Friday, August 5, 2016

Mid-America Speedway in Indianapolis Set to Host Rounds 11&12 of the 2016 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series on August 12&13

Mike Cashaat's beautiful #76K Honda Elsinore was one of many of the great bikes of yesteryear running at the 2015 Mid-America Speedway round of the 2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship in Indianapolis in August '15. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.



































Mid-America Speedway in Indianapolis Set to Host Rounds 11 & 12 of the 2016 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series on August 12 &13

Indianapolis, IN. – August 4, 2016 Mid-America Speedway in Indianapolis is set to host rounds 11 & 12 of the on Friday, August 12 & Saturday, August 13. This will be our 4th annual hosting of this great event, and the first time that we will host a doubleheader round for this popular series.

We are very pleased that AMA/Ohio is giving us another go around to host what has been a popular event for us here at Mid-America Speedway,” stated track president and promoter Jim Terchila. “We are going to have 15 Vintage classes for this year's events, paying points, contingencies and trophies for each individual evening of racing. As has been the case in the past, Harley-Davidson of Bloomington, Indiana will again be the sponsor for this great doubleheader round held at our home at the Marion County Fairgrounds on the southeast side of Indianapolis.

Mid-America will also be hosting round 2 of the USA vs Canada Speedway Championship on Saturday, August 12 which will see over 15 riders coming in from Canada, Scotland, and the US to contest this series. New York State riders Mike Buman and Casey Dunholt will be among those contesting this round, as well as a couple of riders out of the Ohio area,” continued Terchila. “Kyle 'Lego' Legault who spent five years riding in the Premier League in British Speedway, including two years doubling up in both Poland and the UK. Lego is best known for his time spent in Birmingham, England riding for the Birmingham Brummies. David 'Molly' Meldrum from Berwick, Scotland will also be among those ready to get a piece of the $800 to win action for the Speedway race. Mid-America’s BJ Fesselmeyer, who has more Speedway main event wins at Mid-America than any other rider also plans on being in the hunt for his piece of the pie." 

Tickets for the event are $10 for spectators as well as team crew members and for pit access, and the track will also be hosting a barbeque for the riders and teams on Friday, August 12 after the racing is complete, and EVS Sports will be supplying contingency prizes for the Vintage races in the form of 25%-off coupons to the top-3 riders in each class on both evenings. Gates open at 2:00 PM EDT and rider's meeting at 4:00 PM EDT. First practice is expected to start at 4:30 PM EDT with heats starting promptly at 7:00 PM EDT.

We're looking forward to this event again this year,” said Terchila, “in what should be one of our largest-attended races at Mid-America Speedway. We sincerely hope that you can join us for what will surely be another night of stellar racing in what is our 9th year of operation here at the Marion County Fairgrounds and we look forward to seeing everyone next weekend!”

Paul Bailey's #53G Pre-unit Triumph was one representation of machines contesting the Brakeless Class at the 2015 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series at Mid-America Speedway in August '15. Photo by Mike 'Stu' Stuhler/Stu's Shots.







 
 
 
 
 
 
Track contact:
Jim Terchila, President and promoter/Mid-America Speedway
info@midamspeedway.com, Call or text: 317-871-4392
Twitter @MidAmSpeedway, Facebook page









Press release prepared by:





Mike 'Stu' Stuhler
Stu's Shots
10826 Riverwood Blvd
Indianapolis, IN. 46234-7686
317-373-0522

Sunday, June 5, 2016

AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Jared Mees Takes Home the Gold Medal at 2016 ESPN XGames Flat Track Competition at COTA
































The second annual trip to the ESPN XGames Harley-Davidson Flat Track event in Austin, TX. last week saw the cream of the crop from The Rolling Thunder Show displaying their talents to the masses at the Circuit of the Americas-hosted event alongside other extreme sports (the Step Up competition was held right next to the flat track layout) and did another stellar job of showing off the skills of the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world.

After bitter disappointment in the inaugural event in 2015 when Jared Mees suffered a mechanical failure with less then half a lap to go, the defending and 3-Time AMA Grand National Champ took home the gold medal this year, winning the 20-lap final over Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and Brad Baker. Coolbeth did an admirable job of pressuring Mees in the closing laps only to come up short at the checkered flag.

