Round 6 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season sees the stars of The Rolling Thunder Show set their Twins Series machines aside for the next couple of events, today starting with the Castle Rock TT in the Pacific Northwest.
Long one of the best-attended and promoted events on the schedule, Castle Rock fell off the schedule for several years after the devastation in the area from the Mt. Saint Helens volcano eruption in the early '80s. But with the influx of riders competing in the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world, the event has returned to the top of the must-see bucket list of great races and tracks to attend.
Late this afternoon local boys Sammy Halbert and Brad Baker will lead the series into it's stretch run of events that start at Castle Rock, before heading back to the Midwest for next Sunday's longest currently-tenured event on the schedule at the Peoria TT.
Today's action at Castle Rock should surely bring some great action to the track, in spite of what now looks to be a fairly low rider entry list. However, just like any race on The Rolling Thunder Show circuit, there are sure to be several additions and you have to remember it still only takes 18 riders to make up an AMA Grand National Championship main event, and it's always the racing itself and not the rider turnout that makes for a great program.
Today's schedule calls for the first practice session to roll out at 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT, with racing set to start at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT this evening.
One of the big things on everyone's 'wtf?' list going into today's event at Castle Rock is the recent announcement that 2-Time AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson had parted company with the powerhouse Zanotti Racing team. But the 2010-2011 AMA Grand National Champion will be in attendance today and will be making an announcement very soon as to his future endeavors in the sport. And we must say, we're glad to hear that as of now he isn't 'retiring' like he mentioned the possibility of. The sport NEEDS a champion and quality person around it like Jake Johnson, and he still has way too many years of winning ahead of him to walk away from the track! You can see/hear more here thanks to Flat Track Live's Miriam Deitcher's on the spot interview with JJ last night at Castle Rock.
The weather is expected to hold out today at Castle Rock, so with any luck we won't see another rain out that seems to have been a force in several events this season--we're keeping our fingers crossed that Mother Nature is looking over us again today.
You can follow along here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track with their event coverage and Live Timing and Streaming screens.
In the shot above, Sammy Halbert leads a mid-pack battle at the 2012 Peoria TT on his #7 Fredericktown Yamaha YZ450F over JD Beach on the #95 USC Racing Kawasaki KX450F, Brad Baker on his #12 Brothers Powersports Honda CRF450R, Briar Bauman on this #10Z Rod Lake Racing Honda and Rob Pearson on the #27 Memphis Shades Yamaha.
All are on the entry list for today's event at Castle Rock and should also be at next weekend's Peoria TT.
You can check out the press release below from AMA Pro Flat Track as you get ready to follow the action from today's Castle Rock TT romp!
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Visits Castle Rock Race Park for Round 6
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