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ROCKINGHAM – The battle for the Schnitz Racing Outlaw Pro Street motorcycle
championship intensifies this week when the MiRock Superbike Series, presented
by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires, moves back to Rockingham Dragway for the
A&J Performance Autumn Bike Nationals.

Winner of the two most recent events in the series, including last month’s Fast
By Gast Showdown at Maryland International Raceway, Chris Moore of Greer, S.C.,
returns to Rockingham for round six as the Outlaw Pro Street points leader.

Nevertheless, the Carolina rider’s lead is anything but safe. Two Floridians –
Corey Myers of Jacksonville and Tony Girardi of Hollywood – are close. Myers
is one point back and Girardi, runner-up to Moore at Rockingham’s Schnitz Summer
Sizzler, is only 19 behind in the most competitive race in the series.

In addition, the field includes former series champion Barry Greene of Hinesville,
Ga., along with recent NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle runner-up and MIR winner Matt
Smith of King, N.C., and Barry Henson of Davie, Fla., who is coming off a record-setting
performance at MIR where he became the first to break the 200 mile per hour barrier.

Henson, 2003 champion in the now defunct World’s Fastest Street Bike class, qualified
No. 1 at 7.283 seconds with a finish line speed of 202.45 miles per hour.

In addition to Outlaw Pro Street, champions will be crowned in the Orient Express
60-Inch Sport Bike class, in the Heavyweight Hitters category (for riders weighing
240 pounds or more), in the Honda-Suzuki of Sanford Heads-Up class and in the
Nitrous Express pro bracket category.

Mike Slowe of Bensalem, Pa., has all but closed out the competition in the 60-Inch
Sport Bike class in which he enjoys a 732-539 advantage over second place John
Flood of Oakdale, N.Y.

The battle for the Heavyweight championship is somewhat more competitive with
Louisburg’s Ehren Litten trying to hold off Ronnie Mitchell of Redford, Mich.
and Robert Johnson of Goose Creek, S.C., with the two dominant riders from 2003
– Shane Ratliff of Roseville, Mich., and defending champion John Vermeulen
of Clarkston, Mich., occupying the fifth and sixth positions, respectively.

"It’s a great series and the Heavyweight class has really grown in popularity"
said Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood. "We’ve developed a pretty good
little rivalry among the riders who are regulars here at The Rock and those who
call MIR (Maryland International Raceway) home."

Although it technically is a two-day event, the track will be open for motorcycle
testing on Friday. A special three-day ticket is available in advance for $40.
Purchased separately, adult tickets are $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.
Junior admission for kids six to 12 is $5 per day with children under six free
with a ticketed adult. Preferred parking is available for an additional $5 daily.

Gates open daily at 9 a.m. with pro qualifying sessions are scheduled at 2 p.m.,
4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and eliminations at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The MiRock Superbike Series concludes with another Fast by Gast Showdown at MIR
on Oct. 16-17 followed by the season-ending Lee’s Performance Fall Bike Nationals
at Rockingham on Nov. 13-14.

MiRock Superbike Series – Presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires
Current Standings

Outlaw Pro Street – 1. Chris Moore, Greer, S.C., 410; 2.
Corey Myers, Jacksonville, Fla., 409; 3. Tony Girardi, Hollywood, Fla., 391; 4.
Dave Norris, Bryans Road, Md., 342; 5. Robert Hunnicutt Jr., Waldorf, Md., 322;
6. Matt Smith, King, N.C., 302; 7. Boo Brown, Potomac Falls, Va., 291; 8. Jamie
Hunnicutt, Waldorf, Md., 282; 9. Barry Henson, Davie, Fla., 281; 10. Barry Greene,
Hinesville, Ga., 228.

60-Inch Sport Bike – 1. Mike Slowe, Bensalem, Pa., 732;
2. John Flood, Oakdale, N.Y., 539; 3. Steve Knecum, Edgewater, Pa., 351; 4. Doug
Witt, Woodbine, Md., 349; 5. Jason Miller, Mechanicsville, Md., 338; 6. Anthony
Navarro, Royersford, Pa., 331; 7. Greg Mullis, Concord, N.C., 292; 8. Scott Pearce,
Zebulon, N.C., 289; 9. Andy Smallwood, Rixeyville, Va., 242; 10. Vincent Demito,
Collegeville, Pa., 200.

Heavyweight Hitters – 1. Ehren Litten, Louisburg, N.C.,
572; 2. Ronnie Mitchell, Redford, Mich., 470; 3. Robert Johnson, Goosecreek, S.C.,
464; 4. John Kulcycki, Phoenixville, Pa., 372; 5. Shane Ratliff, Roseville, Mich.,
362; 6. John Vermeulen, Clarkston, Mich., 344; 7. Gary Benson, Wolcott, Conn.,
260; 8. Joe Procopio, Winston-Salem, N.C., 209; 9. Gerald Cox, Smithfield, N.C.,
195; 10. Tyrell McKinney, Lancaster, S.C., 191.

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