Defending XGames H-D Flat Track winner Bryan Smith suffered a crash on the first go around in the final that saw his fallen motorcycle also take out Sammy Halbert.

The coverage of the event was shown live on ESPN on Thursday, June 2 from 8:30-11:00 PM EDT and was viewed by over 309K people and was the 23rd most-watched sports program for the 24 hour period, behind several showings of Sportscenter and WWE offerings. Although those numbers were off from last year's events, game one of the NBA finals was being shown in prime time on ABC and drew over 19M people, most likely pulling away from what could have been a larger viewing total audience.

Nonetheless, ESPN's coverage did an excellent job of showcasing the talents of all of those involved, and the racing was excellent and the track was in much better shape then last year's was, even considering it was underwater just several days before the riders and teams arrived on Wednesday, June 1 for the first practice sessions of the event. Helmets off to former AMA Pro Flat Track manager Dan Johnsen and his crew for getting the track in as good of shape as it was. On Wednesday, they were using a helicopter to help dry out the surface, and both days were under constant threat of more rain which hung in the area like a bad penny.

In the shot above, Mees and his Rogers Racing head wrench Kenny Tolbert work to ready the #1 Las Vegas H-D/Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson Motor Company-sponsored XR750s during round 6 of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series at the Springfield Mile I on May 29.

ESPN XGames recap is viewable here and complete results from the ESPN XGames Harley-Davidson Flat Track event can be seen here.

Word has it that the contract with the Circuit of the Americas is up after this year's competition, and at this time next year's event location for the XGames is still up in the air. But surely after two stellar years of competition in the long time event will see the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track return again next year, wherever that may be.

And a big tip of the helmet and congrats to Jared Mees for his gold medal-winning performance from Thursday night. Bravo! And as well to everyone involved for putting on a great show for all of the fans.

You can check out more below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track.








Jared Mees claims redemption in Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing at ESPN's Summer X Games

AUSTIN, Texas (June 2, 2016) - Jared Mees claimed redemption in Thursday night's Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing main event during the opening night for ESPN's Summer X Games at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Mees (No. 9 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XR750) won by a margin of 0.369 of a second over Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (No. 2 Zanotti Harley-Davidson XR750) with Brad "The Bullet" Baker finishing third aboard the No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson XR750.

Mees also secured the inaugural AMA Pro Flat Track win at the Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile at COTA in April and has bragging rights to call himself the king of the half-mile circuit. Mees came to Austin with a purpose, having suffered a mechanical failure on the last lap while leading the race in last year's X Games, and he used that memory as motivation during Thursday night's performance.

"It's awesome," Mees said. "It's probably one of the biggest highlights in my career. It feels like I just won the Grand National Championship, honestly. Last year when we got invited to come to the X Games, I wanted to be the first guy to win it. I was so close and it didn't happen and I heard about it until tonight. I was bitter and upset. But to come here and to win it and to also win in April, I feel like I am definitely the dominant guy. My initial thought as I went through the finish line was, 'Hallelujah' and I'm so glad we got it in and I got what I wanted."

When the starting gate dropped, Michael Kirkness bolted from the inside lane aboard his No. 87 Harley-Davidson XR750 to take the hole shot. The Australian led the 12-rider field into the first turn before calamity struck for the odds-on favorite in the race, last year's X Games gold medal winner, Bryan Smith.

Despite having a lackluster start, Smith dove his No. 1 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650 into the first corner with conviction from the middle of the pack. In a bout of bad luck, the Michigan native snagged the toe of his boot on the edge of the track, sending him to the ground and collecting the No. 69 BriggsAuto.com Harley-Davidson XR750 of Sammy Halbert in the process.

Meanwhile up front, Jake Johnson's No. 5 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 grabbed the lead and officially led the first four laps before Baker overtook the former champion heading into Turn 4, with Mees in tow. Mees patiently stalked Baker until the eventual third-place finisher ran wide in the same area of the track on lap 8, opening the door for Mees to take the point.

