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Sep 23, 2002

Tommy Hayden Wins F-USA TT Dirt Track In Tacoma, Wait Takes GNC Points Lead

<BR><BR>Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>Tommy Hayden won the Formula USA Pro Singles indoor TT dirt track race Saturday, September 21 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. Riding a Yamaha, Hayden won his heat race and then beat Honda-mounted Brett Landes in the main event. Riding another Honda, Roger Lee Hayden took third in the main after winning his heat race.<BR><BR>Nicky Hayden told Roadracingworld.com that he considered entering the Tacoma event but it would've been too much of a rush to rebuild his Honda CRF450F after his last dirt track in time to start driving from Kentucky to Washington. <BR><BR>Matt Wait had to come from the last chance qualifier to make the show and ended up with fifth place in the main. Wait's finish combined with Larry Pegram failing to qualify for the main event resulted in Wait taking over the F-USA Grand National Championship point lead with two rounds (one dirt track, one road race) remaining.<BR><BR>Pegram was the 31st-fastest qualifier, took seventh in his heat race, placed third in his semi but took sixth in the Last Chance Qualifier.<BR><BR>GNC competitor Cory West failed to advance out of the heat races on his Synergy Racing Technologies Honda CRF450F.<BR><BR>Jake Zemke finished 11th in the main event on a Honda.<BR><BR>Riding a Yamaha, Rich Oliver qualified 37th, finished 9th in his heat race, was 12th in the semi and did not make the main event.<BR><BR>F-USA Pro Singles TT Race Results From Tacoma:<BR><BR>1. Tommy Hayden, Yamaha<BR>2. Brett Landes, Honda<BR>3. Roger Lee Hayden, Honda<BR>4. Glen Schnabel, Jr., Honda<BR>5. Matt Wait, Honda<BR>6. Mickey Fay, Honda<BR>7. Terry Poovey, ATK<BR>8. Trenton Bailey, Yamaha<BR>9. Dan Stanley, Honda<BR>10. Eric Rickman, Honda<BR>11. Jake Zemke, Honda<BR>12. John Hlebo, Honda<BR>13. Joe Kopp, KTM<BR>14. Kirk Strong, Rotax<BR>15. Bryan Smith, Honda<BR><BR>Grand National Championship Points (after 8 of 10 rounds):<BR><BR>1. Wait, 92 points<BR>2. Pegram, 88 points<BR>3. Craig Connell, 68 points<BR>4. West, 59 points<BR>5. TIE, Poovey/Michael Barnes, 58 points<BR>7. Schnabel, 53 points<BR>8. Kopp, 50 points<BR>9. Lee Acree, 44 points<BR>10. Andrew Nelson, 38 points<BR>