Keith Johnson Earns First Win of 2008 in Grand Rapids
Monster Energy/ Babbitt's Kawasaki Rider Sellards Finishes Second
AURORA, Ill. (January 5, 2008) -- The tight Toyota AMA Arenacross Track proved to be an advantage for Fiberwise Pasta Yamaha rider Keith Johnson tonight at the Van Andel Arena. Johnson blasted off the starting line to win the $750 Toyota Certified Used Vehicle hole shot award and went on to lead every lap.
"It feels great to be back on top of the box," said Johnson. "I wasn't able to spend a lot of time on the bike before the season due to my MCL injury. But now after working out the kinks through the first few races I feel good. The track crew did a great job with the track, it was great for racing."
Friday night's winner, Brock Sellards piloted his Monster Energy/Babbitt's Kawasaki to a second place finish.
Defending Toyota AMA Arenacross Champion, Danny Smith, had one of his best starts of the year running second early. His night started to falter in lap three when he fell to fifth behind Tommy Hofmaster's Yamaha. Smith worked the field eventually finishing on the podium in third place.
Michigan's Kelly Smith kept the packed house on their feet for most of the night trying to crack the top three. Kelly's Monster Energy/ Babbitt's Kawasaki finished the night fourth.
Points leader, Chad Johnson, had a difficult night finishing 6th overall, thus loosing valuable point in his quest for a second championship.
Travis Sewell out lasted Tyler Bright and Tanner Reidman for the Arenacross Lites North win.