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Reshuffled Race to the Championship Field Continues Season-Ending Battle in Austin

| 25 March 2015 2:17 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 11:
Frank Erwin Center

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Josh Rud/ ShiftOne Photography
AUSTIN, TX, MAR. 24, 2015

With its short six-round run, the Race to the Championship serves as the ultimate free-for-all battle, as every point and every position could potentially make or break a rider’s title hopes.

Chris Blose (63) is back atop the AMSOIL Arenacross championship standings.

Chris Blose (63) is back atop the AMSOIL Arenacross championship standings.

Last weekend, AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, began its version of the play-offs in New Orleans, pitting the top 10 riders in the championship points standings against one another. In the end, Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose swept the evening’s main events to take over the Arenacross-class points lead for the first time since the opening round, and he will lead the way into the Race to the Championship’s second weekend in Austin, Texas’ Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. CDT/ 5 p.m. PDT.

Blose has been one of the most formidable contenders in 2015, his first full season of AMSOIL Arenacross competition. He’s had to endure injury and dramatic ups and downs en route to the Race to the Championship, but after the top 10 points were reset, the opportunity was there for Blose to once again become the focal point of the title fight.

After entering the Race to the Championship as the sixth seed, Blose captured the win in each Arenacross-class main event for the second time this season, and with his perfect effort he jumped into the points lead, with a three-point advantage over his Team Babbitt’s teammate Matt Goerke, heading into Austin.

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Goerke was the runner-up in New Orleans and is the only rider in the Race to the Championship who did not change his place in the standings after the race. He remains in second overall and continues to enjoy consistent success in his first full season of AMSOIL Arenacross. Goerke’s ability to contend for the podium is a major reason why he’s been a fixture in the championship all season, and it’s no surprise that that trend has continued into the most important part of the season.

Consistency is keeping Matt Goerke (36) in the thick of the championship battle.

Consistency is keeping Matt Goerke (36) in the thick of the championship battle.

The rider who arguably lost the most momentum in New Orleans was Husqvarna/ TiLube/ TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal, who entered the Race to the Championship as its top seed. Regal experienced some misfortune in each main event, which ultimately hindered his results, but he still emerged with a fourth-place effort to fall just two spots back, into third. He faces a six-point deficit coming into Austin and is likely bringing a chip on his shoulder after the way his night went last weekend.

Kyle Regal (4) lost control of the points lead and will do whatever it takes to get it back in Austin.

Kyle Regal (4) lost control of the points lead and will do whatever it takes to get it back in Austin.

Regal’s TUF Racing teammate Gavin Faith jumped from seventh to fourth in the Race to the Championship after a third-place effort in New Orleans and is just an additional point behind Regal, seven points out of the lead.

A third-place finish last weekend has Gavin Faith sitting in fourth in the Race to the Championship.

A third-place finish last weekend has Gavin Faith sitting in fourth in the Race to the Championship.

Rounding out the top five is a three-way tie among Team Babbitt’s Jacob Hayes, ThermoTec/ FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry, and Babbitt’s Online Suzuki’s Cory Green, who all sit 11 points behind Blose.

Fittingly enough, each of the season’s former winners – Blose, Goerke, Regal, Faith, Hayes and Kiniry – remain in the thick of the title hunt, while Green, the 10th and final seed coming into the Race to the Championship, has given his title aspirations new hope heading into Austin. Entering last weekend’s start of the Race to the Championship, only five points separated first from 10th. With one weekend of action completed, the difference from Blose, in first, to Slaka Wear KTM’s Steven Mages, in 10th, is just 18 points, meaning that the title is still anyone’s to win.

With the final round of the season looming in Las Vegas on May 1, there are only five rounds remaining. The tension within the Race to the Championship field is sure to intensify with each new weekend, meaning the on-track competition will be more aggressive and dramatic than it has been at any point in 2015.

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AMSOIL Arenacross’ visit to Austin also signifies the stretch run of the Western Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship. Fresh off a runner-up finish last weekend, Motosport.com/ Haeseker Racing KTM’s Daniel Blair has had firm control of the title fight for the majority of the season. Blair’s two wins and three podium finishes have helped him build a 19-point lead over TZR/ Woodstock KTM’s Cody Van Buskirk.

Daniel Blair (125) is looking to inch closer to his first AMSOIL Arenacross Lites title.

Daniel Blair (125) is looking to inch closer to his first AMSOIL Arenacross Lites title.

The 11th round of AMSOIL Arenacross and the second weekend of the Race to the Championship will get under way this Saturday, March 28, inside Austin’s Frank Erwin Center. Racing will begin at 8 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. CDT /5 p.m. PDT.

Broadcast Alert: Last weekend’s race in New Orleans will premiere on Fox Sports 1 this Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m. EDT/ 5 p.m. PDT.

For more information on the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com.

[For more from the New Orleans Arenacross round, including race coverage, results, more photos, video highlights and a video interview with Chris Blose, please see “Blose Dominates Dramatic First Round of AX Race to the Championship!”… Editor]

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