Cardenas, Pietri, Edmonds Win CCS Races Friday At Daytona

Cardenas, Pietri, Edmonds Win CCS Races Friday At Daytona

© 2008, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Martin Cardenas, Robertino Pietri and Jason Edmonds each won a CCS sprint race Friday on the 2.89-mile infield road course at Daytona International Speedway.

Pietri and his Roadracingworld.com Suzuki teammate Chris Ulrich were gridded together on the third row of the GTO grid, but Pietri squeezed through a gap and took the lead coming out of Turn Two. Ulrich needed more time getting through the field, but he was able to catch up to Pietri on the second lap. For the final three laps of the red-flag shortened race, Ulrich shadowed Pietri and looked set to make a classic last-lap draft pass on the Venezuelan, but Pietri got a better drive out of the chicane and was able to fend Ulrich off to capture the victory by four bikelengths. Team M4 EMGO Suzuki’s Blake Young was third in spite of starting the race from the 11th row of the 44-rider grid.

Peter Friedland ran away to finish first in the GT Lights race, but Friedland was disqualified after the race because it was ruled that his Touring Sport Ducati-sponsored NCR Millona 1000 was illegal for the class. Jason Edmonds, who rode a Moto Corse-backed Bimota DB5, was then awarded the win over Ducati 1000-mounted Garrett Rick and Kevin Mendez, who also rode a Bimota 1000.

Cardenas was the class of the field in the GTU event. In spite of starting his Team M4 EMGO Suzuki GSX-R600 AMA Formula Xtreme bike from the 33rd spot on the 60-rider grid, Cardenas was in the lead by the start of the third lap. Cardenas went on to win the red-flag shortened race by four seconds over his teammate Cory West, who also started from row nine but rode a Supersport-spec GSX-R600. Young Gun Garrett Carter, who started the race on row seven, finished third on his Matsushima Suzuki GSX-R600.

Championship Cup Series (CCS) Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida February 29, 2008 Race Results:

GTO EXPERT: 1. Robertino Pietri (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000); 3. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Chris Peris (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Santiago Villa (Suz GSX-R1000).

GTO AMATEUR: 1. Dennis Espinosa (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Gustavo Sanchez (Yam YZF-R1); 3. Seth Baumann (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. James Cohrs (Yam YZF-R1); 5. Larry Karpinsky, Jr. (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Kevin Noonan (Suz GSX-R1000).

GTU EXPERT: 1. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Garrett Carter (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Darren Luck (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Eric Wood (Duc 848); 6. Scott Greenwood (Kaw ZX-6R).

GTU AMATEUR: 1. Robert Cloutier (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Rafael Ferrer (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Larry Karpinsky, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Christopher Maher (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. Reese Wacker (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Casey Duggan (Kaw ZX-6R).

GT LIGHTS EXPERT: 1. Jason Edmonds (Bim DB5); 2. Garrett Rick (Duc 1000); 3. Kevin Mendez (Bim 1000); 4. Ryan O’Donnell (Suz SV650); 5. Eric Menetrier (Duc 1000); 6. Sam Rozynski (Buell XB12R).

GT LIGHTS AMATEUR: 1. Joel Spalding (Buell XB12R); 2. Jorge Arana (UM 650); 3. Fernando Barbosa (Duc 1000); 4. Leonard Roy (Suz SV650); 5. Justin Fennella (Suz SV650); 6. Jay Smith (Buell XB12R).

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