¿Rad¿  Chad Johnson Sweeps Opening Round Of Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series In Albany

Shawn Clark takes AX Lites class, series moves to Des Moines,  Iowa this weekend

AURORA, Ill., (Oct. 31, 2005) ¿ Yamaha-backed ¿Rad¿ Chad Johnson captured victory in the premier AMA Arenacross class at the opening round of the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series, putting up convincing wins on both Friday and Saturday night at Albany¿s (N.Y.) Pepsi Arena.

This weekend the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series heads west to Des Moines¿ brand new Wells Fargo Arena for round two of the series (Nov. 4-6).

Johnson, who hails from Rhinelander, Wis., was the third place overall placer in last year¿s AMA Arenacross class (formerly 250cc class). Both nights in Albany from the podium he credited hard work over the summer with mechanic/race advisor Junior Jackson as the foundation for his dominant performance.

¿I did do a bit better than I expected,¿ said Johnson. ¿Junior (Jackson) and I worked very hard over the last several months to prepare for the opener here in  Albany. I felt great coming in, but had set my goal to just make the podium. Winning both main events was great. Our hard work paid off.¿

Johnson¿s run away win on Friday would come a bit easier than his win on Saturday. To get to the front, he had to pass race veteran Brock Sellards (Thor/Honda/Tuf Racing) several times in the early going of the race, but was able to pull away at the mid point and keep a comfortable buffer between he and Sellards by handling the whoops and lappers better than Sellards.

¿I¿m not really used to racing arenacross again, but I did my best,¿ said Sellards. ¿I rode consistently, but not on the edge like I¿d have liked to.  Chad¿s pretty fast, fast in the whoops. He¿s a notch ahead of me right now.¿ (Note: Albany was Sellards¿ first arenacross in ten years.)

Also putting in an admirable performance ¿ despite a nagging knee injury ¿ was crowd favorite John ¿Junkyard¿ Dowd (Moose Racing/Suzuki). The 40-year old  Ludlow,  Mass., native was on the podium both nights, holding Sellards off for second place on Friday and running hard for a well-earned third place on Saturday.

¿I did a little better than I expected,¿ said Dowd. ¿With all the rain up here I haven¿t had much time to ride. They (Clear Channel¿s track builder Rigg Hipps) actually did a great job putting the track together considering how wet the soil was when they got here.¿ (Note: Dowd ought to know track building; he supplements his racing by developing property with the heavy equipment he owns.)

In AMA Arenacross Lites action, Shawn Clark (Unbound/VRM/Kawasaki) came out on top of a couple early-race battles with Damian Plotts, winning both Lites events going away.

¿Track looked good both nights, I rode really smooth and was able to hold on for the win both nights,¿ said Clark. ¿Once I got up front and was able to check out I tried to ride every little line out there in order to conserve speed for the 250 (Arenacross) main. Yeah, so overall it was a really good weekend.¿

Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series Friday Podium:

AMA Arenacross Class                           AMA Arenacross Lites Class

1.)      Chad Johnson (Yamaha)              1.) Shawn Clark (Kawasaki)

2.)      John Dowd (Suzuki)                    2.) Damian Plotts (Kawasaki)

3.)      Brock Sellards (Honda)   &np;            3.) Jim Chester (Suzuki)

Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series Saturday Podium:

AMA Arenacross Class                           AMA Arenacross Lites Class

1.)      Chad Johnson (Yamaha)              1.) Shawn Clark (Kawasaki)

2.)      Brock Sellards (Honda)                2.) Damian Plotts (Kawasaki)

3.)      John Dowd (Suzuki)                    3.) Kevin Markwardt (Suzuki)

Next race: Des Moines (Iowa) Nov. 4-6.

Tickets are available online at www.arenacross.com, www.ticketmaster.com, www.tickets.com (Guthrie and  Green Bay only), and www.centreevents.com (Rockford only). 

For more information on the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.

About Clear Channel Entertainment/ Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series

Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series as well as numerous regional and local Arenacross events and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. Information on the Toyota AMA National Arenacross Series and other CCE Arenacross events may be found at www.arenacross.com. Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in  Europe. Each year, 69 million people attend approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout  North America,  Europe, and  Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.

About AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the  United States. Its properties include the Amp¿d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.

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About HPPR

High Profile Public Relations, LLC is a multi-faceted communications agency specializing in strategic media relations ¿ both industry and mainstream ¿ for the powersports and action sports communities. Dialed in with all forms of power and action sports, its participants, manufacturers and live event promoters, HPPR¿s Pat Schutte can be reached at (734) 369-2170 and pat@highprofilepr.com. For more information, please visit www.highprofilepr.com.