masters (Hon 125), www.BMRC.bm
8. Dave Thompson (Hon 125), CGL Manufacturing
9. Samantha Cotter (Hon 125), Performance Trailer

The starting grid for the Unlimited Grand Prix race fielded 11 riders on 600cc to 1000cc motorcycles and it was Blackmans Cycle sponsored Michael Himmelsbach on the Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000 taking the win over Charles Chouinard on his Sparks Steak House Suzuki GSXR750. Crossing start/finish in third was Frenchtown, NJ native Anthony Fania Jr., his #517 Suzuki GSXR750.

Expert Unlimited GP Results
1. Michael Himmelsbach (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
2. Charles Chouinard (Suz 750), Sparks Steak House
3. Anthony Fania Jr. (Suz 750), KSW Cycle Insurance
4. Michael Fitzpatrick (Suz 750), Edge Motorsports
5. Russel Masecar (Suz 1000), Tapeworks Graphics
6. Brandon Bashore (Apr 1000), Imotosports.com
7. Anthony Cammack (Suz 600)
8. Brian Baker (Suz 750)
9. C.R. Gittere (Suz 750), Repairmanual.com
10. David Gouin (Yam 600)
11. Timothy Bemisderfer (Yam 1000)

Sunday AM
July 1, 01 - Alton, VA - Its overcast in Alton, VA this first day of July with chances of rain later on in the day. The track is under a mandatory quiet period from 11:00am to noon and while race set up on the motorcycles are being looked over by mechanics and crew chiefs while Formula USA holds an autograph session for the fans. MRO (Motor Racing Outreach) will also hold their pre-race chapel service prior to the days final events getting
underway.

The morning started with practice sessions for each of the four premiere classes with Hooters Suzuki's Mike Ciccotto again leading Formula USA Pro Sportbike and Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike with the fastest time in each session. Lee Acree and teammate Brian Parriott of the Arclight Suzuki team were second and third fastest in the Unlimited Superbike practice. Millennium Technologies/KWS rider Shawn Higbee set the fourth fastest
practice time while Advanced Motorsports Ducati rider and class points leader Craig Connell broke in to the top five fastest times.

Following Ciccotto with the second fastest time in the Pro Sportbike practice session was today's race pole setter Paul Harrell. Third and fourth fastest in the session were Acree and Parriott while Scott Greenwood was fifth fastest.

Sunday Schedule of Events Begin at 12:00 p.m.
Formula USA Pro Sportbike 18 laps
Buell Lightning Series 12 laps
Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Leg #1 18 laps
Aprilia Cup Challenge 12 laps
Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Leg #2 18 laps
Sportsman (Singles, Twins, Triples) 10 laps

Sportbike Final
Reigning Sportbike Champion Takes First Win of the Year

July 1, 01 - Alton, VA - There was nothing easy about Arclight Suzuki rider Lee Acree's victory in the Formula USA Pro Sportbike 18 lap event. Teammate Brian Parriott had the advantage at the start getting the holeshot into turn one and closely followed by Acree. Michael Barnes #34 Hooters Suzuki GSXR600 was trailing Shogun Motorsports Paul Harrell in fourth but would get past him on the third lap.

Parriott had the advantage in the lead over the first couple laps and while Lee was giving chase and looking like he would make the pass, a big slide by the #1 plate holder would see him drop back two positions. Harrell used Acree's mistake to his advantage and began his approach to take the lead from Parriott. Close to making his move on Parriott, Harrell had an off-track excursion that cost him some valuable time.

Brian Livengood was giving chase to the top three on his #54 EBC/Penske/GMD Computrack backed Yamaha R6 while a battle for fifth, sixth and seventh was being fought behind him. Sparks Steak House backed Chuck Chouinard, Dianetics Racings Stoney Landers and Synergy Racing Technologies Marc Palazzo would continue that battle through much of the race while the battle for the lead was heating up. Harrell was right on the tail of Parriott approaching lap 11 and would take the lead after Brian crashed in turn 15 just after the halfway point of the race. Livengood also crashed in lap 11 moving Landers into fourth.