Coolbeth, Jr. then joined the fray, challenging Mees for the final 10 laps of the 20-lap main.

"I showed him a wheel a little too early," Coolbeth said. "He was struggling in laps three and four trying to get it turned. I showed him a wheel with five or six laps to go and he played defense. All-in-all he deserves it after last year, so it's good. I'm happy and hopefully next year we'll be in his spot."

Factory Harley-Davidson rider Baker made his team proud by putting the legendary XR750 on the box for a second year in a row.

"It feels great any time you get on the box but here at the X Games it's just a little bit extra special," Baker said. "Hats off to Kenny and Jared, they had something for me. I got out there quick, I thought I had a good line and started over riding the motorcycle a little bit. I was hopping around some and Kenny and Jared were being a little smoother. It was a good race to get on the box. To get a bronze medal for a second year in a row is cool. Hats off to Jared for getting a gold after what happened last year. Harley-Davidson 1-2-3 it's pretty cool for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. I can't give a big enough thanks to them for everything that they do for the sport, for my team and for myself."

2016 Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing Main Event Results:
  1. No. 9 Jared Mees
  2. No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.
  3. No. 6 Brad Baker
  4. No. 5 Jake Johnson
  5. No. 87 Michael Kirkness
  6. No. 44 Brandon Robinson
  7. No. 10 Johnny Lewis
  8. No. 67 Davis Fisher
  9. No. 55 Jake Shoemaker
  10. No. 23 Jeffrey Carver
  11. No. 1 Bryan Smith
  12. No. 69 Sammy Halbert
Next up for AMA Pro Flat Track, the series heads to Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the OKC Mile. "Mile Specialist" Bryan Smith is sure to seek redemption of his own on June 18, 2016. For tickets and information, please visit http://okcmile.com/tickets-to-the-okc-mile-flat-track-motorcycle-race/.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:

AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing/ft, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com








Saturday, June 4, 2016

Bryan Smith Goes 3-for-3 at AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile I and Makes it Three In-A-Row On the Season




Round 6 of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series again proved the dominance of Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki's Bryan Smith on the mile ovals as Flyin' Bryan took his third win in-a-row on the season (all on mile ovals) and his third-straight win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Unfortunately, Sunday's race got off to a bad start when Brad Baker on the factory H-D XR750 got into CR Motorsports' Stevie Bonsey at the start of the second go-around heading into turn one. Even worse, Bonsey's bike split the airfence and the haybales, causing Bonsey to go into the fence hard. After being hauled out by the ambulance, Bonsey was and is reported as having suffered a neck fracture that will now cause him to have to wear a halo for the next couple of months, but per postings on Facebook he appears very upbeat and ready to get the healing process completed and return to action. You can keep up with his updates here on FB.

After the restart, it was a big duel all the way around for the 25-lap National main, which saw no fewer then six combatants going at it all over, especially heading to the stripe. Smith ended up leading 16 laps, with Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. credited with a lap, Jared Mees with five laps and Baker with three. And those were just at the stripe. Also in the mix for the entire battle were Brandon Robinson on the Kennedy Kawasaki, with Glidden/Dreyer Motorsports' Doug Lawrence doing a great job of hanging just shy of the top-5 at the end.

In the shot above, riders hit the gas on the restart of round 6 of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series at the Springfield Mile I on Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 29.

(L-R) Eventual winner Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Brands/T&T Construction/Howerton Motorsports-sponsored Kawasaki, Jared Mees on the #1 Las Vegas H-D/Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson Motor Co-backed XR750 (2nd-place finish), Brandon Robinson on the #44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing/J&H Repair-sponsored Kawasaki (4th-place finish), JR Addison on the #24F Smith Racing/J&F Construction/Moto Option-sponsored Kawasaki (17th-place finish), Brad Baker on the #6 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Vance & Hines/Screaming Eagle-backed factory XR750 (3rd-place finish) and Jake Johnson on the #5 Zanotti Racing/Classic H-D/Harley-Davidson Motor Co-backed XR750 (11th-place finish) lead the charge off the front row.

