Saturday, November 24, 2012

AMA Flat Track: Jon Goodwin & Kevin Anderson Announce New National Numbers for 2013 Season

Jon Goodwin on the #26P JH2 Performance/Hart Racing/Goodwin Racing/Shoei-sponsored Honda CRF450R takes the high line around Luke Gough on the #62 Nicely Motorsport/Skip Eaken Racing/Johnson Cams/G2-backed Yamaha YZ450F during one of the qualifying rounds at the Peoria TT on August 12, 2012.

Round 9 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by season saw Goodwin qualify for his first-ever National main at the Peoria Motorcycle Club-hosted event after finishing 3rd in his semi behind riders Justin Hittle and Dustin Crow.  The Illinois resident went on to finish 17th in the 25-lap final out of the 18 riders who made the main at Peoria and as a result earned his first two points in the combined standings in the 2012 AMA Grand National Championship.

As a result, Goodwin will be wearing National #38 for the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season, a number probably made most famous by former AMA Grand National Championship competitor Chuck Palmgren in the early-mid '70s when he was riding for Dan Gurney's All American Racers.

Congrats to Jon Goodwin for this big move up for next season in earning your National number.  Bravo!

Round 12 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by season saw the series roll back into the Illinois State Fairgrounds after a two-week delay due to being washed out over the traditional Labor Day Weekend event due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

One of the riders on-hand after the series resumed it's assault on the Multipurpose Arena at the Springfield Short Track was Minnesota resident Kevin Anderson, shown during one of the practice sessions of the afternoon on his #11K Anderson Brothers Motorsports/Diesel MN/Goodwin Racing/Moose Racing-sponsored Honda CRF450R.  Anderson missed the cut at Springfield after qualifying a very respectable 21st out of the 48 riders on-hand who took a qualifying lap on the day, going on to post finishes of 12th in each of his heat and semi races. 

Anderson did, however make the cut in the season's penultimate round at the Tucson International Raceway event after finishing 16th in the 18-rider National main, which wass good enought for him to also earn his National number for the 2013 season.  Anderson will wear National #25 proudly in the upcoming season, a number also worn in the past by former 3-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen in his sophomore season in the series.  Springsteen only carried the #25 for that single year as he went on to win the championship during the '76-'78 seasons.

Another congrats goes out to Kevin Anderson, 2013's National #25.  Great job man! 

Kevin Anderson announced over Twitter last week that he would be carrying National #25 during the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by season.  Check out this pic he posted of his new National #:

And also a big thanks goes out to Tyler Porter and his bitchin' Fight For Dirt for mentioning the aforementioned new signees to the National number department in his Inslide Line column this week.  You can catch up with some of the other goings-on about the sport by following TP and his weekly reports here:

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