Acree and Harrell continued their drafting wars down the front straight while Barnes was some six seconds behind the duo in third. Fourth was being fought over by Landers, Champaign and Marc Palazzo, Stoney ultimately winning the battle as well as the K & N Air Filters Fuel Efficiency award of $250. K & N Filters awards the Pro Sportbike fourth place finisher this check at each race for their valiant efforts.

With the narrow 2.25 mile course having limited places to make safe passes, Harrell sat behind Acree deciding where he would make his move. Unfortunately each time he planned to get around him, Lee was making sure to block him and when the checkered flag fell it would be Lee with the win followed by Paul and Michael Barnes in second and third.

Barnes would later say in podium interviews that he wasn't really up for the battles he had at various times during the race. "I hate making excuses but my shoulder was hurting out there and I also wish Mike had been in the mix with us", referring to Ciccotto's crashing out of the race.

Harrell went on to say he was sitting in second waiting for Lee to cook his tires. "I knew there were three places I could pass him but each time he had me covered." Paul also said that a new Penske shock has really increased the performance of the Yamaha R6.

Lee Acree could barely get the words out in the first part of his victory speech, appearing very happy and emotional to take his first win of the year after winning the championship in 2000. He went on to thank his team and wife for their hard work and support and giving great thanks to Metzler for a great tire that helped make the win possible.

Formula USA Pro Sportbike Results
1. Lee Acree (Suz 600), Arclight Suzuki
2. Paul Harrell (Yam 600), Shogun Motorsports
3. Michael Barnes (Suz 600), Hooters Suzuki
4. Stoney Landers (Suz 600), Dianetics
5. Charles Chouinard (Suz 600), Sparks Steak House
6. Marc Palazzo (Hon 600), Synergy Racing
7. Brett Champagne (Suz 600), Dallas Cycle Sports
8. Shawn Conrad (Suz 600), Conrad Motorsports
9. Roland Williams (Suz 600), ATR Technologies
10. Brian Stokes (Suz 600), M&M Mortgage
11. Kevin Pate (Kaw 600), Honda Kawasaki West
12. Steve Luxem (Yam 600), Conrad Motorsports
13. Shannon Ball (Suz 600), Dallas Cycle Sports
14. Gregory Faiella (Yam 600), Leesville Cycle Salvage
15. B.J. Bradley (Suz 600), Westbrook Custom Cycle
16. John Costa (Yam 600), Rollin' Fast Motorsports
17. Brian Livengood (Yam 600), EBC Brakes
18. Brian Parriott (Suz 600), Arclight Suzuki
19. William Stoltz (Kaw 600), Stoltz Racing
20. Byron Barbour (Suz 600), Free Wheeling Suzuki
21. Eoin Smith (Yam 600)
22. Scott Greenwood (Suz 600), New England Performance
23. Michael Ciccotto (Suz 600), Hooters Suzuki

Barnes Takes Win in Buell Lightning
Michael Barnes barely caught his breath after his third place finish in the Formula USA Pro Sportbike race before he had to get back out to the start grid for the 12 lap Buell Lightning race. Even with his sore shoulder after pushing it to hold third in the Sportbike race, he gave it all he had and took the win over Richie Morris. Bryan Bemisderfer of Greencastle, PA took
the last spot on the podium for third.

