AMA Pro Flat Track released the schedule today for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship season in what is the earliest release of the series' schedule for the last four seasons.
The Rolling Thunder Show, the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world, will again be returning to several of the major venues that have become and become to be known as some of the epic events on the series' stops along the yearly tour.
Springfield, Indy, Peoria, Lima, Hagerstown and Pomona are among many of the returning venues that will include the season kick-off at Daytona in mid-March. Springfield will again feature it's Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend thrill-athons, Hagerstown will be the first race in July, this year being held July 4th weekend on Saturday, July 5, and Pomona will for the fourth time in the last five seasons host the season-ending round of the series.
Two of the major changes in dates will include the Indy Mile running on Friday, August 8 with the Peoria TT now taking place after Indy on Sunday, August 17. Indy will again coincide with the Indiana State Fair and the 7th Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP weekend held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just down the road from the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Also returning to the schedule will be an early June trip to Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, in what will hopefully see a good crowd show up this time as the series shares the track with the World of Outlaws at the venue known as the Sprint Car Capital of the World.
Colonial Downs Raceway in New Kent, VA., which hosted it's inaugural event during the 2013 season on it's massive 1.25 mile track, will also return to the schedule after a stellar sell-out crowd got to see what the best racing in the world is all about this last August. The Colonial Downs Mile will be the last race on the schedule before the series heads to the Springfield Mile II on August 31.
The Castle Rock TT again will host it's annual gathering in the Great Northwest, and AMA Pro Flat Track has given a big break to the promoters at Grays Harbor in Elma, WA. after they pulled out just nine days before the 2013 event. The series will also make a mid-week stop at the Sturgis Half-Mile during the big week in South Dakota on August 5.
And last but not least, both the Sacramento Mile and Santa Rosa Mile will be featured again in what will surely be a double dose of great action on the left coast as hosted by the Circle Bell Motorsports group headed up by one of the best promoters in the business, Bob Bellino.
In the shot above, JD Beach on the #95 TJ Burnett Farms/Red Bull Kawasaki holds the advantage over the rest of the pack during heat race #2 action at the Springfield Mile I, round 10 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship on August 31. Hanging tough on the outside of JD is Mikey Martin on the #91 Bonneville Performance/Factory Triumph Performance mount.
With a whirlwind of action going on behind them, Willie McCoy on the #59 H-D of Wausau/Independence H-D XR750, Mick Kirkness on the #87 Waters Auto Body/KTM North America 950/990, Dan Ingram on the #31 Brush/Eaken Racing/Dick Ford Kawasaki, Shawn Baer on the #32 Baer Racing Products/KB5 Kawasaki, Doug Lawrence on the #73 R&J Racing/CVC Communication Agency XR and Shaun Russell on the #28 Lloyd Brothers Motorsports/Ramspur Winery Aprilia all showing some serious levels of body English and hang-off styling as they work their way out of turn four to try and get the transfer spots into the National main over the Labor Day weekend at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Ace photographer Brent Pierce/BTP Photography takes it all in along the guard rail.
A big bravo to the folks on Fentress Boulevard in Daytona Beach for eclipsing their previous schedule releases over the course of the last four seasons (by at least a week!) for getting the schedule out as early as they did this week. Great job guys!
You can check out the full listing of events and dates below in the press release from AMA Pro Flat Track, and get your calendars marked and ready for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship season as it heads our way in just over three months time.
AMA Pro Racing Releases 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule
"We're excited to be announcing the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule today," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "AMA Pro Flat Track is America's original extreme sport, and we're looking forward to watching our riders thrill crowds across the country during another action-packed season of racing in 2014."
Bryan Smith #42, JD Beach #95, Jared Mees #1, Johnny Lewis #10 and Jake Johnson #5 lead the field in the start of the 18-lap National main at the inaugural Colonial Downs Mile in New Kent, VA. in August '13. The Rolling Thunder Show will return for a second outing at the beautiful facility in August '14 as part of the fight for the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship as was announced by AMA Pro Flat Track today. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
- March 13 - Daytona Flat Track I, Daytona Beach, Fla.
- March 14 - Daytona Flat Track II, Daytona Beach, Fla.
- May 25 - Springfield Mile I, Springfield, Ill.
- June 15 - Knoxville Half-Mile, Knoxville, Iowa
- June 28 - Lima Half-Mile, Lima, Ohio
- July 5 - Hagerstown Half-Mile, Hagerstown, Md.
- July 19 - Grays Harbor Half-Mile, Elma, Wash.
- July 26 - Sacramento Mile, Sacramento, Calif.
- August 2 - Castle Rock TT, Castle Rock, Wash.
- August 5 - Sturgis Half-Mile, Rapid City, S.D.
- August 8 - Indy Mile, Indianapolis, Ind.
- August 17 - Peoria TT, Peoria, Ill.
- August 23 - Colonial Downs Mile, New Kent, Va.
- August 31 - Springfield Mile II, Springfield, Ill.
- September 28 - Santa Rosa Mile, Santa Rosa, Calif.
- October 11 - Flat Track Season Finale, Pomona, Calif.
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