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Apr 28, 2002

Jeff Chen And Jeffrey Purk, DDS Take Wins At CCS Road America

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

By David Swarts

Dr. Jeffrey Purk, the racing dentist, and Jeff Chen were the ones to watch in CCS and USGPRU action Sunday at Road America.

Dark Horse Racing's Chen took a runaway win the USGPRU 125cc Grand Prix race, held in conjunction with the CCS regional event. Nicky Cummings, age 15, grabbed the holeshot off the line on a damp, but drying track. Chen passed Cummings on lap two, and the pair swapped the lead several times. On lap two, Cummings, riding on full Dunlop rain tires, out-drove Chen up the hill out of turn five to re-take the lead but then lowsided in turn six. From that point Chen, riding a Dunlop slick-equipped Honda RS125, pulled away to win by 17 seconds.'s Robert Rawlins came back from early race troubles, passed 14-year-old Taylor Knapp on lap five, and closed slightly but came well short of Chen, his teammate. Third-generation-racer Knapp ran second, after his teammate Cummings fell, but had to settle for third on his Ray C's/Cummings Harley-Davidson-backed Honda.

Later, with the track almost completely dry but extremely cold, Purk left Dunlop rain tires on his DDS Racing Suzuki GSX-R750 to take wins in the Heavyweight Superbike and Speedscreen Unlimited Grand Prix races. In the Unlimited GP, Purk came from behind to pass early leader Geoff May and went on to win by 6.1 seconds. After missing the warm-up lap, Shawn Conrad started the race with cold DOT-labeled Dunlops on his Suzuki GSX-R750 but charged forward to pass May and finish second. May held on to third on his Embry Racing GSX-R1000.

With his dry-pattern Dunlops pre-warmed, Conrad was more prepared for the later Heavyweight Supersport race, but Purk chose to start the Suzuki contingency race with the same set of Dunlop rain tires. Conrad and Purk overtook quick starter Montez Stewart and dueled to the end. Running the fastest lap since before the rain began (2:28.65), Conrad was able to beat Purk to the checkered flag by two seconds and take the Heavyweight Supersport win. Stewart finished third on another Suzuki 750.

USGPRU/CCS GP SINGLES RESULTS: 1. Jeff Chen (Hon RS125); 2. Robert Rawlins (Hon RS125); 3. Taylor Knapp (Hon RS125); 4. Eric Kancir (Hon RS125); 5. Robert Johnston (Hon RS125); 6. Keith Wilson (Yam TZ125); 7. Marc Whitney (Hon RS125); 8. Saba Massiri (Hon RS125); 9. Travis Huffman (Hon RS125); 10. Meghan Stiles (Yam TZ125); 11. Justin Burbridge (Hon RS125); 12. Rich Derousse (Hon RS125); 13. Nicholas Cummings (Hon RS125).

Sunday's CCS Results:

UNLIMITED GP EXPERT: 1. Jeffrey Purk, DDS (Suz GSX-R750); 2. Shawn Conrad (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Geoff May (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Montez Stewart (Suz GSX-R750); 5. Monte Nichols (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Jason Knupp (Suzuki GSX-R750).

UNLIMITED GP AMATEUR: 1. David Didier (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Michael Shallcross (Suz GSX-R750); 4. David Vaughn (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Brian Freire (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Alfredo Cantu, Jr. (Suz GSX-R600).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Shawn Conrad (Suz GSX-R750); 2. Jeffrey Purk, DDS (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Montez Stewart (Suz GSX-R750); 4. Dave Ebben (Suz GSX-R750); 5. Kevin Gordon (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Chris Weeden (Suz GSX-R750).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. David Didier (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Robert Fuszner (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Desmond Thomas (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Michael Shallcross (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Paulette Ani (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Monte Nichols (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Scott Ruehle (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Chris Weeden (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Brian Salazar (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Dave Ebben (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Mike Ogara (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. David Didier (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Desmondo Thomas (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 4. David Vaughn (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Brian Johnson (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Jeffrey Kufalk (Hon CBR600).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Ed Key (Suz SV650); 2. Matt Malterer (Suz SV650); 3. Frank Andreas, Jr. (Suz SV650); 4. Charles Wright (Suz SV650); 5. Mike Riebe (Suz SV650); 6. Steve Alexander (Suz SV650).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Mike Wemmer (Suz SV650); 2. Mark Sorensen (Suz SV650); 3. Joseph Zuengler (Duc 750 SS); 4. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam FZR400); 5. Leroy Dahms (Suz SV650); 6. James Jessie (Suz GS500).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Jeffrey Purk, DDS (Suz GSX-R750); 2. Jason Knupp (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Kevin Gordon (Suz GSX-R750); 4. Roger Hendricks (Suz GSX-R750); 5. Jason Swan (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Kevin Vande Zande (Suz GSX-R750).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Chris Lossie (Hon CBR600); 3. Brian Freire (Suz GSX-R750); 4. David Vaughn (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Alfredo Cantu, Jr. (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Eric Custar (Kaw ZX-6R).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Michael Heuer (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Maurice Golladay (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Russell Voigt (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Chuck Stephan, Jr. (Hon CBR600); 5. Daniel Doty (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Kevin Gordon (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Chris Lossie (Hon CBR600); 2. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 3. David Vaughn (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Andy Feuersthaler (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Eric Custar (Kaw ZX-6R); 6. Paulette Ani (Yam YZF-R6).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Ed Key (Suz SV650); 2. Matt Carr (Duc 750 SS); 3. Matt Malterer (Suz SV650); 4. Mark Holden (Suz SV650); 5. Greg Smith (Suz SV700); 6. Brian Lacy (Rotax 676).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Mike Wemmer (Suz SV650); 2. Dirk Schumann (Yam RZ350); 3. Edgar Dorn (Suz SV650); 4. Joseph Zuengler (Duc 750); 5. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam FZR400); 6. Harry Gambill (Suz SV650).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GP EXPERT: 1. Monte Nichols (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Dan Bilansky (Buell X-1); 3. Daniel Doty (Yam YZF-R6) ; 4. Rick Bretl (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Jeffrey Carson (Kaw ZX-6R); 6. Chris Weeden (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GP AMATEUR: 1. Andy Feuersthaler (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Michael Chachere (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Paulette Ani (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Thomas Laning; 5. Gary Cerveny (Hon CBR600); 6. Bob Schiebenes (Yam YZF-R6).

