Mar 2, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Defending Formula USA Champion Shawn Higbee topped Unlimited Superbike qualifying at Daytona International Speedway Saturday. Morning rain saw officials cone off a section of the chicane known to be very slippery when wet, but the track was mostly dry when qualifying started.<BR><BR>A group of riders said they would not ride if it rained on Sunday, and threatened to boycott the event. The group included Larry Pegram and Lee Acree.<BR><BR>Another meeting of riders concerned with the potential of racing in the rain at Daytona is scheduled for tonight.<BR><BR>During the first of two 20-minute qualifying sessions, a blown engine produced a huge cloud of smoke entering the chicane. When Chris Ulrich backed off at the sight of smoke, he was clipped from behind by Craig Connell; neither fell, although both pitted immediately afterwards.<BR><BR>A scoring system problem resulted in monitors along pit lane being blank for most of the first qualifying session; the system displayed one rider's name in nine positions when the monitors did display anything, soon followed by a blank screen.<BR><BR>Qualifying results follow:<BR><BR>Unlimited Superbike Qualifying<BR><BR>1. Shawn Higbee, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:53.898<BR>2. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:54.709<BR>3. Eric Wood, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:54.791<BR>4. Larry Pegram, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:55.003<BR>5. Lee Acree, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:55.483<BR>6. Mike Himmelsbach, Aprilia RSV Mille R, 1:55.844<BR>7. Craig Connell, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:56.568<BR>8. Matt Wait, Honda CBR929RR, 1:56.945<BR>9. Scott Greenwood, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:57.976<BR>10. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:57.744<BR>11. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:58.368<BR>12. Ty Howard, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:58.431<BR>13. Darry Wilbur, 1:58.716<BR>14. Tim Bemisderfer, Honda CBR954RR, 1:58.877<BR>15. Byron Barbour, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:59.871<BR>16. Owen Richie, 2:00.127<BR>17. Stephane Mertens, Suzuki GSX-R750, 2:00.223<BR>18. John Ashmead, Suzuki GSX-R750, 2:00.496<BR>19. Cory Call, Suzuki GSX-R750, 2:01.121<BR>20. Robert Presby, Kawasaki ZX-7R, 2:01.191<BR>