Rev-Up: March MadnessThursday, March 22, 2007 | 1:53 PM
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. Wow, this is a big weekend. The Sweet 16 will get started tonight (Thursday) with a nice East/West shootout between Pitt vs. UCLA. Meanwhile my beloved Kansas Jayhawks finally made it past the first round and are looking tough. But the real noise is over here in the motorsports realm where a lightning storm will strike Indianapolis when the 2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series arrives with a fierce battle for the Lites division championship.
Meanwhile, another cluster of dark clouds will gather around a short (stock car) track in Florida where a new storm may be brewing. And smack dab in the middle of it is what I call the eight wonder of the world, in the gargantuan coliseum of Bristol where the COT (Car of Tomorrow) will make her maiden race voyage. This is a very big weekend, indeed. There is so much to get Revved Up about, so lets break it down into four parts and get going!
This is where the heat is. Ryan Morais clings on to a six-point lead while both he and Darcy Lange continues to scratch and claw their way to their first supercross victory and title. Behind those two lies a swirling pool of inconsistency that has produced huge crashes, big wins, and all sorts of drama. We’ve pretty much seen it all with this bunch. Red flags, DNFs, last lap mayhem, dudes getting dragged down the starting line, upset victories—and the series is just past the halfway mark of the Amp’d Mobile East Region SX tour!
BT101, Lange, Hahn, Goerke, Morais, and last week’s winner Branden Jesseman are going to provide a show, count on it.
Lake City, Florida
Five laps into the feature you find yourself on this person’s rear bumper. How do you feel about being in that situation and I guess an even spicier question would be, what do you do?
I painted this picture because I have been to several late model races and I know what they are like. I remember the animosity that Clint had to endure just because he had Sonic Drive In’s as a sponsor and had a new paint job on his car. There were a few times he and his bunch left the infield walking backwards and swinging forwards.
How will Ricky do? Wow, man, I really don’t know. He’s arguably the most competitive man our sport has ever seen. But I do know he will have some of his boys from Tallahassee watching with their arms crossed just in case that guy’s animosity we mentioned above becomes too much for him to control. Hehe… Go get’ em Ricky!
It’s all up to James and Chad to bring the house down this weekend. It sure would be cool to see Kevin Windham grab another holeshot and get in there, but realistically the upcoming 20 laps we’ll see and hear about this Saturday night will be between #22 and #7. And speaking along the lines and theme of madness, no shortage of that between these two cats!
Oh and hey, before I go, I have a special flash trivia contest for you guys: The first 5 people to correctly tell me the amount of professional championships (AMA and/or FIM, in 125, 250 or 450 classes) shown in this awesome One Industries poster will get one of their own! Email your answers to [email protected].
So, let’s get ready to roll up those sleeves, throw on some tear offs, pull those belts tight, kick the tires and light the fires! Competition is in the air this weekend. Bring it on!
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
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