With just seven laps to go in the bike race, Dave Koesel and Wayne Cook broke away from the field, held onto their lead and won the final sprint in the second day of racing as NAS-TRACK’s Madison Racing League Detroit Six Day Bicycle Race continued Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Koesel barely held off Rippin’ Ronnie Sink, who not only bridged the gap but put himself elbow-to-elbow and as he said, “head to head” with the leader in the final turn of the 1/8th of a mile oval. The outcome of the bike race depended on the placing in the final sprint and both teams -- Koesel with Team Blue and Sink with Team Red, were contenders.
Also in the mix was the team of Andre Champoux and Mark Freed -- Team Green, who had the most points going into the last lap. A fourth place finish in the final sprint dropped them into second overall.
A total of eight two-man teams took to the boards in this second night of racing. Racers from as far away as Toronto -- Rob Good, and as close as Rochester Hills, Tony Bruley, have been gearing up for the event, the first of its kind in the Detroit area for more than 20 years. Racers compete nightly over the course of six days. Two racers -- one from the “A” group and one from the “AAs” -- will win with the winner being the racer who earns the most points.
Racing continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Friday, Aug. 22, Saturday, Aug. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. There is no admission fee. For more information, please contact NAS-TRACK Chairman Dale Hughes at 248-961-3705 or visit www.nas-track.com
The Velodrome at Bloomer Park is located at the north end of John R in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Detroit Six Day - Day 2 Results
1st Dave Koesel, Livonia & Wayne Cook, Mt. Clemens
2nd Andre Champoux, Ypsilanti & Mark Freed, Mt. Pleasant
3rd Tony Bruley, Rochester Hills & Nick Lawton, Rochester Hills
4th Ronnie Sink, Rochester & Dave Teal, Toledo, Ohio
5th Rob Good, Toronto & Mike Bauhof, Troy
6th Terry Palmer, Macomb Twp. & Cullen Watkins, Royal Oak
7th Pio Apostoli, Toledo & Christopher Hughes, Rochester Hills
8th Jon Hughes, Rochester Hills & Hans Peterson, Northville
Overall Standings as of Day 2
1st Ronnie Sink, Rochester 66 Pts.
2nd Dave Koesel, Livonia 58
3rd Andre Champoux, Ypsilanti 52
4th Terry Palmer, Macomb Twp., 44
5th Tony Bruley, Rochester Hills, 42
6th Jon Hughes, Rochester Hills, 36
7th Pio Apostoli, Toledo, Ohio 30
8th Rob Good, Toronto, 27
1st Nick Lawton, Rochester Hills 69 Pts.
2nd Michael Bauhof, Troy 51
3rd Mark Freed, Mt. Pleasant 49
4th Cullen Watkins, Royal Oak 46
5th Wayne Cook, Mt. Clemens 45
5th Dave Teal, Toledo, Ohio 45
7th Christopher Hughes, Roch. Hills 33
8th Hans Peterson, Northville 17
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