And with this being the final stop before Tulsa’s ABA ROC and Grands, it was everyone’s last chance to up their standings and place themselves better in the National No.1 title points chase. REDLINE’s BUBBA HARRIS did just that, by taking a Sunday WIN and Saturday 2nd. That’s Win No.9, for those counting – giving him a nice, comfortable lead for the No.1 Pro Championship.
REDLINE’s JASON CARNE$ was also out to drop a few poor finishes from his rehab-months early in the year. And with current points leader Todd Parry watching from the sidelines on Saturday, Carne$ took yet another win, and then backed it up with a 3rd place score on Sunday. Jason, the reigning 4-time Vet Pro champ, is currently sitting in the No.2 spot behind “T.P” Todd Parry, and after last years’ chase for the ‘Cup, this years battle should be even more intense. But despite those great finishes, the weekend was not all wins and podiums for the Redline squad.
KIM HAYASHI crashed hard in Saturday’s first main, and wound up KO’ing herself in the process. Without her correct bearings, she sat out the rest of the day, but returned on Sunday to score third place overall. Kim, who has lead the point standings the past two years going in to Tulsa, is now sitting in the No.4 spot of Pro Women points. With some Oklahoma wins and luck on her side, Lil’ Kim still has a shot at the No.1 plate that has eluded her the past three years.
Redline’s great hope for a No.1 Amateur title this year is the big-geared Texan DENZEL STEIN; who was killin’ it as usual every time he was on the track. But a high speed manual, while pushing the BMX envelope, sent him right off the track and nearly took out announcer Mike Redman. If there’s anybody you want to cushion your crash, it’d be Mike Redman. And it’s one good way to get some extra “Mic”-time.
Redline’s other hot up and comin’ Amateur—DAKOTA SENGER, put himself in the hunt for a low Cruiser NAG plate with a Saturday 10-cruiser victory, and went on to prove he’s no fluke by scoring 2nd in 10x. Redline predicts big things in the future for this Oregonian.
Unfortunately, Bubba’s big AA-pro win was overshadowed with bad news after JEFFREY UPSHAW slammed hard in the main, and broke both bones in his arm. This is an extreme bummer, as Upshaw was sitting in the No.6 spot in Amateur standings and was most likely in his last chase for an Amateur title – hoping to turn Pro in 2007. The injury will most likely put Upshizzle out of the hunt for the plate, and leave it all in the hands of Denzel. REDLINE wishes Jeffrey a quick recovery and looks forward to seeing his comeback next year.