Buell Lightning Series Results
1. Michael Barnes (Buell 1200), Kosco Harley Davidson Buell
2. Richie Morris (Buell 1200), Hal's H-D/Buell
3. Bryan Bemsiderfer (Buell 1200)
4. Jason S. Smith (Buell 1200), Smith Bros H-D/Buell
5. Jeffrey Johnson (Buell 1200), Hoban's H-D/Buell
6. Chad Healy (Buell 1200), H-D/Buell of Boston
7. Steve Luxem (Buell 1200), Conrad Motorsports
8. Mark Reynolds (Buell 1200), Buell of Boston
9. Brian Frank (Buell 1200), Hal's H-D/Buell
10. Brian Bodine (Buell 1200), New Castle H-D/Buell Racing
11. Timothy Johnson (Buell 1200), Universal Coating Inc.
12. Patrick Wakefield (Buell 1200), Buell of Jamestown NY
13. Daniel Bilansky (Buell 1200), Hal's H-D/Buell
14. Timothy Bemisderfer (Buell 1200)


Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Results, Leg One
1. Michael Ciccotto (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
2. Brian Parriott (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
3. Lee Acree (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
4. Grant Lopez (Suz 750), Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
5. Tray Batey (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
6. Paul Harrell (Yam 1000), Shogun Motorsports
7. Craig Connell (Duc 996), Advanced Motor Sports
8. Eric Wood (Suz 750), Keystone Learning Systems
9. Charles Chouinard (Suz 750), Sparks Steak House
10. Gabriel Henning (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
11. Michael Himmelsbach (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
12. John Haner (Suz 750), DSC of Texas
13. Roland Williams (Suz 750), ATR Technologies
14. Anthony Fania Jr. (Suz 750), KSW Cycle Insurance
15. Marc Palazzo (Hon 929), Synergy Racing
16. Aaron Clark (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
17. Christopher Rankin (Suz 750), High Maintenance Racing
18. Mark Ledesma (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
19. Byron Barbour (Suz 750), Free Wheeling Suzuki
20. Scott Carpenter (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
21. Fritz Kling (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
22. Russell Masecar (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
23. Ray Yoder (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
24. Joseph Spina (Suz 750)
25. Shawn Higbee (Suz 750), Millenium Technologies/KWS Motorsports
26. Brian Baker (Suz 750), Baker Race Gear Inc.
27. Peter Friedman (Suz 750), Thermosman Suspensions
28. Timothy Bemisderfer (Yam 1000), 2wheelsale.com
29. Brian Boyd (Yam 1000), Boyd Racing
30. Michael Fitzpatrick (Suz 750), Edge Motorsports
31. Kenneth Snyder (Suz 750), Montgomeryville Cycle Center
32. Brian Stokes (Suz 750), M&M Mortgage
33. Kenneth Chase (Suz 750), White Tip Racing
34. Brett Boyd (Suz 750), Body Racing
35. Joe Prussiano (Yam 1000), Shogun Motorsports

Superbike, Leg 1

July 1, 01 - Alton, VA - Though Hooters Suzuki rider Mike Ciccotto took a tumble in the Formula USA Pro Sportbike race resulting in a DNF he put his head down and made minimal mistakes in the first leg of the Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike 18 lap race taking the win over Arclight Suzuki's Brian Parriott and Lee Acree who were happy to be on the podium together, Parriott taking second and Acree in third. Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider and defending champion Grant Lopez rode a great race finishing fourth after a less than
stellar qualifying time that placed him on the third row for the start of the race. Blackmans Cycle sponsored Tray Batey had his best finish of the series so far, finishing fifth on the Aprilia RSV Mille R 1000.

Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Results, Leg One
1. Michael Ciccotto (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
2. Brian Parriott (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
3. Lee Acree (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
4. Grant Lopez (Suz 750), Valvoline EMGO Suzuki
5. Tray Batey (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
6. Paul Harrell (Yam 1000), Shogun Motorsports
7. Craig Connell (Duc 996), Advanced Motor Sports
8. Eric Wood (Suz 750), Keystone Learning Systems
9. Charles Chouinard (Suz 750), Sparks Steak House
10. Gabriel Henning (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
11. Michael Himmelsbach (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
12. John Haner (Suz 750), DSC of Texas
13. Roland Williams (Suz 750), ATR Technologies
14. Anthony Fania Jr. (Suz 750), KSW Cycle Insurance
15. Marc Palazzo (Hon 929), Synergy Racing
16. Aaron Clark (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
17. Christopher Rankin (Suz 750), High Maintenance Racing
18. Mark Ledesma (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
19. Byron Barbour (Suz 750), Free Wheeling Suzuki
20. Scott Carpenter (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
21. Fritz Kling (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
22. Russell Masecar (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
23. Ray Yoder (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
24. Joseph Spina (Suz 750)
25. Shawn Higbee (Suz 750), Millenium Technologies/KWS Motorsports
26. Brian Baker (Suz 750), Baker Race Gear Inc.
27. Peter Friedman (Suz 750), Thermosman Suspensions
28. Timothy Bemisderfer (Yam 1000), 2wheelsale.com
29. Brian Boyd (Yam 1000), Boyd Racing
30. Michael Fitzpatrick (Suz 750), Edge Motorsports
31. Kenneth Snyder (Suz 750), Montgomeryville Cycle Center
32. Brian Stokes (Suz 750), M&M Mortgage
33. Kenneth Chase (Suz 750), White Tip Racing
34. Brett Boyd (Suz 750), Body Racing
35. Joe Prussiano (Yam 1000), Shogun Motorsports

Superbike, Leg 2
July 1, 01 - Alton, VA - With rain beginning to fall on different sections of the track, the race was red flagged and called complete as 85% of the race had been run. Early race leader Mike Ciccotto battled for the lead on his Hooters Suzuki GSXR750 with Arclights Brian Parriott, his teammate Lee Acree and Advance Motorsports Ducati's Craig Connell. Unfortunately Ciccotto hit a portion of the track that had began collecting moisture and crashed his #13 Suzuki shortly after the halfway mark. A red flag was thrown in the next lap
after another rider went down and Formula USA officials deemed the race complete. Taking the running position of riders in the lap prior to the redflag put both Arclight Suzuki riders back on the podium with Lee Acree taking the win over teammate Brian Parriott. Millenium Technologies/KWS Motorsports Suzuki rider Shawn Higbee battled his way to the front having to get past Shogun Motorsports Paul Harrell and Blackman's Aprilia rider Tray
Batey.

Higbee has struggled through practice and qualifying this weekend, the main problem being his arms which he described as burning just like he had lifted weights for three hours.

Batey would hold Harrell off for fourth and Connell, who was a front runner for most of the race would finish sixth behind Paul after an off-track excursion cost him precious time and finishing positions.

Valvoline EMGO Suzuki rider Grant Lopez started leg two as the pole setter but went down exiting turn three when he hit the tracks curbbing.

Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike Results, Leg Two
1. Lee Acree (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
2. Brian Parriott (Suz 750), Arclight Suzuki
3. Shawn Higbee (Suz 750), Millenium Technologies/KWS Motorsports
4. Tray Batey (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
5. Paul Harrell (Yam 1000), Shogun Motorsports
6. Craig Connell (Duc 996), Advanced Motor Sports
7. Eric Wood (Suz 750), Keystone Learning Systems
8. Charles Chouinard (Suz 750), Sparks Steak House
9. Michael Himmelsbach (Apr 1000), Blackmans Cycle Racing
10. Roland Williams (Suz 750), ATR Technologies
11. John Haner (Suz 750), DSC of Texas
12. Gabriel Henning (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
13. Anthony Fania Jr. (Suz 750), KSW Cycle Insurance
14. Marc Palazzo (Hon 929), Synergy Racing
15. Kenneth Chase (Suz 750), White Tip Racing
16. Aaron Clark (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
17. Mark Ledesam (Apr 1000), BFR/Pro Italia
18. Byron Barbour (Suz 750), Free Wheeling Suzuki
19. Scott Carpenter (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
20. Christopher Rankin (Suz 750), High Maintenance Racing
21. Fritz Kling (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
22. Ray Yoder (Kaw 900), Zlock Racing
23. Michael Fitzpatrick (Suz 750), Edge Motorsports
24. Peter Friedman (Suz 750), Thermosman Suspensions
25. Michael Ciccotto (Suz 750), Hooters Suzuki
26. Timothy Bemisderfer (Yam 1000), 2wheelsale.com
27. Russell Masecar (Suz 750), Tapeworks Graphics
28. Grant Lopez (Suz 750), Valvoline EMGO Suzuki

