Only three rounds remain in the 2010 AMA Arenacross Series and this weekend, Babbittâ€™s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki teammates Tyler Bowers and Josh Demuth will resume their battle atop the point standings from Council Bluffs, Iowaâ€™s Mid America Center over the course of two nights of action. As the races wind down, the pair is engaged in a back-and-forth battle, trading victories and grabbing podiums during the homestretch.
Bowers is the man to beat, leading his teammate by 17 points with five races to go. Additionally, he boasts a series-high eight victories which has proven to be the edge in the standings. While Demuthâ€™s four wins have kept him in the thick of the title fight, it is his performance over the last month of the season that has ignited the season-ending showdown between he and Bowers.
Demuth has been the hottest rider in the series and continued to prove it last weekend in Reno, capturing the win on Friday night and posting a runner-up finish on Saturday. However, Bowers answered the call, achieving the same results. Consequently, the top of the standings stayed stagnant. The challenge for Bowers over the next three weeks will be to keep Demuthâ€™s advances at bay. The two time AMA Arenacross Series champion doesnâ€™t appear to be slowing down and should Bowers experience any misfortune, there is a good chance Demuth will be the first to take advantage of it.
The showdown will continue this weekend from the Mid America Center and you can assure that despite the comfortable advantage, Bowers will give it his all in an effort to make it clear that there was never a doubt as to who the rider to beat in 2010 was. If the Kentucky native was to finish on the podium for the rest of the season, a task well within reach for Bowers, he would make it tough on Demuth to make a move unless he won each of the five remaining races. But with eight wins to his credit already this season, Bowers is more interested in making a clean sweep of the rest of the year and bringing the total to lucky number 13.
In the AMA Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship, GPF/Babbittâ€™s Kawasakiâ€™s A.J. Catanzaro is slowly becoming an AMA Arenacross Series star. In Reno, Catanzaro showcased the most dominating AMA Arenacross Lites class performance of the season. The rookie competitor grabbed the holeshot on both Friday and Saturday night and went on to lead all 36 total laps in the pair of main events. By virtue of his stellar outing, Catanzaro now holds a 25-point advantage over Cory Green in the Western Region and with the penultimate round commencing this weekend in Council Bluffs, another strong weekend will make him a virtual lock to the title.
The Mid America Center sits just across the Missouri River from the city of Omaha. It serves as part of the convention center complex for the city of Council Bluffs and is the primary home of the Iowa Blackhawks of the American Professional Football League. Along with the prequel race in Des Moines, this is the AMA Arenacross Seriesâ€™ second visit to the state of Iowa during the current race season.
The first gates drop on the Council Bluffs Arenacross this Friday at 7:00 p.m., followed by an additional night of bar-to-bar racing on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Amateur Day concludes an exciting weekend of action on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.