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Scherb locks up Sportster title at Scioto Downs

Victory at Scioto Downs clinches series with one round remaining PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2003) -- Scott Scherb clinched the 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series with a win Saturday in round nine of the 10-race series at ...

Victory at Scioto Downs clinches series with one round remaining

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2003) -- Scott Scherb clinched the 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series with a win Saturday in round nine of the 10-race series at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Scherb, a 35-year-old racer from Decatur, Texas, won the championship this year after a season-long battle with 1994 champion Scott Stump. By winning four of the last five races, Scherb was able to open up a 27-point lead on Stump with only the Springfield (Ill.) Mile remaining on the schedule this weekend.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Sportster Performance Series, a support class of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship that features riders racing on equally-matched Harley-Davidson 883 Sportsters.

"It's too sweet," said a jubilant Scherb, who is in his fourth year in the Sportster Performance Series. "I've got the No. 1 plate with me right now and we'll have it on display on the bike at Springfield."

Scherb, riding an 883 Sportster backed by Doc's Harley-Davidson in St. Louis, broke through to win his first Sportster Performance race at Hagerstown, Md., in early August and took over the series lead. Scherb and Stump stayed close all season, but Scherb's hot streak in the second half of the year was enough to secure him his first AMA Championship.

"Every time I would win Scott (Stump) would finish second and then he won in Vernon, New York," Scherb said. "He kept me honest, but I think the key for us was finishing every race. My mechanic Al Simons did a great job keeping my bikes in top shape this year. One race I felt something was starting to go off on my main bike so I went to my back up. I probably could have done better that night on my main bike, but I knew that with just 10 rounds you had to score points in every race so I didn't want to take a chance."

Scherb cited his victory at Hales Corners in Milwaukee during Harley-Davidson's 100th anniversary as the highlight of his season. Scherb's championship marked the second Sportster Performance title for team owner Jim Wagner. Bryan Smith won the 2001 championship riding Wagner-owned bikes.

Scherb heads up a family full of racers. He has two sons, Corby and Merle, ranked in the top 10 in the Harley-Davidson Sportster Series. Two younger twin sons, are rising up in the amateur ranks and are leading supermoto riders.

Scherb said he plans on capping off the season by going for a fifth win at the Springfield Mile this coming weekend. "Now I can just go out there and race and not have to worry about the championship," Scherb said. He plans on returning next year to defend his championship.

For immediate post-race results, points, in-depth series and rider information, regular columnists and much more, log onto www.1800FlatTrack.com, the official website of the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship.

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