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TOP SEED ELLIS LEADS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE COMPETITORS IN 18TH ANNUAL RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE CLERMONT, Ind. - Chip Ellis will headline a special eight-motorcycle field from the No. 1 qualifying position as he is seeking his first victory...

TOP SEED ELLIS LEADS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE COMPETITORS IN 18TH ANNUAL RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE

CLERMONT, Ind. - Chip Ellis will headline a special eight-motorcycle field from the No. 1 qualifying position as he is seeking his first victory in the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis on Aug. 30. The special bonus event for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors will be held during the 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race.

The total race day purse for the 18th annual Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle is $61,000. The winner will earn a $25,000 bonus from Ringers Gloves. Any rider who can win the Battle and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals will earn a $10,000 'Double-Up' bonus from the NHRA.

The Battle runner-up will earn $10,000. The two semifinalists will earn $6,000 each, while the four first-round finishers will earn $3,500 apiece.

Drivers accumulated points for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle at 16 NHRA national events between last year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals up to the 2008 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. A $1,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each of those races.

Ellis claimed the No. 1 seed by earning four No. 1 qualifying positions during the Battle series.

Ellis, runner-up at the last three Battle events, will meet Matt Guidera in the opening round. In other first round meetings, Matt Smith will face Chris Rivas, while defending and three-time winner Andrew Hines will race Karen Stoffer, who is making her second appearance in the bonus event. Eddie Krawiec, who is making his first start in the Battle, will meet Angelle Sampey, a three-time runner-up in the event, in the first round.

Other past winners include GT Tonglet, Reggie Showers, Craig Treble, Shawn Gann, Antron Brown, Matt Hines, John Myers and James Bernard.

Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle rounds are scheduled for 1:15, 5 and 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 30.

2008 RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE FINAL STANDINGS
1. Chip Ellis, Indianapolis, Schumacher Electric Suzuki 2,550
2. Matt Smith, King, N.C., NitroFish Wear Buell 2,505
3. Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 2,470
4. Eddie Krawiec, Indianapolis, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 2,205
5. Angelle Sampey, New Orleans, Rush Racing Products Buell 2,105
6. Karen Stoffer, Minden, Nev., Geico Suzuki 2,030
7. Chris Rivas, Fresno, Calif., G-Squared/Drag Specialties Buell 2,000
8. Matt Guidera, Loomis, Calif., Mohegan Sun Rocklin Motorsports Buell 1,935

2008 RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE ROUND PAIRINGS:

FIRST ROUND
Chip Ellis vs. Matt Guidera
Matt Smith vs. Chris Rivas
Andrew Hines vs. Karen Stoffer
Eddie Krawiec vs. Angelle Sampey

SEMIFINALS
Ellis-Guidera winner vs. Krawiec-Sampey winner
Smith-Rivas winner vs. Hines-Stoffer winner

FINAL (7:10 p.m., Aug. 30)

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Matt Hines , Reggie Showers , Shawn Gann , Craig Treble , Karen Stoffer , Chris Rivas , Andrew Hines , Matthew Smith , GT Tonglet , Chip Ellis , Matt Guidera , Angelle Sampey , Eddie Krawiec