Hometown Hero Hayes Breaks Through for First Career AMSOIL AX Win in Greensboro

| 27 January 2014 8:45 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 4: Greensboro Coliseum

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by ShiftOne Photography

Jacob Hayes (90) got his first Arenacross-class overall victory – and in front of his hometown fans, too – in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Jacob Hayes (90) got his first Arenacross-class overall victory – and in front of his hometown fans, too – in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, Series made its return to Greensboro, North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday, January 25, for the fourth round of the 2014 season. After a full slate of competition, Liberty, North Carolina’s Jacob Hayes broke through for his first career Arenacross-class overall victory, in front of his hometown crowd aboard his Brewer Cycles Kawasaki. In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites class, Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman captured his second win of the season.

Hayes’ impressive hometown win made him the second Road to Supercross rider to claim an overall victory this season, joining Yamalube/ Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger. Hayes has been a consistent threat at the front of the field all season, showing no intimidation toward his more-experienced rivals. Road to Supercross competitor and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Colt Nichols followed Hayes in second.

TZR/Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell grabbed the early lead in the first Arenacross-class main event, with Hayes and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Zach Ames in tow. Ames was followed by Babbitt’s teammates Tyler Bowers and Nichols.

After working on Sewell throughout the opening laps, Hayes made a pass for the lead on lap two and never looked back. Despite losing the top spot, Sewell stayed close to Hayes’ rear fender and ultimately followed him to the finish in second. Ames held on to third for the majority of the 15-lap main event, but he experienced misfortune on lap eight while battling alongside Bowers. Ames fell to ninth, while Bowers dropped outside the top 10. Nichols took advantage of his teammates’ misfortune to finish third, behind Hayes and Sewell. Ames battled back to seventh, with Bowers following a few positions behind in 11th.

With his third main-event win of the season, Hayes had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second main event, choosing zero.

Hayes got a great start out of the gate in the second main event, but Nichols moved into the early lead, mere bikelengths ahead of Hayes and MJM Express/ Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade. The three riders maintained their positions throughout the entire 15-lap race, staying within a few seconds of one another throughout. Gateway Cycles Kawasaki’s Steven Mages followed in fourth, and Bowers and Ames followed in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Colt Nichols (45) won the second Arenacross-class main event at round three.

Colt Nichols (45) won the second Arenacross-class main event at round three.

Hayes’ 1-2 results secured the overall, while Nichols (3-1) posted his career-best finish in second. McDade (5-3) rounded out the podium in third overall.

Ames’ sixth-place-overall finish helped him maintain possession of the Arenacross-class points lead. He currently holds a two-point lead over McDade, with Bowers following an additional four points back in third. Hayes moved into fourth, currently 13 points out of the lead.

In Head-to-Head Bracket Racing, Hayes capped off a memorable evening by taking the win and securing the second championship bonus point.

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KMS KTM’s Dave Ginolfi raced to the early lead in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event, holding off the early advances of Roman and Fielder Electric Supply Co. Honda’s Cheyenne Harmon. Ginolfi sat at the front of the field for the first 11 laps of the main event, but Roman made an aggressive move to take over the top spot and then carried it through to the finish. Ginolfi dropped to second and maintained possession of the spot for several laps before dropping back to fourth. Mages surged forward from an eighth-place start to finish second, while Harmon posted a career-best finish in third.

Traders Racing Kawasaki’s Tony Archer, who finished sixth, maintained possession of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship points lead. He currently holds a 24-point lead over Yamaha rider Jacob Williamson.

AMSOIL Arenacross will continue next weekend with the fifth round of the season in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s U.S. Cellular Arena for two nights of action. Racing will kick off on Friday, January 31, followed by a second night of competition on Saturday, February 1, beginning at 7 p.m. CT each evening.

Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
Results: January 25, 2014 (Round 4)

ARENACROSS CLASS MAIN 1: 1. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 2. Travis Sewell (KTM); 3. Colt Nichols (Kaw); 4. Steven Mages (Kaw); 5. Michael McDade (Kaw); 6. Robby Marshall (KTM); 7. Zach Ames (Kaw); 8. Cory Green (Suz); 9. Kyle Regal (Hon); 10. Kelly Smith (KTM).

ARENACROSS CLASS MAIN 2: 1. Colt Nichols (Kaw); 2. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 3. Michael McDade (Kaw); 4. Steven Mages (Kaw); 5. Tyler Bowers (Kaw); 6. Zach Ames (Kaw); 7. Travis Sewell (KTM); 8. Cory Green (Suz); 9. Kyle Regal (Hon); 10. Jeff Gibson (Hon).

ARENACROSS CLASS OVERALL: 1. Jacob Hayes (1-2); 2. Colt Nichols (3-1); 3. Michael McDade (5-3); 4. Steven Mages (4-4); 5. Travis Sewell (2-7); 6. Zach Ames (7-6); 7. Tyler Bowers (11-5); 8. Cory Green (8-8); 9. Robby Marshall (6-11); 10. Kyle Regal (9-9).

ARENACROSS LITES: 1. Steve Roman (Suz); 2. Steven Mages (Kaw); 3. Cheyenne Harmon (Hon); 4. Dave Ginolfi (KTM); 5. Kyle White (Hon); 6. Tony Archer (Kaw); 7. Daniel Blair (KTM); 8. Chad Wages (KTM); 9. Brandon Glenn (KTM); 10. Josh Struebig (KTM).

AMSOIL Arenacross Series Points Standings

ARENACROSS CLASS (After Race 6 of 19): 1. Zach Ames (151); 2. Michael McDade (149); 3. Tyler Bowers (145); 4. Jacob Hayes (138); 5. Willy Browning (121); 6. Colt Nichols (91); 7. Cory Green (90); 8. Kelly Smith (86); 9. Robby Marshall (85); 10. Travis Sewell (83).

EASTERN REGIONAL ARENACROSS LITES CLASS (After Race 6 of 9): 1. Tony Archer (78); 2. Jacob Williamson (54); 3. Brandon Glenn (51); 4. Steve Roman (50); 5. Michael Lang (41); 6. Scott Zont (36); 7. Keith Tucker (33); 8. Fredrik Noren (28); 9. (TIE) Dylan Rouse (20)/ Travis Delnicki (20)/ Chad Wages (20).

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