HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE SERIES TITLE ON THE LINE AT DU QUOIN PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2005) -- After a full season of racing, the 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series is set to be decided in the series finale at...
HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPORTSTER PERFORMANCE SERIES TITLE ON THE LINE AT DU QUOIN
PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2005) -- After a full season of racing, the 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series is set to be decided in the series finale at the Du Quoin (Ill.) Mile this Saturday, Oct. 1. Two previous champions of the series, Chris Hart and Scott Stump, are at the front of the pack and both look to grab the series crown.
Hart and Stump are separated by just a single point coming into Du Quoin. Merle Scherb is also in contention for the title, just 10 points out of the series lead.
Hart is the defending champion of the series, which features modified Harley-Davidson 883cc Sportsters, and he is trying to hold off Stump, who last won the championship in 1994.
"We've got a strong motorcycle on the miles this year," said Hart, who won the championship last year in his first full season in the series. "We've won two of the three miles so far so my confidence is high and it's looking promising going into Du Quoin."
Hart said this will be the first time he actually races in a winner-take-all type race for the championship. "I had a similar situation in the Canadian championship one year," he said. "But the race got rained out and I won the title without racing the final race."
Hart put himself in the lead of the Sportster Series with a victory over the Labor Day weekend at Springfield. "I've got momentum on my side for sure," Hart added.
For Stump it's been over a decade since he lifted the number one plate. He's ready to do it again and says his strategy for Du Quoin is simple.
"I go every week to win," says Stump, who won the Sportster title 11 years ago and has been a perennial contender nearly every season since. "The last couple of races we've had a few problems and that killed us in the main events, but I've still been able to run top three. We just hope everything goes right at Du Quoin and I can win it."
Stump says the missing ingredient in previous campaigns has been riding for a good team. This year riding for the Lima Harley-Davidson team has made all the difference.
"I've done the series pretty much on my own before," Stump explained. "This year with Lima Harley-Davidson backing me and Jeff Eibling putting in so much of his own time preparing the bike, it's been great. Jeff wants to win as bad as I do. I'd love to win it and then move on to other things. My son is racing and is doing well and my daughter raced for the first time. So I want to change my focus in the near future, but it would be good to go out of this series on top."
Stump is putting last year's Du Quoin 883 winner Ricky Marshall on his backup bike this weekend. "I enjoyed racing with Ricky last year at Du Quoin and he's the kind of guy you can trust racing against."
For additional information on the Du Quoin National contact the IMDA at (217) 753-8866.
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