‘Front Row’ Joe Nemechek Greets BooKoo Arenacross Fans in Winston-Salem!

NEXTEL Cup Veteran Nemechek Starts Engines During Opening  Ceremonies    

Winston-Salem, NC January 14, 2006 ¿ Mike Kidd Entertainment Group ¿ concluded Round Eight competition of the K&N presents BooKoo Arenacross Championship Series Brought to you by Toyota in Winston-Salem Saturday night with Demuth still holding down the BooKoo Championship lead and Plotts taking home a pair of victories, winning the Dash for Cash and the 450 Main Event.

The riders were treated to a brand new race track for Saturday’s competition as the Schaefer Track crew worked throughout the night to bring about some added features and even more air to Saturday night’s track. “We wanted to change it up a little bit and throw out some new obstacles,” said Shane Schaefer, Arenacross Manager for Mike Kidd Entertainment Group. “It proved to be very technical and demanding,” added Schaefer.

As the 250 class launched off the line the rumble started in the arena with Sano Systems, PPG Shogun Motion Cycle’s Colt Humphrey in the lead followed by Team BooKoo Energy Honda’s Tiger Lacey Babbitt Enxus Oil Kawasaki’s Josh Demuth and GPS/StormLakeHonda.com’s Michael Blose.  Blose elbowed his way into the third place spot and went on to block pass his way around Lacey for second.

Blose then went on to overtake Humphrey on lap five and begin to run incredible lap times in the clean air as he carried the momentum into victory circle, sweeping the 250 class in Winston-Salem. 

Demuth made a hard charge in the main to work his way into the second place spot on the podium with Lacey taking home the third and final spot on the 250 podium tonight.  

The 450 Main Event had Plotts on the Babbitt Enxus Oil Kawasaki taking the win from start to finish as he held off a determined Demuth, who was making his way through the field from a fifth place start.  Travis Bannister on the Sharp Racing Honda grabbed his best finish of the season as he rounded out the top three in the class.

Damien Plotts put down another great run in the Dash for Cash Saturday night to sweep the weekend in Winston-Salem and take home the extra cash.

The 65cc class featured a race to the final corner between Shane McElrath and Ketih Tucker with McElrath grabbing the win.  Robert Piazza rounded out the top three  . 

The Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Top Tech Award goes out to the mechanic who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that his rider is equipped with the best bike and the best setup for the racing conditions. 

This week’s MMI Top Tech Award went to Bob Blose for putting together two nights of top tech performance resulting in son Michael’s sweep of the 250 class in Winston-Salem.

The series makes it’s second North Carolina stop January 20-22 at the Cricket Arena in Charlotte for Round Nine of the 11-Stop Series. 

Tickets for round nine are on sale at Ticketmaster locations, online at  www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 704-522-6500.

250 Main:

  1. Michael Blose HON
  2. Josh Demuth KAW
  3. Tiger Lacey HON
  4. Shane Bess SUZ
  5. Tommy Hofmaster YAM
  6. Colt Humphrey YAM
  7. Brad Ripple KAW
  8. Riley Kurosky HON
  9. Brad Hagseth SUZ
  10. John Dehn HON
  11. Casey Hinson HON
  12. Travis Bannister HON
  13. Chad Charbonneau HON
  14. Brad Modjewski HON
  15. Kurt McCabe HON
  16. Damien Plotts KAW

450 Main:

  1. Damien Plotts KAW
  2. Josh Demuth KAW
  3. Travis Bannister HON
  4. Shane Bess SUZ
  5. Tommy Hofmaster YAM
  6. Tiger Lacey HON
  7. Casey Hinson HON
  8. Colt Humphrey YAM
  9. Brad Hagseth SUZ
  10. Brad Ripple KAW

  11. Chad Charbonneau HON
  12. Brad Modjewski HON
  13. Brady Sharp HON
  14. Riley Kurosky HON
  15. Aaron Stancil HON
  16. Kurt McCabe HON