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AMSOIL Cleans-Up in
February 27, 2012
team cleaned up at a
Dome Saturday with
Barcia taking his
second victory in a
row in front of
70,481 vocal fans.
Barcia was joined on
the podium by Lites
Bogle, who finished
third in just his
second career start.
celebrated his 200th
career race with an
but the brightest
on Barcia, who is
now 12 points up in
the Lites East
standings after two
"Two for two -- not
a bad way to start,"
Barcia said. "To see
up here on the stage
is big. We all work
so hard and this is
what it's all about,
getting wins and
getting on the
"I wanted a good
start and I got the
holeshot and just
rode hard from
there. The track was
super tough tonight.
It was very slick
and there were a lot
of places where the
bike was sliding
around. I was trying
not to make any
really smooth and we
got the win."
Adding to the haul
was the $1,000
Barcia claimed for
earning the Nuclear
his birthday by
winning the $500
Institute Top Tech
Award for the best
wrench job of the
While Barcia went
had to fight through
a few spots for his
The extra effort was
worth it, especially
considering he was
knocked around in
the first race of
the season last
weekend in Dallas
and finished 14th.
finish lifted him
all the way to sixth
in the rankings.
"We're keeping it in
the family tonight,"
Bogle said. "Bam Bam
(Barcia) got the win
and I got third so
we put two GEICO
Hondas up there on
the podium. That's
perfect. What a
night; what a
rebound for me. I
couldn't be happier
Windham pointed to a
slow start as the
reason for his
although he remains
a player in the
with a No. 6
ranking, just one
"The start killed
me," Windham said.
"I was asleep at the
switch. That hardly
ever happens but it
happened to me
there. I'm not sure
why. I got after it
from there but I was
mid-pack and just
fighting for spots.
"This isn't the way
I wanted to
celebrate my 200th
start. It was
incredible the way
the fans treated me
here and it's pretty
cool that I've
lasted so long out
here. I still feel
great and that's
The tour heads to
St. Louis for next
Saturday's race at
the Edward Jones
AMSOIL/EBR Team Gets Second Rider, Sponsor
February 24, 2012
East Troy, Wis. February 2, 2012) ~ The 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season kicks
off in mid-March, and a second rider and a new sponsor will be on-board the EBR
1190RS program. Erik Buell Racing (EBR) is pleased to announce the addition of
India’s Hero MotoCorp as the title sponsor for former Daytona Sport Bike
champion Danny Eslick, who will be piloting the second EBR 1190RS in the
American SuperBike class this season.
Hero MotoCorp is the world’s number-one two-wheeler manufacturer* and will be
the title sponsor for Eslick. Hero will also become a major sponsor on the #99
AMSOIL/EBR 1190RS of Geoff May, who finished the 2010 American SuperBike series
"We are very happy to announce that Hero will be the title sponsor for the new
program with Danny, as well as co-sponsoring Geoff on the AMSOIL bike,” said Jim
Dorman, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBR. “Erik and Geoff wanted very much to
field a second rider who would be the right complement to Geoff. With Danny, EBR
now has two premier riders in the exciting AMA series, and we know that the fans
will be excited to come and see them race with the other great riders and
motorcycles in AMA Superbike."
It is an honor to be able to participate in this fantastic series,” said Erik
Buell, Chairman & CTO of EBR. “I specially want to thank Hero MotoCorp for
coming on-board as our title sponsor for Danny. I would also like to acknowledge
the other manufacturers, sponsors and teams who have supported AMA Pro Racing
through the past recession. Now that things are turning around, we have
weathered the storm and will bring a spectacularly competitive show that fans
"We have been very happy with our partnership with EBR, both as a sponsor of
their racing efforts and as the factory-fill oil for EBR bikes,” said Jeremy
Meyer, AMSOIL race program manager. "AMSOIL has a long tradition of supporting
racing in the United States, and it is great that a company like Hero recognizes
the quality of the riders and teams we have here. We are excited to support a
second rider on the EBR team and can’t wait until Danny hits the track in
The first race of the 2012 American SuperBike series kicks off at Daytona
International Speedway in Daytona, Fla. March 16.
Three in a Row for Tomac
February 05, 2012
GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda rider Eli Tomac scored his third consecutive Monster
Energy Supercross victory Saturday night at a sold-out Angels Stadium in
Anaheim, Calif., padding his lead in the Lites West standings from 15 to 22
points with four races left on the schedule.
