The race weekend that all fans of the AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship have been waiting for is nearly upon us as the stars, teams and sponsors are set to descend on the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the first doubleheader round at the Springfield Mile since the 2008 season.
Riders, teams, sponsors and fans alike are ready to flock to the mecca of AMA Pro Flat Track racing and are set to be treated to a double bill of racing action on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 mostly thanks to the deluge of rain compliments of Mother Nature that inundated the area over the Memorial Day weekend that saw the postponement of the summer-opening swing for The Rolling Thunder Show.
With a full compliment of rider entries, at this time second only to the 47 Experts that timed in at round 8 at the Indy Mile two weeks ago, Springfield could get a big bump of late entries once tomorrow is here, adding even more to the big program on tap for the fans ready to take in this weekend's action.
With first practice set to roll out on track at 11:15 EDT/10:15 CDT on both days, it's highly recommended that you get there early to take it all in as the weekend's events are sure to keep you busy and buzzing. And Stu's Shots will be on hand at Springfield to bring you all of the action after-the-fact and fill you in on who did what, said what and raced what.
In the shot above, Sammy Halbert on his #7 South East H-D XR750 leads this pack of riders trying to catch eventual winner Bryan Smith, including Jake Johnson on the #1 Zanotti Racing XR, Wille McCoy on his #59 H-D of Wausau XR, and Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR at the Springfield Mile II on September 16, 2012.
Of note, Sammy is expected to return to the track after his quiet time away from the track recuperating from his Sturgis and Peoria TT injuries, Jake will again be ready to back up team mate Henry Wiles in his third ride of the season on the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati, McCoy worked late into this morning repairing case damage on his self-built XR readying to hit the road from Texas to Springfield, Mees will be hot coming off his Mega-Mile win at Colonial Downs Raceway last weekend while also getting ready to marry his fiancé Nichole Cheza on Sunday at the track, the first Basic Twins Class race will see the future stars of flat track battle it out in their first race in years NOT on a Pro Singles machine and a big list of other things happening over the weekend that, again, will keep a true race fan working overtime trying to keep up.
So get it going and head to Springfield, because if you miss this weekend's events at the house of speed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, you will miss the race weekend to beat all for the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season.
Labor Day Weekend Doubleheader at Springfield Mile Up Next for AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles
How to Catch the Action
AMA Pro Racing will be live streaming multiple channels of in-depth and behind-the-scenes multimedia content from this weekend's event on the AMA Pro Live streaming video website. AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints alongside Live Timing & Scoring data. Log on and tune in at http://www.amaprolive.com/ft/.
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles is a national motorcycle racing series in North America. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing and 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 dirt track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
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