Mid Cities Motorsports takes Team Challenge at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 26, 2004) -- Mid Cities Motorsports and riders Dave Ebben and Calvin Martinez captured Thursday's 56-lap Team Challenge event as motorcycle racing kick off at historic Daytona International Speedway. Ebben,...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 26, 2004) -- Mid Cities Motorsports and riders Dave Ebben and Calvin Martinez captured Thursday's 56-lap Team Challenge event as motorcycle racing kick off at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Ebben, of Appleton, Wis., rode the first and last stint aboard a Suzuki while teammate Martinez, of Slinger, Wis., took the middle shift as Mid Cities Motorsports earned a 36-second victory over Shaw Racing and riders Rick and Brian Shaw.

Mid Cities Motorsports overcame a major hurdle early in the race when their bike experienced rear end problems.

"About five laps into the race, the rear tail section came off," Ebben said. "The bolts broke. We had to zip tie it back on. I was trying to hold the seat on for about 25 percent of the race with my legs. Other than that, there were no flaws. The bike ran great."

Rounding out the overall top three were Shaw Racing (No. 775 Suzuki 100) and Himmelsbach Racing (No. 10 Yamaha 600) with riders Mike Himmelsbach and Chris Rich.

Mid Cities Motorsports also took the GTO class victory while Himmelsbach Racing claimed the GTU class.

In the GTL class, the No. 69 Czaia Racing Suzuki 650 with riders John Linder and C.J. Czaia took top honors.

Motorcycle racing continues on Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Results

Overall: 1. Mid Cities Motorsports (Calvin Martinez and Dave Ebben), Suzuki; 2. Shaw Racing (Brian Shaw and Rick Shaw), Suzuki; 3. Himmelsbach Racing (Mike Himmelsbach and Chris Rich), Yamaha.

GTL Class: 1. No. 69 Czaia Racing (John Linder and C.J. Czaia), Suzuki.

GTO Class: 1. No. 1 Mid Cities Motorsports (Calvin Martinez and Dave Ebben), Suzuki.

GTU Class: 1. No. 10 Himmelsbach Racing (Mike Himmelsbach and Chris Rich), Yamaha.

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