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Lee Acree takes his Arclight Suzuki to front in Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series. Pickerington, Ohio-- There's been a changing of the guard in the AMA Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series and the new guard comes in the name...

Lee Acree takes his Arclight Suzuki to front in Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series.

Pickerington, Ohio-- There's been a changing of the guard in the AMA Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series and the new guard comes in the name of Arclight Suzuki's Lee Acree of Jamestown, N.C. Acree took over in the points lead at Road Atlanta after a race long, bar-banging battle with second place newcomer Adam Fergusson from Australia. Acree will attempt to guard his 10-point advantage June 1 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, Colo.

Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden will attempt to take back the points lead that he had before Atlanta with his factory Kawasaki ZX-6R. Hayden is a veteran of the Superstock class (formerly 750cc Supersport) and considering the fight he put up for fourth in last year's Supersport on his 600cc machine, he can't be counted out as a season-long threat to become the first AMA Superstock Champion riding a 600cc motorcycle.

Team Cruise America's Jason DiSalvo had another thrilling weekend at Atlanta and comes to PPIR full of confidence after three brilliant race performances in Braselton, Ga. It's also rumored that the 18-year-old Stafford, N.Y., native will be receiving his high school diploma with a podium as the back drop for the obligatory "handshake" photo opportunity. The AMA Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme Series is just about to get interesting as current points leader Damon Buckmaster will race a brand new Graves Motorsports Yamaha R1 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. It was recently announced that the motorcycle that he has been victorious on in 2002 was found to be illegal for competition. PPIR will not come without challenges as the friendly Australian has an unproven motorcycle to contend with.

Erion Racing's Roger Lee Hayden (youngest of the three Hayden brothers) returned to racing at Road Atlanta and despite the knee injury he was still suffering from, fought to the end for a well-earned second-place finish. Hayden finished fourth in 2001 at PPIR.

Bruce Transportation Group's Jake Zemke is also making regular podium appearances in the Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme class. Though he had two hard get-offs at round three of the series at Road Atlanta, he came back strong after the final restart to take the last podium spot. Zemke knows PPIR well and he goes there looking for his first win of the season.

Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's Marty Craggill is proving that he's a quick learner. Craggill, another Australian and former Australian Superbike Champion, will be with the Valvoline EMGO Suzuki team for the remainder of the season.

For ticket information visit Pikes Peak International Raceway's website at www.ppir.com, or call toll-free at (888) 306-RACE (7223). For immediate post-race results, points, and live transponder scoring from each race in the championship, log on to amaproracing.com's Superbike Mediacenter, the official home of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship.

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Series AMA
Drivers Tommy Hayden , Adam Fergusson , Lee Acree , Damon Buckmaster , Jake Zemke , Roger Lee Hayden , Marty Craggill