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Aug 25, 2001

It's Acree, Wood, And Barnes In F-USA Qualifying At Pocono

Final Unlimited Superbike Qualifying Results:
1. Lee Acree, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:39.661
2. Tray Batey, Aprilia RSV1000R, 1:40.391
3. Shawn Higbee, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:40.732
4. Brian Parriott, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:40.756
5. Eric Wood, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:40.962
6. Michael Himmelsbach, Aprilia RSV1000R, 1:41.707
7. Ty Howard, Kawasaki ZX-9R, 1:41.858
8. Chuck Chouinard, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:42.009
9. Paul Harrell, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:42.448
10. Aaron Clark, Aprilia RSV1000R, 1:43.011
11. Marc Palazzo, Honda CBR929RR, 1:43.080
12. Roland Williams, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:43.118
13. Ken Snyder, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:43.218
14. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:43.319
15. Anthony Fania, Jr., Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:43.666
16. Tim Bemisderfer, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:43.691
17. John Haner, Kawasaki ZX-9R, 1:43.744
18. Mike Fitzpatrick, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:44.012
19. Greg Leffler, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:44.289
20. Mark Ledesma, Aprilia RSV1000R, 1:44.493

After turning consistent 1:43 lap times, Marc Palazzo turned a 1:40 and jumped from 13th to 3rd in the qualifying order. When asked by a reporter if he cut the course during the session, Palazzo denied that he cut the course. When F-USA officials (with a printout of all of Palazzo's lap times in hand) pointed out to Palazzo that his 1:40 was an "out lap" following a pit stop and impossible to do from a standing start, Palazzo did not object to F-USA disallowing the time.

Tray Batey crashed in turn one during the qualifying session and suffered abrasions to his right knee and hand. Batey's crashed Aprilia completed its dyno run despite a broken right clip-on.

F-USA Unlimited Superbike point leader Craig Connell made four laps in qualifying with a best time of 1:49.016, good for 27th on the 33-rider grid. Connell has a total of seven laps at Pocono between his two Ducatis.

Ken Chase and White Tip Racing have parted ways, and Chase will not be racing at Pocono on Sunday. White Tip owner Michael Cox said the breakup was over personality differences.

Final Pro Sportbike Qualifying Results:
1. Lee Acree, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:41.549 (New Record)
2. Brian Parriott, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:42.339
3. Shawn Conrad, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:42.907
4. Eric Wood, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:42.942
5. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:43.009
6. Chuck Chouinard, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:43.093
7. Paul Harrell, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:43.209
8. Ty Howard, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:43.260
9. Shan Ball, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:44.006
10. Jeff Vermeulen, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:44.103
11. Aaron Clark, Honda CBR600F4, 1:44.168
12. Jim Lester, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:44.361
13. Marc Palazzo, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:44.396
14. Roland Williams, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:44.692
15. Scott Greenwood, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:44.781

Scott Greenwood, Paul Harrell, and Michael Barnes crashed during the session. Barnes destroyed his GSX-R600 in a highside crash in turn five after his one and only flying lap. Barnes thinks that he may have broken bones in his left hand/wrist but continued riding in his two other classes, Unlimited Superbike and Buell Lightning. Even though Barnes' bike had a broken frame, bent forks, leaking radiator, bent wheels, and a broken exhaust pipe, it passed its dyno test.

Buell Lightning Qualifying Results (All on Buell 1200s):
1. Michael Barnes, 1:47.915
2. Bryan Bemisderfer, 1:48.833
3. Mark Reynolds, 1:50.347
4. Anthony Fania, Jr., 1:50.513
5. Jeff Johnson, 1:50.792
6. Richie Morris, 1:50.932
7. Jason Smith, 1:50.997
8. Brian Bodine, 1:51.434
9. Jeff Vermeulen, 1:51.580
10. Daniel Bilansky, 1:53.469

Aprilia Challenge Cup Qualifying Results (All on RS250s):
1. Jeff Wood, 1:49.914
2. Brian Kcraget, 1:52.097
3. Shannon Silva, 1:52.281
4. Dan Fischer, 1:53.019
5. Thad Halsmer, 1:53.216
6. Gus Holcomb, 1:53.649
7. Paul Hopkins, 1:54.986
8. Josh Sortor, 1:56.351
9. John Lemak, 1:56.413
10. Tim Knutson, 1:56.592

Fischer and Sortor each crashed after only one flying lap during the Aprilia qualifying session. Neither rider was hurt.