Aprilia Cup Final
Town Local Wins Aprilia Cup Challenge

July 1, 01 - Alton, VA - Brian Kcraget took his Aprilia 250 to the win in todays 12 lap main event. Kcraget lives down the road from Virginia International Raceway and showed Aprilia marketing manager Robert Pandya that he is the one of the new guys to be watching in 2001. Following Kcraget in second was Champion Honda/Carolina Covers sponsored Derek King while Thad Halsmer rounded out in third on his Action Motor Sports backed Aprilia 250.

Aprilia Cup Challenge Official Results
1. Brian Kcraget (Apr 250), Speed Werks Racing
2. Derek M. King (Apr 250), Champion Honda
3. Thad Halsmer (Apr 250), Action Motor Sports
4. Jeffrey Wood (Apr 250), Penguin Racing School
5. Shannon Silva (Apr 250), Blackmans Cycle Racing
6. Andre Castanos (Apr 250), Libasci Racing
7. Joshua Sortor (Apr 250), Advanced Autobody
8. Dan Fischer (Apr 250)
9. Tim Cochran (Apr 250)
10. Tim Knutson (Apr 250), Labasci Racing
11. Brian Roach (Apr 250), Speed Werks Sport Bike Services
12. Chad Healy (Apr 250), New England Motorsports
13. John Lemak (Apr 250), Blackson's Cycle
14. Mark Blackman (Apr 250), Blackmans Cycle Racing
15. Eric Stevenson (Apr 250), Manic Moto
16. Mark Wissel (Apr 250)
17. Sterling Strauser (Apr 250), Imotosports.com
18. Anthony DeGrief (Apr 250), Ithaca Motorcycle Works
19. Andras Mak (Apr 250), Aprilia
20. David Moon (Apr 250), A&D Racing
21. Jeremy Bonnett (Apr 250), RJ Martin Electric
22. Doug Barnes (Apr 250)
23. Raymond Chilson Jr. (Apr 250), Ithaca Motorcycle Works
24. Dennis Nourry (Apr 250), Maxima Racing Oils

Engine Ice 200-Mile Team Challenge Results - GTO
1. Loudoun Motorsports (Suz 1000), Greg Harrison/Kenneth Snyder/Bryan Bemisderfer/Brian Stokes
2. Edge Motorsports (Suz 750), Michael Fitzpatrick/Gabriel Henning
3. Imotosports.com (Apr 1000), Sterling Strauser/Brandon Bashore/Peter Friedman
4. Bad Apple Racing (Suz 1000), Arthur Wagner Jr./Michael Wingen/Dean Keating/Glenn Clark
5. Siemens Patent Services (Suz 750), William Siemens/James Gaal/William Torbert
6. Go Fast Racing (Kaw 750), Glenn Clark/Dean Keating/Arthur Wagner Jr./Michael Wingen
7. Legal Racing (Suz 750), David Gouin/Tommy Bauchiero

Engine Ice 200-Mile Team Challenge Results - GTU
1. Brotz Motorsports (Yam 600), Shawn Conrad/Dan Bilansky
2. Edge Junior Varsity (Suz 600), Tony Tinsley/Anthony Cammack
3. Naked Boy Racing (Yam 400), Harold Jordan/Brian Roach
4. Annandale Racing (Kaw 600), Kevin Pate/James Compton
5. Whizzie Racing (Yam 600), Michael Garver/Paul Johnston

Sportsman Top Five

1. Jeff Johnson
2. Dan Bilansky
3. Jody Hendly
4. Bryan Bemisderfer
5. Jason Smith



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