Blose Races to First AX Win, Stroupe Flawless for First AX Lites Victory

| 16 January 2016 3:09 pm

AMSOIL Arenacross Series
Round 2, Night 1: Royal Farms Arena

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by ShiftOne Photography
BALTIMORE, MD, JAN. 15, 2016

The second round of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season got under way on Friday night, January 15, kicking off the first doubleheader stop of the championship, at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena. Nearly one week after his teammate Gavin Faith took the overall win in the Arenacross class, Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Chris Blose made it two in a row for the team with an impressive overall victory.

Chris Blose took his first overall win of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season.

Chris Blose took his first overall win of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season.

In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites main event, Custom Powersports Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe captured his first career AMSOIL Arenacross victory with a flawless race in which he led every lap.

The first Arenacross-class main event is where Blose gained the edge that would ultimately carry him to victory.

Blose captured the holeshot and was able to secure an early advantage over Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing, presented by FMC and OTSFF, rider Kyle Regal and his Team Babbitt’s/ Monster Energy/ AMSOIL Kawasaki teammate Jacob Hayes. The top three remained the same for several laps until the action heated up for third among Hayes, Team Babbitt’s Gavin Faith, the points leader, and Austin Stroupe. Hayes and Stroupe would find themselves on the ground briefly near the completion of lap five, which allowed Faith to take over third, but both riders recovered quickly – Stroupe maintained a hold on fifth and Hayes remounted in sixth – while Blue Buffalo/ Slater Skins Yamaha’s Benny Bloss slotted into fourth.

Hayes then encountered more misfortune in the whoops a few laps later and dropped to the tail end of the field.

Chris Blose (6) started his path to victory with a win in the first main event.

Chris Blose (6) started his path to victory with a win in the first main event.

Blose continued to set the pace out front, while Faith’s forward progression soon saw him make the pass on Regal for second on lap nine. Two laps later, Bloss was able to make the pass on Regal and move into podium position.

When the checkered flag flew, Blose edged out his hard-charging teammate Faith by just over a second to take the win after leading all 15 laps. Bloss, a Ricky Carmichael Road to Supercross competitor, earned his first career podium result in third. Regal finished fourth, Stroupe was fifth, and TiLube/ Tuf Racing Honda’s Jace Owen was sixth.

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As the main-event winner, Blose had the distinction of selecting one of three briefcases to determine the inversion for the second main event. The Kawasaki rider selected the case with the number 16, meaning the entire field would be inverted for the final race of the evening, adding even more drama to the eventual outcome of the race.

Gavin Faith (3) earned his second consecutive overall podium finish.

Gavin Faith (3) earned his second consecutive overall podium finish.

When the gate dropped for the second 15-lap main event, Woodstock/ TZR KTM’s Travis Sewell raced to the holeshot, just ahead of Hayes and NST/ Spinechillers KTM’s Lane Staley. Blose emerged from the fray in sixth, with Faith 11th and Bloss 12th. Owen, who started fourth, quickly worked his way past Staley and into third.

After jockeying for position for the first handful of laps, the field settled in and the running order went unchanged inside the top five. Then Blose was able to break into the top five and maintain that position, while Faith and Bloss both made impressive climbs forward from outside the top 10.

Sewell kept Hayes at bay and took advantage of lapped riders in the closing stages of the main event to bounce back from a 13th-place finish in the first main event and become the first two-time main-event winner of the 2016 season.

Hayes rebounded nicely from his troubles in the first main event as well, while Owen capped off his AMSOIL Arenacross debut with a strong performance in third. Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gared Steinke was fourth, with Blose fifth, Faith sixth and Bloss seventh.

When the final points were tallied, Blose’s 1-5 finishes gave him the overall win by two points over Faith (2-6).

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The battle for third was between young guns Owen (6-3) and Bloss (3-7); by virtue of his podium finish in the second main event, Owen was awarded the position. Nevertheless, it was a memorable night for Bloss, who proved that he has the speed to battle for wins as he continues chasing his Road to Supercross points. Steinke (7-4) rounded out the top five overall. Defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Regal (4-9) was sixth.

In the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge earlier in the evening, Hayes outdueled Blose for the win, earning an extra championship bonus point that helped him finish eighth overall for the evening.

