Jensen and Smith Shake Things Up in WERA National at Talladega OXFORD, Ala. Round eight of the WERA National Series featured some of the toughest battles of the season during last weekend’s racing at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway. Team Velocity Racing took their third overall and seventh Heavyweight Superstock class win of the year during Saturday’s four-hour WERA Dunlop National Endurance Series race. Chuck Ivey, Reuben Frankenfield and Mark Crozier have now taken over the championship points lead. Red Star’s William Lindsay, Brett Champagne and Ben Thompson finished second, earning the Mediumweight Superbike win. Army of Darkness took third with Ben Walters, Scott Fisher and Scott Brown riding. Mark Edwards and Billy Etheridge finished fourth overall, giving Team Xtreme/Maxxis the Heavyweight Superbike win. Dalke Motorsports was victorious in Mediumweight Superstock with Josh Smith-Moore, Giovanni Rojas, Keith Marshall and Wrenn Smith at the helm. Blue Ridge Performance riders Martin Musil and Chris Stevenson rode to the Lightweight Superbike class win. Mike Smith and kneedraggers.com’s Robert Jensen dominated the expert ranks during the WERA Michelin National Challenge Series sprint races on Sunday, battling each other and the series regulars in temperatures that soared over 100 degrees. Smith won 750 Superstock and Formula 1, setting the quickest lap time of the day in the latter race with a 0:58.177. Jensen won 600 Superstock and Open Superstock, taking the lead into turn one each time despite having to start from mid-pack on the grid. Team Herrin’s Josh Herrin won 600 Superbike by over 13 seconds, and Keith Marshall took off from the 750 Superbike field to win that race. Ross Ryals won Heavyweight Twins Superstock, and Kris Wall won a red-flag shortened Lightweight Twins Superstock. Roadracingworld.com’s John Ulrich came from fourth to first in the closest Formula 2 race of the season. In the novice division, three riders came away with two wins each. Tony Palarie won 750 Superstock and Superbike, while the 600 Superstock and Superbike wins went to Larry Dulaney. James Johnson dominated Heavyweight Twins Superstock and Lightweight Twins Superstock. In the other novice divisions, J.B. Layman won Open Superstock and Paul Stevens won Formula 2. The WERA National Series has a three-week break before heading north to Nelson Ledges for round nine from September 10-11. More information about WERA, including updated championship points, can be found at www.WERA.com.
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