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Jun 1, 2001

Ulrich Fastest In Friday Practice At Putnam Park's Chris Ulrich was fastest at Putnam Park Road Course in Mt. Meridian, Indiana Friday during unofficial practice prior to the WERA National Endurance Series and National Challenge Series weekend.

Riding his Suzuki GSX-R750, Ulrich turned a fastest lap at 1:13.27 and was the only rider caught in the 1:13s on the 1.8-mile, 10-turn road course, as timed on an independent watch.

Conditions started out wet with the track drying in the afternoon and the last 90 minutes of practice were dry.

The track motorcycle lap record is held by Mark Junge at 1:11.00 on a Kawasaki ZX-9R.

The practice day was Ulrich's first time on a four-stroke at the track and the first time in three years that he's been on the track at all. Ulrich raced at the track on a 125 and a 250, when he was 16 and 17 years old.

Second-fastest was Chris "Opie" Caylor on a Team Xtreme/Team Pennzoil GSX-R750, in his first trip ever to the Indiana track.

Unofficial top times follow:

1. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:13.27
2. Chris "Opie" Caylor, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:14.10
3. Mark Junge, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:14.48
4. Wade Buffington, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:14.51
5. Scott Harwell, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:15.10
6. Jamie Lane, Suzuki GSX-R750, 1:15.71

Not every lap turned by every rider was timed, and not all riders present at the track went out in the practice sessions. The times listed here were all caught by reporter David Swarts on the same stopwatch during the final 90 minutes of practice, when the track was dry.
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