Connell wraps up championship in qualifying. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2002) - With his fast lap in qualifying for Sunday's Pro Honda Oils Sportbike race, Craig Connell today walked away with the pole and the series championship. The extra...
Connell wraps up championship in qualifying.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2002) - With his fast lap in qualifying for Sunday's Pro Honda Oils Sportbike race, Craig Connell today walked away with the pole and the series championship.
The extra point Connell was awarded for taking the pole with a time of 1:54.527 in the timed qualifying for the Pro Honda Oils Sportbike race, gave the Aussie rider the edge he needed to secure the series championship.
"I still want to win the race tomorrow," said Connell, denying that having the championship in the bag will take away his hunger for the checkered flag. "I feel like I'm going to be able to go out and see how the race pans out and if I think I can win, I'll win. If I don't I'll still do the best I can. I'll want to cross the finish line first."
Connell still faces an imminent threat from Michael Barnes in Sunday's Lockhart-Phillips Unlimited Superbike race. The Superbike series championship is on the line and only 10 points separate Barnes and Connell after Barnes captured the pole for Sunday's Superbike race today.
If Barnes wins the Lockhart-Phillips Unlimited Superbike, Connell must finish no less than second in order to capture the series championship.
"For me I'll probably run the race tomorrow and see how Michael is going," said Connell. "I'll sit on his tire or something and see how the race is panning out. I don't care if he wins the race as long as I win the championship."
Connell expressed confidence that his team and his bike will help him bring home another championship on Sunday.
"My Superbike is running really well," said Connell of his Suzuki. "Our tires are lasting reasonably well and I think we've got a very good package for the race."
The final day of Fall Cycle Scene racing at Daytona International Speedway will begin with CCS Sprint Races at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., the final features begin with Buell Lightning Series followed by the 600cc SuperSport, the Honda Pro Oils Sportbike the NRRS Thunderbike, and the Lockhart-Phillips Superbike.
Tickets for Fall Cycle Scene are available at the gate or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.