"We got the turkey -- three in a row," Tomac said. "You never expect that to
happen because it's so tough out here but the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda is running
strong and my riding has been there. Once I figured out my starts, the wins
After running the best time of all 250 riders in the heat race, Tomac blasted
from the gate in the main and earned the Nuclear Cowboyz $1,000 Holeshot award
for leading the pack into the first turn. Fellow Honda rider Cole Seely then
slipped by and led for four laps before crashing, which allowed Tomac to assume
the lead. He never looked back from there, riding away to a comfortable win over
Seely, Marvin Musquin and reigning champion Dean Wilson.
"I got my first holeshot of the year, which was very cool, but Seely got
around me on that second straightaway and the chase was on," Tomac said. "We
kind of yo-yo'ed for the first few laps. I would push him, then he was pulling
me. We were very close. Then he made his mistake and I got around him. From
there I just knew I needed to ride solid and I could get the win."
Superstar Kevin Windham turned in a solid sixth-place result on his GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda
450CRF. He is now fifth in the points, just behind multi-time champion James
"I had a great battle out there for most of the main, it was just for sixth
place instead of the lead," Windham said. "Davi Millsaps and I just went at it
and I was able to get past him there in the second half and hold the spot. I
needed a slightly better start and things could have been different."
Fill-in rider Gavin Faith earned a spot in the main with an eighth place
finish in the second heat race but struggled with the demanding course and
finished 19th overall.
The Monster Energy Supercross circuit moves to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego
for next Saturday's race, the sixth of the 2012 season.
Team Press release
OFF TRACK: Rinkers Inducted to APBA Hall of Champions
February 03, 2012
Powerboat racing team made history this year by becoming the first
father-and-son duo to be simultaneously inducted into the
APBA Hall of Champions. Team AMSOIL racers Terry and Rob
Rinker were both honored in the Outboard Performance Craft (OPC) class.
Terry drove the
#10 AMSOIL boat to regional, divisional and North American titles; plus the
Powerboat SuperLeague Series, Formula 1 PROP Series and APBA High Points
Championships; plus three National Championship Victories in Kankakee, Ill. He
also scored top-two finishes in Elgin, Ill., and at the Trenton, Mich. SST 120
enters the Hall of Champions for the first time. Rob drove his SST 60 to top
2011 regional honors, the National Championship, High Points and the Powerboat
SuperLeague Series title. He took third place at the divisional and at the North
American Championship as well. He also finished third in SST 45 class at the OPC
National Championships. It was Rob’s fourth year racing.
Hall of Champions was established by the APBA in 1974 to recognize and
distinguish its most outstanding drivers from each season. The APBA annually
inducts drivers from its categories of racing into this prestigious group.
Membership in the Hall of Champions is limited to less than one half percent of
the drivers who competed during the racing season. The induction ceremony is
held the following year at the APBA's Annual Meeting. Drivers receive a plaque
and jacket to symbolize their induction into this elite group.
The elimination of snocross from ESPN's Winter X
Games competition may have upset enthusiasts last fall, but it has focused even
more attention on two other high-flying snowmobile events: Freestyle and Best
AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports rider Justin Hoyer is
directly in the spotlight heading into Winter X 2012. Commentators label the
Ellsworth, Wis. native one of the best pure freestylers out there. The
29-year-old regularly executes the biggest tricks in the sport, earning himself
a Winter X Snowmobile Freestyle silver medal in 2009 and gold in 2010. Hoyer is
only one of three athletes to earn multiple freestyle medals and was the first
to flip both a sled and a dirtbike in competition (only one other has done it
since). He’s also the first to attempt an underflip on sled in a competition,
pulling it off at Winter X 2010.
Hoyer has been hard at work training, and word has it he’s perfecting a major
trick, the double back-flip, which he intends to debut during Winter X 2012.
He’s scheduled to compete in Snowmobile Freestyle and Best Trick. Winter X 2012
takes place January 26-29 in Aspen, Colo. Coverage airs on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.
Check local listings for details
Bowers Takes Eighth Win in Dayton
January 25, 2012
Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL rider Tyler Bowers made a late-race pass to
take his eighth win of the season this past Saturday night as the 2012 AMA
Arenacross Series hosted its seventh round of action from Dayton, Ohio’s Nutter
KTM’s Kevin Johnson took the holeshot in the 25-lap main event with Honda’s
Jeff Gibson and Nathan Skaggs in tow. It didn’t take long for Gibson to make his
move on Johnson, taking over the lead before the completion of five laps.
