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Cycle News 2013 Issue 22 June 4

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ROUND 4/JUNE 2, 2013 OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK/ENGLISHTOWN, NEW JERSEY Streak Buster DRAG RACING NHRA MELLO YELLOW PRO STOCK SERIES MICHAEL RAY PUTS THE SOVEREIGN/ STAR TEAM IN THE WINNERS' CIRCLE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008 BY KEVIN MCKENNA PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK J. REBILAS M P96 ichael Ray never had time to second guess his decision to leave Matt Smith Racing for George Bryce's Sovereign/Star Buell team this winter as he claimed a victory in just his fourth start of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Ray rode to his second-career victory in the final round with a holeshot win over Lucas Oil Buell's Hector Arana Sr., as his 6.954 barely edged Arana's quicker 6.952 elapsed time. It was also the first win for the Sovereign/Star squad since the final event of the 2008 season, with former rider Chris Rivas. "That was the biggest thing about this win, to get George and Jackie [Bryce] and Ken Johnson and everyone at Star back into the winner's circle for the first time since 2008," Ray said. "Englishtown is also a special place. It's a track where [late three-time champion] John Myers won and to win a Mello Yello series race here is a dream come true." Ray struggled in the first three events of the season, but he appeared to be much more confident and comfortable in Englishtown as he rode to a convincing victory. After qualifying in the number-six spot, Ray defeated LAT Oils Buell's Mike Berry in the opening round and then scored another holeshot win over John Hall, the Michael Ray gave George Bryce's Sovereign/Star Buell team its first win of the season in round four of the NHRA Pro Stock Series in New Jersey.

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