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Feb 11, 2008

Wood Wins Two CCS Florida Races At Homestead-Miami Speedway

Unlimited Grand Prix winner Jeff Wood (center), runner-up Barrett Long (right) and third-place finisher Michael Rouleau (left). Photo by Lisa Theobald
Penguin Racing School's Jeff Wood claimed the first and last victories of the day during the CCS Florida opening event February 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida. He started the day with a borrowed Yamaha YZF-R1 and took the holeshot lead during the GTO race. As Wood opened a gap behind him, Pro-Line's Michael Rouleau was holding tight to second place on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 until the end of the race, when Barrett Long used his Ducati Miami 1098 to make the passing move and nab that spot.

Wood was gridded on the second row of the Unlimited Grand Prix race and maneuvered through traffic to take over the lead from Greg Melka, who ran wide through turn six halfway through the first lap. As with the first race of the day, Rouleau held down a solid second place until the end of the race when Long moved up from his fifth row start to claim the number two spot and start to reel in the leader.

On the podium, Wood exclaimed, "It was fun. We love coming down here. The track's great. Henry puts on a good show. Everything was great."

Long stated that he got a good start, passed a few people, then had a tank slapper moment in turn 12, before gaining ground and taking the number two spot.

Rouleau commented on Long's riding, "My bike is faster than his, but he is much faster than I am. I mean, he passes me on the back straight, like I put it in park going into that last turn."

Long won the SuperTwins race and finished third in Middleweight Superbike. Rouleau claimed a second-place finish in the Unlimited Superbike class.

During the rider's meeting it was announced that Homestead-Miami Speedway had committed to a $25,000 contribution toward Airfence, which would amount to approximately 250 linear feet of Airfence. The remaining 50-100 feet of Airfence needed would be funded through further contributions.

CCS UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX RESULTS: 1. Jeff Wood (Yam YZF-R1); 2. Barrett Long (Duc 1098); 3. Michael Rouleau (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Greg Melka (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Darren Luck (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Sean Dwyer (Yam YZF-R6); 7. Alexander Miniaci (Suz GSX-R600); 8. Lars Remsen (Suz GSX-R1000); 9. Marco Martinez (Suz GSX-R1000); 10. Jacquel Gonzalez (Suz GSX-R1000).
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