Chris Blose Takes Opening-Night Win At Ontario Arenacross

Cycle News Staff | April 2, 2016

Chris Blose and Ben Lamay fired the first shots in the Amsoil Arenacross Race to the Championship first round at Ontario, California’s Citizens Business Bank Arena, where Blose and Lamay traded victories in the double main events wins, April 1.

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Chris Blose celebrates his opening-night win at the Ontario Arenacross. Photography by ShiftOne Photography

The event kicked off the five-round Race to the Championship, where points were reset and the top 10 riders of the regular series basically started from scratch in their battle to take home the Ricky Carmichael Cup when all is said and done.

Blose and his Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki teammate Gavin Faith, who was the top points earner following the regular season. Blose and Faith battled back and forth for much of the race until Blose finally broke away towards the end and went on to take the opening-race win.

Faith then began feeling the heat that was turned up by TiLUBE/TUF Racing Honda’s Jace Owen, who slipped past Faith and snatched second place away from the Kawasaki rider, Faith.

TZR/Woodstock KTM’s Travis Sewell was fourth, with Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna Factory Racing presented by FMC and OTSFF rider Gared Steinke in fifth.

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Gavin Faith (3) and Blose battle for the lead in the first race.

In the second race, Lamay flat out dominated the race. He grabbed the holeshot and never looked back en route to victory.

The race for second was closer. Blose held the position and seemed content to stay there, his main goal was to stay ahead of Faith, who was running third, and that would ensure him the overall victory. Blose ended up doing just that, and Faith did the same with Hayes.

Hayes ended up fourth, while Honda rider Chase Sexton rounded out the top five.

Regal, the defending champ, was sixth.

Blose’s 1-2 was more than enough to claim the overall victory for the night, while Faith’s 3-3 gave him second overall. Third overall went to Lamay who finished seventh in the first race.

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Ben Lamay scored a wire-to-wire victory in the second race.

“I need to keep bringing it every night and try to minimize the mistakes [on the track]. Keep getting good starts and keep it on two wheels,” said Blose. “I’ll get a good night’s rest and try to come back out here tomorrow and do it again.”

Earlier in the evening, Blose also scored the win in the Head-To-Head Challenge over Faith, nabbing one extra point over Faith on the night. So, heading into tonight’s second race, Blose leads the championship now by two over Faith. Lamay is five points back in third.

In the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class, Shawnee Motor Company/Justified Cultures KTM’s Cheyenne Harmon captured the first win of his professional career with a wire-to-wire victory.

RESULTS – NIGHT ONE (Friday, April 1, 2016)

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 1

  1. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki
  2. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
  5. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna
  6. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki
  7. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda
  9. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna
  10. Austin Politelli, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki

Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 2

  1. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  4. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki
  5. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda
  6. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna
  7. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna
  9. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna
  10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM

Arenacross Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)

  1. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (3-3)
  3. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (7-1)
  4. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (2-7)
  5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (6-4)
  6. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-5)
  7. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna (5-8)
  8.    Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (4-10)
  9. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (9-6)
  10. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna (13-9)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results (Bonus Points)

  1. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki (2 points)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1 point)
  3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki (1 point)
  4. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (1 point)
  5. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (1 point)
  6. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna (1 point)
  7. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, S.C., Husqvarna (1 point)
  8. Sean Cantrell, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (1 point)

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results

  1. Cheyenne Harmon, Colleyville, Texas, KTM
  2. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  3. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM
  4. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
  5. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM
  6. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM
  7. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Kawasaki
  8. Parker Fleming, Quinlan, Texas, Husqvarna
  9. Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Neb., Honda
  10. Blake Green, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha

Race to the Championship Standings

  1. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Kawasaki – 37 (3 Main Event Wins)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 35 (6 Main Event Wins)
  3. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 30 (2 Main Event Wins)
  4. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 29
  5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 28 (8 Main Event Wins)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 26 (5 Main Event Wins)
  7. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Husqvarna – 24
  8. Kyle Regal, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Husqvarna – 21
  9. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 1
  10. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, Honda – 1

Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Standings

  1. Ben Nelko, Aliquippa, Pa., KTM – 74 (2 Main Event Wins)
  2. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 72 (1 Main Event Win)
  3. Cheyenne Harmon, Colleyville, Texas, KTM – 62 (1 Main Event Win)
  4. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ill., KTM – 54
  5. Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., KTM – 48
  6. Carlen Gardner, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 46
  7. Dave Ginolfi, Midvale, Utah, Husqvarna – 46
  8. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM – 44
  9. Collin Jurin, Monroe, Wash., Kawasaki – 25
  10. Brandon Marley, McEwen, Tenn., KTM – 25

 

 

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