Speed Zone Notes

Motorcyle racer Ben Spies aiming for seventh straight victory

June 6, 2008 

MILWAUKEE — Ben Spies would like to stay dry, set a record, win a championship and move to Europe, in that order.

Bet against Mother Nature, if you like, but go ahead and put a few bucks on the two-time defending AMA Superbike champion to handle the parts of the job he can control.

Spies, a 23-year-old Texan, can make history Saturday at Road America, where he will attempt to score his seventh consecutive victory, a feat unprecedented in the premier class of American motorcycle road racing.

"I'm going to go for it, but I'm also going to treat it like any other race," Spies said. "If it doesn't happen I'm not going to lose sleep over it Saturday night.

"It's not as big as winning the championship ... but it's something I would like to have."

Feature races in the AMA Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader are scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Elkhart Lake track.

• CWS WEST, at Erie, Colo. — Leader Mike David of Modesto, 50 points ahead of Escalon's Eric Holmes, heads out of state for the fourth time this season to run in the Toyota/NAPA 150 at Colorado National Speedway.

They're back in California for the first time since the March season-opener on June 21 at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway.

• LOCAL TRACKS — At Altamont Motorsports Park, the Big Dog Western Late Model series, WestCars, Grand Am Modifieds and American Limited Stock Cars will be part of Infineon Raceway Day on Saturday. For more information visit www.altamontmotorsportspark.com. or www.nocetigrupeinc.com. ...

Saturday is Craftsman Tool Night at Madera Speedway, where the Western Late Models highlight five divisions of racing. For more information visit www.racemadera.com.

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