AURORA, Ill., (Jan. 10, 2007) — The Toyota AMA Arenacross Series points chase tightened up a few notches this past weekend when defending champion Chad Johnson earned his first win of the season in Charlotte, while last year’s series runner-up to Johnson, Brock Sellards, swept the Grand Rapids (Mich.) round and moved up from ninth to fourth in the overall AMA Arenacross class. This weekend the Toyota AMA Arenacross Series rolls into Baltimore’s (Md.) 1st Mariner Arena for Round Six of the 16-round national series.
“Things are really starting to get interesting, and I think the race this week in Baltimore is going to be a make-or-break event for some of the racers, said Robert Hansen, director of arenacross for Live Nation. “Chad (Johnson) really needed a win — and got it at Charlotte. Danny Smith’s still got a solid points lead, but watch out for Kevin Johnson this weekend. He swept both nights last year.
As it stands, Smith has a 29-point lead over Chad Johnson (165-136), with Kevin Johnson in third overall (133 points). Sellards did the most for his cause last weekend by sweeping two close races in Grand Rapids over Teddy Maier and Matt Barnes.
Also with something to prove this weekend is Robbie Reynard. Due to some tough luck at Charlotte, Reynard dropped back into fifth place overall, and he’ll be looking to redeem himself in the win column at Baltimore. Reynard trails Sellards by only one point, 122-121 for fourth overall in the AMA Arenacross class standings.
In the AMA Lites division Carolina Xpress’ Jim Neese is the favorite this weekend in Baltimore. Last weekend in Charlotte Neese swept both Friday and Saturday’s Lites class races and leads the Eastern Lites regional No. 1 plate title chase.
Facts on this weekend’s Toyota AMA Arenacross Series race in Baltimore:
*** ALL SEATS $2 MORE DAY OF SHOW ***
Gold Circle: $20 all seats
Midlevel: $17- adults $8-children (ages 2-12)
Sunday — General Admission
$17 Adult / $8 Children; ALL SEATS $2 MORE DAY OF SHOW
***ALL SEATS INCLUDE A $2 FACILITY FEE***
1st Mariner Arena Box Office, Arenacross.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800-551-SEAT)
Friday and Saturday at 6:30 PM / Sunday at 11 AM
Friday and Saturday: Professional Toyota AMA Arenacross Series AMA Arenacross class and AMA Arenacross Lites racing, Freestyle Exhibition. Sunday: Amateur Racing
Saturday from 5:30-6:30 PM. Walk the track, meet and get autographs from the riders, and watch or be a part of festivities along with our announcer. Get your track passes at participating Toyota dealers.
Please call (800) 216-7482 for race registration or log onto: www.arenacross.com.
More information regarding the racing coming to 1st Mariner Arena, the current series’ point standings and results, or the latest news on the series are all available at www.arenacross.com.
About Toyota AMA Arenacross Series
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