by Feld Motorsports | Jan 30, 2015
ELLENTON, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2015) – The first three rounds of AMSOIL Arenacross have produced four different overall winners through five nights of competition. As a result, the Arenacross Class battle for the championship is intensifying heading into this weekend’s fourth round in Nashville, Tenn., and its inaugural visit to Bridgestone Arena. The action commences Saturday, Jan. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.
Two nights of action last Friday and Saturday inside the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., featured some of the best racing of the 2015 season. On Friday night Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes became the first two-time winner this season, and Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Kyle Regal followed that up with his first win of the year on Saturday. Adding to the drama surrounding the outcome of each night of action was the fact that both nights needed tiebreakers to determine which rider would walk away victorious. Heading into this weekend’s visit to Nashville, just 12 points separate points leader Matt Goerke from Hayes, his Team Babbitt’s teammate.
Hayes’ triumph on Friday night in Colorado Springs was thanks in large part to his impressive consistency. Last year’s championship runner-up posted 2-1 finishes and, by virtue of his win in the night’s second Main Event, he was able to edge out Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing’s Gavin Faith, who tied him in points earned for the evening, for the top spot via tiebreaker. Goerke followed the pair in third to complete the overall podium.
It was a similar course of action on Saturday night for Regal. Like Hayes on Friday night, the Husqvarna rider was very consistent, and his 3-1 results put him in position to earn the win. However, ThermoTec FMC Racing Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry was on top of his game as well and ended up in a tie for points scored at the end of the night. In the end Regal’s win in the second main event earned him the tiebreaker and helped him jump from sixth to third in the championship standings. Hayes rounded out the overall podium in third, with Goerke fourth.
Hayes’ strong efforts on both nights in Colorado Springs helped him earn four points on Goerke, and now only a 12-point difference separates the two heading into this weekend’s action. A pair of main events lie ahead of the Arenacross Class field on Saturday night, providing an opportunity for a potential shakeup in the championship. Nearly every title contender has been forced to endure misfortune at some point this season, finishing outside the top 10 in at least one main event. Goerke, however, has managed to avoid that distinction and, while he hasn’t been void of adversity, he’s found a way to battle through it and finish no worse than seventh in a main event this season. That consistency and resiliency has put him in position to lead the championship in his first full season of AMSOIL Arenacross competition; he’ll carry the red number plate as the points leader for the fourth night this season.
The fourth round of AMSOIL Arenacross kicks off in Nashville this Saturday, Jan. 24, inside Bridgestone Arena. Racing begins at 5 p.m. PT/7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.