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Mar 9, 2001

MBNA 250cc Grand Prix Heat Races

Team Oliver took the win in Friday's five-lap MBNA 250cc heat race on his Sticker Solutions-sponsored Yamaha TZ250 with Dunlop tires. Oliver had a close race with Performance Machine's similarly equipped Roland Sands, but Sands sat up after lap four thinking that it was the last. Oliver passed Sands and went on to take the heat race win and the pole position by virtue of having won the quicker of the two heat races.<BR><BR>In the other 250cc heat race, Cruise America Grand Prix Racing's Jason DiSalvo, 17, made his AMA Pro debut by winning the five lapper over former AMA 250cc Champion Jimmy Filice of Corbin Racing and reigning 250cc Champion Chuck Sorenson of GP Tech.<BR><BR>Oliver will sit on pole position for Sunday's 100-kilometer race with DiSalvo, Sands, and Filice next to him. There are nine AMA 250 championships between Oliver, Sands, Sorenson, and Filice and countless race wins. <BR>