Also part of the mix are Doug Lawrence (2nd row, behind Addison) on the #73 Glidden Racing/Dreyer Motorsports/Doug Lawrence Racing-sponsored Kawasaki (6th-place finish) and Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. (just behind team mate Jake Johnson) on the #2 Zanotti Racing/Harley-Davidson/Gator H-D-sponsored XR750 (5th-place finish). 

The top five finishers were separated by only .220 seconds after the 25-lap main, with 6th-place finisher Lawrence on the Indy-based Glidden/Dreyer Kawasaki just .503 seconds behind Coolbeth. Also of note, a big tip of the helmet to Jeremy Higgins on the #82 Higgins Racing Kawasaki for what may have been his career-best mile finish of 7th-place.

A big thumbs up to Ryan Wells for winning his first-ever Twins Series event in the GNC2 class, while local Indy resident and first year Pro rider Kevin Stollings taking home his first-ever podium in a Twins event and leading several laps during the GNC2 main to nearly nip Wells at the stripe only to come up short by .033 seconds. Keep an eye on this Stollings youngster as he has a very bright future ahead of him.

For more on last Sunday's races, check out all of AMA Pro Flat Track's videos and reports below, as the racing at Springfield as usual didn't disappoint.

You can also get the full results here, and Cycle News' Dave Hoenig's report here as well.









Kawasaki's Bryan Smith wins third consecutive Mile in 2016 at Springfield Mile I

Video Highlights and Photos from the 2016 Springfield Mile:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 29, 2016) - Bryan Smith proved his dominance at the Springfield Mile I on Sunday, taking home his third consecutive Mile victory of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season. This Mile win didn't come as easily, as the Michigan native had to fight to the finish with a pack of riders every lap, topping second place finisher No. 1 Jared Mees by a margin of 0.119 of a second at the conclusion of the race.

Smith, who pilots the third-generation No. 42 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650, wrestled tirelessly with Harley-Davidson-mounted riders, Mees, eventual third place finisher No. 6 Brad Baker and No. 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and was officially scored with leading 16 of the 25-lap Main Event. The win was also Smith's third consecutive Springfield Mile victory, having won both of last year's contests at the historic venue.

"It feels pretty awesome," Smith said. "To have three Miles back-to-back and win them all. I don't care what kind of track it is, it's awesome. But to win the Miles that I love, obviously to have three in a row at a historic venue like Springfield, is great. There's not just one thing that was going through my mind through the last lap. There was a million thoughts of what to do, what not to do, go fast, not too fast, spin the tires, just a million thoughts. I was able to get just enough of a draft off of turn four in that last lap and just barely squeak by Jared."

Three-time and reigning Grand National Champion Mees expressed his desire to win the coming races over the "Mile Specialist" but shared his appreciation for the bar-to-bar racing that went down during Sunday's race. "It's definitely getting old finishing second on the Miles to the same guy," Mees said. "But hats off to those guys. They're working hard and that thing is fast. It's hard to get it before the finish line but the team is working really hard and we're trying to find more and more power and reliability. I felt like we had a little bit more than last year but you know, it is Mile racing at its best and a close finish is normal at the Springfield Mile."

Baker officially led three laps during the Main by using the all-important draft to push past his competitors. The Washington native took home the final spot on the podium. "It feels really good," Baker said. "I've had the speed the last three races or so but it feels good to be here on the podium. It was a really fun race and the end of the race was an all-out battle."

Baker's Factory Harley-Davidson teammate No. 67 Davis Fisher had a lot to prove with the competition debut of the next generation Harley-Davidson XG750R, and the rising star did not disappoint. Fisher experienced a mechanical issue in his Heat race but earned his Main Event starting spot thanks to a photo finish in his Semi race for the final transfer position. After picking off riders throughout the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Event, Fisher earned the new machine its first Top 10 result with his eighth place finish.

