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May 26, 2002

Harwell Stars In WERA National Challenge Series At VIR

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Arclight Suzuki's Scott Harwell took three wins in the WERA National Challenge Series/Cycle Jam event at Virginia International Raceway, the most wins by a single rider in featured classes on Sunday, after being challenged in each race by Vesrah Suzuki riders.

The three-day event drew about 400 riders and the paddock was packed.

Harwell started the day by winning the Open Superstock race on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Vesrah Suzuki's Mark Junge challenged Harwell in the first half of the race before having to pit with fuel problems.

The next victory for Harwell came in the Dunlop 600cc Superstock race, after holding off John Jacobi. The two riders, both on Suzuki GSX-R600s, swapped positions four times on the last lap and made contact twice, before Harwell edged by to win.

Harwell's third win came in the 750cc Superstock race on his Suzuki GSX-R750. Harwell had to get past Vesrah's Tray Batey, who had the advantage for most of the race. Harwell took the lead on the white flag lap and held on for the win.

Matt Furtek took the lead in 600cc Superbike after early leader Ken Snyder crashed, then barely held off Adam Coco to take the win. Furtek, 17, was riding a Yamaha YZF-R6.

After his crash in 600cc Superbike, Snyder was able to win the 750cc Superbike race on his Suzuki GSX-R750.

Furtek took the lead again in Formula One, still on his Yamaha, but was outpowered by GSX-R1000-mounted Scott Carpenter, who passed Furtek for the lead on the front straight just before crossing the finish line.

Local racer Brian Kcraget took two convincing wins, in 125cc Grand Prix and Formula 2.

Tray Batey again took the win in Heavyweight Twins, gaining an early gap on the field on his Suzuki TL1000R. Dave Yaakov won Lightweight Twins on his Suzuki SV650, battling for the entire race with MB Motorsports' Bradley Champion and winning by about half-a-bikelength.
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