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Jun 17, 2002

Tray Batey And Teenager Matt Furtek Highlight WERA National Challenge Series Action At Talladega

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Beth Wyse<BR><BR>Young Matt Furtek took three wins at the WERA National Challenge Series races at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway, while Vesrah Suzuki's Tray Batey took two wins in Sunday's 14-lap sprint races.<BR><BR>Mark Crozier won Open Superstock on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 after working his way past Scott Harwell. Crozier pulled away as the five riders in the race all ran around by themselves. Harwell finsished second with Scott Brown in third, both on Suzuki GSX-R1000s.<BR><BR>John Jacobi got the holeshot in 600cc Superstock and pulled a long gap to take the win on his Suzuki GSX-R600. Five riders behind Jacobi battled for second and third. Harwell held on for second as Brian Stokes worked his way around Mike Smith and Dave Yaakov to take third. All of four were on Suzuki GSX-R600s.<BR><BR>Jason Peters took a convincing victory in 125cc GP on his Honda RS125. Pat Chandler and Chuck DiGregorio, both on Honda RS125s, placed second and third.<BR><BR>Stokes took the lead early in the 750cc Superstock race, but Batey quickly worked his way past on his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R750. While Batey pulled away to take the win, Crozier worked his way up to a second-place finish on his Suzuki GSX-R750. Jacobi got by Stokes to finish third, also on a GSX-R750.<BR><BR>Donnie Tingle, Jr. won Formula Two on his Yamaha TZ250 while Monty Warsing and Logan Young raced for second place. Warsing finally took second on his Yamaha TZ250 and Young wound up third on his Honda RS250.<BR><BR>Furtek took a solid victory in 600cc Superbike. Furtek took the lead from Adam Coco on the third lap and built a comfortable lead on his Yamaha YZF-R6 while Coco held onto second on his Suzuki GSX-R600. Steve Breckenridge wound up third, also on a GSX-R600.<BR><BR>Batey and his Suzuki TL1000R were at the front of the Heavyweight Twins race, as usual. Bill St. John took second on his Ducati 996 but was no challenge to Batey. Scott Brown took third on another Suzuki TL1000R.<BR><BR>Furtek took another win in 750cc Superbike, still on his YZF-R6. Just past the halfway mark, Furtek took over the lead from Tommy Bauchiero, who finished second on his Suzuki GSX-R750. <BR><BR>Dave Yaakov won the Lightweight Twins race on a Suzuki SV650. Also riding Suzuki SV650s, Bradley Champion finished second and Chris Normand wound up third in single-file action.<BR><BR>Furtek won his third race of the day in Formula One, beating the larger bikes on his Yamaha 600. Scott Carpenter was running in second until he crashed in turn seven. J.J. Roetlin took second and Jim Doerfler was third, both on Suzuki GSX-R750s.<BR><BR> <BR>
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