The Formula USA/Speed Stick National Arenacross kicked off its 2001-2002 season with its traditional season opener at Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Des Moines, Iowa, November 3-4.

With the absence of perennial Arenacross champion Buddy Antunez, who has returned to the supercross wars, the series opener gave fans their first glimpses of the new crop of contenders to the throne. If the first two rounds - which hosted three different winners in four main events - is any indication, the battle for the vacated crown could be a close one. Here is a brief rundown of the Des Moines rounds:

Friday

125 PRO: 1. Josh Demuth; 2. Tom Hofmaster; 3. Brad Hagseth; 4. Denny Stephenson; 5. Darcy Lange.

250 PRO: 1. Tom Hofmaster; 2. Josh Demuth; 3. Darcy Lange; 4. Isaiah Johnson; 5. Denny Stephenson.

DASH: 1. Tom Hofmaster; 2. Josh Demuth; 3. Justin Brayton; 4. Denny Stephenson.

JUMP-OFF: 1. Mike Mason; 2. Benoit Milot; 3. Jeremy Riesenberg.

Saturday

125 PRO: 1. Isaiah Johnson; 2. Josh Demuth; 3. Pedro Gonzalez; 4. Damon Bradshaw; 5. Jeff Willoh.

DASH: 1. Denny Stephenson; 2. Damon Bradshaw; 3. Isaiah Johson; 4. Nick Metcalf.

JUMP-OFF: 1. Mike Mason; 2. Robbie McQuary; 3. Benoit Milot.

250 PRO: 1. Darcy Lange; 2. Pedro Gonzalez; 3. Damon Bradshaw; 4. Josh Demuth; 5. Denny Stephenson.

FORMULA USA/SPEED STICK NATIONAL ARENACROSS SERIES POINTS STANDINGS (After 2 of 36 rounds): 1. Josh Demuth (71/1 win); 2. Darcy Lange (60/1 win); 3. Isaiah Johnson (59/1 win); 4. Denny Stephenson (50); 5. Jeff Willoh (48); 6. Tom Hofmaster (46/1 win); 7. (TIE) Brad Hagseth (40)/Chad Johnson (40); 9. Pedro Gonzalez (34); 10. Nick Metcalf (32).

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By Scott Rousseau 

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