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Mar 5, 2001

News Briefs From Daytona

Jeff Nash of Advanced Motorsports (AMS) has put together a Ducati support deal and plans to run Craig Connell in the complete Formula USA series. Connell finished second to Grant Lopez in Sunday's Formula USA Unlimited Superbike race. Nash admits that details of the deal have not been finalized with Ducati.<BR><BR>Meanwhile, Lopez and both his Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki teammates are fighting injuries. Lopez broke the thumb on his right hand when he highsided out of the International Horseshoe during practice last Thursday. Ben Spies broke a bone in his left hand when he highsided in the identical spot shortly after Lopez fell. John Hopkins did not crash, but severely tweaked his right knee during a subsequent practice session when he lost both ends and slid at the same spot on the track where Lopez and Spies crashed, with Hopkins' bike slamming down on to his right knee, which was about a foot off the ground before the slide started. Spies missed the Formula USA weekend races altogether and Hopkins elected to ride in the 600cc class only. Lopez toughed it out and rode in the Unlimited Superbike class.<BR><BR>Young gun Jason DiSalvo missed Sunday's GPRA 250cc Grand Prix race at Daytona when the clutch push rod in his Honda RS250 broke Saturday. DiSalvo did not have a spare, and could not obtain a replacement in time for the race. Jeff Wood won the race on a TZ250 and the racer now known simply as Jocelin finished second on her TZ250 tuned by fiance Rich Oliver.<BR><BR>Former racer Jeff Haney is at Daytona to serve as DiSalvo's personal riding coach. Haney is on the staff of Freddie Spencer's High Performance Riding School, which is based in Las Vegas and is an associate sponsor of DiSalvo's Cruise America Grand Prix Racing.<BR>