Once out front, Gibson looked to check out on the field, but Bowers was
making his move forward from a fifth-place start. By the halfway point, Bowers
was in second and proceeded to set his sights on Gibson, his closest rival in
the championship. Gibson fended off Bowers for several laps, until he crashed in
a rhythm section, allowing Bowers to move into the lead on Lap 20. From there,
the defending series champion never looked back.
The win extended Bowers points lead over Gibson to 15 points. Gibson secured
the runner-up spot, while Skaggs held on for third.
In the 18-lap Arenacross Lites final, Steven Mages grabbed the early lead
over Michael Willard. Mages outran his rival throughout the main event and
despite Willard’s efforts, he wasn’t able to get close enough to challenge for
Mages and Willard finished out the night in the top two spots, while Eastern
Regional Arenacross Lites Championship points leader Michael McDade finished
AMA Arenacross series continues next weekend, with two nights of action from
Cedar Park, Texas, and the Cedar Park Center, on Friday, January 27 and
Saturday, January 28.
Arenacross - Press Release
A Spectacular Finish in Eagle River
January 23, 2012
The 49th running of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle
River, Wis. might go down as one of the greatest races in the event's storied
Entering Sunday's World Championship, a minimum of seven of the race's 12
entrants were even-odds to win. Defending champion and Team AMSOIL driver P.J.
Wanderscheid was looking for his fifth career WC; Gary Moyle wanted number
three; Matt Schulz won two years ago; and the Wahl team had Brandon Johnson on
the pole and Dustin Wahl with an undefeated day of qualifying on Saturday.
Despite the long list of accomplishments by the above group, it was a young gun
that would make this year's Derby one of the most memorable.
Nick Van Strydonk has been racing at the AMSOIL Derby Track for 17 of the 21
years he's been alive. As a racer who grew up in the shadows of the storied
track in nearby Tomahawk, Wis., it has been a life-long quest for Van Strydonk
to win the Derby. From the first practice on Thursday until the final lap on
Sunday, Van Strydonk showed top speed on his AMSOIL-backed Polaris.
Speed and stamina are the two biggest keys in Eagle River as the 30-lap final
is by far the longest race of the season for ice oval teams. Van Strydonk had
both on Sunday. Schulz drew first blood in the final, grabbing a lead that he
was unwilling to relinquish. Van Strydonk wasn't letting the former champion
walk away during the first 10 laps, keeping Schulz honest until the mandatory
After the teams made their necessary adjustments, the final 20-laps got
underway, once again with Van Strydonk pushing Schultz. But with more laps comes
more pressure, and Van Strydonk soon had Wanderscheid and Moyle nipping on his
heels. Two red flags would come out during the next 10 laps. On the third and
final restart, Wanderscheid jumped into second, and Van Strydonk dropped back as
far as sixth. But 10 laps is an eternity in ice oval racing. With four laps to
go, at least six sleds raced within a fraction of a second, and Van Strydonk
tucked low into the turns and pushed himself back into contention. With Schulz
still running out front, the second through sixth positions swapped spots on
every lap, and with two to go, Van Strydonk had moved into second and proceeded
to aggressively pursue Schulz.
With a great race already near completion, only one thing would have made the
race an all-time favorite: Van Strydonk needed to catch and pass Schulz on the
last lap to win the Snow Goer Cup. The 21-year-old seized the moment, making an
inside pass on Schulz on the final turn and crossing the finish line ahead of
Schulz by a margin of 0.025 of a second.
"We've worked so hard for so long to win a World Championship," said Van
Strydonk. "To win it at the end, being up and down all race, is just
With Schulz in second, Wahl finished third (.612 seconds behind Schulz), Ryan
Kniskern was in third and Wanderscheid crossed the checkers in fifth.
"It was a hard fought battle for the lead for most of the race," said
Wanderscheid. "We were close, but it wasn't in the cards. I guess we will have
to go for our fifth WC at next year's 50th."
Wanderscheid, along with Van Strydonk, will be heading to Wausau, Wis. for
the Wausau 525 this weekend.
AMSOIL Racing - Photos courtesy of Snow Goer
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