Formula USA Round @ Daytona

Elliot Strong
by Elliot Strong
From Daytona International Speedway:

Craig Connell On The Brink Of Two Titles Entering Fall Cycle Scene

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 10, 2002) -- Aussie Craig Connell has put himself in position to capture two Formula USA National Road Racing Series championships during Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona International Speedway on Oct. 17-20.

Following last weekend's Formula USA events in Portland, Ore., Connell, a native of Queensland, Australia, owns the championship leads in both the Lockhart-Phillips Unlimited Superbike and Pro Honda Oils Sportbike entering next month's Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona.

The 34-year-old Connell, who captured one of the two legs last weekend at Portland aboard his No. 6 Arclight Suzuki, holds an 11-point advantage over Floridian Michael Barnes in the Lockhart-Phillips Unlimited Superbike, the premier division of Formula USA.

There will be 51 points up for grabs between the two legs of the Lockhart Phillips Unlimited Superbike season finale at Daytona which will leave Connell, Barnes, third-place rider Shawn Higbee and four-place rider Larry Pegram with statistical shots at the title.

In the Pro Honda Oils Sportbike, Connell has all but clinched the title. He holds a 25-point lead over Pegram, and with only 26 points at stake in the division's season finale at Daytona, Pegram will have a hard time catching Connell.

One of the more interesting points battles at Fall Cycle Scene is the Buell Lightning Series. Barnes holds a one-point lead over Clint Brotz and a 14-point advantage over Bryan Bemisderfer.

To purchase tickets for Fall Cycle Scene, log on to Daytona International Speedway or call the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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