Mar 19, 2001
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Australia's Damon Buckmaster was the big winner in WSMC action at Willow Springs International Raceway on Sunday. In his first race with Graves Yamaha, Buckmaster beat the best of the locals to win the GMD Computrack Los Angeles 600cc Superstock race and the Toyota Cup Unlimited Formula One Grand Prix race. In both races, Buckmaster had to come from the back of the grid, through the pack, and past his employer Chuck Graves and local star Vincent Haskovec to take the win.<BR><BR>Haskovec and Graves didn't get shut out completely. Graves showed that he is the only team owner on the AMA circuit capable of beating his own rider when Graves bested Buckmaster early in the day in Performance Machine Open Superbike. Later, Haskovec beat Graves in the Hyperclub Formula Two final<BR><BR>White Tip Racing's Ken Chase won both the L&L Motorsports 750cc Superbike and Maxima Oil 750cc Superstock races. <BR><BR>Young guns Tony "The Tiger" Meiring, 17, and Chris Peris, 15, collected wins in 750cc Modified Production and Roadracing World 125cc Grand Prix, respectively.<BR><BR>Sunday also featured the first road racing success for Mike "Godfather of Freestyle" Metzger. After a fast and flammable first attempt late last year, Metzger, 25, returned to Willow Springs to complete his first Novice race in promising fashion.<BR>