Bowers Battles Gibson in Fresno

by Feld Motor Sports | Feb 16, 2012
Tyler Bowers and Chad Johnson found the podium to their liking in California.

A huge crowd greeted the tenth round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season at Fresno’s Save Mart Center. Honda’s Jeff Gibson won his third race of the season to close in on current Arenacross Class point’s leader and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki  riderTyler Bowers.

Gibson kicked off the 25-lap Arenacross Class main event by grabbing the holeshot and an early lead, but was trailed closely by Bowers. Six laps in, while gaining considerable ground on Gibson, Bowers crashed in the rhythm section and allowed Gibson to lengthen his lead. Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Chad Johnson took over second, but was later passed by Bowers. Gibson went on to lead all 25 laps to take home the win with Bowers and Johnson finishing in second and third, respectively.  

Gibson now sits 18 points behind Bowers as the AMA Arenacross Series continues its western swing.  

In the Dash for cash, Gibson started out in front, but went down three laps in. Bowers took over the vacated spot and held onto the lead to win the race. In total, $900 was donated, which marked an all-time high this season. Money went to local Fresno, Calif., charity Break the Barriers.

The 2012 AMA Arenacross Series continues this weekend, with its 11th round coming from Reno, Nev., and the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center. Action kicks off Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. PT.