LIGHTWEIGHT GP EXPERT: 1. Greg Smith (Suz SV650); 2. Dan Bilansky (Buell X-1); 3. Ed Key (Suz SV650); 4. Matt Malterer (Suz SV650); 5. Charles Buse (Suz SV650); 6. Mark Stiles (Yam TZ250).

LIGHTWEIGHT GP AMATEUR: 1. Ronald Bounds (Yam TZ250); 2. Mark Sorensen (Suz SV650); 3. Dirk Schumann (Yam RZ350); 4. Edgar Dorn (Suz SV650); 5. Christopher Onwiler (Yam FZR560); 6. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam FZR400).

SUPER TWINS EXPERT: 1. Kevin Hanson (Duc 996); 2. Kris August (Hon RC51); 3. Matt Carr (Duc 750); 4. Greg Avello (Buell X-1); 5. Steve Alexander (Suz SV650); 6. Shawn Wolff (Suz SV650).

SUPER TWINS AMATEUR: 1. Edgar Dorn (Suz SV650); 2. John George (Suz TL1000); 3. Andrew Thieme (Duc 996); 4. Jeffrey Trudell (Buell X-1); 5. Minh Nguye (Hon 647).

FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Roger Hendricks (Suz GSX-R750); 2. Chuck Stephan, Jr. (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Christopher Kinman (Duc 996); 4. Michael Schock (Hon CBR600); 5. Karl Kegel (Buell X-1); 6. Michael Studelska (Yam FZR400).

FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Edward Bingham (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Timothy Marotz (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Jim Holmen (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Mike Peters (Hon CBR600); 5. Kevin Clark (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Ronald Springfloat (Hon CBR600).

HEAVYWEIGHT SPORTSMAN EXPERT: 1. Charles Buse (Suz SV700); 2. Ed Key (Suz SV650); 3. Matt Carr (Duc 750 SS); 4. Greg Smith (Suz SV700); 5. Greg Avello (Buell X-1); 6. Charles Wright (Suz SV650).

HEAVYWEIGHT SPORTMAN AMATEUR: 1. Edgar Dorn (Suz SV650); 2. William Casper (Hon 600); 3. Paul Buxton (Suz SV650); 4. Thomas Fredericks (Buell X-1); 5. Jeffrey Trudell (Buell X-1); 6. Andrew Glomski (Suz SV650).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SPORTSMAN EXPERT: 1. Brian Lacy (Rotax ); 2. Brian Salazar (Apr RS316); 3. Lon Allen (Duc 750 SS); 4. Charles Wright (Yam FZR400); 5. Chad Konop (Yam TZ250); 6. Brian Jaworski (Hon 650).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SPORTSMAN AMATEUR: 1. Mike Gantz (Yam FZR400); 2. Benjamin Riemer (Yam 600); 3. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam FZR400); 4. Joseph Zuengler (Duc 750 SS); 5. Lon Allen, Jr. (Cagiva 650); 6. Nick Digilio (Hon 650).


LIGHTWEIGHT SPORTSMAN AMATEUR: 1. Lon Allen, Jr. (Cagiva 650); 2. James Jessie (Suz GS500); 3. Michael Fredricks (Yam RZ350); 4. Don Pengra (Yam RD400).

ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT SPORTSMAN: 1. Rhiannon Lucente (Kaw 250).

NOTE: The combined Unlimited Supersport Expert and Unlimited Supersport Amateur race, the last of the day, had not been run at post time.