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Sportsman Motorcycle Class
As the 2005 season approaches an end, a core group of racers continues to return each race – battling for points, trophies, and prize money in the hotly contested Sportsman Motorcycle Class. On Sunday, September 11th, seven racers turned out to compete for the Super Eliminator title, as well as a special “race within the race” – the coveted “King of the Track”.
During qualifying, the top four qualifiers (based on reaction time) were seeded for the “King of the Track” race – to be contested after the final round of the Super Eliminator. Those four qualifiers were: #1 – Wayne Cox; #2 – George Brooks Sr.; #3 - “Chopper” Leif Magnussen; #4 – “Bomber” John Widmann.
As rounds were contested in the Super Eliminator, the crowd was stunned as “Bomber” John Widmann (who clinched the 2005 track championship during the race) was eliminated by Mike Pires in Round #1. As Widmann released the clutch, the motorcycle turned sharply to the left and tried to go sideways instead of forward. Widmann, seeing Pires approaching the finish line as he got his motorcycle pointed in the right direction again, pulled off the track and retired to the pits until the next race. Due to track conditions, several racers in each class had difficulty obtaining traction – leaving the crowds in awe as motorcycles and dragsters alike “smoked” the tires nearly the entire length of the course.
Pires met Cox in Round #2 and unintentionally “clicked into neutral” while attempting to shift from 1st to 2nd gear. Cox took the win and ultimately met Mike “Sport” Burns in the final. From Burns’ side of the ladder, he was the final round contestant by defeating Brooks Sr. in Round #1 and Magnussen in the semi-finals. In Round #1, Magnussen defeated Kirk Speelman.
In the Final Round – Cox passed Burns just prior to the finish line – earning the 1st win of the season for Black & White Motorsports. Immediately following the final round, contestants lined up for the “King of the Track”.
Cox’s luck faded quickly as he was eliminated by Widmann, and Brooks Sr. met his demise when he faced Magnussen. In a repeat of the Top Eliminator final – contested on August 28th, Magnussen and Widmann met in the final. As before, Magnussen was declared the winner in a double break-out race – to be valiantly crowned as the 2005 “King of the Track”.
With one race remaining, Widmann has clinched the overall points championship for the season. Some changes could occur in the overall points standings, however, as Cox trails Speelman by a slim margin for 2nd and Magnussen has been steadily climbing in the points with each subsequent race. The next event, the last race of the season, will be held on September 24, 2005.
Current points standings for the Sportsman Motorcycle Class can be accessed by clicking “RACE RESULTS” at www.blackandwhitemotorsports.com.