"Davis is doing a great job of developing the new bike and moving forward with it but we know the XR is proven and capable of winning," Baker continued. "Now we know the XG is capable of getting into the top 10 and now we have to see if it is capable of getting on the podium and winning. Until it gets to that point, I'm going to keep on the old, faithful XR750 that's been around for 44 years and then eventually going to be jumping onto that thing when it's ready. I want that bike to get better because if it gets better than the XR that means I'll have a weapon to try to get on the top spot or the box on these Miles instead of always nipping at the heels of the Kawasaki."

Smith now leads the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines point standings by 16 points over No. 69 Sammy Halbert, 110-94.

In the GNC2 class, No. 94B Ryan Wells was unrelenting as he duked it out for his first Mile win of the 2016 season with second place finisher No. 99J Kevin Stollings and third place No. 23F Jeffery Lowery.

"It's my first Mile (win) and it's awesome," Wells said. "Especially at the Springfield Mile, the biggest Mile you could win, and for it to be a typical Springfield Mile ending, winning by half of a tire, it's cool. I would have liked to win by more but it's awesome. I wish I wouldn't have seen a red flag with two laps to go but it all worked out and I'm happy. I knew I had a fast bike but I was drafting Stollings earlier in the race, and the kid's real small and lightweight, so I knew if anybody could get by me before the line it would be him. I came out of turn four and I heard somebody; I peeked down underneath my handlebars and I saw the red bike and I knew it was him. I got as small as I could and was watching our front wheels go across the line and I was pretty pumped about it."

Wells now leads the GNC2 point standings by 18 points over No. 14A Dalton Gauthier, 103-85.

Award Updates

Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
  • Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 42 Bryan Smith
  • McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 1 Jared Mees
  • MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 67 Davis Fisher
  • Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 73 Doug Lawrence
  • Sunoco "Go The Distance" Award Leader: No. 65 Cory Texter (197.5 miles completed)
GNC2:
  • Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 99J Kevin Stollings
  • Westside Truck Parts "Just off the Box" Award Winners: No. 27U Jamison Minor (4th), No. 16S Tristan Avery (5th)
  • Sunoco "Go The Distance" Award Leader: No. Dylan Morin (136.75 miles completed)


How to Watch:

FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:


AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com









FansChoice.tv coverage from Round Six at the Springfield Mile I is now available for VOD viewing

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2016) - AMA Pro Flat Track has completed Round 6 at the Springfield Mile I on May 29 where Kawasaki-mounted No. 42 Bryan Smith secured his third Mile win of the season over three-time Grand National Champion No. 1 Jared Mees, while Factory Harley-Davidson rider No.6 Brad Baker came in third.

Also, be sure to watch No. 67 Davis Fisher pilot the new generation Harley-Davidson XG750R into a top 10 finish in the GNC1 Main Event.

VOD coverage of Round 6 for both the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines and GNC2 classes is now available in high-definition on FansChoice.tv and can be accessed by following the links below.

2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile I:

Other videos from AMA Pro Flat Track can be viewed using the following links:
Photos by: Brian J. Nelson

How to Watch:


FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:


AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft/, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

 
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com







Zanotti Racing Announces Partnership Agreement with Performance Exhaust Specialists Rinehart Racing for Jake Johnson's 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Season






























Zanotti Racing announced a new partnership/sponsor for their AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship team with National #5 Jake Johnson last week just before the Springfield Mile I on May 29.

Rinehart Racing, a specialty manufacturer of high performance exhaust systems, is coming on board with the 3-Time Grand National Championship team to pair up with 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Johnson and his tuner, Steve Polk.

In the shot above, Johnson's #5 Zanotti Racing/Classic H-D/Harley-Davidson Motor Co-sponsored XR750 back up machine sits in the pits while a family of fans check it out up close during round 6 of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series at the Springfield Mile I on May 29.

Check out the full details below thanks to Zanotti Racing on their new agreement for the AMA Pro Flat Track season ahead for Jake Johnson with Rinehart Racing.













Zanotti Racing is honored to announce Rinehart Racing as the exclusive supplier of exhaust systems for Jake Johnson’s Harley-Davidsons.

Rinehart Racing has been a high quality supplier of aftermarket high performance exhaust for years. Steve Polk, head mechanic and horsepower guru at Zanotti racing says, “It is exciting to be working so closely with a quality company like Rinehart. I am sure we will coax more power out of Jake’s bike to keep him at the front all year.”

