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Tommy Hayden looking to increase points lead in Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series. Pickerington, Ohio - Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden is doing what no other rider has ever done before. In 1999, he became the first rider to ever win...

Tommy Hayden looking to increase points lead in Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock Series.

Pickerington, Ohio - Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden is doing what no other rider has ever done before. In 1999, he became the first rider to ever win a Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock race (formerly 750 Supersport) on a 600cc machine. The 2002 season has seen him win his second Superstock race on a factory Kawasaki 600 and is currently holding the points lead.

The class is made up of mostly 750cc machines and has been dominated by Suzuki in past years.

Arclight Suzuki's Lee Acree is fresh off a win at Sears Point and can be strongly considered Hayden's toughest competition. The Jamestown, N.C., native will arrive at Road Atlanta and make a strong run to take over the points lead as he currently sits seven behind Hayden. Corona Suzuki's Jordan Szoke and Jimmy Moore will be shooting to make up their points deficit at Road Atlanta. Szoke wasn't able to make the last race at Sears Point after running into problems with his VISA when attempting to fly out of Canada. Defending class champion Jimmy Moore is hoping to end his streak of bad luck at the upcoming round. Cruise America's Jason DiSalvo is turning out to be a surprise in the class as he took fourth at Sears Point over Moore.

Australian Damon Buckmaster continues to remain undefeated in the Lockhart Philips Formula Xtreme Series, a goal he set for himself after losing the 2001 class championship to John Hopkins by just one point. Buckmaster currently holds a 14-point advantage over Bruce Transportation Honda's Jake Zemke, a multi-time podium finisher in the action packed class of 1000cc machines. Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's newest recruit Marty Cragill, filling in for injured rider Josh Hayes showed his talent at Sears Point as he battled with Jake Zemke and Mike Hale to take the final podium spot. The 33 year-old from Melbourne, Australia is a former Australian Superbike Champion and is looking for his second podium at Road Atlanta.

Former MBNA 250 Grand Prix Champion Chuck Sorensen of the Stargel Aprilia team will arrive in Braselton, Ga. with a 20-point lead in championship standings and hopes to hold off Cruise America's Jason DiSalvo's charge for his first win in the class. DiSalvo's season started off less than stellar after a crash at the opening round in Daytona Beach, Fla. left him behind the eight ball in points. Podium finishes at California Speedway and Sears Point have moved the 18-year-old New York native up to sixth in the point standings.

Team Oliver Yamaha's Rich Oliver is out of contention for another title after a crash at Sears Point left him with a compound fracture to his right forearm. Oliver's teammate Perry Melneciuc has put in solid finishes and is second in the point standings. Performance Machine's Roland Sands has made up for his DNF in Daytona Beach with podium finishes at the last two rounds, sitting third in the standings. For ticket information visit Road Atlanta's website at www.roadatlanta.com, or call toll-free at (800) 849-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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Drivers Jordan Szoke , Tommy Hayden , Joshua Hayes , John Hopkins , Lee Acree , Damon Buckmaster , Jake Zemke , Roland Sands