Irvine, Calif. (February 6, 2012) – Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers took the win at the 2012 AMA Arenacross event at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., stretching his points lead to 21. In his home state of Kentucky, Bowers powered his Kawasaki KX™250F to the top of the podium in the Dash for Cash before going on to earn his 10th main event win of the season. Bowers’ teammate Chad Johnson battled through the pack to finish sixth, and currently sits third in the championship points. Kawasaki-privateer Zach Ames tried to catch Bowers before the finish, but ran out of laps and finished in the runner-up spot. In the lites class, Michael McDade clinched the AMA Arenacross Lites Eastern Region championship aboard his KX250F, earning his first career AMA championship.
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In the series debut at Rupp Arena, only minutes from his home in Kentucky, Bowers started the night strong, grabbing the holeshot in the Dash for Cash and went on to win the cash prize. In the main event, he got another good start and went bar-to-bar the first half of the race, battling for the lead. Bowers eventually made his way out front to take the checkered flag. He currently sits at the top of the leaderboard with a 21-point lead.
“I pulled the holeshot in the Dash for Cash and ran away with it from there,” said Bowers. “In the main I got a great start and pulled in behind the leader. I kept the pressure on him and we battled pretty hard for the first half of the race, it got pretty aggressive. Every time I went through the whoops behind Jeff (Gibson) I almost ran into his back end because I would get such a good drive. Halfway through the race I used my advantage in the whoops to get around him and then checked out. It was nice to take the win in front of my hometown crowd. I was actually surprised about the turnout, I would say it was one of our best turnouts of the year.”