In less then 24 hours, the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show will take to the track in anger as the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season will unload at the Sacramento Mile for round 5 of the season at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds.
In a season that has seen it's fair (and unfair) share of weather delays and cancellations, the series will hit full stride this weekend in what will be a big run in the mid-season part of the schedule as racing gets back underway in what will be the first mile event of the year, and it will be time for all of the complainers, moaners and whiners to dummy up as the best racing on two wheels in the world leashes itself on what will surely be a sold-out and standing room-only crowd at the Circle Bell Motorsports and Bob Bellino-promoted facility in north central California.
One of the best promoters and group of people in the business, the Bellino-led group at CBM could only be considered second to the great group of people with the IMDA who put on the legendary Springfield Mile races twice each year. Bellino and his entourage are used to putting on first-class and almost-always sold-out events on the left coast, so if you are in the area or even remotely close, you definitely owe it to yourself to head to Sacto to take in what will be a whirlwind day of high-speed drafting in the confines of the Cal Expo facility.
Heading up the list of entries this year is returning-to-the-track 2012 AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees, who after suffering a broken arm in a regional race crash in mid-June is poised to hop back on his Kenny Tolbert-tuned Rogers Racing H-D XR750 to try and pull out what he can to work on defending his title from last season.
Among those that will be looking to see to it that The Jammer doesn't repeat as champion include 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson, 3-Time AMA Grand National Twins Champion Kenny Coolbeth, Texas' own and 2-Time Springfield Mile winner Willie McCoy, Daytona Short Track II winner Brandon Robinson, Washington State resident Sammy Halbert, 2-Time AMA Grand National Singles Series Champion Henry Wiles and current overall points leader and Hagerstown Half-Mile winner, Brad Baker.
There are a whole handful of others who could spoil the party, but the one man who has dominated at Sacramento the last two years is Bryan Smith. Michigan resident Flyin' Bryan took the 2011 honors at Cal Expo riding his family-tuned Moroney's Fasthog.com XR750, and then wowed the crowd on-hand last year by winning his first event for his new team riding the rocketship known as the Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki. With the rules changes made over the off-season to offset any weight differential in the class and a restrictor mandate that threw another 1mm nod to the throngs of XR750 contenders on the mile could help to level out the playing field in what some considered an 'unfair advantage' during the 2012 season. Time will tell if this will make the difference or if master engineer and bike designer Rick Howerton had another trick up his sleeve as he promised late last year.
The weather looks to be good for the left coast crowd tomorrow, so the adventures of Mother Nature that have plagued the riders, teams and sponsors in The Rolling Thunder Show while on their Midwest swing earlier in the summer shouldn't be a factor come go time tomorrow afternoon.
And to add to the great excitement that AMA Pro Flat Track already puts on in it's great series, several people have stepped up to add to the purse for tomorrow's event, and the Circle Bell group, along with AMA Pro Flat Track and Will Fulford from The Fast and Dirty.com are offering live pay-per-view streaming video of the event from the get-go.
So even if you aren't in the area, you can still keep up with the action besides following the great coverage from Miriam Deitcher's Flat Track Live or via just AMA Pro Flat Track's Live Timing and Scoring read-outs. It's a no brainer folks, tune in and turn on to what will be a super show in Cali as AMA Pro Flat Track gets to rockin' and hits it's stride after a lull in the schedule due to the rainy late spring/early summer in the Midwest!
Racing is scheduled to start at 5:15 EDT/2:15 PDT with the first practice sessions of the day for round 5 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season on Saturday, July 27. It's almost time to strap in, hang on and let 'er rip!
In the shot above from the Springfield Mile I in May 2012, riders on the front row get the signal from AMA Pro Flat Track's official signal-caller, Kelly Bell, to head out on their sighting lap for what will be a thrill-show ride of a day in the 25-lap Grand National main event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds-hosted event.
Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Screamin' Eagle Factory H-D XR750 leads off the line with Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing XR ready to follow suit. Eventual event winner Willie McCoy on his #59 H-D of Wausau XR, Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley/Howerton Kawi, Luke Gough on the #62 Eaken Racing Kawasaki and Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR750 get ready to follow up and get ready for a fast day at the track considered to be the hall of legends by many in The Rolling Thunder Show.
You can check out the preview press release below from AMA Pro Flat Track as you get ready to watch and follow what will be another super day of racing in California!
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Contestants Roll into Northern California for Sacramento Mile This Weekend
About AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org