Rinehart Racing has been producing quality exhaust that make real horsepower for Harley-Davidson’s for decades.
 
David Zanotti, owner of Zanotti Racing, is proud to welcome them into the Zanotti Racing family as a highly valued sponsor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






Rinehart Racing® To Partner With AMA Pro Flat Track Zanotti Racing And Jake Johnson
 
 
 




Asheville, N.C. – May 27, 2016 -- Rinehart Racing® is proud to announce the recent sponsorship of AMA Pro

Flat Track team Zanotti Racing and their rider Jake Johnson.

Johnson, under the banner of Zanotti Racing, is a two-time Grand National Champion, winning

in 2010 and 2011, and currently sits in the #3 points position in the current 2016 season.
 
“We are excited to have Rinehart Racing as part of our team for the rest of this season” says

Zanotti Racing Team Owner, Dave Zanotti. “Rinehart’s know-how in creating performance

exhaust systems will complement our team’s desire to build reliable and fast motorcycles and

help us to get that winning combination.”

“Its pretty cool to have Rinehart Racing as our newest partner,” says Johnson of the

sponsorship. “To have a company that is as committed to performance and truly understands

what it takes to win is a huge benefit to our team.”
 
 
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Zanotti Racing” said Judd Hollifield,

Rinehart Racing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our R&D team is looking forward to

designing and developing a competitive, race specific exhaust system and joining forces with the Zanotti Team on the road to a winning season.”

 



 
About Rinehart Racing®: Rinehart Racing®, a global motorsports company, designs and
 
 
 



manufacturers race application exhaust, as well as consumer products for Harley-Davidson® and Indian motorcycles®. Our corporate office, warehouse and manufacturing facility are all
 


 
located in Asheville, NC.
 
 
 
To learn more about Rinehart Racing please visit our website at:

RinehartRacing.com.
 
For Information Contact:
 
John Nowicki

Vice President - Sales, Rinehart Racing

 

 




(877) 264-8282




 



Saturday, May 28, 2016

AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Heads to the Springfield Mile I Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29 for Round 6 of the Season




























One of the premier events of the season will roll off the line in just shy of 24 hours as the stars of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series heads to the grand daddy of them all at the Springfield Mile I tomorrow in round 6 of the 2016 season.

Unlike the last few years, the event that is the looked forward to most by nearly all fans and riders sits just shy of the half-way point of the season instead of three or four races into the schedule. With the series having completed not only both Daytona rounds, the series schedule has also hit the half-mile in Austin, TX. and both mile events in consecutive weekends prior to this at Phoenix, AZ. and Sacramento, CA.

This season has already been sizing itself up to be another barn burner with former 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson having won one of the Daytona Short Track races (with Sammy Halbert claiming the other win), defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees taking the win at the COTA/Austin half-mile, and mile specialist and Howerton Racing's rocket Kawasaki pilot Bryan Smith taking the wins at both the Phoenix and last weekend's Sacto Mile events.

Besides the great racing to look forward to tomorrow, Midwest fans will also get to catch a glimpse of the new Harley-Davidson XG750R being piloted by last year's AMA Pro GNC2 Champion Davis Fisher. Although the bike has struggled in it's first couple of outings, Fisher was finally able to put it into the National main last weekend in Sacramento and came away with a 16th-place finish. The Harley-Davidson folks are trumpeting this weekend's event as the bike's debut (see the press release below from the Motor Company) even though it has already appeared at the previous three rounds of the season.

In the shot above, Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports/Villa-Esparza-sponsored Kawasaki leads Jared Mees on the #1 Las Vegas H-D/Rogers Racing/Harley-Davidson Motor Co-backed XR750 and Jake Johnson on the #5 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle Performance Parts/Arai Helmets-sponsored XR750 in the last few feet before the checkers is thrown at the running of the Springfield Mile II on September 6 during round 12 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines series held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Smith heads up the point standings over Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson and Jared Mees (with just 17 points separating the top-4 riders after just five rounds) and is heading to familiar territory tomorrow in Springfield in a race that he won both times last season and has all but dominated since joining the Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki team in early 2012. There is no reason not to think that tomorrow won't be any different, although riders like Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and Brandon Robinson have been able to sneak in wins amidst Flyin' Bryan's dominance on the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval. And as we all know, that is why we have races, in order to determine who can and will win them!

