Arenacross begins Race to the Championship at Smoothie King Center on Saturday

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53587_ProofA first-time event in a first-time venue should make for an exciting Saturday night inside Smoothie King Center.

Arenacross makes its Crescent City debut, as does a new format to decide the series champion.

Taking a page from NASCAR, Arenacross has reset the series points for a six-week Race to the Championship, which begins Saturday.

Tickets for Saturday night’s event are still available through Ticketmaster or the Smoothie King Center box office. Saturday night’s event will include an autograph session with Supercross legend and Louisiana native Kevin Windham, who will serve as grand marshal of the evening’s activities.

Kyle Regal of Grand Prairie, Texas, moved into the points lead last weekend in Southaven, Mississippi, with a pair of main event wins. The top 10 who will compete for the Race to the Championship beginning on Saturday, with their reset point totals:

1. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Husqvarna – 6
2. Matt Goerke, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki – 5
3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Kawasaki – 4
4. Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha – 4
5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 3
6. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., Kawasaki – 3
7. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Husqvarna – 2
8. Gared Steinke, Temecula, Calif., KTM – 2
9. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM – 1
10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 1

Sewell visited with SportsNOLA on Friday to preview Saturday’s competition and the series’ newest venue in New Orleans.


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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny has been involved in college athletics since the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane; since then, he has remained involved in college sports. He works in television production of many college sporting events and served briefly as managing editor of New Orleans Metro Sports Magazine. Lenny also served for 11 years on the management…

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