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Sears Point: Galster, Hurst race report

Slednecks Rider Josh Galster Enjoys Another Top 20 Finish in AMA 600 Supersport -- New Sponsors Jump Aboard May 19, 2008, Sonoma, California- Slednecks rider and California Superbike School coach Josh Galster finished 19th in this weekend's ...

Slednecks Rider Josh Galster Enjoys Another Top 20 Finish in AMA 600 Supersport -- New Sponsors Jump Aboard

May 19, 2008, Sonoma, California- Slednecks rider and California Superbike School coach Josh Galster finished 19th in this weekend's AMA 600 Supersport Race at Infineon Raceway.

Despite the extreme weather, regularly over 100 degrees and windy, and the fact that it was his first time ever racing the extremely technical circuit, Galster qualified in 24th position. During the race he was able to move up 5 spots to finish top 20 for the second weekend in a row with a 19th place and a best time of 1:43.1.

"The race was great and I had a lot of fun. I had an awesome battle going with one of the other riders who I could hear was right on my tail." Said Galster after the race. "At one point he passed me but I got him right back. I was having none of that!"

Galster, a privateer running the AMA series for the first time with support from clothing company, Slednecks, is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Leo Vince Exhausts, Arai Helmets and GPR Stabilizers.

"I cannot thank these companies enough for their offers of support over the weekend. I'm very excited and look forward to working with them throughout the remainder of the season."

Slednecks Racing teammate, Misti Hurst (also supported by the above companies) struggled throughout the weekend with suspension set up issues and extreme allergies that threatened to sideline her.

"It was a tough weekend," Said Hurst. "With no testing time with the new shock, we just couldn't seem to get it set up correctly in the time we had. Thursday and Friday practice times were way off pace and my allergies were so bad I couldn't do two laps without my eyes streaming and my head pounding."

Hurst persevered though, and crew chief for the weekend Eric Dorn of EDR Performance, with help from Dave Moss, Barry Wressel and Dunlop tires, was able to get the bike running better by Saturday morning practice. Hurst ran times in the morning that would have qualified her for the 600 Supersport race but come qualifying, she ran into more difficulties.

"We simply chose the wrong compound tire," explained Hurst. "By lap 3 it was done and I was struggling to maintain control. With limited funding and equipment we just didn't have another Dunlop ready. I couldn't get my times down and just missed the qualifying cut. It was extremely frustrating."

It was the first time in 11 AMA races that Hurst has not met the qualifying time.

See Misti and Josh at the next AMA Supersport event, round 5 at Miller Motorsports Park, May 29th --June 1st.

-credit: www.mistihurst.com

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Series AMA
Drivers Misti Hurst , Josh Galster