Back-to-back overall podium performances by the Team Babbitt’s duo of Faith and Blose have them atop the Arenacross-class standings after two races. Faith holds just a one-point lead over Blose heading into the second night of action in Baltimore. Steinke is third, six points out of the lead.


In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class main event, Stroupe grabbed the early advantage with the holeshot, leading Lane Staley and FCC Motorsports Honda’s Dylan Walker on the opening lap.

By lap two, Stroupe was more than five seconds ahead of the rest of the field, but the battle behind him was intensifying. Staley and Walker battled for second, changing positions for two laps until Walker lost control in the whoops and dropped outside the top 10. As that drama was unfolding, A&Y Racing Honda’s Daniel Herrlein seized the moment to move from fourth to second.

Stroupe was dominant throughout the main event and went on to lead all 15 laps. Once in second, Herrlein set a torrid pace and was the fastest rider on the track in the end, but he had to settle for the runner-up spot, ahead of Staley in third.

Austin Stroupe was dominant in the Arenacross Lites main event.

Austin Stroupe was dominant in the Arenacross Lites main event.

Thanks to two straight podium finishes to start the season, Staley maintained his lead in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites-class Championship standings and holds a one-point lead over Herrlein. Walker, who finished 11th, sits in third, 11 points out of the lead.

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The second round of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season will continue with a second night of action at Royal Farms Arena on Saturday. Racing will get under way at 7 p.m. ET.

Royal Farms Arena
Baltimore, Maryland
Results: January 15, 2016 (Round 2, Night 1)

AX MAIN 1: 1. Chris Blose (Kaw); 2. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 3. Benny Bloss (Yam); 4. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 5. Austin Stroupe (Kaw); 6. Jace Owen (Hon); 7. Gared Steinke (Hsq); 8. Daniel Herrlein (Hon); 9. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 10. Ben Lamay (Hon).

AX MAIN 2: 1. Travis Sewell (KTM); 2. Jacob Hayes (Kaw); 3. Jace Owen (Hon); 4. Gared Steinke (Hsq); 5. Chris Blose (Kaw); 6. Gavin Faith (Kaw); 7. Benny Bloss (Yam); 8. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 9. Kyle Regal (Hsq); 10. Daniel Herrlein (Hon).

AX OVERALL: 1. Chris Blose (1-5); 2. Gavin Faith (2-6); 3. Jace Owen (6-3); 4. Benny Bloss (3-7); 5. Gared Steinke (7-4); 6. Kyle Regal (4-9); 7. Travis Sewell (13-1); 8. Jacob Hayes (16-2); 9. Jacob Williamson (9-8); 10. Daniel Herrlein (8-10).

RMATV/MC HEAD-TO-HEAD CHALLENGE: 1. Jacob Hayes (2 points); 2. Chris Blose (1 point); 3. Gavin Faith (1 point); 4. Benny Bloss (1 point); 5. Gared Steinke (1 point); 6. Kyle Regal (1 point); 7. Travis Sewell (1 point); 8. Austin Stroupe (1 point).

EASTERN REGIONAL AX LITES: 1. Austin Stroupe (Kaw); 2. Daniel Herrlein (Hon); 3. Lane Staley (KTM); 4. Jacob Williamson (Kaw); 5. Brandon Marley (KTM); 6. Cody VanBuskirk (KTM); 7. Scott Zont (KTM); 8. Tyler McSwain (Yam); 9. Davey Sterritt (Yam); 10. Dave Ginolfi (Hsq).

Arenacross Class Championship Points Standings (After 2 races): 1. Gavin Faith (57); 2. Chris Blose (56/ 1 main-event win); 3. Gared Steinke (51); 4. Travis Sewell (48/ 2 main-event wins); 5. Jacob Hayes (47/ 1 main-event win); 6. (TIE) Kyle Regal (39)/ Jacob Williamson (39); 8. Daniel Herrlein (29); 9. Keith Tucker (26); 10. (TIE) Jace Owen (25)/ Benny Bloss (25).

Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points Standings (After 2 races): 1. Lane Staley (29); 2. Daniel Herrlein (28); 3. Dylan Walker (18); 4. (TIE) Henry Miller (17)/ Tyler McSwain (17); 6. (TIE) Austin Stroupe (16)/ Keith Tucker (16); 8. Steve Roman (15); 9. Brandon Hartranft (9); 10. Davey Sterritt (8).

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