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2014 AMSOIL Arenacross at Sacramento Sleep Train Arena

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The AMSOIL Arenacross came to Sacramento Sleep Train Arena this past weekend with a full card of professional races on Saturday night and amateurs on Sunday. The 170 dumptruck loads of dirt were sculpted into a very challenging track that had even the best pros going down or having near misses. The race was covered and broadcast by Fox Sports 1 for a national audience as part of their ongoing Arenacross coverage.

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The opening introductions were interesting, as each rider had his own theme music by which to enter the arena, ala WWE wrestling stars. Lighting, smoke, fireworks and flame throwers announced each rider’s presence. Almost like a Kiss concert back in the day. But once the theatrics were over, real racing was to be done, and done it was. The 50cc, 100cc super mini, Lites and Premiere racers braved the elbow-to elbow, aggressive racing and the treacherous track. The very first lap of the very first race resulted in a serious crash that had one rider carried off on a stretcher. Similarly, Rider #76 Alquist, got at least 6 teeth knocked out in the front of his mouth, but finished the heat he was racing in as well as the Last Chance Qualifier. Tough kid.

The Fox Sports crew was a pleasant bunch and they told me they travel with 7 full timers, plus they pick up local temporary talent to help out in each city they visit. Likewise the Monster Energy girls Brady and Kelsey were there to keep the young men watching as was Miss Arenacross Katie Wharton.

One young lady who was not there to talk to the camera or hold up race signs was the lovely miss Kayce Holmgren, the only female racer in the field. She competed in the 100 cc Super Mini class aboard her Kawasaki #742, appropriately trimmed in pink.

Overall, the fans were treated to some bar banging, close quarters racing. The only racing that wasn’t close was the Premiere class, where Tyler Bowers won both Main events going away. Bowers won some serious championship points, but the overall series points leader remains Zach Ames of Prospect, Ohio.

Summary of class winners:

  • Tyler Bowers, Premiere.
  • Gared Steinke, Lites.
  • Kyle Gleason, Super Mini.
  • Jacob Jones, 50 cc Mini.

The Arenacross Series moves on to Nampa, Idaho February 14-15.

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