STUMP HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE CHAMPION AGAIN AFTER 11 YEARS PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 6, 2005) -- You've got to give Scott Stump credit for sticking to it. It took 11 years for the 35-year-old rider from Warminster, Pa., to do it,...
STUMP HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE CHAMPION AGAIN AFTER 11 YEARS
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Oct. 6, 2005) -- You've got to give Scott Stump credit for sticking to it. It took 11 years for the 35-year-old rider from Warminster, Pa., to do it, but he finally won back the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Championship with a riveting victory in the season finale on the Du Quoin (Ill.) Mile on Oct. 1.
Stump, who won the championship in 1994, earned his second Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Championship on the strength of three wins and three additional podium finishes in the nine-race series. He beat out archrival and defending champ Chris Hart in a winner-take-all finale at Du Quoin to secure the championship. Stump credited Lima Harley-Davidson and his mechanic Jeff Eibling for allowing him to have such a successful 2005 campaign.
"Riding for Lima Harley-Davidson made all the difference in the world for me this year," said Stump, who is a 17-year AMA Pro Racing veteran. "We came out at Du Quoin and had problems with the bike early on, but Jeff (mechanic Jeff Eibling) got it fixed and I had a great bike for the final."
Stump said the championship was won on a magical final lap on Du Quoin's Magic Mile.
"On the tenth lap (Chris) Hart came by me on the back straight like I was sitting still," Stump explained. "On the last lap I never came out of the throttle. I just gritted my teeth and went through every turn wide open. I've never had a lap like that in all my years of racing. It was pretty crazy, but it worked and I pulled it out."
Stump becomes only the second rider to win more than one Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Championship title. Willie McCoy was the other two-time winner of the series.
Stump had considered retiring from full-time racing after this season, but after winning the title he's reconsidering.
"Lima Harley-Davidson is out of racing now," he said. "All they wanted was to win the championship and we accomplished that. If I can team up with Roger Gutterridge (Gutterridge Harley-Davidson) next season I may consider coming back for another run."
Stump's 2005 effort was backed by Lima Harley-Davidson, Jeff Eibling, Todd and Mark Joyce, Widman Motorcycle Sales, Fast Plates, Silkolene, Works Performance, Motion Pro, Max Lindeman, Wiseco, Bike Works, Spallinger, Swickraths Auto Body, Simpson, ASK Powersports and Bromleyn.
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