As we wish all of the men and women in The Rolling Thunder Show the best of luck for tomorrow's event, you can check out all of the particulars about the shoot-out in Central Illinois below thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track, and may the best man (or woman) win!









AMA Pro Flat Track Heads to the "World's Fastest Mile" this Sunday for the Springfield Mile I

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 25, 2016) - This Memorial Day weekend will be all about speed as the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track roll into the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the Springfield Mile I on May 29, and the man in every rider's sights will be Michigan native Bryan Smith.

The pilot of the No. 42 Crosley/Howerton Kawasaki Ninja 650 heads to the "World's Fastest Mile" having won the last two Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines races - both Miles. Smith also swept both Springfield Mile events in 2015, giving him a rare six all-time victories at the venue that's considered by many to be the crown jewel of the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule.

On his last Mile outing this past Saturday, Smith finished just 0.024 of a second in front of Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., to claim his sixth consecutive Sacramento Mile victory after a grueling on-track battle with the former Grand National Champion.

Coolbeth, mounted on the No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750, has also had success in Springfield, with a win to his credit from the 2014 season. He'll enter this weekend's race sixth in the standings, 35 points behind Smith and perhaps his biggest threat of all.

The Springfield Mile is the third of four consecutive Mile races on the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule, and for a Mile-expert like Smith, it presents the perfect opportunity for him to pad his points lead.


Smith, last year's runner up in the point standings, heads to Springfield leading the 2016 championship chase by two markers over Sammy Halbert and his No. 69 BriggsAuto.com Harley-Davidson XR750. Jake Johnson, mounted on the No. 5 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750, comes to Springfield third in points, nine behind Smith, and four in front of two-time defending Grand National Champion, Jared Mees.

After splitting wins at the DAYTONA Flat Track to open the season, Halbert and Johnson are both yet to finish worse than eighth this year.

Mees, however, is coming off a disappointing showing at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday due to mechanical issues with his No. 1 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XR750. The Michigan native has a lone Springfield Mile victory to his credit, which came in 2011.

No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker will also look to bounce back from a Sacramento Mile that ended prematurely due to mechanical woes. The 2013 Grand National Champion finished on the podium at Springfield in last year's spring edition and comes into the event seventh in the points.

Brandon Robinson, riding the No. 44 Kennedy Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650, enters Round 6 of the AMA Pro Flat Track season fifth in the standings and is looking to bounce back from a 16th place result in Sacramento. The Pennsylvania rider swept both Springfield Mile events in 2013, so he'll be looking to recapture that magic when he rolls into Illinois this weekend.

Stevie Bonsey and Cory Texter will also look to be in the mix on Sunday. The riders of the No. 80 Harley-Davidson XR750 and No. 65 Kawasaki Ninja 650, respectively, both own podium finishes on Miles this season. Texter was third in Round 4 at the Arizona Mile and Bonsey came home in third at Sacramento. Bonsey is eighth in points, tied with Henry Wiles, and Texter enters Springfield 10th in points.

GNC2

Dalton Gauthier leads the GNC2 class coming into the Springfield Mile. The rider of the No. 14A Wood Racing BMW FS 800 owns two wins so far in 2016 -- including BMW's breakout win in the professional flat track ranks -- but the Pennsylvania native settled for 15th last weekend at the Sacramento Mile.

Gauthier leads Sacramento runner-up Ryan Wells by four points and Kolby Carlile sits third in the title hunt, 21 points in back of the leader.

Tristan Avery has the hot hand coming into Springfield following his solid victory in Sacramento. The pilot of the No. 16S Ron Ayers Motorsports Kawasaki Ninja 650 won by more than two seconds over Wells, and has shown he's a force to be reckoned with on Miles, having won the Du Quoin Mile in 2015 as a rookie.

