Ellis leads competitors in Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle


Chip Ellis will headline a special eight-motorcycle field from the No. 1 qualifying position as he is seeking his first victory in the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis Aug. 30. The special bonus event for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors will be held during the 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world's most prestigious drag race.

The total race-day purse for the 18th annual Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle is $61,000. The winner will earn a $25,000 bonus from Ringers Gloves. If a rider wins the bonus event and the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, he or she will earn a $10,000 double-up bonus from NHRA.

The runner-up of the special event will earn $10,000. The two semifinalists will earn $6,000 each, and the four first-round finishers will earn $3,500 apiece.

Riders accumulated points at 16 NHRA national events from last year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals to the 2008 Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading. A $1,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each of those races.

Ellis claimed the No. 1 spot by earning four No. 1 qualifying positions during the series.

Ellis, runner-up at the last three bonus events, will meet Matt Guidera in the opening round. In other first-round meetings, Matt Smith will face Chris Rivas, and defending and three-time winner Andrew Hines will race Karen Stoffer, who is making her second appearance in the bonus event. Eddie Krawiec, who is making his first start in the event, will meet Angelle Sampey, a three-time runner-up, in the first round.

Other past winners include GT Tonglet, Reggie Showers, Craig Treble, Shawn Gann, Antron Brown, Matt Hines, John Myers, and James Bernard.

Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle rounds are scheduled Aug. 30 for 1:15, 5, and 7:10 p.m. .

1. Chip Ellis, Indianapolis, Schumacher Electric Suzuki 2,550
2. Matt Smith, King, N.C., Nitro Fish Wear Buell 2,505
3. Andrew Hines, Indianapolis, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 2,470
4. Eddie Krawiec, Indianapolis, Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson 2,205
5. Angelle Sampey, New Orleans, Rush Racing Products Buell 2,105
6. Karen Stoffer, Minden, Nev., GEICO Suzuki 2,030
7. Chris Rivas, Fresno, Calif., G Squared/Drag Specialties Buell 2,000
8. Matt Guidera, Loomis, Calif., Mohegan Sun Rocklin Motorsports Buell 1,935

First round
Chip Ellis vs. Matt Guidera
Matt Smith vs. Chris Rivas
Andrew Hines vs. Karen Stoffer
Eddie Krawiec vs. Angelle Sampey

Ellis-Guidera winner vs. Krawiec-Sampey winner
Smith-Rivas winner vs. Hines-Stoffer winner

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