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Sep 30, 2001

Oliver Wins Race, Filice Wins 250cc Grand Prix Championship At VIR

Rich Oliver won his 56th career AMA 250cc Grand Prix race at Virginia International Raceway Sunday afternoon, but Jimmy Filice's sixth place was enough to win the Championship by one point.<BR><BR>Results follow:<BR><BR>1. Rich Oliver, Yamaha, <BR>2. Chuck Sorensen, Yamaha, +6.362 seconds<BR>3. Randy Renfrow, TSR-Honda, +15.752<BR>4. Mike Himmelsbach, Aprilia, +17.247<BR>5. Simon Turner, Yamaha, +17.455<BR>6. Jim Filice, Yamaha, +23.267<BR>7. Mike Hannas, Yamaha, +27.369<BR>8. Perry Melneciuc, Yamaha, +51.433<BR>9. Ed Sorbo, Yamaha, +54.285<BR>10. Cory West, Yamaha, +54.320<BR>11. Monty Warsing, Yamaha, +70.911<BR>12. Greg Esser, Honda, +73.320<BR>13. Chris Pyles, Yamaha, +81.513<BR>14. Shane Breeding, Honda, -1 lap<BR>15. Bill Himmlesbach, Yamaha, -1 lap<BR>16. Ty Piz, Yamaha, -1 lap<BR>17. Eric Stephens, Honda, -1 lap<BR>18. John France, Honda, -1 lap<BR>19. Jim Bonner, Yamaha, -1 lap<BR>20. James Worthington, Aprilia, -1 lap<BR>21. Chris Holske, Yamaha, -2 laps<BR>22. Glen Christianson, Yamaha, -2 laps<BR>23. M. Deblanco, -2 laps<BR>24. S. Wray, -5 laps<BR>25. A. Brault, -6 laps<BR><BR><BR><BR>Unofficial Final Championship Points:<BR>1. Filice, 309<BR>2. Oliver, 308<BR>3. Hannas, 249<BR>4. Melneciuc, 224<BR>5. Simon Turner, 221