Hometown Hayes Rules Arenacross
GREENSBORO, N.C. — AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season made its return to the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday for the fourth round of the season.
After a full slate of competition, Liberty, N.C., native Jacob Hayes broke through for his first career Arenacross Class overall victory in front of the hometown crowd aboard his Brewer Cycles Kawasaki.
In the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class, Hillview Motorsports Suzuki’s Steve Roman captured his second win of the season.
Hayes’ impressive hometown win made him the second Road to Supercross rider to claim an overall victory during the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season, joining Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger. Hayes has been a consistent threat at the front of the field all season, showing no intimidation towards his more experienced rivals. Road to Supercross competitor and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Colt Nichols followed Hayes in second.
TZR/Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell grabbed the early lead in the first Arenacross Class Main Event, with Hayes and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Zach Ames in tow. Ames was followed by Babbitt’s teammates Tyler Bowers and Nichols. After working on Sewell throughout the opening laps, Hayes made a pass for the lead on lap two and never looked back. Despite losing the top spot, Sewell stayed close to Hayes’ rear fender and ultimately followed him to the finish in second. Ames held onto third for the majority of the 15-lap Main Event, but experienced misfortune on lap 8 battling alongside Bowers. Ames fell to ninth while Bowers dropped outside the top 10. Nichols took advantage of his teammates’ misfortune to finish third behind Hayes and Sewell. Ames battled back to seventh with Bowers following a few positions behind in 11th.
With his third Main Event win of the season, Hayes had the distinction of selecting the inversion for the second Main Event, choosing zero.
Hayes got a great start out of the gate in the second Main Event, but Nichols moved into the early lead mere bike lengths ahead of Hayes and Motosport.com/MJM Express/Spinechillers Racing Kawasaki’s Michael McDade. The trio maintained their positions throughout the entire 15-lap race, staying within a few seconds of one another throughout. Gateway Cycles Kawasaki’s Steven Mages followed in fourth, while Bowers and Ames followed in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Hayes’ 1-2 Main Event results secured the overall, while Nichols posted his best-career finish in second (3-1). McDade (5-3) rounded out the overall podium in third.
Ames’ sixth-place overall finish helped him maintain possession of the Arenacross Class points lead. He currently holds a two-point lead over McDade, with Bowers following an additional four points back in third. Hayes moved into fourth, currently 13 points out of the lead.
In Head-to-Head Bracket Racing, Hayes capped off a memorable evening by taking the win and securing the second championship bonus point.
KMS KTM’s Dave Ginolfi raced to the early lead in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Main Event, holding off the early advances of Roman and Fielder Electric Supply Co. Honda’s Cheyenne Harmon. Ginolfi sat at the front of the field for the first 11 laps of the main event, but Roman made an aggressive move to take over the top spot and carry it through to the finish. Ginolfi dropped to second and maintained possession of the spot for several laps before dropping off the podium in fourth. Mages surged forward from an eighth-place start to finish second while Harmon posted a career-best finish in third.
Traders Racing Kawasaki’s Tony Archer, who finished sixth, maintained possession of the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship points lead. He currently holds a 24-point lead over Yamaha rider Jacob Williamson.