Fillmore Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Mid-Ohio

Beck and Wyman Battle Rapp for Podium Spots

Milwaukee (July 11, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing’s Chris Fillmore posted a dominant victory from the pole position to win his third AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 10.

 Fillmore lost the lead on a holeshot start by Steve Rapp, and battled with the Parts Unlimited rider for most of the first lap, but after passing Rapp on the second lap of the 11-lap race, he checked out to a substantial gap by the midpoint of the race and eventually built a lead of more than six seconds at the checkered flag.

“I took a look back and didn’t see anyone there,” Fillmore said.  “I expected [Rapp] to be there, so I took a couple more glances then put it on cruise control from there. I got a good launch, got through Turn 1 real well, and was kind of switching up my gearing through the race. I tried some different stuff, but pretty much had figured it out by the third lap.”

While Fillmore cruised to victory and a 30-point lead in the series standings, the racing action was more tense for the second and third spots on the podium, as Rapp began to fade back and was caught first by Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) to eventually drop to fourth place.

“I got a decent start and was just watching Rapp, [Michael] Barnes, and Fillmore out front,” Beck said. “I kept my head down, got by Barney, and saw Rapp in the distance. I caught Steve and was holding on to him, and I noticed his tires were going off dramatically. I felt like my bike was rolling, and all three of us had a pretty big battle; it was really great. Then both of them made a mistake in the Keyhole, and I was able to take advantage of it and ended up second today.”

“I made a move on [Beck] going into Turn 1–it was a tight, close one, but I got through,” Wyman said. “Then going into the Keyhole, Steve made a mistake right in front of me and I had to check up, and both guys got back past me. I just pushed as hard as I could through the second segment, which is the hardest place to pass. I knew if there was going to be a chance it would have to be coming up in Thunder Valley. I didn’t have the greatest drive, but I tried to get a run out into the inside of the Carousel, but I got out of shape and had to check up again. Then Steve made another mistake and I was able to get a run around the outside of the last corner [and get by him] by maybe six inches or so.”

Rapp finished fourth followed by Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing) and Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties).

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action August 13-14 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

Mid-Ohio Race Result:

1. Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), 11 laps

2. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), +6.587 seconds

3. Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +6.987

4. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), +7.020

5. Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing), +11.395

6. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +11.572

7. Michael Corbino (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +39.798

8. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +45.345

9. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 45.745

10. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +56.463

11. Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs), +1:10.062

12. Gene Burcham (ERMCO Electric), +1:10.996

13. Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), +1:13.489

14. Paul James (Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton), +1:13.627

15. Jeremiah Johnson ( ·New Roc Harley-Davidson), +1:33.295

16. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff/Davis H-D), +1:33.458

17. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), 10 laps, crash

18. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), +1:33.018

19. Payton Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), DNS


XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 167

2. Steve Rapp, 137

3. Kyle Wyman, 99

4. Michael Barnes, 95

5. Michael Beck, 84

6. Tyler O’Hara, 83

7. Michael Corbino, 79

8. Chase McFarland, 74

9. Danny Eslick, 50

9 (tie). Paul James, 50

Bubba Blackwell Jumps Motorcycle for Larry the Cable Guy Program

IRVINGTON, Alabama – A rider in a red, white and blue jumpsuit leaps a Harley Davidson over a line of Coca-Cola trucks as audience members, including comedian Larry the Cable Guy watched.

“Only in America,” the comedian told the audience at the Mobile International Speedway.

Motorcycle daredevil Bubba Blackwell jumped his Harley over 10 trucks during the taping of a segment for the History Channel series, “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy.” Blackwell had planned to continue jumping over longer distances and break his record of 14 trucks, but high winds on the Irvington speedway prompted him to stop at 10.

Blackwell, a Summerdale native who still lives in Baldwin County, said he was pleased to be asked to be on the show and to be performing for a local crowd.

I remember coming to this racetrack when I was 5 years old,” Blackwell said. “My dad used to race here, Snake Blackwell.”

Larry the Cable Guy, who was born Dan Whitney, was scheduled to perform Saturday night at a casino in Biloxi. Blackwell said the show producers asked if he could take part in a segment.

During the taping, Blackwell began by jumping nine trucks several times before moving the ramp back to extend the distance. After jumping the longer distance, his motorcycle bounced on the ramp upon landing, but Blackwell kept the Harley under control.

After checking the motorcycle, he jumped several more times, in between takes in which he and his wife, Jamie, talked to the comedian.

Blackwell said that while he was not trying to inspire people take physical risks, he did want to show on the program that America is a place where people can follow their dreams.

“The main thing is, if you get a passion for something, just keep on going,” he said. “Life is a one-lap race. Just enjoy it while you’re here.”

Asked for a comment, Larry the Cable Guy apologized, but said that History Channel officials had asked him and others with the show to not give local press interviews. The comedian posed for pictures with audience members and signed autographs, and joked with fans before the taping.

Taking the microphone before one of Blackwell’s jumps, Larry thanked the speedway for presenting him with a T-shirt.

“You gave me a 3-X,” he joked. “I don’t think I’m quite that big. Of course, one Halloween I put on a white T-shirt and went as a blizzard.”

Rick Crawford, Mobile International Speedway operator, said the speedway was a good setting for the program.

“We’ve got Bubba Blackwell out here with all these people. It’s a great setting for something talking about ‘Only in America,’” he said. “Where else would you find something like this?”

He said the segment would be part of the series’ second season, which will begin in November.

According to a History Channel statement, the program takes the comedian across the country to find people, places and things that define America’s unique history.