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American Flat Track heads north to Dixie Speedway for the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – American Flat Track continues its southeast swing, heading north for the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle on Saturday, March 25. The best flat track racers in the world will take to the Georgia clay on the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Woodstock in another all-new event.
 
The battle for the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines title resumes at round two between rivals Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Mees fired the first shot at the historic season opener at the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina and goes into the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle hopeful to carry his winning momentum. If the three-time Grand National Champion can pull off back-to-back victories, he will not only keep his points advantage rolling, he will score his first Short Track win, the final victory he needs to complete the coveted dirt track Grand Slam.
 
“I’m excited to race at a new venue,” said Mees, who gave Indian Motorcycle its first major victory in nearly six decades at Daytona. “I seem to like the unexpected because the team and I can adapt well. I have some laps on the track from last year testing on the Indian so I can at least start with a base line. Winning that opening round was huge for me because I seem to do well once I build momentum and I have never won a race early in the season, let alone round one.  I'm looking forward to Atlanta because it's the only short track on the circuit and now with winning the TT it would be nice to complete the Grand Slam with that Short Track win. If it doesn't happen this weekend, it will have to be next year as there is only one Short Track this season.”

Smith is also looking forward to Atlanta and the new era of Twins on a Short Track, as the defending champ struggled to find a comfort zone on the 450cc single-cylinder motorcycles used on Short Tracks and TTs in the past. Having scored a runner-up result at the DAYTONA TT on a twin-cylinder machine, the Michigan native was happy to leave Daytona trailing Mees by just five points and looks to close that gap at Dixie Speedway.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to winning,” Smith said. “People have always looked at me and said, ‘that Smith guy struggles on the Short Tracks,’ but actually I’ve won on a Short Track before. I’ve just struggled on the 450 Motocross bikes, never liked the feel of them. Now that we’re racing on Twins, I like my odds.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back to winning,” Smith said. “People have always looked at me and said, ‘that Smith guy struggles on the Short Tracks,’ but actually I’ve won on a Short Track before. I’ve just struggled on the 450 Motocross bikes, never liked the feel of them. Now that we’re racing on Twins, I like my odds.”
 
Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) plans to return to action in Atlanta after being sidelined from a Heat race crash at the season opener. Pending medical clearance to resume racing, the return of the 2013 Grand National Champion will give the Indian “Wrecking Crew” a three-rider threat in Georgia.
 
After a rough start at Daytona, Harley-Davidson’s Factory Team will be looking to rebound. Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) had the squad’s best finish, placing fifth in the opener. Johnson is part of a three-rider Factory effort, competing alongside fellow Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and up-and-coming star Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R).
 
Sitting third in the standings is TT specialist Henry Wiles (No. 17 DOC Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650). Although Wiles is mostly known for his dominance on the TTs, the Michigan-native is no slouch on the Short Tracks, as evidenced by his Grand National Championship Singles title from 2010. With a new team for 2017, Wiles brings a lot of confidence into the new era of American Flat Track and looks to spoil the factory teams’ party.
 
Completing the top-five in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines class are Johnson and Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Rod Lake Kawasaki Ninja 650).
 
AFT Singles
Like Mees, Dalton Gauthier (No. 22 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) got his title run in the AFT Singles class off to a good start in Daytona, winning on a sensational pass in the final turn heading to the checkered flag. As one of the sport’s top up-and-coming riders, Gauthier looks to carry that momentum into Atlanta. Sitting second in the points is Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) followed by Kolby Carlile (No. 36 K.C. Cycle Honda CRF450R). Rounding out the top five in the AFT Singles standings are Jesse Janisch (No. 132 West Bend Harley Honda CRF450R) and Brit Oliver Brindley (No. 124 Kawasaki UK KX450F).

Event Entertainment provided by AFT Events
In addition to the action on the racetrack, there are a host of off-track festivities during and leading up to Saturday’s event. Bike nights sponsored by Steel Horse Law will feature display bikes and ticket giveaways throughout the region. On race day, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT), fun for all ages will begin at the Strider Adventure Zone, and there will be live bands and an "Old Time Flat Track Racers Reunion" & Vintage Dirt Tracker Race Bike Exhibit in the vendor area. There will also be BMX exhibitions by the Freestyle Connection BMX Stunt Team taking place throughout the day. Headlining the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle and serving the Grand Marshall will be motorcycle racing legend David Aldana, heralding the sport’s return to the Peach State for the first time since 1974.
 
Saturday’s on-track action begins with the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines and AFT Singles practice at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). Opening Ceremonies will commence the evening’s racing activities at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT).
 
Tickets for the Atlanta Short Track presented by Indian Motorcycle are now on sale and start at just $30. Kids 12 and under are free, and a special military discount of 50% off is also available as a thank to you to our American heroes. Don’t miss the chance to catch the next edition of the Great American battle between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.showclix.com/event/georgia-short-track.
 