Event Information

The Springfield Mile I will take place this Sunday, May 29, and every session will be live streamed in high definition and free of charge at FansChoice.tv. Fans that can't make the trek to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend are invited to tune in at http://www.fanschoice.tv/watch-live/ama/flat-track.

Sunday's on-track festivities are scheduled to begin with practice and qualifying at 10:15 a.m. CT (11:15 a.m. ET), followed by an Open Paddock and Rider Autograph Session set for 12 p.m. CT (1 p.m. ET), with a special Pre-Race Show also set to air at 12 p.m. CT (1 p.m. ET).

Opening Ceremonies will kick off the afternoon's racing activities at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET), and the field will qualify through a series of Heat and Semi races, whittling down the field to the best of the best for the afternoon's GNC2 and Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Main Events.

The GNC2 Main Event will begin at 3:40 p.m. CT (4:40 p.m. ET) followed by 18 of the world's fastest flat trackers in the GNC1 Main Event at 4:10 p.m. CT (5:10 a.m. ET).

To purchase tickets to the Springfield Mile, please visit http://www.springfieldmile.org/.
How to Watch:
 
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:

 

AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv. 

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
 
For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com











 








Next Generation, Liquid-Cooled Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Tracker Breaks Cover at AMA Pro Springfield Mile

Sent on behalf of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company:


MILWAUKEE (May 26, 2016) - A new-generation Harley-Davidson® flat-track motorcycle is ready to race. The Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle® Factory Team is unleashing the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, to battle in fierce, adrenaline-filled competition on dirt ovals across the U.S. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday, May 29, at the AMA Pro Flat Track Springfield Mile in Illinois.

Powered by the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled Harley-Davidson Revolution X™ V-Twin engine, the XG750R will be raced by Factory Team rider Davis Fisher on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series. The new XG750R motorcycle is strictly for race competition and will not be offered for sale at this time.

The new flat tracker is powered by the 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine designed for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle built for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. Tuned for the track, this modified Revolution X engine will power the new XG750R in the extreme heat of competition as it fights to be first to the finish line.


Davis Fisher's #67 Harley-Davidson XG750R is shown in
a press release photo courtesy of AMA Pro Flat Track
and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed by Vance & Hines Motorsports. Vance & Hines also is the partner for the factory Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing program where V-Rod® motorcycles have won eight of the past 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing championships.

"After decades of flat-track racing success behind the Harley-Davidson XR750 flat track motorcycle, we knew it was time to develop the next-generation Harley-Davidson to compete in one of the best spectator racing sports out there today," said Kris Schoonover, Harley-Davidson racing manager.

Fisher, in his first season racing with the Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Factory Team and a rookie on the GNC1 series, will be the first racer aboard the XG750R. The 18-year-old racer from Warren, Ore., won the 2015 AMA Pro GNC2 championship.

"We wanted a young rider with plenty of raw ability for the XG750R program, and Davis proved himself in the GNC2 class," said Schoonover. "We are excited to have the opportunity to bring an emerging talent like Davis up to the GNC1 series to develop the new bike alongside an experienced champion like Brad Baker."

Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Factory Team rider Brad Baker, 23 years old and the 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion, will continue to race aboard the proven Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle while Fisher races the XG750R through its developmental stage.

"The XG750R has shown great potential in testing and the first few races this season," said Schoonover. "But as with any new racing motorcycle, there will be work to do. We're excited to continue testing the XG750R in real world competition, and as we make our way through the season, we will evaluate the performance of the bike and our factory riders to see if Baker might switch to the new bike."

Check Harley-Davidson.com for a full listing of this season's races; also follow Harley-Davidson on Facebook for racing updates.

Be sure to also check out Baker and Fisher competing next week, June 2, during the ESPN X Games Austin at the Harley-Davidson® Flat-Track Racing event. In its second year as an X Games medaled event, Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing will feature top motorcycle racers from around the world going head-to-head on the challenging Circuit of The Americas half-mile chasing an X Games gold medal.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.
How to Watch:
 
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Flat Track:


 
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
 
For additional information contact:
 
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com