Metcalf Wins Three Main Events in Front of Home Crowd in Wichita
Stone Moves Closer to Second Arenacross Championship
AURORA, Ill. (March 22, 2004) - Heading into Round Eleven of the Regional Arenacross Series, Nick Metcalf (Wichita, Kan.) was still holding on to a glimmer of hope of catching current points leader Brian Stone (Kansas City, Mo.) for his first Arenacross Championship. Metcalf needed to race flawlessly and hope for a little help from the rest of the field keeping Stone towards the back of the pack. However, Stone was too focused and put forth the most consistent weekend out of any of the top four in the regional points standings. Jim Chester (Lenoir, N.C.) and Mike Katin (East Sparta, Ohio), both second and third in points, decided to take their chances at narrowing Stone's lead in Green Bay, Wisc.
On Friday night Metcalf seemed poised to run the table after taking an easy win in the 125cc main event and then following up with a win in the Dash for Cash. Stone finished second in the 125cc main event. However, in the 250cc main event, Stone was able to capitalize on Metcalf's crash in the whoops section and pull away for the win. Metcalf fell back in the pack from the mishap but was able to come back for a fifth place finish.
Saturday night ended up being a clean sweep for Metcalf as he took wins in the 125cc main event, 250cc main event, and the Dash for Cash. Metcalf was ecstatic about his showing in front of his home crowd. Stone followed up with strong second place finishes in the main events and further increased his lead in the regional points standings over Chester and Katin.
Next weekend the Regional Arenacross Series makes it's way to Tacoma, Wash. for the twelfth and final round. The track is expected to be huge and endurance will play a huge role in the rider's performance. Stone holds a comfortable lead and with another consistent weekend he should win his second Regional Arenacross championship. Tickets are available at the Tacoma Dome box office, Ticketmaster, or by phone at (206) 628-0888 or (253) 627-0888.
<pre> Friday Night Results
125cc Pro/Expert Main Event 1) Nick Metcalf 2) Brian Stone 3) Brian Edwards 4) Andy Hammond 5) Cory Francis 6) Cory Schilly 7) Jon Paul Powell 8) Ryan St. Cyr 9) Joshua Stephens 10) Mark Waldele 11) Brian O'neal
250cc Pro/Expert Main Event 1) Brian Stone 2) Jeff Hedden 3) Brian Edwards 4) Ryan St. Cyr 5) Nick Metcalf 6) Mark Waldele 7) Joshua Stephens 8) Cory Schilly 9) Cory Francis 10) Andy Hammond
Saturday Night Results
125cc Pro/Expert Main Event 1) Nick Metcalf 2) Brian Stone 3) Brian Edwards 4) Ryan St. Cyr 5) Cory Schilly 6) Jon Paul Powell 7) Cory Francis 8) Mark Waldele 9) Steve Thompson 10) Joshua Stephens 11) Brian O'neal
250cc Pro/Expert Main Event 1) Nick Metcalf 2) Brian Stone 3) Brian Edwards 4) Ryan St. Cyr 5) Cory Francis 6) Cory Schilly 7) Mark Waldele 8) Joshua Stephens 9) Beau Burnett 10) Jeff Hedden
Current Points Standings (Main event wins in parentheses): 1) Brian Stone (8) 723 2) Jim Chester (7) 693 3) Mike Katin (6) 682 4) Nick Metcalf (14) 666 5) Charlie Bogard (12) 611 6) Aaron Dieter (1) 508 7) Blake Hovis 399 8) Chad Lile 360 9) Scotty Trimble 299 10) Mike Mercer 281
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