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American Flat Track enters new era with inaugural Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT in Speedway tri-oval

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2017) - American Flat Track launches a highly anticipated new era of Pro Flat Track competition with Thursday’s Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina, held on a six-tenths mile track inside the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval incorporating a right-hand turn and jump.

The event debuts the premier AFT Twins class, featuring the renewal of the classic rivalry between two American heavyweights – Harley-Davidson vs. Indian Motorcycle. Harley-Davidson’s factory trio of Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Jake Johnson and Brandon Robinson will go up against Indian Motorcycle, making its return to major competition after a 64-year hiatus.

Indian Motorcycle will bring back memories of the famous Indian Motorcycle trio of Bobby Hill, Bill Tuman and Ernie Beckman with a revived “Wrecking Crew,” teaming contemporary AFT Grand National Champions. It marks the first time in four years that defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) will line up on similar machinery. 2013 Grand National Champion Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) completes the team.

Harley-Davidson takes on its historic rival with a new bike – the XG750R. Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Team) and Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Team) are both former Grand National Champions and Daytona Short Track winners, while Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Team) is looking to build on the momentum which saw him finish third in the 2016 GNC points.

While the factory teams are in the spotlight, Henry Wiles is the rider to watch at Daytona on the strength of his AFT-leading 17 career TT victories – including a streak of 12 consecutive triumphs at the prestious Peoria TT. Wiles will be aboard the No. 17 Kawasaki Ninja 650. Wiles won at the Daytona Short Track in 2009 en route to winning his first of two consecutive GNC Singles titles.

Other riders to watch include four-time Daytona winner Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07), and 2016 GNC2 Champion (now AFT Singles) Ryan Wells on the No. 94 BriggsAuto.com Kawasaki Ninja 650.

AFT Singles
With Wells stepping up to AFT Twins, 2016 GNC2 runner-up Dalton Gauthier (No. 22 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) looks to take home the crown in the all-new AFT Singles class in 2017. Tristan Avery (No. 16 Ron Ayers Honda CRF450R) and Kolby Carlile (No. 36 K.C. Cycle Honda CRF450R), a couple other riders in the mix in 2016, are also looking for their first professional title. Daytona Beach-based Richie Morris Racing will field the senior female rider of the circuit, Shayna Texter, who is now focusing on the AFT Singles class on the No. 52 McElroy Packaging/Al Lamb's Dallas Honda. Texter also won a non-points race last weekend in Savannah, Ga.

Bringing some international flavor to the AFT Singles class is 2016 Spanish Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus (No. 377 Öhlins/Neumaticos Hermanos Rojas/Moto Grau Honda CRF450R) and runner up Franc Serra (No. 318 Honda Alonso Racing Team/Bell Helmets Honda CRF450R). The Spaniards will make their debut in the American Flat Track series under the lights in Daytona as a reward for their results in the inaugural season of the RFME Copa de Flat Track Championship last year. Also making the trek across the pond is British Flat Track racer Oliver Brindley on the No. 124 Kawasaki UK KX450F.

The season opener will host a variety of entertainment spectacles, including the luxurious Ace Cafe Fan Zone with vintage and modern motorcycle displays, and live music from the new-age honky-tonk band Giddy Up Go. Motorcycle racing legend Jay Springsteen will headline American Flat Track’s inaugural Daytona event as Grand Marshal, while 1993 fan-favorite Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz will present the winner’s trophy for the AFT Twins class. All of the racing action begins with the AFT Twins and AFT Singles practice sessions at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT). Live coverage of the Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT presented by Politis & Matovina can be viewed on FansChoice.tv. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack).

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AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship scheduled for July 1-4 in Du Quoin, Illinois
 
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2017 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship is scheduled for July 1-4 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill.

This year's event features Half Mile, Youth TT, Amateur TT and Indoor Short Track events.

"The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship, where families can spend four days on a dirt-track vacation," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "Every day features top-notch competition, with racers vying to claim AMA National No. 1 plates."

The 2017 event schedule includes:

    Saturday, July 1: Half Mile
    Sunday, July 2: Amateur TT
    Monday, July 3: Youth TT
    Tuesday, July 4: Indoor Short Track

To help alleviate the financial burden on competitors, there will be no Mile event this year.

"Under AMA rules, only amateur racers can compete on the Mile," Saillant said. "When we considered the added financial burden to these racers, wear and tear on their equipment, the additional cost in equipment needed, plus the costs associated to prepare and maintain the track, we decided to eliminate the Mile this year."

Online pre-entry opens March 13 at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/ama-dirt-track-grand-championship and closes June 26. Pre-entry is $70 per class/per event. Onsite registration is $80 per class/per event.

AMA National No. 1 plates are awarded to the racers in each class who have the highest point totals across all four disciplines of dirt track racing.

Awards are also given for AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year and AMA Vet/Senior Dirt Track Racer of the Year.

Additionally, racers compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors an amateur racer poised for success at the pro level.

The AMA Fast Brain Award is bestowed upon a racer based upon his or her performance at the event, as well as official school transcripts supplied at the time of application. Applications will be available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com at a later date.

Competitors at the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship ride traditional dirt track motorcycles as well as DTX motorcycles, the latter beginning as stock motocross bikes that are then fitted with dirt track tires, suspension and undergo other modifications.

Daily pit passes are $15 for racers of all ages. Spectator pit passes for those 13 and older are $15. Spectating youth ages 4 to 12 are $10. Ages 3 and younger are free.

Full-week pit pass packages are $50 for all racers and spectators ages 13 and older. Spectating youth ages 4 to 12 are $25 each.

For more information about the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Story/ama-dirt-track-grand-championship.

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Harley-Davidson Factory Team primed for Flat Track battle

Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson revealed live during ESPN X Games

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Sent on behalf of Harley-Davidson Motor Company:

MILWAUKEE (January 28, 2017) – It’s a flat track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson® Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.

The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT) series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat Track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 DAYTONA TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Kenny Coolbeth Jr.
A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in the Grand National Championship, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, Fla.

Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National Championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in the Grand National Championship since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles class championship in 2006 and 2008 and was Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives in Coatesville, Pa.

Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in the point standings. As an amateur, Robinson won the AMA Twins Expert class championship in 2008. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. The re-vamped 2017 American Flat Track series features 18 rounds of racing headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

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American Flat Track, NBCSN join forces for 2017 season

All 18 rounds to air weekly on NBCSN starting in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces an exclusive television partnership with NBCSN for the 2017 season. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and 2017 marks the dawning of a new golden era for the sport. The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles.

“American Flat Track is America’s original extreme sport and NBCSN is the perfect platform to bring it back into the limelight,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re delighted to be partnering with NBC Sports Group, one of the most respected sports media organizations in the world. This partnership represents a huge milestone for the sport and a goal that we have been working toward for a long time.”

With nearly 85 million subscribers, NBCSN is the Home of Motorsports in America, providing coverage of NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, Mecum Auctions, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and now, American Flat Track.

“We’re thrilled to add American Flat Track to the best motorsports portfolio in American media,” said Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited and proud to be a part of the resurgence of this historic series.”

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017 American Flat Track season begins in July, kicking off 18 straight weeks of high-intensity American Flat Track telecasts, expertly produced by NASCAR Productions, LLC and highlighted by flag-to-flag race coverage of both classes. The shows will include exclusive features and editorial content telling the story of the world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers as they battle for glory, while cutting-edge technology, including the latest in onboard cameras, will allow viewers to experience the pinnacle of dirt track motorcycle racing like never before.

American Flat Track will debut inside Daytona International Speedway on a one-of-a-kind race course built on the famous tri-oval at the “World Center of Racing.” The DAYTONA TT will serve as the first battleground for the great American war brewing between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, marking the first time the big American factories have competed head-to-head on the race track since the 1950s.

In addition to the 18 primetime premieres, NBCSN will re-air each of the shows the following week, which will also be available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. FansChoice.tv, a cornerstone of American Flat Track’s digital strategy, will provide live streaming coverage for every round of the 2017 season.

Additional information, including the details about the on-air commentary team and complete television schedule on NBCSN, will be released as it becomes available.

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American Motorcyclist Association announces 2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series schedule
 
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The 2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship series features 12 rounds of competition and four weekends of two-day, back-to-back racing, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

 Starting in March, the national championship series travels to six states throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast. The series will make its way to eight premier tracks, while also boasting eight days of short track racing with four days on half mile courses.

 "I am incredibly excited to get this season underway," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "The 2017 season of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship looks to be one of the best we've ever had and will include many of the great tracks that vintage dirt track racers know and love."

 This year's lineup features many notable stops, such as Volusia County Speedway in Baberville, Fla., and the Illinois State Fair Grounds in Springfield, Ill. The series also will return to many other favorite spots, such as the Oglethorp Speedway in Savannah, Ga., and the Marion County Fairgrounds in the racing capital of the world, Indianapolis.

 For more information visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

2017 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series Schedule

Round 1 - Saturday, March 11
Oglethorpe Speedway - Savannah, Ga.
Half Mile

Round 2 - Monday, March 13
Volusia County Speedway - Baberville Fla.
Half Mile

Round 3 - Tuesday, March 14
Volusia County Speedway - Barberville, Fla.
Short Track

Round 4 - Sunday, April 30
Marshall-Putman County Fairgrounds - Henry, Ill.
Half Mile

Round 5 - Friday, June 16
Harpursville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 6 - Saturday, June 17
Harpursville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 7 - Saturday, July 8
Ashland County Fairgrounds - Ashland, Ohio
Half Mile

Round 8 - Friday, August 4
Marion County Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Ind.
Short Track

Round 9 - Saturday, August 5
Marion County Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, Ind.
Short Track

Round 10 - Saturday, September 2
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Ill.
Short Track

Round 11 - Saturday, September 23
Oakland Valley Race Park - Cuddebackville, N.Y.
Short Track

Round 12 - Sunday, September 24
Oakland Valley Race Park - Cuddebackville, N.Y.
Short Track

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